Documentary’s Longue Durée: Reimagining the Documentary Tradition
Joshua Glick, Charles Musser
Charles Musser is Professor of Film & Media Studies, American Studies, and Theater Studies at Yale University where he regularly teaches the year-long course Documentary Film Workshop. His documentary Before the Nickelodeon: The Early Cinema of Edwin S. Porter (1982) premiered at the New York Film Festival. His book The Emergence of Cinema: The American Screen to 1907 (1990) won the Katherine Kovacs Prize, the Jay Leyda Prize. More recently he produced and directed the feature documentary Errol Morris: A Lightning Sketch (2014) and published Politicking and Emergent Media: US Presidential Elections of the 1890s (2016). He also co-curated the 5-DVD set Pioneers of African American Cinema (2016), which received the Film Heritage Award from the National Society of Film Critics. Joshua Glick is Assistant Professor of Film & Media Studies and English at Hendrix College and a member of Summer Session faculty at Columbia University. His writings have appeared in Film History, Jump Cut, The Moving Image, and the International Documentary Association’s Documentary Magazine. His book, Los Angeles Documentary and the Production of Public History, 1958–1977, was recently published by the University of California Press. He is currently collaborating on a documentary about the contentious transformation of the historic Duncan Hotel in New Haven, Connecticut. He is also working on a new book project on community documentary in our contemporary moment.