Professor of Visual Arts, Princeton University
Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow - Class of Spring 2011
P. Adams Sitney is a preeminent film theorist and historian of European and American avant-garde film. Known for his early intellectual and critical support of the New American Cinema movement, he wrote Visionary Film (Oxford, 1974), widely regarded as the first major history of postwar American avant-garde filmmaking. The author of Eyes Upside Down: Visionary Filmmakers and the Heritage of Emerson (Oxford, 2009), Vital Crises in Italian Cinema: Iconography, Stylistics, Politics (University of Texas, 1995), and Modernist Montage: The Obscurity of Vision in Cinema and Literature (Columbia, 1992), he has also edited several essay collections on filmography. Sitney was an important figure in the early years of New York University’s doctoral program in Cinema Studies, which was established in 1970. He was a founder of New York’s Anthology Film Archives and has served as a member of its Essential Cinema film selection committee.