Adrienne Finelli is a media artist and curator based in the Bay Area. Her work examines loss and our relationship with time and memory, and has been exhibited internationally. She is co-curator of GAZE film series at Artists’ Television Access in San Francisco.
Anna Spence is a video artist based in Atlanta GA. In 2016, she graduated from Lesley University College of Art and Design with an MFA in Visual Arts, with a concentration in time-based media. Her video work has screened in a broad spectrum of venues from micro cinemas such Other Cinema,to international film festivals, such as the Atlanta Film Festival. She also helps strengthen her film community through organizing screenings with local micro cinema, Contraband Cinema.
Archimedia is the research collaboration of Molly Hankwitz and David Cox which focuses on overlaps between digital media, film, and urban space. Archimedia has presented at RMIT, fibreculture/Melbourne/Brisbane,This is Not Art, electrofringe, Straight Out of Brisbane, Brisbane Powerhouse, Metro Arts, Multimedia Art/Asia Pacific, Let’s Make the Web!, Games Developer Conference, City Centered: Festival of Wireless Art and Locative Media, and the Augmented World Expo. Together they have produced unique film scripts, zines, gps/cellphone film works/installations/workshops, and conceptual projects – portable projections, diy wearable computing, and a hybrid-intelligent city. The ten-week West End microcinema was a project of the Institute of Social Ecology and Emma’s Bookshop.
Ava Nancy is a Cincinnati-born, San Francisco-raised media maker. She is working on a B.F.A. with focus in Video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She explores themes of consumerism, malleable identities, female representation, and anachronisms. As Station Manager of ExTV, SAIC’s media arts program, Ava curates student works for Chicago’s public access, CANTV and programs the student film festival, ExFest. She has spearheaded programs on sexuality for xXxFest and is an avid fan of improv comedy theater. Nancy has performed in the iO Theater, with Second City’s De Maat Theater, and in the sketch revue, What’s Keeping It All Together?
Ben Wood is a British-born visual artist based in San Francisco. He is a recipient of the California Governors Award for Historic Preservation for his work to preserve the Mission Dolores mural. His work has been shown internationally, at the Museo Nacional de Arte in Mexico City, the London Jewish Museum, and the East West Center in Hololulu. Since 2004 he has created large scale video projections on Coit Tower, Dewey Monument, and other buildings in San Francisco.
Bernard Roddy has been making and screening experimental films since 1998.
Brendan & Jeremy Smyth
Brendan and Jeremy Smyth are 16mm experimental documentary filmmakers in search of cultural oddities across the globe. Interested in visual anthropology they have gone from Mexico to Indonesia showing the economic plight of workers through their unique storytelling. The Smyth brothers have won multiple awards and screened at notable festivals/venues including $100 Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Antimatter, Athens Int’l, Atlanta, Chicago Underground, Columbus Int’l, Edinburgh Int’l, FLEX, Virginia and Indie Grits. They are the directors/programmers of the Haverhill Experimental Film Festival in Massachusetts, now in its 5th year. They currently live in Durham, NC and run the experimental/undergroun venue, UNEXPOSED Microcinema.
Caroline Koebel makes experimental cinema clashing aesthetics and politics. Retrospectives include Festival Cine//B (Santiago), the Centre for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle (Warsaw) and Directors Lounge (Berlin). She has also presented at Scope Art Fair (NYC), Edinburgh International Film Festival, European Media Art Festival (Osnabrück), LOOP Barcelona, and most recently as part of the globally touring 100×100=900 Project sponsored by the Magmart Festival (Naples). She has published in Jump Cut, Brooklyn Rail, Afterimage, Millennium Film Journal, Wide Angle, and elsewhere. Her current curatorial project is “Kino B: Contemporary Cinema by Berlin-based Artists” to be presented on October 19th at Aurora Picture Show. She holds a BA in Film Studies from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Visual Arts from UC San Diego, and is on faculty at Transart Institute (New York-Berlin).
Dan Browne is a Toronto-based filmmaker, photographer, and multimedia artist. His works explore patterns, nature and sensory perception and have screened at festivals and venues worldwide. His film memento mori (2012) received the Jury Prize for Best Canadian Work at WNDX Festival of Moving Image, First Prize (Experimental category) at Athens International Festival of Film + Video, and the Deluxe Cinematic Vision Award at Images Festival, and was presented as a live audio-visual performance at MUTEK. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Communication and Culture program at York & Ryerson Universities.
