David Morton

David Morton is an author, educator, filmmaker, and historian based in Orlando, FL. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in Texts and Technology at the University of Central Florida where he teaches U.S. and World History. While at UCF David authored his thesis: City of Superb Democracy: The Emergence of Brooklyn Identity During Cinema’s Silent Era, 1893-1928, as well as functioned as the project coordinator and head archivist for Roadside Memories: A Digital Tour of Florida Roadside Attractions, 1945-1975. David is also the Program Director and co-organizer of The Flickering Landscapes Conference Series, an ongoing project with the goal of assessing how place and space help to form regional film identity. The second Flickering Landscapes Series: Florida’s Landscape, History, and Identity on the Screen was held at the UCF Center for Emerging Media in downtown Orlando in November 2015. He is also a recipient of a 2016-2017 Fulbright Award, where he spent the year at UGent working on his research project: An Agitation Free Trade Zone: The Reception of American Cinema in Belgium During The Inter-War Period, 1918-1939. This project set out to assess the relationship between Hollywood distributors and the Belgian exhibitors in the period immediately following the end of the First World War.