(IUB) IU Cinema Department, Student Projectionist Position (Deadline: April 22)

Position:  Student Projectionist
Department: IU Cinema
Title of Supervisor: Technical Director


The Indiana University Cinema is a world-class venue and curatorial program that is dedicated to the scholarly study and highest standards of exhibition of film in its traditional and modern forms.

Our Student Projectionists gain rare work experience operating some of the world’s finest projection equipment, handling a variety of film & video formats, and presenting under optimal screening conditions. Such an opportunity directly complements academic studies in film history, theory, criticism, and production. However, attention to detail, ability to work under pressure, and willingness to learn are the foremost requirements for this position and interested applicants from all backgrounds or academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Successfully complete our detailed training in the exhibition of 35mm, 16mm, DCI Compliant digital cinema and alternative content;
  • Perform all necessary duties required, including:
    • Set up and operation of cinema system for public screenings and lectures.
    • Set up of Teaching Lectern for classes.
    • Execute necessary adjustments for format and aspect ratio changes;
    • Execute “reel to reel” changeovers (for film screenings);
    • Exhibit all films and videos, maintaining the highest standards of exhibition;
    • Inspect and prepare video tapes, discs and packages for screenings;
    • Perform general Cinema Booth maintenance and cleaning, as needed.
    • Occasionally: Close/lock the venue at the end of a shift & when patrons have left
    • Rare: Assist with social media & written descriptions of films for program book.


  • Keen attention to detail, reliability, excellent time-keeping skills, punctuality, independence, motivation and ability to multi-task in a busy environment;
  • Strong practical and organizational skills with the ability to solve problems;
  • Enthusiastic and pleasant manner;
  • Ability to work flexibly within a small team;
  • Ability to work independently, and remain calm under pressure;
  • Ability to work with (and provide basic tech support for) both Macintosh and Windows systems.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to deal effectively with people at all levels, even under pressure.
  • An aptitude for learning technical skills, and experience with audiovisual technology is desired, but prior experience with theatrical projection is not required. We provide full training.
  • Interest in film history, technologies and presentation aesthetics;
  • Interest in 2-year commitment

Requirements for all applicants (Student Hourly and/or Graduate Assistant):

  • Must commit to work daytime, evening and/or weekend hours to correspond with IU Cinema and student’s schedule.
  • New hires must attend and successfully complete a mandatory training period during the month of August
  • Good vision is also required in order to thread film and focus images onto a screen approximately 60-feet away. If required, prescriptions for corrective eyewear must be kept up-to-date.
  • The position entails lifting of film materials weighing up to 40 lbs. Additionally, candidates must be able to lift 10 lbs above their head, which is necessary for threading standard 35mm film reels.
  • Combined student employment in excess of 20 hours requires written approval from Faculty Advisor and, ultimately, the Vice-Provost. Combined positions/appointments at the University shall not exceed the absolute maximum of 30-hours weekly (75% FTE).

Additional Requirements for Graduate Assistant applicants:

  • IU Cinema GA Projectionist positions are 10-month Student Academic Appointments.
  • If selected, candidates must be prepared to commit to a 15-hour appointment for both semesters.
  • IU Cinema SAA’s will not be revised (e.g. hours changed or reduced) to accommodate additional appointments. These are 10-month

Upon successful completion of a 10-month appointment and based on performance and adherence to requirements, IU Cinema may offer the position for a second Academic year. GA applicants should indicate in their cover letter whether a 2nd year wouldbe possible (if offered).


15-hour SAA (37.5% FTE)…………….$4,875 per semester

Hourly………………………………………$19.00/hourly beyond FTE

Hourly………………………………………$16.00/hourly for training dates August 12th to 24th.

NO Fee Remission……………………..This position DOES NOT include fee remission.

Students eligible for G901 are preferred.

Start Date:

The official start date will be August 12th, 2019There will be a mandatory training period during the month of August. Shifts follow a somewhat regular weekly schedule, beginning with the first week of fall semester. Schedule variations should be expected. However, most variations will be known at the start of each semester.


  • Include a cover letter outlining your qualifications and the nature of your interest in this position. (Your cover letter may be either an attached document or within the body of the email itself.)
  • Attach an updated copy of your resume.  Please use “GA Projectionist Application” as the subject of your email.  Submit via email to bgrassia@iu.edu.
  • Receipt of application will be acknowledged via email.  Faculty may submit reference letters via email.

Deadline: Applications must be received by Monday, April 22nd


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