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Amy Gerber-Stroh

Amy Gerber-Stroh, chair, associate professor of film; B.A., Pennsylvania State University; M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts, School of Film/Video

Amy’s films have won honors at numerous film festivals and professional venues, including Edinburgh International Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, Film Forum, Los Angeles, and Women In the Director's Chair, Chicago. Amy also directed films for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 1993 to 1996. She has had significant professional film experience in Hollywood and New York, working on several movie features by Roger Corman as well as casting 12 major motion pictures including The Mask of Zorro (Columbia Pictures), Goldeneye (MGM), Afterglow (Sony Pictures Classics), Tank Girl (United Artists) and Angels In The Outfield (Disney). Gerber-Stroh’s latest documentary, My Grandfather Was a Nazi Scientist: Opa, von Braun and Operation Paperclip, was selected for several film festivals and honorary screenings during the 2010-12 film festival circuit. Venues include the 17th Annual Independent’s Film Festival, The German-American Heritage Museum, The Education Channel, and a premiere invitation at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., presented by the Charles Guggenheim Center for Documentary Film. Amy is currently collaborating with award-winning filmmaker Ross Spears on a three-part series for PBS called The Truth About Trees: A Natural and Human History to be aired nationally during the 2013-14 broadcast season.

R.H.W. Dillard

R.H.W. Dillard, professor of English; B.A., Roanoke College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia

Richard Dillard's courses in film as a narrative art focus on close readings of films by a single filmmaker or in a single genre. The courses feature the work of Ingmar Bergman, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Federico Fellini, Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa, Val Lewton, Roman Polanski, Josef von Sternberg, or Orson Welles, as well as studies in the horror film. In addition to his novels, short stories, poems, and literary criticism, he has written essays on the horror film and the films of Fellini and is the author of the critical monograph, Horror Films (1976). He is also the co-author of the screenplay of Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster, a film which, according to Leonard Maltin, "has gained a peculiar cult reputation"!

Matt Marshall

Matt Marshall, visiting assistant professor of film; A.A. Nassau Community College; B.L.S., University of Mary Washington; M.A.L.S., M.F.A., Hollins University

Matt has been a film lecturer at the University of Virginia since 2007, where he taught courses on film history, theory, and genre studies. He has been composing and performing live music for classic silent films for over 11 years with the Virginia Film Festival. He has recorded soundtracks for the British Edition of Charlie Chaplin's The Kid as well as George Melies' Conquest of the Pole. In November, 2011 Matt performed his new score for the Turner Classic Movies and Library of Congress presentation of Buster Keaton's The General, at the Virginia Film Festival. Matt's screenplay The Portrait, won the grand prize for best horror script at the 2011 Rhode Island International Film Festival. In April 2012 his paper "Through the Looking Glass Genre: a look at unreliable narrators in film," was presented at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. His research interests include silent film, the horror film, and the effects of linguistics on cinematography.