MA Alumni Profiles

*** Unfortunately, many of the non-thesis MA alumni do not have a profile. If you are one of them and want your name and additional information added to the list, please contact gradaperture[at]gmail.com. 

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Lisa Aalders
Graduated: 2016
Thesis: “I wait to finally be considered”: Intersectionality and Visual Sovereignty as Resistance in the Work of Thirza Cuthand

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Jordan Adler
Graduated: 2017
Thesis: Trees Before Walls: Alternative Cinematic Perspectives of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Background: Jordan graduated from Carleton University’s journalism program in 2013, where he also majored in film studies. He has worked as a freelance arts journalist for various publications. His stories have appeared in The Canadian Jewish News, Toronto Film Scene, We Got This Covered, SamaritanMag.com, Tribute Magazine and Marketing Magazine.

Research interests: Middle Eastern cinema (specifically Iran, Israel and Palestine), film criticism, North American and European independent cinema, screenwriting.

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Zeynep Akcay
Graduated: 2011
Thesis: Les stratégies de mise en abyme et l’idéalisation du cinéma d’animation: une étude sur l’autodéfinition

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abelavatarAbel Alegria

Background: LL.B. in Law (UCA) –  BFA in Film Studies (Concordia) – Film and Media Production (CUTV / CSBC). I am actively interested in the development of all media forms, predominantly interested in the development of cinema and digital media. I’m an independent filmmaker, director of a film review show and a producer and consultant for several media outlets in Montreal.

Research Interests: Spectatorship and apparatus theory have been key interest throughout my academic career. However through my applied field of experience I have become increasingly interested in production workflow and development of industry technologies. Particularly the case of Cuban Street (Informal) film making and the replacement of traditional production schemes through digital media.

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Kristen Alfaro
Graduated: 2012
Thesis: Moving Cinema: Experimental Distribution and the Development of Anthology Film Archives

Kristen Alfaro completed her MA in film studies in 2012. Her thesis, “Moving Cinema: Experimental Distribution and the Development of Anthology Film Archives,” examines the complex environment out of which a major experimental film institution emerged. Her work, which she has presented internationally, focuses on the art movements, institutional bodies, and networked communities that contributed to shaping and shifting the public sphere of experimental cinema in New York City in the 1960s and 1970s. With an emphasis on film distribution, Kristen explores how, where, and why experimental cinema circulated prior to and during the emergence of a particular kind of institutionalized experimental film in 1970. Other research interests include the history of moving images in the museum, intellectual and institutional histories of film, small, portable, and new technologies, screen and print culture, and the history and circulation of dissident literature. Her research has been published The Moving Image, the Journal for the Association of Moving Image Archivists. She has also contributed to the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Triple Canopy and N+1 and has previously worked at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Museum of the Moving Image in New York. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Cinema Studies at New York University.

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ColinAColin Arason
Graduated: 2016
Thesis: The World is Full of Noise: Music Supervision and the Construction of Meaning

Background:  BFA in Film Studies (Concordia – 2010).  I’m an obsessive explorer of both music and film that has performed internationally as a DJ, as well as having put together commissioned blocks of music for CBC and Radio-Canada (among others).

Research interests:  My primary interest is with the use of licensed music in film; exploring the existing connections of the selected pieces, studying the new connections, and evaluating the merits of its use.

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Screen shot 2015-10-14 at 11.19.19 AMMelanie Ashe
Graduated: 2017

Melanie was born in Melbourne, Australia and completed her Undegraduate and Honours in Cinema Studies and Cultural Studies at University of Melbourne and Monash University, respectively.  Has volunteered for several organisations helping to teach filmmaking or digital storytelling. Before Montreal, she was working as a communications officer, writing copy and making short films for a University in Melbourne.

Interested in the intersection of commodity culture and the moving image. Honours thesis focused on the representation and regulation of teen desire in contemporary teen television.  Also interested in sensation and embodiment in cinema, feminist perspectives, alternative and experimental models of storytelling, cartoons.

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Isabel Arredondo
Graduated: 2009
Thesis: “I am a Mother First”: Mexican women filmmakers of the 1980s and 1990s and the representation of motherhood

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Nadine Asswad
Graduated: 2007
Thesis: L’image-danse : quand la danse et le cinéma se rencontrent dans l’immanence

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Dan Babineau
Graduated: 2003
Thesis: Stairs in cinema: a formal and thematic investigation

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StellaJake Bagshaw
Graduated: 2016
Thesis: The Protocols of Truthmaking

Background: BFA in Art History and Film Studies from ConcordiaResearch Interests: My interests occupy two strains of film studies: formalists approaches to documentary and fiction film aesthetics exemplified in Bordwell and Nichols, and contemporary theory concerning exhibition and construction of popular culture including reality television, non-fiction programming and performative sports. My thesis will address semiotic and formal connections found within between two seemingly opposing documentary styles found in Errol Morris’ The Thin Blue Line and Werner Herzog’s Lessons of Darkness.

