Donald Crafton

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icon-jorgensen-lectureJorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture Series

Donald Crafton

  1. Thursday, November 29, 2012 3:00 p.m.
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Lecture title: Lunacy and Love: The Moon, Georges Méliès, and Beyond


Donald Crafton
A specialist in film history and visual culture, Dr. Donald Crafton earned his degrees from the University of Michigan, University of Iowa, and Yale University. He was the founding director of the Yale Film Study Center, and served as director of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research. He teaches in and has chaired the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame now for many years. Professor Crafton’s research interests are in film history and visual culture. His publications include The Talkies, Before Mickey, and his new book Shadow of a Mouse: Performance, Belief, and World-Making in Animation. He was named Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 and has been a recipient of an NEH Fellowship. In 2004, The World Festival of Animation presented him with an award for his contributions to animation theory.