Sunday, March 8, 2015

Essay in Short Film Studies

Intellect Ltd. are esteemed publishers of many peer-reviewed academic journals.  I am proud to announce that my recent essay The Perfect Human: An avant-garde rebellion against Classical Hollywood style appears in the latest issue of their journal Short Film Studies (volume 5, issue 2).  

Abstract: This article seeks to position Jørgen Leth’s The Perfect Human as an avant-garde challenge to Classical Hollywood film style as well as mine the film’s abstract appeal in its invention of new methodologies to generate meaning.

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Sinners at BIFF 2015

Sinners has been named an official selection of the 2015 Boston International Film Festival.  The festival runs from April 16th through the 21st

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Presenting at Conference

An exciting announcement:

I have had a formal proposal accepted to present an essay at a prestigious conference at TCU this fall.  My paper: Fatal Femme - Bruno Antony and Hitchcock's Subversion of the Femme Fatale Archetype, is part of the Analyzing the 1950s: Media, Politics, Culture Conference to be held in Forth Worth Texas on November 15, 2014.

My accepted proposal:

Director Alfred Hitchcock is widely regarded as an expert craftsman and the epitome of the Classical Hollywood paradigm yet, rather contradictorily, he regularly subverted socially normative behavior in the characters of his masterful suspense films.  While not often viewed as a director working within the film noir genre, I wish to contend that 1951's Strangers on a Train is one of the most wholly unique entries in the noir cycle.  In this film, Hitchcock subtextually violates 1950s values utilizing popularized aspects of Freudian psychology to craft a masterpiece of visual style in a narrative filled to the brim with violence, death, and sexuality.  In adapting Patricia Highsmith's novel, the famed director encodes the villainous antagonist Bruno Anthony within a femme fatale archetype thus synthesizing a homoerotic bond between the film's two male characters and escalating tension and unease within the film. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sinners updates

I am thrilled to announce that SINNERS has been named an OFFICIAL SELECTION of the:

*2014 Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival
*2014 Massachusetts Independent Film Festival