Minou Norouzi is a is a filmmaker, film curator, and writer based in London (UK) and Athens (GR). Her research examines the objectification the real in the context of interdisciplinary documentary practices. Her films have been shown at South London Gallery (London), Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), Telic Arts Exchange (Los Angeles), and at film festivals including the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Kasseler Dok Fest, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. As an independent film curator, she initiated the Arts Council England funded Sheffield Fringe project in 2011 and has organized film-related events at Bloc Projects (Sheffield), Whitechapel Gallery and Close-Up Film Centre (London), UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art (New York), SALT Beyoğlu (Istanbul) and the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art among other venues. minounorouzi.com films texts
Adam Hyman is the Executive Director and Programmer for Los Angeles Filmforum. He has programmed over 200 shows since 1998, including historical retrospectives, tributes, and contemporary practitioners. Programming highlights include Shirley Clarke retrospective in 1998, a tribute to the late artist Nam June Paik, held at LACMA and co-presented with the Korean Cultural Center; several programs of animated documentaries, and experimental animation. Hyman has been a documentary filmmaker for the past fourteen years. He co-produced the 2007 Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning feature documentary Operation Homecoming and is currently directing and producing a film on R&B sax legend Big Jay McNeely. A native Angeleno, Hyman has an MFA in Film Production from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. lafilmforum.org
Amanda McDowell is a practice-based PhD candidate and Visiting Tutor at Goldsmiths, University of London. In her PhD she is using film and archive to create a collective story of women’s psychiatric care in the UK. She gained an MA Screen Documentary in 2009 and her final film was nominated for a Royal Television Society factual film award. With an academic background in Social Anthropology she has worked for over ten years in the NGO sector, mainly with refugees, migrant workers and prisoners, which she continues part-time.
Annexinema organise social cinema events around the UK and have created screenings for art organisations and festivals including Nottingham Contemporary, Eastside Projects and The Falmouth Convention. Recently moving into film production alongside curating, they won the inaugural Broadway Film and Video Prize 2012. annexinema.org
Jen Fearnley is a filmmaker based in London.
Martin Waldmeier is an art historian and curator.
November Paynter is the director of programs for Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Paynter previous roles include Associate Director of Research & Programs at SALT, Istanbul, Curator for Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, and Assistant Curator of the 9th International Istanbul Biennial. In 2003 Paynter was the first curator under the age of 30 to be recognized with the Premio Lorenza Bonaldi per l’Arte – EnterPrize award. In 2007 she took the temporary position of Consultant Curator at Tate Modern for the exhibition Global Cities. Notable curatorial projects include 0 – Now: Traversing West Asia for the Asia Pacific Triennial 7, Brisbane (2011).
Tina Borkowski is an independent designer and art director specialising in print publication for arts and culture projects, and design communications for socially responsible organisations. Clients include: Fact Liverpool, Architectural Press Oxford, and The Lowry Manchester. tinaborkowski.com
Esther Harris is a time-based media conservator based in London. She has occasionally made films, which have been shown at venues such as the Centre Pompidou, Walker Art Center, and festivals such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Esther has been involved with Sheffield Fringe since 2012; she selects programmes from the open call submissions and maintains the online archive.