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Joel Neville Anderson

Lecturer in Film

Joel Neville Anderson is a PhD Candidate in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, where he received the Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship. His research is focused on the institutional mediation of personal documentary form and genre in the neoliberal era, working in experimental film and video, personal documentary, community media, environmental justice, film festival studies, and Japanese cinema and visual culture. Anderson’s writing has appeared in scholarly journals, anthologies, and magazines including Millennium Film Journal, Senses of Cinema, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Hyperallergic, Afterimage, Film on the Faultline, MUBI Notebook, and Screen Slate, and his creative productions have screened at such venues as Anthology Film Archives and Bronx Museum of the Arts. He has taught courses in theory and history at the New School, SUNY Purchase College, and the University of Rochester, as well as production and media literacy workshops with the Museum of the Moving Image, Jacob Burns Film Center, and Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV). He curates JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film at Japan Society in New York since 2014, and Rochester’s avant-garde film series On Film since 2012. He serves as a producer of Aca-Media, the podcast from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and on the editorial board of InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture, where he previously worked as Managing Editor. He is based in New York City.

Publications

Review of Immediations: The Humanitarian Impulse in Documentary (2017) by Pooja Rangan. Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism 45, nos. 2 & 3 (2018): 62-63.

“(Community) Video Art: DCTV’s Expanded Documentary Practice.” Millennium Film Journal 65 (Spring 2017).

“Sennan Asbestos Disaster: Kazuo Hara Discusses His First Film in 10 Years.” MUBI Notebook. November 21, 2017.

Review of Radiation Brain Moms and Citizen Scientists: The Gender Politics of Food Contamination after Fukushima (2016), by Aya Hirata Kimura. International Feminist Journal of Politics 19, no. 4 (2017): 545-547.

“A City of Cinema Perseveres: The 15th Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.” Senses of Cinema 85 (December 2017).

“My First Flaherty: Joel Neville Anderson.” Flaherty Stories: Voices from the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, companion blog to The Flaherty: Decades in the Cause of Independent Cinema (Indiana University Press, 2017) by Patricia R. Zimmermann and Scott MacDonald. September 8, 2017.

“Let’s Use the Art Strike to Hold Cultural Institutions Accountable.” Hyperallergic. January 19, 2017.

Interview with Nicholas Mirzoeff on How to See the World: An Introduction to Images, from Self-Portraits to Selfies, Maps to Movies, and More (Basic Books, 2016). Aca-Media (monthly podcast from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and Cinema Journal). May 2016.

Encyclopedia entries for Shinji Aoyama, Cure (1997), Doppelgänger (2003), Killers (2014). The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films, edited by Salvador Jimenez Murguía. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016.

“The infant and the cadaver: Paul Schrader’s films and criticism.” In Directory of World Cinema: American Independent 3, edited by John Berra. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016. (Reprinted in MUBI Notebook. July 6, 2018.)

“Cinema in reconstruction: Japan’s post-3.11 documentary.” In Film on the Faultline, edited by Alan Wright. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.

“Mitsuo Yanagimachi: Currents of dissent and modes of social critique.” In Directory of World Cinema: Japan 3, edited by John Berra. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.

“In-flight viewing.” InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture (IVC). September 7, 2015.

Interview with Jun Okada on Making Asian American Film and Video: History, Institutions, Movements (Rutgers University Press, 2015). Aca-Media. December 2015.

Encyclopedia entries for André Bazin, Serge Daney, Mikio Naruse, and Tokyo Story (1953). Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, edited by Stephen Ross. New York: Routledge, 2014.

Profile of Hal Hartley, reviews of The Indian Runner (1991), Laws of Gravity (1992), The Limits of Control (2009). In Directory of World Cinema: American Independent 2, edited by John Berra. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.

“Drift compatibility: Pacific Rim and the international blockbuster.” InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture (IVC). September 7, 2013.

Festival Focus: JAPAN CUTS. In Directory of World Cinema: Japan 2, edited by John Berra. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.