Larry Fishwick, PhD
Larry is a professor of film studies at the University of Minnesota, and one of the official panelists for MIFC’s Twin City Documentary Film Festival. Larry was brought on as a panelist after the “great purge” of the MIFC selection committee in 2005, as a personal favor to MIFC Director Janet Doore. Larry resents having to judge amateur work and often refers to festival competitors derisively as his “students”. Larry is known as a ruthless and undiplomatic critic, largely friendless, but painfully learned and irrefutable in regards to film studies. He is also intimidatingly well-connected and is known to have ended at least one academic career over a disagreement aired publicly (and unwisely) at an MIFC event.
Larry has authored more than twenty scholarly works in the area of film studies. Some of his books have even crossed over into mainstream publishing, such as his most recent work, 2009’s Lost in the Video Aisle, a sardonic exposé of the video rental industry and its money-driven agenda of shoveling complete garbage into the American psyche.