Santa Barbara City College, Film Studies Department
Film Studies 107: Contemporary American Film
Online Course
Instructor: Nico Maestu


Welcome to the online version of the FilS107: Contemporary American Film course at Santa Barbara City College.

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Most communications for this class between you and the instructor will take place by email and Canvas. You will receive regular emails and messages 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 on Canvas; you will have access to the course a few days before the start of the semester. You will then be able to 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. 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 semester you will be able to plan your film rentals for the semester.

You will need to view one film on you own per week.

For the first week though of the semester, here is the list of films from which you must select ONE to watch by the first Sunday of the semester. You can plan ahead to rent and/or purchase one of the following films. More information will be available on the class site.

Watch ONE of the following films by the first Sundat of the semester and complete Unit 1 assingments:

  • Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
  • The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1962)
  • The Longest Day (Anankin, Marton, Wicki,1963)
  • The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, 1962)
  • Seven Days in May (John Frankenheimer, 1964)
  • Fail Safe (Sydney Lumet, 1964)
  • Lolita (Kubrick, 1962)
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance (John Ford, 1962)
  • Butterfield 8 (Daniel Mann, 1961)
  • West Side Story (Robert Wise, 1961)
  • The Sound of Music (Robert Wise, 1965)