Jeffrey Vance is a cinema historian, producer, film archivist, and lecturer, as well as the author of the acclaimed volumes Douglas Fairbanks (UC Press/Academy Imprints, 2008), Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema (Harry N. Abrams, 2003), Harold Lloyd: Master Comedian (Harry N. Abrams, 2002), and Buster Keaton Remembered (Harry N. Abrams, 2001).
He began his career as an archivist for MGM/United Artists and served the same function for the Chaplin family’s Roy Export S.A.S., The Harold Lloyd Trust, and the Mary Pickford Foundation. As a producer, he packaged the Harold Lloyd Classic Comedies for Turner Classic Movies, later released to DVD by New Line Home Entertainment. As a filmmaker, he produced and directed the short film Rediscovering John Gilbert (2010) which aired on Turner Classic Movies as well as released to home video. He has served as a consultant to virtually every motion picture studio and has appeared in numerous documentaries.
He writes for various publications, contributes audio commentary tracks for DVD/Blu-ray, and speaks at venues throughout the United States and Europe including the TCM Classic Film Festival, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, British Film Institute, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Silent Film Festival, “Los Angeles Times” Festival of Books, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Vance’s recent audio commentary tracks for DVD/Blu-ray include CITY LIGHTS (1931), The Big Parade (1925), and ON APPROVAL (1944). He is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost authorities of Charles Chaplin. He is currently writing the definitive biography of Mary Pickford (commissioned by the Mary Pickford Foundation) for future book publication.