Wheeler Winston Dixon

Cultural Theorist / Film and Digital Historian / Filmmaker

​​​​​​​​​​Wheeler Winston Dixon

The James E. Ryan Professor Emeritus 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 Wall Street Journal, 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.

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 BWA Contemporary Art Gallery, The Microscope Gallery, The British Film Institute, Studio 44, OT301, Filmhuis Cavia, 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.
 Since 2015, Dixon has been working in HD video - you can see a portfolio of his most recent work here.  In 2019, his new video work - more than 500 videos in all - was collected in the UCLA Film Archive in Los Angeles.

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
Synthetic Cinema: The 21st Century Movie Machine (2019),
The Films of Terence Fisher: Hammer Horror and Beyond
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 third revised edition was published in 2018. The book is a required text in universities throughout the world.
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, ten 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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