Zachary Zahos

Film

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zahos@wisc.edu

608-265-7525

2150 Vilas Hall

Zachary Zahos

My research focuses on the forms and circulations of global art cinema, classical Hollywood cinema, and experimental film and video. I am currently writing a dissertation that explores the contemporary history (ca. 1980-2020) of “art house” film distribution in the United States, telling the story of how small distributors have remained independent, solvent, and essential to film culture against an industrial backdrop of media conglomeration. I am most interested in how these small companies have innovated in the releasing of specialty cinema (e.g., international, repertory, documentary, indie films) via novel approaches to theatrical, home video, and streaming, and how these strategies have impacted larger discourses around authorship, identity, and independence.

Education

  • M.A. Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2018
  • B.A. English/Performing & Media Arts, Cornell University, 2015

Courses Taught

  • CA 313 — Documentary on the Edge: Between Fact and Fiction
  • CA 355 — Introduction to Media Production
  • CA 467 — Cinematography and Sound Recording

Conferences

  • “Internet Memes and the Vernacular Avant-Garde: A ‘Steamed Hams’ Case Study,” University of Chicago Department of Cinema and Media Studies Graduate Student Conference, Virtual, April 2022.
  • “The Power and Pragmatics of Licensing Coalitions: The Criterion Channel, OVID, and Other Art House Streaming Platforms,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Virtual, April 2022.
  • “Before the Boom: Early Zooms from 1927-1935 and Their Stylistic Legacy,” Film & History Conference, Madison, November 2019.
  • “Memed Hams: YouTube Appropriations of The Simpsons and the Vernacular Avant-Garde,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Seattle, March 2019.

Professional Experience

  • Submissions Editor, The Velvet Light Trap, 2020-2021.
  • Project Assistant, UW-Cinematheque and Wisconsin Film Festival, 2018-2020.
  • DVD/Blu-ray Producer, Milestone Film & Video, 2017-2019.

Honors/Awards

  • Weaver Excellence Award, 2022
  • Graduate School Fellowship, 2022
  • Robert J. Wickhem Award in Media Production, 2021
  • Helen K. Herman Memorial Fund Scholarship, 2020
  • Charles Chester Pearce Scholarship in Film, 2019