Courses & Pedagogy

Education & Experience

Degrees, certification, teaching, collaboration, achievement, recognition, and assessment.

Vitae

Courses & Pedagogy

Courses & Pedagogy

Applying theory, history, and criticism to practical instruction in studios, on location -- even in classrooms.

Syllabi

Films & Scholarship

Films & Scholarship

A portfolio of award-winning creative projects. A consideration of research interests.

Galleries

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A Drop in the Bucket

Mary arrives for her October advising appointment.  Transcript and catalog hang limply at her side.  We look over a grid of offered courses.  She chooses a schedule for her final spring semester.  I skim my copy of her record and commend her for coming so close to graduating cum laude.  “Almost made it, didn’t you?” […]

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AMPAS: An Irrelevant Legacy

I love the Oscars, America’s night of royal pageantry.  On that night, the Academy reminds us that film occupies a sweet spot at the crossroads of commerce and art.  That the moving image is society’s chief means of ideological exchange.  That the best movies are not merely good and important stories, they are the nexus […]

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Shades of Je Suis Charlie

Our Dodge Polara – more tank than station wagon – slowed as it passed the Biltmore Twin Theatres. Maybe Mom was trying to read the picket signs. Marchers and their placards asserted hate for Hollywood, love for God and country. Oddly enough, I don’t remember which movie was on the marquee. Last Tango in Paris, […]

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Screenwriting: Empathetic Listening

A new friend of mine complimented a favorite scriptwriter as “having an ear for natural dialogue.””How would you develop one of those?” I asked him, over hanger steak at the Brewing Company.”Eavesdrop,” he said. “Listen to people.”I remembered being in St. Louis a year ago. Taking a break from an academic conference, I sat alone […]

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