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Jesse Balzer
Graduated: 2014
Thesis: New Line Cinema, Jackie Chan, and the Anatomy of an Action Star

Jesse Balzer is a no-good hick from Bismarck, North Dakota. After completing his BA in Film Studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2011, he completed an MA in the same subject at Concordia University in 2014. Currently, he’s a PhD candidate in the department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University.
He’s interested in many things, but as a scholar he’s invested in media industries studies, particularly histories of film and media distribution, advertising, and translation. His Master’s thesis – “New Line Cinema, Jackie Chan, and the Anatomy of an Action Hero” – investigates the textual effects of media industry deregulation and conglomeration, in particular the distribution of foreign films by conglomerates like Time Warner. Currently, he’s in the process of extending this idea to explore Hollywood’s burgeoning business interests and distribution strategies in Mainland China.

In his free time he enjoys yoga, pro wrestling, and swapping neighborhood gossip over lemon bars and coffee

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Ryan BarnettRyan Barnett

I earned my MA in Film Studies in 2013. While studying at MHSoC I specialized in ethnographic and travelogue documentaries, as well as silent era cinema. In 2011, I was awarded an unequivocally un-lucrative grant from the International Buster Keaton Society, but did gain the licence to call myself an official Porkpie Scholar. As a result of this grant and my subsequent research on the NFB films The Railrodder (1965) and Buster Keaton Rides Again (1965), I was invited as a guest speaker to the 2013 Toronto Silent Film Festival.

Since completing my MA, I returned to Toronto after a six-year absence. In April 2014, I was awarded the first annual documentary Channel Doc Accelerator Scholarship for emerging filmmakers from the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. I worked on season two of The Amazing Race Canada. And, most recently, I worked in Industry Programming for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

I am currently directing my first feature-length documentary entitled The Raftsmen, which recounts the epic voyage of L’Égaré II, a primitive log raft piloted across the North Atlantic by three intrepid Frenchmen and two seasick kittens. I am also quietly curating my own epic, Peter Rist-inspired collection of books, Blu-rays and LPs that will one day require the consultation of a structural engineer.

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Alyssa Beaton
Graduated: 2015
Thesis: New Wave Godard, Sound Practice and Conceptions of Noise

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Malory Beazley
Graduated: 2014
Thesis: Out of the Cupboards and Into the Streets!: Harry potter Genderfuck Fan Fiction and Fan Activism

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Philippe Bédard
Graduated: 2015
Thesis: Situating the Camera: Third-Person Images and the Question of Point of View in Narrative Cinema

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Catherine Benoit
Graduated: 2009
Thesis: Alibis et mobiles: le style et les enjeux de l’interrogatoire policier dans les films et les séries télévisées de procédure policière

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Gilda Boffa
Graduated: 2008
Thesis: The journey of a mystical filmmaker: the influence of mystical thought, poetry and aesthetics on the cinema of Mohsen Makhmalbaf (1991-2001)

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Roberto Bossa
Graduated: 2013
Thesis: The Busan International Film Festival as a Field-Configuring Event: How a festival redefined Korea’s film culture both locally and globally

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Patrick Bossé
Graduated: 2008
Thesis: Politiques d’un cinéma vers l’État-nation: hommage à notre paysannerie (1938) de l’abbé Albert-Tessier

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Éric Bourassa
Graduated: 2006
Thesis: Les rapports d’influence entre la forme et le contenu : les motivations thématiques de la caméra subjective chez Robert Morin

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BenpicBen Browning
Graduated: 2016
Thesis: Should I Skip This?: Cutscenes, Agency and Innovation

Background: I completed my BFA Specialization in Film Studies at Concordia in the summer of 2013.  I was never the biggest cinephile growing up but I aspired to be a filmmaker. After a slight change of heart, I made the best decision of my life and applied to Film Studies instead.

Research Interests: Video games and cutscenes, silent film comedy, found footage filmmaking, comic book film adaptations, and remakes.

