B. Ruby Rich

Social Documentation Program & FDM
DivisionArts Division
DepartmentFilm and Digital Media Department
AffiliationsFeminist Studies Department,
Latin American & Latino Studies,
History of Consciousness Department
Web Site
OfficeKresge Annex B Office 107
Office Hoursby appointment - standard times change each quarter.
Campus Mail StopFilm and Digital Media
Mail1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA
B. Ruby Rich

Research Interests

Documentary film, global cinema, American independent film, Latin American cinema, the essay film tradition, Women's and Feminist filmmaking, New Queer Cinema and LGBT film history, cinephilia, slow cinema, film festival studies.

Biography, Education and Training

B. Ruby Rich is a Professor of Film and Digital Media, specializing in the Social Documentation graduate program. She is also Editor of Film Quarterly (UC Press), the oldest film journal in the U.S. With a long history in film festival curating, museum exhibition, and public philanthropy before entering academia, she continues to participate in panels and juries at such major film festivals as Sundance, Toronto, and Provincetown. She is the author of New Queer Cinema: The Director's Cut (1998) and Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement (1998), both from Duke Univ. Press.

She has been awarded the Distinguished Career Service Award by the Society of Cinema and Media Studies, a Mellon Fellowship in the Arts at Columbia University, a Rockefeller Fellowship in the Humanities by New York University, a National Endowment for the Arts critics award, the James Brudner Memorial Award from Yale University, the Guadalajara Film Festival's Queer Icon award, and the Frameline Award for contributions to LGBT culture.

Prof. Rich was featured in the British Film Institute's journal, Sight and Sound, as one of the 25 most important women film critics:

Honors, Awards and Grants

Society for Cinema and Media Studies Distinguished Career Award
Mellon Fellowship in the Arts, Columbia University
Frameline Award
Yale University James Brudner Memorial Award
Camargo Foundation Residency Award
Guadalajara Film Festival Queer Icon Maguey Award
Rockefeller Fellowship in the Humanities at the NYU Center for Media, Culture and History
National Endowment for the Arts Critic's Award

Selected Presentations

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Recordings

Selected Performances

Teaching Interests

Social documentation
Feminist film
New queer cinema
Latin American film
Politics of film consumption (film festivals, cinephilia)

Courses Taught

SOCD 200, Approaches to Social Documentary;
SOCD 294B, Production, Analysis, Editing;
New Queer Cinema
Film in the Aftermath of 9/11
Eyecandy (FDM 185X)