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Georgia State University - Atlanta, GA PhD, Moving Image Studies Department of Communication Completed 2015
Dissertation Title: Global Playground: Mutualism and the Ethic of World Citizenship in the Films of Dayyan Eng Committee: Greg Smith (chair), Ted Friedman, Sharon Shahaf, and Michael Carlsberg
University of Miami - Coral Gables, FL MA, Film Studies School of Communication Completed 2010
Thesis Title: Neutered Dragon: A Critical Look at the Career of Jackie Chan Committee: William Rothman (chair), Christina Lane, and Lindsey Tucker
University of Miami - Coral Gables, FL BSC, Film Studies and Creative Writing School of Communication Completed 2008
Research and Teaching Interests
Film Studies, Film History, Media Industry Studies, East Asian Cinemas, World Cinemas, Media Globalization, Game Studies, Historiography, Chinese Cinema, Martial Arts, Masculinities, Social Justice
“Eng and the Entertainment Film in the People’s Republic of China.” Asian Culture(s) and Globalization.Eds. I-Chun Wang and Li Guo. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 15.2 (June 2013).
Hollywood Gamers: Digital Convergence in the Film and Video Game Industriesby Robert Alan Brookey. Reviewed in Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. November 2011 17: 466-467.
“Paratextual Conflict Across Borders: A Marketing Case Study of Jet Li’s Unleashed/Danny the Dog (2005).” Cool New Asia: Asian Popular Culture in a Local Context. Ed. Elena Kolesova and Scott Wilson. Auckland, N.Z.: Unitec ePress, 2012.
"INTO THE BADLANDS: The Future of Chinese Martial Arts Cinema on American TV?" In Media Res. Theme Week: Martial Arts Movies, Organized by Laurel Ahnert. February 15, 2016.
K-12 Institutions Midtown International School - Atlanta, GA 2016 - Present Classes Taught
Leadership (5th-8th grade)
Leadership Seminar (10th-12th grade)
Moviemaking (9th-12th grade)
Film Studies (9th-12th grade)
Higher Education Georgia State University - Atlanta, GA 2011 - 2014 Courses Taught
International Cinemas: A History of Chinese Cinema (Spring 2013, Spring 2014)
History of Motion Pictures (Spring 2011)
Midtown International School - Atlanta, GA
2018-2019 - Student Advocacy Team Lead
2017-2018 - Assistant Middle School Coordinator
"Finding Mutualism in the Study and Practice of Film." Association for Bahá’í Studies. Atlanta, GA. August 9-12, 2018.
“The Politics of Political Non-Involvement: Mutualistic Power Relations and Filmmaking in a Non-Democratic State.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Montreal, Canada. March 25-29, 2015.
“Global Playground: Reevaluating the Multicultural Filmmaker in Terms of WorldCitizenship as a Global Ethic.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Seattle, Washington. March 19-23, 2014.
“Changing Interactions Between Filmmakers and Fans on Chinese Social Media.” Middle Class Phenomenon in Emerging Markets. Atlanta, Georgia. September 26-28, 2013.
“The New Chinese Mainstream? Dayyan Eng and Ning Hao’s Appeal for Young Urban Moviegoers in the People’s Republic of China.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Chicago, Illinois. March 6-10, 2013.
“Moviegoing in the Mainland: China’s Rising Middle Class and the New Chinese Mainstream Cinema.” Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies. Wilmimngton, North Carolina. January 18-20, 2013.
“Jackie Chan’s Conflicting Masculinities.” American Men’s Studies Association Conference on Men & Masculinities. Minneapolis, Minnesota. March 29-April 1, 2012.
“Wen and Wu: The Attainment of Masculinity in Chinese Martial Arts Cinema.” Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies. Greenville, South Carolina. January 13-15, 2012.
“Paratextual Conflict Across Borders: A Marketing Case Study of Jet Li’s Unleashed/Danny the Dog(2005).” Cool New Asia Symposium: Asian Popular Culture in a Local Context. Auckland, New Zealand. November 25-26, 2011.
“Canning the Canon: Restructuring the Introductory Film History Course.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Joint National Conference. San Antonio, Texas. April 20-23, 2011.
2011-2015 - Georgia State University Second Century Initiative (2CI) Chinese Studies Doctoral Fellowship, ($22,000 reviewed/renewed annually).
2014 - Society for Cinema and Media Studies Student Travel Grant, ($600).
2013 - Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference registration waiver from the Middle Eastern Caucus, ($75).
2013 - Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies Graduate Student Travel Award, ($200).
2013 - Georgia State University Asian Studies Center Graduate Student Conference Grant, ($200).
2011 - Georgia State University International Education Fee Study Abroad Scholarship, ($1,300).
2011 - Georgia State University Graduate Assistantship, Spring 2011 ($7,500).
2010 - UPS-Atlanta Asian Film Festival Scholarship Grant, ($1,000).
Film Production Experience
2016 - Editor – Music Video Edited the official music video for “Feel So Good,” by Atlanta-based musician EDUKE. https://youtu.be/qlbKM-Nmb80
2009-2010 - University of Miami School of Communication Equipment Room Maintained and operated various film, digital, and still cameras, lenses, lighting and grip equipment. Provided students with basic instructions on how to use them.
2006-2009 - Script Coverage Reader for Colordance Pictures Analyzed various screenplays; made recommendations in terms of structure, character development, general cohesiveness, and casting.
2007 - Writer, Director, Cinematographer, Co-Editor of Lamb to the Slaughter Directed and operated the camera for an 11-minute student film shot using a 16mm Bolex film camera.
2006 - Director, Cinematographer, Editor of Project Badi documentary Initiated a 20-minute Documentary about a youth service project run by the Magdalene Carney Bahá’í Institute located in West Palm Beach, FL.
2004 - 2nd Assistant Director (USA) of Chinese Film Waiting Alone （《独自等待》） Liaisoned between the Chinese director and a local Miami cinematographer; maintained the schedule; scouted locations; and engaged in various other miscellaneous tasks.
Additional Relevant Experience
Constructing a Conceptual Framework for Social Action - 2013 Completed 17-week online graduate-level course from the Colombia-based Foundation for the Application and Teaching of the Sciences’ (FUNDAEC) Education for Development program.
Chinese Film History and Criticism at the Beijing Film Academy - 2011 Participated in a 4-week course run by the University of Washington led by Yomi Braester, Chris Berry, Ackbar Abbas and other international scholars and filmmakers.
Georgia State University Graduate Research Assistant to Dr. Hongmei Li - 2011 Conducted electronic archival research of The Times of London, identified scholars in regional institutions for a proposed consortium on issues in international communication, as well as other miscellaneous tasks.
Moderator; Lost Harmony screening and Q&A with director Taka Yamato Atlanta Asian Film Festival; October 12, 2010.
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