CV

Curriculum Vitae

R. COLIN TAIT

Website: rcolintait.com

EDUCATION            University of Texas at Austin, Ph. D. in Media Studies.

Dissertation:   Robert De Niro’s Method: Acting, Authorship, Agency in the New Hollywood, 1967-1980.

Supervisor:      Thomas Schatz

Committee:     Janet Staiger, Mary Kearney, Janet Davis, Ernest Mathijs

University of British Columbia, M.A. in Film Studies.

Thesis:            Assassin Nation: Theorizing the Conspiracy Film in the Early Twenty-First Century (2007)

Supervisors:    Brian McIlroy, Ernest Mathijs, Lisa Coulthard

University of Toronto, B.A. (Honours) in Cinema Studies

SCHOLARSHIPS & HONORS

UT Austin

University Continuing Fellowship (2012-13)

Harry Ransom Center Dissertation Fellowship (2012-2013)

David Bruton Jr. Graduate School Fellowship (2012-2013)

Good Neighbor Scholarship (2012-2013)

UBC

Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Council Grant (2006-07)

Graduate Entrance Scholarship (2005)

University of Toronto

Regent’s In-Course Scholarship (2004)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Contemporary Media Industries (US, Canada, International)

Film and Television Genres

Film Authorship

Acting and Performance

Critical and Cultural Approaches to the Media

Digital Filmmaking and Distribution

PUBLICATIONS

Monograph                The Cinema of Steven Soderbergh: Indie Sex, Corporate Lies and Digital Videotape. Co-author Andrew deWaard. New York: Wallflower/Columbia University Press, 2013.

Refereed Articles      “Robert De Niro’s Raging Bull: A History of a Performance and a Performance of History.” The Canadian Journal of Film Studies, 20: 1 (Spring 2011): 20-40.

“The HBO-ification of Genre.” Cinephile, 4:1 (2008): 50-57.

“(Zombie) Revolution at the Gates: The Dead, The ‘Multitude’ and George A. Romero. Cinephile, 3: 1 (2007): 61-69.

Book Chapters          “When Marty Met Bobby: Collaborative Authorship in Mean Streets and Taxi Driver.” In A Companion to Martin Scorsese. Ed. Aaron Baker. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, forthcoming December 2013.

“Competing Modes of Capital in Ocean’s 11.” In The Philosophy of Steven Soderbergh. Eds. R. Barton Palmer and Steven M. Sanders.  Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2011, pp. 231-245.

“Piercing Steven Soderbergh’s Bubble.” In The Business of Entertainment. Ed. Robert C. Sickels. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Press, 2008, pp. 180-198.

“Class and Allegory in Spike Lee’s Inside Man.” In Fight the Power!:  The Spike Lee Reader. Eds.  J. Hamlet & R. Means Coleman. New York: Peter Lang, 2008, pp.  41-60.

Online Publications “‘Dirtied’ Star Images and Acting Against Type in Behind the Candelabra.” Columbia University Press Blog, June 7, 2013.

“Steven Soderbergh’s Spectacular Un-Retirement” Antenna: Responses to Media and Culture, May 30, 2013.

“When the Magic Kingdom Ate the Galactic Empire.” Antenna: Responses to Media and Culture, Nov 2, 2012.

“The Children of Chuck Barris: Reality TV in the 1970s” in flowtv.org, Aug 7, 2011.

“The Beastie Boys’ Full Court Media Press.”Antenna: Responses to Media and Culture, April 28, 2011.

“Revisiting the Canadian Conspiracy” in flowtv.org, Sept 24, 2010.

“H d’oh TV: Watching With The Simpsons in High Definition” in flowtv.org, October 3, 2009.

 Bibliographic Entry

“Steven Soderbergh,” with Andrew deWaard, Oxford Bibliographies Online, forthcoming, Fall, 2013.

Book Reviews        

“Hollywood Reborn: Movie Stars of the 1970s.” The Velvet Light Trap, No. 69, (Spring 2012): 74-76.

