Category Archives: film

Karen E. Whedbee is an associate professor in the media studies program in the Department of Communication at Northern Illinois University. She has published widely on topics related to free speech, communication ethics, and the history of participatory democracy. Among … Continue reading

Susan Potter is lecturer in film studies at the University of Sydney. She recently answered some questions about her new book, Queer Timing: The Emergence of Lesbian Sexuality in Early Cinema. Q: Why did you decide to write this book? When I … Continue reading

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of University of Illinois Press’ Women and Film History International series. In collaboration with film historians, Kay Armatage, Jane M. Gaines, and Christine Gledhill, the series was originally devised as a home for new … Continue reading

Headed to SCMS in Toronto this week? So are we! Here’s what you need to know: 1.  We’re giving away 50 copies of Pink-Slipped: What Happened To Women In The Silent Film Industries. Stop by our booth in the exhibit hall and grab … Continue reading

In Jane M. Gaines newest book, Pink-Slipped: What Happened to Women in the Silent Film Industries?, she rediscovers the previously overlooked women of the silent era that were instrumental in the earliest days of film. Today, the film industry is known for … Continue reading

“Our aim has been to publish conceptually ambitious, risk-taking work that challenges familiar models for understanding film authorship.”–Justus Nieland, CFD series editor Since the publication of an illuminating cross-cultural dialogue on the legendary Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami in 2003, the University … Continue reading

Born on January 14, 1963, in Atlanta, Steven Soderbergh found filmmaking in his teens. His Hollywood apprenticeship included work as a cue card holder and a director of concert films. In 1986, his film Sex, Lies, and Videotape helped launch the surge … Continue reading

“There’s a reason that this genre film never worked. It must be ethnic to the core—you must smell the spaghetti. That’s what brought the magic to the novel—it was written by an Italian.” With those words former studio head Robert … Continue reading

One hundred-and-one years ago, Francis Albert Sinatra entered the world in Hoboken, New Jersey. He proceeded to live one of the more completely lived lives this side of Casanova. Though foiled by television, Sinatra otherwise thrived across mass media, earning love … Continue reading

An excerpt from Justin Nieland‘s once-again-timely book David Lynch. Laura Palmer—passive, suffering, already victimized—is one kind of a melodramatic myth, and Twin Peaks, both the series and the fictional town, is Lynch’s most enduring melodramatic network, a famously quirky environment of character. … Continue reading