Founded in 2010 with an initial grant by philanthropist, and business executive, Norton Herrick, The Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies at the School of Communication is dedicated to the advancement of the history, aesthetics, social and cultural impact of motion picture media.

The goals of the Center are to further the work of motion picture preservation and archiving, and to support media education and research at the University of Miami and the South Florida community through lectures, conferences, seminars, workshops, and screenings.

The Center works closely with the Bill Cosford Cinema, a state-of-the-art theater that specializes in exhibiting first-run alternative, foreign and classic films at the University of Miami.

In partnership with Nuray Pictures the Center has made available to the University of Miami faculty and students a collection of over 3000 films and television programs many rare and otherwise unavailable titles.

Additional educational partners of the Center include: the New York University Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, University of Miami School of Music, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Program of Women and Gender Studies, the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, Media Arts + Practice Division.

Community partners include: Miami International Film Festival, Ocean Reef Cultural Center, Glenn Curtiss House, Humphrey Bogart Film Festival, Women’s International Film Festival.


Christina Lane has overseen the programming and educational activities for the Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies since its founding in 2010.  Dr. Lane is Chair of the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media and Associate Professor of film studies. Her areas of research include film/media history and gender theory. She received her B.A. in English at Mount Holyoke College, her M.A. in Women’s Studies at Ohio State University, and her Ph.D. in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies in the Radio-TV-Film Department at the University of Texas at Austin.


Konstantia Kontaxis is a professor at the University of Miami in the department of Cinema and Interactive Media. As a filmmaker, her work has screened at museums, galleries and festivals including Venice (Art Biennale), New York (Tribeca Film Festival), Montreal (Art Fifa), Paris, Athens, Ankara, Lleida, Taipei and Miami (Art Basel). She has served as film curator for museums and film festivals.


Robert DeLellis is the Cosford Cinema theater manager and curator. He also teaches film studies courses for the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media at the University of Miami.


Scott Eyman, Film Historian/Author
Norton Herrick (Ex Officio), Chairman/CEO, The Herrick Company
Jaie LaPlante, Director, Miami Film Festival
Yvonne McCormack-Lyons, Director Women’s International Film Festival
Rick Ray, CEO Nuray Media
Dee Ray, CEO Nuray Media
Kevin Sharpley, CEO, Kijik Multimedia, Inc.