Department of English

O'Dowd Hall, Room 544
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2250
fax: (248) 370-4429

Brendan Kredell

Photo of Brendan Kredell.

Associate Professor of Film Studies and Production
Office: 534 O’Dowd Hall

BS, Foreign Service – Georgetown University
AM, Humanities (Cinema and Media Studies) – University of Chicago
PhD, Screen Culture – Northwestern University

Areas of Study

  • Urban Media Studies
  • Reception and Audience Studies
  • Film Festivals
  • Media Industries

Select Courses

  • CIN 1150: Introduction to Film
  • CIN 2150: Methods of Cinema Studies
  • CIN 3200: History of Film: The Silent Era
  • CIN 3300: Studies in Documentary Film
  • CIN 3900: Film Festivals
  • CIN 3901: Cities and Cinema
  • CIN 3905: Hollywood & The Red Scare
  • CIN 4900: Audience & Reception Studies


Brendan Kredell is an Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies in the Department of English at Oakland University. His research focuses on the intersection of media and urban studies, an area in which he has published and presented extensively. With Marijke de Valck and Skadi Loist, he co-edited the book Film Festivals: History, Theory, Method, Practice (Routledge, 2016), and also serves as co-editor of Mediapolis: A Journal of Cities and Culture. His research has been supported by a number of grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright fellowship to study culture-led redevelopment in Toronto.

His current research is broadly focused in two areas. The first explores the evolving relationship between cities and the American film industry at the turn of the 21st century, examining in particular the role of the media industries in the reimagining of the post-industrial city. The second project uses geospatial and data analysis tools and neighborhood-level film consumption data to map the geography of taste amongst US movie viewers, contextualizing viewing habits within broader socio-cultural and demographic patterns.

At Oakland, Prof. Kredell serves as the faculty advisor of the student-edited journal Screen Culture and is one of the faculty organizers of the annual Toronto International Film Festival trip.


Film Festivals: Theory, History, Method, Practice. Marijke de Valck, Brendan Kredell, Skadi Loist, eds. London: Routledge, 2016.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“For Whom Are the Movies?: The Landscape of Movie Exhibition in the Gentrified City.” In The City in American Cinema: Post-industrialism, Urban Culture, and Gentrification, eds. Lawrence Webb and Johan Andersson. London: I.B. Tauris. (Forthcoming, 2019)

“Complicated Negotiations: Reception and Audience Studies into the Digital Age.” In The Film Theory Handbook, M. Hunter Vaughan and Tom Conley, eds. New York: Anthem Press, 2018.

“Positionality and Film Festival Research: A Conversation.” with Diane Burgess. In Film Festivals: History, Theory, Method, Practice, eds. Marijke de Valck, Brendan Kredell, and Skadi Loist. London: Routledge, 2016.

“Borderlines: Boundaries and Transgression in the City Films of Martin Scorsese.” In A Companion to Martin Scorsese, ed. Aaron Baker, 331–351. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.

“Wes Anderson and the City Spaces of Indie Cinema.” New Review of Film and Television Studies (vol. 10, no. 1, March 2012): 83–96.

“T.O. Live With Film: The Toronto International Film Festival and Municipal Cultural Policy in Contemporary Toronto.” Canadian Journal of Film Studies (vol. 21, no.1, Spring 2012): 21–37.