CURRENT POSITIONS AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY

Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies

Director, Black Film Center/Archive

The Media School

Indiana University

EDUCATION

Ph.D., English Language and Literature, University of Chicago, 2004.

B.A., English, University of Central Florida, 1994.

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

African American Cinema, Afrosurrealism, Experimental Film, Josephine Baker, Issues of race, racism and media, Black/African Diaspora film heritage, Videographic Criticism, Film Culture and Curation, Between documentary and the avant-garde, and Black Women’s Authorship and Authority

PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

Afrosurrealism in Film and Media. London: Routledge [2022].

Josephine Baker’s Cinematic Prism. Bloomington: Indiana University Press [Pub Date: January 19, 2021, 224p].

JOURNAL ARTICLES

“Working Over Time: Labor in Kevin Jerome Everson’s Films,” ASAP: The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present [Accepted with Revisions].

“Unexpected Archives: More Locations of Caribbean Film.” in “Caribbean Film Archives Discussion” Guest Editor and Contributor. Thematic discussion, sx salon 17 (October 2014). http://smallaxe.net/sxsalon/issues/sx-salon-17

“Whose ‘Black Film’ Is This?” Cinema Journal 54.1 (2014): 146-150.

“Josephine Baker’s French African American Films.” In Media Res August 28, 2014. http://mediacommons.org/imr/2014/08/06/josephine-baker-s-french-african-american-films

“Meditation.” in “Close-Up section on Afrosurrealism.” Guest Editor and Contributor. Thematic discussion, Black Camera 5.1 (2013): 94.

“Introduction: The No-Theory Chant of Afrosurrealism.” in “Close-Up section on Afrosurrealism.” Guest Editor and Contributor. Thematic discussion, Black Camera 5.1 (2013): 95-112.

“Looking Sharp: Performance, genre and questioning history in Django Unchained.” Transition 112 (2013): 33-45.

“Can’t Stay, Can’t Go: What is History to a Cinematic Imagination?” Black Camera 3.2 (2012): 128-139.

“Sounding the Nation: Martin Rennalls and the Jamaica Film Unit, 1951-1961.” Film History 23.2 (2011): 110-128.

“Flickers of the Spirit: Black Independent Film, Reflexive Reception and a Blues Cinema Sublime.” Black Camera 1.2 (2010): 7-24.

“I and I: Elizabeth Alexander’s First-Person Voice, the Witness, and the Lure of Amnesia.” Gender Forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studies 22 (2008).

“What Does Beyoncé See in Josephine Baker?: A Brief Film History of Sampling the La Diva, La  Bakaire.” The Scholar & Feminist Online 6.1-6.2 (2007/2008). http://sfonline.barnard.edu/baker/francis_01.htm

“Embodied Fictions, Melancholy Migrations: Josephine Baker’s Cinematic Celebrity,” Modern Fiction Studies 51.4 (2005): 824-845.

JOURNAL GUEST EDITOR

“Unexpected Archives: More Locations of Caribbean Film,” ed. and introduction, sx salon 17 (October 2014).

Contributors: Cara Caddoo, Sean Metzer, Rachel Mosely-Wood, and Chi-ming Yang.

Close-Up on Afrosurrealism, ed. and introduction, Black Camera: An International Journal 5.1 (Fall 2013). 94-236

Contributors: D. Scot Miller, Anthony Reed, Rebecca Peabody, Akiva Gottlieb, Tony Cokes, Ina Diana Archer, Nzingha Kendall, Terence Nance, Christopher Harris, Nuotama Bodomo and Cauleen Smith.

ACADEMIC BOOK CHAPTERS

“If Only: Reflections on Kathleen Collins’ Fugitive Films and Plays” in Intersecting Aesthetics: Literary Adaptations and Cinematic Representations of Blackness co-edited by Charlene Regester, Robin G. Vander, Terri Francis, Ellen Scott, and Cynthia Baron. Jackson, MS: University of Mississippi Press, Forthcoming.

“What is Afrosurrealism?” in Black Cinema in the 21st Century, Edited by Artel Great and Ed Guerrero. London: Routledge, Forthcoming.

“Spike Lee’s Southern Sublime” in The Spike Lee Reader: The Sequel edited by Paula Massood (in progress). Research funded by College Arts and Humanities Institute of IU, Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society at IU, and New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University.

Losing Ground and Finding My Voice in Audio Commentary” in Writing About Screen Media edited by Lisa Patti, 230-233. New York: Routledge, 2019.

“Un-pretty Disruptions: Embodied Listening and Queering the Visual in Richard Fung’s Videotapes” Caribbean Queer Visualities (2017): 74-83. Collaboration with Joshua Byron, IU undergraduate.

“Between Documentary and the Avant-garde: Exploring the Visual Poetics of Ruins in Christopher Harris’ still/here.” In Black American Cinema: The Contemporary Scene, edited by Mia Mask, 128-154. New York: Routledge, 2012.

“Spectacle, Stereotypes, and Films of the African Diaspora.” In Introduction to Film Studies, edited by Jill Nelmes, 330-357. London: Routledge, 2012.

“Sighting the ‘Real’ Josephine Baker: Methods and Issues of Black Star Studies.” In Black Venus 2010: They Called HerHottentot,” edited by Deborah Willis, 199-209. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011.

“‘She Will Never Look’: Film Spectatorship, Black Feminism and Scary Subjectivities.” In Reclaiming the Archive, edited by Vicki Callahan, 98-125. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 2011.

