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Trevor Mowchun

Assistant Professor; Director of the Film and Media Studies Program

I work as both a film scholar and filmmaker, exploring the philosophical dimensions of film in theoretical and creative ways. As a filmmaker, I am currently writing the script and developing digital techniques for my second experimental dramatic feature film about a historian who goes in search of his ancestral past. The film contains sequences which attempt to show the complexities of memory—what is seen, heard, felt, imagined, distorted, longed for and hidden away in memory. These streams-of-memory are presented photographically until a moment from the past is relived, resulting in the photographs becoming cinematic. As a film scholar, I just completed an essay for publication on time-narratives in the cinema and am now in the process of writing an essay on a unique experimental film which strikes me as conjuring the contemplative and therapeutic spirit of haiku poetry. My most recent conference presentation proposes film’s inheritance of Western metaphysics in a paper entitled “The Death of God, the Birth of Film, and the New Metaphysics.” Representative examples of my published writings in film studies and philosophy are as follows: “Dare to Digress: Cinematic Self-discovery in Victor Erice’s Dream of Light,” (New Review of Film and Television Studies, forthcoming) and “A Machine’s First Glimpse in Time and Space” (Evental Aesthetics, 2015). My first feature film entitled World to Come was completed in 2015 and can be described as a poetic investigation into the repressed unconscious of a traumatized community struggling to cohere, move on, and reconnect with the world in the wake of tragedy.

I regularly present my scholarly work internationally at conferences such as Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Film Studies Association of Canada, and Film-Philosophy, and screen my films at festivals throughout North America. I teach courses on the theory and practice of moving image creation at introductory and advanced levels, in courses respectively titled “Process and Expression” and “Cinematic Consciousness.” I also teach a hybrid graduate seminar called “The Image World”—an interdisciplinary exploration of contemporary visual culture where students can develop their written essays into audiovisual essays.

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