Anthony Silvestri

Ph.D. Student

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    the avant-garde, archival theory, film history, Kenneth Anger, Andy Warhol, classical Hollywood cinema,


    I am a second-year Ph.D. student at the Media School with research interests in archival theory, the avant-garde and film history. Currently, I am researching the Kenneth Anger Mixed-Media Collections at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex,  Gender, and Reproduction here in Bloomington.

    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.