Woman with the movie camera redux: revisiting the position of women in the production classroom


Jennifer Proctor

Jennifer Proctor is a filmmaker and digital media artist whose work explores the fluttering and unfixable space of memory in celluloid and digital forms. She has worked in handmade experimental film and is currently moving into online and interactive cinema. Her scholarly work focuses on issues of representation in mainstream film, especially gender, sexual orientation, and disability (http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/2010/08/09/failure-imagination-role-disability-avatar),
as well as the use of remix and mashup as a vernacular form of media critique. Throughout her practice, she focuses on community-building, equity, and social justice. Her work has screened around North America and Europe, including Migrating Forms, Media City Film Festival, MadCat, Antimatter, Portland Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, EXP24, Dallas Video Festival, Big Muddy, San Francisco Cinematheque, FLEXFest, and others. Her work, teaching materials, and other information can be found at jenniferproctor.com.

Proctor earned a B.A. in Philosophy and B.S. in Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin where she focused her studies on Marxism and critical theory as well as philosophy of biology. In Austin, she served as the Managing Director of the Cinematexas Short Film Festival and Austin Cinemaker Co-op (now Austin School of Film). After working as a producer for Austin’s NPR station, KUT Radio (http://kut.org) for nine years, she returned to graduate school at the University of Iowa where she received an M.A. in Film Studies and M.F.A. in Film and Video Production. There, she received a fellowship to participate in the Obermann Center’s Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy
a symposium on service learning, and worked as a graduate assistant at UI’s Center for Teaching. She formerly served as a board member of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, the country’s flagship public access media center, and now serves as the co-Chair of the Gender Caucus of the University Film and Video Association and is a member of the advisory board for the University Film and Video Foundation. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Journalism and Screen Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.