• Mansoor Behnam

    Mansoor Behnam

    Mansoor Behnam is a media artist, writer/poet, and researcher in the fields of comparative literature, film and cultural studies. He is currently finishing his PhD studies, working on an art/research project in the Cultural Studies program at Queen’s University. As the creative component of his project, Behnam has used tenets of Persian medieval mysticism (Sufism) to conceptualize a practice-based theory of “Mystical Experimental Cinema.” His research is also informed by his experience of immigration to Canada. Behnam’s work has been screened and discussed in film festivals, artist-run centers, and universities. His collection of poetry titled Opposite Dreams (2014) is currently in the works.

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  • Olivier Bélanger

    Olivier Bélanger is a film critic and M.A. student at Université de Montréal. His main interests are the cinema of Straub/Huillet and history and philosophy in films.

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  • Catherine Benoit

    Catherine Benoit is currently a Masters student in film studies at Concordia University (Montreal). She has been working at Phos, a ‘répertoire’ videoclub for several years, and recently at the CINEMANIA film festival. She continues to broaden her cinephilia while pursuing intensive research in the subject areas of crime films, film noir, criminology, sex and violence, and police films from all countries and eras.

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  • Michael Betancourt

    Michael Betancourt is an avant-garde theorist and artist/historian. Recently, he edited a two-volume anthology on visual music technologies called Visual Music Instrument Patents, a collection of Thomas Wilfred’s writings on Lumia, and produced the iotaCenter’s DVD Visual Music from Iota. He also makes abstract movies.

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  • Alice Black

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  • Michael Bloom

    Michael Bloom received his BFA in Film Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. Areas of study that currently interest him include formal aesthetic theory, alternative modes of film exhibition anddistribution, and popular Asian cinemas. Michael spends most of his free time digging through bins of bootlegged movies in Chinatown, consistently distrusting the vendor’s recommendations at his own expense.

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  • Joel Bocko

    Joel Bocko is a writer and filmmaker whose popular video analysis series Journey Through Twin Peaks headlines a sprawling body of Twin Peaks analysis in a variety of forms. This work, along with thousands of other pieces exploring film history and other subjects (reviews, podcast appearances, visual tributes, video essays, and original short films), can be found on his site Lost in the Movies, which was founded in 2008.

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  • Gilda Boffa

    Gilda Boffa

    Gilda Boffa completed a bachelors in Communication Studies and a masters in Film Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. She wrote her thesis about Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf and won a scholarship to travel to Iran in 2008. She published several articles and a book chapter about Iranian cinema. She also completed a certificate in Arabic language and cultures at UQAM and a certificate in translation at Université de Montréal. She directed Belly Dance with a Twist, a short documentary about Syrian Canadian male belly dancer Pierre Khoury. She has been studying, performing and teaching belly dance and other Middle Eastern dances for several years.

    Photo credit: Emily Hull

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  • Jenna Bond

    Jenna Bond is in her first year of Art History and Film Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. Prior to this she studied art history, film, philosophy and Spanish at St. Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont. She has spent considerable time abroad, including the Fall 2006 semester in Sevilla, Spain, where she studied at the Universidad Pablo Olavide. A cinephile and arts enthusiast with an interest in gender studies she plans to study in France in the coming year.

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  • Troy Bordun

    Troy Bordun

    Troy Bordun is a Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Studies at Trent University. His dissertation is on sensation, spectatorship, and genre in contemporary art cinema. Conference presentations have been on Tsai Ming-Liang, Catherine Breillat, and Georges Bataille. Troy is on the Board of Directors at Artspace in Peterborough, Ontario, was a co-director of Trent Film Society – which included programming and curating exhibitions on non-narrative cinema and moving-image pornography –, and was a frequent contributor to Trent’s Arthur Newspaper.

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  • Vincent Bouchard

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  • Christopher Bourne

    Christopher Bourne is a New York-based writer who has also contributed to Senses of Cinema and Meniscus Magazine, among other web journals.

