B Ruby Rich is Professor, Film + Digital Media Department, and Director, Social Documentation M.A. Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, teaching documentary and film studies. In 1992-2004, she was Professor (Adjunct) in the Film Program at the University of California, Berkeley; earlier, she taught classes at the New School for Social Research and School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Rich is the author of New Queer Cinema: The Director's Cut (Duke, 2013) and Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement (Duke, 1998). She serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the British Film Institute Film Classics series (Palgrave/Macmillan) and the Advisory Board for the St. Andrews Film Studies book series. She is a Contributing Editor for Film Quarterly, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Camera Obscura, and a past member of the editorial board of Cinema Journal, where she edited a special section "On Documentary." She is also on the Editorial Board for the new Journal of Diverse Sexualities from Syracuse University Press. She remains on the masthead of eJumpCut.
Rich was honored in 2012 with the first Frameline Award to be awarded to a critic since Vito Russo received the inaugural award in 1986. The Society for Cinema and Media Studies awarded her its highest honor, the Distinguished Career Achievement Award for lifetime contributions to the field, in 2006. In 2007, she was honored by Yale University with its James Brudner Award for outstanding lesbian and gay scholarship. Also in 2007, she received a residency and fellowship from the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. She has been a Rockefeller Fellow in the Humanities at NYU and held a Critic's Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
As a journalist, she has written for The Guardian (UK), The Nation, Village Voice, New York Times, Sight and Sound (UK), San Francisco Bay Guardian, Elle, Mirabella, Chicago Reader, and other publications, as well as ex-website sf360. On radio, she has been a film commentator for The Arts Today on CBC radio in Canada and for The World, produced by PRI for NPR. On television, she won an Emmy for her work as a correspondent on Independent View, produced by KQED and aired internationally; she has also collaborated on programs or series for the IFC and Sundance cable channels, including Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema.
Rich was Director of the Electronic Media and Film Program at the New York State Council on the Arts in charge of supporting non-profit film, video, digital, and radio activities in New York City and throughout New York State in 1981-91. In the 1970s, she was Associate Director of the [Gene Siskel] Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She's a long-time critic, cultural commentator, and journalist as well as a film scholar.
Long active in film festivals internationally, Prof. Rich was International Curator for the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival; has served on juries at the Sundance, Toronto, San Francisco, Oberhausen, Havana, Sydney, and Guadalajara film festivals; and is a member of the advisory board of the Provincetown Film Festival and previously of the Sundance Selection Committee. As an onstage interviewer, she has appeared with James Schamus, Errol Morris, Tilda Swinton, Gael Garcia Bernal, Maggie Cheung, Isaac Julien, Lili Taylor, Jodie Foster, Geena Davis, Richard Dyer, Atom Egoyan, Vera Farmiga, and others.
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