David Cox is a filmmaker, writer, composer, and teacher based in San Francisco. His films include Puppenhead, Otherzone, and Tatlin. His books include Sign Wars: the Culture Jammers Strike Back and Dr. Yes and The Mystery of the Mission published via LedaTape. He is currently completing Part 2, “Lunar Modules”, of a three-part opera including “Cosmonauts on the Moon” which premiered at Other Cinema in 2015, about the international Space Race.
Dennis Nyback is an independent film archivist, found footage filmmaker, historian and writer.He operates the Dennis Nyback Film Archive, which has over 13,000 short films, from 1895 onward, mostly in 16mm. The archive is located in Portland, Oregon. He has created over 300 found footage film programs that he has shown extensively in Europe, Great Britain, Scandinavia and the United States. He has been a guest at film festivals in: Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland, the United States, and other countries. He has owned and operated movie theaters in Seattle, New York, and Portland, Oregon. His essay Art and Grind in Seattle appears in: “From the arthouse to the grindhouse : highbrow and lowbrow transgression in cinema’s first century” (John Cline, Robert Weiner 2010) Nyback has contributed to OtherZine since its inception in 2000!
Emilie Vergé is a French scholar in Film and Media Studies with a specialization
in American experimental cinema. She holds a PhD in Film and Media Studies from Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris-3. Her dissertation “A Stylistic Study of Stan Brakhage’s Complete Filmography (1952-2003)” was made with scholarships at New York University (NYU) and University of Colorado in Boulder. She conducted her doctoral research project at the MoMA and the Anthology Film Archives in New York and at the Brakhage Center and Archives in Boulder, Colorado, with the support of the Terra Foundation for American Art. She teaches and lectures in Film and Media Studies internationally at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris-3, the Paris Center of the Terra Foundation for American Art, the INHA (National Institute of Art History) in Paris, the University of California Berkeley, and the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Eric Stewart (b. 1985; Chicago, Illinois) is an interdisciplinary multimedia artist and educator. His artistic practice, predominantly in 16mm film, invokes photochemical and darkroom processes to investigate landscape, place and cultural identity in the American West. Before moving to Colorado in 2013, Eric lived in the San Francisco Bay Area where he taught an analogue filmmaking workshop called “The Elements of Image Making”. He was awarded the 2015 Mono No Aware Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the Haverhill Experimental Film Festival and has shown at: The Yerba Buena Center for Fine Arts (SF), Yale University, Crossroads Film Festival (SF Cinematheque), 25fps (Zagreb) and The Florida Experimental Film Festival. His current film examines the philosophy of science, ecology and the 19th century natural sciences as a window into contemporary issues of globalization, climate change, and social perspectives on wilderness. He holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in Photography at Adams State University in the beautiful San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado.
Evie Salmon lectures at Cambridge University on film, literature, art and law. She is Chair of the Cambridge University Counterculture Research Group and director of The Alchemical Landscape, a project that looks at psychogeography and the magic of space. She also has a parallel career in film, art, performance and agitation.
F.R. “Russ” Forster
F.R. “Russ” Forster has been a post-punk pop musician, record label mogul, 8-track enthusiast, small press publication editor, filmmaker, pirate radio personality, and genuine Hospice RN. Proud to be a DIY dilettante and an audio amateur, he has weathered the scorn of professionals and critics alike to keep a fervent creative spirit alive. He remains a vocal advocate for the transformative power of cognitive dissonance, whether it be editing a long-running magazine devoted to the 8-track tape, crafting pop songs about homicidal feelings, or creating a series of podcasts proclaiming his love of rock’n’roll heroism.
Faith Arazi is an artist based in San Francisco working on developing a body of handmade 16mm films by use of optical printers, arts and crafts and with a penchant for playfulness. Her inspirations draw heavily from the abstraction and primal stimuli in early children’s programming which engage viewers by way of familiar spontaneity, leading into peak experiences of pure emotions, youthful idealism, transition, and worship for the small and mundane. She is currently exploring techniques in repetition, layered visual complexity, and movement.
Gerry Fialka lectures world-wide on experimental film, avant-garde art & subversive social media. He has curated http://www.laughtears.com/ film screenings in LA since 1980 for his many series – Documental, 7 Dudley Cinema, Subversive Cinema and PXL THIS (second oldest film festival in LA), earning praise: “Fialka is a cultural revolutionary.” – LA Weekly. With Will Nediger, he is currently writing a history of the future of avant-garde film.
