Department of Modern Culture and Media
MCM is committed to the study of media in the context of the broader examination of modern cultural and social formations. The department includes a robust curriculum dedicated to not only cinema studies but also film production. There are many courses, for instance, on film theory, specific filmmakers, filmmaking, and related topics such as television. An integral part of the department and resource for eligible students is its two production studios, an editing suite, and their requisite equipment: film and video cameras, sound recording decks, light kits, software, etc.
There are many exciting things happening in the MCM archive as well. In the summer of 2021, the department acquired a 16mm film scanner and digital inspection station. MCM is beta testing this machine thanks to a partnership with Filmic Technologies. The new scanner will also be used by students in 16mm film production courses, as well as in the Fall 2021 course MCM 0700D: Introduction to Film Preservation and Restoration, taught by the MCM archivist. The MCM Archives also holds and maintains a “fleet” of 16mm film projectors. They are the only 16mm projectors available at Brown. The MCM archivist trains students in 16mm projection and also offers their services to others in the Brown community who wish to project 16mm films in their classrooms, or for special events. To schedule a visit to the MCM Archives, please contact the MCM Archivist.