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Filming Difference Actors, Directors, Producers, and Writers on Gender, Race, and Sexuality in Film by Daniel Bernardi

Filming Difference Actors, Directors, Producers, and Writers on Gender, Race, and Sexuality in Film


Filming Difference Actors, Directors, Producers, and Writers on Gender, Race, and Sexuality in Film by Daniel Bernardi

Addressing representation and identity in a variety of production styles and genres, including experimental film and documentary, independent and mainstream film, and television drama, Filming Difference poses fundamental questions about the ways in which the art and craft of filmmaking force creative people to confront stereotypes and examine their own identities while representing the complexities of their subjects. Selections range from C. A. Griffith's Del Otro Lado: Border Crossings, Disappearing Souls, and Other Transgressions and Celine Perrenas Shimizu's Pain and Pleasure in the Flesh of Machiko Saito's Experimental Movies to Christopher Bradley's I Saw You Naked: 'Hard' Acting in 'Gay' Movies, along with Kevin Sandler's interview with Paris Barclay, Yuri Makino's interview with Chris Eyre, and many other perspectives on the implications of film production, writing, producing, and acting. Technical aspects of the craft are considered as well, including how contributors to filmmaking plan and design films and episodic television that feature difference, and how the tools of cinema-such as cinematography and lighting-influence portrayals of gender, race, and sexuality. The struggle between economic pressures and the desire to produce thought-provoking, socially conscious stories forms another core issue raised in Filming Difference. Speaking with critical rigor and creative experience, the contributors to this collection communicate the power of their media.


A compelling, fascinating, even inspirational reading experience. By exposing the critical voices of media makers, this volume provides vital discursive tools. Bambi Haggins, author of Laughing Mad: The Black Comic Persona in Post-Soul America

About the Author

DANIEL BERNARDI is Director of Film and Media Studies at Arizona State University in Tempe. He is the author of STAR TREK and History: Race-ing Toward Whiteness and editor of several volumes on whiteness and film history.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st May 2009


Daniel Bernardi

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University of Texas Press


390 pages


Film theory & criticism
Gender studies, gender groups
Ethnic studies



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