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Colin Burnett
Graduated: 2003

Background: PhD in film studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2011); MA in film studies, Concordia University (2003); BA in liberal arts and philosophy, Concordia University (2000)

Research Interests: As an undergrad at Concordia, I took one film class, intro to film taught by Peter Rist. There, I wrote a paper on the French auteur Robert Bresson, which was later published by Donato Totaro in Offscreen. Taxing the patience of everyone around me, I’ve essentially spent the last decade refining the paper’s original insight: understanding Bresson’s films means situating his art and reputation historically. In Concordia’s MA program, Rist encouraged me to appreciate other national cinemas, so in an essay that later appeared in Senses of Cinema I analyzed the parametric style of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI (1998); Tom Waugh taught me the value of primary document research, so I looked into the documentaries of Donald Brittain; in an independent study with John Locke, I learned the principle of Okham’s razor and applied it in researching the techniques of Bresson’s cinematographers (the basis for a later Studies in French Cinema piece); and Martin Lefebvre showed me the virtues of Garamound typeface, so I remain loyal to it even today.

During my PhD work, I learned the importance of pursuing question-based research. My dissertation, which I am now turning into a book titled The Invention of Robert Bresson: Cinephilic Culture and the Cinéma d’Auteur in Postwar France, examines the role of social mechanisms like language and reciprocity in the development of the auteur’s personal style and reputation. I am also interested in the intellectual history and historiography of style (in disciplines like film studies and art history and in American political journals of the 1940s), the minimal or restrained mode of storytelling in global art cinema (especially the cinemas of Mani Kaul, Pedro Costa and the Dardennes), and French cinema of the 1940s and 1950s (especially the intersections between film style and politics). In more serious work, I wrote a short paperback on the history of professional wrestling in 2008.

In 2011, I was hired as assistant professor in the Program in Film and Media Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where I have since learned to love pulled pork, jogs in oppressive humidity, cicadas and the Blues (both the music and the NHL franchise).

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lindsey campbellLindsey Campbell
Graduated: 2013
Thesis: All in the Game: Mapping and making sense of the urban through sound, language, and codes on HBO’s The Wire

I completed my M.A. at Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in 2013. My M.A. thesis was an exploration of the use and representation of sound, language, and codes on HBO’s The Wire. Prior to that, I earned a B.A. (double major) in Film and Media Studies and Women’s Studies from the University of Alberta in 2009. I have now returned to the University of Alberta and am currently pursing an MLIS (Master of Library and Information Studies).
I have presented at a number of academic conferences and am published in a variety of academic and popular journals and magazines including the Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, Synoptique: An On-line Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies, Sound on Sight, Offscreen.com, and HipMama Magazine. I have also contributed to some books and anthologies, including the forthcoming A Bridge Called My Baby: Legacies of Radical Mothering (PM Press, 2015) and My Baby Rides the Short Bus: The Unabashedly Human Experience of Raising Kids with Disabilities (PM Press, 2009).
Main interests include: marginalized populations and representation in media and film, popular culture and media, inclusion, access, public service, intellectual freedom, social responsibility, film history, feminism, feminist film, film theory, international cinemas, gender studies, motherhood and intersections of oppression, feminist zine culture, independent cinema, DIY and punk ethos.

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Zachariah Campbell
Graduated: 2016
Thesis: Re-Dreaming China: Reflexivity, Revisionism, and Orientalism in the Wuxia Cinema of Chor Yuen

Background: BFA (NSCAD) and a BFA in Film Production (Concordia).

Research interests: Film style, genre, Chinese film, transnational cinema.

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André Caron
Graduated: 2005
Thesis: La “xénopsie” : l’acte de voir à travers les yeux de “l’autre” dans certain films de science-fiction américains

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Alexander Carson

Alexander Carson is a Canadian film and media artist. His films and videos have won awards and critical acclaim at major festivals across Canada, the United States, and Europe, including the Atlantic Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. Alexander holds a BFA and an MA from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal, where he received the Lotte Eisner Award for Graduate Film Studies in 2011.

Alexander currently lives and works in Toronto, where he continues to build a cinematic practice that blends experimental and narrative approaches to dramatic filmmaking. His recent work has been produced with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and the National Film Board of Canada. Alexander is also a founding member of the North Country Cinema media arts collective based in Calgary. For more information about his work, please visit:
www.northcountrycinema.com.

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handsomepantsDavid Carson

Background: I have a background in film studies at the University of Victoria and theatre and drama at the University of Alberta.

Research Interests: My research interests include representations of gender and sexuality in classical Hollywood cinema, identity politics, cultural theory, early cinema, star studies and movies in which monkeys dress like people.

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Élie Castiel
Graduated: 2003
Thesis: Pour une esthétique du plan-séquence dans Le Voyage des comédiens de Theo Angelopoulos

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Daniel Charchuk
Graduated: 2012

Daniel Charchuk, a born-and-bred Edmontonian, moved to Montreal in 2010 after completing a BA in Film Studies from the University of Alberta in 2009. During his two years at Concordia, he broadened his cinematic knowledge by taking classes on performance, Italian neorealism, early Soviet cinema, theories of excess, and Argentine film, among others; his research papers were similarly varied during this time, ranging from the propagandistic uses of the NASA space exploration movies to the influence of the filming location of Vancouver upon the themes of The X-Files. Graduating in 2012 with an MA in Film Studies after completing the coursework option, Daniel has since eked out a living as a freelance writer and film critic, contributing reviews to local e-zine Arts & Opinion and articles to Offscreen.

