Faculty Highlights

Jennifer Burton

Burton's recent Half the History project, Tapping Into Our Past, Tapping Into our Future has been included in several film festivals and has received the following awards (so far!): Lunenberg Doc Fest (best short documentary) and the Tallgrass Film Festival (audience award winner).

Jennifer Burton and Julie Dobrow

Burton and Dobrow and will be leading the Half the History Research and Action Project, a digital humanities project, sponsored by Tufts Center for the Humanities (CHAT). The project received the Tufts Bridging Differences Seed grant, a Tufts Springboard grant and a New England Humanities Consortium grant to help support their work.

Khary Saeed Jones

Jones as been selected as the recipient of the 2021-2022 Film Study Center at Harvard University-LEF Foundation Fellowship. His forthcoming feature-length film Night Fight also won a grant from LEF's Moving Image Fund and has received the William Graeves Fund from Firelight Media as well as a Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Grant. Night Fight explores the interior life of a Black man living amid COVID-19, the racial reckoning catalyzed by the murder of George Floyd, and the countdown to the 2020 presidential election.

Susan Napier

Napier, Goldthwaite Professor of Rhetoric and anime scholar, was featured in Time Magazine’s article How Spirited Away Changed Animation Forever, which celebrates with 20th anniversary of Hayao Miyazki's film Sprited Away.

Tasha Oren

Oren, Associate Professor in Film and Media Studies, serves on the editorial board of the journal Signs was appointed as a book review editor earlier this year. She also co-edited collection on contemporary global feminism, The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Feminism, which will be published December 2020.

Kamran Rastegar

Rastegar's essay "Disappearances and Remains: Masculinity in the Cinema of Elia Suleiman” is included in the collection Reel Gender: Palestinian and Israeli Cinema edited by Sa’ed Atshan and Katharina Galor (Bloomsbury Press: 2022). Other recent publications include, “Pictures in Motion” in The Global Middle East, edited by Asef Bayat and Linda Herriera, (University of California Press, 2021) and “Film and Visual Culture as Sources for teaching Modern Middle East History.” in Understanding and Teaching the Modern Middle East, Omnia El-Shakry (ed.). (University of Wisconsin Press, 2020). My musical album Burn the Bridges, which includes unreleased soundtrack compositions for the feature films When I Saw You and Salt of This Sea, was released in March 2020.

Joel Rosenberg

On January 5, 2023, Rosenberg presented, by invitation, a talk at Tel Aviv University’s Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, titled: “Shylock’s Revenge: Ernst Lubitsch’s Subversive Satire on the Nazi Occupation of Poland.” His talk was well-received, and his respondent was Noa Merkin, a PhD student at the University of Chicago’s Dept. of Film and Media Studies, who teaches a course on the films of Lubitsch, and who offered a thoughtful discussion of themes and issues raised in his talk.

Don Schechter

Schechter (A01, M03) directed the TEDxCambridge cinema world premiere of Mysteries of the Mind in September 2022, at the New England Aquarium Simons Theatre. He is an advisor for Rocket VR Health, a Boston based tech start up that offers virtual reality therapeutic experiences and programs that improve mental health. Schechter completed his science fiction novel Ascendants in Fall 2020.

Malcolm Turvey

Turvey's book Play Time: Jacques Tati and Comedic Modernism was published by Columbia University Press. Professor Turvey also edited an issue of the journal October in honor of Annette Michelson.