About

Dan Chyutin (דן חיוטין) graduated from Tel Aviv University’s Film and Television Department (BFA) and New York University’s Cinema Studies Department (MA), ultimately earning a PhD in Critical Cultural Studies and Film from the University of Pittsburgh. As a scholar, Dan’s main area of interest is the intersection between religion and film, specifically in the context of contemporary Israeli cinema’s negotiations of Judaism and Judaic identity. His academic work has been honored with grants and awards 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), and the Janovics Center for Screen and Performing Arts. 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, which was published by Indiana University Press in 2021, and the author of Hidden Light: Judaism and Mystical Experience in Israeli Cinema, forthcoming from Wayne State University Press. 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. As a programmer, 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). In addition to these activities, 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).