Faculty & Staff
David Bussan, Associate Professor of Cinema, began teaching at the college in 1987 and served as Chair of the department from 1998 to 2011. He teaches a range of production courses in 16mm film and digital video. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Film/Video from the California Institute of the Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema from Denison University.
Professor Bussan's portfolio of creative film includes works in documentary, memoir, narrative, and experimental films. He recently completed a short documentary entitled Future Visions of Over the Rhine, which explores the economic revival and gentrification of this poverty-stricken downtown Cincinnati neighborhood. His current work-in-progress is Art Bomb!, a documentary concerning Ohio artist Charles Van Ness and his uniquely stylized sculptures.
Jesse Schlotterbeck received his Ph.D. in Film Studies from the University of Iowa in 2010 and began a tenure-track appointment with the Cinema Department in 2011. He teaches Film Aesthetics and Analysis (CINE 104), History of Cinema (CINE 326), Theory of Cinema (CINE 412), and the Film Studies Seminar (CINE 408), most recently as Genres, Authors, and Stars.
His research focuses on American film genres – in particular, the musical, the biopic, and film noir. Recent publications include:
- “Masculinity, Race, and the Blues in the Bizpic Cadillac Records.” In Anxiety Muted: American Film Music in a Suburban Age, edited by Tony Bushard and Stanley Pelkey, 188-204. London: Oxford University Press, 2014.
- “I’m Not There: Transcendent Thanatography.” In The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture, edited by Tom Brown and Belén Vidal, 227-242. London: Routledge, 2013.
- “Radio Noir in the USA.” In A Companion to Film Noir, edited by Helen Hanson and Andrew Spicer, 423-439. London: Blackwell, 2013.
Additional essays appear in The Journal of Popular Film and Television, Other Modernities, Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies, M/C – A Journal of Media and Culture, and Film Noir: The Directors (Limelight, 2012). Current scholarship includes an analysis of “A Hard Day’s Night as a Post-Studio Era Musical Biopic” and an archival research project on the Howard Hawks film Sergeant York (1941).
Dr. Schlotterbeck is currently serving on the Student Research Grants Committee at Denison and the Graduate Student Essay Award Committee for the Society for Cinema & Media Studies. At Denison, he has also worked as a meditation instructor at The Open House, a planner and leader for the Philadelphia Arts pre-orientation trip, and as a group facilitator for the Restorative Justice initiative.
Professor Walley’s primary research interest is avant-garde or experimental cinema, a radically alternative filmmaking tradition related more to avant-garde and modernist art than to mainstream cinema. He has focused especially on “expanded cinema,” cinematic works that alter or abandon the familiar materials, forms, and spaces of traditional film production and exhibition. These include film and video installation, live performances using film projection, and moving image works that cross boundaries between cinema and other art forms like painting, sculpture, and conceptual art.
Expanded cinema emerged in the 1960s, in the midst of major changes in moving image technology and new ideas about the nature of art. It has re-emerged as an important form in the last two decades; a major part of Walley’s research involves cultivating working relationships with artists who make avant-garde and expanded cinema. His writing on these subjects has appeared in numerous scholarly journals, including October, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, The Moving Image Review and Art Journal, Millennium Film Journal, and The Velvet Light Trap. He is writing a book about expanded cinema and what it tells us about the nature of cinema and its relationship to the other arts.
Walley’s other research interests include the history of film theory, the effects of technological changes on film production and cinematic visual style, documentary cinema, and the horror film (a seminar on which he regularly teaches).
Marc Wiskemann joined the Cinema Department in 2003 and teaches Elementary Cinema Production (CINE 219), Intermediate Cinema Production (CINE 310), Advanced Cinema Production (CINE 410), Cinema Workshop (CINE 419), Screenwriting (CINE 328) as well as Production Seminar courses in Cinematography and Advanced Production Techniques (CINE 312 & 407).
Professor Wiskemann holds an undergraduate film degree from The University of Texas and an MFA in film production from Florida State University's Graduate Film Conservatory. While at Florida State, he held key creative positions on a number of their award-winning thesis films and was the editor on one which was nominated for a Student Academy Award.
An award-winning director and cinematographer, Professor Wiskemann has worked professionally in film production since 1991. In just the last four years, his films have screened at over sixty film festivals around the world, and he has been the recipient of more than a dozen awards for his work.
He is currently in production on a feature film titled Starlight, which should be completed in 2013.