Molly recently returned from Atlanta after presenting on a Mad Men: Creative Afterthoughts panel at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference dedicated to the scholarly study of film, video, television and new media (SCMS).
Her thoughts about the conference:
“It was great to attend the conference and my paper “Making Memories with Mad Men: The Past, the Present, and the Flashback in Contemporary Serial Television” seemed to have made an impression! I met Michael Renov of the University of Southern California after who told me and the other panel members that he interviewed Matthew Weiner (creator of Mad Men) a few weeks earlier and that he informed him a panel was happening on his show and he was pleased to hear that Mad Men was being discussed by academics!”
Molly transferred to UBC in 2010 from Langara College to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree. After taking her first two Film Studies courses, Hollywood Cinema 1930-1960 with Dr. Lisa Coulthard and Early Cinema with the late Dr. Mark Harris, she knew she found her passion. As the proud recipient of an Arts Undergraduate Research Award in 2012, she gained vital experience as a researcher early on in her studies. She served as an assistant to Dr. Ernest Mathijs on his Videomatica project that aimed to identify the cultural significance of the video store and its uniquely broad DVD collection inherited by UBC. She graduated from the Film Studies Honours program in 2013 and continued her studies at UBC writing her M.A. thesis under the supervision of Dr. Brian McIlroy.
Molly was fortunate to work closely with all the Film Studies faculty at UBC during her five years in attendance. She has particularly fond memories of her classes with Mark Harris, with whom she took five courses before his untimely passing. Molly made some wonderful connections at UBC including befriending Jen Ray, founder and director of Dancinema, and is excited to be serving as a programmer for CASCADIA, a festival of dance and film taking place this August.
Recently, Molly has presented research from her thesis “The Circuitry of Memory: Time and Space in Mad Men” at the Society of Cinema and Media Studies National Conference in Atlanta. Her first article, “The Rumble of Nostalgia: Francis Ford Coppola’s Vision of Boyhood,” will be published next month in Boyhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.
Since graduating from UBC with her Master’s in Film Studies last August, Molly has continued her work as an academic writing tutor and instructor. She will be teaching the UBC Continuing Studies course “Academic Writing for High School Students” for the third time this summer
In the future, she hopes to pursue her PhD and continue her study of television and memory.