Category: College of Communication

2014 Redstone Film Festival Premieres Feb. 19

January 31st, 2014 in Arts, College of Communication, Film, school of communication 0 comments


Sponsored by Sumner Redstone, Chairman of VIACOM, the College of Communication’s (COM) annual Redstone Film Festival is recognized as one of New England’s premiere film and television venues. Featuring film projects written and directed by graduate and undergraduate students from COM, this year’s Redstones premiere at BU Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 pm at the Tsai Performace Center.

Following the Boston event, the festival moves on to audiences in New York and Los Angeles. In New York City, BU alumni in the area have the opportunity to view the finalists and winners from Boston. Hosted at the Viacom Theatre in Times Square on Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 pm, it provides a unique opportunity for students to showcase their films to other members of the BU network.

Concluding in Los Angeles on Friday, April 11 at 7:30 pm at the Director’s Guild of America,  the finalist films from Boston compete again, judged by a West Coast panel of industry experts. Alumni filmmakers are also invited to enter the alumni short competition.

Over the years, Redstone winners and finalists have turned out to be some of America’s most successful directors, screenwriters and producers. Many films screened at the Redstone festival have been nominated and won in film festivals all around the world. Two have even earned Academy Award nominations. Prizes for this year’s winners will include Canon cameras and accessories, Avid and ProTools software, and MacBook Pro computers for the screenplay winners.

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Fall Cinemathèque Series Features HBO Execs and Zombie Flick Expert

October 23rd, 2013 in Arts, College of Communication, Talk, Uncategorized 0 comments

The Department of Film & Television’s Cinemathèque series has been bringing greats in the film and television industries to COM since its inception and this Fall proves to be no exception.  The Cinemathèque series consists of meetings and conversations with filmmakers and televison-makers and free screenings of important, innovative films and television programs.


Two highlights this semester are An Evening with Jay Roewe and Michael Gunn and An Evening with Gregory Waller. BU Film & TV alum, Jay Roewe is Senior Vice President for West Coast Productions of Home Box Office (HBO). He is responsible for overseeing the physical production of television series for HBO. Michael Gunn, also a COM alum, worked for Roewe at HBO before he was hired onto Aaron Sorkin’s prestigious HBO series, The Newsroom, working his way upward, from production assistant to story editor to credited writer. Roewe and Gunn will discuss their experiences with The Newsroom and will show episodes of this provocative behind-the-scenes of a nightly cable news program, starring Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, and Sam Waterston. This screening will be held Friday, October 25.

On Friday, November 22, Dr. Gregory Waller, a professor at Indiana University, will theorize why zombie stores are everywhere in film and TV, and will screen clips from a rich history of zombie movies, some made long before The Walking Dead. Professor Waller is the author of American Horrors: Essays on the Modern American Horror Film and the classic work, The Living and the Undead: From Stoker’s Dracula to Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.

Cinemathèque is generally held Fridays at 7:00 PM in COM 101 and the complete schedule can be found here. Admission is free and the screenings are open to the public.

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Ford’s Scott Monty to Discuss Company’s Social Media Journey

October 7th, 2013 in College of Communication, Lectures, Talk, Uncategorized 0 comments

With social media becoming a staple in the corporate world, there’s no better time to learn the ins and outs of a successful social media campaign, especially firsthand from an expert in the field.


Keeping in step with this trend, COM’s Doers Makers Innovators returns with Scott Monty, global head of social media for Ford Motor Company. The talk is titled Social Wheels in Motion: Ford’s Social Media Journey.

Ranked by Forbes as one of the top 10 most influential people in social media, he has been called “the best corporate social media lead on the planet.” The Triple Terrier will share his lessons and experiences leading the auto giant into the world of real time social interaction.

Doers Makers Innovators is underwritten by Mullen. Previous guests have included Google Creative Lab’s Ben Malbon, and Goodby Silverstein and Partner’s Gareth Kay. The speaker series concentrates on bringing to COM leaders who are reshaping the communication industry.

This event is scheduled for Friday, October 11 in COM 209 from 11AM – 12:30PM. The series is free and open to the public.

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College of Communication to host conference on emerging media studies

April 25th, 2013 in College of Communication, Conferences & Workshops 0 comments

Mobile and social technology: they are, thus far, the defining feature of the 21st century.  Emerging technologies such as Google’s “Project Glass” reveal that the future will be all about offering mobile people convenient heads-up displays of relevant data on an individualized basis. In an instant, users will be able to access location of friends, commercial offers, tourist information, news and sports updates, and even running scans of personal characteristics of passers-by on the street. When chatting with friends, voice stress analysis and other psychological state indications could be detected and displayed to users.


