Assembling a film program is very much like writing a paper or putting together a syllabus, except your audience is often anyone who had the wherewithal to leave the house and see a movie. The opportunity to put together a program in a way to bring attention to forgotten texts, bring the rigor of the classroom to an evening or weekend crowd — indeed, to provoke questions in your audience and to generate meaningful conversation, both during and after the event — is a gift; getting to do so within a curious and engaged academic community offers its own set of challenges and rewards.

I was the Director of Programming for the Environmental Film Festival at Yale in 2014 and served as a core programmer for the Yale Film Colloquium, where I spearheaded the “Screen to Screen” series on postwar film and television and provided program notes for screenings of Illusions, The Lusty Men, and Caravaggio, and A Face in the Crowd (all posted to I also co-organized the Curating the Moving Image Conference (Spring 2015).

In Roanoke, I programmed a series of film and speaking events, including co-organized the bell hooks residency at Hollins University (Fall 2017) and a screening and panel discussion of The Revolution Generation (Fall 2018), as well as participating in a talk-back about comedy and mental health at the Grandin Theater.

The Archive Panel  
(L-R: Anthology Film Archives’ John Klacsmann, Yale’s Brian Meacham,
MoMA’s Katie Trainor, me)