Catherine L. Benamou

Associate Professor, Film & Media Studies
School of Humanities

Affiliated Faculty, Gender and Sexuality Studies
School of Humanities

Affiliated Faculty, Chicano/Latino Studies
School of Social Sciences

Graduate Emphasis Faculty, Latin American Studies
School of Humanities

Honors section, Humanities Core Program
School of Humanities

Ph.D., New York University, 1997, Cinema Studies

Fax: (949) 824-2464

University of California, Irvine
2000 Humanities Gateway
Film and Media Studies Department
Mail Code: 2435
Irvine, CA 92697

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Latin American and Latinx Cinema and Media, Transnational Flows & Diasporic Audiences, Orson Welles & authorial itineraries, Media Ethnography and Historiography, Urban Mediascapes
URLs IT'S ALL TRUE: Orson Welles's Pan-American Odyssey
It's All True: Based on an Unfinished Film by Orson Welles (1993)
Review of Andrea Geyer's "Criminal Case 40/61"
REBECA - Revista Brasileira de Estudos de Cinema e Audiovisual
Oxford Bibliographies Online, CITIZEN KANE
DOC ON-LINE - Digital Journal on Documentary Cinema
FRAMEWORK: Journal of Cinema and Media
University of Michigan Special Collections Library
Catalán Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies
LASA Film Studies Section
Latina/o Caucus, Society of Cinema and Media Studies
MEDIÁTICO (online media journal)
Robert Flaherty Seminar 60th anniversary Wide-Angle excerpts
"Orson Welles at 100," blog post to Oxford University Press Blog, 6 May 2015
UCI Campuswide Honors Program
UCHRI Engaging Humanities: Latin American Studies in Motion
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, "From Latin America to Hollywood: Latino Film Culture in Los Angeles, 1967-2017"
Closing Keynote Address, Brazilian Society of Cinema and Audiovisual Studies (SOCINE), Campinas, Brazil, October, 2015

National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship, "We the People Initiative," 2010-11

Honorable Mention, Dissertation Award, Society for Cinema Studies (1998)

