Steve Anker, dean of the School of Film/Video, formerly served as director of the San Francisco Cinematheque and as artistic director of the Foundation for Art in Cinema. He holds an MFA in Filmmaking and Film History from Columbia University and served for many years as professor of film at the San Francisco Art Institute. In his capacity as director of the San Francisco Cinematheque, Anker oversaw one of the most respected showcases of experimental film and video in the world, presenting more than 75 programs per year.
Anker served on the board of directors and as program director for the Boston Film & Video Foundation. He has taught film history and filmmaking at San Francisco State University, the Massachusetts College of Art and Tufts University. Exhibits and series that Anker has curated include Big As Life: An American History of 8mm Films—a 70-program film series for the Museum of Modern Art—and Austrian Avant-Garde Cinema: 1955-1993 which traveled to 10 cities throughout the U.S. Anker also guest curated a series of Bay Area avant-garde films for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as part of its exhibition Made in California.
Publications of his include catalog essays for Big As Life, Unknown Territories and American Experimental Film, as well as articles and reviews for Film Quarterly, Cinematograph, Idiolects, the New York Times, the Nation, the Christian Science Monitor and the San Francisco Chronicle. Anker has served as a jurist for the National Endowment for the Arts Film/Video production grants and for the California Arts Council Media Arts Fellowships.