David Mai

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  • Assistant Teaching Professor

Contact Info

Summerfield Hall, Room 118F


David Mai is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas. His creative work in narratives, animations, and interactive media is inflected by his interests in experimental forms of aesthetics. His research interests include affect theory, feminist film and critical race theory, anime and manga studies, and horror studies. His notable programs include San Francisco’s Chinatown Community Development Center, SF’s historic Roxie, and the Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive, along with writings and VR installations in the online journal cinemedia. His academic work has seen different modes of presentation, from the aforementioned VR installations, to video essays, and to cinemetric film screenings, with the goal of expanding research paradigms and teaching methodologies. In his collaborative film work, he specializes in post-production, working as a picture editor, visual effects artist, or animator.


Research interests:

  • Anime and Manga Studies
  • Affect Theory
  • Horror Studies
  • Feminist Film and Critical Race Theory
  • Multimedia Education


Teaching interests:

  • Post-production
  • Animation
  • Visual effects

Creative Works

Camera Operator, A Feast of Resilience, Star Finch, Oakland, CA, 72 minutes, 2021

Editor, Stop AAPI Hate, Berkeley High School, Berkeley, CA, Video Series, 2021

VFX Editor, Black Magic, Oakland, Rashaad Newsome, CA Video Exhibition, 2021

Editor, Everyday Heroines and Covid19 in Chinatown, Felicia Lowe, San Francisco, CA, Video Series, 2020

Producer/Director/Writer, 麥 Sisters, San Francisco, CA, 5 minutes, 2020

Editor, Anatta, Kun She, San Francisco, CA, 17 minutes, 2020

Assistant Camera, The Celine Archive, Celine Parreñas Shimizu, San Francisco, CA, 69 minutes, 2020

Editor, Life After Death, Daniel Julien, Oakland, CA, 53 minutes, 2020

Editor, The Great Divide, Casey Beck, San Francisco, CA, 16 minutes, 2019

Producer/Director/Writer, Ashes of Alyssa, San Francisco, CA, 18 minutes, 2019

Assistant Editor, Queering Yoga, Ewan Duarte, Oakland, CA, 45 minutes, 2019

Producer/Director/Writer, Pi//owtalk, San Francisco, CA, 6 minutes, 2019

Assitant Editor, Dear Queer Dancer, Sarah Taborga, Oakland, CA, 28 minutes, 2019

Assistant Editor, Drip Like Coffee, Anaiis Cisco, San Francisco, CA, 17 minutes, 2019

Editor, For the Love of a Dog: How Far Would You Go?, Daniel Julien, Oakland, CA, 56 minutes, 2019

Producer/Director/Writer, Meandering Dance, San Francisco, CA, 2 minutes, 2018

Producer/Director/Writer, My Body for Bok Choy, San Francisco, CA, 3 minutes, 2017

Producer/Director/Writer, (), San Francisco, CA, 20 minutes, 2017

Animator, Fractured Fairy Tales, 3 minutes, 2017

Animator, Jethilas, San Francisco, CA, 20 minutes, 2017

Producer/Director/Writer, Maw in the Dark, San Francisco, CA, 10 minutes, 2017

Editor, Patrick’s Dilemna, Daniel Julien, Oakland, CA, 47 minutes, 2017