Jerry W. Carlson is an assistant professor in the Department of Media & communication Arts of the City College (CUNY) and senior producer for City University Television in New York City. A specialist in narrative theory, global and American independent film, and the cinemas of the Spanish and French speaking peoples, he was the Guest Editor of an issue of Review: Latin American Literature & Arts dedicated to cinema. He is the producer of Charlando con Cervantes, a television series offering interviews with leading Latin American & Caribbean writers, artists, & filmmakers. In addition, he has curated retrospectives of Cuban, Mexican, Colombian, Argentine, and Venezuelan films, among others, for his regular television series City Cinematheque. Among his recent publications are an interview with Guatemalan filmmaker Luis Argueta and an essay about the responses of Caribbean cinema to modernization. He is currently researching a book to be titled Migrating Spirits: Cinemas of the Tropical Atlantic that investigates how films from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States represent the social formations created by the plantation system and its aftermath. He has conducted research and lectured extensively in Latin America and the Caribbean. Educated at Williams College (B.A.) and the University of Chicago (A.M. & Ph.D.), he was inducted in 1997 by the French government as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques. He is a partner in Cobblestone Films, an independent film and video company.