Reece Auguiste (Ph.D. University of Nottingham), is a documentary filmmaker and scholar with a focus on national cinemas and the transnational contexts of production and film reception practices. Auguiste’s fields of interests are film theory and criticism, aesthetics, digital media, and the ephemeral poetics of the moving image. His current investigation explores minority discourses, the nationality question, and the articulation of subaltern voices/representation within various national cinemas. He is particularly interested in the political and aesthetic practices of the Soviet avant-garde, African Cinema and Cinemas of the African Diaspora, Documentary cinema, Iranian cinema and Chinese cinema.
Awards and Works
Auguiste was a founding member of the British based Black Audio Film Collective and is the director of the critically acclaimed films Twilight City and Mysteries of July. He has conducted lectures and presented conference papers at numerous institutions including the University of London, Harrow College of Art, The Commonwealth Institute, University of Geneva– Institute of Film Studies and the American Jazz Museum. Before joining the film faculty at the University of Colorado he taught film and media courses at the University of Memphis. He has also curated film programs for the National Civil Rights Museum and Midland Arts/The Drum (UK), BluesFest and was a co-founder of the Memphis Film Forum. His essays on film criticism and aesthetics have appeared in books and journals including Framework, Borderline, Cineaction, Undercut, Questions of Third Cinema,The Ghosts of Songs: The Film Art of the Black Audio Film Collective, The British Avant-Garde Film 1926-1995 and The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture-Media.
He is the recipient of several film awards including the Josef Von Sternberg Award for most original film at the Mannheim International Film Festival, IDAAwardfor exceptional creative achievement in nonfiction and television production at the International Documentary Association, Golden Hugo Award for best documentary filmat the Chicago International Film Festival, andGrand Prize Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia. In 2006, he was a recipient of the Honors Professor of the Year—Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Memphis.