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Spotlight, praise shine on

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eviews for the Department of Film in UWM’s Peck School of the Arts have been coming in from all over the world—and they’re raves.

Rob Yeo, associate professor and Film Department chair

Among the kudos the department received in 2011 is spot No. 20 on The Hollywood Reporter’s list of the world’s 25 best film schools. Six shorts from faculty, students and alumni of the Peck School screened at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. How does a program described as “far from the coastal film capitals” become ranked alongside standout schools from New York to Los Angeles and elite international institutions?

“We’re not a traditional, industrybased program, and we’re not satisfied with repeating what has already been done,” says Rob Yeo, associate professor and department chair. “From the beginning almost 40 years ago, we realized that the only thing to do was to outsmart the competition and teach innovation.

The department’s enviable reputation has attracted MFA and BFA applicants from around the world. Current MFA students hail

“Our goal,” says Yeo, “is to help these students establish film programs like UWM’s in their home countries.” One MFA graduate was recently hired as an assistant professor at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou City, China. Among her first initiatives: Develop a study abroad program with UWM. “Partnerships with institutions in Korea and South Africa are also under consideration,” Yeo says.

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“Internet-based film distribution has greatly facilitated entry to the world of film festivals and international exhibitions,” he adds. “It also has put our filmmakers’ work as close as your laptop, tablet or smartphone—no matter where you are on the planet.”

from Cuba, Costa Rica and the Republic of Georgia, while former students attended UWM from India, Turkey, Japan and South Korea.

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UWM Research Report 2012  

UWM faculty, staff and students are following many paths to creating new knowledge in diverse fields.