Kinder is cultural theorist and prolific film scholar, whose specializations include narrative theory, digital media, children's media culture, and Spanish cinema. Since 1997 Kinder has directed The Labyrinth Project, an art collective and research initiative on interactive cinema and database narrative at USC's Annenberg Center for Communication. She has published more than 100 essays and 10 books.
Author of Blood Cinema: The Reconstruction of National Identity in Spain with companion CD-ROM (1993), Playing with Power in Movies, Television and Video Games: From Muppet Babies to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1991), Self and Cinema (1982) and Closeup (1978)
Editor of Luis Bunuel's The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1999), Kids Media Culture (1999) and Refiguring Spain: Cinema/Media/Representation (1997)
Since 1997, as director of The Labyrinth Project, producer of a series of award-winning interactive installations and DVD-ROMs that have been exhibited at museums, conferences, film festivals and new media festivals worldwide
Worked for Sega as a rater of violence in video games
Has written, directed and produced game protoypes and online courseware projects
Awards received: Sundance Online Festival Jury Award for New Narrative Forms, British Academy of Film & TV Arts for Best Interactive Project in the Learning Category, New Media Invision Award for Best Overall Design.
Honors and Awards
USC University Professor, 2001
USC Associates Award For Creativity In Research And Scholarship, 1995
Service to the Profession
Editorships and Editorial Boards
Editorial Board, Film Quarterly, 1977
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Department of Comparative Literature
College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
University of Southern California
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