This new world promises change, but it is not a world we must enter into blindly. In preparation, the Boston University College of Communication hosts “Living Inside Mobile Social Information,” an academic workshop that will draw upon existing evidence to aid in understanding these likely changes. Taking place on April 29-30, the workshop will bring together scholars in hopes of moving past casual speculation and instead drawing on systematic social-science based analyses.

In addition, there will be a free forum open to the public on Monday, April 29 from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm at the Boston University Castle, 225 Bay State Road. Titled “Small Wonder: An Exploration of Knowing Something about Anything,” the public session will feature Peppino Ortoleva, a professor at the Università di Torino, who will present “Homo ludicus on the move: The ubiquity of play and the fragmentation of time.” Professors from the University of Michigan Scott W. Campbell and Joseph Bayer as well as Rich Ling from the IT University of Copenhagen will present on “The case of the missing phone: Implications of Google Glass for the embeddedness of mobile communication.” Though no advanced registration is necessary, a sign-in will begin at 4:15 pm. Seating is limited and on a first-come first-served basis.

The event is sponsored by the Division of Emerging Media Studies, College of Communication, Boston University and co-sponsored by Microsoft Research and Motorola Mobility.

More information available here.

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College of Communication to host 13th Annual Narrative Journalism Conference

April 3rd, 2013 in College of Communication, Conferences & Workshops 0 comments

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Members of the  journalism community have gathered at Boston University 12 times before to strengthen their craft and learn from peers about the “power of narrative.” Despite changes in technology since its 1998 inception, the mission of the conference has remained the same: “to impart the down-to-earth humanity that characterizes the genre of narrative journalism.”  This year’s conference, titled “The Power of Narrative: Storytelling Journalism Goes Digital,” celebrates and explores the genre as it expands into digital media.  Hosted by the Boston University College of Communication (COM), the conference will span three days, April 5-7, complete with keynote talks, breakout sessions, skills workshops and café sessions with speakers.

This year’s conference will celebrate the rich 40-year history of the craft of narrative journalism, tracing its evolution to the digital age. Masters of the craft, including Pulitzer, Robert F. Kennedy, Edward R. Murrow, Peabody, and National Book Award winners, and leading broadcasters and documentary filmmakers, will share their know-how alongside many of the innovators in digital narrative journalism.

Keynote speakers for the 2013 conference include Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner and author of nine non-fiction books including The Soul of a New Machine and Mountains Beyond Mountains.  Additional keynote speakers include veteran magazine editor Richard Todd, NPR Middle-East correspondent Kelly McEvers, and columnist Ann Friedman along with COM faculty members Dick Lehr and Mitchell Zuckoff. The conference will also feature more than 25 different breakout sessions that will cover a variety of topics, including narrative in the digital age, multimedia publishing, audience engagement, the role of photojournalism and the full spectrum of journalism (see full schedule).

The 2013 Narrative Conference will be held at the Boston University School of Management at 595 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA. The conference is intended for practitioners, teachers, and early and mid-career writers and editors interested in narrative journalism. The conference covers print, radio, podcasts, web-based multi-media, slide/sound productions, dedicated apps, and documentary film.

Registration ends at midnight on April 2 or until sold out. Contact Lisa Bassett in the journalism department with any questions at 617-353-3484.

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The Great Debate: Has President Obama Earned a Second Term?

October 22nd, 2012 in College of Communication 0 comments

On Thursday, November 1, just days before Election Day, the College of Communication‘s Department of Journalism will host “The Great Debate: Has President Obama Earned a Second Term?”

During this formal debate, two teams, each consisting of two guest speakers and one Boston University student, will go head-to-head to present arguments and rebuttals on issues of great importance in the November 6th election.

Participants include:

  • Mary Anne Marsh, Democratic political analyst on the FOX News Channel
  • William R. Keylor, professor of international relations and author of A World of Nations: The International Order since 1945
  • Bing West, co-author of the recently published Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
  • John Podhoretz, columnist, editor and former speechwriter for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. H. Bush
  • Aaron Heller (CAS ’14)
  • Michael Neminski (CAS ’15)

Audience members will play an active role in the conversation and, after hearing from both sides, will ultimately choose the winning team.

