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Stranger than Fiction
Stranger than Fiction
Professor and filmmaker Penny Lane is turning heads nationwide with documentaries that turn realism on its ear. ABOUT LANE'S WORK
Tribeca Honor
Tribeca Honor
Here Alone, by alumnus Rod Blackhurst '02, won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature the Tribeca.
Film Seminar
Film Seminar
The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar is held on the Colgate campus every summer.
As a film and media studies (FMST) minor, we will challenge and teach you to engage in a critical study of film and visual mass media. We will examine how they serve as powerful determinants of ideology, identity, and historical consciousness.

About Film and Media Studies

It has been said that, collectively, the visual mass media represent the most important and widely shared context for the receipt of information and ideas in contemporary experience. We recognize the centrality of visual experience to everyday life and question the consequences of our passive consumption of visual media as both entertainment and information.

We invite you to do the same.

The goal of the FMST minor is for you to develop the critical skills necessary to analyze representation and experience as they are constructed by new and emerging visual technologies. The program seeks a balance between history, theory, and practice.

Department Contacts

Chair: Mary Simonson
Administrative assistant: Angela Kowalski (
Office: Little Hall
Phone: 315-228-7891
Dept. Fax: 315-228-7787

Studying in the FMST Program

We offer a minor in film and media studies. The courses constituting the minor are from a wide range of departments and programs. This is in recognition that image-based research is fully interdisciplinary and that images are called upon to function increasingly as icons and arguments, as well as data and documents.

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