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Comparative Media Studies

Alternate Reality Game (ARG) Creation Workshop
Scott Nicholson (Visiting Professor, CMS / GAMBIT), Remlee Green (MIT Libraries)
Mon Jan 30, 09am-01:00pm, 4-145
Tue Jan 31, Wed Feb 1, 10-11:00am, 4-145
Thu Feb 2, 10-11:00am, 4-265
Fri Feb 3, 10am-01:00pm, E14-633

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 25-Jan-2012
Limited to 30 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

An Alternate Reality Game (ARG) is an activity where players enter a fictional world, discovering more and more of a hidden story, characters, and challenges as they move through the game. During this workshop, groups of students will develop an ARG for the MIT Libraries to use as an orientation activity. On Monday, we will talk about ARGs and present some basic ideas, and the constraints and resources for the game will be presented. Students will be working on their own throughout the week to plan out the ARG, and there will be a time each day for the class to meet and groups to present on their progress and get ideas. On Friday, each group will present their ARGs to each other, library staff, and other MIT faculty. By the end of the workshop, participants will understand what an ARG is, will have created the structure for an ARG, and will also know more about key resources in the library.

The focus in this workshop is on the game design and not the programming of game software, so no programming expertise is required. The final product will be a paper-based plan and prototype that may be accompanied by digital media as a demonstration.
Web: http://info-libraries.mit.edu/events/
Contact: Scott Nicholson (Please register at link above), NE25-369, x4-8973, scottn@mit.edu
Cosponsor: Libraries

Beginning Screenwriting
Katie Edgerton
Mon Jan 23, Thu Jan 26, Mon Jan 30, Thu Feb 2, 02:30-04:00pm, E15-335

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Limited to 16 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

Do you want to write a screenplay, but aren’t sure where to start? This four-part workshop covers the basics of creating scenes, dialogue, characters, and structure. By the end, you’ll be prepared to tackle a project of your own. Participants will write short scenes and workshop them in class.
Contact: Katie Edgerton, kedgerto@MIT.EDU

Best of the 2011 European Short Film Festival at MIT
Kurt Fendt, Generoso Fierro
Mon Jan 9, 07-09:00pm, 34-101

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Single session event

Now in its eighth year, the European Short Film Festival at MIT has established itself as one of the largest collections of European short films exhibited in the US. It's a unique showcase for contemporary short film productions from European film schools, as well as young and established independent filmmakers in Europe. Join us for the Best of ESFF 2011: 15 entries that reflect the most compelling fiction, animation, documentary and experimental film from the 3-day festival in April.
Web: http://esff.mit.edu
Contact: Kurt Fendt, fendt@MIT.EDU

Discovering Madden History
Abe Stein
Wed Jan 25, Thu Jan 26, 10am-04:00pm, NE25-373

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Limited to 20 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

"Are you ready for some football!"
In this two day course, participants will help to chart the history of the Madden videogame franchise. We will play every title of Madden, starting with 1988's John Madden Football for the Apple II and continuing to this years Madden NFL 12. Together we will chart significant features, design choices, platform specificities, and other aspects that have informed the development of the game in the 20 plus years of its existence. By the end of the session we will have developed a public collection of data about the history of the Madden franchise to serve as a starting point for further sports videogame research.
Contact: Abe Stein, NE25-384, x4-9072, adstein@mit.edu

Five Emigre Directors and the Rise of Film Noir
Martin Marks
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

This series will demonstrate how film noir emerged as a powerful alternative to other film styles and genres in Hollywood from the 1930s to the 1950s. Many of these still carry a punch, due to their emphasis on pervasive corruption and crime as forces disrupting the social fabric and civic virtue. Their dark and complexly-textured visual styles, convoluted plots with femme fatales, psychotic villains, and flawed heroes, have become enduring motifs, picked up again and again in "neo-noir." The series will present key films by four émigré directors who moved to Hollywood when the Nazis rose to power: Edgar Ulmer, Fritz Lang, Robert Siodmak, and Billy Wilder. Their turn to Noir film-making was an urgent response to the ongoing political crises in their native countries, as well as responses to the terrible tragedies witnessed and experienced in their personal lives. Series hosted by Martin Marks, who will give brief introductions to each film prior to its screening. A short discussion period will follow each film.
Contact: Martin Marks, mmmarks@MIT.EDU

Double Indemnity (1944)
Martin Marks
directed by Billy Wilder
Mon Jan 9, 03-05:00pm, 2-105

The Woman in the Window (1944)
Martin Marks
directed by Fritz Lang
Wed Jan 11, 03-05:00pm, 2-105

