Communication and Media Studies Department

USM Professor to Take Part in Film Festival Panel Discussion

Ariel Rogers, PhD.

Ariel Rogers, Ph.D

PORTLAND, Maine – A University of Southern Maine (USM) assistant professor of film studies will be one of the participants in a panel discussion later this week during the Portland Maine Film Festival.

Ariel Rogers, who teaches film and media studies through the USM Department of Communication and Media Studies, in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, will take part Saturday night in the “Made in Maine” panel discussion. The discussion will focus on independent filmmaking in Maine.

The details of the panel discussion are:

Portland Maine Film Festival

Panel Discussion: Made in Maine

5-6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9

ThinkTank, 533 Congress St., Portland

followed by a filmmaker reception at 6 p.m.


Panel discussion and reception free with purchase of a movie ticket, $8.


The Portland Maine Film Festival, now in its fourth year, is a three-day-long festival consisting of film showings, seminars and special events. The festival focuses on established and emerging cinema artists of Maine, as well as independent filmmakers from around the world.


Rogers will speak about the importance of location in watching movies, particularly now that films can be viewed almost anywhere. The USM assistant professor teaches in such areas as film and media theory, international film history, spectatorship, new media, American cinema, melodrama and women in film.


The festival will open with a reception at 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8, and the presentation of two films at 6:30 p.m. at Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center, USM, Portland campus, plus a Bahama Beach Party at 9 p.m., at ThinkTank, sponsored by The Bahamas Film Commission.


The film festival on Sunday includes a “Women in Film” program, starting at 4:30 p.m., an award ceremony and a closing night movie program, all at ThinkTank.



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