First Advisor

Katrine Barber

Date of Publication

Fall 11-29-2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in History






Deinum, Andries, Portland State University. Center for the Moving Image, Northwest Film Study Center, Motion pictures -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Oregon -- Portland, Motion picture industry -- Oregon -- Portland -- History



Physical Description

1 online resource (viii, 126 p.) : ill. (some col.)


Two years after Dutch émigré Andries Deinum was fired from the University of Southern California in 1955 for refusing to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee, he moved to Portland, Oregon to teach film courses through the Portland Extension Center. By 1969 he had become integral to the local film community and had formed Portland State University's Center for the Moving Image (CMI), where he and Tom Taylor taught film history, criticism, and production for the next thirteen years. Although CMI was eliminated in 1981 as part of PSU's financial exigency, CMI's teachers and students have been a vital part of the thriving film community in Portland since its foundation. A key former student and figure in Portland's film community, Dr. Brooke Jacobson credits Deinum, Taylor, and CMI for laying the foundation for the Northwest Film Center (co-founded by Jacobson in 1971 as the Northwest Film Study Center). Through archival research and oral history methodology, this thesis pieces together Andries Deinum's role in the development of film education in the United States and the mark he left on Portland's cultural landscape, specifically the city's vital and thriving cinematic community.


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