Project: New Cinephilia is delighted to have assembled a wide spectrum of cinephiles to contribute to the discussion, and we’ll be adding to the list as we go.

SP = Symposium Participant.  People who will be joining us on 16 June 2011.

OR = Online Roundtable.  Contributors to the blog roundtables we will publish in advance of the Symposium.

E = Essay.  Writers who have created essays for this site to get the conversation flowing.

A = Artwork.  Artists who will be shown at the Symposium.

VP = Video Provocateurs.  Symposium participants we will be filming in advance.

Yoram Allon (SP) is the founder and commissioning editor of Wallflower Press, independent specialist publishers of scholarly and trade books devoted to cinema and the moving image, and the publisher of the International Film Guide, both in print as the definitive annual review of world cinema and as a weekly-updated online resource to film festival and industry news. He also recently ran specialist film bookshop Cinéphilia East, and a larger venue Cinéphilia West, which was a café, film poster gallery, book & DVD store and screening lounge. He has also programmed for, and served on the jury of, various international film festivals.

Melissa Anderson (OR) is a frequent contributor to The Village Voice, Film Comment, and She is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and the New York Film Festival selection committee. From late 2005 to early 2009, she was the film editor of Time Out New York.

Michael Azerrad (A) is the author of Come As You Are: the Story of Nirvana (Doubleday, 2993) and Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 (Little, Brown, 2001).  A former contributing editor for Rolling Stone, he has also written major pieces for the New Yorker, Spin, and the New York Times, among many other publications, as well as writing for MTV News.  The founding editor-in-chief of eMusic, he is also the co-producer of the award-winning 2006 documentary Kurt Cobain About a Son.

Gabriele Caroti (A) is publicity manager at BAMcinématek in Brooklyn, New York. Formerly the film editor at Stop Smiling and a DJ at Viva Radio (“The Thicket”), he has programmed for Film Forum, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and The Cinefamily, including “Word Is Born: Hip-Hop at the Movies, 1979 – 1984.”

Lili Chin (A) is an artist living in Brooklyn, NY. She is a visiting professor at Pratt Institute and Montclair State University. Her work has been exhibited and screened at All Things Projects; Millenium; Anthology Film Archives; Pacific Film Archives; San Francisco Cinematheque; Labor K1, Berlin; Platform China, Beijing; and Nomomino Gallery, Equador. She has curated screenings at the Orchard Gallery, Scanners Film Festival and Anthology Film Archives in NY.

Leah Churner (E) is film/video archivist and guest curator at Museum of the Moving Image and Anthology Film Archives.

Sam Clements (SP) was a projectionist at The Ritzy in London when he started to record a film podcast with his housemate Simon Renshaw. Initially titled the ‘Ritzy Podcast’, Sam and Simon were later approached by Picturehouse Cinemas to record a podcast that would go out to all of the company’s 19 cinemas. The weekly Picturehouse Podcast is now on iTunes, with an ever-growing audience and receives a variety of regular guests from film critics to filmmakers.

Daniel Cockburn (OR), a Toronto-based video artist and filmmaker, has been producing short experimental videos for 10 years, which have shown at over 80 festivals and galleries worldwide; a retrospective screening is currently touring internationally. His critically acclaimed debut feature, You Are Here (2010)screened at the Locarno, Toronto, and Rotterdam Film Festivals.

Timothy Corrigan (E) is Professor of Cinema Studies, English, and History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of New German Film and A Cinema Without Walls and an editor of Critical Visions in Film Theory.

Mark Cousins (VP), a filmmaker, critic, and TV presenter, has published four books—Imagining Reality (with Kevin Macdonald), Scene by Scene, The Story of Film (a history of cinema translated into ten languages), and Widescreen: Watching. Real. People. Elsewhere and directed several documentaries, including The First Movie. He was a BBC TV presenter for 5 years (Moviedrome and Scene by Scene, which he also directed) and is the former director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Currently, he is making The Story of Film into a 12-hour documentary. 

Mike Everleth (OR) is the editor of Bad Lit, and has 10 years experience as a professional writer, editor and content producer for some of the biggest entertainment sites on the web, including and His writing has also been published in the book Harvey Pekar: Conversations and in 2008 he programmed the Avant MUFF section of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival. Most recently, he worked as a Researcher for the American Film Institute. In 2010, he was accepted as a member of the Online Film Critics Society. @MikeEverleth

Chris Fujiwara (E) is the author of Jerry Lewis (University of Illinois Press, 2009), The World and Its Double: The Life and Work of Otto Preminger (Faber & Faber, 2008), and Jacques Tourneur: The Cinema of Nightfall (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001), the editor of Defining Moments in Movies (Cassell, 2007), and the editor of Undercurrent.

