How excited are we? Turner Classic Movies is collaborating with Ball State University to offer an online course on film noir! It is free to everyone! Subscribers and non-subscribers alike! Internationally! To coincide with their INSANE “Summer of Darkness” programming (I mean, just LOOK at this)! Ok, I know I am rambling here because I am enrolled and ready to take this class! Not only that, we will be analyzing and reflecting on the class here on the podcast! Starting with this episode.
Over the course of at least three episodes, we will reflect on “Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir” BEFORE the class, DURING the class, and AFTER the class is over. This episode is our Before edition, and our anticipation is enhanced by a number of guests!
First of all, my friend, #TCMParty tweeter, and sometime collaborator Will McKinley will join me in this series as a classmate. You can catch him on Twitter @WillMcKinley and read his blog Cinematically Insane.
Turner Classic Movies’s Director of Marketing & Editorial Shannon Clute will also be joining us to give us TCM’s perspective on the upcoming class and “Summer of Darkness” Festival. You can read his writings many places, including TCM’s Movie Morlocks Blog.
How could we discuss the upcoming class without the instructor? That’s right, we are also joined by Richard Edwards, the man behind the virtual lectern! Rich is the Executive Director of iLearn Research at Ball State University, heading up the group that researches and builds innovative courses that incorporate social networking, online collaboration, open access, digital storytelling, virtual worlds, and active learning. You can follow Rich on Twitter @redwards7
Some of you Film Noir fiends may also know Shannon and Rich as the co-hosts of the podcast “Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir,” which has been around for a decade now, as well as some of their other podcasts. You can find their archive over at noircast.net. They have also written a book about Film Noir together called “The Maltese Touch of Evil: Film Noir and Potential Criticism,” which you can get here!
In today’s episode, we discuss:
1. The original concept of TCM collaborating with Ball State University to offer a free course on Film Noir. Was this possible even a decade ago?
2. When the educational component was incorporated into the “Summer of Darkness” Festival.
3. How the podcast “Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir” led to such a unique class.
4. What enrollment is like, and what people can plan to get from the class.
5. What Film Noir has to offer, in general.
6. Working with TCM to build a class around the “Summer of Darkness.”
7. The various video, social, and other components of the class.
8. Important Film Noir titles.
9. Possible future classes?
10. Will and I discuss why participation in this is so important.
Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @HIFFSD, and remember to stay scared!