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Dillon Hawkins, PhD student in Screen Studies

MA in Screen Studies, Oklahoma State University
BS in Mass Communication, Shepherd University

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • History of American Cinema
  • Film Training and Mentorships
  • International Film Festivals
  • Experimental Film and Literature
  • Global Fiction, Post-1945

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 1113: Composition I
  • ENGL 1213: Composition II
  • ENGL 2413: Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 2453: Introduction to Film and Television
  • ENGL 3453: History of American Cinema

Conference Presentations

  • "Experimental TV: The Children's Television Workshop and the Avant-Garde." Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS). Toronto, Canada. March 2018. (accepted)
  • "Jane Campion Presents Julia Leigh: Mentorships at the International Film Festival." MPCA/ACA Regional Conference. Chicago, Illinois. October 2016.

Professional Appointments

  • Webmaster, OSU English Department, 2015-present
  • Projectionist, Exciterbulb Film Series, 2012-present 
  • Webmaster, OSU First Year Composition Program, 2014-2015

Awards and Recognition

  • 2016 Leonard J. Leff Film and Media Studies Award 

Current Research Projects

I am researching and writing an article about the role of mentorships in the cultural politics of international film festivals. My primary case study is Cannes darling Jane Campion's mentorship of Julia Leigh.

My dissertation project is concerned with film schools and their development under the logic of post-Fordist production. Relevant case studies will be University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Southern California (USC), and New York University (NYU); the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC); and film schools associated with CILECT (The International Association of Film and Television Schools), such as the Beijing Film Academy (BFA) and the Australian Film, Television, and Radio School (AFTRS). The dissertation is provisionally titled "The Post-Fordist Film School."