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The MFA in Film is a three-year program in screenwriting, directing, and producing, with production periods culminating in a feature screenplay, an MFA thesis film, or a feature producer’s package.

Robert Sklar


Dr. Robert Sklar, an alumni of Princeton University and Harvard University, was a Professor of history at the University of Michigan and later became a professor of cinema studies at New York University from 1977-2009. Dr. Sklar served on the selection committee of the New York Film Festival though the 1990’s. As a Member of the National Film Preservation Board since 1997, he helped choose films to be included on the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry.


Dr. Sklar specialized in the history of cinema and published many scholarly works on the subject, including: Movie-Made America (1975), Film (1993), City Boys (1992), and A World History of Film (2001). Dr. Sklar was a trailblazer when it came to connecting the motion picture’s role in shaping our history. He also played a pivotal role in gaining acceptance of cinema studies as an academic discipline.

Books by Robert Sklar (Multiple Locations)

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Books edited by Robert Sklar (Multiple Locations)

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The Robert Sklar Collection

The Sklar Collection itself is made up of over 4,000 works of film history, criticism and theory. The collection, which is open and can circulate to all Stony Brook University students, is utilized heavily by the MFA Film and MFA Creative Writing Departments. In addition to the Sklar Collection, each year the MFA Department at Stony Brook University presents the Sklar Prize, which is awarded to students enrolled in the MFA program who demonstrate exceptional promise in directing, producing and screenwriting. As great of a role as Dr. Sklar played in sculpting film history and cinema studies during his lifetime, he continues to play just as big a role at Stony Brook University, as his generous contributions and unparalleled works in the film industry will continue to educate and inspire students for generations to come.

Selected Titles from the Collection

Citizen Spielberg

The Cinema Alone

The Girl from God's Country

Screening Asian Americans

Straight Lick

Emile de Antonio

Requesting Books

Stony Brook students, faculty, and staff can request books from the Sklar collection without coming out to Southampton.

1. Log into ILLiad with your NetID and password.

2. Under Tools - Change User Info, set your pick-up location (e.g. Melville ILL Office).

3. Enter all the info you have on the item. Make sure to include the call number and location such as Southampton PN2287 .B4

4. You can check the status of your request by logging into your ILLiad account.