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Film Studies
Jie Lu
Program Director
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211


Patti McCarthy, English and Film Studies, has published her book The Lucas Effect: George Lucas and the New Hollywood through Teneo Press. In this work, McCarthy examines Lucas's work and its affect on New Hollywood on an economic, aesthetic, and cultural level. 

Courtney Lehmann, English, had her co-authored book Great Shakespeareans: Welles, Kurosawa, Kozintsev, Zeffirelli, published by Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare (December 2013). It has been optioned for paperback publication based on its outstanding early reviews. The book is volume 17 in Bloomsbury's Great Shakespeareans series, which offers a systematic account of individuals who have had the greatest influence on the interpretation, understanding and cultural reception of Shakespeare, both nationally and internationally. In this volume, Lehmann discusses interpretations of Shakespeare's plays by Italian film director and producer Franco Zeffirelli.

Courtney Lehmann, English, was named to the Editorial Board of the Cambridge University Press series, Shakespeare on Screen.

Diane M. Borden will have her article "The Mother, the Whore and the Problematics of Male Virility in Spielmann's REVANCHE" published in the June issue of Fort Da Journal. She will present the paper "Signs, Signifiers and Codes: Interepreting Tokyo in Current Cinema" at the June immersion program of the Luteciium Psychoanalytic Training Group in San Francisco.

John Lessard presented the paper, Community and Ereignis in Andreas Dresen's Wende film Stilles Land, at a German Studies Conference on The Neighbor held in March at the University of California, Berkeley.

Courtney Lehmann had her book on "Screen Adaptations: Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet" published. Susan Elkin's Stage Blog refers to the book as follows: "A must, I think, for film studies students and of interest to anyone working on 'Romeo and Juliet' either as set text or for performance." 

John Lessard had his article "From Lamps to Enlightened Materialism:  Naum Gabo and the Problem of Functionalist Design" published in Modernism/modernity.

Diane Borden presented the paper "Reorienting the Police Procedural in Korean Cinema" at the Biennial Asia Pacific Conference in Kyoto, Japan, in October 2010.  She also presented the paper "Transgenerational Trauma in Egoyan's ADORATION" for the Lacan School of Psychoanalysis in Berkeley on January 22, 2011. Her article "What Has Been Found:  Daniel Mendolsohn and THE LOST" was published in the fall edition of Fort Da Journal.

New Brubeck Documentary Co-Produced by Dr. McCarthy and Executive-Produced by Clint Eastwood

Dr. Patti McCarthyA new documentary about jazz legend Dave Brubeck premiered on television Monday, December 6, Brubeck's 90th birthday. The documentary "Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way" aired on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) at 2:00 p.m. (5 p.m. Eastern Time).

What's so special about this documentary? Clint Eastwood is the executive producer, for one thing. And the documentary was co-produced by Pacific's own Dr. Patti McCarthy, a professor in the Film Studies Program. Dr. McCarthy has been actively involved in the film's day-to-day production, serving as support and go to person to Bruce Ricker, an Emmy-nominated producer/director. Learn more

Radio Interview: Dr. McCarthy is interviewed about the documentary by Paul Conley in this segment on Capital Public Radio. Click on the audio link under the Brubeck photo near the "Happy Birthday Dave" heading.