Daniel’s interests, film-related and not, include issues of genre, the burgeoning concept of vulgar auteurism, the studio system, essay-filmmaking, science fiction literature, short stories, creative writing, and video gaming.

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Bruno Cornellier
Graduated: 2006
Thesis: Absence et présence de l’Indien : identité, nationalité et indianité dans Le Confessionnal (1995) de Robert Lepage

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GeorgiaCowanGeorgia Cowan

Prior to attending Concordia, I graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in film studies and semiotics. I finished the MA programme in the coursework option in 2013, where I was also able to actively pursue my own particular research interests through independent studies and conferences. This included extensive work on late Soviet cinema, including a study undertaken on Soviet science fiction and a paper on Perestroika film, which I presented in San Francisco in 2012. I also took advantage of my time at Concordia to complete an internship at POP Montreal. I’m currently exploring my options for applying the skills I gained at Concordia in a professional setting in arts administration and festival work.

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Shawna Plischke Culleton
Graduated: 2011
Thesis: What We Talk About When We Talk About Porn: A Meta–critical Analysis of Moving Image Porn Studies Discourse Since 1989

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Brendan G Curran
Graduated: 2011
Thesis: Singin’ in the Scourge: Two AIDS Musicals, Two Political and Cultural Contexts

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Amanda D’Aoust
Graduated: 2008
Thesis: The romance of Catherine Breillat

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David Demers
Graduated:  2014
Thesis: The Procedural Rhetoric of War: Ideology, Recruitment, and Training in Military Videogames

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Bruno Dequen
Graduated: 2008
Thesis: Dépossession et intensification d’un Tom Cruise imaginaire: le spectateur et la figure de performance

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Stacey DeWolfe
Graduated: 2008
Thesis: The affective correspondence of sado-masochism and sound in Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves and Dancer in the Dark

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Ryan Alexander Diduck
Graduated: 2008
Thesis: Ideology and rhetoric in the classical Hollywood movie trailer

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Andrew Paul Djaballah
Graduated: 2009
Thesis: Stanley Cavell’s early writing on film, the emergence of academic film studies, and the interpretation of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo

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Andre Dubois

Background: BFA Honors in Film Studies Specialization from Concordia University. He is the former  Managing Editor of Grad/Aperture, and as a student you could find him behind the scenes at the Fantasia International Film Festival as Materials Coordinator & Jury Liaison.

Research Interests: cinematic representations of sport, special effects theory, transmedia storytelling, genre filmmakers, contemporary romance films, musicals, and fandom.

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Charlie EllBé
Graduated: 2011
Thesis: The Hall of Horror, An Analysis of Set Design in Universal Studios’ Horror Films of the Early Thirties

Charlie EllBé completed her Master’s degree in Film Studies at Concordia in the fall of 2011. In the summer of 2010, Charlie received a travel fund to go to the USC and Margaret Herrick Library archives to make research for her Master’s thesis. With access to original documentation from Hollywood studios and personal writings from art directors of the classical studio era, Charlie was able to complete her thesis on art direction in Universal Studios’ horror films of the 1930s with original research. She is now Coordinator of the Moving Image at the Concordia Visual Media Resources. Since 2011, Charlie has also been teaching courses on horror cinema at Miskatonic Institute in Montreal. In 2012, she served on the jury of the Montreal Underground Film Festival. Charlie presents at conferences annually, and is working on several pieces for publication. She is currently co-editing an anthology of essays on 1940s horror films with Kristopher Woofter and Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare.

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Milton do Prado Franco Neto
Graduated: 2011
Thesis: La mise en scène du corps dans La Belle noiseuse, de Jacques Rivette

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Martin Frigon
Graduated: 2003
Thesis: La fonction historique de la figure du patriote dans le cycle abitibien de Pierre Perrault

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dominique glassman
Graduated: 2015
Thesis: paris, ‘en carton’

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Chris Glendening
Graduated: 2012

Background: Chris Glendening completed his MA in Film Studies at Concordia University in 2012. Prior to that he earned his BA in Philosophy from Colgate University, where he learnedthat he lived within a vast void of nothingness. With that in mind he packed his bags and moved North (he’s from America but does have other redeeming qualities), because if you are going to exist in a void of nothingness you might as well watch and write about film.

Research interests: Zombies, Fantasy Sports, The Madness of Nic Cage, Taken(2008), The politics of Sylvester Stallone, Stanley Kubrick’s use of irony, Ed Wood, Apocalypticism.

