• Jay Plaat

    Jay Plaat

    Jay Plaat received his BA in Cultural Studies and his MA in Creative Industries from Radboud University Nijmegen. His work focuses primarily on cinematic rhythm and autonomous cinematic space. He is currently on the lookout for a PhD, while writing film reviews for Dutch cultural magazine 8WEEKLY, and programming films for arthouse theater De Pul, in his native town Uden (the Netherlands), the greenest city of Europe.

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  • Rita Quelhas

    Rita Quelhas

    Rita Quelhas was born in 1994 in Lisbon (Portugal) and graduated in Directing by Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema in 2015. She directed two short films in the academic milieu, Uivo (screenings: DocLisboa ’14, Panorama 2015) and A Minha Juventude (screenings: IndieLisboa 2016, FILMADRID 2017, FEST / awards: FILMADRID 2017 – Young Jury Prize for Best Film). Besides directing her own films, Rita works with other directors in the editing department, in a pursuit to maintain involvement in different paths and creative processes. Rita’s desire to explore different artistic forms and ways of expression has led her to work in theatre as well, as an assistant director and video assistant for the Portuguese theatre company/cultural association Arena Ensemble, while editing her own playful and modest short film Dia. Rita see her cinephile education and interest in cinema as a way to extend and maximize the filmic experience. Her aim is to devote herself not only to filmmaking, but also to the thinking and writing on cinema.

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  • Stephen R. Bissette

    Stephen R. Bissette won many industry awards in his quarter-century in comics as a cartoonist, writer, editor and publisher. A pioneer graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon & Graphic Art, he is best-known for Saga of the Swamp Thing, Taboo, ‘1963,’ Tyrant, co-creating John Constantine, and creating the world’s second ‘24- Hour Comic,’ invented by Scott McCloud as a challenge for Bissette. His comics efforts fueled many films, (Constantine, from Hell, TMNT II: Secret of the Ooze, etc.) and he and his son Daniel created the comic that appears in the award-winning indy feature Head Trauma. He illustrates books and has authored fiction (including the Stoker Award-winning novella Aliens: Tribes) and non-fiction (co-authoring Comic Book Rebels, The Monster Book: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and solo articles/essays for film books, magazines and his own book series Green Mountain Cinema and the four-volume Blur. He also co-authored Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press in November 2008. He currently teaches at the Center for Cartoon Studies and has lectured at Yale, Dartmouth College, Duquesne University, Smith College, Marlboro College, etc., and Middlebury College’s Breadloaf Young Writers Workshop. His papers reside in the Special Collections of HUIE Library at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

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  • Julie Ravary

    Julie Ravary received her B.F.A. in Film Studies from Concordia University in 2010 while working for the Fantasia Film Festival, and is going on to pursue her Masters in this same field. Her current interests focus on women’s cinema, Quebecois cinema, and horror films.

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  • Hooman Razavi

    Hooman Razavi

    Professionally trained as teacher and with background in science and education, Razavi’s interest in cinema started and grew by joining an Iranian student film club in University of Toronto. Since 2010, he has been an active member and contributor to the club’s establishment, invitations, film proposals and in times writing pieces analyzing screened films. Razavi has conducted several interviews with Iranian cinema personnel and translated on other domains of Humanities such as political science and history. He enjoys reading and learning more about world cinema, and the aesthetics, politics and economics of this ever changing industry.

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  • Felix Rebolledo

    Felix is a partner at Hot Spots Productions in Montreal, Canada. As a TV commercial Producer/Director he’s worked on over 300 retail commercial advertising campaigns and on-air promotions. Production credits include CTV, King World Entertainment, Wow Wee Toys, Hasbro, Fisher-Price, IBM, and RJR-Nabisco. As a field-producer, he has worked with E!, Entertainment Tonight, Fox L.A. Sports, WTN, ZDF, ARD, RAI, RTVE, CANAL “+” (Spain & France) in North America, South America, and Europe. He edited the NBC documentary The Earth is the Lord’s (Silver Medallist, New York Festivals, 1991). He loves the work but would rather be sailing his Seafarer 31 “A Su Aire” or racing Etchells, really.

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  • Nicolas Renaud

    Nicolas Renaud

    Nicolas Renaud has an academic background in Film and Sociology and is co-founder of Hors Champ (1996), an online film and media journal affiliated with Offscreen. He has published numerous articles on cinema, art and media, in Hors Champ and in other publications. In conjunction with Hors Champ, Renaud organized special screenings and lectures in collaboration with the Cinemathèque québécoise, including an event with Stan Brakhage in 2001. Renaud instructs camera and Super 8 film workshops at Main Film (an independent film center/co-op in Montreal). Since 1998 he is also a practising artist who has made video installations and short films that have been exhibited in Canada and Europe.

