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My Youtube Channel: DWilt55
My Tumblr Blogs:
Cynically Sentimental (Movie Review Blog, mostly)
Compelling Imagery (Popular Culture Art Analysed)
Ph.D., University of Maryland,
College Park, December 1991. Department of Radio, Television and
Film. Dissertation: "Stereotyped images of United States
Mexican cinema, 1930-1990"
M.L.S., University of Maryland, College Park, May 1985.
College of Library and Information Services.
M.A., University of
Maryland, College Park, December 1980. Department of Communication Arts
and Theatre. Thesis: "Driving the Rough Road : the Outlaw
B.A., University of Maryland, College Park, May 1977.
Department of Speech and Dramatic Art. With Honors.
Doing Their Bit: Wartime American Animated
Films, 1939-1945 (1987) with Michael Shull
Hard Boiled in
Hollywood: Five "Black Mask" Writers and the Movies (1991)
Hollywood War Films 1937-1945 (1996) with Michael Shull
[paperback edition, summer 2006]
Encyclopedia of Physical Sciences and Engineering Information
Mondo Macabro (Titan Books, 1997 [U.K.],
published by St. Martin's Press in U.S., 1998)--contributor Mexican Horror Cinema (Agrasánchez Film Archive,
The Columbia Companion to American History on
Film (Columbia University Press, 2004)--contributor.
The Mexican Filmography, 1916-2001 (McFarland
and Company, 2004).[Paperback edition published, 2010]
Doing Their Bit: Wartime American Animated Films, 1939-1945
(revised and updated second
edition, 2004, McFarland & Co.)
"El Santo: the Case of a Mexican Multi-media Idol." in Film and
Comic Books (University Press of Mississippi, 2007).
"Based on a True Story: Reality-Based Mexican Exploitation Movies" in
Latsploitation, Latin America, and Exploitation Cinema (Routledge, April 2009).
"The Black Typewriter: Who Wrote Film Noir?" in Companion to Film Noir (Blackwell, September 2013)
"Novelty Press Mobilizes Its Readers" and "How Comic Books Helped Boys and Girls Help Win the War" in The Ten Cent War
(University Press of Mississippi, January 2017)
Conference Papers and Public Presentations:
"The OCIAA and the Mexican
Film Industry." Literature/Film Association Conference, June 1991.
"Hunters and the Hunted: Images of the U.S. Military and the Japanese
Foe in Hollywood Film." Conference of Army Historians, June 1994. with
"Popular Music and World War Two." World War Two Association
Conference, May 1995.
"When the War is Over: Images of the Postwar World in Hollywood
Films, 1942-45." Siena World War Two Conference, May 1995. with Michael
"Brown, Black and White: The Issue of Race in Mexican Cinema."
Fifth Conference on Latin American Popular Culture, October 1996.
"Uncle Joe Joins the Family: Images of Soviet Russia in Hollywood
Cinema during WWII." IAMHIST International Conference, July 1997.
"All We Want is the Oil: Rosa Blanca and Mexican Cinema Images
of Foreign Oil Exploitation." 4th International Congress of the Americas,
"How to Make a Monster: Indigenous Themes and Motifs in Mexican
Fantasy Films." Society for Cinema Studies Conference, May 2001.
"Who Was That Masked Man?" Presentation at Albright College, 28
2003 as part of the "Mexico Illuminated" series.
"Mexico de mis horrores." Presentation at the "Futuro +
Acá" conference, Mexico City, 26 November 2003.
Presenter, "A Series of Mexican Vintage Sci-Fi and Horror Films," part
of "Viva Mexico Washington DC Celebrates" Series, Hirshhorn Museum and
Sculpture Garden, July 2004.
Presenter, "Pest Fest" Film Festival, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture
Garden, June-July 2006.
"Stay on the Farm! Perils of Migration in Mexican Cinema."
Memories of Modernity: an International Conference on Hispanic Cinemas,
Stony Brook Manhattan, November 2006.
"Based on A True Story: Mexican Cinema and Real Life." Latsploitation
Workshop, University of Alberta, June 2007.
Presenter, "Summer Camp" Film Festival, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture
Garden, June 2007.
Research and Program Assistance, PAF (Animation Festival) Olomouc,
Czech Republic, December 2007.
Presenter, "Summer Camp" Film Festival, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture
Garden, June 2008.
Presenter, "Summer Camp" Film Festival, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, June 2009.
"De tal palo, tal astilla: Journeys to and from the Mother Country." Geographical Imaginaries
and Hispanic Film Conference, New Orleans, November 2009.
Guest presenter, Mexican Film section, RiverRun International Film Festival 2010, Winston-Salem, NC, April 2010.
Presenter, "Summer Camp" Film Festival, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, June 2010.
Presenter, "Summer Camp" Film Festival, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, June 2011.
Presenter, "Summer Camp" Film Festival, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, June 2012.
Guest presenter, "Citizen Kane"; "Reel Portraits" film series, National Portrait Gallery, June 2012.
