Author: Patricia R. Zimmerman

Patricia R. Zimmermann is professor of cinema and photography at Ithaca College. Her most recent books are Reel Families: A Social History of Amateur Film (Indiana, 1995) and States of Emergency: Documentaries, Wars, Democracies (Minnesota, 2000).


Articles Written by Patricia R. Zimmerman:

Flaherty Past and Present

For almost half a century, 100 people who work in the independent media world, from academics to underground filmmakers, have gathered each year to passionately discuss and often argue about cinema in all its forms at the Robert Flaherty Seminar. The seminar eschews film festival markets, film school academicism, production training instrumentality, art cinema elitist… Read more »

Film School Detox

Film schools embody the most mythologized sector of academia. They retail dreams. They sell success. They market creativity. Sometimes dubbed “the artist’s MBA,” film schools have undergone massive transformations since the 1970’s. They have mutated from outposts for creative dissidents into pre-professional programs. Film schools represent some of the most competitive academic programs. Ithaca College,… Read more »