Huckleberry Lain has made over 20 short films both independent and as commissioned projects. Screened film across the world including the New York Underground Film Festival, LA Children’s Film Festival, the Damah Film Festival in Hiroshima, Japan, the Punto y Raya Festival in Madrid, Spain and other locations. He obtained a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Southern California in Digital Arts and Animation. Studied under leaders in the field of film making both inside and outside of academia including Mike Kuchar, Bradley Eros, Kathy Smith, Christine Panushka, Maasaki Tanabe and many other esteemed filmmakers. Board Member of the iotaCenter, a nonprofit organization for promoting and nurturing abstract animation, produced and curated countless events, the DVD’s of Adam K. Beckett and Robert Darroll.
Joseph Dwyer is a filmmaker and writer living in Oakland, CA. His short films have screened at Anthology Film Archives (NY, NY), The Chicago Underground Film Festival, Artists’ Television Access (San Francisco), and venues in Canada and Germany. A frequent contributor to Diabolique Magazine, Dwyer is currently focused on horror, fantasy, sexuality and politics in cinema. He holds an MFA and MA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA from Hampshire College. In 2017, he plans to write frequently as well as work as Director of Photography on two feature-length films.
Karl J. Mendonca
Karl Mendonca lived by the sea in Bombay (and then Mumbai) for 25 years before moving to New York in 2005. His research and work as an artist and experimental filmmaker explores the intersection of media and postcolonial studies. His works have screened shown at galleries and film festivals including the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Queens Museum of Art, the Oxford Film Festival, Stuttgart Filmwinter 2010, Jersey City Museum, Pure Project, Monkeytown (NY), and Experimenta (India). He is currently working on a Ph.D in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Kate Ewald is a media artist and curator from Baltimore and is a current MFA candidate in Film at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her work has been featured at The Baltimore Museum of Art, Incite Journal, Microscope Gallery, GAZE at Artists’ Television Access, Liaison for Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), Media City Film Festival, Crossroads Film Festival, The Maryland Institute College of Art, and Johns Hopkins University. Kate co-founded and was a director of the experimental screening series Sight Unseen from 2012-2014 and was a 2015 DeVos Institute of Art Management Fellow.
Kathleen Quillian is an Oakland-based artist who works in moving and non-moving media. She has exhibited in venues and festivals internationally including International Film Festival Rotterdam, San Francisco International Film Festival, Antimatter Film Festival, Animasivo, REDCAT, the Exploratorium and the San Jose Museum of Art, She has served on the Boards of San Francisco Cinematheque and Artists’ Television Access and is currently a co-director of Shapeshifters Cinema, a monthly expanded cinema series co-founded with Gilbert Guerrero in 2012. Her work pursues an understanding collective and individual attempts to connect with, manifest, and manipulate the unknown. She is preoccupied with metaphysical cultural practices, how they relate to the creative process, and our relationship to the divine.
Kevin B. Lee
Kevin B. Lee is Chief Video Essayist at Fandor. He has made over 300 video essays exploring film and media. His award-winning “Transformers: The Premake” was named one of the best documentaries of 2014 by Sight & Sound Magazine and played in several festivals including the Berlinale Film Festival Critics Week.
Lynne Sachs makes films, performances, installations and web projects that explore the intricate relationship between personal observations and broader historical experiences.Throughout her career, she has tried to work in the space between a community’s collective memory and her own subjective perceptions. Strongly committed to a dialogue between cinematic theory and practice, she searches for a rigorous play between image and sound, pushing the visual and aural textures in her work with each and every new project. She also co-edited the Millennium Film Journal issue on “Experiments in Documentary”. Supported by fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Jerome Foundations and the New York State Council on the Arts, her films have screened at the New York Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival and Toronto’s Images Festival. In 2014, the China Women’s Film Festival hosted Lynne Sachs in Beijing and Shanghai during a retrospective of her films. She teaches experimental film and video at New York University and lives in Brooklyn.
Matt Soar is an intermedia artist and filmmaker. He teaches at Concordia University in Montreal. Lost Leaders is an ongoing exploration of the histories of film leader standardization, in collaboration with sound artist Jackie Gallant. Outcomes include: cameraless ‘handwritten’ films; interactive works; and, stained glass. Lost Leaders #14 deploys photomontages and video microscopy, and was built using the Korsakow System (for which Soar is co-developer). Lost Leaders films have screened at: ATA/Other Cinema (2015); Poetics & Politics documentary symposium (UCSC 2015); the Montreal Underground Film Festival (2014); the Orphan Film Symposium (Amsterdam 2014); and, FUSE #2: Mobile Interactive Microcinema (Ann Arbor, 2014).