Paul Gallagher (SP) is a film journalist contributing to The List and BBC Radio Scotland, and any other chat that’s going. @paulcgallagher

Andrew Grant (OR) is a Berlin-based distributor, critic, and producer. His work has appeared in print in Cineaste, Premiere, Time Out New York, and Asian Cult Cinema. Online he’s written for Eye For Film,, IFC, Sundance, GreenCine,, and his own blog, Like Anna Karina’s Sweater. He is also the President of Benten Films, a distribution label that specializes in contemporary independent and foreign cinema. He is currently working as the producer of the cross-media documentary “Cause of Death: Unknown.” @FilmBrain

Marcellus Hall (A) is an illustrator/musician living in New York. His illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and Time, as well in American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators, and Communication Arts annuals. His first cover for The New Yorker was published in 2005.  Hall has illustrated children’s books for Abrams Inc and Simon & Schuster.  As a musician Hall has made recordings with bands Railroad Jerk and White Hassle and has toured the United States, Europe, and Japan. A solo album, The First Line, was recorded by Hall with accompanying musicians and released on Glacial Pace Recordings in February 2011.

Pasquale Iannone (SP) teaches film at The University of Edinburgh where he is Course Organiser for Introduction to European Cinema. His PhD Thesis was entitled ‘Childhood and the Second World War in the European Fiction Film’. He has written for various publications including Senses of Cinema, The List, Sight & Sound and Little White Lies and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s The Film Programme and BBC Radio Scotland’s The Movie Cafe. He is also a film programmer, recently curating seasons on Cinematic Americana (January 2011) and Bob Dylan (May 2011).

Eric Hynes (SP & E) is an American writer and critic. A staff writer for Reverse Shot, Hynes also reviews for The Village Voice and Time Out New York, and has contributed to Slate, Movieline, Stop Smiling, Interview, and Cinema Scope. He is also known as the host and co-producer of the Reverse Shot Talkies video series. @eshynes

Kent Jones (OR) is the author of Physical Evidence: Selected Film Criticism, a volume of his writings, and the director of the 2007 documentary Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows. A film he directed and wrote with Martin Scorsese about Elia Kazan is forthcoming.

Omar Kholeif (SP) (Egypt/UK) is a writer, curator and producer with a cross-disciplinary practice that is focused on the presentation of film, video and new media for both the cinema and the gallery, and is currently Programme Producer/Curator at FACT Liverpool. Omar is the founder of the Liverpool Arabic Film Festival, Director of Queerfest Liverpool, co-founder of The Centre of Cultural Confusion, and the Arab Fringe programme. His writing appears regularly in Art Monthly, Frieze, Film International, The Guardian, Scope and PopMatters. Omar recently co-edited the reader, Vision, Memory and Media (Liverpool/Chicago University Press 2010), with Andreas Brøgger. @everythingOK

Michael Koresky (OR Chair & SP; E) is the staff writer and an associate editor at the Criterion Collection, as well as the co-founder and editor of Reverse Shot. He has written for Film Comment, the Village VoiceInterview, Moving Image Source, Cinema Scope, Stop Smiling, and other publications.

Ed Lawrenson (SP) is Programme Advisor at BFI London Film Festival at British Film Institute and Editor in Chief, Daily Tiger at International Film Festival Rotterdam.  A tutor in Film Journalism at University of Glasgow, previous roles include Deputy Editor at Sight & Sound.

Matt Lloyd (SP) is a festival curator and pseudo-filmmaker.  He worked for Edinburgh International Film Festival for ten years; his book on EIFF in the 1970s ‘How the Movie Brats Took Over Edinburgh’ was published by St Andrews Film Studies in 2011.  Matt has produced two high profile film events for Tilda Swinton and Mark Cousins and is currently managing their 8 1/2 Foundation children’s film project. He also curates Glasgow Short Film Festival.  Matt has made three short films, with wildly varying success. @MattMunroLloyd

Adrian Martin (E) is Associate Professor of Film and Television Studies, Monash University (Melbourne, Australia). He is the author of five books and several thousand articles (soon to be collected on his archive-website). His next book is A Secret Cinema (re:press, 2012). He is the co-editor with Jonathan Rosenbaum of the book Movie Mutations (BFI 2003), and is presently cooking up the first issue of the new Internet film journal LOLA with Girish Shambu.