“The Audacious Josephine Baker: Stardom, Cinema, and Paris.” In Black Europe and the African Diaspora, edited by Darlene Clarke Hine, Trica Keaton, and Steven Small, 238-259. Champaign, Illinois: Illinois University Press, 2009.

“Contemporary Independent Filmmakers.” In Theater, Film and Television. Vol. 1, Chap. 6. African Americans and Popular Culture, edited by Todd Boyd, 117-140. Westport, CT: Praegar/Greenwood Publishing Group, 2009.

Daughters of the Dust.” In Fifty Key US Films, edited by John White and Sabine Haenni, 218-224. London: Routledge, 2009. “Cinema on the Lower Frequencies: Black Independent Filmmaking.” Black Camera 22.1 (2007).


“Josephine Baker,” Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, edited by Cary Wintz and Paul Finkelman. New York: Routledge, 2004.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE PUBLICATIONS

“Still Processing: The Material Life of William and Louise Greaves’ Archival Practice” (in progress).

“The Distraction of Symbolism” in Black One Shot series in ASAP: The Association for the Study of Arts of the Present 15.4, September 10, 2020.

“Carte Blanche to Terri Francis at the Cinematek, Royal Belgian Film Archive, Oh Weary Blues” and “Resonance Chamber” in conjunction with the 2020 Courtisane Festival’s Artist in Focus; Kevin Jerome Everson. Brussels and Ghent, Belgium, November 10 – 28, 2020.

“Dear Ja’Tovia, Dear Joséphine,” in flesh that needs to be loved. Paul Cooper Gallery. New York, NY, 2020. Exhibition catalogue.

“Cosmologias da Produção Cultural Negra: Uma Conversa Com o Cineasat Afrossurealista Christopher Harris.” Translated by Luís Flores. Catalogação festival internacional de curtas de belo horizonte belo horizonte international short film festival. Edited by Glaura Cardoso Vale. Belo Horizonte: Fundação Clóvis Salgado, 2019. Exhibition Catalogue, February 4, 2020. Originally published as “Cosmologies of Black Cultural Production: A Conversation with Christopher Harris” Film Quarterly 69.4 (2016).

“Thinking Through Camille Billops: Digging up the Past,” Another Gaze: A Feminist Film Journal 3 (2019): 44-49.

“Dancing Against the Drum: A Review of the film Sweetheart Dancers,” BlackStar Film Festival Catalog, August 1-4, 2019.

Crucial21DbW: Atlantiques (2009) directed by Mati Diop, “Crucial 21st Century Cinema,” Directed by Women blog, June 13, 2019.

“Oh, But Kevin’s Films are Southern Too.” Black Material, edited by Greg De Cuir, Jr., 2019, 1-6.

“Chére Ja’Tovia, Chére Joséphine,” Revue Initiales: Joséphine Baker, 13 (2019), 34-40.

“Formal Distance: Fellowship and Concentration in the Films of Kevin Jerome Everson” in The Notebook on Mubi.com, September 20, 2018.

“Working Over Time: Labor in Kevin Jerome Everson’s Films” I Really Hear That: Quality Control and Other Films, DVD, Video Data Bank, 2017.

“Get to Know the Feminist Filmmaker Who Vandalizes Commercials.” BitchMagazine.com, August 7, 2013.

 “Interview: Kevin Jerome Everson, Contemporary Artist and ‘Black Filmmaker.’” Shadow & Act.com, February 18, 2013.

“Slow Jam: Experiencing Media as Love Letter or, What I Thought of the One Love Documentary.” Shadow & Act.com, August 9, 2012.

“The Power of a Fragment for Other Cinema.” Afro Promo: Black Cinema Trailers 1946-76 (DVD). Other Cinema. 2005.

PEER-REVIEWED ACADEMIC INTERVIEWS

“Urgent Media and Nontheatrical Ecologies: Jamaican Filmmaker Esther Figueroa in Conversation” Feminist Media Histories (2020) 6 (2): 120–147.

“Structural Laughter and Constructed Intimacies: The Self-Reflexivity of Cheryl Dunye” Film Quarterly 72.2 (2018): 45-54.

“Cosmologies of Black Cultural Production: A Conversation with Christopher Harris” Film Quarterly 69.4 (2016): 47-56.

“Of the Ludic, the Blues, and the Counterfeit: An Interview with Kevin Jerome Everson, Experimental Filmmaker.” Black Camera 5, no. 1 (2013): 184-208.

PEER-REVIEWED ACADEMIC REVIEWS

Burial of Kojo (2018): Film Review, African Studies Review 64.1 (2021): Forthcoming.

“Review of Josephine Baker in Art and Life: The Icon and the Image by Bennetta Jules-Rosette.” International Journal of Francophone Studies. 11.3 (2008): 455-457.

“Review of Black Paris: The African Writer’s Landscape by Bennetta Jules-Rosette.” Modernism/Modernity. 6.3 (1999): 166-168.

VIDEO ESSAYS

Josephine Baker Watches Herself, 2019.

Double Take, 2016.

LECTURES AND PAPERS

KEYNOTES AND PLENARY ADDRESSES

Keynote, “Speculative Blackness: Imagining Black Future(s)” African American and African Diaspora Studies Department Graduate Society Herman C. Hudson Symposium, Indiana University, Bloomington, March 30, 2019.

Plenary Speaker, “Double Exposures: Eyeballing, Framing the Archives, and Thomas Edison’s Caribbean Films,” West Indian Literature Conference, Montego Bay, Jamaica, October 6-8, 2016.

