Anthony Silvestri

Ph.D. Student

Contact Information

  • Office Hours:
    Fridays, 1:15-3:15
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  • Research and Creative Interests

    digital film theory, paracinema, the avant-garde,


    I am a first year Ph.D. student at the Media School with research interests in digital film theory, paracinema and the avant-garde. I received my M.A. in the Humanities from the University of Chicago in 2015 and my B.A. in Film Studies and History from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014. Inspired by the scholarly work of Tom Gunning and Jeffrey Sconce, my masters thesis analyzed how error functions in “badfilm” spectatorship, attempting to create a contemporary viewing paradigm for these films.  Additional topics I have written about include classical Hollywood advertising, motion capture and the work of Stan Brakhage. When I’m not reading or writing about cinema, you’ll find me digging through the crates at local record stores.