Federico Windhausen is a film scholar whose research areas include Latin American cinema (with an emphasis on Argentina) and experimental practices in film, video, and new media. He also programs other people's films and makes his own.
At CCA he has taught courses on video art, experimental film, theories of visual media, sound in the moving image, Latin American cinema, realism in film and literature, the essay film, cinematic montage, and global histories of the narrative fiction film.
Windhausen's writing has been published in journals such as October (2004: pdf, 2011: pdf), Hitchcock Annual (pdf), Grey Room (pdf), Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal (pdf), The Moving Image (pdf), MIRAJ: Moving Image Review & Art Journal (restricted-access pdf), and Millennium Film Journal (forthcoming). The Summer 2011 issue of October (table of contents, full issue: pdf/zip) contains a cluster of articles on the topic of digital media in experimental cinema that he co-edited with Malcolm Turvey. His essays can also be found in Cinephilia: Movies, Love and Memory (Amsterdam University Press, 2005) (pdf), Art and The Moving Image: A Critical Reader (Tate Publishing/Afterall Books, 2008) (pdf), Optic Antics: The Cinema of Ken Jacobs (Oxford University Press, 2011) (pdf), the Semana II del Filmexperimental festival catalogue (pdf), and Insomnia (Fundació Joan Miró, forthcoming). Other texts are available at the San Francisco Cinematheque's film blog, artforum.com, and Cabinet.
He is currently writing a monograph on Paul Sharits. He is also editing an all-interview issue of the San Francisco Cinematheque's journal Cinematograph. For the Toronto International Film Festival's Free Screen series, he has programmed a series of retrospective screenings of the work of German-Argentine filmmaker Narcisa Hirsch.
In 2009 Windhausen completed a documentary titled Cuando el Pueblo Fue Hollywood (When the Pueblo Was Hollywood), which chronicles the local impact of a Hollywood production shot in the northwestern Argentine province of Salta in 1961. The documentary premiered in Buenos Aires in late 2009, with a brief theatrical run at the Palais de Glace. He also wrote and presented a radio version of the documentary for the Public Radio International program Studio 360. An experimental short that reworks footage from the documentary, titled The Argentine Cossacks (Fragments from a Fading Tribe), premiered at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley and was selected for the International Competition at the 2010 Oberhausen Short Film Festival.