Wheeler Winston Dixon

Wheeler Winston Dixon

Wheeler Winston Dixon is the James Ryan Endowed Professor of Film Studies and Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. 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. The book is a required text in universities throughout the world.

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); "A History of Horror" (2010); 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.

More recently, 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 contracted for the series, with eleven volumes currently published.

Dixon's films have been screened at The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Anthology Film Archives, The Microscope Gallery, The BWA Contemporary Art Gallery (Poland), The National Film Theatre (UK), The Jewish Museum, The Nelson - Atkins Museum of Art, 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 Center for Film and Video, The Filmmakers Cinématheque, Film Forum, The Amos Eno Gallery, Sla 307 Art Space, The Gallery of Modern Art, The Rice Museum Media Center, The Oberhausen Film Festival and at numerous universities and film societies throughout the world.

On April 11-12, 2003, Dixon was honored with a career retrospective of his films at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. At that time, his independent films were acquired for the permanent collection of the Museum, in both print and original format.

In November 2016, he had screenings of his new work at The Amos Eno Gallery and Sla307 Art Space in New York, as well as during a residency at The Maryland Institute College of Art, April 26-29, 2017; and an invited screening at UNLV Las Vegas, and the Experimental Response Cinema, Austin, Texas in the Spring of 2018. Since then, he has had additional screenings of his work in Amsterdam, Stockholm and elsewhere.

Dixon's new HD experimental videos (2016 - present) are available on Vimeo (see below). In 2019, his complete video work was acquired by the UCLA Film and Television Archive in Los Angeles.



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