Film Studies Program

Dr. Kristi McKim

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Assistant Professor of English/Film Studies

Phone: (501) 450-1242
Office: Fausett English Department 7
  • Ph. D., Emory University
  • B.A., Pennsylvania State University

Kristi McKim teaches courses in film studies. Her teaching and research explore the ways that cinema can enrich our perception by correlating our experience of time (through clocks, calendars, bodies, histories) with environmental changes (gravity, weather, seasons) and human emotion (such as nostalgia, desire, love, melancholia). She has published on Hirokazu Kore-eda's After Life (in Camera Obscura) and Agnès Varda's Jacquot de Nantes (in Studies in French Cinema) in Fall 2008; her work also appears in Film-Philosophy and Senses of Cinema, and is forthcoming in Film Quarterly and Film International.

On Studying Film

 In what ways do photographs and films call us to a qualitative self-examination?  How and why do they spark ontological questions by raising for us conundrums of being, of our placement with respect to ourselves and the world?  In this manner, revisiting classical film theory today is also a way of revivifying a kind of questioning that explores our sensuous contact with images and recharacterizes their (visible and outward) perceptual density in a way that also leads us inward—a self-examination of our relation to time, memory, and history. (D.N. Rodowick, The Virtual Life of Film, 75)