The Experimental Cinema Group at CU Boulder was ushered in by Carla Selby and Gladney Oakley and was later carried forward by Bruce Conner and Stan Brakhage. It is now called First Person Cinema and the curator is Don Yannacito. This program was started in 1955 with the intention of bringing an awareness of the personal cinema to Boulder, and has become a highly respected international showcase for the makers of personal film. It is the longest running program in the world screening avant-garde film and video work.

Most screenings are Mondays at 7:00pm in the Visual Arts Complex Auditorium 1B20 / Admission is free.

Student Award Showcase

Student Award Showcase

Monday, September 13, 2021

Winners of The Grillo Awards

Made possible with funds from the Arts and Cultural Enrichment Fee. Free admission. The Grillo awards are designed to encourage excellence in filmmaking and help defray some of the expenses required to pursue a degree in film production. A total of up to $17,000 of Grillo funds is distributed each year to four tiers of production students. Final recipients and individual award amounts will be determined each semester by in-class student votes and a panel of judges made up of CU Cinema Studies faculty and outside professionals. A selection of award-winning films will be shown one night only. The Grillo Awards are drawn from a University of Colorado Foundation fund set up in the early 1990s by Virgil Grillo (1938-1994), the founder and former Director of the CU Cinema Studies Program, whose dedication and vision helped shepherd Cinema Studies from its modest beginnings in the 1970s to an undergraduate program with some 600 students.

Skinner Myers

Skinner Myers

Monday, October 4, 2021
7:00 PM in Muenzinger Auditorium

SKINNER MYERS is an award-winning filmmaker based out of Los Angeles. He has written and directed 11 films, including La Tierra del Exodo, Nightmares by the Sea, Things of Beauty Burn and Frank Embree, which took home the Grand Jury Award at Hollyshorts. His feature film debut, The Sleeping Negro, will have a limited theatrical release in LA/NYC on December 3rd. Myers has studied at Columbia, Brooklyn College, the USC School of Cinematic Arts and is currently pursuing a PhD in Film Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam.

The Sleeping Negro

Confronted with a series of racially charged incidents, a young black man must overcome rage, alienation, and hopelessness in order to find his own humanity.

73 minutes, 2021, USA, English, Color, Super 16mm (original format), DCP

Fox Maxy

Fox Maxy

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
7:00 PM on Zoom; Meeting ID 962 7275 3213

Fox Maxy is a filmmaker and artist. His work has screened at Rotterdam, ImagineNative Film Festival, MoMAs Doc Fortnight, LACMA and BAM Cinema Fest, among others.

Maat means Land

What does it mean to come from somewhere?

30 minutes, 2020, Payómkawichum land, English, color, digital video

San Diego

This film is a reaction to colonialism and quarantine. How to keep our communities safe?

32 mins 28 secs, 2020, Payómkawichum land, English, color, digital video


A careful and emo response to rape

54 mins, 2021, Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians, English, color, digital video