The Wesleyan Film series publishes work in the spirit of Wesleyan’s internationally recognized Department of Film Studies, and College of Film and the Moving Image. We explore moving image art by looking at what is on screen using the language of filmmakers. This approach highlights Hollywood studio-era cinema as both the foundation and pinnacle of visual storytelling, but is open to works and artists of all eras and stripes. Our emphasis is firmly on cinema as an audience-centered artistic practice. Like our courses, the book series is oriented toward primary history, intensive aesthetic analysis, and sensitivity to film’s immediate and intimate relationship with viewers. We consider the creation and analysis of the moving image to represent compatible reverse processes — creator to film to audience, or audience to film to creator. We value original, jargon-free scholarship and criticism that appeals to visually literate readers. Books in this series contribute to the field of film studies, while also being accessible to a readership beyond the confines of academia.