John Trafton is a Film Studies academic and writer with a PhD from the University of St. Andrews. The primary focus of his work is on how cinema engages with history and current events. His current project, "The American Civil War and the Hollywood War Film," explores how nineteenth-century paintings, photography, and epistolary traditions cemented different formulas that have a distinct presence in war cinema. He has also published in The Journal of War and Cultural Studies, Frames Cinema Journal, Journal of American Studies, and a forthcoming edited volume on Steven Spielberg with Wiley-Blackwell. Originally from Southern California, John also holds a MSc in Comparative Literature from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in Film Studies from Chapman University.
“End of Watch incorporates the visual and narrative codes of Iraq War films, inviting the viewer to draw a comparison between the battlegrounds of the “war on terror” and the mean streets of Los Angeles.”