Keynote Speakers

Bliss Lim is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, School of Humanities at UC Irvine. Her research interests include Philippine Cinema, cinematic temporality, Queer temporality, moving image archives, postcolonial and feminist film theory and transnational Asian cinemas. Her book “Translating Time: Cinema, the Fantastic and Temporal Critique” was published by Duke University Press in 2009. Her writing has appeared in Asian Cinema Studies Society, Indiewire, Camera Obscura, Spectator, Flow and Discourse. She is on the Editorial Advisory Board for Camera Obscura: A Journal of Feminism, Culture and Media and Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media and Society.

Dan Reynolds is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at Emory University, where his research and teaching focus on the relationships between technology, media, and the mind.  His writing has appeared in Film Quarterly, FibrecultureRefractory, and Applied Semiotics/Sémiotique appliquée.

Special Presenters

Alexandra Juhasz has been making and thinking about AIDS activist video since the mid-Eighties. She is the author of AIDS TV: Identity, Community and Alternative Video (Duke, 1995) and many more recent essays about the changing shape of the representation of AIDS including “From the Scenes of Queens: Genre, AIDS and Queer Love,” in The Cinema of Todd Haynes; “So Many Alternatives: The Alternative AIDS Video Movement,” From ACT UP to the WTO, “Forgetting ACT UP,” ACT UP 25 Forum, Quarterly Journal of Speech; “AIDS Video: To Dream and Dance with the Censor,” Jump Cut. She was a guest editor for APLA’s Corpus V: Women, Gay Men and AIDS (March 2006) and is interviewed in the ACT UP Oral History project online. As a videomaker, she has made a large number of AIDS educational videos including GMHC’s Living with AIDS: Women and AIDS (1987), Safer and Sexier: A College Student’s Guide to Safer Sex (1991) and, most recently, Video Remains (2005). She is a professor of media studies at Pitzer College.

Canadian born Theodore Kerr is a writer, artist, and organizer living in Brooklyn, New York. He was the programs manager at Visual AIDS, and is board member with QUEEROCRACY. He has written for NY Press, Lambda Literary,Women Studies Quarterly, and other publications. For AIDS ACTION NOW’s posterVIRUS campaign, he created “Inflamed: litany for a burning condom” with Chaplin Christopher Jones. With artist Aldrin Valdez, Kerr co-organizes Foundation Sharing, a queer series of readings, performances, zines, and visual art. He is a graduate of the New School for Public Engagement, Riggio: Writing and Democracy Program. Currently Kerr is doing his graduate work at Union Theological Seminary


Francisco Monar is a second year Ph.D. student at the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. His work engages with the convergences of contemporary Latin American politics, film aesthetics and critical theory.

Thong Win is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests include transnational influences on Vietnamese revolutionary filmmaking, and the local configurations between State authority, film production, and distribution in postcolonial Vietnam. He also serves as the Senior Manager of the Clip Archive, a pilot program integrating a web-based database of film and new media clips into the classroom.

Greg Burris is a doctoral student in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His presentation is based on parts of his dissertation.

Kate Fortmueller is the Postdoctoral Scholar – Teaching Fellow in the Bryan Singer Division of Critical Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Her dissertation, “Part-Time Work, Full-Time Dreams: Extras, Actors, and Hollywood’s On-Screen Labor,” traces the history and political economy of actors and extras from the 1910s through 2012. She has an article forthcoming in Television & New Media and is editing a forthcoming issue of Spectator on Performance in the Media Industries

Joseph DeLeon is a PhD student in the Screen Arts and Cultures department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He previously earned an MA in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University in 2014. His research interests include amateur/DIY media production, digital labor, and media theory.

Daniel Grinberg is a PhD student in Film and Media Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. He previously studied Communication and Culture at Indiana University and English Literature and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. His current research interests include contemporary media politics, war documentaries, space studies, surveillance, and mediatizations of post-traumatic stress disorder

Darshana Sreedhar Mini, is a research scholar based in Delhi and Kerala. She is currently on a six-month scholarship in Freie University, Berlin to conduct research on the connections between German cabaret and obscenity debates in the Malayalam film industry of Kerala. Her research interests include gender and sexuality studies, obscenity and pornography and digital social media.