Detour (1945)
Martin Marks
directed by Edgar Ulmer
Wed Jan 18, 03-05:00pm, 2-105

The Spiral Staircase (1945)
Martin Marks
directed by Robert Siodmak
Mon Jan 23, 03-05:00pm, 2-105

The Killers (1946)
Martin Marks
directed by Robert Siodmak
Wed Jan 25, 03-05:00pm, 2-105

Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
Martin Marks
directed by Otto Preminger
Mon Jan 30, 03-05:00pm, 2-105

From Favela to the Big Screen: the Contemporary Brazilian Cinema
André Pase
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Brazilian contemporary cinema received nominations for Academy Awards, exposing the harsh reality of the streets with graphical quality. Quotes and characters were incorporated to the culture, and directors went to Hollywood. These movies not only changed the industry, but Brazilian culture too. The three-day event will be a guided exhibition, listing points to pay attention to and discuss after screening. All in Portuguese with English subtitles.
Web: http://www.andrepase.com.br/iap/
Contact: André Pase, andrepase@mac.com

City of God (Cidade de Deus, 2002)
André Pase
The poster boy of actual generation, the movie shows slums with dark colors with acclaimed direction and cinematography. A young photographer pictures how a group grew and changed a calm neighborhood into Brazil´s most dangerous area, framing Brazil´s development.
Tue Jan 17, 05-08:00pm, 2-105

Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite, 2007)
André Pase
A movie about Brazilian´s extreme task force created a hype after being leaked before the theatrical release. The squad´s captain needs to choose his successor, but the corruption inside the Police is an enemy tougher than drug lords.
Wed Jan 18, 05-08:00pm, 2-105

Elite Squad – The Enemy Within (Tropa de Elite 2, 2010)
André Pase
The sequel is the all-time largest box office ticket selling for a national film, 10.7 million spectators, surpassing Avatar in numbers. After the events of the first movie, Captain Nascimento fights corruption inside the corporation, watchdogged by media, politicians, and his former successor.
Thu Jan 19, 05-08:00pm, 2-105

GAMBIT Presents Two New Gaming Documentaries (with director Q &A)
Generoso Fierro
Thu Jan 12, 07-09:00pm, 10-250, "GOING CARDBOARD" screening
Fri Jan 13, 07-09:00pm, 10-250, "GET LAMP" screening

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)

The Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab presents two new films about the world of gaming. Both screenings are with the directors in attendance who will run a Q and A after the completion of the film. On January 12th is Lorien Green's new documentary, "Going Cardboard" which takes you into the world of "designer" board gaming, from the community of enthusiastic fans to the publishers and self-publishers, and of course, the designers. On January 13th is the documentary by Jason Scott entitled "Get Lamp" Get Lamp is a documentary that will tell the story of the creation of "computer adventure games", in the words of the people who made them.

"Going Cardboard" trailer: http://vimeo.com/30215745

"Get Lamp" trailer: http://www.getlamp.com/trailer/
Contact: Generoso Fierro, NE25-385, x3-5038, generoso@mit.edu

Hacker Movies!
Molly Sauter
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Since the 1980's, hackers have been a favorite subject of Hollywood and television. In this film series, we'll be watching some classic (and not so classic) examples from the genre, looking at how the depiction of hacker characters has changed over time. After the screenings, we'll adjourn for an informal discussion about how these different perspectives reflect changes in how hackers are viewed by mainstream society, and connections between popular culture depictions of hackers and federal computer crime statutes and prosecutions. Also featured: popcorn! A collection will be taken up for pizza when people are hungry. Come see the movies you like, and stay as long as you like.
Contact: Molly Sauter, (267) 337-3861, msauter@MIT.EDU

The Wunderkids
Molly Sauter
War Games (1983)
Hackers (1995)
Mon Jan 16, 06-10:00pm, E15-344

The Old Guard
Molly Sauter
Sneakers (1992)
Swordfish (2001)
Tue Jan 17, 06-10:00pm, E15-344

The Big Bad
Molly Sauter
Take Down (2000)
Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
Thu Jan 19, 06-10:00pm, E15-344

Not All White Dudes After All
Molly Sauter
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) (Swedish with English subtitles)
Cowboy Bebop, "Jamming with Edward" (1998) (Japanese with English subtitles)
Leverage, episode to be announced
Fri Jan 20, 06-10:00pm, E15-344

Introduction to Knitting
Ayse Gursoy
Tue Jan 17, 02-05:00pm, E15-320
Wed Jan 18, Thu Jan 19, Fri Jan 20, 03-05:00pm, E15-320

