Seth Watter

Seth Watter

Year entered: 2011

Research Interests: film theory; history of criticism; history of aesthetics; history of the behavioral sciences; film and the human figure; American cinema; avant-garde cinema.

Dissertation Title:  The Human Figure on Film: Natural, Pictorial, Fictional, Institutional

Publications: “Scrutinizing: Film and the Microanalysis of Behavior.” Grey Room, no. 66 (2017): 32-69.

“The Measurers Measured: Paul Byers’s Photography of Nonverbal Communication.” Seeing Science (March 2017): available at 

“Close-Ups and Curlicues: Female Neurosis in Two Films By Anatole Litvak.” Camera Obscura, no. 90 (2015): 93-127.

Courses Taught: MCM 0901N: “Body, Gesture, Cinema” (Fall 2014)

Bio:  Seth Watter holds a BA in Cinema from Binghamton University (SUNY). He is a co-organizer of Magic Lantern Cinema, an experimental film series based in Providence, RI; more information available at He was a Graduate Student Fellow in the 2014-15 Pembroke Research Seminar (Brown), “Aesthetics and the Question of Beauty.”