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FACULTY: Michael Joshua Rowin

Film Theorist, Writer

“Everything is Cinema” is the title of Richard Brody’s biography of French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard, but I believe that the reverse also holds true: “Cinema is everything.”

It is a medium that trafficks in art, entertainment, self-expression, documentation, ideology, and, at its most basic level, audio-visual communication. My role as a professor is to not only teach students the historical, technical, and stylistic foundations of filmmaking but also to encourage them to think critically about the various and often simultaneous levels at which films operate, including their cultural, aesthetic, political, generic, philosophical, and personal influences and meanings.



University of Rochester (B.A.), New York University (M.A.), University of Florida (PhD)

Multitudinous articles and essays for The Criterion Collection, Reverse Shot, Cineaste, Film Comment, Artforum, Indiewire, Stop Smiling, Slant, LA Weekly, and (All (Parentheses)), and other publications

Barbara J. Rubin Film Studies Award, University of Rochester

Film History and Criticism