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Derek Godin
Graduated: 2013
Thesis: Buzz Bombs: The Room, Snakes on a Plane and Cult Audiences in the Internet Era

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Ricardo Gonzalez
Graduated: 2007
Thesis: La pollinisation de la fiction avec le documentaire dans les années soixante et soixante-dix : quatre pays, quatre films, quatre approches distinctes

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 anthonyAnthony Guadagnano
Graduated: 2017

Background: Certificate in Cinema Screenwriting (UQAM-2011),  BFA with specialization in Film Studies (Concordia-2014) I actively work for an independent film production company as assistant-editor, post-production coordinator and communications director. 

Research Interests:  Quebec and Canadian film. Institutionalized/ independent modes of production and distribution in Quebec and Canada. Queer cinema

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 427174_10201184302994233_1846551720_nDuda Gueiros

Background: I did my BA in Journalism, in Brazil, and found a way to combine informative/reflexive writing with Cinema earlier on my undergrad when I got to inter at the cultural section of a national newspaper. Since 2009, my work has been fluctuating between Cinema journalism, Film production and independent research.

I’m mostly interested in Brazilian cinematography and its documentary as an accurate form of exposing Brazil’s social/anthropological/psychological history and present reality; and the very particular way semiotic is “used” to sustain a discourse. Apart from that, I’m also very attracted to the studies of contemporary gentrification as a social oppressor and how audiovisual platforms had emerged as forms of resistance.

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Kelsey Haas
Graduated: 2013
Thesis: Inherited Images: Reconfiguring Home Movies in Experimental Cinema

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André Habib
Graduated: 2001
Thesis: Origine et fin : Méthode(s). À partir et autour des Histoire(s) du cinéma de Jean-Luc Godard

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David Hanley
Graduated: 2013
Thesis: Chinese Diasporic Films: A Case Study in Transnational Cinema

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Santiago Hidalgo
Graduated: 2006
Thesis: The emergence of film criticism in North American film trade journals, 1907-1912

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Rebecca Holt
Graduated: 2017
Thesis: “I masturbate watching these stats”: The Pornhub Insights Blog and the Collision Between Data, Visualization, and Pornography

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Jason Horning
Graduated: 2013
Thesis: Gérard Genette’s Conception of Voice and Mood, and an Accompanying Analysis of Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy

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IMG_6138Julia Huggins
Graduated: 2016
Thesis: Analog Amnesia in the Digital Age

Background: B.A. in Art History and Film Studies from the University of British Columbia.

Research Interests: the intersecting functions of technology, memory, and intimacy in digital film cultures, film and philosophy, Lacanian psychoanalysis, feminist theory, and love in cinema.

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Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 11.14.00 PMAlan Jones
Graduated: 2017
Thesis: “Notre Valérie Nationale”: The films de fesses as a catalyst of socio-cultural transformation during Quebec’s Quiet Revolution and beyond

Background: Honours BA in Cinema Studies from University of Toronto. I am also a freelance arts and culture writer whose work has appeared in Hazlitt, The Dissolve, Esquire, and Vice.

Research Interests: urban representation in film, architecture and film, Canadian cinema, Canadian film and television industries, Toronto’s love of Drake.

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Randolph Jordan
Graduated: 2003
Thesis: Starting from scratch : turntables, auditory representation, and the structure of the known universe in the films of David Lynch

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Brett Kashmere
Graduated: 2004
Thesis: Freedom of expression : John Coltrane, Stan Brakhage and the American avant-garde, 1957-67

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Jordan Kaufman
Graduated: 2014
Thesis: Transmedia Television: New Engagement Forms and Industry Practices

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Keivan Khademi Shamami
Graduated: 2016
Thesis: Talking Archives: Voice-Over in Archival Film Practices

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Khatereh Khodaei
Graduated: 2011
Thesis: Kiarostami’s Visual Style and the Influence of Iranian Painting

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Kristi Kouchakji
Graduated: 2017
Thesis: Everything old is new again (and vice-versa): Documentary and transmedia activism in the analog age

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Hanna Maria Laakso
Graduated: 2002
Thesis: DOGMAtic iconoclasm: performative aspects of realism and excess in Lars von Trier’s Breaking the waves and The idiots

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sophielacosteSophie Lacoste

Background: Honours B.A. from the Liberal Arts College at Concordia, minors in Philosophy and Film Studies. Eldest of four children.

Research interests: strategic cinematic identity, non-binary ideologies, The Hunger Game’s makeup collection, A. N. Whitehead, plant-based cooking.

