Alexandra Juhasz

Dr. Alexandra Juhasz is Distinguished Professor of Film at Brooklyn College, CUNY. She is a core faculty member in the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program at the CUNY Graduate Center.

She has a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from NYU (1991) and attended the Whitney Independent Studio program as a videomaker (1988).

Dr. Juhasz has taught at NYU, Swarthmore and Bryn Mawr Colleges, Claremont Graduate University, USC, Pitzer College, and Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY on YouTube, media archives, activist media, documentary, and feminist film and video as well as media production, history and theory.

Dr. Juhasz writes about and makes feminist, queer, fake, and AIDS documentary. Her current work is on online feminist pedagogy, YouTube, and other more radical uses of digital media and their archives. Her work as media artist, curator, and writer engages with linked social justice commitments, including AIDS, black queer and lesbian media, feminist and queer/trans film, and activist archives and collectives.

As Professor of Media Studies at Pitzer College (1995-2016), she was the director of the Munroe Center for Social Inquiry (2014-2016), and led the Mellon funded Claremont College Digital Humanities grant.

Books :

Dr. Juhasz’s first book, AIDS TV: Identity, Community and Alternative Video (Duke University Press, 1996) considers the contributions of low-end video production to political organizing and individual and community growth.

Her second book (2001) is comprised of transcribed interviews from her documentary (1998) about feminist film history, Women of Vision, with accompanying introductions (Minnesota University Press).

F is for Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth’s Undoing (2006), co-edited with Jesse Lerner, is one of a handful of book-length studies of this burning issue.

Her innovative “video-book,” Learning from YouTube, was published in 2011 by MIT Press.

An earlier large-scale digital effort is Media Praxis: A Radical Web-Site Integrating Theory, Practice and Politics.

Dr. Juhasz’s book, Blackwell Companion to Film Studies: Documentary, presents a comprehensive collection of essays related to the world-changing projects of contemporary documentary films. Co-edited with Alisa Lebow (Cambridge, MA, Wiley-Blackwell Press, 2015).

She blogs on this and other projects at www.aljean.wordpress.com.

Forthcoming Books :

Really Fake

Really Fake takes up story, poetry, and other human logics of care, intelligence, and dignity to explore sociotechnological and politico-aesthetic ...

My Phone Lies to Me: Fake News Poetry Workshops as Radical Digital Media Literacy

This book of 100 poems is foremost an invitation and invocation for you to participate, with others, in an experiment ...

We Are Having this Conversation Now

The Times of AIDS Cultural Production, with Ted Kerr, Duke University Press, 2020 ...

Recent Projects :

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Narrative Feature Films :

The Watermelon Woman 20th Year Re-Master and Re-Release

The Watermelon Woman 20th Year Re-Master and Re-Release

Re-released for its 20th anniversary in a pristine 2K HD restoration, The Watermelon Woman is the story of Cheryl (Cheryl Dunye), a twenty-something black lesbian struggling to make a documentary ...
Distributed by First Run Features.
The OWLS

The OWLS

Four aging lesbians accidentally kill a baby-dyke and live to suffer the consequences. Ten years ago, The Screech was the hottest lesbian band around. But the mighty musicians have fallen ...
First Run Features. Digital video

Dr. Juhasz produced the narrative feature films, The Owls (2010) and The Watermelon Woman (1996), as well as nearly fifteen educational documentaries on feminist issues like teenage sexuality, AIDS, and sex education.

 

Featured Documentaries :

DiAna’s Hair Ego REMIX

DiAna’s Hair Ego REMIX

Cheryl Dunye and Ellen Spiro, directors. Screened at Whitney Museum, Schomburg Center, nationally and internationally. In 1989, Ellen Spiro directed the short film, DiAna’s ...
COMPULSIVE PRACTICE

COMPULSIVE PRACTICE

Visual AIDS Video Program, Day (With) Out Art, 2016. Co-curated with Jean Carlomusto and Hugh Ryan Screened at New Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Studio Museum ...
SCALE: Measuring Might in the Media Age

SCALE: Measuring Might in the Media Age

A documentary about ending the war in the media age. Ours is a time of illicit war, unchecked corporate greed, and a presidential regime ...
Video Remains

Video Remains

Producer/Writer/Director. Remembers and mourns the AIDS deaths and activism of the 1980s through one long-take interview of a dying friend. Queer Fests: London, NY, ...
Dear Gabe

Dear Gabe

Producer/Writer/Director. 6 college friends, feminists all, make diverse choices about creating and raising family. Queer and straight, black, white and in-between, Jewish and uncertain, ...
RELEASED: 5 Short Videos about Women and Prison

RELEASED: 5 Short Videos about Women and Prison

Six media artists collaborate with women prisoners to represent new visions of this crisis. From its opening statements by former inmate Angela Davis, to ...
Naming Prairie

Naming Prairie

Producer/Writer/Director. Sundance official selection 2002. Queer Fests (NY, LA, SF, Toronto). Jewish Film Festival (San Francisco). A lesbian couple celebrates their daughter & family ...
Women of Vision: 18 Histories in Feminist Film and Video

Women of Vision: 18 Histories in Feminist Film and Video

Screened at Creteil Women’s Festival; New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Festivals; college campuses. Distributed by Cinema Guild. Airs ...

View Naming Prairie, Dear Gabe, and Women of Vision at snagfilms.com.

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Featured Interviews :

The Blurring of Narrative and Documentary Filmmaking in Agnes Varda’s ‘Faces Places'

The Blurring of Narrative and Documentary Filmmaking in Agnes Varda’s ‘Faces Places’

4-part video essay for H8URS: Video Essays with Real Filmmakers and Professors ...
“Reach Out to One Person a Day”: Feminist AIDS Activists Reflect on COVID-19

“Reach Out to One Person a Day”: Feminist AIDS Activists Reflect on COVID-19

This piece is part of a series on Autostraddle exploring the overlaps and divergences between the AIDS epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic — many AIDS survivors have spoken out meaningfully ...
New Formats for Revisits: "Women of Vision Research Meeting" NY, 1994

New Formats for Revisits: “Women of Vision Research Meeting” NY, 1994

Juhasz put her tape into the tool and annotated it (with others) as an offering to the introduction. It is not just footage useful for further research, but also an ...

 

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