Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. History of Consciousness, University of California Santa Cruz
Telephone: 610 526-5652
Office: Thomas Hall - Room 243
Office hours: Wednesday, 4-5; and by appointment
Roya Rastegar teaches courses on independent film cultures, gender and racial formations, and film and new media curatorial practices. Trained in economics, studio art, and women’s studies at Wellesley College, Rastegar worked as an investment banker at UBS Warburg and Merrill Lynch prior to pursuing her doctorate under the guidance of Professor Angela Y. Davis. Scholarly inquiries soon developed into a professional career as a practitioner within the film industry. Rastegar has been part of the programming team at the Sundance Film Festival since 2007, a Programmer at the Tribeca Film Festival (2008-2011), and the co-Director of the Santa Cruz Women of Color Film & Video Festival. She held a Curatorial Fellowship at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 2008-9, and co-curated an exhibition “Time Out of Joint: Recall and Evocation in Recent Art,” which took place at The Kitchen in the Spring of 2009 in New York.
Rastegar is the co-screenwriter of Wildness (2012), a feature-length documentary with magical realist flourishes, which has screened at the Museum of Modern Art’s Documentary Fortnight Film Festival, South by Southwest Film Festival, 2012 Whitney Biennial, Hot Docs International Festival of Documentary Films, Frameline, and the Santiago Internacional Festival de Cine. The film was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at Outfest. Rastegar’s current book project, entitled Cinematic Spaces of Freedom and the Challenge of American Film Festivals, investigates the cultural politics behind film festival curatorial practices.
“Evolving Narrative Structures Forge New Cine-Love at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.” Camera Obscura 27, no. 4 (Winter 2012).
“Difference, Aesthetics, and the Curatorial Crisis of Film Festivals.” Screen Journal 53, no. 3 (Fall 2012).
“Curatorial Interventions at Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier,” “Feminist Media Theory and Iterations of Social Difference,” ed. Jonathan Beller, Special Issue of The Scholar and Feminist Online (Fall 2012).
“Transformative Practices of Curating in Community.” Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals 7, no. 3 (Fall 2012).
“The De-Fusion of Good Intentions: The Curatorial Dilemma of the Fusion Film Festival.” GLQ Journal, Moving Image Review 15, no. 3 (May 2009): 481-497.
“Time is Money and Freedom is Free: Curatorial Practice and the Erotics of Freedom” In Time Out of Joint: Recall and Evocation in Recent Art, Whitney Museum ISP Exhibition Catalogue. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.