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Professor Emeritus George S. Semsel taught for more than forty years, most of them in the Ohio University School of Film. Dr. Semsel earned his interdisciplinary doctorate at the Ohio State University, combining studies in photography and film with studies in curriculum development in higher education. He has a B.A. in literature from Wagner College and holds an M.A. from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, and a second, in film studies, from New York University, where he managed The Drama Review. Dr. Semsel, an experimentalist given to personal autobiographical works akin to poetry, has been making films since 1953. During the Underground Film Movement of the 1960's, he was associated with Marie Menken and Willard Maas in the Gryphon Film Group. In 1984, Dr, Semsel spent a year working in the Chinese film industry, then under the Ministry of Culture, and has frequently returned to the People’s Republic to lecture on film. His first Fulbright sent him to Thailand, and his second had him teaching modern American literature and film at Shandong University. A leading pioneer of Chinese film studies. Dr. Semsel published the first book in English on the subject following the cultural revolution and with colleagues in two others introduced Chinese film theory to the U.S. He now resides with his wife, the ceramics artist Yang Jing, on Cape Cod.

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