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David Richler

Doctoral Candidate - Visual Culture

Degrees:M.A. Film Studies (Carleton University), Post-Graduate Certificate in Post-Production for Film and Television (Humber College), B.F.A. Film Studies (Concordia University)

“InFinite Views: Digital Technologies and the Circulation of World Cinema”

In my research, I examine the category of World Cinema and the transnational contexts of film’s global circulation, focusing especially on the role played by international film festivals and the recent impact of digital technologies. In my dissertation, I investigate key sites through which films travel and notions of World Cinema are deployed (namely, international film festivals, DVDs and the internet), analyzing the multitude of institutional contexts informing this process while paying particular attention to the discursive material that accumulates along the way (e.g., festival catalogues, film reviews, advertisements, DVD extras, etc.). Other research interests include Chinese-language cinemas, realism, nation and city branding, media paratexts, authorship and film translation (incl. dubbing and subtitling). I am also an experienced video editor and documentary filmmaker, and have recently begun to experiment with video essays as a critical and methodological tool.

My research has been generously funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship.

Publications:

“The Panoramic Discourse of World Cinema and The World (as) Exhibition,” Canadian Journal of Film Studies 25.2 (forthcoming 2017): NP.

Recent (and upcoming) Conference Presentations:

“Curating Connection: The Omnibus Film (Festival) as a Microcosm of World Cinema,” paper/video essay to be presented at the Society For Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 2017.

“Film Festival Paratexts, Digital Circulation, and the Idea of World Cinema,” paper presented at the Society For Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March/April 2016.

“Paratextual Proliferations: National Parks Project and the Cross-Media Promotion of ‘Unity in Diversity’,” paper presented at the Society For Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Montreal, Québec, March 2015.

“Film, Realism, and the World According to Jia Zhangke,” paper presented at the Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference, Brock University, St. Catherine’s, Ontario, May 2014.

“Branding Wong Kar-Wai: Promotional Culture and the Cosmetics of Cosmopolitanism,” Paper to be presented at the Society For Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington, March 2014.

“From the Outside Looking In: Festival Spectatorship, DVD Paratexts, and the Cross-Platform Cinema of Apichatpong Weerasethakul,” Paper presented at the 23rd International Screen Studies Conference, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK, June 2013.

“Navigating the DVD: The Digital/Film Experience and Multiple Logics of Remediation,” Paper presented at the Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference,University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, June 2013.

“On the Paratextual Significance of Titles,” Paper presented at the Society For Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, March 2012.

Courses Taught (Instructor and Course Convener):

FILM 2101: The Film Industry (Winter 2015; Fall 2015; Winter 2017)
FILM 2201: Introduction to Chinese Cinema/s (Winter 2014)