About Research Film Studio

Soon after the Local Spirit Initiative was formed, Princeton students started the extracurricular Research Film Studio. Inspired by a filmmaking workshop co-taught by Bence Fliegauf and Erika Kiss in the fall of 2019, a dozen or so undergraduates and a couple of graduate students decided to make a short film based on Kiss’s research on the almost forgotten 1914 White House meeting between William Monroe Trotter and Woodrow Wilson. In this historical encounter the civil rights hero Trotter traps Wilson – like Hamlet’s “Mousetrap” – in an inadvertent admission that he is the architect of the re-segregation of the federal workforce. The weekly extracurricular meetings combined with working distantly on shared documents on Google Drive were surprisingly productive and we were planning to start shooting the short film after casting when the pandemic struck. In the lockdown, I decided to use the remainder of the grant from the Princeton Histories Fund to complete the production book (without the script).

http://hiddenhistory.researchfilm.studio/production-book/

Many of the original group are still on campus and many joined the Research Film Studio last term with the desire to continue and complete The Curious Adventures of William Monroe Trotter.

RFS

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The Film Forum started in the fall of 2005. It is dedicated to the discussion of films that not only delight us in the spectacular ways cinema most naturally does but also leave us puzzled, challenged, unsettled, or even irritated.

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In 2018, Erika Kiss, Sigrid Adriaenssens, Chris Tully and John Higgins launched a faculty initiative in Princeton University that recognizes the increasing importance and opportunities of sensory learning, research and teaching through film and digital media. The first projects of the Local Spirit Initiative include co-teaching ‘Environmental Film Studies’ a Princeton course designed by Erika Kiss and the development of short research films and other immersive and mixed media teaching aid. Several award-winning film directors, who visited our campus, advise the faculty group’s filmmaking.

RFS Courses

Together with guest professors and filmmakers, we will study the interface of environmental and film studies through examples from masterpieces of cinema and our own short research film exercises.

The responsibility of film studies is to assist this creative struggle with sophisticated and openminded film curation and canon formation

This course uncovers the roots of racial injustice in Hollywood; the secret, but cardinal role Woodrow Wilson played in Hollywood.

RFS short film projects

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The Curious Adventures of William Monroe Trotter

A Research Film Studio Production awarded by grant from Princeton Histories Fund

Angelus Novus

Walter Benjamin, Thesis on the History of Philosophy

A Local Spirit – Research Film Studio Production.
Erika Kiss, Sigrid Adriaenssen, Chris Tully, John Higgins,

Democratizing Film – with John Nein and Carlo Chatrian

RFS Students' Work Collection