Devin and Marsha Orgeron, associate professors of film studies at NC State University, along with Dan Streible of New York University, have edited the first collection of essays to address the phenomenon of film’s educational uses in twentieth century America. Learning With the Lights Off (Oxford University Press, 2012) shows how nontheatrical films in general and educational films in particular represent an exciting new area of inquiry in media and cultural studies. The collection illuminates a vastly influential form of filmmaking seen by millions of people around the world.
NC State’s Abstract research blog invited the Orgerons to share their thoughts about why educational films matter. You can read Marsha Orgeron’s post and Devin Orgeron’s post in The Abstract. And don’t miss reading the third guest post by NC State alum Skip Elsheimer and watching the fascinating short film he includes.