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL INVITED SCHOLARLY TALKS

Screen Studies Symposium: African American Screen Cultures. Invited Guest Speaker.Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, City University of New York, April 14, 2021.

Black Womxn in Film and Black Lives on Screen film series. Invited Panelist. Department of Cinematic Arts, University of Iowa, March 25 and 26, 2021.

 “Ebb and Flow.” Invited Guest Speaker. Imagine the Future Speaker Series for The Archive Project of the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University, December 15, 2020.

Afrosurrealism, Afrofuturism and Speculative Fiction in “Mothers of Invention” with Alondra Nelson, HarlemStage, curated by Nona Hendryx, December 14, 2020.

Karen Alexander hosts Terri Francis, author of Josephine Baker’s Cinematic Prism, The Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, University College of London, Birkbeck, London, England, October 23, 2020.

Virtual Visiting Artist, Terri Francis Presents Her Videographic Criticism, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas, San Antonio, September 30, 2020.

“Messing with Archives: An Afrosurrealist Approach to Research,” New York University, New York, NY. March 6, 2020.

“Quilted Films: ReThinking Home Movies.” Invited Panelist. “Punctures: Textiles in Digital and Material Time” curated by Ekrem Serder, Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center, Buffalo, NY. November 17-18, 2018.

“Reckoning with Pedagogy,” Invited Panelist. Policing the Crises: Stuart Hall and the Practice of Critique, Columbia University, New York City, September 24-26, 2015.

Jamaican Educational Films, Lecture, Southside Projections, Chicago, IL, May 14, 2015.

“Caribbean Queer Visualities,” Co-Presenter with filmmaker Richard Fung, Columbia University, New York City, April 2-3, 2015.

“Josephine Baker’s Animated Burlesque,” Invited Speaker. Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, February 26-27, 2015.

Kevin Jerome Everson: Gather Round. Invited Panelist. Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC, October 2, 2014.

“The Shadows Took Shape” Featured Discussant. The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City, February 23, 2014.

“Afrosurrealism and Fragmentation.” Invited Presenter. 2nd Alternative Film/Video Research Forum at Alternative Film/Video Festival Belgrade, Serbia, December 9-14, 2013.

“Regeneration in Digital Contexts: Early Black Film,” Invited Panelist. Indiana University, November 20-25, 2013.

“Sounding the Nation: Jamaican Film History and Contemporary Art?” Featured Speaker, Scholar-In-Residence, NLS, Experimental Art Nonprofit, Kingston, Jamaica, August 8-14, 2013.

 “Collecting Dues.” Invited Panelist. Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Brown University, April 29, 2013.

“Jamaican Transnational Film.” Featured Presenter. The Center for African American Studies Faculty-Graduate Seminar. Princeton University, December 14, 2011.

“Look Again at Josephine Baker.” Invited Panelist. Black Venus 2010: They Called Her “Hottentot.” New York University, March 17, 2010.    

 “Cinematic Imaginations of History in Nothing But a Man.” Invited Panelist. Film and History Symposium. Indiana University, March 24-26, 2010.        

“How to Curate Black Cinema in Your Community.” Featured Speaker. Connecticut Library Association Conference; Connecticut Chapter of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. New Haven, CT, May 2009.

“See Micheaux through Spike.” Invited Panelist. Micheaux and African American Film Scholarship: The Third Generation Roundtable. “Faded Glory: Oscar Micheaux and the Pre-War Black Independent Cinema.” Columbia University Film Seminar, February 2009.

 “The Audacious Josephine Baker: Blackness, Power, and the Cinematic Body.” Featured Speaker. University of Connecticut, Institute for African American Studies, November 2008.

“Clyde Taylor’s Imperfect, Rebellious Film Criticism: LA Rebellion Films.” Invited Panelist. A Celebration of Professor Clyde Taylor. Institute for African American Affairs, New York University, September 2008.

Introduction to the Black Film Promotional Materials Collection of Washington University Libraries. Invited Lecture. St. Louis, Missouri, April 2008.

Artistic Voices: Reflections on Josephine Baker. Featured Speaker. 11th Annual International Festival of Arts and Ideas. New Haven, Connecticut, June 2006.

“Embodied Fictions, Melancholy Migrations.” Invited Presenter. An International Symposium on Josephine Baker. St. Louis, Missouri. Sponsored by The Sheldon Art Galleries, April 2006.

 “Josephine Baker’s Performativity: Paris, Performance, Cinema.” Invited Presenter. Black Europe and the African Diaspora. Northwestern University, April 2006.

When We Were Kings and African American Cinema series, American Cultural Services, U.S. Embassy. Featured Speaker. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, March 2006.

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Josephine Baker’s Sparkling New Media Remediations: Videographic Criticism on Zouzou in Rebooting Digital Diaspora, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, March 17-21, 2021.

“Josephine Baker Watches Herself,” Diverting Pleasures Within Black Feminist Spectatorship: 3 Videographic Essays at the American Studies Association, November 12-15, 2020, Baltimore, Maryland. Resubmitted for 2021 due to Covid19.

Josephine Baker’s Sparkling New Media Remediations: Videographic Criticism on Zouzou in Rebooting Digital Diaspora, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, April 1-5, 2020. Resubmitted for 2021 due to Covid19.

“Josephine Baker Watches Herself,” Video Essay presented at Audience Lost: Minority Women and Spectatorship,November 22 – 23, 2019, Ghent, Belgium.

