Phillip Gentile, Ph.D.

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Phil Gentile is a filmmaker and Assistant Professor who teaches Film Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus.  He received his Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester.  He received his MFA in Film from Ohio University.  Dr. Gentile's areas of teaching expertise include film history and theory, film production, and animation.  His areas of scholarly interest include documentary film, postwar American avant-garde film, and film comedy. Phil’s film Cursive was awarded Best Experimental Film at the 6th Annual Crossroads Film Festival.


Ph.D., University of Rochester, Visual and Cultural Studies, 2000
M.A., University of Rochester, Art History, 1998
M.F.A., Ohio University, Film, 1985
B.A., Youngstown State University, Social Work, 1980



Words and Pictures from the Book of Wonders, 2008 (film on video) color, 7 min.
Cursive, 2005 (film on video), color 4 min.
Chiro, 2004 (film on video), black and white, 4 min.
El Ledger, 1990 (film on video), black and white, 4 min.
Rebop River, 1990 (film on video), color, 4 min.
Pocono Sonata, 1991 (video), black and white, 3 min.
Big Eyes, Lean Padrone, 1986 (video), color, 5 min.
Hucklebuck Follies, 1985 (16mm), color, 10 min. (Thesis Film)
Phenomenayomamma, 1984 (16mm), color 3 min.


Assistant Professor, University of Southern Mississippi

Introduction to Film Studies, 1994-present
Seminar in Film, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Theorizing Film Comedy, 2000, 2003, 2006
Basic Cinematography, 1989-present
Film History, 1990-present (every other academic year)
Film Noir, 2004, 2007
Studies in Film: Animation, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008
Film Editing, 1996
Introduction to Television Production, 1993, 1994
Seminar in Film Authorship, 1991, 1995, 1006, 2008
Introduction to Super 8 Film Production, 1990
Film Production Workshop, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004
Contemporary Cinema, 1989-present (every other academic year)
Film Theory and Criticism, 1994-present
Survey of Documentary Film, 1991, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2009
Senior Honors Seminar, 1994


Instructor, University of Rochester

Super 8 Film Production, 1992, 1993


Visiting Professional Specialist, University of Notre Dame

Basics of Film, 1988, 1989
Film Criticism, 1988
History of European Cinema, 1989
Freshmen Seminar: Studies in Film, 1988, 1989


Visiting Assistant Professor, Iowa State University

Introduction to Television Production, 1988
Film Theory, Winter 1988
Survey of the War Film, 1987
Seminar: Film/Video, Media and Movements, 1987
Survey of Documentary Film and Video, 1987, 1988
Cinema of the United States: Styles and Genres, 1987, 1988
Criticism of Film and Television, 1986, 1987
Studies in Film: Animation, 1986
History of Film: 1985 to Present, 1986, 1987


Instructor, Ohio University

Project Challenge, 1986
Introduction to Comparative Arts, 1986
Introduction to Film Comedy, 1985


Teaching Assistant, Ohio University

Introduction to Film and Film History, 1985
Motion Picture Production (16mm), 1985



Mississippi Emerging Filmmaker Grant, Mississippi Film and Video Alliance, 2006
Best Experimental Film, Crossroads Film Festival, 2005
Mississippi Emerging Filmmaker Grant, Mississippi Film and Video Alliance, 2004
William Winter Scholar Award, Natchez Film and Literature Celebration, 2001
Production Showcase Award for El Ledger, Southern States Communication Association, 1994
Second Prize, Experimental Video, Athens International Film Festival, for Rebop River, 1991