About

Joel Neville Anderson is a PhD Candidate in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, where he received the Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship. His research is focused on the institutional mediation of personal documentary in the neoliberal era, working in experimental film and video, community media, environmental justice, film festival studies, and Japanese cinema. Anderson’s writing has appeared in scholarly journals, anthologies, and magazines including Millennium Film Journal, Senses of Cinema, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Hyperallergic, Afterimage, Film on the Faultline, MUBI Notebook, and Screen Slate, and his creative productions have screened at such venues as Anthology Film Archives and Bronx Museum of the Arts. He has taught theory, history, and production courses at the New School, SUNY Purchase College, and the University of Rochester, as well as workshops at the Museum of the Moving Image, Jacob Burns Film Center, and Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV). He curates JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film at Japan Society in New York, and Rochester’s avant-garde film series On Film. He serves as a producer of Aca-Media, the podcast from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and on the editorial board of InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture, where he previously worked as Managing Editor. He is based in New York City.

Education

University of Rochester
PhD Candidate, Visual and Cultural Studies, 2012-present

BFA, Film Production, Minor: Asian Studies, summa cum laude, 2009
State University of New York at Purchase College, Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film

Other Publications

Journal Articles
“(Community) Video Art: DCTV’s Expanded Documentary Practice.” Millennium Film Journal 65 (Spring 2017).

Book Chapters
“Cinema in reconstruction: Japan’s post-3.11 documentary.” In Film on the Faultline, edited by Alan Wright. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.

Book Reviews
Review of Immediations: The Humanitarian Impulse in Documentary (2017) by Pooja Rangan. Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism 45, nos. 2 & 3 (2018): 62-63.
Review of Radiation Brain Moms and Citizen Scientists: The Gender Politics of Food Contamination after Fukushima (2016), by Aya Hirata Kimura. International Feminist Journal of Politics 19, no. 4 (2017): 545-547.

Film Festival Reports
“A City of Cinema Perseveres: The 15th Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.” Senses of Cinema 85 (December 2017).
“My First Flaherty: Joel Neville Anderson.” Flaherty Stories: Voices from the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, companion blog to The Flaherty: Decades in the Cause of Independent Cinema (Indiana University Press, 2017) by Patricia R. Zimmermann and Scott MacDonald. September 8, 2017.
Festival Focus: JAPAN CUTS. In Directory of World Cinema: Japan 2, edited by John Berra. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Interviews
Sennan Asbestos Disaster: Kazuo Hara Discusses His First Film in 10 Years.” MUBI Notebook. November 21, 2017.
Interview with Nicholas Mirzoeff on How to See the World: An Introduction to Images, from Self-Portraits to Selfies, Maps to Movies, and More (Basic Books, 2016). Aca-Media (monthly podcast from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and Cinema Journal). May 2016.
Interview with Jun Okada on Making Asian American Film and Video: History, Institutions, Movements (Rutgers University Press, 2015). Aca-Media (monthly podcast from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and Cinema Journal). December 2015.

Essays & Film Reviews
“Let’s Use the Art Strike to Hold Cultural Institutions Accountable.” Hyperallergic. January 19, 2017.
Screen Slate articles: The Actor (2015). Web. 2016-present.
“The infant and the cadaver: Paul Schrader’s films and criticism.” In Directory of World Cinema: American Independent 3, edited by John Berra. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016. (Reprinted in MUBI Notebook. July 6, 2018.)
“Mitsuo Yanagimachi: Currents of dissent and modes of social critique.” In Directory of World Cinema: Japan 3, edited by John Berra. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.
“In-flight viewing.” InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture (IVC). September 7, 2015.
Profile of Hal Hartley, reviews of The Indian Runner (1991), Laws of Gravity (1992), The Limits of Control (2009). In Directory of World Cinema: American Independent 2, edited by John Berra. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.
“Drift compatibility: Pacific Rim and the international blockbuster.” InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture (IVC). September 7, 2013.
Reviews of The Blood of Rebirth (2009), Blue Spring (2001), Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), The Munekata Sisters (1950). In Directory of World Cinema: Japan 2, edited by John Berra. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.
Film reviews and essays. Cinespect. Web. 2010-2012.

Video Essays
“Hara Double at the Brattle.” “Film Festivals: Aftermaths and Beyond,” guest-edited by Dîna Iordanova, Frames Cinema Journal 13 (May 2018).

Encyclopedia Entries
Encyclopedia entries for Shinji Aoyama, Cure (1997), Doppelgänger (2003), Killers (2014). The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films, edited by Salvador Jimenez Murguía. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016.
Encyclopedia entries for André Bazin, Serge Daney, Mikio Naruse, and Tokyo Story (1953). Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, edited by Stephen Ross. New York: Routledge, 2014.
Wiki contributor. Japanese Women Behind the Scenes. Web. 2011-present.

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