“For the Illustrious Negro Dead: Practices of Remembrance and Claiming Public Space” in panel I organized, Someone to Watch Over Me: Working with Documents, Films, and Stones in the Preservation of African-American History. Black Portraitures conference, New York University, October 17-19, 2019.

“New Takes on Independent Black Filmmaking – Roundtable” at The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, New Orleans, LA, October 2018.

“Bill Greaves’s Archival Footprint” at Visible Evidence, Bloomington, IN, August 2018.

“Looking for Alice: Love as Film Studies Methodology (Mrs. Alice B. Russell Micheaux Headstone Project)” Orphan Film Symposium, Museum of the Moving Image, New York, New York, April 11, 2018.

“Josephine Baker’s Oppositional Burlesque,” on panel “Sketchy Humorists” Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Toronto, Canada, March 2018.

“Double Take in Digital Humanities: Thomas Edison’s Caribbean Films,” The Caribbean Digital III, Barnard College/Columbia University, New York, NY, December 2, 2016.

“Double Take: Thomas Edison’s Caribbean Films.” (Moderator and presenter on panel, “What’s Wrong With this Picture?: Stories of Conflict Beauty”) Black Portraitures III Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa, November 17-19, 2016.

“Double Exposures: Eyeballing and Framing in Thomas Edison’s Caribbean Films,” Tropical Exposures. Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, March 10-13, 2016.

“Family Pictures: Re-Staging History, Performing Ourselves in Hayes Family Movies,” 2015 Black Portraiture (s) II Conference: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories, Florence, Italy, May 28- 31, 2015.

“Josephine Baker as Sexologist?” Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Chicago, IL, March 2013.

 “Devil’s Daughter: Josephine Baker in Zou Zou,” Afromodernisms. University of Liverpool. Liverpool, England, April 2010.

 “Orphans of Independence: The Jamaica Film Unit’s Parables, 1951-1957.” Orphans 7: A Film Symposium, New York, New York, April 2010.

“Flim: Jamaica, Cinema, and What’s Left of Empire.” Global Reggae Conference: Jamaican Popular Music A Yard and Abroad. University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica, February 2008.

“Unseen, Undaunted: The Jamaica Film Unit, 1951-1965, and Jamaican Film History.” 5th International Symposium of the Centre for Caribbean Studies in Brazil – CECAB. “Frontiers and Cultures in Motion: Africa, Brazil, Caribbean” Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, September 2008.

“Cooyah: Jamaican Film Culture.” American Comparative Literature Association, Puebla, Mexico, April 2007.

 “Paradise Amusements: Jamaican Film Culture.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago, IL March 2007.

“Fabulosity: Josephine Baker and African American Cinema.” Washington University. St. Louis, Missouri, March 2006.

Visual Archives, Embodied Practice Roundtable. Modernist Studies Association. University of Tulsa. Tulsa, OK, October 2006.

 “Sampling Josephine Baker: Cuts from Touki Bouki, Alma’s Rainbow and Madame Sata. Josephine Baker: 100 Years in the Spotlight.” Barnard College, New York, NY, October 2006.

“The Josephine Baker Museum: Paris, Cinema, Spectacle.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Vancouver, Canada, March 2006.

“Carnivalesque Filmmaking: The Nottinghill Carnival, Violence, and Black Spectatorship in Isaac Julien’s Territories.”Black Abstraction and Cinema Panel. Society for Cinema and Media Studies. London, England, March 2005.

The Black Aesthetic and the Politics of Hip Hop. Afro-American Cultural Center Anniversary, Yale, New Haven, CT, October 2004.

“Screening Josephine Baker in French Art Cinema Archive.” African American and Diasporic Research in Europe, Sorbonne, Paris, France, December 2004.

“Ritual, Ethnography, and the Meanings of Dance.” Chicago Seminar on Dance and Performance, Columbia College, Chicago, IL, February 2004.

Presenter, “Home and Melancholia in Chris Harris’ still/here.” Black American Cinema Re-Considered: The Contemporary Scene. Academic Conference, New York University, New York, New York, November 2003.

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC CONVERSATIONS

Guest Appearance in Conversation with Ja’Tovia Gary, Cinema Revival: A Festival of Film Restoration, The Wexner Center for the Arts, February 25, 2021.

Interviewer, Video Discussion of Kevin Jerome Everson’s Park Lanes (2015) for The Criterion Channel, January 22, 2021.

Interviewer, Video Discussion of Ephraim Asili’s The Inheritance (2020) at the Unorthodocs Film Festival, The Wexner Center for the Arts, October 26-30, 2020.

Panelist, Cinema’s Legacy Panel, American Film Institute Festival, October 5, 2020.

Moderator, Cinema’s Legacy Panel, AFI Docs Festival, June 17-21, 2020. https://docs.afi.com/2020/cinemas-legacy-2020/cinemas-legacy-panel/

Moderator, Conversation with Ja’Tovia Gary, Orphan Film Symposium, May 28, 2020. https://vimeo.com/430601059

Panelist, Prisoner of Love Q&A, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, March 30, 2019.

Facilitator of Post-Film Discussion, 64th Flaherty Film Seminar, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, June 16 – 22,

2018.

Discussant, Contemporary Afro-French Cinema, Cinema 53, Chicago, IL March 29, 2018.

Moderated Q&A, Lose Nothing: Works by Kevin Jerome Everson, Black Cinema House, Chicago, IL, April 1,

2016.

