Film Activities


Member of dissertation committee, University of Valencia (Spain)


Spanish cinema:

Recorded commentary on Disc Two of the Criterion DVD of EL ESPÍRITU DE LA COLMENA (dir. Víctor Erice)


  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • The Footprints of a Spirit, a documentary featuring director Víctor Erice, producer Elías Querejeta, coscreenwriter Ángel Fernández-Santos, and actor Ana Torrent
  • Víctor Erice in Madrid, an interview with the director
  • Interview with film scholar Linda Ehrlich
  • Interview with actor Fernando Fernán Gómez
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: a new essay by film scholar Paul Julian Smith

“Reflecting Through Images:  The Films of Mercedes Álvarez” in Female Authorship in Contemporary Documentary Media (Edinburgh University Press, 2018), 184-193.

The Cinema of Víctor Erice: An Open Window (Expanded paperback version, January 2007; first edition 2000)

“The Films of Isaki Lacuesta: Hidden Portraits, Multiple Lives,” in New Trends in Contemporary Spanish Cinema (RE)VIEWING CREATIVE, CRITICAL, AND COMERCIAL PRACTICES IN CONTEMPORARY SPANISH CINEMA, edited by Duncan Wheeler and Fernando Canet. Intellect Press (UK) and the University of Chicago Press: 431-439.

Good Film, Cheap Wine, Few Friends: A Memoir by Juan Luis (edited and with an introduction by Linda C. Ehrlich), Shika Press, 2015. Radio interview on Nov. 19 at 2 p.m., WCLV “Sound of Applause” [Listen]

Entries on the films Tren de Sombras and El sol del membrillo in the Directory of World Cinema: Spain (London: Intellect Press, 2011):

“Cine de lo real desde Barcelona: espacio, sonido, sugerencia” in Escritura e Imagen, by Universidad Complutense, Madrid (with Beatriz Comella), online, vol. 6, 2010:

“Todas las cartas (“All The Letters”): An Invitation” in Senses of Cinema: (March 2011)

“Erice’s Songs: Nature as Music/Music as Nature,” Framework 51:2 (2010): 199-247 (co-written with ethnomuscologist Celia Martínez García) [View Full PDF] “Las canciones de Erice – La naturaleza como música / la música como naturaleza,” in Secuencias (31, 2010: 7-31, Spanish translation, by Steve Wenz.) [View PDF]

A Buñuel Scrapbook: The Last Script, Remembering Luis Buñuel and Calanda: 40 Years Later” in Senses of Cinema (51, online, 2009)

“Three Contemporary Spanish Films: Landscape, Recollection, Voice,” in Senses of Cinema. (Issue No. 46, 2008)

“Letters to the World: Erice-Kiarostami Correspondencias,” in Senses of Cinema 2006

Japanese cinema:


Invited commentary on a new Blu-ray of the Japanese film Maboroshi (dir. Kore-eda Hirokazu)

Cinematic Landscapes: Observations on the Visual Arts and Cinema of China & Japan (University of Texas Press, 2000, ed. with David Desser; first edition 1994)

 Ningyō: An homage to the films of Kawamoto Kihachirō,” Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema 3:2 (2011): 117-137

Kawamoto Kihachirō, “A Puppet´s Life,” International Journal of Comic Art 14:1 (Spring 2012): 525-529, (translation from the Japanese with Hiroko Takada Amick) [View PDF]

“Kore-eda’s Ocean View,” Film Criticism special double issue, XXXV; 2-3 (Winter/Spring 2011),: 127-146.

Review: Sansho the Bailiff (Criterion DVD); The Willow Tree (Iranian film) in Asian Cinema 19:2 (Fall/Winter 2008): 317-322

“Tampopo and Transformation,” in Japanese Cinema: Texts and Contexts. Ed. Alistair Phillips and Julian Stringer. Routledge (2007): 262-273.


 Cinematic Reveries: Gesture, Stillness, Water (Peter Lang Publishers, 2013)

 Entries on Teshigahara Hiroshi’s Antonio Gaudí and Isaki Lacuesta’s Craven vs. Craven, in Barcelona on Screen (Intellect Press, 2013)

 Review: A Sense of Home (omnibus film reflecting on the March 11 earthquake), Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema  4:2 (2012): 87-90

An homage to Eric Rohmer (Le rayon vert) in Senses of Cinema (April 2010):

(Firma Invitada) “Narrow Margins at Play [Estrechos márgines en juego],” in Cahiers du Cinema España : 19 (Jan. 2009, in Spanish): 69

FILM CURATING, Service to the Profession, Conference Coordination:

“Where Rivers Meet” film series, San Antonio, Texas

Rarely Seen Gems of the Japanese Cinema film series.  In conjunction with the Cleveland Cinematheque (Fall 2013). With support of the Japan Foundation.. Note: [Link to Poster]

Judge for the “Short and Sweet” Film Festival, Cleveland Ohio, February (2013):

Curator of university and community events featuring film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum (October 2011) [Rosenbaum Visit to CWRU]