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Marie-Andrée Lamonde
Graduated: 2004
Thesis: The mythology of the self in “In Dreams” : a study of the mythology, the fairy tale and the gothic traditions in Neil Jordan’s film

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Graeme Langdon
Graduated: 2010
Thesis: Juridically minded, justifiably frightened : academic legitimacy and the suspension of horror

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Marie-Évelyne Leclerc-Chevrier
Graduated: 2008
Thesis: Modeler l’image et le mouvement en animation en volume: quand la matière entraîne le corps dans une relation d’échange

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Tatiana Lévesque

Tatiana Lévesque is a PhD Student in the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies at McGill University. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Film Studies from Concordia University. Her dissertation’s topic: The Comic in the Late-Soviet and Early Post-Soviet Era: Rethinking a Bakhtinian Analysis of Laughter under the supervision of Laura Beraha deals with the aesthetics and socio-cultural implications of carnival in cinema and literature. Tatiana Levesque is a current recipient of doctoral fellowship from Social Science and Humanities Research Council. While at McGill, she has worked as a teaching assistant for the course Russian Giants XIX century(Part I,II). She also teaches Elementary Russian Language Intensive course. Her main research interests include the study of mental images in literature and film, genre studies and cultural history.

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Juan Llamas-RodriguezJuan Antonio Llamas

Hailing from the indomitable land of Mexico, Juan moved to Canada to pursue his BA at the University of Toronto, and then his MA at Concordia. It was here that he discovered a scholarly gold mine when he began researching something called narcocinema, and has been dealing with the ensuing can of worms ever since. During his time at Concordia, Juan could be found taking over the Grad Lounge, preaching the virtues of a well-designed Prezi, and writing for this awesome blog called Grad/Aperture. When he does do academic work, it’s usually on topics related to film festivals, media distribution, digital technologies, affect and representation. Juan can now be found trying to cram in coursework for his PhD in Film and Media Studies in between taking surfing lessons at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Mao Lei
Graduated: 2015
Thesis: Men of Montreal: An Ethnographic Study of the Gay Porn Industry

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Anna McLeish
Graduated: 2003
Thesis: To recycle is to author is to create is to recycle : transitory film authorship, from popular European cinema to post-new Hollywood cinema

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11947714_10153113679196824_4311128933230606072_oDevin Mendenhall

Background: BA in Media Arts (BYU) – After graduating from BYU (where I specialized in editing, critical studies) I moved to L.A. where I was an intern at Conan and Drafthouse Films. I then moved to Austin where I was an intern at the Austin Film Society, worked at TUGG (company that crowd sources theatrical film screenings) and worked as a manager at a local Art-house theatre.

Research Interests: The relationships that exist between film society’s and art-house theatres and micro-budget films and filmmakers.

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Katarina Mihailovic
Graduated: 2011
Thesis: Visions of 1968 : Radical Aesthetics in Procile, WR and Tout va bien

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Kristian Moen
Graduated: 2001
Thesis: “About as shapeless as the Man in the Mood” : the representation of desire and transition in six films of Charles Laughton

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franprofileFrancisco Monar

Francisco Monar completed the M.A. Program in Film Studies at Concordia University in 2012.  His work there focused on the theorization and understanding of political aesthetics in moving image practices of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands (la frontera) at the turn of the century.  He is now (as of fall 2013) a doctoral student at the Brown University Department of Modern Culture and Media.  Fran’s research interests include film theory, political theory, modernity, Latin American cinema, and, most importantly, their convergences.  His dissertation project is expected to center around the historization of the role moving images and moving image culture plays in the mediation and “making sensible” of politicized communities in Latin America at the beginning of the 21st century, a time period already marked by radical forms of participatory artistic practice, turbulent socio-political conditions, and the influence of emergent media networks, all of which require further evaluation and contextualization.  Prior to his time at Concordia he attended Columbia University (where he pursued Film Studies) and Boston University (where he studied Psychology, Philosophy, and Visual Arts).

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PaulMonticonePaul Monticone

Paul Monticone began his Masters Degree two years after completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto (Film Studies specialization). While at Concordia, he completed a course-option Masters degree, which benefited from class and independent-study work with Haidee Wasson, who did much to shake him of his formalist tendencies. In addition to his studies, Paul served as the Faculty of Fine Arts representative on the Graduate Student Association, helped (re?)launch the department’s graduate student association, and sat in at meetings during one of Synoptique’s relaunches.

After completing his studies at Concordia in 2009, Paul began a PhD in Media Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. There he continued to explore, with Professor Caroline Frick, both the contemporary circulation of classic film online and early industrial filmmaking sponsored by the electric utility industry and its trade association. Other of his research — on the noir western and genre theory — is forthcoming in The Quarterly Review of Film and Video. Book reviews are in The Canadian Journal of Film Studies and The Velvet Light Trap. Paul is beginning a dissertation, to be supervised by Thomas Schatz, on another trade association, the MPPDA (and later, and still within the scope of a now too-broad study, the MPPA). It’s Paul’s hope that this project will productively merge his interests in popular American cinema (developed during undergrad) and in institutional behaviour (developed during his time at Concordia). In addition to his own work, Paul helped (re?)launch his current department’s graduate student organization and is a coordinating editor of The Velvet Light Trap.