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  • Nolan Boyd

    Nolan Boyd

    Nolan Boyd is a third year PhD candidate in English at Miami University. He received his BA in English and Spanish from Davidson College in 2012 and his MA in English from Wake Forest University in 2014. His work focuses primarily on issues of gender, sexuality, and disability in the cinema and 20th Century literature. He is currently mulling over ideas for his dissertation which will focus on uncanny representations of the queer other in cinema.

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  • Simon Brown

    Simon Brown is Principal Lecturer and Director of Studies for Film and Television at Kingston University. A historian at heart, he has published on a range of topics including early cinema, British cinema and the history of colour cinematography, as well as contemporary American Quality Television. He is currently co-editing a volume on colour cinematography for the AFI Film Reader Series for Routledge.

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  • Colin Browne

    Colin Browne

    Colin Browne is a writer, filmmaker, film historian and, until recently, a professor in the Film program in the Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts. He was a co-founder of the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters and the Art of Documentary workshops, and is currently involved in preservation and restoration initiatives regarding archival media with the Audio-Visual Heritage Association of British Columbia (AVBC). His catalogue of motion pictures produced in British Columbia prior to 1941 was the first in Canada to establish an annotated regional history and inventory of early film production in a province or region. His documentary films, produced for the NFB, the CBC and independently, include Linton Garner: I Never Said Goodbye, Father and Son and White Lake, which was nominated for a Genie award as Best Feature Length Documentary. His most recent book, The Properties (2012), was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. He serves on the boards of Creative BC and the Vancouver International Film Festival and is working on a project that explores the history and legacy of the Surrealist engagement with Northwest coast and Alaskan ceremonial art.

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  • Douglas Buck

    Douglas Buck

    This review is archived under the “Buck a Review” column, written by Douglas Buck. Filmmaker. Full-time cinephile. Part-time electrical engineer. To read more of Buck’s smart and snappy reviews, click on the column sidebar link.

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  • N. Buket Cengiz

    N. Buket Cengiz received her B.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Istanbul University. Her translations from Russian, from poets such as K. Simonov, Y. Yevtushenko, and others, as well as from English writers such as Edward Said, John Berger and others, have been published in various newspapers and journals. She received her M.A. in American Studies from Kadir Has University in Istanbul, with her thesis in the area of Romantic heroes and modern anti-heroes in literature and popular culture. Her pieces on various areas of culture and the arts have appeared in publications such as The Middle East, TimeOut Istanbul, LivingIndigo, stü etc. She writes on popular culture in the national newspaper Radikal’s Sunday supplement, Radikal İki. She is a PhD student of Interlingual and Intercultural Translation Studies at Yıldız Technical University in Istanbul.

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  • Colin Burnett

    Colin Burnett, who holds an MA in Film Studies from Concordia University, is a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His current areas of research include Robert Bresson’s cinematographers, laboratory practice in American cinema of the 20s, and minimalist film style. He has published in Senses of Cinema, Synoptique, and Canadian Journal of Film Studies and has writings in forthcoming editions of Film Quarterly and Studies in French Cinema. Along with Dudley Andrew, he is also editing a special edition of Post Script devoted to the film and photography writing of Susan Sontag.

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  • Elliott Burton

    Elliott Burton

    Elliott Burton is a critic and cultural commentator whose work has been published in a wide variety of print and digital formats including i>Kawartha Now and i>slowsoulburn. He recently published a triptych of essays using summer blockbusters as pop metaphors for social justice.

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  • Tiffany Byrant

    Tiffany Byrant

    Tiffany Bryant attended the College of William and Mary for her B.A. in English Literature and Literary & Cultural Studies. She received her M.A. in English Literature at James Madison University, focusing on Gender Studies and Critical Race Studies. Her academic interests swing heavily into the visual arts and horror narratives (film, TV, and video games in particular) are her favorite means for deconstructing internalized ideologies and anxieties embedded in American society. She currently lives in Virginia and works at a non-profit arts organization in Washington, D.C.

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