PLURalities Editorial board
Founding Editor: Soumyaa K. Behrens
Publishing Editor: Wyatt Irmen
Jason Fox is a filmmaker and scholar who has taught at Princeton University, in the Graduate School of Cinema Studies at New York University, Vassar College, and Cooper Union. His award-winning work as a director, cinematographer, and editor has screened internationally in film festivals including Sundance, AFI Fest, and Venice, on broadcast television, and in gallery installation settings. He has worked as a film programmer in conjunction with The American Museum of Natural History, The Flaherty Seminar, and the Museum of Modern Art, among other venues. He is a recipient of a Union Square Award for social justice, and he is also the founding editor of the peer-reviewed journal of documentary studies, World Records, published by UnionDocs in Brooklyn, NY.
Kelly Gallagher is an experimental filmmaker, animator, and Assistant Professor of Film at Syracuse University. Her theoretical and scholarly work investigates the radical and feminist possibilities of experimental animation. Her animations, experimental films and documentaries have screened internationally at venues including: The National Gallery of Art, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, London ICA Artists’ Biennial, LA Film Forum, the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry, and NYC's Anthology Film Archives. She is the recipient of the Ivan Kaljević Award from Alternative Film/Video Festival Belgrade, the Helen Hill Award from Indie Grits, the Audience Award from Brazil's Fronteira Film Festival, and the Jury's Choice Award from Black Maria Film Festival.
Alex is an Assistant Professor at Seattle University, documentary media maker, editor, teacher, media archaeologist and PhD graduate of Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He holds a Master’s degree in Social Documentation also from UC Santa Cruz. His scholarly and creative work engages questions of narrativity, gesture, embodiment, and historical representation in contemporary media practices, with an emphasis on American social movement history. His films, including Way Down in the Hole (2011), NOW! AGAIN! (2014) and Evidence of the Evidence (2017) have screened at a wide variety of venues, including San Francisco's Other Cinema, the New Orleans Film Festival, Iowa City Documentary Film Festival, Thin Line Film festival, and the Miners' Colfax Medical Center, a convalescent home for retired hard rock and coal miners in Raton, New Mexico. Alex is also the managing editor of the online media journal "Now! A Journal of Urgent Praxis."
Cahal McLaughlin is Chair of Film Studies at Queen’s University Belfast, Director of the Prisons Memory Archive and director of the Centre for Documentary Research at QUB. As a documentary filmmaker, he has engaged with methods of how we might address the legacy of conflicted pasts in ways that acknowledge the vulnerability of our memories and the contested nature of our narratives. His other films include Armagh Stories: Voices from the Gaol (2015), on the female prison during the Troubles in the North of Ireland, We Never Give Up II (2012), on reparations in South Africa. His publications include Recording Memories from Political Conflict: a filmmaker’s journey (2010) Intellect, and Who Tells What to Whom and How: the Prisons Memory Archive.
Kim Nelson is the Director of the Humanities Research Group and an Associate Professor in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Windsor in Canada. Her work has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, the Windsor Endowment for the Arts and have screened at international film festivals and on university campuses in Canada, the US and Europe, as well as online with KCET in the US. Kim has held fellowships in Germany, Canada, and the US, and she has been a board member and programmer at the Windsor International Film Festival since 2010. Her current interest is in conceptualizing and creating live participatory cinema as an alternative future for screen culture.
Robert L. Nelson is Head of the Department of History at the University of Windsor, Canada. His revised Cambridge dissertation appeared in 2011 as German Soldier Newspapers of the First World War. Earlier he published the edited volume Germans, Poland, and Colonial Expansion to the East: 1850 Through the Present (2009). He has won fellowships from the Killam Trust, the Humboldt Foundation, and a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the City University of New York, Graduate Center. He has also been awarded the University of Windsor’s highest honours in both teaching and research, the Alumni Award for Distinguished Contributions to University Teaching and the UWindsor Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity.
Elizabeth Ramírez Soto
Elizabeth Ramírez Soto is Assistant Professor in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University, where she teaches documentary film and Latin American cinema. Focusing on questions of cultural memory, affect, non-fiction cinema, and transnational film practices, her work has appeared in journals such as Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice, Quarterly Review of Film and Video and Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: Travesia. Her first book, (Un)veiling Bodies: A Trajectory of Chilean Post-dictatorship Documentary, is forthcoming by Legenda in the U.K. She is also the coeditor of a volume on women filmmakers in exile titled Nomadías: El cine de Marilú Mallet, Valeria Sarmiento y Angelina Vázquez (Metales Pesados, 2016). Before moving to San Francisco, Elizabeth was based in Valparaíso, Chile, where she completed her postdoctoral research on the transnational productions of Chilean filmmakers in European experimental television
PLURalities Industry board
Marc Smolowitz, 13th Gen
13th Gen is the San Francisco-based company of multi-award winning independent filmmaker Marc Smolowitz. An entrepreneurial boutique company, our slate typically includes some 10-15 high quality projects, both fiction and nonfiction, all at different stages. We work with a dynamic range of independent film partners to oversee the financing, production, post-production, marketing, sales, and distribution efforts of a vibrant portfolio of films and filmmakers. 13th Gen believes strongly in the power and potential of beautifully produced social issue films to speak to every generation. We welcome pitches from both established and emerging talents.
Laurie Gordon, Animaze Fest
Laurie was born and raised in Montreal Canada and her family from Budapest Hungary. Laurie is a media entrepreneur and loves new technology. A film festival circuit professional she is a regular speaker at industry conferences, panels. Laurie graduated from Concordia University in music and film and is an accomplished vocalist and composer and recorded and performed solo and with her band Chiwawa and many musical collaborations. She also records film soundtracks. Laurie’s company, Musivision Films, produced Spare Change with animator Oscar nominee Ryan Larkin, subject of the Oscar winner Ryan and produced Oscar winner Co Hoedeman. She is now directing a documentary with 3x Oscar nominee Heavy Metal (1981) director Gerald Potterton.
Martin Petrov, World of Film Festival, Glasgow
Graduate of the school of Film & TV studies of Glasgow University in Scotland, Martin has been actively involved in the film industry for the past five years. After making a start in the press and PR team of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece, he programmed for the Glasgow Youth FF and worked on several projects before establishing WoFF: World of Film International Festival Glasgow where he serves as Festival Director for the past three years. Martin became Festival Coordinator of Animaze: Montreal International Animation Film Festival in early 2015, while he also shares his time between festival travels, content producing for filmfestivals.com and organizing journalism workshops with NISI MASA: The European Network of Young cinema. Passions include traveling to warm places, cooking for friends and listening to their inspiring stories. Aspiration: Make a film festival on the beach.