Peter Labuza is a PhD Candidate in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California and a member of the Visual Studies Graduate Certificate program. His research interests include Hollywood historiography, film style and aesthetics, corporate and legal history, art cinema, and cinephilia alongside its extensions. His dissertation explores the rise of entertainment law and its influence on the creation of the New Hollywood. Intersecting the disciplines of film history, legal history, and visual history, he will demonstrate how the institutionalization of a legal culture in Hollywood shaped Hollywood’s art film production and structured the role of the individual artist in both the production and promotion of Hollywood films. Instead of viewing the era as the triumph of young artists over the decaying system, the fundamental changes attorneys sought created a balance of power and ultimately shaped the New Hollywood.
Previously, Labuza earned both a BA and an MA in Film Studies from Columbia University in New York City.
Outside of his academic work, Labuza is the host of The Cinephiliacs, the author of Approaching The End: Imagining Apocalypse in American Film, and a booklet editor for the UK Blu-Ray distributor Masters of Cinema. He has contributed to Variety, The Village Voice, Reverse Shot, The AV Club, Little White Lies, Indiewire, The LA Review of Books, Filmmaker Magazine, and RogerEbert.Com among others.
This site serves as Peter’s general resume and CV to work he has done. All writing and research can be found via the page links on the left.
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