New FMS Faculty
- Denise Cummings, Senior Lecturer + Director of Undergraduate Studies
Denise Cummings is a Senior Lecturer in the Film and Media Studies Program. Prior to Tufts, she was an Associate Professor in Critical Media and Cultural Studies and Director of Film Studies at Rollins College. Her research is at the intersection of cinema studies, cultural studies, and critical theory, with a focus on Native American and global Indigenous screen cultures, as well as Native art and visual culture. Her work engages the politics of transnational film and media production, marketing, and distribution; she also has significant expertise in the history, theory, method, and practice of film festivals and activist media. Dr. Cummings has published three books, curates film programs for the Native American Literature Symposium, and serves on several film festival committees. She received her PhD from the University of Florida. This fall she will be teaching two sections of the FMS core course Art of the Moving Image.
- Pamela Corkey, Part-Time Lecturer in Screenwriting
Pamela Corkey is a WGA screenwriter and indie filmmaker. She studied undergraduate film at Boston University and earned her M.F.A. in writing and directing from the American Film Institute residency program. Ms. Corkey has made two feature films and nine shorts. Her directorial debut, Easy Listening, premiered at Slamdance and went on to a successful festival run, winning two Best Feature awards and one for Best New Director before its release in 2003. Her original screenplay, Cornboy, was adapted as a graphic novel in 2011 by Dynamite Entertainment. Her last comedy short, Showstopper, premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival in 2013 and won awards at Sidewalk, Women in Film, and UFVA. She has optioned and sold several original screenplays, most recently the 2020 Netflix series Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love. She has taught screenwriting and film production at Emerson College, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Hofstra University before joining the faculty at Tufts. This fall she will be teaching Screenwriting I.
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