This course provides an introduction to a wide range of cinematic styles, genres, and practices. Each session will provide a historical survey of a particular mode of film practice, tracing the development of indie cinema, experimental film and video, documentary styles, types of arthouse cinema, and tendencies within mainstream Hollywood narratives. One guiding question throughout the semester will be how contemporary trends can be traced back to their earlier historical roots in global film culture. In addition to our exploration of genres and types of films, we will also discuss both changing and enduring viewing practices, as well as modes of distribution and exhibition. Students will be required to develop and present research projects in which they delve deeper into a topic introduced in our class sessions.