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Mélanie Morrissette
Graduated: 2004
Thesis: Culture chinoise, chorégraphie et cinéma d’arts martiaux

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Trevor Mowchun
Graduated: 2010
Thesis: Rights of passage: an aesthetic cultivation of contingency

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Steve Murray
Graduated: 2010
Thesis: Le cycle Terminator 1984-2003 : du simple outil jusqu’au Terminator. Comment définir l’évolution de la relation entre l’Homme, la société et la technologie

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Matthew Ogonoski
Graduated: 2009
Thesis: The brand behind the mask : Batman in the age of convergence

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Background: BFA in Film Production from Concordia University

Research interests:  Representation of cities and space, the cinematic experience of architecture, documentary, and onscreen food

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Louis Pelletier
Graduated: 2004
Thesis: George Ganetakos et la United Amusement Corporation, Limited, 1910-1930: formation d’une chaîne de cinémas montréalaise

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Lindsay Peters
Graduated: 2010
Thesis: Filming in the feminine plural : the ethnochoranic narratives of Agnès Varda

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Adolfo Robin Pineda
Graduated: 2014
Thesis: The Essayistic Films of Olivier Smolders: Desire and Drive

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François Primeau
Graduated: 2001
Thesis: Enquête sur la représentation de la masculinité et la Méthode dans le cinéma états-unien des années mille neuf cent soixante-dix : vers une nouvelle conception de l’acteur cinématographique.

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IMG-20141107-WA0000Jennifer Quintanilla

Background: Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts from State University of New York at Purchase College with a major in Cinema Studies and a double minor in Philosophy and Philosophy and the  Arts.

Research Interests: Philosophy in film, the representation of friendship, Classical Hollywood Cinema, horror, psychoanalysis, science fiction, film archive and curation.

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SachOSacha Orenstein

Sacha Orenstein is a Film and Music scholar, writer, DJ and musician from Montreal Canada. His interests include Hong Kong film, Japanese Film & Animation, Afro-Futurism, Hip-Hop and Electronic Music and Communications theory.

Since graduating from Concordia University, Sacha has found success and employment as a senior editor for an online education consultancy specializing in MBA candidates. Additionally, he continues to be an active member of Montreal’s underground music scene, promoting events and contributing to the city’s sonic tapestry through his dark and foreboding DJ sets.

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Julie Ravary-Pilon
Graduated: 2012
Thesis: Pallier aux Oublis: Une Étude du Cinéma des Femmes Argentines à Travers sa Pionnière, Maria Luisa Bemberg et son Enfant Chérie, Lucrecia Martel

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Robert J Read
Graduated: 2003
Thesis: The film noir collection and the legacy of nineteenth century modernity

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Matthew Reed
Graduated: 2011
Thesis: A Public Haunted House: the Uncanny Urban Space on Screen.

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Dylan Reibling
Graduated: 2004
Thesis: “They only see what they want to see” : narrative strategies in films with ontological revelations

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Katherine S. Rennebohm
Graduated: 2011
Thesis: Approaching the Other as Other: A Study of the Ethical Nature of Chantal Akerman’s Film

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PHOTOMaude Riverin

Background: I hold a BFA in Film Studies and Comparative Literature from Université de Montréal, and also studied Film and Cultural Studies at Stony Brook University

Research Interests: Ousmane Sembene and African cinema, feminist theories, postcolonial cinema and transnational identities.

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Background: Before coming to Concordia, I did my studies in Paris at the university of Sorbonne Nouvelle (Bachelor’s degree) and Pantheon Sorbonne (first year Master’s degree) in cinema.

Research Interest: History of cinema and theory, mainly between the 20’s and the 70’s. I’m holding a particular interest for Classical Hollywood cinema. I’m also interested in TV series and remakes regarding the way they shape culture ideology.

