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Broderick Fox

Associate Professor of Media Arts & Culture
Occidental College

Fox is a media practitioner and scholar whose work explores the democratizing potentials of digital media technologies and distribution platforms to engage perspectives and subject matters traditionally excised from mainstream media. His award-winning documentaries are available globally on a number of platforms including the academic streaming service Kanopy. Fox is a professor in the Media Arts & Culture Department at Occidental College where he teaches courses in both theory and production.

Biography

Fox is a filmmaker, scholar, and Associate Professor in Occidental's Media Arts & Culture Department. He teaches courses in film and video production, documentary history and production, cinema aesthetics, narrative theory and screenwriting, and themed theory-production seminars on subjects such as autobiography in film and video and representations of body, illness and dying, gender, and sexuality in media. Fox's award-winning narrative, experimental, and documentary works have screened internationally theatrically, on television, at film festivals, and online. They are available globally on a range of platforms including the academic streaming service Kanopy. Fox's book Documentary Media: History, Theory, Practice is available through Routledge.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    film and video production, documentary history and production, cinema aesthetics, narrative theory and screenwriting, autobiography in film and video, representations of body, illness and dying, gender and sexuality in media.

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Books

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Articles

feature documentary

Zen & the Art of Dying


Published: Mar 17, 2015 by feature documentary
Authors: Broderick Fox
Subjects: Gender & Sexuality, Gerontology, Health Psychology, Film and Video, Media and Cultural Studies, Mass Communications, Religion, Health and Social Care, Communication Studies, Communications Studies, Gender & Intersectionality Studies, Media Communication, Art & Visual Culture

A portrait of Zenith (Zen) Virago, Australia’s premiere 'deathwalker' whose personal and professional experiences challenge our core assumptions about life and dissolve our fears around death. Her work models a grassroots international Natural Death Care Movement that is gaining momentum as Baby Boomers begin to retire and are demanding more personalized, empowered, and meaningful choices around end-of-life matters, just as they did with the natural childbirth movement.

New Perspectives on the End of Life: Essays on Care and the Intimacy of Dying

Final Cut: End-of-Life Empowerment through Autobiographical Video Documentary


Published: Dec 28, 2012 by New Perspectives on the End of Life: Essays on Care and the Intimacy of Dying
Authors: Broderick Fox
Subjects: Gender & Sexuality, Gerontology, Health Psychology, Film and Video, Media and Cultural Studies, Mass Communications, Health and Social Care, Gender & Intersectionality Studies, Media Communication, Art & Visual Culture

This article examines assisted video autobiographies that break taboos around visualizing natural death and dying. Turning the camera onto death in one sense posits limit-cases to photographic representation and documentary ethics. The videos in question, however, each propose routes to shared authorship in their production that parallel the possibilities for active, agented, and communally-experienced death and dying that have become all-too-rare in Western society.

Feature documentary

The Skin I'm In


Published: Mar 17, 2012 by Feature documentary
Authors: Broderick Fox
Subjects: Gender & Sexuality, Film and Video, Media and Cultural Studies, Mass Communications, Gender & Intersectionality Studies, Critical & Creative Life Writing, Media Communication, Art & Visual Culture

In 2005, filmmaker Broderick Fox was found on the Berlin subway tracks with his head split open and a lethal blood alcohol level of 0.47. Strangers pulled him to safety, giving him a second chance at life and propelling him on a global journey to explore the limits of body, mind, spirit and art. The film chronicles Fox’s collaborations with Canadian First-Nations artist Rande Cook and African-American artist Zulu, who help him memorialize his experiences in a full back tattoo.

How does it Feel? Making Sense of Pain

Shooting Pains: Addressing Illness-Related Pain Through Video Autobiography


Published: Nov 17, 2011 by How does it Feel? Making Sense of Pain
Authors: Broderick Fox
Subjects: Gender & Sexuality, Gerontology, Health Psychology, Film and Video, Media and Cultural Studies, Mass Communications, Health and Social Care, Communication Studies, Communications Studies, Gender & Intersectionality Studies, Social Work, Media Communication, Art & Visual Culture

This article explores autobiographical videos and emergent uses of social media and streaming video sites such as YouTube to explore the possibilities of first-person media as a pain management tool. Beyond the therapeutic possibilities, the chapter will also explore the potential of such personal media acts as a means of breaking down taboos around pain and illness-offering up models for managing, discussing, and even 'performing' pain in the public sphere

Video on the Loose: Freewaves and 20 Years of Media Arts, DVD 2

SQUIRM: Body-Related, Uncomfortable But Spellbinding Images, Sounds & Narratives


Published: Sep 17, 2010 by Video on the Loose: Freewaves and 20 Years of Media Arts, DVD 2
Authors: Broderick Fox
Subjects: Film and Video, Media and Cultural Studies, Mass Communications, Communication Studies, Communications Studies, Media Communication, Art & Visual Culture

Three interactive DVD essays included on a box set of videos and writings from various artists that document the evolution of media arts as a medium for activism and aesthetic experimentation, presented as narrative, documentary, animation and other hybrid forms. Produced by LA Freewaves, an art and activist media organization in Los Angeles founded by Anne Bray.