Smithsonian Institution Award in Recognition of Special Achievement Reflecting a High Standard of Accomplishment (1996)
My research and teaching have been primarily hemispheric and transatlantic in scope, and generally focused on the politics and aesthetics of inter-American representation, transnational authorship, and the formation of gendered and migrant subjectivity in dynamic relation to national and globalizing media industries, circuits, and practices. In terms of national cinemas, I have taught and written about Brazilian, Chilean, Cuban and Mexican cinema. Most recently, I have been interested in how links to the public sphere are being created for and by marginalized groups and communities in cities, which is the subject of a multi-method, longitudinal study on the reciprocal impact of the transnational transmission of television on diasporic Latin@ communities in four cities entitled "The Electronic Embrace/El Abrazo Electrónico." In this study, I explore and compare urban mediascapes, the emergence of barrio tv, together with processes of viewer enfranchisement and transculturation in public spaces. Parallel to this project, I have been engaged in critical reception research as part of Latin American Studies in Motion (UCHRI). I continue to work on the preservation and cultural legacy of IT'S ALL TRUE, a film project undertaken by Orson Welles during the "Good Neighbor" policy, as well as on articles devoted to documentary cinema, competing claims placed on latinidad in the U.S. media, and historical thresholds in inter-American representation. My objects of inquiry range from photographs to 35mm films to television, independent video, and media installations.
Publications "LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE, from Novel to Film," in BOOKS TO FILM vol. I, ed. Barry Grant (Farmington, MI: Cengage Learning, Inc., forthcoming, 2017)
  "Inter-auteurial Itineraries and the Regeneration of Transnational Art Cinema: Raúl Ruiz and Orson Welles," in RAÚL RUIZ: A CINEMA OF INQUIRY, ed. Andreea Marinescu and Ignácio López-Vicuña (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, forthcoming 2017).
  "An Interrupted Dialogue: New York, December 9-10, 1989," in RAÚL RUIZ: A CINEMA OF INQUIRY, ed. Andreea Marinescu and Ignácio López-Vicuña (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, forthcoming 2017)
  "Orson Welles's Itineraries in IT'S ALL TRUE: From 'Lived Topography' to Pan-American Transculturation." In ORSON WELLES: STAGE, SCREEN, SOUND, & SOCIETY, ed. James Gilmore and Sidney Gottlieb (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, forthcoming 2018)
  "Reverse Angle/Contracampo: Latin American Filmmakers Envision Hollywood (and Los Angeles)," 93-109 in FROM LATIN AMERICA TO HOLLYWOOD: LATINO FILM CULTURE IN LOS ANGELES, 1967-2017, ed. Lourdes Portillo and Ellen M. Harrington (Beverly Hills: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 2017)
  IT'S ALL TRUE: ORSON WELLES'S PAN-AMERICAN ODYSSEY (University of California Press, 2007)
  Book Review, La Tristeza de los Tigres y los Misterios de Raúl Ruiz, by Verónica Cortínez and Manfred Engelbert (Santiago: Cuarto Propio, 2011), BULLETIN OF LATIN AMERICAN RESEARCH 35/4 (October, 2016): 513-15
  "(Dis)Affection and Recognition in Millennial Urban Melodrama: Transnational Perspectives by Women Filmmakers," REBECA 4/7 (January-June, 2015): 51-71.
  "Citizen Kane," OXFORD BIBLIOGRAPHIES online, in "Cinema and Media Studies," ed. Krin Gabbard, updated 26 October 2015
  Book review, CINEMA AND INTER-AMERICAN RELATIONS, TRACKING TRANSNATIONAL AFFECT, by Adrian Perez Melgosa (Routledge, 2012), in CINEMA JOURNAL 54/1 (2014): 156-161.
  "Cloud of Indeterminacy," WIDE ANGLE 17 (Spring, 1996): 327-30, republished online, October 9, 2014
  with Bienvenida Matias, "Remembering 'Punto de Vista: Latina' in Two Voices,"CAMERA OBSCURA 82 (Spring, 2013): 134-45
  with Leslie Louise Marsh, "Women Filmmakers and Citizenship in Brazil, from Bossa Nova to the retomada," pp. 54-71 in Julián Albilla and Parvati Nair, eds., Hispanophone and Lusophone Women Filmmakers: Theory, practice and difference. Manchester, England: Manchester University Press (forthcoming, May 2013)
  "Dual-Engined Diplomacy: Walt Disney, Orson Welles, and Pan-American Film Policy During World War II." In Gisela Cramer/Ursula Prutsch, eds. ¡Américas Unidas! Nelson A. Rockefeller's Office of Inter-American Affairs (1940-46) (Frankfurt: Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2012), 107-141.
  Review, "Andrea Geyer: Criminal Case 40/61: Reverb," X-TRA 13/4 (Summer 2011): 34-41.
  "Televisual Melodrama in an Era of Transnational Migration: Exporting the Folkloric Nation, Harvesting the Melancholic-Sublime," 129-171 in Darlene J. Sadlier, ed., LATIN AMERICAN MELODRAMA: PASSION, PATHOS, AND ENTERTAINMENT (University of Illinois Press, 2009)
  "Mediating the Public Sphere in Latina/o Detroit: Heart and Margin of an Embattled Metropolis," 88-104 in Richard Young and Amanda Holmes, eds., CULTURES OF THE CITY: MEDIATING IDENTITIES URBAN LATIN/O AMERICA (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010)
  "'Everybody's Orson Welles:' Treasures from the Special Collections Library at the University of Michigan," in MICHIGAN QUARTERLY REVIEW 48/2 (Spring 2009): 187-97, 201-27.
  "A Portfolio of Graphics," MICHIGAN QUARTERLY REVIEW XLVIII/2 (Spring 2009): 230-34 [in accompaniment to Everybody's Orson Welles]
  "Con amor, tequila, y gasolina: Lola the Truckdriver and Screen Resistance in Border Cinema (Cine Fronterizo)," 171-84 in Victoria Ruétalo and Dolores Tierney, eds., LATSPLOITATION: LATIN AMERICAN EXPLOITATION CINEMAS (Routledge, 2009)
  "Realism as Artifice and the Lure of the Real in Orson Welles's F FOR FAKE (1973) and Other T(r)eas(u)ers," 143-70 in Alexandra Juhasz and Jesse Lerner, eds., F IS FOR PHONY: FAKE DOCUMENTARIES AND TRUTH'S UNDOING (University of Minnesota Press, 2006)
  with Lucia Saks, "Circumatlantic Media Migrations," 150-65 in Jonathan Rosenbaum and Adrian Martin, eds., MOVIE MUTATIONS: THE CHANGING FACE OF WORLD CINEPHILIA (British Film Institute, 2003)
  "Cuban Cinema: On the Threshold of Gender," 68-97 in Diana Robin and Ira Jaffe, eds., REDIRECTING THE GAZE: THIRD WORLD WOMEN FILMMAKERS (SUNY Press, 1999)
  "'Those Earrings, That Accent, That Hair': A Dialogue with Maria Hinojosa on Latino/as and the Media," 325-356 in Ella Shohat, ed., TALKING VISIONS: MULTICULTURAL FEMINISM IN A TRANSNATIONAL AGE (New Museum of Contemporary Art; MIT Press, 1998)
Grants Sisters Grant, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, University of Michigan, 2007-2008
Cultural Diversity Studies Grant, Academic Senate Council on Research, Computing and Libraries (CORCL) 2009-2010
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2010-11
Special Research Grant, Academic Senate Council on Research, Computing and Libraries (CORCl), UC-Irvine, 2010-11
Engaging Humanities, UCHRI, 2016-17
UCI Advance Career Development Award
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Latin American Studies Association
SOCINE (Brazil)
National Association of Latino Producers
International Communication Association
Phi Beta Kappa
Urban Affairs Association
Popular Culture Association
Other Experience Guest Curator & Consultant (pro-bono)
Orson Welles Archive, Special Collections Library, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 2004—pres

Consultant (pro-bono), Archival Preservation of Orson Welles's IT'S ALL TRUE
UCLA Film and Television Archive 2000—pres

Associate Producer & Senior Research Executive

Editorial Board Member
FRAMEWORK film and media journal 2005—pres

Editorial Board Member
DOC online (Brazilian/Portuguese e-journal of documentary criticism) 2004—pres

Editorial Board Member
Revista Brasileira de Estudos de Cinema e Audiovisual (REBECA) 2010—pres

Editorial Board
Catalán Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies 2012

Film Studies Section, Latin American Studies Association 2012—2013

Member, Editorial Board
Mediático (online media journal) 2014

Film and Video Center, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution 1993—1997

Advisory Committee, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, From Latin America to Hollywood: Latino Film Culture in Los Angeles, 1967-2017
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Getty Foundation 2014—2017

Graduate Programs Visual Studies

Culture and Theory

Research Centers UCI Shakespeare Center
Latin American Studies Center
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