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Brett Kashmere

Graduate Student
Media Sport Studies, Documentary and Experimental Cinemas, Fan Studies, Visual Anthropology, Essay Film, Cultural Studies, Film/Video Curating, Non-Theatrical Film and Exhibition, Microcinemas, Artist-Run Film Labs and Processes, Archives
Research Interests: 

Brett Kashmere is a Canadian-born, Oakland-based filmmaker, curator, and educator. Using sports as a tool for engaging audiences in a conversation about collective memory, popular culture, the archive, and obscured histories, Kashmere’s documentary essays combine traditional archival research with materialist aesthetics, hybrid forms, and explorations of voice. His work has been addressed in publications such as ESPN’s Grantland, The Globe and Mail, The Cinema of Hockey, Sports Illustrated’s Hardwood Paroxysm, and Cinema Scope; has been supported by The Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation, the Carol R. Brown Awards, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the National Film Board of Canada; and has screened internationally at the BFI London Film Festival, Milano Film Festival, Kassel Dokfest, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, UnionDocs, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, British Film Institute, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Conversations at the Edge, Images Festival, Cinematheque Quebecoise, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Kashmere is also the founding editor of INCITE Journal of Experimental Media. He has taught media production at Concordia University, Oberlin College, and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Selected Publications: 

“Chemistry Class: Jeffrey Paull, the Escarpment School, and the Legacy of Process Cinema at Sheridan College,” in Process Cinema: Handmade Film in the Digital Age, edited by Scott MacKenzie and Janine Marchessault (Montreal and Kingston, ON: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019), 294-318.

“Neither/Nor: Other Cinema as an Archives and an Anti-Archives,” PUBLIC Journal 57: Archive/Counter-Archives, edited by May Chew, Susan Lord, and Janine Marchessault (2018): 14-26.

“‘Is This my Life?’ Public Intimacy in the Work of Anne Charlotte Robertson,” Women's Film & Television History Network blog (March 1, 2018).

Sports,” special issue, INCITE Journal of Experimental Media 7/8 (2017), ed. Brett Kashmere and Astria Suparak.

"A Subjective Chronicle of Microcinema Exhibition," Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ) 3, no. 1 (2014).

"Seen Missing: The Case of Kitch's Last Meal," Millennium Film Journal 54 (Summer 2011), special issue on the films of Carolee Schneemann. Reprinted in Carolee Schneemann: Unforgivable, ed. Kenneth White (London: Black Dog Publishing, 2015).

"Lessons from Valery's Ankle," in Coming Down the Mountain: Rethinking the 1972 Summit Series, edited by Brian Kennedy (Toronto: Wolsak and Wynn, 2014), pp. 239-256.

"Flip Sides of Len Lye: Direct Cinema / Cinema Direct," Senses of Cinema Film Journal 43 (April-June 2007).

"Arthur Lipsett," Senses of Cinema Film Journal (July 2004).

INDUSTRIE / INDUSTRY: Oeuvres récentes / Recent works by Richard Kerr, DVD-format exhibition catalog, ed. Brett Kashmere (Montréal: Concordia University, 2005).

“Making the Anonymous Familiar: A Reconsideration of Jack Chambers' Circle,” in The Films of Jack Chambers, ed. Kathryn Elder (Toronto: Cinematheque Ontario, 2002), 67-85. 

Selected Presentations:
Panel Presentation: “Running the Wrong Pattern: TVTV Goes to the Super Bowl,” HIGH/LOW: Taste, Quality, and Resolution in Film & Media, University of California, Berkeley, 2019

Panel Presentation: “Neither/Nor: Other Cinema as an Archives and an Anti-Archives,” From the Grassroots to the Global: 9th International Small Cinemas Conference, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, 2018

Panel Presentation: "Everywhere and Nowhere: Anne-Charlotte Robertson in Film History," Visible Evidence XXV, Bloomington, Indiana, 2018

Panel Presentation: "Designing a Gameplan for Analyzing NFL Films," Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Toronto, 2018

Panel Presentation: "Listening Outside the Lines: Over-Voice and Undertone in NFL Films' Epic Histories," University Film & Video Association Conference at California State University, Los Angeles, 2017

Introduction: Victor Grauer's Book of the Year 3000 (film screening), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2017

Panel Presentation: "Heavy Magic is Coming: Arthur Lipsett’s Late Turn to Performance," Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Montreal, 2015

Lecture: "An Ephemeral History of Microcinema Exhibition," University of Iowa, Iowa City, 2014 

Panel Presentation: "The User Experience: Access and Spectatorship," A Collection of Misfits: Time-Based Media and the Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2013

Education and Training: 
M.F.A., Studio Arts (Film Production), Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
M.A., Film Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
B.A., Film & Video Studies, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan
Teaching Interests: 

Film and Media Histories, Media Theory and Aesthetics, Film and Digital Media Production, Film Editing, Experimental Film and Video, Media Exhibition Practices, Documentary and Essay Cinemas, Found Footage, Remix, and Media Collage, Sports, Media, and Society, Fandom and Audiences


Ghosts of Empire: A Documentary Reexamining American Football,