About

Dan Chyutin (BFA, Tel Aviv University; MA, New York University; MA, PhD, University of Pittsburgh) is a film scholar interested in the intersections of cinema and religion (specifically in contemporary Judaic-themed Israeli cinema), the history of postwar American and Israeli filmmaking, and the practice of film programming. His academic work has received honors from, amongst others, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Israel Institute, the International Association for Media and History (IAMHIST), the Israel Film Fund, the Janovics Center for Screen and Performing Arts, the Association for Israel Studies, and the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS). He has essays published or forthcoming in the peer-reviewed publications Cinema Journal, Shofar, Journal of Film and Video, Jewish Film & New Media, Short Film Studies, and Journal of Jewish Identities, as well as in several edited collections. He is also the co-editor (together with Rachel S. Harris) of the anthology Casting a Giant Shadow: The Transnational Shaping of Israeli Cinema, published by Indiana University Press in 2021, and the author of Hidden Light: Judaism and Mystical Experience in Israeli Cinema, published by Wayne State University Press in 2023. His teaching experience includes classes on various film-related topics at Tel Aviv University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Haifa,  American University (Washington DC), NYU Tel Aviv, The Open University of Israel, and Sapir Academic College.

In addition to his scholarly activities, Dan served as Artistic Director of the EU-funded initiative “Another Look: The Restored European Film Project” (2013-2017), and also offered curatorial support to the Pittsburgh Jewish Israeli Film Festival, New York’s Museum of the Moving Image, and the French Institute-Israel (Tel Aviv). He is also an avid photographer and trained filmmaker, whose short subject fiction and experimental films have been screened in various venues worldwide, including the Zebra Poetry Film Festival (Berlin), Tirana International Film Festival, Brooklyn International Film Festival, ARTFilm Slovakia, Invideo Milan, and the International Festival of Short Films on Culture (Jaipur, India).