David Gracon is a media activist, video maker and scholar. He is a native of Buffalo, NY and has been invested in post-punk, indie, experimental music scenes, zine communities and college radio; as well as activist orientated experimental film, video and documentary communities and collectives since the mid 90’s.
He is an assistant professor in the department of communication studies at Eastern Illinois University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate classes. Common courses include Alternative Media, Media Criticism, History of Documentary, Film Communication, TV Criticism, New Media Practices, Documentary and Field Production. In 2012, he was the recipient of the 2011-2012 Michael R. Hoardley Instructional Technology Award for the innovative use of technology in the classroom. He has also taught undergraduate classes at the University of Oregon, University of Rochester, University at Buffalo (SUNY) and Medaille College. David also taught English in Japan, Poland, Lithuania and China.
His research is concerned with critical cultural studies, the political economy of communication (especially the music industry and independent music culture) alternative media and media based subcultures. His media work consists of experimental film and video, as well as experimental ethnography and traditional documentary video. In the fall of 2012, he toured his first feature length documentary Walls of Sound — A Look Inside the House of Records at various art spaces, indie theaters and universities in Oregon and Washington.
In 2009 he co-curated and toured the Tuff Stuff from the Buff film and video program around the Pacific Northwest by bicycle. His film and video works have screened at the Chicago Underground Film Festival, Seattle Underground Film Festival, Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (Buffalo, NY), Squeaky Wheel: Buffalo Media Resources, Pacific Cinematheque (Vancouver, Canada), Sarah Lawerence College Experimental Film and Video Festival, Trans Tech 2001: The Toronto International Video Art Biennial, Euro Underground Film Festival (Maribor, Slovenia), Super 8 Film and Video Festival (Rutgers University), From Zine to Screen, Liberty Hall (Portland, Oregon), New Music and Video Art: Machinohana-San Gallery (Kanazawa, Japan) and many other venues.
For more information, consult David’s CV:
Here is a link to David’s webpage: http://davidgracon.wordpress.com/about/
Here is a link to David’s university homepage: http://www.eiu.edu/commstudies/faculty.php?id=dgracon