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Winter 2011
Media Arts
Willoquet-Maricondi publishes book
Dr. Paula Willoquet-Maricondi, associate professor of media arts and chair of
the Media Arts Department, has published Framing the World: Explorations in
Ecocriticsm and Film with the University of Virginia Press. Willoquet-Maricondi
is the editor of, as well as one of the contributors to, this collection of essays by
international scholars across disciplines.
Te volume ofer in-depth analyses of a broad range of flms, including fctional
and documentary, Hollywood and independent, domestic and foreign, experimen-
tal and indigenous. Drawing from disciplines including flm theory, ecocriticism,
philosophy, rhetoric, environmental justice, and American and Indigenous stud-
ies, Framing the World ofers new and original approaches to the ecocritical study
of cinema. Willoquet-Maricondi’s introduction provides an overview of the feld
of ecocriticism and ofers both philosophical and theoretical foundations for the
ecocritical study of flms
“Paula Willoquet-Marcondi’s Framing the World is a call to environmental action
through the use and study of cinema,” said Salma Monani, assistant professor of
environmental studies at Gettysburg College. “It’s collection of essays that include
refections on cinema’s environmental purposes as well as specifc analysis of types
of cinema is a welcome and engaging addition to the growing feld of ecocinema
Five years ago when professor Jef f
Bass had the idea for the Silver Fox
Awards he could not imagine how
far they would come in such a short
“In the f irst years, I remember chas-
ing students that I didn’t even know
to submit work to the show,” said
Bass, a professor of media arts and
the emcee of the event. It no longer
seems he has that problem.
This year ’s event, which was held
on May 9, was the largest in the f ive-
year history of the awards with over
150 students f illing the Nelly Golletti
Theater. In this year ’s program, 120
students were represented in 61 en-
tries. Of these 120 students, 24 were
victorious in 15 dif ferent categories
ranging from commercials to music
videos and interactive media to ani-
mation. This year ’s added categories
included best feature f ilm, news re-
ports and animation.
“It felt great like you would feel
winning any award,” said Michael
Caiola, winner of two awards for the
Commercial and Film categories. “It
was def initely dif ferent than getting
a good grade. The point of the class
was to make a movie worthy of a se-
mester of work, and that ’s what we
set out to do. ”
That sentiment was echoed by
others as well.
“The whole idea for the awards is
to put on something,” added Bass.
“The students have the opportunity
to showcase work and not just turn it
in and nowadays students are much
more excited to turn their work in for
this reason.”
With the success and growth of the
awards, there is a great deal of opti-
mism about the ceremony.
“I really feel like the sky is the lim-
it,” Bass said.