Brian Real is a PhD candidate in the College of Information Studies and a Graduate Assistant for Film Studies at the University of Maryland. His in-process dissertation focuses on the intersection of public policy and film preservation from the mid-1960s to the present. Recent publications include "From Colorization to Orphans: The Evolution of American Public Policy on Film Preservation" for The Moving Image and "Rural Public Libraries and Digital Inclusion: Issues and Challenges" for Information Technology and Libraries.
Brian holds an MLS from the University of Maryland and a Master of Arts in Communication from Johns Hopkins University, with his thesis for the latter focusing on historic movie theatres that have been revitalized as community owned non-profits.
Brian taught Cinematic Treasures of Maryland and Washington, D.C. (SLLC368W) in January 2014, which involved taking students to local cultural heritage institutions that work with cinema. In summer 2014 he taught Jim Henson: Art, Media, and Muppets (FILM319J).