Santa Barbara City College, Film and Media Studies Department
Film Studies 104: American Film to 1960s
Online Course
Prof. Nico Maestu


Welcome to the online version of the Film Studies 104: American Film to 1960s course at Santa Barbara City College.

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(Video produced by Film Studies intern, William Conlin)

Most communications for this class between you and the instructor will take place by email. You will receive regular emails about the content of the class and the assignments at your SBCC Pipeline account (click here). Be sure to check it often so that you do not miss any class information.

This class is not fully on Canvas. We will be using a simple website on which you can access the lecture presentations, film clips, links to external websites, schedule, and more.

The course is completely online > you will NOT need to come to the Santa Barbara City College campus for any part of the class.

On the first day of the semester you will receive an email with information about the class site, the link to the site, the username and the password. Be sure to check your email that day.

All emails for this class should be sent to:

In the subject of the email, type:

  • FirstName LastName, your CRN number, what this email is about

  • ex: Subject: John Doe, 33883, Question


When you first log in to the class on the first day of the session you will be able to plan your film rentals for the semester.

For the Summer session, you will need to view 2 to 3 films on you own per week.

For the first week of the session, the first films will be available on the class site -- no need to rent them. Once the class starts and you access the class site, you can plan ahead to rent and/or purchase one of the following films. More information will be available on the class site.