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Allyson Nadia Field

About Allyson Nadia FieldAllyson Nadia Field is an assistant professor of Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA and is a faculty affiliate of the Moving Image Archive Studies program and the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. Her primary research interest is in race and ethnicity in American film, including non-theatrical film production, independent cinema, and Hollywood. Her research interests also include avant-garde and experimental filmmaking, transatlantic modernisms and global silent era cinemas.

She is currently completing a book titled "Filming Uplift and Projecting Possibility," on African American uplift films of the 1910s and the film production of southern agricultural and industrial educational institutions. She is also working on an archival preservation project with the UCLA Film & Television Archive on the "L.A. Rebellion" of Black filmmakers (1970s-1990s) [http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/la-rebellion] and co-curated a major film exhibition of their work which ran from October-December 2011 at UCLA as part of the Getty Foundation's Pacific Standard Time and then will travel internationally. [http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/la-rebellion/la-rebellion-creating-new-black-cinema]. With Jan-Christopher Horak and Jacqueline Stewart, she is editing a book on the group titled "To Emancipate the Image: The L.A. Rebellion of Black Filmmakers."

In fall 2010 she co-curated the film series "Paint it Black: Revisiting Blaxploitation and African American Cinema of the 1970's" for the UCLA Film & Television Archive. In 2007-2008, she was a Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. She received a Masters in Film and Television Studies from the Universiteit van Amsterdam and a PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University.