Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Date of Degree


Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name



Liberal Studies


Edward D. Miller

Subject Categories

Film and Media Studies


film, experimental, queer cinema, avant-garde, filmmaker, film noir


As an artist and Film Studies student, I saw the capstone option as an opportunity to consolidate academia with the art of filmmaking into one project. This became Frenetic Journey Toward Muddledness, an experimental short film written, directed, and edited by me. It is a film influenced by early avant-garde cinema, German expressionism, and film noir. Composed of pieces of unrelated footage and featuring an ambiguous, non-linear, and mostly silent narrative, the editing of the film prompted me to ask myself questions about its genre. Its hybridity made it possible to position the film within different categories, but there was one particular category that I found difficult to ascertain. Is my film a queer film? Would it be considered queer cinema just because I happen to be queer? These and many other questions are explored in this paper. I turn to concepts of film form and narrativity to answer such questions, to situate my film under a theoretical microscope, and to put to the test my own understanding of the research I have undertaken. Lastly, I look at renowned works of queer cinema to examine possible parallels between them and my film. Ultimately, this capstone project has become a launching pad to continue making films utilizing the academic insight that I have gained.


Film available at https://youtu.be/jSFH2bC-cBo

Frenetic Journey Toward Muddledness.mp4 (1036606 kB)
Capstone film as mp4