Andrew deWaard is a PhD student at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Cinema and Media Studies program. His most recent publications concern melodrama in the ‘hood film, Spike Lee’s cinematic authorship, and the digital music industry. He is currently working on a collaborative UCIRA-funded research project entitled “The Cultural Capital Project: Radical Monetization of the Music Industry,” as well as his doctoral dissertation, which concerns screen synergy and the political economy inside media. More information about his projects and publications can be found at andrewdewaard.com.
R. Colin Tait is a Lecturer of Film, Television and Digital Media at Texas Christian University and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his Ph. D. in Media Studies. His current project, ”Robert De Niro’s Method: Acting, Authorship and Agency in the New Hollywood (1967-1980)” is the first academic study to use the newly acquired archival resource – the Robert De Niro Papers - to reassess De Niro’s significance within the Hollywood Renaissance. His essay, “Robert De Niro’s Raging Bull: A Performance of History and a History of the Performance,” appeared in The Canadian Journal of Film Studies in 2011 and a chapter devoted to the actor’s unique partnership with Martin Scorsese will be published in A Companion to Martin Scorsese in 2013. Other publications include work on genre cycles, television, and digital film distribution. His latest work can be viewed at rcolintait.com.