Justin Remes

Associate Professor of Film Studies


Office:417 Ross
527 Farm House Ln.
Ames IA



Ph.D., Film and Media Studies, Wayne State University
M.A., English, Wayne State University
B.A., English, Oakland University

Research Areas:

Experimental Film; Aesthetics

About My Teaching:

My teaching is both intertextual and interdisciplinary. Rather than teaching individual films in isolation, I attempt to situate films as part of a broader cinematic “conversation,” helping students to analyze the ways that filmmakers appropriate and respond to the ideas of other filmmakers. I also aim to foreground cinema’s imbrication with other mediums, including literature, painting, music, and photography.

How I Came to Teach What I Teach:

When I was a teenager, I saw Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and I was blown away. It was beautiful, provocative, and mysterious. For the first time, I began to understand film as an art form. Kubrick helped me fall in love with weird cinema, and I now try to share that passion with my bewildered students.



Absence in Cinema: The Art of Showing Nothing (New York: Columbia University Press, 2020).

Motion(less) Pictures: The Cinema of Stasis (New York: Columbia University Press, 2015).

Recent Articles

“Remembrance of Films Past: Joseph Cornell’s Rose Hobart,” Found Footage Magazine 6 (2020), 118–29.

“Brakhage and the Birth of Silence,” Journal of Cinema and Media Studies 58.2 (2019), 71–90.

Current Research:

Found Footage Films. I am currently writing a book about cinematic “re-mixes,” that is, films that are created by manipulating, editing, and recontextualizing preexisting films.

Outside the University:

I enjoy cognac, stand-up comedy, and underground hip-hop. I also like watching silent comedies with my nine-year-old son. (He adores Buster Keaton.)