Michael Betancourt is an artist, theorist and historian. His movies have screened internationally at the Black Maria Film Festival, Art Basel Miami Beach, Contemporary Art Ruhr, Athens Video Art Festival, Festival des Cinemas Differents de Paris, Anthology Film Archives, Millennium Film Workshop, the San Francisco Cinematheque’s Crossroads, and Experiments in Cinema among others. His writing complements his movie making, has been translated into Chinese, French, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Portuguese, and Spanish, and published in many magazines, including The Atlantic, Make Magazine, Millennium Film Journal, Leonardo, Semiotica, and CTheory. He wrote The ____________ Manifesto, and twenty-one books such as The Critique of Digital Capitalism, The History of Motion Graphics, Glitch Art in Theory and Practice, and Ki>Beyond Spatial Montage: Windowing.
Mike Mosher is an artist, adventurer and academic, teaching at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. A former S.F. Mission community muralist and Silicon Valley onscreen designer, he frequently contributes to OTHERZINE, Bad Subjects (which he also helps edit) and Leonardo Reviews. Mike’s 2015 TEDx SVSU talk is “The Three C’s of Design”.
Molly Hankwitz is a feminist digital artist, writer, curator working in the experimental Web, online/smart media, film art, and science. She holds a Ph.D. in Media and Communications. Current projects include “Philip (in Ether)”, a web-based memorial, bivoulab for mobile/digital/wearable communications, Archimedia, and editorships with OtherZine and Bad Subjects. Dr. Hankwitz has lectured at: San Francisco State University, University of the Pacific, UC Davis, Queensland University of Technology, and RMIT; published with UTS/ Mobile Media Conference, 2008, Princeton University Press, Art Forum, and Leonardo; and exhibited internationally with Artists Television Access, Reynolds Art Gallery, This is Not Art, MAAP, Metro Arts, Brisbane Powerhouse, RMIT, Fine Art Forum, Other Cinema, waterwheel.net/World Water Day, 2014-2015, and Balance/Unbalance Environmental Art festival, Arizona State University, 2015.
Patrick Lichty is a techno-artist, writer, curator, animator for The Yes Men, and Executive Editor of Intelligent Agent Magazine. His artwork deals with the social relations between us and media and he has exhibited with the Whitney & Turin Biennials, Maribor Triennial, Performa Performance Biennial, Ars Electronica, the International Symposium on the Electronic Arts (ISEA), in the virtual environment of Second Life, and in performance with his group, Second Front. Lichty was Assistant Professor of Interactive Arts & Media at Columbia College Chicago and has recently moved to Dubai for a university teaching position.
Petri Kuljuntausta is one of the most celebrated electronic artists in Finland, the author of the ‘On/Off’, the definitive history of Finnish electronic music, ‘First Wave’, a micro historical analysis of early electronic music, and ‘eXtreme Sound’, a review of the whole experimental scene and on his own approach to music. Kuljuntausta has performed or collaborated with Morton Subotnick, Atau Tanaka, Richard Lerman, David Rothenberg, and Sami van Ingen. He has made recordings for various labels in Australia, England, Finland, France, Germany, India, Sweden and the USA. In 2004 Star’s End and Inner Space radio shows selected Kuljuntausta’s ”Momentum” as one of the most significant CD releases of the year. In 2005 he won an award, The Finnish State Prize for Art, from the Finnish government as a distinguished national artist.
Rick Prelinger is an archivist, writer, filmmaker and educator. His collection of 60,000 ephemeral films was acquired by Library of Congress in 2002. In 2000, he began to partner with Internet Archive to digitize 6,500 films from his collection now available online for free viewing, downloading and reuse. His feature Panorama Ephemera (2004) played in venues around the world, and his new project No More Road Trips? received Creative Capital funding in 2012. Lost Landscapes, a participatory urban history project has played to thousands of viewers in San Francisco, Detroit, Oakland, Los Angeles and elsewhere. On the board at Internet Archive, he also frequently writes and speaks on the future of archives and issues relating to archival access and regeneration. With Megan Shaw Prelinger, he co-founded Prelinger Library in 2004 and is currently Associate Professor of Film & Digital Media at University of California, Santa Cruz.
Sara Bonaventura is a visual artist with an MA in Art History. . As independent videomaker she intertwines digital, analog, animation and found footage and has collaborated with Carla Bozulich, VJed. Her works have been screened in Italy and abroad at NODE, roBOt, Share, Path, Seeyousound, Balkanima, Bideodromo, Occulto and recently, at the Anthology Film Archives, NewFilmmakers NY series. She had a residency at Frans Masereel Centrum (in Kasterlee, Belgium) and won the Veneto Region Award at the 10th Lago Film Fest. Embracing a DIY ethic and aesthetic, she was video-making even before shooting, keeping fragments together through the montage. If the surface cracks, the crack becomes the surface and that means intensity. She uses these points of intensity to convey freedom of sense, instead of constrictions of meaning.
the Managing Editor of the arts and literary journal Storyfile.
