Flickering Landscapes Conference Program Director
He is an author, educator, filmmaker, and historian based in Orlando, FL. His research interests are in Silent Era Cinema, Holocaust Memory, and Digital Storytelling. He currently teaches American History at the University of Central Florida and he develops several feature documentaries based on the life of key figures in early motion picture history, as well as his first monograph: “City of Superb Democracy: The Emergence of Brooklyn Identity During Cinema’s Silent Era, 1893-1928.”
He is also the head archivist and project coordinator for “Roadside Memories: A Digital Tour of Florida Roadside Attractions, 1945-1975.” This project traces the history of the Florida tourism industry from immediately after World War II on through to the opening of Disney World in 1971. The purpose of this project is through examining ephemeral and orphaned films to understand the demographic and social shifts both in the state of Florida and American ideas of leisure.