Portfolio & Scholarship

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Portfolio & Scholarship

Portfolio & Scholarship

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

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Education & Experience

Education & Experience

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

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Review: Sorry to Bother You (2018)

The plot of Sorry to Bother You is familiar. A peasant longs for the royal life. He achieves it at the cost of his integrity, one bank deposit at a time. With whom will he side in the last reel when his old and new lives collide? Sorry’s peasant is […]

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Review: Game Night (2018)

Let me be clear. This is not a review of 2017’s Radius. If it were a review of Radius, I might praise the film’s quirky premise: everyone who gets within fifty feet of Liam suddenly drops dead – everyone, that is, except for Jane. A review of Radius would prepare […]

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Hundraåringen

Review: Hundraåringen… (2013)

Aimlessly wandering from a retirement home on the day of his first triple-digit birthday, Allan Karlsson unwittingly acquires a fortune in drug money. A caravan of unsavory biker thugs (apparently trained at the Home Alone school for comic criminals) gives chase. Oblivious to his pursuers (indeed, to his surroundings), Karlsson […]

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Recommendation Letters (for first year students)

It’s long been my policy to post an ideal recommendation on my office door.  That way even freshmen can see the virtues I value:  conscientious attendance, winsome collaboration, imaginative work which marries theory and practice, and so on.  When seniors request a letter, I ask them to bring examples of […]

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Shenandoah (1965)

Review: Shenandoah (1965)

Despite its many genre tropes, I’m not sure Shenandoah counts as a Western. Yet it performs a function common to Westerns of the 1960s. It allows pointed criticism of current events (in this case, the Vietnam War) from a safe, thus palatable, distance. Many have tagged this an anti-war film, […]

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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.  […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Attendance Isn’t Roll Call

I don’t suppose you can ever guess what will turn someone’s crank. Witness the explosion of interest in an essay about something as vanilla as attendance. The questions swelling my inbox after a previous post about this post boil down to two issues: the burden of mandatory reporting and student […]

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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 earlier. Taking a […]

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