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Avant-garde Film Scholar Joan Hawkins

Betsy Shepherd speaks with Joan Hawkins, associate professor in Cinema and Media Studies at IU’s Media School.

Joan Hawkins, smiling, wearing black jacket with brooche, over gray-and-white diagonally-striped shirt

Photo: Josh Brewer/WFIU

Joan Hawkins

People were grabbing cameras and just walking out on the street and filming what they saw, which was often very gritty stories—about drug use, homelessness, culture wars. . . .  Stories about life as this particular generation of artists believed it was being lived.

Joan Hawkins is the author of Cutting Edge: Art-Horror and the Horrific Avant-garde, and essays on horror, art cinema, and experimental film.

Her recent book, Downtown Film and TV Culture 1975–2001, documents the art-punk film movement that arose out of New York’s Lower East Side in the 1970s.

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