Areas of Expertise:
film | film history | film preservation | film restoration | silent cinema | avant-garde cinema | propaganda films
Jan-Christopher Horak is the director of the UCLA Film and Television Archive, which is the second-largest moving image archive in the United States after the Library of Congress, and the world’s largest university-based media archive. Horak’s expertise includes film preservation and restoration; Hollywood films, especially silent movies; the Hollywood studio system, avant-garde cinema and documentary film; film as propaganda; and film and the Holocaust.
Horak, who is a professor of critical studies, has had a long and distinguished career as a film archivist and curator has included leadership roles as director of the Munich Filmmuseum, senior curator of the film department at the George Eastman House, and founding director of archives and collections at Universal Studios. Horak speaks fluent German.