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Brad Chisholm

Professor of Film History and Genre Studies
Office: Performing Arts Center 211
Phone: (320) 308-3228
Email: bchisholm@stcloudstate.edu

As an undergrad in the late 1970s, Brad fell in with a crowd of film buccaneers who specialized in unearthing lost and forgotten silent films. He met such legendary figures from early Hollywood as Lillian Gish, Hal Roach, and Colleen Moore, and was inspired to pursue a career in film studies. After receiving his Ph.D. in Film History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987, Brad helped create the Film Department at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas where he taught until coming to St. Cloud State in 1993. Brad now teaches FS 451, 452, 453 - Film History Sequence and numerous other courses including FS 264 - Forbidden Cinema, FS 496 - Film Theory, and The Science Fiction Film. (View course descriptions in the Undergraduate Bulletin.)

Brad received the Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1990, and the Student Representative Assembly Award for Outstanding Teaching in 1999. He is the author of “Difficult Viewing,” and other articles on film history and theory, and his latest scholarly research is on the American Comic Book Industry. Brad helped revive the film journal, The Velvet Light Trap, created our International Film Series, and was one of the co-founders of the Lake Wobegon Film Festival. He has taught many fine students in his career including one who became a New York Times film critic and another who won an Emmy, but Brad is most proud of the countless students who come into this program out of a pure love for a deep understanding of the art of film. If you need to reach him, he’s that guy in the back of the movie theatre reading every last credit long after the rest of the audience has departed.

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