The Great Debate will take place at the Tsai Performance Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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In Your Face Politics: Television and the Intensification of Political Emotions

October 22nd, 2012 in College of Communication, Lectures 0 comments

Is the way Americans experience politicians and political conflict different now from how it was in the past?

On October 25 at 4pm, Dr. Diana C. Mutz will deliver the 3rd Dr. Melvin L. DeFleur Distinguished Lecture entitled, “In Your Face Politics: Television and the Intensification of Political Emotions.” During her presentation, Dr. Mutz will draw on a series of experimental and survey studies to illuminate the consequences of incivility and the unique visual perspective of televised politics. Dr. Mutz’s findings have implications for understanding the strong emotions tied to contemporary politics.

Dr. Mutz is a Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Communication and Director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics at the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in research on public opinion, political psychology and mass political behavior with an emphasis on political communication.

The event, hosted by the Communication Research Center, will take place in the Colloquium Room of the Photonics Center (8 St. Mary’s Street). The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Judy Smith on Campus for “Inside a Scandal: Sex, Politics and Drama”

September 14th, 2012 in Alumni, College of Communication, Talk 0 comments

Judy A. Smith, the nation’s top crisis manager, attorney, author, BU alumna, and co-executive producer and inspiration behind ABC’s hot new television drama, Scandal, will be on campus Monday, September 24 for Inside a Scandal: Sex, Politics and Drama. The discussion with Smith will occur in the Colloquium Room of the Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Smith is the founder and President of Smith & Company, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Over the last 25 years, Ms. Smith has brought her unique combination of communication skills, media savvy, legal and political acumen to clients facing a wide array of issues and challenges throughout the United States and abroad.

The talk  will be moderated by BU alumna and WCVB-TVs Karen Holmes Ward and  will include exclusive screenings of scenes from Season 2 of Scandal.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.  RSVP by September 19th to reserve a seat.

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Cinema, Opera, Art: The Passon of Werner Schroeter

September 12th, 2012 in Arts, College of Communication, Film, Off Campus, Presentations, Talk 0 comments

Scholars of film and the performing arts will gather September 27th – 29th to debate the work of German director Werner Schroeter who, by the time of his death in 2010, was considered one of the key creative forces in film, theater and opera in Europe. Co-sponsored by the Boston University College of Communication (COM), Cinema, Opera, Art: The Passion of Werner Schroeter, will bring together scholars from Germany, Austria, Australia, and the U.S. for an international, interdisciplinary conference. The conference will examine different facets of Schroeter’s four decades-long career, including his late-60s and early-70s avant-garde films, his German and internationally-made art house features, his documentaries, and his passion for theater and opera.

Cinema, Opera, Art is free and open to the public and will be hosted at the Goethe-Institut, the German cultural center at 170 Beacon Street, Boston.  The conference schedule is: Sept. 27th: 5:30 – 9:00 PM, Sept. 28th: 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM, Sept. 29th: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Speakers include: Stefan Drößler (Film Museum Munich); Gertrud Koch (Freie Universität Berlin); Christine Noll Brinckmann (Prof. Emeritus, University of Zurich, Switzerland);  Michelle Langford (The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia); Charles Warren (Boston University and Harvard University); Edward Dimendberg (University of California, Irvine); Ken Eisenstein (Mount Holyoke College); Eric Rentschler (Harvard University); Gerd Gemünden (Dartmouth College); Fatima Naqvi (Rutgers University); Roy Grundmann (Boston University); and John Gianvito (Emerson College).

Cinema, Opera, Art will be held in conjunction with two other events: a retrospective of Schroeter’s films at the Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge; and a photo exhibition of the work of Schroeter’s long-time stage and costume designer, AlberteBarsacq, at the Goethe-Institut.

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Boston University Hosts Mashable Social Media Day

June 19th, 2012 in College of Communication, Social Events 0 comments

MashableSocialMediaDayBoston University’s College of Communication is hosting Mashable’s third annual Social Media Day on Saturday, June 30. Join fellow social media enthusiasts for drinks, networking opportunities, and the chance to learn from leading industry experts.  Guest speakers will include Peter Stringer, Senior Director of Interactive Media at the Boston Celtics, and Unity Stoakes, co-founder and president of StartUp Health. The event will take place in the Tsai Performance Center and check-in begins at 1:30 P.M.

For more information, please contact or tweet @comugrad

Image courtesy on flickr/Creative Commons

* Event location was updated on June 27


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