Get to know the all-star professors of ProfTalks Lectures! We’re bringing some of the best and brightest minds to Toronto on April 25. Each week we give you an insider’s look at one of our award-winning speakers.
With the 87th Academy Awards this weekend, everyone has film on their mind. But there’s one ProfTalks lecturer who always has film on their mind, even when it’s not Oscar season.
Introducing Professor Annette Insdorf
Dr. Insdorf is a Professor in the Graduate Film Program of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, as well as the Director of Undergraduate Studies. She is an internationally renowned educator and author.
Professor Annette Insdorf For her outstanding teaching and her contribution to film history, she has received awards and honours from the French Ministry of Culture, Columbia University, the National Board of Review, and the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York, to name just a few. Her books range in subject from French New Wave to contemporary cinema. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, and her articles have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, Premiere, The Los Angeles Times, Film Comment, The Washington Post and Newsweek.
Interested in hearing about Hollywood? For over 30 years, Dr. Insdorf has hosted “Reel Pieces,” a popular and prestigious film series in Manhattan, where her guests have included Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Daniel Day-Lewis, Pedro Almodovar, John Travolta and Al Pacino. In addition, she has been featured in over a dozen DVD voice-over commentaries.
Read Dr. Insdorf’s full professional biography here.
Don’t miss Dr. Insdorf at ProfTalks in Toronto
Dr. Insdorf brings her vast knowledge of cinema and her dynamic, engaging presentation style to ProfTalks on April 25. She will captivate attendees with her lecture, Master of Suspense: The Artistry of Alfred Hitchcock, a survey of the work and achievement of the legendary film director. Using a variety of film clips, she will explain how Hitchcock’s background and the recurring motifs of his work helped contribute to his enduring influence in American film and culture. The focus will be on Hitchcock’s world-famous film, Psycho – its cinematic storytelling via camera, soundtrack, editing – and its exploration of voyeurism.
DID YOU KNOW? Dr. Insdorf is the producer of an Oscar-nominated film. In 1987, she was the Executive Producer of Shoeshine, a 10-minute movie starring Jerry Stiller and Ben Stiller, which was nominated for the Best Live-Action Short.