Trouble the Water: An Interdisciplinary Study Guide

Media, Art, and Activism


Published: Apr 17, 2010 by Trouble the Water: An Interdisciplinary Study Guide
Authors: Broderick Fox
Subjects: Film and Video, Media and Cultural Studies, Mass Communications, Communication Studies, Media Communication, Art & Visual Culture

Study guide unit on media, art, and activism to accompany the documentary TROUBLE THE WATER (2010) directed by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal. The study guide was edited by Dr. Cheryl Ajirottutu and published by Elsewhere Films with support from The Ford Foundation

experimental documentary short

Home


Published: Sep 17, 2009 by experimental documentary short
Authors: Broderick Fox
Subjects: Gender & Sexuality, Film and Video, Media and Cultural Studies, Mass Communications, Gender & Intersectionality Studies, Media Communication, Art & Visual Culture

Armed with an ancient Hi-8 video camera (with a broken microphone) and a decrepit Super-8 film camera, filmmaker Broderick Fox travelled between Berlin and Los Angeles with his German partner, on an autobiographical search for home and for himself. Years later, Fox pulls these tapes and reels of footage out of a drawer and crafts this documentary: an ode to Berlin, a coming of age story and a tribute to first love in equal parts.

experimental short

I Knew Him


Published: May 17, 2007 by experimental short
Authors: Broderick Fox
Subjects: Gender & Sexuality, Health Psychology, Film and Video, Media and Cultural Studies, Mass Communications, Sociology, Sociology & Social Policy, Gender & Intersectionality Studies, Social Work, Media Communication, Art & Visual Culture

This work is part of ilmmaker Broderick Fox's exploration of "embodied media"-- utilizing everyday consumer technologies to blur body binaries--simplistic, either/or conceptions of gender and sexuality that have traditionally relegated many to silence and shame.

Spectator

Home Movies and Historiography: Amateur Film's Re-Vision of Japanese-American In


Published: May 17, 2006 by Spectator
Authors: Broderick Fox
Subjects: History, Film and Video, Media and Cultural Studies, Mass Communications, Asian Studies, Communication Studies, Communications Studies, Media Communication, Art & Visual Culture

Historiography and the practice of “writing” history is a complex and contentious process. The fact that only a handful of home movies (four, to date) have been entered into the National Archives is a strong statement on the extent to which home movies have been systematically pushed to the margins of popular memory—relegated to the basements and attics of the depoliticized private sphere.

Spectator

Rethinking the Amateur


Published: May 17, 2004 by Spectator
Authors: Broderick Fox, issue editor
Subjects: History, Film and Video, Media and Cultural Studies, Mass Communications, Communication Studies, Communications Studies, Media Communication, Art & Visual Culture

This issue seeks to look more closely and critically at the variables by which we have traditionally deemed certain media practitioners and their works “amateur” and others “professional.” In doing so, the contributing authors, each in his or her own way, help to identify and examine the social, economic, technological, political, and ideological forces which have entrenched such valuations and made “amateur” a dirty word, rather than one laden with power and possibility.

experimental documentary short

things girls do...


Published: May 17, 2001 by experimental documentary short
Authors: Broderick Fox
Subjects: Gender & Sexuality, Film and Video, Media and Cultural Studies, Mass Communications, Gender & Intersectionality Studies, Media Communication, Art & Visual Culture

American culture is saturated with representations of body image concerns; with all this media representation largely contextualized within feminist debates. Filmmaker Broderick Fox takes a fresh look at eating disorders and body dysmorphia that will both entertain and surprise audiences. This work is part of Fox's present exploration of 'alternative home movies', utilizing everyday consumer technologies to bring forth viewpoints and voices not traditionally presented by mainstream media.

FIlm Quarterly

Chill Out


Published: May 17, 2001 by FIlm Quarterly
Authors:
Subjects: History, Film and Video, Media and Cultural Studies, Mass Communications, Communication Studies, Communications Studies, Media Communication, Art & Visual Culture

An analysis of German filmmaker Andreas Struck's Chill Out (2000) and its unique sex/gender/sexuality scenario not only suggests a neosexual revolution in Berlin but also larger national allegories and possibilities for global identity in reunified Germany.

feature documentary

Tak for Alt - Survival of a Human Spirit


Published: Nov 20, 1997 by feature documentary
Authors: Laura Bialais, Broderick Fox, Sarah Levy
Subjects: Education, History, Memory, Film and Video, Media and Cultural Studies, Mass Communications, Religion, Communication Studies, Communications Studies, Critical & Creative Life Writing, Media Communication, Art & Visual Culture

TAK FOR ALT- Survival of a Human Spirit tells the remarkable story of educator Judy Meisel, a Holocaust survivor whose experiences during and after World War II inspired a life-long campaign against bigotry, intolerance and racism. Judy's path led to the United States, where, after witnessing race riots in 1963, she discovered that only unflinching vigilance against racism could safeguard the liberty of all peoples.