Moderated Q&A, Frame of Reference: An Evening with Christopher Harris, Black Cinema House, Chicago, IL

February 26, 2016.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE – MEDIA APPEARANCES

TEDx Indiana University, Thinking Through Race, November 8, 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL02VfA3zB8

Episode

Ep 131 An Interview with Kevin Jerome Everson on Through the Gates (Guest Host Terri Francis), Fall 2019.

Bring it on! Terri Francis with William Hosea, Discussion of We Tell:  50 Years of Participatory Media with Carmel Curtis, Archivist, October 14, 2019.

Bring it on! Terri Francis with William Hosea, Discussion of When They See Us, August 19, 2019.

Bring it on! Terri Francis and Vincent Bouchard with Clarence Boone, host, July 22, 2019.

A Place for Film, 1999, Summer of Sam, with David Carter and Elizabeth Roell, hosts, July 15, 2019.

Bring it on! Terri Francis and Renée Baker with Clarence Boone, host, April 22, 2019.

Bring it on! Terri Francis and Nina Collins, with Clarence Boone, host, April 1, 2019.

“Centering Black Film: From Spike Lee to Josephine Baker.” Terri Francis on Interchange with Doug Storm, March 5, 2019.

From Beyoncé to Sorry to Bother You: The New Age of Afro-Surrealism, December 2018. https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/dec/06/afro-surrealism-black-artists-racist-society

Ep. 109: Terri Francis (Losing Ground) on The Cinephiliacs with Peter Labuza, Host, Fall 2018.

Ep. 110: Guest host Terri Francis talks film with director Michael Schultz on Through the Gates, Fall 2018.

Ep. 94: Terri Francis, director of IU’s Black Film Center/Archive on Through the Gates, Jim Shanahan, Host, Fall 2018.

“Remembering Alice: How community members rallied support across the nation to honor a forgotten African American pioneering actress” in Westmore News, April 26, 2018.

“Memorial Ceremony at the Grave of Oscar Micheaux’s Widow in Greenwood-Union Cemetery” in Port Chester/Rye NAACP Chapter Newsletter, May 2018, Vol 5.5.

Interviewed by Zoe Spilker for “Media School Adds Minor in Black Cinema and Media Studies,” January 31, 2017.

Cited in Conversation with Nina Collins, Literary Lovin Lady, December 6, 2016.

Francis Receives Global South Fellowship,” The Media School Report, May 18, 2016.

Interviewed for “A Fitting End to Women’s History Month: Dr. Terri Francis talks of Josephine Baker & the Burlesque,” by Kalisha Buckhanon, March 31, 2016 on Negression.com

“Francis Adds Commentary to Restored Losing Ground,” The Media School Report, March 13, 2016.

The Backstage of Intellectual Practice: Terri Francis and Andy Uhrich, Black Film Center/Archive Blog, May 1, 2015.

Afrosurrealist Film Society: Conversation with Terri Francis, Part 2 – Blues Cinema, March 31, 2015.

Afrosurrealist Film Society: Conversation with IU Professor Terri Francis, Part 1, March 24, 2015.

Casting Natural Light: A Discussion with Spike Lee’s Cinematographer Daniel Patterson, February 6, 2015.

Recorded Audio Commentary (with Dr. LaMonda Stallings), Losing Ground Blu-Ray released by Milestone Films, 2015.

Interviewed on NPR All Things Considered, “Annie of Tomorrow Has the Same Hard Knocks, But Different Hair,” with Neda Ulaby, December 9, 2014.

Interviewed on RJR 94FM Jamaica Morning “Guest Room” with hosts Alan Magnus and Paula Ann Porter, August 13, 2013.

Interviewed in “The Year 1919 – Oscar Micheaux’s Within Our Gates.” Action Speaks. Rhode Island Public Radio. WRNI, October 2008.

Interviewed for “African Americans and the Movies series, discussion of The Keeper.” City Cinematheque with host Jerry Carlson, CUNY TV, September 2008.

 

 

TEACHING AND PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

INDIANA UNIVERSITY

MSCH 326 Spike Lee’s Filmworks

MSCH 212 Screening Race and Ethnicity

MSCH 375 Black Women Auteurs

MSCH 793 Seeing Whiteness

MSCH 792 Afrosurrealism

YALE UNIVERSITY

AFAM 040/FILM 040 Spike Lee

AFAM 279b/FILM 373b Blaxploitation Re-examined

Media, the Movies, and Black Folk

FILM 150 Introduction to Film

FILM 320/HSAR 490 Close Analysis

Film 323a American Avant-Garde Film

AFAM 419/AFAM731/FILM425/FILM717/WGSS341 Black Women’s Film and Video

FILM 370/AFAM 242 African American Cinema

AFAM 857/FILM 781 Blackspace and Cinema: Narratives of African American Film Culture

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA


CINE 360.401/AFRC 330/COML 364 Contemporary African American Cinema

CINE 330.402 AFRC 330/ENGL 281 Spike Lee’s Filmworks

SERVICE

EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBER

Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Editorial Board Member, 2020 – 2025.

The Moving Image, Editorial BoardMember, 2018 – present.

Film Quarterly, Contributing Editor, Editorial Board, 2017 – present.

The Black Scholar, Editorial Board, 2008 – present.

Feminist Media Histories, Editorial Board Member, 2015-present.

INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL JURIES, ADVISORY BOARDS AND GRANT SELECTION COMMITTEES

National Film Preservation Foundation Grants Selection Panel, August 24 to September 4, 2020.

Heartland Film Festival, Documentary Competition Jury, Selection from August 15 – 31, 2020.

BlackStar Film Festival, Documentary Film Program Committee, Selection from January to March, 2020.

