Elizabeth Czach

Liz Czach

Associate Professor

Email: liz.czach@ualberta.ca
Office: 3-75 Humanities Centre
Office Hours: By appointment


MA Concordia, PhD Rochester

Supervisory and research interests

I would be happy to work with students interested in films studies, particularly in the areas of film festivals, home movies or Canadian film.

Courses taught

My undergraduate teaching has included introductory courses in film analysis and film history as well as senior undergraduate seminars examining the star system, women’s participation in filmmaking during the silent era, and the relationship of films to their exhibition contexts. I have also directed graduate-level reading courses on feminist television and the Canadian B movie.

Representative publications

"Acting and Performance in Home Movies and Amateur Film." Theorizing Film Acting. Ed. Aaron Taylor. New York: Routledge, 2012. 152-166.
"Television, Film and the Canadian Star System." Canadian Television: Text and Context. Eds. Marian Bredin, Scott Henderson and Sarah A. Matheson. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2011. 59-72.

"Cómo 'mejorar' las películas. El discurso perfeccionmiento y la interpretación en el cine doméstico." La Casa Abierta: El cine doméstico y sus reciclajes contemporáneos. Edited by Efrén Cuevaz Álvarez. Madrid: Ocho y medio, 2010: 61-87.

“Cinephlia, Stars and Film Festivals.” Cinema Journal, Volume 49, Issue 2, Summer 2010. 139-145.

“Michel Régnier’s Films-Outil" in Challenge for Change: Activist Documentary at the National Film Board of Canada. Edited by Thomas Waugh, Michael Brendan Baker and Ezra Winton. Montréal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2010: 242-250.

“Film Festivals, Programming, and the Building of a National Cinema” The Moving Image, Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 2004: 76-88.

“Polavision: Edwin Land’s Quest for a New Medium” The Moving Image, Fall 2002: 1-24.


I am currently working on a number of different research projects including an aesthetic history of the home movie, an exploration of the Canadian star system, and a case study of the Toronto International Film Festival where I was a film programmer from 1995-2005. I also help organize Edmonton’s home movie day, an annual celebration of home movie making and amateur filmmaking. http://www.edmontonhomemovieday.com