Wheeler Winston Dixon

Wheeler Winston Dixon

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Wheeler Winston Dixon is a teacher, filmmaker, the author of more than thirty books, and over a hundred articles. He has taught film history, film production and film and video theory at Rutgers University, The New School, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and The University of Amsterdam. Dixon is a prolific author of books of film history and cultural criticism, an active writer on film and popular culture, as well as an experimental filmmaker and video artist. Dixon's best-selling textbook "A Short History of Film" (2008, co-authored with Gwendolyn Audrey Foster) was reprinted six times through 2012. A second, revised edition was published in 2013; a third edition was published in March, 2018; and a fourth revised and expanded edition will be published in 2025. The book is a required text in universities throughout the world. Dixon's classic text "A History of Horror" (2010) was published in a revised and expanded second edition in 2023. His latest books are "Synthetic Cinema: The 21st Century Movie Machine" (2019), "The Life and Films of Terence Fisher: Hammer Horror and Beyond" (2017), "A Brief History of Comic Book Movies" (co-authored with Richard Graham; 2017), and "Hollywood in Crisis, or: The Collapse of the Real" (2016). Dixon's most popular books include "Black & White Cinema: A Short History" (2015); "Streaming: Movies, Media and Instant Access" (2013); "Death of the Moguls: The End of Classical Hollywood" (2012); and "Film Noir and the Cinema of Paranoia" (2009). Dixon served as co-editor in chief of the journal "Quarterly Review of Film and Video" (1999 - 2015) with Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. He was also Series Editor for the State University of New York Press Series, "Cultural Studies in Cinema/Video" (1997 - 2009). From 2009 to 2017, Dixon and Foster served as the Series Editors of "New Perspectives on World Cinema Series" from Anthem Books, UK. In 2015, Dixon and Foster were named Series Editors of the new film book series,"Quick Takes: Movies and Popular Culture," published by Rutgers University Press (2015 - present). To date, there are more than twenty books in the series. Dixon's films have been screened at The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Anthology Film Archives, Filmhuis Cavia (Amsterdam), Studio 44 (Stockholm), La lumière collective (Montréal), The BWA Katowice Museum (Poland), The Microscope Gallery, The National Film Theatre (UK), The Jewish Museum, The Millennium Film Workshop, The San Francisco Cinématheque, The Maryland Institute College of Art, The New Arts Lab, The Collective for Living Cinema, The Kitchen, The Filmmakers Cinématheque, Film Forum, The Amos Eno Gallery, Sla 307 Art Space, The Gallery of Modern Art, The Rice Museum, The Oberhausen Film Festival, Undercurrent, Experimental Response Cinema and elsewhere. Dixon's complete film work from 1966 to 2003 is archived in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art. Dixon's contemporary video work is collected in the UCLA Film & Television Archive. A retrospective of his film work was screened at LA Filmforum at the Spielberg Theatre in June, 2019. Since then, he has had additional screenings of his work in Amsterdam, Stockholm and elsewhere.
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