Indie Memphis Film Festival, Narrative Film Jury and Black Creators Forum, October 30 to November 4, 2019.

Council of Library and Information Resources – Cycles 5, 6, 7 Review Panel, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Academy Film Archive (AFA) Working Group on In Frame: Centering the Underrepresented in Moving Image Archives, July 2019 to present.  

Smithsonian African American Film Festival, National Museum for African American History and Culture, Selection Jury, October 2018.

BlackStar Film Festival, Experimental Film Competition Jury, August 2018.

Heartland Film Festival, Shorts Festival, Documentary Competition Jury, June 2018.

Reviewer, Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship Applications, March 1-3, 2007.

Society of Cinema and Media Studies, African American Caucus Co-Chair (with Miriam Petty) 2004-2006.

Member of National Planning Committee, Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities for Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. Eatonville, Florida, 2005- 2011.      

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

Director of the Black Film Center/Archive, Indiana University, 2017 – present

Rough and Unequal Exhibition Catalog, Editor and Contributor. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, Forthcoming 2021.

Past Film Series for Critical Outreach

Re-Presenting Facing the Façade: Virtual Screening with Director and Cast, June 28, 2020.

Let America Be America Again, Fall 2020 for IU Cinema, Indiana University Bloomington. Postponed due to Covid19.

Love/Hate: Kevin Jerome Everson’s Coupling Films with Dr. Mireille Miller-Young Screening and Conversation. Scheduled for Thursday April 16, 2020 in the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive Screening Room. Postponed due to Covid19.

Bridgett Davis Reading and Screening. Scheduled for April 5, 2020 in the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive Screening Room. Postponed due to Covid19.

Love! I’m in Love! Black Family Films of the 1970s, February 14, 17 and 21, 2020. IU Cinema Creative Collaborations. Assisted by Yeeseon Chae, undergraduate in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

Jessie Maple and Twice as Nice screening, January 30, 2020 in the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive Screening Room.

Once Haunted Still: Four Artists in Conversation, September 18, 2019 in the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive Screening Room. Raised funding from the College Arts and Humanities Institute. Co-Curated with Sarah Lasley.

Once Haunted: Crystal Z Campbell and Madeleine Hunt Elrich, September 14, 2019 in the IU Cinema, Indiana University Bloomington. Funding from the College Arts and Humanities Institute, Co-Curated with Sarah Lasley.

Kevin Jerome Everson’s Rough and Unequal installation and Symposium at the Grunwald Gallery of Art, August 4 to October 10, 2019. Funding from New Frontiers and College Arts and Humanities Institute, Co-Curated with Betsy Stirratt. Published catalog.

Burial of Kojo with keynote discussion among Francis, filmmaker Samuel Bazawule, and Professor Kyle Adams of the Jacobs School of Music, in the Screening Room of the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive, April 10, 2019.

Borderline with Original Score by Renée Baker, in the Screening Room of the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive, April 23 at 7PM.

Direction Kathleen Collins with Nina Collins; Reading and Discussion with Francis, Collins and Professor Vivian Halloran in the Screening Room of the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive, April 3, 2019.

Black Sun/White Moon, IU Cinema Series, with support from IU Cinema and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, in the Screening Room of the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive and the IU Cinema, Indiana University, Bloomington Sat, Feb 23, 2019 and March 24, 2019. 

(Re)Focus: Black America 1968 and 2018, with support from Indiana Humanities Grant, 2018. Facilitated collaboration among University Archives, Neal Marshall Black Culture Center Library, IU Libraries Moving Image Archives, and the BFC/A. Initiated by Saul Kutnicki, graduate student in the Media School.

Young Gifted and Black: Celebrating 50 Years in Stage and Screen with Michael Schultz, November 2018. Raised funding from DEMA, AAAMC, IU Cinema, IULMIA, Jorgensen Lecture Series, and IU Office of the Bicentennial.

Avant-Noir: Experimental Media from the African Diaspora series in January 2018 with visiting guest curator Greg de Cuir, Jr. in the IU Cinema at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Race Swap, a series on twisted notions of race and identity in three 1970s American films, co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Race in Ethnicity and Society. Screened in the IU Cinema at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Academic Initiatives

Co-Organizer with Vincent Bouchard, P.S. Vieyra, Pioneer of African Cinemas – Filmmaker, Producer and Historian, Fall 2019. Funding from Institute for Advanced Studies, College Arts and Humanities Institute and Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA).

Founded and directing, Before Representation Lecture and Conversation Series, Fall 2018. Funding from Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA), IU Office of the Bicentennial, SoAAD, CRRES, The Media School, and IU Cinema.

Established and directing the Visiting Research Fellowships program, 2017-2018, which brought five scholars to the BFC/A.

Established and directing the Black Film Nontheatrical Series, 2018 with guests including Candance Ming and May Hadoung.

Spearheaded Alice Micheaux Headstone Project, November 2017 to April 2018. Lead Fundraiser for Mrs. Alice B. Russell’s Micheaux’s Headstone (Oscar Micheaux’s widow) Wrote text for Micheaux’s Headstone. Organized Memorial Service at Greenwood Union Cemetery in Rye, NY. [Collaborators Lina Accurso, Brian Graney and Heather Paul]

Personnel Management

Supervised three full-time staff and five student workers.

Hired and supervised hourly part-time research staff.

Chaired multiple BFC/A Senior Archivist/Associate Director Searches, June 2018-2020.

