With Good Reason

Tomorrow City
July 27th, 2013 - (1 Comments)

In his new novel Tomorrow City, Kirk Kjeldsen (Virginia Commonwealth University) tells the story of an ex-con who is trying to reinvent himself in a new place. The backdrop for the story is Shanghai, a city that has perhaps reinvented itself more than any other city in history. Kjeldsen recently moved to Shanghai, a city […]

Father Spirit
August 13th, 2011 - (0 Comments)

When Jonathan Dickinson’s father was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease – a fatal neurodegenerative disorder – Jonathan decided to take him on an epic adventure.  They set out on a motorcycle journey through the Himalayas in India, and along the way met sadhus, foreign travelers and locals who became personally invested in the father’s and son’s […]

Father Spirit
February 26th, 2011 - (1 Comments)

When Jonathan Dickinson’s father was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease – a fatal neurodegenerative disorder – Jonathan decided to take him on an epic adventure.  They set out on a motorcycle journey through the Himalayas in India, and along the way met sadhus, foreign travelers and locals who became personally invested in the father’s and son’s […]

Mad About Mannequins and Fashion
December 4th, 2010 - (3 Comments)

You’re not wrong if you’re noticing men and women sporting clothing influenced by 1950s styles.  Yes, the popularity of the TV program “Mad Men” has a lot to do with it, but Karen Videtic (Virginia Commonwealth University) an expert on fashion forecasting, says it also reflects changing roles of men and women in the workplace.  […]

Seeing the Bigger Picture
November 27th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

In the late 19th century, the art of creating visual effects for film began with frame by frame animations of moving pictures.  Now, effects-men like Matt Wallin (Virginia Commonwealth University) are creating life-like icons in movies like King Kong, Jurassic Park 2, and Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace.  Wallin tells us about his visual […]

Arab Defamation in Film
July 10th, 2010 - (4 Comments)

Author and media critic Jack Shaheen has watched over 1,000 films from the last century to see how Middle Eastern characters fare.  Not so well.  More often than not, the silver screen resorts to demeaning Arab stereotypes.  Hanadi Al-Samman (University of Virginia) studies contemporary Arabic literature and culture and joins the conversation.  Also featured:  Iraq […]

Cinematography: Grace Behind the Lens
June 13th, 2009 - (0 Comments)

Rob Tregenza (Virginia Commonwealth University) is a cinematographer who has written, directed, and photographed award-winning films and television commercials.  He’s also the founder and director of the Tampa International Film Festival.  Now he’s teaching the next generation of cinema students the art and craft of narrative filmmaking.  Also featured: We’ve entered the summer season of […]

No Longer in Black and White
February 28th, 2009 - (1 Comments)

Arthur Knight (William and Mary) has made a career of studying African-American film, from biographies of its stars to the viewing patterns of its audiences. In the new Obama era, he questions whether the term “African-American cinema” is relevant anymore. Also: Drawing on the stories of one-hit-wonders, lottery winners and ponzi-schemers, Sam Riley (Virginia Tech) […]

The Horror of It All
October 25th, 2008 - (0 Comments)

Why do people get so much pleasure from movies that frighten them out of their wits? Stephen Prince (Virginia Tech) says horror films allow us to explore the anxieties of our times along with questions about human nature, all from the safety of a darkened movie theatre. Also: science fiction writer John Rosenman (Norfolk State […]

Autism in Contemporary Film, Literature – and Life
August 23rd, 2008 - (3 Comments)

One in every 150 American-born children is diagnosed with an autism-spectrum disorder. Christofer Foss (University of Mary Washington) has examined how autism is portrayed in contemporary literature and film and says it is time to re-think difference, dignity, discrimination, and other disability issues. Also: Nicole Myers (University of Mary Washington) says with proper training, teachers […]