Photo by Mike Nogami


Joel Neville Anderson is a PhD Candidate in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, where he holds the Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship. His research is focused on the institutional mediation of personal documentary form and genre in the neoliberal era, working in experimental film and video, personal documentary, community media, environmental justice, film festival studies, and Japanese cinema and visual culture. 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 and history at the New School, SUNY Purchase College, and the University of Rochester, as well as production and media literacy workshops with 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 since 2014, and Rochester’s avant-garde film series On Film since 2012. 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.

Interviews & Media Appearances

2016.7.13: JAPAN CUTS 2016 Programmer’s Guide video essay
2016.7.12: Film Journal International: “Japan Cuts brings provocative new films to New York City”
2015.7.10: Research Connections at UR: “UR PhD student helps reshape Japan Cuts film festival”
2015.7.3: The New York Times: “Japan Cuts Film Festival at Japan Society Emphasizes the Eccentric”
2015.7.2: JAPAN CUTS 2015 Festival Guide video essay
2014.7.30: Pacific Arts Movement: “Fest Talk With Brian Hu: Joel Neville Anderson, Japan Cuts”
2014.7.10: Video essay on Momoko Ando’s 0.5mm at JAPAN CUTS