Jeffrey Ruoff

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Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies

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Jeffrey Ruoff is a film historian and documentary filmmaker. His monograph Telluride in the Film Festival Galaxy, published in 2016 by St Andrews, is forthcoming in an eBook edition in fall 2018. A French translation of Telluride will be published by L'Harmattan in France in 2018. Ruoff co-edited a special issue of the New Review of Film and Television Studies devoted to "Film Festivals: Origins and Trajectories," which appeard in March 2016. He has edited two anthologies: Coming Soon to a Festival Near You: Programming Film Festivals with St Andrews in 2012 and Virtual Voyages: Cinema and Travel with Duke University Press in 2006. An American Family: A Televised Life, his book on the 1973 public television series, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2002. In 2002, he guest-edited a special issue of the journal Visual Anthropology devoted to "Travelogues and Travel Films." In 1998, he co-authored a book, The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On, on historical memories of the Pacific War in Japanese cinema. He has contributed chapters to numerous academic books and articles to many academic journals, as well as Op-Eds in publications such as The ConversationPacific Standard, and The Huffington Post. His films and videos, including Hacklebarney Tunes: The Music of Greg Brown (1993), The Last Vaudevillian (1998), and Still Moving: Pilobolus at Forty (2012), have been shown at festivals and on television in the United States and abroad. He teaches production courses in documentary and experimental videomaking, history courses on the French New Wave, North African cinema, documentary and ethnographic film as well as survey courses on international cinema. In 2015-16, he was an OpEd Public Voices Fellow.


BFVAC, Film and Media, room 204
HB 6194


  • B.A. Cornell University, 1985
  • M.F.A. Temple University, 1988
  • Ph.D. University of Iowa, 1995

Selected Publications

  • Telluride in the Film Festival Galaxy, St Andrews: St Andrews Film Books, 2016.

  • Coming Soon to a Festival Near You: Programming Film Festivals, ed., St Andrews: St Andrews Film Books, 2012.

  • Still Moving: Pilobolus at Forty, New Boston Films, 2012, a documentary film about the dance company Pilobolus.

  • “No Place Like Homeland,” The Huffington Post, posted October 1, 2015,

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Works In Progress

I have begun research on a long-term book-length manuscript, Out of the Shadow of Cannes: Film Festivals in France, which explores the rich diversity of festivals in France that is obscured by an over-emphasis on Cannes.