Jaimie Baron (Festival Director) Jaimie Baron is an Assistant Professor of Film 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. Her first book, The Archive Effect: FoundFootage and the Audiovisual Experience of History, was published in 2014. 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 is an Assistant 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 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).
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Azadeh Navai holds an MFA in Film and Video from California Institute of the Arts, and a BFA in Graphic Design from University of Tehran. She creates 16mm and digital films with the focus on visual memory, its imprints through time and its fluctuations through age. Her films have been shown in a number of venues, including New York Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Mothlight Microcinema, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, San Diego Underground Festival and REDCAT Theater in Los Angeles. Her film Friday Mosque won the Jury Award at Binghamton University Film Festival (SEFF), and her other film Remembering the Pentagons was recently mentioned on Artforum. She also works as a freelance documentary editor in Iran and the United States.
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Daniel Kissinger is a Masters student in the Cultural Studies program at University of Washington Bothell. An avid fan of horror film, their current research focuses on the intersections of race, memory, and haunting in the process of telling ghost stories. Outside of school they currently work in youth programming and empowerment for a non-profit in the Puget Sound area.
Grace Kinley has a BA in Film Studies and Creative Writing from the University of Alberta. She has been working in the film industry for the last couple of years on Edmonton-based feature films. She is currently editing and scriptwriting for the Wild TV channel, and in her spare time, writes a science fiction webseries with her writing partner.
Helen Zhang is currently pursuing a Master of Library and Information Studies degree at the University of Alberta. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Film Studies. Her academic interests include the effects of media on voter populations, intellectual freedom, and the social responsibilities of libraries. When Helen is not working on her studies, she works with other students as a tutor.
Brinnameade Smith holds a degree in Drama and Film Studies from the University of Alberta, and has worked intermittently as a Curatorial Assistant for the Festival of (In)Appropriation since 2015. She currently works for a local educational-technology startup company, and has also spent the past 3 summers participating in the Edmonton International Fringe Festival as a Stage Manager. Brinna has expanded her creative community involvement in Edmonton with an executive position with The Last Alliance: University of Alberta Tolkien Society, and has been a member of Citadel Theatre’s Young Theatre Production Company and the Catalyst Theatre’s Youth Advisory Board. Her recent film credits include Actor in Retrospective (2016), Production Assistant for Time’s End (2017), and Assistant Director for Through Struggle to the Stars (2018), all short films with Emily Noel Ritchie Film and Design.
Emily Noel Ritchie holds a BA in Film Studies from the University of Alberta, and is Creative Lead for a video production agency in Edmonton. Her primary focus is on her work as an emerging filmmaker with an interest in creating both short and long form pieces across the spectrum of narrative and experimental cinema, often inspired by a fascination with the relationships between temporality, memory and trauma. Two of her films, Time’s End (2017) and Through Struggle to the Stars (2018), were produced with the support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Edmonton Arts Council.
Noah Shillington holds a degree in Computing Science from the University of Alberta, with a minor in Film Studies. Since graduating, he has been working as a video editor and developing mobile apps.
Natalie Smith is a Masters student in the Cultural Studies program at University of Washington Bothell. Her current research focuses on the interactions between personal and collective trauma in relation to the memorialization of the #MeToo movement. Her scholarship also explores the ways in which public discourse generates healing and social change. Natalie has a background in film and art history. Prior to moving to Seattle, she worked as head curator and manager of a private gallery in Tel Aviv, Israel and as the Assistant Curator at the Haifa Museum of Art in Israel. To decompress from the stressors that come with graduate school, Natalie tries to catch-up on film and television all the while raising her two kids.
Mateó Ochoa, a kuir Guatemalan Mayan, is a graduate student at the University of Washington Bothell. They hail from the barrios of LA, where their passion for youth justice and art-making first sparked. For 6 years, they participated in direct action throughout Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and the Bay Area, addressing issues of racial justice, homelessness, immigration, and education. Mateó later participated in one of the nation’s first performance art residencies for young queer and trans people of color, hosted by Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, CA. Since then, their art has evolved to include transdisciplinary and multi-sensory techniques that visualize the lived and unspoken realities of oppression. Mateó has exhibited artwork at Qulture Collective, SOMArts, the Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, and has performed with Topsy Turvy Queer Circus at Brava Theatre in San Francisco.
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