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New eight-week class to take place at IU Cinema


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By IDS Reports



Stop watching Netflix in lecture and start watching movies in class for credit.

A new eight-week class, the IU Film Experience, will offer weekly screenings during the second half of the semester at the Indiana University Cinema and discuss what it is like to go to the theater in today’s culture. 

“This theater has such a wide variety,” Stephanie DeBoer, associate professor of cinema and media, said. “It shows art cinema, independent cinema, international, documentary and also popular films.”

DeBoer will teach the class and said she is excited to discuss topics such as the meaning of narrative, film production and communities involved in the film.

“Students will gain an understanding for the various experiences that are linked to film,” DeBoer said. 

The course is built around the films already scheduled to play at the cinema. 

Another focus of the class is the idea of cinema. People no longer only watch films at the theater, DeBoer said. They can watch on TV, on the computer or even on a cell phone. 

“At this moment when we can watch films in so many places, we can ask what it means to go to the theater, what does it mean to watch a film in the theater and what it means to program films in these spaces, as well,” DeBoer said. 

Libby Grossman

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