The (In)appropriators!

Jaimie Baron (Director)  Jaimie Baron is a Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Alberta. Her work on documentary, experimental film and video, audiovisual appropriation, and digital media has been published in numerous journals and anthologies. She is the authors of The Archive Effect: FoundFootage and the Audiovisual Experience of History (2014) and Reuse, Misuse, Abuse: The Ethics of Audiovisual Appropriation in the Digital Era (2020). She is also a co-founder of Docalogue, an online space for scholars and filmmakers to engage in conversations about contemporary documentary.

Lauren S. Berliner (Associate Director) is an Associate Professor of Media & Communication and Cultural Studies at University of Washington Bothell. Her research focuses on participatory media production practices, gender and sexuality, and pedagogy. Also a filmmaker, she has screened her work internationally and has facilitated video production programming for girls and queer youth. She earned her PhD. in Communication from UC San Diego, an MA in Visual and Media Art from Emerson College, and a BA in English and Anthropology from Wesleyan University.

Greg Cohen (Associate Director) is an artist, curator, and Continuing Lecturer in Latin American Cinema and Visual Culture at UCLA. His work in video, photography, and multi-media installation has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and draws on diverse intellectual and aesthetic interests, from landscape theory and aesthetic philosophy to cultural memory and experimental archives, and from the history and theory of architecture to the intersections of moving-image media and radical politics. As a founding associate of REASArch (group for Research on Experimental Accumulation and Speculative Archives), Cohen has also created several ongoing visual research projects, including The Valaco Archive (https://valacoarchive.com).

Marie-Pierre Burquier (Guest Curator) Marie-Pierre Burquier is a PhD candidate in visual studies at Université Paris Cité. She has published papers in several journals such as Hors-Champ, Found Footage Magazine and Transatlantica as well as a chapter in the book Corps béant, corps morcelé dans les arts scéniques et visuels. She has taught several courses dealing with experimental cinema, the transformations of the cinematic apparatus and the relationship between film and medicine. She was a Lecturer in the French Department at University of California, Berkeley, and she is currently a Teaching Assistant in Film Studies at Université Paris Nanterre.

Mariquita “Micki” Davis Mariquita (Guest Curator) “Micki” Davis is a CHamoru artist and educator based in Los Angeles. She is the co-curator of Pasifika Transmissions, a monthly learning series that invites Indigenous artists to visit the archive of the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum of Long Beach and develop a video “transmission” of this exchange. Currently she is a programmer for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and mentor for the Armed with a Camera Fellowship program at Visual Communications which champions the films of Asians, Asian Americans, Native Hawai’ians and Pacific Islanders. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Institute of American Indian Arts, Honolulu Biennial, Vancouver Art Gallery, and UNSW Galleries, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, as well as Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (YIDFF) and Guam International Film Festival.

Allyson Unzicker (Guest Curator) Allyson Unzicker is a curator and writer from Los Angeles. She has held various curatorial positions at museums and institutions across Southern California, most recently as the Associate Director & Curator of the University Art Galleries at UC Irvine. Her previous work as a curatorial and research assistant includes contributions to seven of The Getty Center’s Pacific Standard Time exhibitions at UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center and Fowler Museum, The Watts Towers Arts Center, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Vincent Price Art Museum, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House where she was the project manager and archivist. She has published monographs and essays in a range of exhibition catalogs internationally. Unzicker received her MFA at UC Irvine in Critical & Curatorial Studies with a designated emphasis in Visual Studies and Critical Theory. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in the Film & Media Department.

Wu Wenti (Technical Director), born and raised in Taipei Taiwan, is an editor and writer-director based in Los Angeles. She received her master’s degree in Film Directing at the California Institute of the Arts. She has also made and produced several narrative short films which are inspired by true stories. Her films focus on women’s and kids’ perspectives and tell stories about when they become “moth to flame.”