Tanya Goldman

PhD Candidate

Tanya Goldman


Title: A Free and Better Screen: Thomas J. Brandon and Film Distribution Outside Hollywood, 1931-68

Supervisor: Dan Streible

My research engages with the study of media distribution and nontheatrical and activist cinemas. My work investigates how the often taken-for-granted commercial practice of media distribution is a fruitful site for analyzing expressions of political power and governance. My dissertation articulates this idea via the career of American nontheatrical film distributor Tom Brandon, an influential figure behind documentary, educational, and foreign art film circulation from the 1930s to 1970s.


Tanya Goldman is a PhD candidate in the department of Cinema Studies at New York University. Her work has appeared in Cineaste, Cinema Journal, Feminist Media Histories, Film History, and edited volume Screening Race in American Nontheatrical Film (Duke University Press, 2019). Her essay on 1930s leftist documentary distribution is forthcoming in InsUrgent Media from the Front: A Media Activism Reader (Indiana University Press, 2020).