film studies

Interview: Francesca Coppa, “The Fanfiction Reader: Folk Tales for the Digital Age”

by Kathryn Beaton August 29, 2017

Our author Francesca Coppa recently answered questions from our editorial director, Mary Francis, about her new book The Fanfiction Reader: Folk Tales for the Digital Age.    When I first got the manuscript for this book I couldn’t stop reading: some of these writers are just great storytellers.  Was it hard to choose among the fanfic you know and love? Oh, it was brutal, actually; there’s so much terrific fanfiction out there you wouldn’t believe it.  And there’s no way anyone can read all of it.  So I had to set rules very quickly. Length was a big one: these stories […]

Read more

Simi Linton’s ‘Invitation to Dance’ to Screen at Moscow Film Festival

by Phillip Witteveen October 24, 2014

In 1971, Simi Linton was in a car accident. She lost her husband, her best friend, and the use of her legs. From that day on, she was in a new category. Once a dancer, a student, and an activist—now she would have to navigate all these social places as a disabled person, too—and in an America that didn’t quite know what to think of the disabled, culturally, institutionally. Basically, she did. And with so much personal inertia that she began to align a movement advocating for social justice in her wake. Linton holds a Ph.D., has authored several books, and is the […]

Read more

Aldama Announced as Milwaukee Film Festival Keynote Speaker

by Phillip Witteveen September 11, 2014

Frederick Luis Aldama will give the keynote speech at the Milwaukee Film Festival, which runs September 25 – October 9. The festival spotlights a different country each year as part of its “Passport” program, and this year will feature eight films set in Mexico, including seven by Mexican filmmakers. Aldama has written extensively on Latino pop culture, reviewing its influences—not only in film, but also from Latinos in comic books, poetry, and NFL football. Aldama is co-author of !Muy Pop! (with Ilan Stavans); and most recently, author of Mex-Ciné. “The prodigious Aldama has done it again,” writes Richard Gordon in response […]

Read more

‘Mex-Ciné’ author Frederick Aldama discusses new Latino superhero with Fox News

by Shaun Manning February 25, 2013

Frederick Aldama, whose book Mex-Ciné: Mexican Filmmaking, Production, and Consumption in the Twenty-first Century will be published in April, spoke with Fox News Latino about the debut of DC Comics’ newest Latino superhero, code named Vibe. While the original Vibe, introduced in early 1980s, was widely derided as a poor stereotype–he is one of the few heroes in comics to be killed but not return to life–Aldama told Fox that the new version of the character is considerably more realistic. “Artwise it’s amazing. His skin color is dark and they didn’t just give him Caucasian features. He looks and speaks like […]

Read more

Examining Kracauer, The Nation reviews ‘Culture in the Anteroom’

by Shaun Manning December 21, 2012

In a review essay celebrating Siegfried Kracauer’s foundational thinking on the sociology of cinema, The Nation cites Gerd Gemünden and Johannes von Moltke’s edited volume Culture in the Anteroom: The Legacies of Siegfried Kracauer, published earlier this year. Sixty-five years after the publication of From Caligari to Hitler, J. Hoberman writes, “the ideas advanced by Kracauer … permeate the popular analysis of popular culture.” The writer cites Culture in the Anteroom in his discussion of Kracauer, before concluding that “His work is essentially journalistic—best appreciated as a succession of often brilliant insights rather than a somewhat plodding system, and no less impressive for […]

Read more