AFI Film Readers, published in cooperation with the American Film Institute, focus on important issues and themes in film and media scholarship
Screening Characters: Characterization in Film, Television, and Interactive Media
New Silent Cinema
Endangering Science Fiction Film
Hollywood Puzzle Films
Johannes Riis, Aaron Taylor
February 01, 2019
The contributors to Screening Characters draw on archival material, interviews, philosophical enquiry, and conceptual analysis in order to give a robust and multifaceted account of characterization in moving image fictions. Areas of investigation include the importance of performer and stars, the...
Steven Jacobs, Eva Hielscher, Anthony Kinik
August 30, 2018
The 1920s and 1930s saw the rise of the city symphony, an experimental film form that presented the city as protagonist instead of mere decor. Combining experimental, documentary, and narrative practices, these films were marked by a high level of abstraction reminiscent of high-modernist...
Mark Garrett Cooper, Sara Beth Levavy, Ross Melnick, Mark Williams
June 25, 2018
The twentieth century generated tens of thousands of hours of American newsfilm but not the scholarly apparatus necessary to analyze and contextualize them. Assembling new approaches to the study of U.S. newsfilm in cinema and television, this book makes a long overdue critical intervention in the...
Christopher Holliday, Alexander Sergeant
May 08, 2018
This book examines the relationship that exists between fantasy cinema and the medium of animation. Animation has played a key role in defining our collective expectations and experiences of fantasy cinema, just as fantasy storytelling has often served as inspiration for our most popular animated...
Katarzyna Marciniak, Bruce Bennett
March 14, 2017
This collection of essays offers a pioneering analysis of the political and conceptual complexities of teaching transnational cinema in university classrooms around the world. In their exploration of a wide range of films from different national and regional contexts, contributors reflect on the...
Katherine Groo, Paul Flaig
October 05, 2015
With the success of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo (2011) and Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist (2011) nothing seems more contemporary in recent film than the styles, forms, and histories of early and silent cinemas. This collection considers the latest return to silent film alongside the larger historical...
Sean Redmond, Leon Marvell
July 08, 2015
Endangering Science Fiction Film explores the ways in which science fiction film is a dangerous and endangering genre. The collection argues that science fiction's cinematic power rests in its ability to imagine ‘Other’ worlds that challenge and disturb the lived conditions of the ‘real’...
June 02, 2014
From Inception to The Lake House, moviegoers are increasingly flocking to narratologically complex puzzle films. These puzzle movies borrow techniques—like fragmented spatio-temporal reality, time loops, unstable characters with split identities or unreliable narrators—more commonly attributed to...
Ted Nannicelli, Paul Taberham
March 18, 2014
Across the academy, scholars are debating the question of what bearing scientific inquiry has upon the humanities. The latest addition to the AFI Film Readers series, Cognitive Media Theory takes up this question in the context of film and media studies. This collection of essays by internationally...
Tom Brown, Belén Vidal
December 07, 2013
The biographical film or biopic is a staple of film production in all major film industries and yet, within film studies, its generic, aesthetic, and cultural significance has remained underexplored. The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture fills this gap, conceptualizing the biopic with a...
July 15, 2013
This new addition to the AFI Film Readers series brings together original scholarship on animation in contemporary moving image culture, from classic experimental and independent shorts to digital animation and installation. The collection - that is also a philosophy of animation - foregrounds new...
Cynthia Chris, David A. Gerstner
December 10, 2012
Contemporary media authorship is frequently collaborative, participatory, non-site specific, or quite simply goes unrecognized. In this volume, media and film scholars explore the theoretical debates around authorship, intention, and identity within the rapidly transforming and globalized culture...