No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Start a hat and keep warm in January! The basic knitting stitches will be taught during the mandatory first session (Tuesday January 17). The other three sessions are completely optional; I will be available to help. If you already knit, feel free to join us (but please bring your own materials). Materials will be provided for the first 15 people to sign up by Dec 31.
Contact: Ayse Gursoy, agursoy@MIT.EDU

Is This On? (Learn To Be a College DJ)
Generoso Fierro
Wed Jan 25, 06-07:00pm, 50-030 (WMBR), Basement of Walker Memorial

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Signup by: 10-Jan-2012
Limited to 30 participants.
Single session event

Checking levels, making a segue, cueing vinyl (vinyl-what's that?)

Get to know your campus radio station (WMBR) as DJ Generoso teaches you various skills of doing a radio show. Then, learn some history of WMBR (the first punk rock radio show in the USA), have a tour of the station and obtain membership information.

Freshly baked cookies and milk will be provided because Andy would've wanted it that way.

OPEN ONLY TO WMBR Students, Staff and Faculty.
Contact: Generoso Fierro, 13-2090, x3-5965, generoso@mit.edu
Cosponsor: WMBR Radio

Make a Game in 48 Hours! Global Game Jam 2012 at GAMBIT
Rik Eberhardt
Fri Jan 27, 06pm-12:00am, NE25-Lounge
Sat Jan 28, 08-12:00am, NE25-Lounge
Sun Jan 29, 08am-06:00pm, NE25-Lounge

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 15-Dec-2011
Limited to 15 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Prereq: People must register at the form listed and that there is ro

The Global Game Jam is a cooperative gathering of game developers to encourage experimentation and innovation. Participants will work with current industry professionals and independent game developers to create games of all kinds: digital games for Windows, Mac OS X, and the web; and non-digital games of all types including board, card, and dice games. Other sites around the world will run game jams with similar rules and limitations, as ours with one unique constraint at each site. There are 15 spots reserved for MIT affiliates, which will be given on a first-come, first serve basis.

PREREQUISITES: We are looking for people with prior experience in either 2D art, programming, audio designers, or game design. You need not have skills in all 4 domains, but you should have some ability in one. Participants should plan to arrive well before 5pm on Friday, January 27, 2011 and to participate for the full duration of the event, which should conclude by 6pm Sunday, January 29, 2011

REGISTER HERE: http://gambit.mit.edu/ggj2012-iap
Web: http://globalgamejam.org
Contact: Rik Eberhardt, NE25-383, x4-2173, reberhar@mit.edu

The Life and Death of Tim Burton
Michael Rapa
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: none

Since the dawn of recent memory "The Life and Death" film series has provided in-depth and meaningful analysis and commentary on why some directors that use to be good are now terrible. This time around Prof.(essional) Michael Rapa will take a long hard look into the Directorial success and failures of Tim Burton. Throughout the month of January we will view seven of Tim Burton's movies that Mr. Rapa has deemed "Not bad" or "Pretty darn good." Before each film there will be a complete lack of discussion about why certain movies were excluded from this symposium followed by two or even three minutes of incoherent mumbling from Mr. Rapa himself. So bring and friend, grab some snacks, and come see some better than average movies!
Web: http://michaelrapa.com/iap
Contact: Michael Rapa, mrapa@MIT.EDU

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (Featuring short film "Vincent")
Michael Rapa
Mon Jan 9, 07-09:30pm, 3-133

Michael Rapa
Wed Jan 11, 07-09:30pm, 3-133

Michael Rapa
Wed Jan 18, 07-09:30pm, 3-133

Ed Wood
Michael Rapa
Mon Jan 23, 07-09:30pm, 3-133

Mars Attacks
Michael Rapa
Wed Jan 25, 07-09:30pm, 3-133

Un Prophete: The Complete Jacques Audiard (Five Films In Five Nights)
Generoso Fierro
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

This year's film retrospective features the complete directorial work of Jacques Audiard, whose superbly crafted crime thriller, Un Prophete (The Prophet)was the winner of the Grand Prix at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and the nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2010 Academy Awards. "Audiard concentrates on tales of flawed men, who would be anti-heroes if they didn't all seem to still like committing crimes" as The Independent's Kaleem Aftab describes so well. This series features all five of Audiard's directorial works, from 1994's (Regarde Les Hommes Tomber (See How They Fall) to the aforementioned Un Prophete (The Prophet) from 2009. Admission is open to all and free!
Web: http://www.bfi.org.uk/live/video/114
Contact: Generoso Fierro, 6-120, x3-5038, generoso@mit.edu

