Matthew Kennedy is a writer, film historian, and anthropologist living in San Francisco. He is the author of three biographies of classic Hollywood: Marie Dressler: A Biography (McFarland, 1999, paperback 2006), Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory: Hollywood's Genius Bad Boy (University of Wisconsin Press, 2004), and Joan Blondell: A Life between Takes (University Press of Mississippi, 2007). His latest book, Roadshow! The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s, has just been published by Oxford University Press. He has contributed to four anthologies: Strategies in Teaching Anthropology (Pearson Prentice Hall, first and fourth editions, 2000 and 2006) and The Queer Encyclopedia of Music, Dance & Musical Theater and of Film and Television (Cleis Press, 2004 and 2005). He is film and book critic for the respected Bright
Lights Film Journal, a member of the Writers Groups of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, and his articles have appeared in The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, Performing Arts, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Kennedy is a former modern dancer, arts administrator, concert producer, and contracted writer for George Lucas Books. He currently teaches anthropology and film history at the City
College of San Francisco and San
Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has been a guest speaker at a number of venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, Mechanics Institute Library in San Francisco, and on radio, podcasts, and television. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship and a San Francisco Cable Car Media/Journalism Award, and for his teaching, was awarded Honors Faculty of the Year by the Northern California Bay Consortium. He holds a BA in theater arts from UCLA and an MA in anthropology from UC Davis, is a member of The
Authors Guild, and is represented by Stuart
Bernstein Representation for Artists in New York.