“The quickening effect of this wonderful art upon social evolution is beyond estimate. Its possibilities are limited only by the power of the creative imagination and the technical powers of the engineer.” (Henry D. Hubbard, 1916) Continue reading “Motion Picture is the Wonder of the World”
This summer I had the privilege of editing an issue of Cinema Journal’s online Teaching Dossier: NEGOTIATING PRECARIOUS POSITIONS. Usually the dossier features articles that share pedagogical ideas, materials, approaches, and discussions. Our issue went meta and addressed the conditions under which we teach, including how these conditions shape and effect how and what we teach. Continue reading Precarious Employment in Higher Education
Once I’d determined to cover ‘Song of the South in my Disney class… I felt strongly that I wanted to present the film in its historic context — not to excuse it — to show it as a key example of the pervasive problem… Crash Course in Cinematic Racism… Continue reading Teaching ‘Song of the South’ – Part 2: History Lesson
… that IS what makes everyone love or hate “Disney”: what they represent and how they represent it… the elephant in the Disney archive when it comes to Representations is, of course, ‘Song of the South’… What’s alarming is… Continue reading Teaching ‘Song of the South’ – Part 1: Why?
TCM and Fathom Events will be screening my buddy Billy Wilder‘s film noir classic Double Indemnity in select theaters July 19th … Continue reading ‘Doube Indemnity’ on the big screen
I had the privilege of teaching Film History at Humboldt State University in northern California for one brief but life-changing year … Continue reading The Minor Theater and Me
Last January I finally got the chance to teach a course on Disney. Many of my colleagues have been mocking me … Continue reading What We Talk About When We Talk About Disney