Moira J Sullivan

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CINE 21 Introduction to Film Studies 3.0 32444 501 Lec M 06:10-09:40PM 01/27-05/19 VART A114 Deadlines Final Book

PhD, MA Cinema Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden;

BA Political Science, University of California, Riverside and Berkeley.
University of California EAP Program, Lund University, Sweden.

Prof. Sullivan has been teaching at CCSF since 2013.

Moira Sullivan has taught cinema studies since the mid 90's in the US, Sweden, France, Italy, and Spain. She has a doctorate and Masters degree from Stockholm University in cinema studies (1997), with graduate studies in filmmaking from San Francisco State.

A native of San Francisco, Sullivan wrote her doctoral thesis and subsequent publication on Maya Deren's avantgarde and ethnographic filmmaking.

Sullivan makes short experimental films and covers film festivals and writes film criticism for international and US journals and media throughout Europe such as Créteil, Cannes, Venice, Udine Far East Film Festival, Stockholm and the many festivals in the San Francisco Bay Area (Queer Women of Color Film Festival (QWOCMAP), San Francisco Asian American Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival).

Moira Sullivan's academic interests are the film stylistic system, women in film, queer film, Asian cinema, film history and theory, avantgarde film, specific film genres (Film Noir, Italian neorealism, French New Wave) and auteur studies such as the films of Alfred Hitchcock, Takeshi Miike, Ang Lee, Ingmar Bergman, Chantal Akerman, and Jane Campion.

Publication includes:"An Anagram of the Ideas of Filmmaker Maya Deren", 1997.

Contributor to the anthology by documentary film scholar from SFSU, Bill Nichols: "Maya Deren's Ethnographic Representation of Ritual and Myth in Haiti", in "Maya Deren and the American Avant-Garde", University of California Press, 2001.


Member of FIPRESCI, International Film Critics Association, FEDEORA, Film Critics of Europe, Swedish Film Critics Association. Staff writer for Movie Magazine International, San Francisco, (shoestring.org) since 1995 and Agnesfilms.com

Member of the Queer Palm Jury at the Cannes Film Festival 2012.

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