Film Studies

Dr. Carlos Kase speaking at conference

J. Carlos Kase, associate professor
King Hall 106F | 910.962.2507 |

Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD: Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • Graduate Certificate in Visual Studies, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • MA, high honors: Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, New York City
  • BA, cum laude: Concentration in Spanish Language and Literature, Columbia University, New York City

Juan Carlos Kase has published in Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, Millennium Film Journal, and The Moving Image. In 2009, he completed his dissertation on experimental film under the direction of David E. James at the University of Southern California. He is currently completing revisions on his manuscript, "A Cinema of Anxiety: American Experimental Film in the Realm of Art (1964-76)," which considers the work of experimental filmmakers in relation to a range of confrontational strategies in art and media of the era. His ongoing research concerns the overlapping aesthetic, historical, and political registers of experimental cinema, documentary, art history, performance, and popular music within American culture.

Selected Publications:


  • With Kirston Johnson, "Cinema as Artifact and Event: Peter Kubelka as Curator, Archivist, and Media Theorist" in The Moving Image Volume 13, Number 1 (Spring 2013): 193-199.

  • "Abigail Child and Henry Hills Turn Towards the Concrete" in Millennium Film Journal, Number 58 ("35th Anniversary Edition) (Fall 2013): 108-116.

  • "Encounters with the Real: Historicizing Stan Brakhage's The Act of Seeing with one's
    own eyes (1971)" in The Moving Image, forthcoming (Spring 2012).
  • "Kitch's Last Meal: Art, Life, and Quotidiana in the Observational Cinema of Carolee
    Schneemann" in Millennium Film Journal, Number 54 (Fall 2011): 72-83.
  • "'This Guitar Has Seconds to Live:' Traces of Indeterminacy and Violence in Guitar
    and its Predecessors" in Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and
    , Volume 30, Number 3 (Fall 2008): 419-442.

Book Chapters:

  • "The Center Cannot Hold: Blank City (2010) and the Problems of Historicizing New York's Independent Cinema of the Late 1970s and Early 80s" in Downtown Film, Video and TV Culture 1975-2001, edited by Joan Hawkins (Intellect Press, forthcoming 2014).

  • "Storm, Stress, and Structure: The Cinema of Grahame Weinbren and Roberta Friedman" in Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 (John Libbey Publishing, forthcoming 2014).

  • "Phill Niblock's Observational Cinema" in Working Title (Dijon, France: Presses du réel, 2013): 327-346, 423-439.
  • "The Anxiogenic Cinema: A Consideration of Provocation, Distress and Cruelty in
    Underground Films of the 1960s" in Cinematic Folds: The Furling and Unfurling of
    ed. by Firoza Elavia (Toronto: Pleasure Dome, 2008): 67- 84.
  • "On the Importance of Anthology Film Archives: A Historical Overview and
    Endorsement" in Captured: A Film/Video History of the Lower East Side (New York:
    Seven Stories Press, 2005); also available in French translation.

Book and DVD Reviews:

  • Review of Sins of the Fleshapoids DVD for Science Fiction Film and Television vol. 2,
    no.1 (Spring 2009): 159-161.
  • Review of Prosthetic Memories by Alison Landsberg, Film Quarterly, vol. 60, no. 4
    (Summer 2007): 73-74.
  • Review of Feedback: Television Against Democracy by David Joselit, Octopus: A
    Journal of Visual Studies
    , vol. 3 (Fall 2007): 117-119.