Simon Strong is a North English writer and filmmaker currently resident in Melbourne, Australia. His books include Unquiet Dreams: The Bestiary of Walerian Borowczyk, Even the Old Dude is Cool! William S. Burroughs on the Wheels of Steel and the Silver Screen and some experimental novels in collaboration with Prof. Jason Crest. His most recent film is Bring Me the Head of Rafaello Carboni!, hosted on ubu.com. As a former publisher he worked with artists including Kathy Acker, Billy Childish and Stewart Home. He now acts as a co-ordinator for The LedaTape Organisation.
Stephen Broomer (b. 1984) is an experimental filmmaker, film preservationist, and independent scholar. His films have screened throughout North America and Europe, at venues such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the San Francisco Cinematheque, and Lincoln Center. In 2015, his films were the subject of a retrospective and anthology, The Transformable Moment: The Films of Stephen Broomer (Ottawa: Canadian Film Institute, 2015). His first book, Hamilton Babylon: A History of the McMaster Film Board, will be published in October 2015. He recently completed his PhD on the subject of difficult aesthetics in the origins of the Canadian avant-garde film.
Tanya Zimbardo is a San Francisco-based curator and the assistant curator of media arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She organizes and co-organizes contemporary art exhibitions at SFMOMA, including a solo show by Runa Islam opening in December 2016. Zimbardo has curated film and video screenings in the Bay Area at SFMOMA, Artists’ Television Access, Krowswork, University of California, Berkeley, the California College of the Arts, and a forthcoming program at New Nothing Cinema.
Tara Nelson is a filmmaker, artist, lecturer and programmer. She is currently the Curator of Moving Image Collections at Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester,NY.
Timeless Motion was organized by the main curatorial/administrative team comprised of Kerry Laitala, Antonella Bonfanti, Scott Stark, Kathleen Quillian and Mark Wilson. Kerry Laitala is a media archaeologist whose works span the territories of photography and expanded cinema performances to 3D single channel videos and installation. Laitala has won two Golden Gate Awards from the San Francisco International Film Festival, was awarded the Princess Grace Award for film in 1996 and four Special Projects grants from PGF, the most current of which is funding her new “Cosmoscope,” which will be featured in the Timeless Motion exhibition. Antonella Bonfanti is an archivist with extensive expertise in film projection and preservation. Trained at the University of Rochester and the George Eastman House, she is currently the Director at Canyon Cinema. Scott Stark is an award-winning filmmaker and Guggenheim Fellow who has exhibited film and video in dozens of major festivals and venues worldwide, including solo shows at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Pacific Film Archive, Redcat, Anthology Film Archives and many others. He is a co-founder and co-director of Experimental Response Cinema in Austin, TX. Kathleen Quillian has exhibited animations internationally including at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and SF International Film Festival among others. She is a co‐founder and co-director of Shapeshifters Cinema, an expanded cinema series in Oakland, CA. Mark Wilson makes 16mm films as well as drawings and prints which explore sequential forms. His film work has been shown at Pacific Film Archive and SFMOMA, and his print and animation work was featured in Proto-Cinematic Investigations at Gallery Bergen. Also included in the exhibition are Paul Clipson, Keith Evans and Jeanne Liotta. Paul Clipson is a San Francisco-based filmmaker who often collaborates with sound artists and musicians on films, live performances, and installations. His work has screened around the world in festivals and at sound & film events such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam, The New York Film Festival and the Cinémathèque Française. He has worked for many years as an A-V technician and film projectionist at SFMOMA. Keith Evans is a Bay Area based artist and activist whose work is made using a wide array of mediums and is concerned with the continuums of perception and materiality. His work has been presented in galleries, museums and cinemas all over the world including Asia, Europe, Australia and North America including NYMOMA, CMA, SFMOMA, LACMA and the 2002 Whitney Biennial. Jeanne Liotta makes films and other ephemera, including installed projections, works on paper, and photographs, located at a lively intersection of art, science, and natural philosophy. Her works have exhibited internationally, including The New York and Rotterdam Film Festivals, The 2006 Whitney Biennial, The 2013 Sharjah Biennial, The Centres George Pompidou and The Cinémathèque Française, among others. She is presently Associate Professor in Film Studies at The University of Colorado Boulder, and Co-Chair of Film/Video for the Bard MFA program.
Will Nediger is a linguist, cruciverbalist and enthusiast of experimental and non-experimental film.