Beatriz Bartolomé Herrera is a PhD student in the Film and Moving Image Studies program at Concordia University. Her research explores institutional uses of film, with a particular focus on museums, education, and popular culture. She has presented at a number of conferences, including FSAC, SCMS, NECS and has contributed to NECSUS the European Journal of Media Studies and to Archivos de la Filmoteca. Previously she worked at the Reina Sofía Museum and in the Spanish film and television industries.

Tess McClernon is a PhD student in the Film and Moving Image Studies program at Concordia University. She received her Master’s degree from San Francisco State University after earning her Bachelor of Arts at IU, Indianapolis. Her research areas include classical and contemporary film theory, feminist aesthetics, animal studies, and experimental cinema. Tess is also interested in pursuing theories on obsolescence and the work of Walter Benjamin.

Stephan Boman is a doctoral candidate in the department of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara. He is working on a dissertation that considers the cultural and scientific roots of time-lapse photography. Other research interests include experimental film, film theory and aesthetics, and the relation between scientific imaging techniques and modernist aesthetics.

Beth Tsai is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory at Stony Brook University. She is currently working on her dissertation titled “Transnational Images in a Global Frame: Film Festivals and Taiwan Cinema through the Lens of Hou Hsiao-hsien and Tsai Ming-liang.” Her publications have appeared in Senses of Cinema and Journal of Asian Cinema. Beth’s experimental films have screened at international film festivals and at venues in New York.

Deborah Ribera is a doctoral candidate in the American Culture Studies program at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) with research interests that include representations of urban education in documentary film, diversity education in urban public schools, the transmission of affect in international aid work, and the application of critical, anti-racist pedagogy in K-12 education.  She is currently finishing her dissertation, entitled (Re)Presentation: An Affective Exploration of Ethnographic Documentary Film Production. As founder and CEO of the educational nonprofit organization Beyond the Block, she has written, produced, and directed three educational travel documentaries.  She has developed a curriculum to accompany the videos based on critical, anti-racist pedagogy and cultural theory. Using the documentaries and curriculum, she has traveled to schools, making interactive presentations about global awareness to well over 3,000 students in Los Angeles and San Francisco

Matt Knutson is a doctoral student in UC-Irvine’s Visual Studies program. His research is in the politics of digital media and game studies.


Juan Llamas Rodriguez was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, and ever since leaving there, he has embarked on a quixotic plan to live in as many North American cities as possible. Before coming to UCSB, Juan earned his MA at Concordia University in Montreal, and his BA at the University of Toronto. His academic interests include the practices and materialities of media distribution (from informal shops, film festivals, minor and para-industries to hijacked cable feeds and the Pirate Bay), media theory, border studies, affect and reception, and the Mexican film/TV industry. He has also presented at graduate and national conferences on narcocinema, Latin American student movements, and the politics of Twitter. When not pursuing academic projects, Juan works at various genre, documentary, and community film festivals and at national film institutions.

Joshua Neves is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Concordia University. His research centers on global and emergent media, cultural theory, contemporary Asian screen cultures, and media urbanism.

Hannah Goodwin is a PhD candidate in Film and Media Studies at UCSB. She is an editorial assistant for Camera Obscura and a member of the Media Fields collective, for which she coedited an issue on gender, sexuality, and space with Lindsay Palmer. Her dissertation looks at evolving representations and theorizations of two intersecting conceptions of time, cosmological and cinematic, from cinema’s emergence to the end of the Second World War.

Diana Pozo is a PhD candidate in Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Her dissertation, Haptic Media, is an exploration of media the sense of touch as a representational medium in the film, video game, adult novelty, and adult video industries. Diana’s work appears in New Review of Film and Television Studies, Media Fields Journal, and Mediascape. She is currently a member of the Media Fields Journal collective.