Charles Harpole

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Charles Henry Harpole, Ph.D., is a scholar of cinema and mass communications and a film maker. He received his doctorate from New York University and has taught at the University of Georgia, New York University, the New School, Southern Illinois University, the University of Texas at Dallas, Ohio State University, the University of Central Florida,[1] and Mahidol University.

He was chairperson of Cinema and Photography Department at Ohio State and was founding Head of the Film School at U. C. F.[citation needed] He was recruited to Thailand to start the film, television, and animation B.A. program at Mahidol University (co-sponsored by Kantana studios). Harpole recently retired from Mahidol University in September 2011.

Harpole founded and led the Cinema History Project which created a ten-volume "History of American Cinema" book series, published by Charles Scribner Sons and by the University of California Press, and held in over 600 WorldCat libraries.[2] He is author of Gradients of Depth in the Cinema Image, published by Arno Press,[3] and producer, director, writer and editor of documentary videos, primarily about Tibetan Buddhism by shooting in India, Nepal, Tibet (China), Bhutan, Thailand, Laos and the USA. He has made programming for the Children's Television Workshop (Sesame Street) and has contributed to MSNBC, BBC, CNN and PBS.[citation needed]

His students include Frederick Marx and Steve James (Hoop Dreams), Milčo Mančevski (Before the Rain), and the creatives who made The Blair Witch Project (including Eduardo Sánchez). Dr. Harpole has taught over 11,000 students in his 30+ teaching career.[citation needed]

Harpole is an Amateur Radio operator; his call sign is K4VUD.[4]

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