Prof Ross

Steven J. Ross


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Steven Ross is a writer-producer-director of documentary and fiction films. His work has been broadcast on PBS and the Arts and Entertainment Network, and at numerous film festivals, museums, and universities in The United States and abroad. He currently teaches Screenwriting, Film History 1 and 2, and Producing and Directing, and supervises graduate and undergraduate special film projects. In over three decades at U of M he has also taught many other courses, on every undergraduate level and on the graduate level. Professor Ross has also been on the faculty of Wesleyan University, Temple University, and Sacred Heart University.


Communication, Doctoral Studies, Temple University 1973-75
M.A., Cinema Studies, New York University, 1973
B.A., cum laude, Liberal Studies, Stony Brook University, 1971

Films (as Producer/Director)

Scenes From "King Lear" (2013)
Dancing on a Volcano (2012)
Winslow Homer: Society and Solitude (2007)
Oh Freedom After While (2000)
Black Diamonds, Blues City (1996)
At The River I Stand (1993) (with David Appleby and Allison Graham)
A Game of Catch (1990)
The Old Forest (1984)
Searching For Wordin Avenue (1980)

Professional Activity

Board Member, University Film and Video Foundation, 1998-2012
President, University Film and Video Association, 1996-7
Conference Vice President University Film and Video Association, 1994-5

Honors and Awards

Benjamin Rawlins Meritorious Professor Award 2009-10
Hardin Faudree Fellowship 2000-2002
University of Memphis Eminent Faculty Award 1996

Winslow Homer: Society and Solitude: Invitational Screenings 2007-8: The National Gallery of Art, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Dulwich Picture Gallery (London); Portland Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum; Art Institute of Chicago, Cleveland Museum of Art, Florida State University and several other venues Recipient of Certificate for Artistic Achievement, 2007 University Film and Video Association National Conference juried screening competition

Oh Freedom After While: 2000 Regional EMMY Award, Best Documentary; CALOP Award, Outstanding Artistic Achievement; Chosen for 2000 Southern Circuit screenings; UFVA Juried Faculty Award; Numerous Juried Festival screenings

Yaddo Residency 1999

American Academy in Rome Southern Arts Federation Fellowship 1997

Black Diamonds, Blues City: Stories of the Memphis Red Sox (1996) Numerous Juried Festival Screenings

At The River I Stand (1993): Erik Barnouw Award, Outstanding Documentary on American History, Organization of American Historians; National EMMY and NAACP Image Award Nominations; Numerous Juried Festival Screenings

A Game of Catch (1990): Best Short Film, Chicago International Film Festival; Numerous Juried Festival Screenings; UFVA Juried Faculty Award

The Old Forest (1984): Best Literary Adaptation, Houston International Film Festival; Numerous Juried Festival Screenings

Searching For Wordin Avenue (1980): CINE Golden Eagle