THE DIVISION OF CINEMA & MEDIA STUDIES
CTCS 190 "Latinx Media"
This course examines the production and cultural meaning of Latinx Media in the U.S. We will look at film, television, and as well as advertising and podcasts. Over the course of the semester we will survey the history of Latinx media in the U.S., explore theories of production, representation, and popular culture, and assess Latinx media in the contemporary U.S. Together we will explore the role of media institutions in shaping Latinx media, analyze the politics of representation, and examine how media has been used in political struggle. In addition to viewing, listening, and reading media texts we will draw on scholarship from history, sociology, cultural studies, and other fields.
Professor: Laura Isabel Serna
CTCS 464 "American Film Comedy"
Something familiar, something peculiar; something appealing, something appalling; something compulsive, something repulsive; something that’s gaudy, something that’s bawdy; stunning surprises, cunning disguises; goodness and badness, man in his madness; nothing portentous or polite; TRAGEDY TOMORROW, COMEDY TONIGHT! Screenings include: The General, The Circus, The Freshman, Tramp, Tramp, Tramp, It, Duck Soup, You’re Telling Me!, Lady Killer, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Midnight, The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek, The Lemon Drop Kid, Born Yesterday, Indiscreet, Auntie Mame, Lover Come Back, The Graduate, Charade, Crimes and Misdemeanors, A Shot in the Dark, Blazing Saddles, Election, Bridesmaids, and Working Girl.
Professor: Drew Casper
CTCS-466: "Theatrical Film Symposium"
A staple course in the School of Cinematic Arts since 1960, CTCS 466 provides students with a unique opportunity made possible by USC’s close ties to the film industry. Each week, students are given the chance to view contemporary Hollywood films before their theatrical release and meet with the film’s creators for a one-of-a-kind Q&A session, led by film critic and historian Leonard Maltin. Guests include actors, directors, writers, producers, editors, and other film industry professionals, many of whom are USC alumni. Recent semesters have featured Black Panther, Captain Marvel, The Shape of Water, Coco, Thor: Ragnarok, and The Post, and such guests as Guillermo del Toro, Taika Waititi, Ryan Coogler, J.J. Abrams, Marion Cotillard, Melanie Lynskey, and Sylvester Stallone.
Professor: Leonard Maltin
CTCS-467: Television Symposium
Taught by Mary McNamara, Pulitzer-prize winning TV Critic and Cultural Editor for the LA Times. Each week, students meet with current TV showrunners for Q&As about writing and producing their shows. Recent guests include: Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer (Stranger Things), Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch (Glow), Dave Erickson (Fear the Walking Dead), Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and Shawn Ryan (S.W.A.T.), Ron Moore (Outlander), Kyra Sedgwick (Ten Days in the Valley), Cheo Coker (Marvel's Luke Cage), Conan O'Brien (Conan), David Benioff & DB Weiss (Game of Thrones), Dan Goor (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs OJ Simpson), Melissa Rosenberg (Jessica Jones), Kenya Barris (black-ish), and Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries).
Professor: Mary McNamara