Frances Morgan (OR & SP) is a writer and musician based in London. The former editor and publisher of Plan B magazine, she has written about music, sonic art, books and film for Electric Sheep, Sight & Sound, Frieze, The Quietus and New Statesman. @frances_morgan

Adam Nayman (E) is a critic for Eye Weekly and Metro in Toronto. He also writes for Cinema Scope, The LA Weekly, Elle Canada, Montage, Cineaste and Reverse Shot, and he has contributed articles to Film Comment, Saturday Night, Report on Business, Box Office and The Village Voice. In 2009, he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Toronto Film Critics Association.

Michael Pierce is co-director of MMX Associates, a film event programming team which specialises in Midnight Movies, and deputy editor of Little Joe, a new magazine about queers and cinema, mostly. After working at various festivals and training as a projectionist, he joined London’s leading arthouse cinema chain, Curzon Cinemas, for 3 and a half years, taking on several roles including marketing, publicity, event coordination and website design. @midnight_movies @littlejoemag

Nicolas Rapold (E) is associate editor of Film Comment and a contributor to The L Magazine, Village Voice, and Sight & Sound.

Mathieu Ravier writes about film online as Matt Riviera.  Mathieu lives in Sydney, where he runs The Festivalists, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the production of festivals, including Possible Worlds, Kino Sydney, Jurassic Lounge and Young at Heart. @mattriviera

Jeff Reichert (SP & E) is co-founder and editor of Reverse Shot. He also wrote and directed the 2010 feature documentary Gerrymandering, which explored American democracy and the method through which it allows politicians to control electoral outcomes.

Edward Ross (SP & A/E) is an Edinburgh based comic book artist and writer. He is the creator of the comic book series Filmish: Comic Book Essays on Film Theory. Accessible and entertaining, these comics are sold in independent cinemas and comic book shops around the country, intended as an entry-point for film fans interested in taking their love of cinema further. @edward_ross

Michael Joshua Rowin (E) writes for The L Magazine, Cineaste, Artforum, LA Weekly, and Reverse Shot. He lives in New York City.

Virginie Sélavy (SP) is the founder and editor of Electric Sheep, an online magazine that focuses on offbeat, left-field and transgressive cinema. She is the editor of The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology and the author of a thesis on Hollis Frampton’s Zorns Lemma, and she has contributed to the forthcoming World Directory Cinema: Eastern Europe and the London volume of Film Locations: Cities of the Imagination. Her writing has appeared in a wide range of publications, including The Guardian, Sight and Sound, Cineaste and Frieze. @ESheepMagazine

Girish Shambu (E) is an Associate Professor of Management at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. He is also a cinephile and film critic who runs the community-oriented film-culture blog, girish. His writings have appeared in Framework, Artforum, and Senses of Cinema. He co-edited and contributed to a section on film blogging, “The Digital Cine-Club,” in the collection Cinephilia in the Age of Digitial Reproduction (Wallflower Press, 2008). @girishshambu

Gail Tolley (SP) is a film journalist and broadcaster contributing to BBC Scotland, The Independent, Dazed & Confused and The List. She is also a programmer for Glasgow Film Festival and Glasgow Short Film Festival. @GailTolley

Jason Wood (SP) is a respected film writer and director of programming, Curzon Cinemas. Before joining Curzon in 2009, he was head of programming at the Duke of York’s Picturehouse in Brighton, the oldest purpose-built cinema in the UK, for five and a half years. He has contributed to many publications including The Guardian, Sight and Sound and The New Statesman and is author of the of 100 Independent American Films and 100 Road Movies.

Adam Woodward (SP). Since 2009 Adam has worked as editor of, bringing a distinctive editorial voice to the site and helping to maintain the reputation of the brand by managing media partnerships and organising events. Adam is currently working on the launch of the LWLies podcast, keeping multimedia domination firmly in his sights.

Neil Young (OR Chair) is a freelance film journalist, film festival programmer (Bradford, Viennale, Tromso, Ljubljana, Linz, etc) and filmmaker based in Sunderland, UK. He writes regularly for The Hollywood Reporter and Tribune magazines and the website Jigsaw Lounge. @JigsawLounge

Genevieve Yue (OR) is a critic for Reverse Shot, Film Comment, Moving Image Source, Cinema Scope, and Senses of Cinema. Associate programmer at Los Angeles Filmforum, she is also a Ph.D. candidate in Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California.