Bard Faculty

John Pruitt

Associate Professor of Film and Electronic Arts

Primary Academic Program: Film and Electronic Arts

Academic Program Affiliation(s): American Studies

Academic Expertise: Film and Electronic Arts

Area of Specialization: Film History


A.B., Dartmouth College; M.A., New York University. Writer and lecturer on filmmaking and film history. Taught at Queens College, Cooper Union, Princeton University, and Collective for Living Cinema. Associate editor, Downtown Review (1978–81). Articles on film, video, and poetry. Coeditor, Ten Years of Living Cinema (1982). At Bard since 1981.


  • Research Interests: Postwar American avant-garde film; postwar European narrative; theoretical relation of film and the other arts
  • Teaching Interests: First-Year Seminar; general history of film; contemporary narrative film; American avant-garde film; American silent film
  • Other Interests: General education program: First-Year Seminar; English and American poetry


Phone: 845-758-7340
Location: Ottaway Film Center
Office: 321