Required Viewing

In this series of seminars students will become familiar with how to understand and read the visual language of cinema and will become more acquainted with some of the greatest filmmakers who have ever lived.  Pre-registration is required.

See our past Required Viewing classes here.


New Take: A Survey of Visionary New Films

MARCH 25 - APRIL 29, TUESDAYS, 6:30-8:30PM
Instructor: Jay Kuehner
Tuition: $180 ($150 for Film Forum members)

Since the turn of the millenium masterful new work has sprung up from unlikely places—Romania and Portugal, Argentina and Thailand, to name just a few. We have seen the emergence of new auteurs, too, in Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Lucrecia Martel, Miguel Gomes, Christian Mungiu, Carlos Reygadas and Yorgos Lanthimos, all of whom have made films that have won prestigious awards at international festivals. Cinema is in decline? Hardly!


This survey of important, recent film will explore key voices and movements that have shaped, and are shaping, film as we know it. From documentary/fiction hybrids such as Our Beloved Month of August (Miguel Gomes), Alamar (Pedro Gonzales Rubio), and Agrarian Utopia (Uruphong Raksasad), to distinctly feminine visions of The Holy Girl (Lucrecia Martel), The Arbor (Clio Barnard), and Everyone Else (Maren Ade), to formally rigorous tour de forces like In the City of Sylvia (Jose Luis Guerin), Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul), Sweetgrass (Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash), 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days (Christian Mungiu), and Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos) – this immersive tour will engage students with greater understanding of film's capacity to reflect the imaginary and all-too-real worlds we live in today.


Students will hone their understanding film through an immersive, guided tour of new independent world cinema that is redefining what we mean by film-as-art. 


Jay Kuehner has written about film for many publications, including Cinemascope, Indiewire and Senses of Cinema. He is currently researching material for a documentary film.