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  • Kate Rennebohm

    Kate Rennebohm completed an undergraduate degree in Film Studies and Comparative Literature at University of Alberta in 2006. She is currently completing a Masters degree in Film Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. She has assisted Professor Rosanna Maule in editing and assembling an anthology on Marguerite Duras’ filmmaking (In the Dark Room: Marguerite Duras and Cinema, 2009) and has published in Synoptique, Concordia’s online film journal. She has also written extensively as a film reviewer for SEE magazine, an Edmonton newspaper, and has worked at the Telluride Film Festival for the last two years. She is currently working on completing her thesis, which focuses on the filmmaking of Chantal Akerman and Judith Butler’s recent work on ethics.

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  • Stephen Rife

    Stephen Rife

    Stephen Rife writes and distributes VIEWFINDER, a monthly newsletter of film and media criticism, printed on paper and sent to subscribers from a disused mail chute in Philadelphia’s former Benjamin Franklin Hotel.

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  • Peter Rist

    Peter Rist

    Peter Rist, Ph.D has been teaching film history and aesthetics at Concordia University, Montreal, since 1989. He was principal writer for, and edited, Guide to the Cinema(s) of Canada (2001) and (co-edited with Timothy Barnard) South American Cinema: A Critical Filmography, 1915-1994 (1998). His more recent publications (from 2014) include Historical Dictionary of South American Film and a chapter of Electric Shadows: A Century of Chinese Cinema, “Hong Kong: From the Silents to the Second Wave.” He has written extensively on Chinese and Korean cinemas and is a frequent contributor to Offscreen.

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  • Robert Robertson

    Robert Robertson, composer and filmmaker, graduated with an MFA in Film Production from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in 2002. Supervised by filmmaker Professor Marielle Nitoslawska, he also studied with Professor Mario Falsetto and Professor Peter Rist in the Film Studies Department, and Professor Lon Dubinsky in Fine Art. Previously he composed the operas The Kingdom (Amsterdam and tour of The Netherlands, 1984), The Cathars (UK, 1995), Empedocles (realised as a music/film with Dennis Dracup, London, 1995). His music/films include Oserake and The River That Walks (Montreal, 2002), and I’m Back (2007). Invisible City, and Architecture Improbable are music/films in progress. In April 2007 he received his doctorate from King’s College London, UK, for his research on Eisenstein’s ideas on audiovisual cinema. His first book, entitled Eisenstein on the Audioviual is slated for publication (Tauris) in early 2009.

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  • Mike Rollo

    Born and raised in the flatlands of Saskatchewan, Mike Rollo currently lives in Montreal working as a filmmaker and educator. A member of the Double Negative Collective since 2004, his films have screened internationally. Mike recently completed a cinematic formalist poem of Saskatchewan entitled Ghost and Gravel Roads.

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  • Dominic Romano

    Dominic Romano

    Dominic Romano is currently completing his Master’s Degree in Film Studies at Concordia University in Montréal, Quebec. Originally from California, Romano completed his Undergraduate Degree at UC Santa Cruz, majoring in both Comparative Literature and Film and Digital Media. His critical-creative research focuses primarily on the manifestation of cultural and historical trauma within contemporary global visual art. He was the recipient of the Steck Family Award, for Best Undergraduate Senior Thesis, as well as the Concordia Merit Scholarship. With experience as both a working cinematographer and musician, Romano’s work is deeply informed and inspired by his artistic sensibilities.

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  • Anna Romatowska

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  • Sarah Rooney

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  • James Rose

    James Rose is the author of Beyond Hammer: British Horror Cinema since 1970, Studying The Devil’s Backbone and The Devil’s Advocate: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He has contributed to a number of Edited Volumes as well as regular publication in a range of international film journals, including The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, Offscreen, Electric Sheep, and Vertigo. His blog is linked below.

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  • Miles  Rufelds

    Miles Rufelds

    Miles Rufelds is an artist, writer, and researcher based in Toronto. He holds a Master of Visual Studies in studio art from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa. Rufelds’ interdisciplinary projects consider the technological structures connecting corporate or military power to the histories of ecology, science, industry, food, film, and aesthetics. He’s exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, as well as screening programs and lecture series’, nationally and internationally.

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  • Ramin S. Khanjani

    Ramin S. Khanjani

    Referring to himself as a cine-aficionado, Ramin S. Khanjani obtained his Master’s degree in Film Studies from Carleton University, Ottawa. His writings and reports have previously appeared in the Iranian publications, Film Monthly and Film International. He is the author of Animating Eroded Landscape:The Cinema of Ali Hatami (2014).

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  • Viviane Saglier

    Viviane Saglier is a member of the collective Palestinian Perspectives.

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  • Leon Saunders Calvert

    Leon Saunders Calvert

    Leon Saunders Calvert works in a financial information media company in London. He has a BA Hons from the University of Essex in Philosophy and Literature, including film studies, and an MSc in International Management from the University of Reading. He believes that the study of philosophy and culture can be fundamental to providing us with a better understanding of the world we live in and the ways in which it can be improved, rather than undertaken as a kind of intellectual workout, as is so often the case. Leon has published reviews in Film International and The Film Journal.

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