My name is Katherine Groo. I received my Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with a concentration in Film and Video Studies from Cornell University in June 2009. My areas of specialization include early and silent-era cinemas, with an emphasis on French, American, and Dutch film; visual ethnography; new media and digital culture; experimental and “minor” film practices; orphan, handmade, and recycled cinemas; contemporary archival ecologies; and media archaeology and historiography.
An archivist at the Filmmuseum in Amsterdam used the term “half/films” to describe the scraps of cinema I selected from the shelves (and inadvertently forced him to watch). Half/films inhabit the vast margins of the archives: untitled, unauthored, seemingly infinite in number, and unrestored even in their digital afterlives. I am not interested in saving half/films from the trash heap. Rather, I take half/films as a way of rethinking film objects and their histories. I use this space to draft new work and share ideas. Please feel free to share suggestions, comments, critique.