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Adam Rosadiuk
Graduated: 2006
Thesis: Film and philosophic experience : Terrence Malick’s The thin red line

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Krzysztof Rucinski
Graduated: 2004
Thesis: History as ritual : camera movement and narrative structure in films of Miklós Jancsó

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Morad Sadeghi
Graduated: 2012
Thesis: The influences of Ancient Iranian Zoroastrian Religion and Mythology on the Contemporary Iranian Cinema, 1970 – 2009 with a focus on Bahram Beizai

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Geneviève Schetagne
Graduated: 2007
Thesis: Martyres et madones, vierges et putains : l’image de la femme dans le cinéma du troisième reich

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profile.scott.bradenBraden Scott
Graduated: 2016
Thesis: Up and Coming: The Media Mix, Pornoarchaeology, and Architecting of Kent Monkman’s Cinematic World

Background: BFA Art History, Concordia University, 2014. He has had work published in the Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art HistorySituation GalleryCombine, and the Jerusalem Art History Journal. Past curatorial and exhibited work focus on eroticism, sexuality, public art in urban spaces, and the city of Jerusalem, and has had printed exhibition material with Ryan Conrad archived in the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles. He has presented research at juried conferences on Biomedia Art, and Queer Black Subjectivity in Cinema. Upcoming conferences include speaking on working with Dr. Loren Lerner on Matrixial theory and Israeli art at Concordia’s Azrieli Institute, and the architectural design of HIV at the 36th Annual Humanities and Technology Conference in Miami.

Research Interests in Cinema:  Architecture, Cultural Landscapes, Matrixial Theory, Biomedia Art, Ancient Mediterranean Art and Filmic Representations of Greek Myth, Visual Cultures of Slavery, First Peoples Studies, Palestinian and Israeli Art/Cinema, Gay Art and Film, Representations of Water, Memory and Time, Moving Image Studies focusing on the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

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alyssaAlyssa Shore

Background: BA in History and French literature from Guelph University.

Research Interests: Film noir and American B movies, queer identities, film institutions, archives and festival circuits.

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Kyla Rose Smith
Graduated: 2017
Thesis: Sounding Modern, Sounding Moral: Censorship and Hollywood’s Transition to Sound

Background: Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies from Brock University.

Research interests: cinematic representations of gender, particularly in early Hollywood film; film history and theory, broadly; the cinema of John Cassavetes.
Edmund Stenson
Graduated: 2015
Thesis: À la recherche de L’Île perdue
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Nikola Stepic
Graduated: 2015
Thesis: Kinship as a Strategy for Living: Screening the Queer “Family”

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Sara Swain
Graduated: 2008
Thesis: Roaming across cinematic space : the cell phone in narrative film.

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Lisa Timmermann
Graduated: 2007
Thesis: Trauma as trademark : the textual and extratextual significance of psychological wounds in Roman Polanski’s films

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Myriam Tremblay-Sher
Graduated: 2012
Thesis: The Promise of Return: Understanding Historical Trauma through Personal Journey Documentaries.

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François-Xavier Tremblay
Graduated: 2005
Thesis: (R)Évolution tranquille : influence des technologies de diffusion sonore numériques sur l’esthétique cinématographique.

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Eric Whedbee
Graduated: 2012

Background: B.A. in Film Studies from Portland State University. M.A in Film Studies from Concordia University.

Research interests: My research has been largely influenced by the philosophies and writings of Whitehead, Deleuze, James and Barthes. I have tended to focus on embodied film theory and am primarily concerned with affect, representation, occularcentrism and iconophobia, memory, melancholy and essayism. Currently I have a predilection for Eastern European Cinema and American New White Cinema. When I’m not playing croquet, I’m usually writing or organizing Deleuze reading groups. I have presented at conferences on topics as varied as highspeed cinematography, theories of auteurship and Vimeo, and Hitchcock and the limits of visuality.

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Julie Vaillancourt
Graduated: 2007
Thesis: De l’ombre à la lumière : quand le cinéma ouvre la porte du placard : une analyse des représentations homosexuelles et des problématiques LGBT et de leurs fondements sociopolitiques dans le cinéma québécois de fiction de 1960 à 1980

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Jillian Vasko
Graduated: 2017
Thesis: What’s Past is Prologue: Filming Fascism and the Family in Japan and West Germany in the 1970s

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Sylvain Verstricht
Graduated: 2011
Thesis: Spaces, Tactics, and Time: City Wandering in Taiwanese Cinema from 1992 to 2006

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Michael Vesia
Graduated: 2005
Thesis: Tracing the form of the post-neorealist city: Rome in the early films of Pier Paolo Pasolini — Accattone, Mamma Roma, and La ricotta

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Laurie Warden
Graduated: 2004
Thesis: An Eisensteinian and Vygotskian approach to the use of film as a valid teaching tool for children with emotional and behavioural exceptionalities

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Bradley Warren
Graduated: 2015
Thesis: Somewhere Between Fiction and Fiction: Disentangling Partial-Geometric Narratives in the Cinema of Hong Sang-soo

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Laurel Wypkema
Graduated: 2006
Thesis: “Sex, loyalty, betrayal and unexpected love:” the landscape of Neil Jordan’s fiction writing and films.