NOVEMBER 5-7, 2010


Andrew Bujalski is the director of Funny Ha Ha (2002: 2005), Mutual Appreciation (2003: 2006), and Beeswax (2009).  New York Times fA.O. Scott listed Funny Ha Ha as one of his ten "Movies of Influence" of the past decade.  Bujalski is a graduate of Harvard's Visual and Environmental Studies program where he worked with Chantal Akerman.


Mary Ann Doane is George Hazard Crooker Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University.  In 1996-1997 and 1998-2000 she was Chair of the Department of Modern Culture and Media.  She also serves on the Executive Board of the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women.  She has held visiting teaching positions at New York University and the University of Iowa.  In 1994 she was Frederic Ives Carpenter Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago and in Spring 2005 she delivered the Christian Gauss Seminar Lectures at Princeton University.  Doane holds degrees from Cornell University (BA English, summa cum laude, 1974) and the University of Iowa (M.A. Speech and Dramatic Art, 1976; Ph.D. Speech and Dramatic Art, 1979).  She is the author of The Desire to Desire: The Woman's Film of the 1940s (Indiana University Press, 1987), Femmes Fatales: Feminism, Film Theory, Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 1991) and The Emergence of Cinematic Time: Modernity, Contingency, the Archive (Harvard UP, 2002).  Doane also served as co-editor of Re-Vision: Essays in Feminist Film Criticism (1984) and of Camera Obscura, no. 20-21: "The Spectatrix" (1989). In addition, she has published a wide range of articles on feminist film theory, sound in the cinema, psychoanalytic theory, sexual and racial difference in film, melodrama and television. Doane is currently working on a book on the close-up and scale in the cinema.


D. N. Rodowick is the author of numerous essays as well as five books: The Virtual Life of Film (Harvard University Press, 2007); Reading the Figural, or, Philosophy after the New Media (Duke University Press, 2001); Gilles Deleuze's Time Machine (Duke University Press, 1997); The Difficulty of Difference: Psychoanalysis, Sexual Difference, and Film Theory (Routledge, 1991); and The Crisis of Political Modernism: Criticism and Ideology in Contemporary Film Theory (University of Illinois Press, 1989; 2nd edition, University of California Press, 1994). His edited collection, Afterimages of Gilles Deleuze's Film Philosophy, was published by University of Minnesota Press in 2009.  After studying cinema and comparative literature at the University of Texas, Austin, and Université de Paris 3, he obtained a Ph.D. at the University of Iowa in 1983.  Special research interests include aesthetics and the philosophy of art, the history of film theory, philosophical approaches to contemporary art and culture, and the impact of new technologies on contemporary society.  Rodowick has also been an award-winning experimental filmmaker and video artist.  In 2002, he was named an Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Rodowick's essay, "An Elegy for Theory," received the Katherine Singer Kovacs Essay Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies in 2009. 


William Rothman received his PhD in philosophy from Harvard. As a student of Stanley Cavell, widely recognized as the greatest living American philosopher, he wrote Harvard’s first dissertation on film. After teaching for several years at the NYU Cinema Studies Department, an NEH grant enabled him to return to Harvard, where he taught for many years before becoming Director of the International Honors Program on Film, Television and Social Change in Asia. Presently, Presently, he is Professor of Motion Pictures and Director of the MA and PhD programs in film and media studies at the University of Miami. His books include the landmark Hitchcock--The Murderous Gaze (Harvard University Press); The "I" of the Camera (Cambridge University Press),the second edition of which includes twice as many essays as the first); Documentary Film Classics (Cambridge) and (with Marian Keane) Reading Cavell's The World Viewed (Wayne State University Press); Cavell on Film (SUNY Press); Jean Rouch (Schena Editore and Presses de l'Université de Paris-Sorbonne) and Three Documentary Filmmakers: Errol Morris, Ross McElwee, Jean Rouch (SUNY). He was the founding series editor of the Harvard University Press “Harvard Film Studies” series as well as Cambridge University Press's "Studies in Film" series. He is currently nearing completion of an expanded edition of The Murderous Gaze and two major new books: Emersonian Hollywood, which traces the emergence and vicissitudes of the Emersonian philosophical outlook that was in the ascendancy in Hollywood during the New Deal; and a new Hitchcock book that explores his ambivalent and shifting attitude toward the Emersonianism that Hollywood was already beginning to repress when Selznick brought him to America. Rothman has received numerous honors and lectured all over the world on a wide range of topics. In the past several months, he gave the annual Daphne Mayo Lecture at the University of Queensland, where he was named Distinguished Visiting Professor; the Power Institute Lecture at Sydney University; keynote addresses at conferences in Tel Aviv, Sydney; and lectured at the Ecole normale superiéure in Lyon, Monash Univesrity in Melbourne, Victoria University in Wellington NZ, Auckland University and Harvard.