Short Bio


Patricia R. Zimmermann is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Screen Studies in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College and Director of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. She is the author of Flash Flaherty: Tales from a Film Seminar with Scott MacDonald (Indiana, 2021); Documentary Across Platforms: Reverse Engineering Media, Place, and Politics (Indiana, 2019); Open Space Collaborative New Media: A Toolkit for Theory and Practice, with Helen De Michiel (London and New York: Routledge Press, 2018); The Flaherty: Fifty Years in the Cause of Independent Cinema, with Scott MacDonald (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2017); Open Spaces:  Openings, Closings, and Thresholds in International Public Media (St. Andrews, Scotland: University of St. Andrews Press, 2016); Thinking through Digital Media: Transnational Environments and Local Place with Dale Hudson (New York and London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015); States of Emergency: Documentaries, Wars, Democracies (Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press, 2000); and Reel Families: A Social History of Amateur Film (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995). She is coeditor with Karen Ishizuka of Mining the Home Movie: Excavations into Historical and Cultural Memories (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007). With Louis Massiah from Scribe Video Center, she is coprogrammer of the national touring exhibition, We Tell: Fifty Years of Participatory Community Media.  She is Editor-at-Large of The Edge, the online magazine of the Park Center for Independent Media. 


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