Bernard Roddy earned a PhD in philosophy, then an MFA in media arts production. Between 2008 and 2015 he was faculty at the University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History, where he was associate professor responsible for film as an artistic medium. Between 1998 and 2017 Roddy made short experimental works that screened internationally, beginning in animation, including non-fictional personal films, and then concluding with experiments in performance art. Between 2012 and 2016 Roddy wrote a series of studies for Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism. These include essays on film artists Birgit Hein, Vanessa Renwick, and Wang Bing. His most recent essay discusses speech in a film by visual artist Luther Price that screened at the 2016 Chicago Underground Film Festival.