Coordinator of guest lectures by film scholars (Dudley Andrew, Stephen Prince, Art Nolletti, Diane Carson), filmmaker Juan Luis Buñuel,

Conference coordinator, Eiga/Cinema: Japanese and Italian Cinema. Liguria Study Center, Genoa, Italy [Program]

Curator, “Childhoods” film series, Cleveland Cinematheque, 2006 [Event Description]

Film Guides, Cleveland Cinematheque high school program (Spanish, French cinema). Cleveland Museum of Art (Egyptian cinema, Cubism and Film, Orson Welles, Satyajit Ray, African film), 1989-2004

Discussion leader, A Beautiful Mind (benefit for Magnolia House, a mental health treatment center, 2002), Discussion leader, Guantanamera (Cuban film, Cuyahoga Public Library, 2001)

Coordinator, Asia-Pacific Film Festival, Tennessee (3-city festival, 1009) [Link to Poster]

Chair, Kovacs Essay Committee for the Society of Cinema and Media Studies, 2006-07. Member of award committees (Essay Award, Student Writing Award), Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2005, 1999.

Film exhibition editor, Asian Cinema, 1996-2000.

Secretary-Treasurer, Asian Cinema Studies Society, 1990-91.


Kannon-sama: Images of Compassion in Two Japanese Films,” Las Diosas conference,  Trama y Fondo/Universidad Completense de Madrid (March 2015) [View Conference Website]

Isaki Lacuesta tribute, (S) Movies: Contemporary Spanish Cinema conference (December 2011, NYC).

Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference, Chair of panel “Flow: Narratives of Water on Screen” (March 2010)

“Spanish Filmmakers Link with Japan,” Orientalismos conference, Florida International University, Miami (April 2009)

Conference presentation: “Searching for the Absent Voice: Wandering through Silence in the Films of Lacuesta and Guerín, Catalan Documentary Film Series and Conference, Stanford Humanities Institute (November 2008)

Conference presentation: “Erice’s Songs” at the Third International Conference on Latin American and Iberian Cinema, University of Hawaii (October 2008)

Chair, “Film and Video Within the Gallery Walls,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference, Chicago, IL (March 2007).

Chair, “Beyond the Passion and the Fury: The ‘Everyday Sacred’ on Screen,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Vancouver (March 2006)

“Border Crossings: The Child’s Gaze and the Sacred Screen,” Conference on Trans/national Film and Literature: Cultural Production and the Claims of History, Florida State University (Jan. 2005).

“A Fine Romance: Pearl Harbor and the Denial of History,” Society for Cinema Studies, 2002.

“Landscape Architecture and Film,” Society for Cinema Studies, 1997

“Film Journeys: Japanese Cinema & the Idea of Pilgrimage,” Japan Anthropology Workshop, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 1996.

“Japanese Visual Artists and Filmmakers Discover the `Outside World,’ European Association of Japanese Studies, Copenhagen, 1994.


Introduction (in Spanish) to Kore-eda’s After Life, University of Granada, 2022

Introduction of La Academia de las Musas (Guerin, Spain, 2016) at the University of Miami [Link to Poster]

Introduction of the Catalan-language film Pa Negre at the University of Miami Cosford Cinema (October 19, 2013). [Link to Poster]

Guest Speaker, Allegheny College symposium on Kore-eda Hirokazu (as part of the Year of Global Citizenship, 2011)

Introduction to the screening of The Spirit of the Beehive (El Espíritu de la colmena), in the series “Spain’s Film Masters: Beyond Buñuel and Almodovar,” sponsored by Parson’s School of Art and Design History and Theory and the School of Media Studies at the New School (NY, April 6, 2012) [Link to Poster]

Lecture on the history of Japanese cinema (Una aproximació a l’estètica del cinema japonés), Universidad de Girona, Spain (Dec. 2008)

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. “Nobody Knows and the Resonant Gesture on Screen” (May 20, 2008).

Guggenheim Museum. Panel Discussion with art historian Edward Sullivan about Dream of Light (The Quince Tree Sun, El sol del membrillo, dir. Víctor Erice, 1992), New York City, (March 7, 2007).Guggenheim exhibit information

Cinematheque Ontario. Introduction to The Spirit of the Beehive (El espíritu de la colmena), Toronto, (March 2006).

Cleveland Museum of Art. “Between Stillness and Motion: The Human Landscape in Japanese Photography and Film” (July 2003, in conjunction with The History of Japanese Photography exhibition)Japanese photography article

Universitat Pompeu Fabra/Barcelona. Lecture on Japanese Cinema. 2002.

Oxford University. “The Exotic West: Cinema of Teshigahara Hiroshi,” 1997.

Japan Foundation Film Series. North Carolina State University, 2001.

Pacific Film Archives, “Visions of the Dharma exhibit,” University Art Museum, Berkeley, 1993.

Japan Society/N.Y. Introduction of Imamura Shohei’s Kuroi ame (Black Rain). 1990.