About This Journal
Cinesthesia: The Grand Valley Journal of Cinema was established to provide undergraduates the opportunity to showcase their academic work, both written and video in format, in the field of cinema studies. Operated by students under the auspices of the School of Communications and with the guidance of a faculty member in the Film and Video Production program, Cinesthesia aims to provoke a dynamic critical discourse on the cinema that engages diverse perspectives on film and culture.
In order to propagate such a discourse, Cinesthesia accepts submissions from undergraduates engaged in any discipline, provided their work examines film or cinema in some way. We accept written articles and video essays. Understanding that the cinema, as both an art form and a cultural artifact, is in constant conversation with various cultures and peoples, the editors at Cinesthesia encourage submissions that analyze films in their social, historical, and aesthetic contexts. Likewise, the editors favor submissions that focus on film theory and its application to criticism, and they call for in-depth examinations of specific films and their traits. In sum, the editors hope that the journal will encourage students on campus and elsewhere to develop their critical minds so that they can interrogate more effectively and more insightfully the world around them.