Professor Richard J. Meyer joins CWCDC

Professor Meyer joins the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures as ‘Distinguished Fulbright Professor’ for 2018.

CWCDC is delighted to be able to welcome Professor Meyer to Leeds this semester. Professor Meyer teaches film studies at Seattle University and other universities in the area. He is also a film producer. He co-produced Amore Tra Le Rovine (Love Among The Ruins, 2015) shot on location in Ferrara, Italy.  In 2012 and 2013, he was Visiting Scholar at the New Zealand Film Archive.  He became the Distinguished Fellow of Film and Media Studies at Arizona State University in 2007 and the Distinguished Fulbright Professor at I’Universita’ del Piemonte Orientale Amedeo Avogadro in Italy for the spring 2005 trimester. Dr Meyer is Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Professor of Telecommunications Emeritus at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and Visiting Professor at the Center for Journalism and Media Studies at the University of Hong Kong. 

While pursuing a career in public broadcasting as a producer and executive with WNET, New York and CEO at KCTS Seattle and KERA/KDTN Dallas, he maintained a passion for film by experimenting with the medium as noted by TV Guide in April of 1969.   He has been published in Public Opinion QuarterlyJournal of BroadcastingEducational Broadcasting ReviewFilm CommentNEA JournalTime (Asia) and other periodicals and books. 

Throughout the United States, Asia, Southern Africa, and Europe, Professor. Meyer has been a broadcasting consultant, technical and media advisor to public and private schools, cultural groups, the State University of New York, UNESCO, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the United States Information Agency, and various radio and television institutions.

He has also worked as a film festival curator and is currently President Emeritus of The San Francisco Silent Film Festival and a member of the Board of Directors of the Seattle International Film Festival. He has produced and introduced numerous restored silent films accompanied by music at various "LIVE CINEMA" presentations.

While with us in CWCDC, Professor Meyer will be include teaching three master classes and one public lecture as well as working with graduate students. In addition he will be bringing to campus, several film producers who will make presentations and meet with students and staff.  Topics of his classes include: DW Griffith and "Birth of a Nation," Propaganda and "The Eternal Jew," Shanghai, the Hollywood of Asia and "The Goddess" and Producing a Feature Film - Amore tra la Rovine.

Professor Richard Meyer - CWCDC