Professor Publishes Book on the Power of Documentary

By IC News staff, November 1, 2019
Patricia Zimmermann explores how documentary media can change the world.

Cover of Documentary Across Platforms

Documentary Across Platforms: Reverse Engineering Media, Place, and Politics is published by the Indiana University Press.

On Friday, November 8, Patricia Zimmermann, professor of screen studies at Ithaca College, will launch her new book, “Documentary Across Platforms: Reverse Engineering Media, Place, and Politics.”

There will be a conversation at 3:30 p.m. in Textor 103 on the Ithaca College campus between Zimmermann and Girish Shambu that highlights documentary's role as a practice to think through how the world is organized and to imagine ways that it might be reorganized with actions, communities and ideas.

Shambu is an influential film blogger, scholar and critic who edits Film Quarterly's online initiative, Quorum. He teaches sustainability at Canisius College in Buffalo.

A cinema/media/new media historian and theorist, Zimmermann specializes in documentary, emerging nonfiction forms, amateurism and participatory media, industry studies, and democratic potentials of communications. She has published nine books, four monographs, and over 200 articles on documentary, experimental media, environmental media, and media history/archives spanning platforms from analog film, installation, to new media. With politics professor Thomas Shevory, she co-directs the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF), a major international, week-long festival housed at Ithaca College.

The event, which is presented by the Park Center for Independent Media, is free and open to the public.