Yale Summer Film Institute

Yale's Film Studies Department and Yale Summer Session offer a selection of outstanding courses by some of the university's most esteemed faculty members. Many of these classes are in such demand during the regular school year that only Film Studies majors have been able to gain admittance. Now they are open to all on a first come, first serve basis. Courses also take advantage of the summer format to provide students with intensive and focused experiences impossible to achieve during the regular school year. 

2014 Courses

(2015 Courses will be listed by early January)

SESSION A: June 2 - July 4

FILM S182, The Blockbuster and the Bomb
FILM S188, Sports and Media
FILM S202, Independent Filmmaking Workshop
FILM S203, On-Camera Workshop
FILM S350, Screenwriting

SESSION B: July 7 - August 8

FILM S166, Computer Animation: Art, Industry, Society
FILM S180/AMST S321, The Hollywood Novel and the Hollywood Movie
FILM S208, Money and Media: The Business of Hollywood
FILM S230, The Cinema of War
FILM S247/AMST S449/HIST S187, Film, Video, and American History


FILM S143/CZEC S243, Prague Film and Fiction (in Czech Republic)
FILM S153, Paris and the Cinema (in France)
FILM S340/HLTH S350, Visual Approaches to Global Health (in Swaziland)

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Selected Faculty

Greg Johnson (Yale MBA 1984) is a veteran of twenty-five years as an industry executive and as an independent feature film producer (including Wayne Wang's Smoke and Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale). His films have premiered at the Cannes, Sundance and Berlin Festivals and have been nominated for Golden Globes and Academy Awards.

Marc Lapadula produced Angel Passing, starring Hume Cronyn and Teresa Wright; the award-winning short premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the grand prize at World Fest Houston. His plays have been produced regionally, off-off Broadway, and in England. He regularly teaches screenwriting for Yale's Film Studies Program on the introductory and advanced levels.

Sandra Luckow, producer/writer/director of award-winning documentaries (including Belly Talkers for Miramax) as well as narrative shorts (Uptown Express), directed One Life to Live and is a member of the Director's Guild of America. She teaches filmmaking for Yale's School of Art during the academic year.

Charles Musser, author of The Emergence of Cinema (1990) and other award-winning booksas well as documentary films, has worked extensively in Hollywood. He is currently co-chair of Yale's Film Studies Program.