Panelist, "La Pantalla Cómica" film series, Gala Hispanic Theatre, Washington DC, 12 October 2012.
"For All the World to See: International Literary Adaptations in Mexican Cinema During WWII." Literature/Film Association Annual Conference, York, PA. 13 October 2012.
"Nuyorican Cinema: Cine de Autoexilio." Congreso Internacional Hispanic Cinemas: En Transición, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain. 8 November 2012.
Presenter, "Summer Camp" Film Festival, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, June 2013.
Guest presenter, "Cinema South of the Border"; Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, November 2014.
Guest presenter, "Days of Heaven"; Smithsonian American Art Museum, 19 May 2018.
Presenter, "The Exorcist's Power," Profs & Pints presentation, 8 October 2018.
Presenter, "The Exorcist's Power," Profs & Pints presentation, 21 October 2019. (encore presentation)
"Chulas fronteras"--National Film Registry
"Vampires Over Istanbul, Tokyo and Mexico City" Screem #22 (Spring 2011)
"Women Rule, Men Drool: Matriarchal Societies on Film" Screem #20 (Spring 2010)
"The Weird World of Mexcinema" Screem #19 (Fall 2009)
"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" (retrospective review) Screem #18 (2009)
"Drawing the Line" (book review) Labor History 50/1 (February,
"Mexican Fantasy Films: The Best of the Rest" Screem #17
"The Dracula Saga." Screem #16 (2008).
"The World of the Vampires." Screem #15 (2007).
"El Diablo Made Me Do It." Screem #14 (2007).
"Mexican Biker-Punk Films." Screem
"The Other Salazar: Film Career of Alfredo
Salazar." Screem #12 (2006)
"Hades--Vida después de la muerte." Screem #11 (2005)
"Contemporary Cinema" (book review) H-Film (March 1999)
(originally published in Film & History)
"Poet of Civic Courage: the films of Franceso Rosi" (book
review) H-Film (June 1998).
Cinefantastique (May 1996). "The Baron of Terror:
Filmfax (Spring 1996) "Los Vampiros."
Imagi-Movies (Winter 1994) "Cantinflas: Unknown Idol."
The Big Reel (March 1994) "The Western in Mexico."
The Big Reel (September 1992) "Beyond Infinity at Empire
Pictures." Cinefantastique (March 1989)
America's 3-D King." Cinefantastique (September 1983)
Audio commentary El corazón y la espada Blu-ray from 3D Film Archive (2019).
Audio commentary Survive! Blu-Ray from Shout Factory (July 2018).
DVD reviews, Screem #23-36 (2011-2020)
DVD liner notes for CasaNegra Entertainment DVDs (2007): El hombre
y el monstruo, El grito de la muerte and (2006): El espejo
de la bruja, El barón del terror, La maldición de la
Llorona, Chabelo y
Pepito contra los monstruos, Chabelo y Pepito detectives, Pepito y la
El vampiro/El ataúd del vampiro, Misterios de ultratumba
DVD liner notes for BCI DVDs: Ladrones de tumbas, Cementerio del
terror, Muñecos infernales, Horripilante bestia humana (2006).
DVD liner notes for The Santo Collection (2003).
Editor and publisher,
MEXICAN FILM BULLETIN (1994-present) Contributor or former contributor to: SCREEM, CINEFANTASTIQUE,
FILM & HISTORY, LABOR HISTORY, FILMFAX, IMAGI-MOVIES, THE BIG REEL, SANTO
STREET, SANTO SCENE and THE WASHINGTON POST
Peer reviewer (articles, book proposals) for Modern Languages Open (journal), Palgrave Macmillan, Taylor & Francis
All accessible from The Mexican Film Resource
Films and Television Shows
"The Wonder World of K. Gordon Murray in Colorscope" (2010):
interviewee in documentary film. Official website.
"Santa Claus Conquers the Devil: A 50-Year Retrospective" (2009): interviewee in
documentary film included on the MST3K Vol. XVI DVD.
"Mondo Macabro"--Mexican Horror Films episode (2002): talking
(can also be seen on the British DVD releases of "Alucarda" and "El
vampiro"). A somewhat revised version of my interview can be seen on the
USA release (on DVD) of "Alucarda."
"Cartoons Go to War" TV special (shown on A&E
cable network, August 1995): consultant and talking head
Systems Librarian, Digital Systems & Stewardship, University of Maryland Libraries: December
Professorial Lecturer in Film Studies, George Washington
University: 2008-present. Previous positions:
Head of Circulation & Serials,
Engineering & Physical Sciences Library, University of Maryland Libraries
: January 1986-December 2009. [Acting Head of EPSL, September
2005-October 2006] Circulation Desk Supervisor, McKeldin
Public Information Specialist, Food Safety & Quality Service, USDA
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dept of Communication Arts and
Theatre, Univ of MD WMUC Radio: Sports Director, Special Programs
Producer, Record Librarian, Disk Jockey, Sports Reporter/Play-by-play
Photos (new pics added 8/2016).
22 January 2020.