I recently completed my PhD in Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas. My dissertation, “Beyond The Phantom Edit: A Critical History and Practical Analysis of Fan Edits” (2017) was the first doctoral dissertation/thesis to concentrate on the subject of fan edits and it was nominated for KU’s Argersinger Dissertation Award on the basis of its originality, quality, and significance.
My research on fan edits and film/media modification has been published in Transformative Works and Cultures, and I have written chapters for books such as Fan Phenomena: The Lord of the Rings (Intellect, 2015), Fan Phenomena: James Bond (Intellect, 2015), and Keywords in Remix Studies (Routledge, 2018). Additionally, I hold an MA in Communication Studies from Northern Illinois University and a BFA (with Honors) in Film and Television from New York University–Tisch School of the Arts.
I’m also a fan editor. My first project, Watchmen: Midnight, is an extensive experimental revision of Watchmen (2009) that reshapes the film adaptation to more closely resemble the narrative structure, characterizations, and tone of the original comic book series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Watchmen: Midnight was awarded “Fanedit of the Month” by the members of FanEdit.org, and versions of the project have had screenings in the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands.