Lecturers

Liz Cane
Email: ecane@uci.edu
M.F.A. University of California, Los Angeles

Teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced courses in film and video production.  She has produced award-winning shorts that have screened in festivals around the world.  Her documentary “Libido,” about the continuing pleasures of romance and sex among older people, aired nationally on PBS.  “Eager For Your Kisses,” which continues her exploration of love and sex among seniors, is distributed by New Day Films and has screened in festivals and conferences throughout North America.  She has written several screenplays and recently finished a television pilot, “451 PPM,” about the catastrophic effects of global warming.

Marie Cartier
Email: mcartier@uci.edu
Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University

Teaches beginning and advanced courses on screenwriting. Through the University Extension program she also teaches Acting for Film. Every year she curates and administers the Annual Festival of Staged Reading of Student Screenplays. Her poetry book I Am Your Daughter, Not Your Lover was published in 1994 by Clothespin Fever Press. She has had five plays published by Dialogus Press. She currently completed her Ph.D. in Religion at Claremont Graduate University, specializing in Women and Religion and religion and Art, and the MFA program in Visual Art. She also holds two additional MFA's from UCLA - one in Film, and one in Theater, and an MA in English from Colorado State University, and a BA in Communications, from University of New Hampshire. She is a performance artist and recently toured the West Coast with her poplar show, *Ballistic Femme.*

Julie Cho
Email: jgcho@uci.edu

M.F.A. University of California, Los Angeles
Lecturer of Film and Media Studies; Asian American Studies

Benjamin Kruger-Robbins
Email: bkrugerr@uci.edu
Ph.D. in Visual Studies from University of California, Irvine

Specializes in television studies and queer media. He teaches classes on broadcast history, sexuality in American television, camp and horror genre studies, marketing & branding of youth TV, and queer cable programming at UCI. His research focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) involvement/perspectives within both the American television industry and TV audience cultures/communities, and his work has appeared in Flow, Sexualities, and the edited anthology The Politics of Twin Peaks (Lexington, 2019). He holds a Ph.D. in Visual Studies from UCI

Luci Marzola
Email: lmarzola@uci.edu
Ph.D. USC School of Cinematic Arts

Teaches courses in film and media history and theory. She has taught classes on silent and studio-era cinema, the histories of cinematography and color, and media industries at UCI, USC, Chapman University, and UCSD. She is a historian whose research focuses on media industries and technology, particularly in early Hollywood. Her work has been published in Film History, The Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television, The Velvet Light Trap, and American Cinematographer. Her book Engineering Hollywood: Technology, Technicians, and the Science of Building the Studio System will be published by Oxford University Press in mid-2021. She holds a PhD and MA in Cinema and Media Studies from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. 

Ken Provencher
Email: kmproven@uci.edu
Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from the University of Southern California

Teaches courses on film and media history and analysis, including classes on world cinema, Japanese cinema, the Hollywood industry, and the video essay. He has taught courses at UCI, Loyola Marymount University, Cal State Fullerton, and Josai International University in Japan. His co-edited volume Exploiting East Asian Cinemas: Genre, Circulation, Reception, was published by Bloomsbury in 2018. Other research and analytical essays have appeared in The Companion to Wong Kar-wai, The Velvet Light Trap, The Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and [in]Transition. He holds a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from the University of Southern California.

Mary Schmitt
Email: mcschmit@uci.edu

Teaches courses in film theory, history, and analysis through a critical race studies lens. She has taught Black Freedom Movement and Media, Black Cinema, Race and Representation, Critical Theory in Film and Media, Film History, and Introduction to Visual Analysis at UCI. Her research expertise is in the fields of Black Freedom Studies and Cultural Memory, and she focuses on contemporary films and television programs that portray Black liberation struggles from the 1960s and 1970s. She sees these memory texts as powerful sites for reproducing, negotiating, and, sometimes, resisting dominant conditions of power. She is ultimately concerned with the ways contemporary film and television texts distort and depoliticize the radically democratic visions that underwrote the Black Freedom Movement. Her work has appeared in the international film journal Black Camera and the online journal The Conversation, and she is working on expanding her dissertation, “(Neo) Liberal Re-Writings of Black Radical Memory in Television Documentary: 1989-1995” into a book manuscript. She has received multiple awards for teaching, including the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award in the School of Humanities at UCI, and the Teaching Excellence Certificate through UCI’s prestigious, Pedagogical Fellowship Program. She is also a committed public intellectual and activist, organizing alongside students, faculty, local unions, and local activists to hold political education events and workshops.