For the Love of Cinema

Assistant Professor of Film Studies Ariel Rogers arrived at USM last September as part of the team developing a Film Studies minor at USM. Her research is centered on how the experience of cinema has transformed in conjunction with different movie technologies. She has focused, in particular, on the emergence of widescreen cinema in the 1950s, the coming of digital cinema in the 1990s, and the resurgence of 3D since 2005.  She recently completed her book, Cinematic Appeals: The Experience of New Movie Technologies, forthcoming in September 2013.  For her next project, she is researching the first films made in the Cinerama format, inspired by a landmark screening of several of these restored films at the Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles this past fall.

Research Mission

To support research, scholarship and creative activity to: promote knowledge, discovery and practical application to advance Maine's economy, communities and the quality of life for Maine citizens; to strengthen classroom education and transform the lives of students through real world learning opportunities; and to support faculty and staff commitment to excellence in scholarly accomplishments regionally, nationally and internationally.