Photo by Mike Nogami


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, Studies in Documentary Film, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, Hyperallergic, Senses of Cinema, and Film on the Faultline. 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. He curates JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film, the largest festival of contemporary Japanese cinema in North America at Japan Society, New York since 2013, and formerly programmed the avant-garde film series On Film in Rochester. He produces the Society for 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 Jamaica, Queens.

Interviews & Media Appearances

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