Take LITE 216: Film Interpretation at KCC and watch movies in the Davidson Auditorium

KCC's Davidson Auditorium.

Students in Kellogg Community College’s LITE 216: Film Interpretation class will have an actual theater for their classroom this fall.

The three-credit class will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 3 through Dec. 10, in the auditorium of the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center on KCC’s North Avenue campus in Battle Creek. (Another section of the course is offered online.)

Here’s the official description of the class from KCC’s Academic Catalog:

An introduction to film, including visual elements, meanings, and genre through study of outstanding examples of historical and contemporary feature films. May include foreign films.

English professor Matt Samra, who’s teaching the class in the Davidson Auditorium this fall, said it focuses on the history and evolution of cinema as an art form.

“We also spend a significant amount of time examining film craft and how movies ‘work’ by looking at cinematography, editing, sound, set design, etc.,” Samra said. “We watch a half dozen feature-length films, encompassing everything from silent cinema to contemporary drama and horror. In between, we watch dozens of film clips to better understand concepts and techniques related to the art of filmmaking.”

Samra called the auditorium, “a perfect venue and learning space for film studies.”

Why take Film Interpretation at KCC?

In addition to gaining knowledge about cinema in a unique and interesting setting, there are several additional reasons students might choose to take KCC’s LITE 216: Film Interpretation class this fall.

  • It can help students meet general education core requirements. All students seeking an associate degree at KCC must complete a “general education core” of certain classes, which varies by program. LITE 216 falls under the Creativity category of general core courses at KCC.
  • It’s transferable. Film Interpretation is transferable to more than two dozen colleges and universities in the state of Michigan alone, including major KCC transfer destinations like Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Central Michigan University, Ferris State University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. Visit the Michigan Transfer Network website to view course equivalencies to higher-ed institutions across the state.
  • It’s got great reviews! In a recent Facebook post about the class, several of Samra’s previous students commented positively. Jennifer Endres wrote: “Matt Samra is great!” Rebekah Dianne Love wrote: “Definitely a class I’d recommend!” Donald Tate wrote: “I had Matt Samra for my intro to literature class in 2003, and he really knows his stuff. Highly recommend one of his courses.” Madison St. Amant simply stated: “TAKE THIS CLASS!!!!!”

Interested in signing up for LITE 216: Film Interpretation? Registration is open now! Visit www.kellogg.edu/registration for information about registering for classes.

For more information about LITE 216, email Samra at samram@kellogg.edu.