Regarde Les Hommes Tomber (See How They Fall) 1994
Generoso Fierro
This French crime thriller was the directorial debut of screenwriter Jacques Audiard and won three Césars. JEAN YANNE stars as Simon Hirsch, a bored, middle-aged salesman who accompanies his best friend, cop Mickey (YVON BACK), on a stakeout for the sake of excitement. Also starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Mathieu Kassovitz. 98 Minutes. French w English Subtitles.
Wed Jan 18, 07-09:00pm, 6-120

Un héros très discret (A Self-Made Hero) 1996
Generoso Fierro
Set in France at the end of World War II Albert Dehousse (Matthieu Kassovitz) finds out his father wasn't a war hero and his mother is a collaborator. He leaves his wife and goes to Paris. Gradually he inveigles himself with the resistance movement. They trust him and he helps them trace collaborators. 107 Minutes. In French with English subtitles. Trailer: http://mubi.com/films/a-self-made-hero
Thu Jan 19, 07-09:00pm, 6-120

Sur mes lèvres (Read My Lips) 2001
Generoso Fierro
She is almost deaf and she lip-reads. He is an ex-convict. She wants to help him. He thinks no one can help except himself. Starring Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Devos. 115 Minutes. In French with English Subtitles Trailer: http://mubi.com/films/read-my-lips
Fri Jan 20, 07-09:00pm, 6-120

De battre mon cœur s'est arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) 2005
Generoso Fierro
Should Tom (Roman Duris) make like his thuggish father or pursue his dream of becoming a pianist? The film is a remake of James Toback's 1978 film Fingers, but it devotes more attention to the relationship between Tom and his piano teacher. 115 Minutes. In French with English Subtitles. Trailer: http://mubi.com/films/the-beat-that-my-heart-skipped
Sat Jan 21, 07-09:30pm, 6-120

Un prophète (A Prophet) 2009
Generoso Fierro
Malik El Djebena (Tahar Rahim), nineteen years old, French of Algerian descent, is sentenced to six years in prison for attacking police officers. Alone and illiterate upon his arrival, he falls under the sway of Corsican mobsters, led by Cesar Luciani (Niels Arestrup), who enforces a brutal rule. 154 Minutes. In French and Arabic with English subtitles. Trailer: http://mubi.com/films/a-prophet
Sun Jan 22, 07-09:45pm, 6-120

Visual Poetics of Literary Form: from Visual Poetry to Poetry Film
Natalia Fedorova Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Taras Mashtalir, sound designer
Tue, Fri, Jan 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31, 01-02:30pm, 56-180

No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Signup by: 09-Jan-2012
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)
Prereq: none

Visual Poetics of Literary Form: from Visual Poetry to Poetry Film examines the development of experimental literary forms from visual to multimedia poetics through the twenties century in radically changing landscape of Russian cultural history. Explores their transition across national and media borders. Course will look at the history of representation of visual poetic forms from Russian fututism and avante-garde further on to underground samizdat, poetry film, kinetic and digital poetry pratices. Careful observation of the dinamics of the visual poetic forms will allow to re-think the notion of novelity, as well as observe how the economical and historic circumstanses can influence the mode and media used by the artist. Students will be required to do the reading for each class and also will be encouraged to submit visual poetic works of their own for the final exhibition with the discussion to follow.
Contact: natalia fedorova, 14N-233, (671) 515-3573, natali@mit.edu

Want To Make Games at the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab? Info Session for Students
Rik Eberhardt
Fri Jan 13, 02-04:00pm, GAMBIT Lounge NE25 3rd Floor

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 10-Jan-2012
Limited to 60 participants.
Single session event

Come visit the GAMBIT Lab on Friday, January 13th from 2-4pm to find out how you can work at the GAMBIT Game Lab this Spring and Summer. Program Dates: June 11th - August 10th, 2012 Local Area Applications Accepted: January 6th, 2012 - February 13, 2012. GAMBIT's Summer Program is a nine week, full time, intensive game development experience. Requirements:

- You must be a current college undergraduate; however, those graduating in the academic year 2011 - 2012 are still eligible to apply for our 2012 summer program.
- Your home institution must be within 50 miles of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to be eligible to apply.
- Please note that when selecting our local interns, the GAMBIT program strongly favors those students who have worked with us during the school year.
Start your application EARLY! Sign up after January 6th here:
Web: https://gambitapp.mitcms.org/node/682
Contact: Rik Eberhardt, NE25-383, x4-2173, reberhar@mit.edu

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