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Joel Neville Anderson is Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and Film at Purchase College, State University of New York. He was awarded the Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship for completion of his PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, examining the institutional mediation of personal documentary in the neoliberal era. Additional research and teaching encompass community media, cinema and media studies, experimental filmmaking, environmental justice, film festival studies, and Japanese cinema. Anderson’s writing appears in journals, anthologies, and magazines including Studies in Documentary Film, Millennium Film Journal, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Afterimage, Hyperallergic, Senses of Cinema, Film on the Faultline, and the Routledge Handbook of Japanese Cinema. He has received grants, fellowships, and residencies from the Flaherty Seminar, Signal Culture, and Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. He has taught theory, history, and studio production courses at the New School and University of Rochester in addition to SUNY Purchase, and workshops at the Museum of the Moving Image, Jacob Burns Film Center, and Downtown Community Television Center. He curates JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film, the largest festival of contemporary Japanese cinema in North America at Japan Society, New York, and formerly programmed the avant-garde film series On Film in Rochester. He produces the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies podcast Aca-Media, and previously served as Managing Editor and Editorial Board Member of InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture. He is based in New York City.

Interviews & Media Appearances

2019.10.9: Purchase Phoenix: “New Faculty Profile: Joel Neville Anderson”
2018.7.18: Film Journal International: “JAPAN CUTS offers a diverse snapshot of a nation’s film bounty”
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