Matthew Hipps is a Ph.D. candidate in the Film Studies program. He received his M.A. in Film Studies from Columbia University, and his B.S. in Communication with majors in Motion Pictures and Political Science from the University of Miami. His research and teaching interests include early film, animation, nontheatrical film and media, fan and audience studies, and immersive storytelling. His dissertation focuses on the confluence of blockbuster cinema and theme park movie rides, theories of embodied spectatorship, and the history of theme and amusement parks as sites of alternative cinema exhibition.