James Lane

Senior Scholar-in-Residence II and Graduate Program Director
Email Email james_lane@emerson.edu

Jim is both a media scholar and film/video maker with extensive publications and production experience. He has published articles in Wide Angle, Jump Cut, The Journal of Film and Video, and Film History. In spring 2002, he published The Autobiographical Documentary in America through the University of Wisconsin Press.

His filmography includes a mix of autobiographical, documentary, and experimental films and videos, most of which have been exhibited at major film festivals in the United States and Europe. His autobiographical film, I Am Not an Anthropologist, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and an experimental work, Lightplay, won several awards at U.S. film festivals. Jim has also been a film/video curator at the UCLA Film and TV Archive and Harvard Film Archive and is the Co-Founder of the Boston Irish Film Festival. He has just completed his latest film, Looking Back, which reflects on adoption, family and death. Jim was the Executive Director of Emerson LA for fourteen years and is currently Senior Scholar-in-Residence for the department of Visual and Media Arts in LA and the Graduate Program Director for the MFA Program in Film and TV Writing.  He is also the Founding Director of the Prague Summer Program in Film.



A.B., Harvard University
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles


The Autobiographical Documentary in America