I grew up in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. My passion for cinema was aroused at age 13, when a couple of older kids showed me David Lynch's Eraserhead (1977). From 2006-10, I attended college at Western Kentucky University. There, I developed my interests in academia, filmmaking, and programming. Those interests have been honed during my time as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I am currently a PhD dissertator in Film. I split my time between teaching, research, filmmaking, and programming -- all of which you can learn more about on this site. I currently live in Madison, with my wonderful wife, Nora.
My research interests include screen acting, low- and micro-budget American cinema, minimalist films, cinematography, and film production pedagogy. I am currently writing both my dissertation and my next feature film, A Dim Valley. My favorite filmmakers are Robert Bresson, Ingmar Bergman, Carl Dreyer, Yasujiro Ozu, David Lynch, Andrei Tarkovksy, Hayao Miyazaki, and Carlos Reygadas.
Email: jbcolvin (at) wisc (dot) edu