Stephen Prince - Writing, Teaching & Research on Cinema History and Criticism

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Stephen Prince is a professor of cinema in Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts and is the President of the Society for Cognitive Study of the Moving Image. He received his Ph.D from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. 

He is the editor of the prize-winning journal, Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind.  He is a former president of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the world’s largest organization of film scholars and film academics, and he was the Book Review Editor for Film Quarterly for eleven years

Prince has written numerous highly regarded books that examine cinema in its historical, aesthetic, social and technological contexts.  His books on director Akira Kurosawa, on movie violence, on digital images, and on the political history of cinema have been praised by journals including Film Quarterly, American Cinematographer, Library Journal, Choice and others. 

His essays on film theory have attained a classic status and been widely reprinted and anthologized.  These include “True Lies: Perceptual Realism, Digital Images and Film Theory,” “The Discourse of Pictures: Iconicity and Film Studies,” “The Emergence of Filmic Artifacts: Cinema and Cinematography in the 21st Century,” and “Dread, Taboo and The Thing: Toward a Social History of the Horror Film”

In addition to his scholarly writings, he has scripted and recorded numerous audio commentaries on DVD and Blu-Ray of films by directors Akira Kurosawa (Red Beard, Ikiru, Stray Dog, Ran, Kagemusha,and more), Sam Peckinpah (Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Straw Dogs, Cross of Iron) and others. 

He lives in the Blue Ridge mountains. When not watching movies or teaching classes, he spends time with Susan, riding motorcycles and romping with Great Danes.


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