The James E. Ryan Emeritus 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. He has also taught at Rutgers University, The New School, and The University of Amsterdam. He has been making films since the mid 1960s, and in 2015, he began working in HD video; you can see a portfolio of his work here.
As a film and video artist, Dixon's films have been screened at The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, LA Filmforum (Los Angeles), Anthology Film Archives, Filmhuis Cavia (Amsterdam), Studio 44 (Stockholm), La lumière collective (Montréal), The BWA Katowice Museum (Poland), Vastlab (Los Angeles), The Microscope Gallery, The National Film Theatre (UK), The Jewish Museum, The Nelson - Atkins Museum, Millennium Film Workshop, The San Francisco Cinématheque, The Maryland Institute College of Art, The New Arts Lab, The Collective for Living Cinema, The Kitchen, The Filmmakers Cinématheque, Film Forum, The Amos Eno Gallery, Sla 307 Art Space, The Gallery of Modern Art, The Rice Museum, The Oberhausen Film Festival, Experimental Response Cinema and elsewhere.
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.
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. In 2022, his new video work - more than 700 videos in all - was added to the permanent collection of the UCLA Film & Television Archive in Los Angeles.
His many books include Synthetic Cinema: The 21st Century Movie Machine (2019),
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); and Film Noir and the Cinema of Paranoia (2009). His articles have appeared in Cineaste, Film Criticism, Cinema Journal, Senses of Cinema, Post Script, Literature Film Quarterly, and numerous other publications.
Dixon's classic book A History of Horror (2010) has just been revised and updated for a
second edition, published by Rutgers University Press in 2023, and available now.
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. A fourth edition covering filmmaking during the pandemic will appear in 2025. The book is a required text in universities throughout the world.
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, more than twenty titles have been published in the series.
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Wheeler Winston Dixon
Video Artist / Cultural Theorist / Film and Digital Historian