MA Student Profiles

Atayee, Soraya
Bata, Julian
Bédard, Mathieu
Bonner, Patrick
Brousseau, Julie
Cabral, Martha
Crawford, Colin
Forloine, Mara
Freeman, Ellen
Frias Lima Dos Santos, Pedro Jose
Gardiner, John Robert
Garon, Julien
Gomez Bonilla, Felipe
Gonzalez, Zoé
Hashemi, Masoumeh
Hua, Chaorong
Junet, Pierre-Luc
Kamal, Maya
King, Matthew
Leblanc, David
Legault, Jessica
Linares, Oslavi
Le Cudennec, Léa
Minooie, Miaad
Paquin, François-Olivier
Parr, Timothy Leslie
Roberts, Shantha
Romano, Dominic
Sohng, George Yi Chan
Teixeira St-Cyr, Sarah
Taylor, Benjamin
Vykydal, Jan
Vzorov, Dasha
Yi, Xige
Zozula, Kaity

 Julie Brousseau

Background: I completed a DEC in Cinema, profile production at Dawson College in 2012, then a BFA in Specialization in Film Studies at Concordia in 2016.

Research Interests: Contemporary Japanese cinema (genre and anime), Indigenous cinema (industry studies), fan studies, transmedia studies and the role of political potential of archives & archival material.

Mara Forloine

Background: BA in International Studies from West Virginia University with a minor in French. Also spent time at the University of Strasbourg studying the EU.

Research interests: The cultural and historical importance of cinema, as well as the guilt of the Axis powers as portrayed in European war films.

Masoumeh Hashemi

My academic background is multidisciplinary. I started from Pure Mathematics, then French Literature, and finished a French Studies MA degree in Tehran University and started Film Studies at Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in September 2016. My research interests are vast, but there are still some topics and approaches that hold me on the ground, like Feminist Language, Power, Sexuality, and the Body, Identity, Confessionality, Digital Activism, and of course, Science Fiction.

Chaorong Hua

Born and brought up in East China, Chaorong earned his BA and first MA in English from Nanjing University, also in East China. He has worked part time as a theatre actor and director during his undergrad and graduate years (mainly on Shakespeare).

His interests cover some seemingly disparate disciplines: film theories and philosophy, narrative theories, phenomenological philosophy (esp. Husserl and Merleau-Ponty), cognitive sciences, animal studies (posthumanism), linguistics, performance theories and geography. He has engaged narratological issues such as unreliability and focalization during his undergraduate years and presented them in several international conferences in narratology. During the graduate years, he investigated the issues concerning animal experience and cinematic technology from a phenomenological perspective. At the moment, he’s on a project that attempts to address the film experience of world-building (or Weltung) in terms of both narratological and phenomenological levels.

Léa Le Cudennec

After completing a double Master’s degree in Political Science and Cultural Management in France (Sciences Po Toulouse, University Paris VIII), I decided to fully dedicate to my favorite area of study, cinema. Starting my MA at Concordia in 2017, my research interests focus on issues of gender and sexuality, with a strong preference for contemporary and mainstream productions – as part of my previous degree, I wrote my masters thesis on the representations of LGBT+ women in mainstream cinema between 2010 and 2016. I am now also increasingly looking at industry, fan as well as media management studies.

Jessica Legault

After pursuing a “practical” degree and career in nursing (DEC Dawson 2003, BScN U of Ottawa 2006), and while deeply engrossed in the minutiae and elation of raising three children, Jessica decided to expand her horizons and enrolled as an independent student in Film Studies at Concordia in 2014. Finding this field of study to finally be her perfect combination of entertaining and intellectually stimulating, she upped the ante and began the MA program part-time in winter 2017. Had she been remotely interested in exercise or more conventional pastimes, her classmates would have been spared her incessant griping about female representation and sexism. As it is, her research interests include the reconciliation of contemporary feminism with film theory, Indigenous cinema, and social activism through non-fiction film.

François-Olivier Paquin

Former juggler and tennis player, F-O had never really been interested in the 7th Art until his interest in visual effects led him to choose a cinema Cégep program at 17. Following with a combined B.A. in screenwiting, communication and literary creation from UQAM, F-O is now an avid cinephile and DVD collector. He wrote and directed the short film Dans le Ventre du loup and has worked as soundman and editor for the documentary short La Lumière des acteurs. He has also been a script advisor for the adaptation of the historical novel Trois Pères pour une vie (production currently delayed).

His varied likes and research interests range from the use of found-footage to animated shorts and pessimism on film, but he is particularly interested in puzzle films, mise-en-abyme and self-reflexivity.

Benjamin Taylor

Benjamin R. Taylor is a filmmaker working in experimental and documentary forms. His work focuses on geography, architecture, nature and spirituality.

His films have been presented in various festivals and galleries in Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and he is the curator of the monthly experimental documentary screening series Visions in Montréal.