• Meryl Suissa

    Meryl Suissa is a recent graduate of the Film Studies masters degree at Oxford Brookes University. She started her BA in English literature and Film Studies in Lyon (France) and received a scholarship to finish her degree in the UK. She has been a literary as well as a film reviewer in her University Newspaper. She wrote her MA dissertation on Jouissance, trauma and identity in Israeli cinema. Her research interests are Israeli cinema, gender studies, trauma theory and psychoanalysis.

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  • Astria Suparak

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  • Sara Swain

    Sara Swain

    Sara Swain recently received her Ph.D. from the Joint Program in Communication and Culture at York and Ryerson Universities. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Memorial University, and an M.A. in Film Studies from Concordia University. She has published essays on representations of virginity and sexual initiation in Joss Whedon’s TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (2010), and on the gendered critical backlash against Jenny McCarthy’s boundary-pushing gross-out comedy Dirty Love (2013). Her interests are eclectic and broad, ranging from film aesthetics, cinematic realism, film genres (horror and comedy especially), and gender and spectatorship, to communication history and theory, philosophy of technology, and the history of ideas. Her current research probes the complex theoretical, historical, and material relationships between animals and the imagination and development of media technologies.

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  • Anna Syrtsova

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  • Hamid Taheri

    Hamid Taheri

    Hamid Taheri born in 1988 in Tehran. He Studied English Literature in Kharazmi university of Tehran, has made three well-received short films and works as a film critic for numerous Iranian magazines.

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  • Ian  Tan

    Ian Tan

    Ian Tan teaches English Literature at Raffles Institution, a top junior college in Singapore. His interests lie in Literature, 20th Century Philosophy and European Film, especially the works of Andrei Tarkovsky, Ingmar Bergman, Robert Bresson, Michael Haneke, Alexander Sokurov and Bela Tarr. He has published several articles and guidebooks on literary texts like John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids. His essay on Martin Heidegger and Bela Tarr was published in Senses of Cinema Issue 71, June 2014.

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  • Anna Tatelman

    Anna Tatelman

    Anna Tatelman is currently pursuing her M.F.A. at the University of New Orleans’s Creative Writing Workshop. Her film review of Wonder Woman entitled “Feminism through the Male Gaze” has been published in Drunk Monkeys, and her other research has been published in The Gallatin Research Journal and GLASS Quarterly Magazine. Anna is also a fiction writer and playwright; her achievements include winning the Southeastern Louisiana University’s Inkslinger Playwriting Competition and the Triad Shakes Theatre’s New Play Competition, and being published in Wordgathering and The Bookends Review.

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  • Brandon Taylor

    Brandon Taylor

    Brandon Taylor is currently an English Major at UBCO, specifically focusing on the later poetry of John Milton. He has been accepted to the UVic MA program under the supervision of Dr. Gary Kuchar. He is currently working on a project that will situate Milton within the Western philosophical tradition of modern liberalism. He has been published in various newspapers across British Columbia as well as in OCular: A Student Anthology (2013) and Papershell (2015).

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  • Benjamin R.  Taylor

    Benjamin R.  Taylor

    Benjamin R. Taylor is a filmmaker working in experimental and documentary forms. His work focusses on geography, architecture, nature and spirituality. His films have been presented in various festivals and galleries here and there. He is also programmer of the monthly screening series VISIONS in Montréal and founder of the curatorial cooperative la lumière collective.

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  • Randy Thom

    Randy Thom works as a Film Sound Designer. His credits include: Wild At Heart (1990), Forrest Gump (1994), Contact (1996), Mars Attacks (1996), The Incredibles (2004), Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), and The Simpsons Movie (2007).

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  • Éloïse  Thompson-Tremblay

    Éloïse Thompson-Tremblay

    Éloïse Thompson-Tremblay is currently completing an undergraduate degree in Art History and Film Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. Her primary interests revolve around British and American cinema of the 1940s and 1950s, particularly as it pertains to representation of women as well as the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. In the fall of 2018, she will continue her studies at New York University to obtain an M.A. in Cinema Studies.

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  • Donato Totaro

    Donato Totaro

    Donato Totaro has been the editor of the online film journal Offscreen since its inception in 1997. Totaro received his PhD in Film & Television from the University of Warwick (UK), is a part-time professor in Film Studies at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) and a longstanding member of AQCC (Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma).

