Film Studies

Dr. Carlos Kase speaking at conference

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


  • 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 OctoberDiscourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, Millennium Film Journal, and The Moving Image. He is currently working on a monograph on the experimental documentary Portrait of Jason (1967). The overlapping aesthetic, historical, and political registers of experimental cinema, documentary, art history, performance, and popular music are the main subjects of his research.

Selected Publications:


  • “Reassessing the Personal Registers and Anti-Illusionist Imperatives of New Formal Film of the 1960s and 70s,” OCTOBER 163 (Winter 2018): 49–70.

  • "Abigail Child and Henry Hills Turn Towards the Concrete," Millennium Film Journal, Number 58 ("35th Anniversary Edition) (Fall 2013): 108116.

  • With Kirston Johnson, "Cinema as Artifact and Event: Peter Kubelka as Curator, Archivist, and Media Theorist," The Moving Image Volume 13, Number 1 (Spring 2013): 193199.

  • "Encounters with the Real: Historicizing Stan Brakhage's The Act of Seeing with one's own eyes (1971)," The Moving Image Volume 12, Number 1 (Spring 2012): 1–17.

  • "Kitch's Last Meal: Art, Life, and Quotidiana in the Observational Cinema of Carolee Schneemann" in Millennium Film Journal, Number 54 (Fall 2011): 7283.

  • "'This Guitar Has Seconds to Live:' Traces of Indeterminacy and Violence in Guitar Drag and its Predecessors" in Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, Volume 30, Number 3 (Fall 2008): 419442.

Book Chapters:

  • “Outer and Inner Space: Psychedelia and Selected Representations of Altered Consciousness in Experimental Cinema” in Cinema of Exploration: Essays on an Adventurous Film Practice edited by James Leo Cahill and Luca Caminati (New York: Routledge, 2021): 57–72.

  • “Robert Breer and the Intermedial Conditions of Avant-Garde Art in the 1960s” in Cinema in the Expanded Field edited by Francois Bovier and Adeena Mey (Zurich: JRP/Ringier, 2016): 54–72.

  • Kitch’s Last Meal: Art, Life, and Quotidiana in the Observational Cinema of Carolee Schneemann” in Carolee Schneemann, Unforgivable (London: Black Dog Press, 2016): 176–189.

  • “Psychedelic Cinema” in Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, edited by Stephen Ross, available online through subscription (2016). 

  • "Storm, Stress, and Structure: The Cinema of Grahame Weinbren and Roberta Friedman" in Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 19451980 (John Libbey Publishing, 2014).

  • "Phill Niblock's Observational Cinema" in Working Title (Dijon, France: Presses du réel, 2013): 327346, 423439.

Book and DVD Reviews:

  • Review of Sins of the Fleshapoids DVD for Science Fiction Film and Television, vol. 2, no.1 (Spring 2009): 159161.

  • Review of Prosthetic Memories by Alison Landsberg, Film Quarterly, vol. 60, no. 4 (Summer 2007): 7374.

  • Review of Feedback: Television Against Democracy by David Joselit, Octopus: A
    Journal of Visual Studies
    , vol. 3 (Fall 2007): 117119.