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My writing, research, and teaching focus on spaces of film production, exhibition, and reception. I've written about malls, microcinemas, and location shooting, paying particular attention to spatial histories and dynamics of power.

I'm especially inspired by how these histories have taken shape in the Philippines, in other parts of Southeast Asia, and in diasporic communities in the U.S.


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In March 2021 I published my first book with Duke University Press: "In City of Screens Jasmine Nadua Trice examines the politics of cinema circulation in early-2000s Manila. She traces Manila's cinema landscape by focusing on the primary locations of film exhibition and distribution: the pirated DVD district, mall multiplexes, art-house cinemas, the university film institute, and state-sponsored cinematheques."

Articles and Essays

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Articles and Essays


Temporal Technologies: Toward Southeast Asian Science Fiction (Pelikula.)


Theorizing Region: Film and Video Cultures in Southeast Asia, Journal of Cinema and Media Studies


Performing Region in Southeast Asian Film Industries, Journal of Cinema and Media Studies


Epistemologies of the Body in Colonial Manila’s Film Culture, Feminist Media Histories


Gendering National Histories and Regional Imaginaries: Three Southeast Asian Women Filmmakers," Feminist Media Histories


Writing Outside the Text: A Cultural Approach to Exhibition and Moviegoing, in Writing About Screen Media, Lisa Patti, ed.


The Echo Park Film Center: Microcinemas, Production Subcultures, and the Politics of Urban Space, The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culture


Location Shooting in ‘the Wild East:’ Risk and Masculinity in Hollywood Productions in the Philippines, Feminist Media Studies


Manila’s New Cinephilia, Quarterly Review of Film and Video


The Quiapo Cinémathèque:’ Transnational DVDs and modernities in the heart of Manila, International Journal of Cultural Studies


Diseased Bodies and Domestic Space: Transmodern Space in Tsai Ming-Liang’s The Hole,  Asian Cinema


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Space and Place in Cinema and Media Studies

Southeast Asian Film and Video Cultures

Exhibition and Moviegoing

Asian Screen Cities

Transnational Asian Film Industries

Theory and Method (PhD Core)

Text and Context in an Intermedia Age (M.A. Core)

Art and Technique of Filmmaking (Undergraduate lecture)

Screenings and Digital Projects

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Screenings and Digital Projects

A screening in partnership with CSW and the UCLA Film and Television Archive:  Showcasing a collection of recent experimental works by Southeast Asian women filmmakers, Unsettling Landscape focuses on short films and videos that critically engage with questions of land, landscape and the myriad forms of mediation that have been used to capture their image. Like painting and the diorama, the camera has been a tool of colonial authority, historical narrative, and scientific knowledge production, laying the groundwork for unfettered development projects and extractive capitalism. Capturing an image of land through mediation can be an act of complicity, binding it and rendering it legible as scenery, property and territory. Reflexively engaging with such practices of mediation, these works suggest that the moving image also allows space for refusal. Unearthing the deep time of tectonic shifts and Animist belief systems, unraveling statist development narratives and unlearning colonial ways of knowing, these films unsettle the complex relations between lens and land, offering new possibilities for spatial transformation on screen. (January 2024)

A collection of interviews with film and video practitioners working in Southeast Asia.

This digital map provides an audiovisual archive of film and video culture in 2000s Manila. It acts as an illustrative companion to my book.

May 28, 2023

From 2016-2018, I was Co-Investigator for the Southeast Asian Cinemas Research Network, an extension of the Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas. Funded through the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the network was a partnership with Philippa Lovatt (University of St. Andrews), Gaik Cheng Khoo (University of Nottingham, Malaysia), and Nguyen Trinh Thi (Hanoi Doclab). We organized screenings and symposia in Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, Hanoi, and Glasgow.

In Progress

A book project co-authored with Philippa Lovatt on arts organizing in Southeast Asia, developed as an extension of SEACRN. Drawing from interviews with film practitioners and analysis of film texts, we are focusing on groups that have evolved aesthetic, curatorial, and pedagogical film practices through critical engagements with recent spatial transformations such as urban development, migration, and ecological crisis.

A book chapter on OTT streaming coproductions that draw on Southeast Asian mythologies.

This chapter traces the ways that recent Singaporean films have employed a spatialized, science-fictional mode to critique the developmental state in Singapore. The works I examine involve data mining (Tiong Bahru Social Club, Tan Bee Thiam, 2020), underground urbanism (Subterranean Singapore 2065 and Sub/Merged, Finbarr Fallon, 2016 and 2020), and land reclamation (SEA STATE, Charles Lim Yi Yong, 2005-present), each depicting a type of spatialized, state-driven extraction that orients the viewer along a vertical axis. If science fiction is often about expansion and the creation of new worlds, in these films, it is also about a particular mode of viewing that engages what geographers have recently described as the politics of verticality, a mode of thinking that moves from planar notions of territory to aerial, underground, and oceanic perspectives.

In Progrss

Discussion of City of Screens with Professor Patrick Campos of the University of the Philippines Film Institute. Asian Cinema Lab, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. November 2021.

Panelist, "Seeing in the Dark: Asia’s Independent Cinema Spaces in the Midst of Uncertainties", Yale University MacMillan Center, in collaboration with NANG magazine.

Discussion of City of Screens, Triangle Film Salon, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, March 29, 2021.

Discussion of City of Screens, Department of Religious and Cultural Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong, November 5, 2020.

Featured Talks

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