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  • Jon Towlson

    Jon Towlson

    Jon Towlson is a film critic and the author of THE TURN TO GRUESOMENESS IN AMERICAN HORROR FILMS, 1931-1936 (McFarland, 2016), CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (CONSTELLATIONS), (Auteur/Columbia University Press, 2016) and SUBVERSIVE HORROR CINEMA: COUNTERCULTURAL MESSAGES OF FILMS FROM FRANKENSTEIN TO THE PRESENT (McFarland, 2014). He is a regular contributor to STARBURST MAGAZINE, and has also written for the BFI, Paracinema, Exquisite Terror, Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, Shadowland Magazine, Bright Lights Film Journal and Digital Film-Maker Magazine. He lives in the UK.

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  • Rick Trembles

    Rick Trembles has developed a worldwide reputation publishing and distributing his own comix and has been featured in anthologies such as Robert Crumb’s WEIRDO, Fantagraphics’ PICTOPIA, New York City’s LEGAL ACTION COMIX, Portugal’s MUTATE & SURVIVE, & France’s LA MONSTRUESE among others. FAB Press published a book compilation of his Motion Picture Purgatory comic-strip film reviews in 2004 culled from the pages of the Montreal Mirror where he’s been publishing them weekly since 1998. His work has been exhibited at numerous art galleries & he makes his own animated films & has been playing music in his post-punk band The American Devices since 1980.

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  • Fahad Usmani

    Waqar Ahmed Fahad is a Ph.D Candidate in the Department of English and Communication Studies at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi, India. His research is focused on the stereotypical representations of Muslim Minority Community in mainstream Indian ( Hindi) Cinema. Ahmed has received his Post Graduation in Media Governance from Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi, and is presently working as Research Associate cum Special officer to CEO, Prasar Bharati (India’s Public Service Broadcaster). In the past, he taught Journalism & Media courses at the University of Delhi, India. He had also served in a several media houses before joining the Broadcasting Industry.

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  • Alireza Vahdani

    Alireza Vahdani lives in Oxford, UK. He holds a M.A in Popular Cinema and, a B.A in Film Studies/ Communication, Media, and Culture from Oxford Brookes University. He is an Associate Lecturer in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University. His research interests are Japanese period drama films, Italian popular cinema, classic American Westerns, and English linguistic.

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  • Roxanne Varzi

    Roxanne Varzi

    Roxanne Varzi is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. She was born in Iran to an American mother and Iranian father and migrated with her family to the U.S shortly after the Iranian Revolution in 1979. Dr. Varzi first returned to Iran in 1991 while on a year abroad at the American University in Cairo. When she graduated from the American University in Washington D.C in 1993, she returned to Iran for a year to live with her uncle’s family in Tehran. In 1995 she began graduate school in Persian Literature before deciding to study Anthropology at Columbia University in New York City. In 2000 she was awarded the first Fullbright for research in Iran since the Iranian Revolution. She completed her PhD in 2002 and was awarded a two year Woodrow Wilson fellowship that gave her a post-doctoral teaching and research fellowship at New York University’s International Center for Advanced Studies. In 2005 Dr. Varzi became the youngest senior Iranian visiting Fellow to St Antony’s College, Oxford University in the United Kingdom and was at the same time a member of the faculty of Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her publications include Warring Souls: Youth, Media, and Martyrdom in Post-Revolution Iran (Duke University Press, 2006). Her first film, Plastic flowers Never Die, an experimental documentary about mourning the Iran-Iraq war was completed in 2009 and is distributed through In 2008 she was a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, (Institute for Advanced Sciences/Studies) and guest fellow also at the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (Center for Culture and Literature) where she began work on another book project about theater, art and performance from Iran in Berlin. She is also a writer of popular essays and fiction.

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  • Michael Vesia

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  • Kerstin Vogel

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  • Amy Jane Vosper

    Amy Jane Vosper

    Amy Jane Vosper is a Ph.D. candidate at Trent University. Graduating with both a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies, Vosper began her M.A. in Film Studies at Carleton University with the intention of combining empirical and theoretical approaches to the study of spectatorship and the social construction of fear. Vosper is a regular academic guest-lecturer, a frequent contributor to Ottawa Horror and she has sat on panel discussions of horror, academia, gender and genre. She is currently co-authoring a book entitled, Encyclopedia Monstrosica: Representations of Monstrosity in Popular Culture. Her research has origins in her own experiences of fan culture and the under-representation of female horror fans. Currently, her work is focusing on female filmmakers and the independent, Canadian film industry.

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