St. Cloud State Today

Brad Chisholm

Company: St. Cloud State University

Position: Professor and Department Chair, Film Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • Film History
  • Film Theory
  • Cinema
  • Hollywood History
  • Motion Picture Technology
  • Digital Conversion

Publications & Accomplishments

  • Named Chair of the Department of Theatre & Film Studies for 2021-2024.
  • St. Cloud State Film Studies was ranked #15 in the nation for “Best Film Degrees for 2022” by
  • Developed and Taught three new courses: The Female Action Hero (2020), Great Screenwriting Analyzed (2020), and Conspiracy Theory (2018).


Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 


Film Professor Brad Chisholm is the recipient of two awards for teaching excellence and the Solon J. Buck Award for historical scholarship.  He spends his summers tracking down the world’s oldest and rarest motion picture cameras in an effort to correct and clarify the cinema’s origin story.  He discovered a previously unknown Minnesota connection to the birth of movies, and solved the mystery of a 1933 southern Minnesota bank robbery.  He has taught over 20 different courses on cinema history topics including Silent Cinema, Animation History, and The Historical Re-enactment.