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Jeanine Basinger Center for Film Studies, Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT

Wesleyan University Center for Film Studies & Cinema Archives
Wesleyan University Center for Film Studies & Cinema Archives
Wesleyan University Center for Film Studies & Cinema Archives
Wesleyan University Center for Film Studies & Cinema Archives
Wesleyan University Center for Film Studies & Cinema Archives
Wesleyan University Center for Film Studies & Cinema Archives

Background and Context
Wesleyan University’s Center for Film Studies and Cinema Archives brings together two distinct programs into a single facility – one for unified study of motion picture that combines historical, formal and cultural analysis and the other for preservation of primary historical documents and artifacts. Internationally renowned for its curriculum, faculty and alumni, the growth of Wesleyan Film Studies as an academic discipline is testimony to the importance of examining film as a cultural artifact, its influence as an art form, and stature as an industry of global significance.

Film Studies’ four areas of focus –16mm, digital, virtual film and production – were originally dispersed in several buildings throughout the campus. The objective of the project was to bring together the Film Studies program into a single facility and to co-locate the program with the existing Cinema Archive.

Wesleyan’s Cinema Archive contains the objects from such notable directors and actors as Frank Capra, Ingrid Bergman, Martin Scorsese, John Waters and Clint Eastwood. The project called for environmental upgrades that would provide a controlled environment for the conservation and scholarship of films, manuscripts, costumes and other materials.