J Ronald Green

Professor Emeritus, Department of History of Art
Affiliated Faculty

Ron Green is professor of film studies in the Department of History of Art at the Ohio State University. Green’s most recently completed research centers on African-American independent filmmaker, Oscar Micheaux. Green’s first book on Micheaux, Straight Lick: The Cinema of Oscar Micheaux was released by Indiana University Press in September 2000, and was favorably reviewed in the London Times Literary Supplement, in the London Review of Books, in the Washington Post, on NPR, and in academic publications. His second book, With a Crooked Stick--The Films of Oscar Micheaux, was released by Indiana University Press in March, 2004. His writings on Micheaux and on other topics--including media arts policy and independent documentary and avant-garde films, video, photography, installation, and digital arts--have appeared in journals such as Film Quarterly, Griffithiana, Black Film Review, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Journal of Film and Video, Dialogue, Cinema Journal, Aperture, and Afterimage, and in various anthologies including Diawara’s Black American Cinema and Bowser, Musser, and Gaines’s Oscar Micheaux and His Circle. His long essay on the avant-garde loop films of Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler is in press at the Galician Center for Contemporary Art in Santiago de Compostela. He is now writing a book tentatively titled Poor Cinema: The Case for Inexpensive Films, and a book on avant-garde cinema and recent art museum installation work.

Green is a recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, of multiple Ohio Arts Council art-critic fellowships, including a double award in 2003 and a recent award in 2006. He has also served as president of the National Alliance of Media Arts Centers, trustee of the American Film Institute, chair of the department of photography and cinema at the Ohio State University, and assistant director of the Media Arts Program at the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently co-chair of the Interdisciplinary Film Studies Committee at the Ohio State University.

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