MMU: Staging the Screen: The Musical Movie

Series: Movie Madness University

Four-week seminar held at the Movie Madness Miniplex. Tuition is $75 for the four-week class, $60 for members. Class size will be limited to 18.

Stage adaptations make up the majority of movie musicals—but in “Staging the Screen: The Musical Movie,” we’ll look at how the movie musical has always been its own distinct form by examining four musical films that originated as films. This class will revel in the experiments that directors and composers have dreamt up by making the screen the stage, with a focus on works that are uniquely cinematic. Expect some classics you might not have known originated as films, and some deep cuts that push the form in truly experimental ways!

(For a list of specific titles that will be featured in the course, please email with “class titles” in the subject line.)

Movies will be screened at the Movie Madness Miniplex, followed by an instructor-led discussion. Classes begin on April 12 and will be held Wednesdays through April 27, plus Sunday May 1, at 7:00pm. Proof of vaccination and masks are required for all students and instructors.

This class will be taught by Max Swanson, a nonfiction/experimental filmmaker/performer, writer, educator, and organizer based in Portland, OR. They currently teach at NW Doc and PSU, and work as a freelance story consultant. They are also a co-producer of the local drag and art collaborative Max & Mars Present.



Wednesday, April 6