“The Solaris Effect: Art and Artifice in Contemporary American Film.” Film International, 40, (2009): 85-86.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Instructor of Record (2007-2012),

The University of Texas at Austin

Narrative Strategies in Film and Television (Summer 2012, Spring 2011, Fall 2010 & Spring 2010)

The University of British Columbia

Authorship and Steven Soderbergh (Fall 2007), Hong Kong and Chinese Cinema (Fall 2007)

Teaching Assistant   (2005-2012)

The University of Texas at Austin

Media Archaeology (Spring 2012)

Indie Cinema (Fall 2011)

Narrative Strategies in Film and Television (Fall 2009)

Introduction to Media Studies (Fall 2008 & Spring 2009)

The University of British Columbia

Introduction to Film Studies (Spring & Summer 2007)

Silent Cinema (Fall 2006)

Hollywood Cinema (Spring 2006)

Canadian Cinema (Fall 2005)

 Research Assistant   (2006-2013)

The University of Texas at Austin

Postdoctoral Research Assistant for book-length study of Conglomerate Hollywood: 1990-2010 (Thomas Schatz, Summer 2013).

Research Assistant/Archival Researcher: The Peter Glenville Collection at the Harry Ransom Center. (Christine Becker, Summer 2013).

Deutsche Kinemathek – Archival researcher for Martin Scorsese: The Exhibition (Peter Mäns, 2012).

The University of Texas at Austin

Graduate Research Assistant for book-length study of Conglomerate Hollywood: 1990-2010 (Thomas Schatz, 2011-May 2013).

The University of British Columbia

Researcher for book-length study of Irish Representations in Silent Film (Brian McIlroy, 2006).

Student Mentor        UT College of Communication Pre-Graduate School Internship – Mentor for minority students preparing for graduate school (Spring 2011).

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

“The Performance of Labor and Downward Mobility in Steven Soderbergh’s Post-Recession Films: 2009-2012.” The Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Chicago, March 2013.

 “Robert De Niro’s Method: Acting, Agency and Authorship in the New Hollywood (1967-1980).” The Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Boston, March, 2012.

“Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience: Digitally Recording the Moment of Crisis.” Fault Lines: The American Studies Conference, The University of Texas at Austin, October, 2010.

“‘True? True? True?’: De Niro, Casino and Authorship.” The Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference Los Angeles, March, 2010.

“Caprica Looks a Lot Like Vancouver to Me: Theorizing Canadian-ness in Battlestar Galactica.” Global Fusion Conference, The University of Texas at Austin, September 2009.

“sex, lies and (digital) videotape: Steven Soderbergh as Digital Auteur.” The Film Studies Association of Canada Conference, The University of British Columbia, May 2008.

“Considering the Interesting Failure of Steven Soderbergh’s Schizopolis.” The Film Studies Association of Canada, The University of Saskatchewan, May 2007.

“Nostalgia for Nostalgia in The Royal Tennenbaums.” The Film Studies Association of Canada Graduate Colloquium – NSCAD University, Halifax, April 2006.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Editorial                     The Velvet Light Trap – Fall 2008-2011.

Position(s): Senior Editor, UT Press Liaison.

Flowtv.org – Fall 2008-2011.

Position: Co-Coordinating Editor, Columns Editor.

Cinephile – Fall 2005-2007.

Position: Editor-in-Chief.

Committees               Graduate Student Organizer, The Film Studies Association of Canada Conference, Spring 2008, The University of British Columbia.

Graduate Representative, Search Committee, Assistant Professor of Film and Theatre, The University of British Columbia, Spring 2006.

Artistic and Creative Works

Director (Film)         Toronto Plays Itself (2003) (3.5 minutes, DV).

The Untimely Death of Martin Froelich (2001) (19 minutes, DV).

6th Business (2000) (24 minutes, Super-8).

Director (Stage)        Anything Goes, Cole Porter, Vancouver, Summer 2006.

Interruption, R. Colin Tait, Toronto, Summer 2000.

Shooting Gallery, Israel Horovitz, Toronto, Summer 1999.

The Lesson, Eugene Ionesco, Toronto, Spring 1996.

Playwriting                Interruption – presented in the 2000 Toronto Fringe Festival

Journalism                The Varsity (The Student Newspaper of the University of Toronto)

Film Critic: wrote over 75 weekly film reviews from 2001-2005.

The Strand (Victoria University’s Student Newspaper). Theatre Critic, 1994-96

Blog                            Watchin’ With My Wife. – Blog devoted to watching female-centric shows from a male perspective (2011-13): https://rcolintait.wordpress.com/

AFFILIATIONS

The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS).

Media Industries Scholarly Interest Group (SCMS)

Television Studies Scholarly Interest Group (SCMS)

The Film Studies Association of Canada (FSAC).

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