Wheeler Winston Dixon
Cultural Theorist / Film and Digital Historian / Filmmaker
The James Ryan Professor of Film Studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Wheeler Winston Dixon is a teacher, filmmaker, the author of more than thirty books, and over a hundred articles. From 1999 to 2014, he was the co-editor in chief (with Gwendolyn Audrey Foster) of the journal Quarterly Review of Film and Video.
He has been quoted by The New Yorker, Fast Company, The New York Times, the BBC, CNN, The Christian Science Monitor, US News and World Report, The Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, The PBS Newshour, USA Today and many other national media outlets on digital cinema, film and related topics. From 2011 to 2017, he wrote a blog on film theory, history and criticism, Frame by Frame, which eventually had more than 1,000 entries, reaching roughly 5,000 readers daily.
As a film and video artist, Dixon's works have been screened at The Whitney Museum of American Art, Anthology Film Archives, The Museum of Modern Art, The Microscope Gallery, The British Film Institute, The Jewish Museum, The Millennium Film Workshop, The San Francisco Cinématheque, The New Arts Lab, The Collective for Living Cinema, The Kitchen Center for Experimental Art, The Filmmakers Cinématheque, Film Forum, The Amos Eno Gallery, Sla307 Art Space, The Oberhausen Film Festival and at numerous universities and film societies throughout the world.
In 2003, Dixon was honored with a retrospective of his films at The Museum of Modern Art, and his films were acquired for the permanent collection of the Museum, in both print and original format. Most recently, Dixon has been working in HD video with such films as An American Dream, The Shapes of Things and Real & Unreal.
Above are a few of Dixon's most recent books; click on any of the thumbnails to see the full cover; more information is under the "books" tabs.
His many books include The Films of Terence Fisher: Hammer Horror and Beyond (2017),
A Brief History of Comic Book Movies (2017, co-authored with Richard Graham), Black & White Cinema: A Short History (2015), Dark Humor in Films of the 1960s (2015), Cinema at The Margins (2013), Streaming: Movies, Media and Instant Access (2013); Death of the Moguls: The End of Classical Hollywood (2012); 21st Century Hollywood: Movies in the Era of Transformation (2011, co-authored with Gwendolyn Audrey Foster); A History of Horror (2010), and Film Noir and the Cinema of Paranoia (2009).
Dixon’s 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; the book is a required text in universities throughout the world. A third revised edition is forthcoming. His many articles have appeared in Cineaste, Film Criticism, Cinema Journal, Senses of Cinema, Post Script, Literature Film Quarterly, and numerous other publications.
In 2015, with Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, he inaugurated Quick Takes: Movies and Popular Culture for Rutgers University Press, a new series of books on film and popular culture; to date, six titles have been published in the series. From 2009 through 2017, he edited (with Gwendolyn Audrey Foster) the book series New Perspectives on World Cinema from Anthem Press, London.
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