FURTHER UNIVERSITY SERVICE

Service to the Cinema Studies Unit, the Media School and IU Campus

Graduate Studies Committee, The Media School, Fall 2020 – present.

Search Committee for New Director of the IU Cinema, 2019-2020.

The Media School Diversity Committee, Indiana University, 2019-2020.

Standing Investigation Committee, Indiana University, 2019 – present.

Chair, Investigation Committee, Indiana University, 2019-2020.

Member, Investigation Committee, Indiana University, 2016.

CAHI Review Committee, College Arts & Humanities Institute, 2018-2019.

Merit Committee, Cinema and Media Studies Unit, The Media School, February 1 to February 28, 2018.

IU Cinema Programming Committee, Fall 2017-present.

Selection Committee, Graduate Student Travel and Research Grants, Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES), March to April, 2017.

Facilities Committee, Media School, Indiana University, January to March, 2017.

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Indiana University, 2015-2017.

Black Cinema Studies Minor Committee, 2015-2017.

Mentorship of Graduate Students

Indiana University

Julide Etem, Ph.D. exams and dissertation on Turkish-American political relations in educational films, Committee Member, 2017-2020. 

Deonna Weatherly, MA Thesis Film, She, Committee Member, 2019-2020.

André Seewood, Ph.D. exams and dissertation, Formations of the child in world cinema, Committee Member, 2018-present.

Pallavi Rao, Ph.D. exam on Formations of Whiteness, Committee Member, 2016-2017.

Joseph Roscoe, MA Thesis, Social Media, Formations of Whiteness and Opioid Addiction, Thesis Director, 2016-2017.

University of West Indies, St. Augustine

Robert Ramesar, Ph.D. Cultural Studies, “Caribbeing Continuum: Progression of a Cinema Language and Aesthetic in the Motion Picture Feature, Haiti Bride,” External Examiner.

Curatorial Service to CMCL, CMS Unit, Media School, and IU

Co-organized with Professor Danielle Kilgo William T. Patten Foundation Lecture event for Dr. Imani Perry, November 5, 2019.

Produced Themester event with visiting filmmaker Richard Fung. Assisted by student curator/coordinator Josh Byron, December 2 and 3, 2016.

Produced Films of Christopher Harris event with Black Film Center/Archive, Underground Film Series and IU Moving Image Archive at Indiana University, for The Bishop, February 27, 2016.

Produced Visiting Filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu with Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University, November 10, 2014.

Service to CMS Unit, Media School, and IU through Campus Presentations

Happy Birthday Josephine Baker! Screening and Discussion of Josephine Baker’s Cinematic Prism, IU Cinema, Indiana University, Bloomington, May 27/June 1, 2021.

MSCH-C 506 Methods of Media Research Guest Speaker on Josephine Baker’s Cinematic Prism, Indiana University, Bloomington, March 16, 2021.

MUS-M 510 Film Music Guest Speaker on Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, Indiana University, Bloomington, March 5, 2021.

CRRES (Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society) Speaker on Josephine Baker’s Cinematic Prism, Indiana University, Bloomington, March 4, 2021.

CRRES (Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society) Coffee Hour Speaker on Media, Advertisement and Black Visibility, Indiana University, Bloomington, December 4, 2020.

M600 Lecture, Messing with Archives: An Afrosurrealist Approach to Research, The Media School, Indiana University, Bloomington, October 16, 2020.

M500 Lecture, Epistemologies of Media Faculty Session: On Archive and “Archive” The Media School, Indiana University, Bloomington, September 22, 2020.

Orientation: Introduction to the Black Film Center/Archive, The Media School, Indiana University, Bloomington, August 18, 2020.

Orientation: Introduction to the Black Film Center/Archive, The Media School, Indiana University, Bloomington, August 29, 2020.

“Double Exposures: Eyeballing, Framing the Archives, and Thomas Edison’s Caribbean Films” Video. Panel 1: Film Languages & Lineages in Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, Bloomington, November 6, 2019.

MSCH 101 Guest Lecture, “What is Film Studies?” Media School, Indiana University, September 30, 2019.

Orientation: Introduction to the Black Film Center/Archive, The Media School, Indiana University, Bloomington, August 19, 2019.

Orientation: Introduction to the Black Film Center/Archive, The Media School, Indiana University, Bloomington, August 22, 2019.

Grad Recruitment Talk in The Media School, Indiana University, Bloomington, February 19, 2019.

MSCH 101 Guest Lecture, “What is Film Studies?” in Media School, Indiana University, Bloomington, February 14, 2019.

MSCH 101 Guest Lecture, “What is Film Studies?” in Media School, Indiana University, Bloomington, February 13, 2019.

Introduced and Interviewed Julie Dash, Jorgensen Lecture, IU Cinema, Indiana University, Bloomington, December 9, 2016.

AAADS Presented Lunch-time Talk, “Josephine Baker’s Oppositional Burlesque,” Indiana University, Bloomington, November 9, 2016.

Guest Talk, Discussed Approaches to Research in Caribbean Literature (Vivian Halloran’s Graduate Seminar), October 13, 2016.

MSCH 101 Guest Lecture, “What is Film Studies?” in Media School, Indiana University, September 28 and 29, 2016 (one lecture in each of the three sections).

Introduced Ashes and Embers Screening, IU Cinema, Indiana University, Bloomington, April 28, 2016.

Served as Discussant on a panel in the conference From Cinematic Past to Fast Forward Present: D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation, A Centennial Symposium, Indiana University, Bloomington, November 12, 2015.

