Jack Loeffler is an aural historian, writer, radio producer and sound collage artist who was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia in 1936. He grew up in Ohio and Connecticut, and studied music at Julius Hartt Conservatory in Hartford, and Westminster College Conservatory in Pennsylvania. He has either produced or otherwise recorded, written and narrated over 50 soundtracks for documentary films, videos and museum exhibitions.
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Laida Lertxundi (Bilbao, 1981) is a filmmaker and artist living and working in Los Angeles, California. Her work, shot primarily on 16mm in and around Los Angeles, is made with people, landscapes and sounds, and employs a fragmentary approach to editing in which cinematic forms of storytelling are replaced by a focus on process and materiality. Lertxundi received a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from Bard College.
Marshall Curry is a two-time Academy Award nominated filmmaker, and director of Street Fight, Racing Dreams, If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, Point and Shoot, and executive producer of Mistaken for Strangers. Curry has been selected by Filmmaker Magazine as one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film, and was awarded the International Trailblazer Award at MIPDOC in Cannes. Curry is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and co-chair of Cinema Eye Honors.
Steve Cossman is founder and director of Mono No Aware; a nonprofit cinema arts organization whose annual event exhibits the work of contemporary artists who incorporate live film projections and altered light as part of a performance, sculpture or installation. In 2010 the organization established a series of analog filmmaking workshops, and has grown to include in their activities an equipment rentals program and an in-person screening series entitled Connectivity Through Cinema.
Director Ava Lowrey is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied Film & Television and Sociology. In May of 2015 she completed her MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University. Since 2005, at age 15, Ava has been using multimedia to connect with a larger audience and as a means of social activism. Ava's PeaceTakesCourage has been featured in The New York Times, Rolling Stone Magazine, CNN, Mother Jones Magazine, and more.
Over the last 19 years, David Gatten (b. 1971, Ann Arbor, Michigan) has explored the intersection of the printed word and moving image. His body of work illuminates a wide array of historical, conceptual and material concerns, while cataloging the variety of ways in which texts function in cinema as both language and image, often blurring the boundary between these categories.
Kim Knowles is Lecturer in Film Studies at Aberystwyth University and Experimental Film Programmer at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Her writings on the films and photography of Man Ray have been published in French Studies and History of Photography.
libi rose (striegl) will sometimes admit to being an artist. She will always admit to being fond of puzzles, alternative modes of learning/thinking, complexity theory and robots. She collaborates with the SLIPPAGE Lab at Duke University and is co-founder of the OFF microcinema in Fort Collins. Her work is freely available online because she believes information should have no owners. She holds an MFA in experimental and documentary arts from Duke and a BA/BFA in film from CU Boulder.
Mary Virginia Swanson is an innovator, educator, author, advisor and entrepreneur in the field of photography. Ms. Swanson counts among her consulting clients internationally known artists and respected arts organizations. Unique among advisors in our field, her broad background and professional reputation offers a broad range of perspectives on both the making and marketing of art.
Megan Prelinger is a cultural historian and the author of two books: Inside the Machine: Art and Invention in the Electronic Age (2015), and Another Science Fiction: Advertising the Space Race (2010). She is also co-founder and information designer of the Prelinger Library in San Francisco, where she lives.
Photographer MJ Sharp is an artist and educator based in Durham, North Carolina. A Tennessee native, she came to Duke University as an undergraduate ready to major in chemistry, but one art history survey course with Professor Rona Goffen derailed her into the humanities and left her with a lifelong love of art history, which conveniently, continues to be pertinent to the study of contemporary photography.
Rick Prelinger (b. 1953, Washington, D.C.) is an archivist, associate professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, writer, filmmaker, and founder of the Prelinger Archives, a collection of 60,000 advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur films acquired by the Library of Congress in 2002 after 20 years' operation.