THE JIM OTTAWAY JR. FILM CENTER houses a 110 seat theater equipped with state-of-the-art 16mm and 35mm film projection, as well as the latest in digital video projection and Dolby digital surround sound.

The facility also boasts multimedia and performance space; two screening/seminar rooms; a video installation gallery; a shooting studio with a control room; a film processing lab; and an animation studio.


Additionally, students have at their disposal a multimedia lab containing 17 Mac computers loaded with the latest software and a sound room capable of editing Dolby 5.1 soundtracks. Moderated students have access to smaller editing suites with high quality video and audio monitoring capabilities.

The program also houses a library consisting of thousands of titles on blu-ray, DVD, or VHS including media and web-based works, experimental film and video, 3D movies, documentaries, classic foreign cinema, mainstream Hollywood offerings, and student films throughout the history of the program.


THE EQUIPMENT ROOM is located in the basement of the Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center in room A127. See Equipment Room page for more details.


THE JOANIE4JACKIE ARCHIVE (formally known as “Big Miss Moviola”) was an alternative distribution system/dialogue for women created by videomaker, Miranda July, in 1995. It was billed as “a challenge and a j4j_450x350promise” for all women who wanted to distribute their own work and see other film/video. Skill level – formal or otherwise – was irrelevant, all women were encouraged to send a tape to July. In return she would send a VHS “chainletter,” consisting of the submitted work and 19 film or video pieces by other women. In 2003, Miranda July gave the project, along with all of it’s herstorical ephemera, in its entirety to Bard. The collection consists of over 200 videos, fanmail, posters, zines and letters all produced by women. Joanie4Jackie exists now as a student-run club, working to properly archive the collection, bring women artists to speak and show work, and have archival screenings of past chain letters.
contact Emily Greenberg at eg4750@bard.edu or visit joanie4jackiebard.tumblr.com


THE ST. TULA FILM SOCIETY was reestablished in 2010 by Film & Electronic Arts students to encourage viewership and criticism of past and current student work. The society holds screenings twice a month: the first screening consists of films from former Bard students whose works are in the archive, the second screening is devoted to showing current student work. All films are welcome, including works in progress — all are equal in the eyes of Saint Tula. Adolfas Mekas, an avant-garde filmmaker and former professor of film at Bard, initiated Saint Tula in the 1970s to encourage his students to become involved in each other’s projects. The mission is the same 40 years later.
contact Mariana Sanchez at ms4569@bard.edu