Moderated Masterclass and Q&A with members of the New Negress Film Society, IU Cinema, Indiana University, Bloomington, September 4, 2015.

Lectured on “Unexpected Archives: More Locations of Caribbean Film,” Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, January 30, 2015.

Introduced screening and moderated Q&A with Bridgett Davis and Renee Cox visit, Naked Acts, IU Cinema, Indiana University, Bloomington, August 29, 2014.

Moderated Q&A with Darius Clark, Evolution of a Criminal, IU Cinema, Indiana University, Bloomington, Oct 14, 2014.

Presented and Participated in triweekly Media and Meaning Seminar, Poynter Center at Indiana University, Bloomington September 2014- May 2015.

Service through Curating at University of Pennsylvania

Curated 16mm Experimental Films Screening with the University of Pennsylvania Cinema Studies and The Rotunda, April 16 and 23, 2014.

Organized workshop on direct-filmmaking techniques led by Steve Cossman, founder/director of Mono No Aware, March 1, 2014.

Organized Guest lecture by editor Sam Pollard, Spike Lee Seminar, University of Pennsylvania, November 19, 2013.

Programmed Guest lecture and master class by Terence Nance, director of An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Contemporary African American Cinema seminar, University of Pennsylvania, December 2, 2013.

Produced Screening of Free Angela and All Political Prisoners and moderated Q&A and master class with director Shola Lynch at International House of Philadelphia and Scribe Video Center, November 26, 2013.

Service through Curating at Yale University

Moderated Q&A with award-winning filmmaker, Terence Nance for The Afro-American Cultural Center, Yale University November 2012.

Sponsored Poynter Fellowship, Tambay Obenson, chief editor and writer, The Shadow and Act blog on cinemas of the African Diaspora, Yale University September 2012.

Organized workshop on direct-filmmaking techniques led by Steve Cossman, artist, curator and teacher, Yale University March 2011.

Organized master class with Thomas Allen Byrd, theater and film actor, Yale University November 2011.

Developed and Hosted Screening and Q&A, Night Catches Us, Tanya Hamilton. Enzian Theater, Orlando, FL, January 2011.

Sponsored Poynter Fellowship Farai Chideya public lecture and visit to Media, the Movies and Black Folk seminar, Yale University, January 2010.

Invited Tanya Hamilton, Director of Night Catches Us, for preview screening and class discussion, Media the Movies and Black Folk seminar, Yale University, February 2010.

Hosted Dean’s Tea with Spike Lee and class discussion with the director, Yale University, November 9, 2009.

Moderated Preview Screening of Precious (Lee Daniels, 2009) followed by Q&A. Yale University, October 15, 2009. Panel included producer Lisa Cortes and screenwriter Gregory Fletcher.

Produced “Performing History” workshop with playwright and actor Roger Guenveur Smith at Yale University; I created and managed “Performing History” in association with World Performance Project, November 2009-March 2010.

Hosted Melvin Van Peebles for seminar, Black American Paris; organized rare 35mm (original format) screening of first post-segregation feature directed by an African American and discussion with its author at Yale University, October 2008.

Coordinated class visit of Kasi Lemmons for seminar Black Women’s Film and Video; organized sneak preview film presentation of Talk to Me starring Don Cheadle April 2007.

Sponsored Michaela Angela Davis, Poynter Fellow in Journalism. Event for seminar on Black Women’s Film and Video, Yale University, October 2007.

Organized screening and discussion of Chisholm ’72, Unbought and Unbossed with documentary filmmaker Shola Lynch, Yale University, 2004.

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Studies in The Media School, Indiana University, 2014 to present.

Director, Black Film Center/Archive, The Media School, Indiana University 2017 to present.

Visiting Associate Professor, Cinema Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2013-2014.

Associate Professor, the Film Studies Program and the Department of African American Studies, Yale University, 2010-2013.

Assistant Professor of the Film Studies Program and the Department of African American Studies, Yale University, 2004-2010.

AWARDS, GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2019, IU Grant-in-aid, to pay permissions to reprint and translate “Cosmologies of Blackness” in the catalog of

the 21st FestCurtasBH into Portuguese.

2017, IU Bloomington Summer Faculty Fellowship and IU Bloomington’s nominee for the 2018 National Endowment of the

Humanities Summer Stipend Competition. “Quilted Films: African American Home Movies and Historical Memory, 1924–1975.”

2017, CAHI Travel Grant, for “Spike’s Southern Sublime.”

2017, Jesse Fine Fellowship, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, supporting MCSH 212, Screening

Race and Ethnicity.

CRRES Grant Faculty Seed Grant for Research on Afrosurrealism in New Orleans, 2016 for “Spike’s Southern

Sublime.”

Global South Fellowship at the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, Tulane University, 2016 for “Spike’s

Southern Sublime.”

Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship, Yale University, 2012-2013.                         

Griswold Research Grant, Yale University, 2011.

Hilles Publication Fund, Yale University, 2008.

Griswold Research Grant, Yale University, 2008.

Morse Junior Faculty Fellowship in the Humanities, Yale University, 2007-2008.      

Griswold Research Grant, Yale University, 2006.

Whitney Humanities Center Fellowship, Yale University, 2006-2007.

Society for Cinema and Media Studies Travel Grant, 2003.

Rosenthal Dissertation-Year Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2002-2003 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

African American Intellectual History Society, Lifetime Member, 2020 – present.

Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Lifetime Member, 2020 – present.

Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Member, 2003 – present.

Association of Moving Image Archivists 2017 – present.