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Bridget Franco (Project Director), College of the Holy Cross

Bridget Franco is Associate Professor in the Spanish Department at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California Irvine and her M.A. from the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests include memory, resistance and madness in Southern Cone narrative and film, as well as digital and experiential pedagogy related to Latin American studies. She is also the creator of Cineglos, a Spanish-language cinematographic digital glossary with moving image video clips, and she has published articles on Argentine and Chilean film and literature from the post-dictatorship periods of the late 1980s and 1990s.

Michelle Leigh Farrell, Fairfield University

Michelle Leigh Farrell is an associate professor of Spanish at Fairfield University where she teaches Latin American film, and literature, and the chair of the Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures. In her research she focuses on the contemporary changes in the audiovisual landscapes in Cuba, Venezuela, and Brazil through emerging cinemas and access to digital production. Additionally, she analyzes the Cuban audiovisual and print distribution platform El paquete semanal to explore how films are not only produced but also reach audiences beyond state-centered institutions. Her written articles and video essays can be found in Cuban Studies, Chasquí, The Latin Americanist, and [In]Transition: A Media Commons Project with the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies. Dr. Farrell also builds on her research on Latin American film serving as a film jury member for NYC and Boston-based Latin American film festivals including the Havana Film Festival NYC, the Americas Film Festival, the Cinema Tropical Annual Film Awards, the Boston Latino International Film Festival, as well as produced and directed the short documentary “Tracing Archives of Consciousness (2020).” Her current work focuses on a young generation of Cuban filmmakers, nuevos realizadores, and the resulting boom in women, rural, an LGBTQ digital filmmaking. In support of her on-going research, she has been awarded grants from the American Association of University Women, and the American Philosophical Society.

Reighan Gillam, University of Southern California

Reighan Gillam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Southern California. Her research examines Afro-Brazilian media in the form of television, videos, films, and illustrations. She is working on her first book, Visualizing Black Lives: Afro-Brazilian Media and Anti-racism. She argues that Afro-Brazilian media articulate an anti-racist visual politics that challenges, draws attention to, and calls into question the ways in which racism operates in the mainstream media. Her articles are published in the journals Communication, Culture, and Critique, Feminist Media Studies, and forthcoming in Visual Anthropology Review. Gillam was elected to the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) Executive Committee in 2019 and she is a host of New Books in Anthropology Podcast on the New Books Network.

Jeffrey Middents, American University

Jeffrey Middents studies and teaches film and world literature at American University in Washington, DC, specifically focusing on Latin American narratives from the 1960s to the present. He received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan, and his BA in English and Psychology from Dartmouth College. His film-oriented courses cover a wide range of concepts, including national cinemas, genre, the auteur, stardom, film criticism, and short film. His book, Writing National Cinema: Film Journals and Film Culture in Peru (UPNE, 2009) investigates the historical place of cultural writing within a national discourse by tracing how Peruvian cinema was shaped by local film criticism. Professor Middents has also published essays – in print and video versions – on a variety of other topics, including documentary aesthetics in the work of Chilean filmmaker Particio Guzman, Peruvian director Luis Llosa’s films made under producer Roger Corman, the theoretical perspective espoused by Kathryn Bigelow’s Strange Days, the sense of place in contemporary Latin American cinema, movie stardom and “the indigenous” in the works of Dolores del Rio and Magaly Solier, the pedagogy of teaching “world cinema” and the racial complexities of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He is currently working on a monograph on transnational auteurism and the work of Alfonso Cuarón.

Paul A. Schroeder Rodríguez, Amherst College

Paul A. Schroeder Rodríguez is Professor of Spanish at Amherst College in Massachusetts. His publications include a book on Cuba's foremost film director (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea: The Dialectics of a Filmmaker. New York: Routledge, 2002), and the first comprehensive history of Latin American narrative cinema (Latin American Cinema: A Comparative History. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2016), which the Modern Language Association recently honored as "a tour de force that explores the cultural, economic, and artistic evolution of Latin American cinema," and "a timely and excellent contribution to the field, demonstrating breadth and a deep knowledge of the medium’s social and cultural contexts." The Spanish-language translation was recently published by Iberoamericana Vervuert (Una historia comparada del cine latinoamericano, 2020). 

HONORARY FOUNDING BOARD MEMBERS

Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky, University of Chicago 
Manuel Medina, University of Louisville
Laura Podalsky, The Ohio State University
Paul A. Schroeder Rodríguez, Amherst College

FORMER BOARD MEMBERS

Moisés Park, Baylor University