Meta-Media Cinema Series

Research shows that mass media has a significant impact on the career aspirations of college students, and in particular, the aspirations of minority students. (Cooper, 2013) While television, newspapers and social media outlets are frequently used to seek or obtain information about certain professions, the portrayal of media professions in popular narrative cinema is often cited as contributing to both positive perceptions and negative stereotypes about these careers. (Saleem, Hanan, Saleem & Shamshad, 2014) Some movies leave viewers with the perception that media-oriented careers are glamorous, while others appear to highlight the less desirable consequences associated with media professions—isolation, addiction, delusions of grandeur and burnout.
The Media Studies Program at Mercy College is comprised of three concentrations, Film/Culture, Journalism, and Radio and Television Production, with an additional five-course track in Theater. Professors Louis Grasso, Marc Palmieri and Steven DeRosa have put together a screening/discussion series aimed toward encouraging a dialogue among the students in the various concentrations with faculty practitioners. The Meta-Media Cinema series will promote the cross-disciplinary nature of media professions and dispel some of the myths surrounding them which have been popularized by the movies.

You can reserve seats for each screening by clicking the titles below or scanning the QR code on the individual images.

Network (1976) – 9/24/21 

Sunset Boulevard (1950) – 10/22/21 

Radio Days (1987) – 11/12/21 

Rear Window (1954) – 12/10/21  

Tootsie (1982) – 1/28/22  

Ace in the Hole (1951) – 2/18/22 

Sweet Smell of Success (1957) – 3/18/22

For Your Consideration (2006) – 4/22/22 

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