University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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Former Vimeo CEO to honor mother, Patricia Mellencamp, film pioneer at UWM


By - Oct 16th, 2018 09:00 am

MILWAUKEE _ Dae Mellencamp, former president and CEO of the pioneering online video platform Vimeo, will visit UWM on Oct. 25 to honor her mother, UWM Distinguished Professor Emerita of Art History Patricia Mellencamp, and to speak about Vimeo’s history and development in relation to its creators, film and media.

UWM’s Center for 21st Century Studies invites the public to welcome the Mellencamps for a celebration of Patricia’s work and film collection on Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m. Patricia Mellencamp worked at what was then the UWM Center for 20th Century Studies from 1970-72 and enjoyed a three-decade tenure teaching film studies at the university. She is recognized as a foundational scholar in film theory and history, feminist theory and television studies. During the event, she will discuss the early days of teaching film studies and the challenges and opportunities facing filmmakers who used 16-millimeter film.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Mellencamps are both leaders in the film and video field. Dae Mellencamp joined Vimeo as the site’s general manager in 2009 and eventually became president and CEO of the video-sharing service, a role she filled until 2012. During her tenure, Dae Mellencamp helped to innovate the field of video distribution and technology and is among the most well-known women working in the tech and media industries. She regularly cites her mother as a defining influence in her career.

Patricia Mellencamp has amassed a valuable collection of 16 mm prints of films by Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and others. The prints are now a part of the UWM Film Studies Moving Image Archive, which will be dedicated during the celebration in Curtin Hall, Room 175.

Mellencamp’s collection is in the process of being catalogued and preserved by the Moving Image Society, a group of UWM undergraduate and graduate students tasked with preserving the UWM Film Studies archives and sharing the collection through community outreach and programming.

The celebration includes a screening of a short film from the archive by students from the Moving Image Society.
A reception follows the dedication and celebration.

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About UWM

Recognized as one of the nation’s 115 top research universities, UW-Milwaukee provides a world-class education to 27,500 students from 91 countries on a budget of $689 million. Its 15 schools and colleges include Wisconsin’s only schools of architecture, freshwater sciences and public health, and it is a leading educator of nurses and teachers. UW-Milwaukee partners with leading companies to conduct joint research, offer student internships and serve as an economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin. The Princeton Review named UW-Milwaukee a 2019 “Best Midwestern” university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews, and the Sierra Club has recognized it as Wisconsin’s leading sustainable university.

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