SCF Faculty Member Publishes Book About Influence of Film on Audiences

(Bradenton, Fla., July 22, 2009) - Del Jacobs, multimedia/film program manager at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, explores the effects of living in a media-saturated world in his new book, "Interrogating the Image: Movies and the World of Film and Television."

In an effort to convey a greater understanding of the relationship between movies, television and advertising and their audiences, Jacobs critiqued selected films including "The Purple Rose of Cairo," "Pleasantville" and "The Truman Show" that feature characters who cross reality with the fantasized world of media yet respond to the experience in different ways.

"It's the double-edged sword of media. When you look at it, does it influence you for better or for worse?" Jacobs said.

Jacobs is a documentary filmmaker and author of "Revisioning Film Traditions: The Pseudo-Documentary and the NeoWestern." He has a master's degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida and a bachelor's degree in film and communication from Loyola University. 

"Interrogating the Image: Movies and the World of Film and Television," published by University Press of America, will be available at major bookstores in late September.

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