CV

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Ethan de Seife
Assistant Professor of Film Studies
200 Dempster Hall
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
516-463-4634
ethan.deseife@hofstra.edu
 

Education

Ph.D., Film Studies

2005, Communication Arts Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dissertation, Cheerful Nihilism: The Films of Frank Tashlin, completed under the direction of Professor Lea Jacobs.

M.A., Film Studies

2000, Communication Arts Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.A., Art and Film Studies

Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut

Teaching and Service

Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York

Assistant Professor of Film Studies

Fall 2008-present

Undergraduate courses taught

  • Film Theory
  • Japanese Cinema
  • Film Noir
  • Hong Kong Cinema Since the 1970s
  • The Films of Brian De Palma
  • History of World Cinema, 1895-1945
  • History of World Cinema, 1945-present
  • The Films of Werner Herzog
  • Film Genres: Comedy
  • Film Genres: The Musical
  • History of Documentary Film
  • The Films of Roger Corman and William Castle
  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • Two sections of “Culture and Expression,” a course in Hofstra’s Honors College

Independent Studies supervised

  • The Films and Theory of Sergei Eisenstein
  • Race and Disney Films
  • The Films of Aki Kaurismäki and Jean-Pierre Melville
  • Research Assistantship on Brian De Palma

Graduate courses taught

  • Documentary Theory and History

Master’s degree committees

  • 2012: Edel Malone, untitled thesis, MFA in Documentary Studies and Production
  • (Thesis advisor)
  • 2010: Qianhe Zhao, “Black Humor in Crazy Stone and Contemporary Chinese Cinema”

University Service

  • Member, Committee to Evaluate Hofstra’s Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence
  • Member, Department Personnel Committee
  • Member, Planning Committee, MFA Program in Documentary Studies and Production
  • Member, School of Communication Planning Committee for Hofstra’s 75th Anniversary Conference
  • Senator-at-Large, Athletic Policy Committee
  • Academic advisor to approximately 25 students per academic year
  • Member, Planning Committee, Kapow! Symposium on Media and Popular Culture
  • Judge, Hofstra Film Club student film competition
  • Participant/supervisor, Peer Teacher program (Spring 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2011)
  • Faculty advisor, “Hofstra vs. Zombies,” a (very silly) campus-wide game

Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Visiting Assistant Professor of Film Studies

Fall 2007-Spring 2008

Undergraduate courses taught

  • History of Animation
  • Film Aesthetics and Analysis
  • Introduction to Video Production
  • History of Film, 1895-1945
  • Introduction to Film Studies

Service

  • Member, Gettysburg College Interdisciplinary Studies Faculty Committee
  • De facto academic advisor to approximately 20 students

Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut

Visiting Assistant Professor of Film Studies

Spring 2006-Spring 2007

Undergraduate courses taught

  • History of Animation

Graduate courses taught

  • History of Japanese Film
  • Film Comedy
  • Film Archives Class: The Films and Archives of Elia Kazan

Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut

Visiting Assistant Professor of Film Studies

Fall 2006

 Undergraduate courses taught

  • Hong Kong Cinema

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Graduate Instructor, Film Studies

Fall 1998-Spring 2005

 Undergraduate courses taught

  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • Introduction to Video Production
  • Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Classical Film Theory (grader only)

Service

  • Instructor, “Grandparents’ University”

Minneapolis Public School District

1997

  • Assistant Instructor, GED class, Minneapolis Adult Education Program

Publications

Books

  • Tashlinesque: The Hollywood Comedies of Frank Tashlin (Wesleyan University Press, 2012)
  • This Is Spinal Tap (Wallflower Press, 2007)

Articles and Chapters

Reviews

Conference Presentations

  • “Melville in Miniature: Cognition and Special Effects” (Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image Conference, June 2012)
  • “The Cartoon at the End of the World: Frank Tashlin and The Way of Peace” (Orphans Film Symposium, April 2012)
  • “Old Times Were Good Times: Neil Young Remembers Greendale” (Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, March 2012)
  • “Melville in Miniature: Cognition and Special Effects.” To be presented at the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image Conference, June 2012
  • Presentation on comic-book style in Mario Bava’s Danger: Diabolik (Kapow! Symposium on Media and Popular Culture, 7 October 2010)
  • “This Is Your Brain on Animation: Cognition and the Animated Documentary” (Visible Evidence XVII, Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey, August 2010)
  • “Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and the Changing Media Landscape of the 1950s” (Northeast Popular/American Culture Association Conference, Queensborough Community College, 23 October 2009)
  • “Suffering through Performances: How CGI Enhancement Affects Acting and Directing in Contemporary Films” (Film and History Conference, Chicago, Illinois, 1 November 2008)
  • “Rock ‘n’ Roll Creation: This Is Spinal Tap and the Hollywood Musical” (Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Chicago, Illinois, 10 March 2007)
  • “Focus on and in the Films of the Brothers Quay” (Society for Animation Studies Conference, San Antonio, Texas, 7 July 2006)
  • “The Director and the Bombshell: Jayne Mansfield in the Films of Frank Tashlin” (Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Vancouver, BC, 2 March 2006)
  • “From Monkey to Maudlin: Jerry Lewis in the Films of Frank Tashlin” (Media Stardom Conference, Plymouth State University, New Hampshire, 8 October 2005)
  • “Reëvaluating Frank Tashlin’s Animation” (Society for Animation Studies Conference, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, 30 September 2004)
  • “Brutal Mathematics: Narrative Structure in the Films of Chang Cheh” (Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 9 March 2003)
  • “What’s Sarong with this Picture? The Development of the Star Image of Dorothy Lamour” (Society for Cinema Studies Conference, Denver, Colorado, 23 May 2002)
  • “Cheerful Nihilism: Cahiers du Cinema on the Films of Frank Tashlin, 1956-1966” (Midwestern Conference on Film, Language, and Literature, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 5 April 2002)

Invited Talks

  • Lecture on Marlon Riggs’s Tongues Untied and documentary form, Prague Film Academy, Prague, Czech Republic, 28 February 2012.

Film Programming Experience

  • Programmer, University of Wisconsin-Madison Cinematheque (Fall 2000-Spring 2002)
  • Co-curator, Red Eye Collaborative Film Program, Minneapolis (1997-1998)
  • Member, Wesleyan University Film Series, Middletown, CT (1993-1995)

Miscellaneous

Activities and Professional Organizations

  • Member, Sound Studies Special Interest Group, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2012-present
  • Founding Member, Animation and Digital Media Special Interest Group, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2010-present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Animation Studies, 2006-present
  • Member, Society for Animation Studies, 2004-present
  • Member, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2001-present
  • Member, University of Wisconsin-Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association, 1998-2005
  • Programmer, Wisconsin Film Festival, 2001-2002
  • Member, Madison Film Forum, 1998-2000

Awards

  • Alpha Delta Pi Teacher of the Week award, Gettysburg College, January 2008
  • McCarty Dissertation Award, 2003
  • Helen K. Herman Academic Award, 2001
  • McCarty First-Year Scholarship Award, 1998

References

Available on request

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