Two stellar film scholars have died this week.
Sad news that Peter Brunette passed away at Taormina Film Festival. So awful for his family, friends. Taormina and Deborah must feel terrible. Peter Brunette is director of the program in film studies at Wake Forest, has written or edited seven books on film. For more info, go to IndieWIRE.
Also Teshome Gabriel, a professor in the Cinema and Media Studies program at UCLA. He taught classes on 3rd world cinema and diasporic cinema, and apparently had a charming teaching style and a wonderful effect on a large number of students beyond the classroom. Teshome H. Gabriel has written extensively on memory and the cinema, theories of Third Cinema, on the aesthetics of nomadic thought in cinema and on weaving and the digital in developing countries. His books include “Otherness and the Media: The Ethnography of the Imagined and the Imaged” (coeditor with Hamid Naficy) and “Third Cinema in the Third World: The Aesthetic of Liberation.” He is the founding director of several journals, including “Emergencies” and “Ethiopian Fine Arts Journal,” and was currently at work on a collection of essays for publication. A terrible loss. For more info, go to
*Friend, Master Storyteller, Scholar, and Humanist Par Excellence: Reminiscences of Teshome H. Gabriel*
June 16, 2010 by Vinay Lal
May they rest in peace and may their family and friends be comforted among the mourners.