Provincetown Banner columnist Howard Karren to teach film class in October

From Premiere and People to PAAM:  Film Critic Howard Karren Makes Film Accessible

Provincetown Banner columnist Howard Karren is expanding his credits this year to include teacher, as he makes the elements of film accessible to everyday people in his workshop How To Read a film: A Seminar on Film Language and Aesthetics at Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

Karren began his career studying film at Brown and Columbia and then climbing the editorial ladder at New York Magazine, People, and Premiere. These days, Karren co-owns the Alden Gallery in the East End and reviews DVDs in his column This Week's Rent.

Of this class, Karren says he wanted to help bridge the gap between people who 'watch' movies and movie critics. "Everyone from pre-verbal children to couch potatoes understands the movies. But how this visual and aural medium conveys meaning is quite different from the way written language does, with its rules of grammar and dictionaries full of words and their definitions.

This seminar explores the elements of film language - what they are, how they developed, and most important, how they can take a movie into the realm of art. We will watch clips from historic films from around the world, discuss the many theories of film art -- from Eisenstein to Bazin to structuralism -- and apply them to our film going experience. Without going into academic minutiae, we will examine the nature of shots and cuts, film space and film viewing, the contributions of great directors and film artists, and the scholarly basis for film criticism".

The workshop will take place October 15, 22, 29 and November 5, 1-2:30pm. Call PAAM 508-487-1750 or go to for more information.

Provincetown Art Association and Museum was established in 1914 by a group of artists and townspeople to build a permanent collection of works by artists of outer Cape Cod, and to exhibit art that would allow for unification within the community. Through a comprehensive schedule of exhibitions of local and national significance and educational outreach, Provincetown Art Association and Museum provides the public access to art, artists, and the creative process.

PAAM, located at 460 Commercial Street, is open (October - May) noon to 5pm, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, also open by appointment; (Memorial Day - September) 11 am - 8pm Monday - Thursday, 11am - 10pm Friday, 11am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday. General admission $7. Free to members and children 12 and under. For more information, please call 508-487-750 or visit

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