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Jonathan Hall

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Jonathan M. Hall is a film researcher and curator in Media Studies at Pomona College in Claremont, California. An expert in East Asian film cultures, Jonathan's research profile extends to avant-garde art and digital technologies. In 2004-2005, Jonathan co-curated “JPEX: Japanese Experimental Film, 1955-now,” the most extensive program of Japanese experimental film to tour outside Japan; he has also served as Festival Fellow for the Cinema/Pacific Festival where he curated a program on sound in recent Japanese cinema.  His published articles and forthcoming book include writing on kabuki dance, Japanese postwar photography, and mid-20th century avant-garde film.  Jonathan has previously taught at the University of Chicago, the University of California, and the National University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokyo. He pursued his graduate work simultaneously at the University of Tokyo and the University of California Santa Cruz.

What Our Travelers Say

Very knowledgeable, accessible, and friendly. Great lecturer and great sense of humor. He went above and beyond to ensure everyone was given as much information and suggestions for added touring as they wanted.

- Previous Journeys Traveler, Eternal Japan

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Eternal Japan

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