Jesse Anderson-Lehman is a Film PhD student in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh. He works on the intersections between animation and new media, such as the changes in animation production, form, and aesthetics with the introduction of computers, particularly from the 1990s onward. His other interests include the temporality of animation, film phenomenology, science and technology studies, and science fiction television.
Maxime Bey-Rozet is a PhD candidate in the Film Studies program with a concentration in French at the University of Pittsburgh. He is interested in how the works of Louis-Ferdinand Céline can help understand and comment on the aesthetics and politics of the films Gaspar Noé, Harmony Korine and Lars Von Trier.
Devina Chandola is a teaching assistant at the Indian Institute of Technology’s Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her love of the art of storytelling led her to the study of dramatics and film studies, and drove her to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature from Jesus & Mary College, University of Delhi, and a Master of Arts in English Literature from Hindu College, University of Delhi. Since the completion of her post-graduate studies in July 2015, she has been involved in an internship program with the Central Himalayan Environment Association (CHEA), through which she has traveled extensively and interacted with academicians and scholars who have made significant contributions to the art and culture of the hills of Kumaon. Devina also performs community service teaching English grammar to girls from under-privileged sections of rural northern India.
Pedro Doreste is a first-year doctoral student in Cinema and Media Studies at The University of Chicago. He holds a Master’s degree in Film and Media Studies from Emory University and a Bachelor’s in English Literature from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (Mah-Yah-Goo-Ez). His current areas of interest include horror, cultural imperialism and the Hollywood monoculture, state-sponsored piracy of Hollywood films (particularly in Revolutionary Cuba), as well as post-cinematic representations of the computer interface in film. He often has trouble when asked to reconcile these. In his spare time, he watches Steelers games, listens to punk and hip-hop, and plays with his dogs, Ozzie and Milo.
Adam Hebert is a PhD student in the University of Pittsburgh’s Film Studies program. He holds an MA in English and Film Studies from North Carolina State University, where his thesis project explored the concepts of influence, intertextuality, and anxiety in the work of Paul Thomas Anderson. His current research focuses on the history of skateboard filmmaking, its aesthetic developments, and interrelated political valences. He is also interested in the history of lesser-known (or derided) camera- and lens-systems.
Madison Helman is a first year English PhD student at West Virginia University. She has a MA from NC State University. Her research interests include murder ballads, folklore, conflagrations, and memory.
Olivia Hinkin, having studied at Royal Holloway, University of London for her first degree in Film and Television Studies, graduated with a first class honours. She then went on to complete an MA at Birkbeck, University of London in Film, Television and Screen Media and graduated with a distinction. Olivia stayed on at Birkbeck to conduct her PhD research, and is currently in her second year. Her present research examines the changing methods of anime’s production and distribution within convergence culture. Her research is funded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.
Fred Kern is currently a second year masters student in the Film and Media Studies program at Washington University at St. Louis, and he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester in 2015. He spent the spring of 2014 studying at FAMU in the Czech Republic, focusing on screenwriting and central European cinema. His research interests include slasher films, masculinity in post-9/11 cinema, and the Romanian New Wave. He had his paper “It’s Alright, Ma (You’re Only Bleeding)” on Otto Rank’s rebirth fantasy in the slasher film published in the University of Rochester Undergraduate Research Journal.
Will Schmenner is the former Film and Video Curator at the Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, and a PhD candidate in the History of Art Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He is finishing a dissertation on slapstick filmmaking in the 1920s entitled, “How to Hit the Ground: Motion and Measurement in Moving Pictures before the Great Crash.”
John Taylor is a fourth year PhD student in the film studies program at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on the history of political opposition in the cinema, the politics of space and landscape, and film historiography. In particular, he is interested in the marginalization of rural people and space in the history of cinematic opposition.
Andrew Vielkind is a PhD candidate in the History of Art and Film & Media Studies at Yale University. He earned his Master’s degree in Humanities and Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. His research interests include avant-garde and experimental cinema (particularly the works of Stan Brakhage, Ken Jacobs, Ernie Gehr, Hollis Frampton, and Tony Conrad), post-war art, new media, expanded cinema, and media archaeology. His dissertation explores the intersections between experimental cinema practices during the Cold War period and theories of information, communication, and cybernetics.