Title

Meet the FLEFF 2022 talkback speakers

48 film directors, producers, composers, cinematographers, scholars, archivists, and activists open up the films with dialogue, discussion, and debate. Note that all times are in Eastern Time and all Zoom will be in meeting format.

 All event times are in Eastern Standard Time. The Zoom links are embedded in the Cinemapolis Eventive site for each film where attendees can register.

Jonathan Ablard is Professor of History at Ithaca College and author of Madness in Buenos Aires: Patients, Psychiatrists, and the Argentine State, 1880-1983. He will moderate the talkback on White on White (Théo Court, Chile, 2020) on Saturday March 26 4 p.m. ET on Zoom

Robby Aceto is an Ithaca-based composer for Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Losing.  A guitarist, musician, composer, and visual artist who has scored many films and television programs, Aceto will speak on Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Losing at the in-person screening of the film at Cinemapolis on Saturday April 9 at 8 p.m ET. 

Tony Adah is Professor of Film Studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead and a specialist in the indigenous cinema of settler states, African cinemas, and comparative postcolonial cinemas. He will moderate the talkback on A Son on Sunday March 27 at 1 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Andres Alegria has thirty years of experience as a documentary producer, director, and editor and is the Co-director and Co-Producer of A Song for Cesar (Abel Sanchez and Andres Alegria, US, 2021). He will speak at the talkback for the film on Sunday April 10 at 1 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Reece Auguiste, founding member of the British-based Black Audio Film Collective, is a documentary filmmaker(Twilight City and Mysteries of July) and scholar with a focus on national cinemas and the transnational contexts of production and film reception practices. He will moderate the talkback for We Tell: Turf on Saturday April 9 at 5 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Stewart Auyash is an Associate Professor of Public Health at Ithaca College, with research specializations in public health policy, international health issues, health communication, and the war on drugs. He will speak at the talkback for Devil Put Coal in the Ground on Sunday April 3 at 1 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Susannah Berryman is a retired Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at Ithaca College, and appears in John Scott’s Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Losing. She will join the in-person talkback after the screening of the film on Saturday April 9 at 8 p.m. ET in Cinemapolis.

Tony Buba is the director of Voices From a Steeltown.  He has been producing both long and short form documentaries since 1972. He will speak at the talkback for the film We Tell:Turf on Sat April 9 at 5 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Debra Castillo is the Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, the Emerson Hinchliff Chair of Hispanic Studies, and a Professor of Comparative Literature at Cornell University, specializing in contemporary narrative from the Spanish-speaking world (including the United States), gender studies, and cultural theory. She will speak at the talkback for the film White on White on Sat March 26 at 4 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Tina Mai Chen is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of History, University of Manitoba, and specializes in Modern China; intellectual and cultural history; cold war culture/ cold war Asia; gender, nationalism, and representation; Sino-Soviet cultural relations; film projection and film cultures in socialist and post-socialist China; and Chinese migration and documentary regimes. Her most recent book is The Material of World History.  She will speak at the talkback for Screening From Within on Sunday March 27 at 7 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Yolanda Clarke is Manager of Tutoring Services and Program Director for the Emerging Scholars Program at Ithaca College and teaches courses in public health. She will speak at the talkback for Nationtime on Saturday April 2 at 5 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Kenneth Clarke is the Director of the Tompkins County Office of Human Rights and an experienced religious affairs director and pastor. He will moderate the talkback for Nationtime on Saturday April 2 at 5 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Anna Creadick is Professor of English at Hobart and Williams Colleges and author of Perfectly Average: The Pursuit of Normality in Postwar America.She will speak at the talkback on Devil Put Coal in the Ground on Sunday April 3 at 1 p.m. ET on Zoom

Yi Cui,Assistant Professor of Film and Video at Colgate University, is a filmmaker from Chinaand has directed several feature-length documentaries. She is co-director of Screening from Within and will speak at the panel on Sunday March 3 at 7 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Carmel Curtis is the Film Digitization Specialist at Indiana University’s Moving Image Archive and a member of the XFR Collective who worked on the We Tell: Fifty Years of Participatory Community Media national touring exhibition. She will speak at the talkback on We Tell: Turf  on Sat. April 9 at 5 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Mat Fournier (he/him) is Assistant Professor of French in the World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department and an affiliate member of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Ithaca College. He does research on modernist European literature and the articulation between trans studies and political theory and will speak at the talkback for The Hill Where the Lionesses Roar on Saturday April 9 at 12 p.m. ET on Zoom

Enrique Gonzalez-Conty, Associate Professor of Spanish at Ithaca College, is Director of the Cine con Cultura Latinx American Film Festival and researches  Caribbean Literature and Film and the New Latin American cinema. He will speak at the talkback on White on White (Blanco en blanco)on Saturday March 26 at 4 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Jiangtao Harry Gu teaches Media and Society and Women’s Studies courses at Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a research focus on the aesthetics and politics of the abject and pleasure in modern and contemporary Asian and Asian diasporic visual culture. He will translate for Chinese filmmaker Rikun Zhu on the talkback for the film No Desire to Hide on Saturday April 9 at 2 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Deborah Hoard, President of Photosynthesis Productions, is a film producer, writer, and researcher based in Ithaca, NY.  She will present at the special event about her documentary in progress on Dorothy Cotton, the civil rights activist from Ithaca, New York, at the in-person screening at Cinemapolis on Saturday April 2 at 2 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Matt Holtmeier, Assistant Professor of English at Eastern Tennessee State University, research interests span the regional, national, and transnational focusing on global film, political cinemas, film philosophy, and bioregional media. His most recent book is Contemporary Political Cinema, and he will speak at the talkback for Devil Put Coal in the Ground on Sunday April 3 at 1 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Aida A. Hozic teaches in the Department of Political Science at the University of Florida and studies the intersection of political economy, cultural studies, and international security. Hozic is the author of Hollyworld: Space, Power and Fantasy in the American Economy. She will speak at the talkback for The Hill Where the Lionesses Roar on Saturday April 9 at 12:00 p.m. ET on Zoom

Wen Hai Huang is a Chinese independent documentary filmmaker, journalist, and co-director of Outcry and Whisper and other feature-length films such as Floating Dust, Dream Walking and We the Workers. He will speak on the panel on Outcry and Whisper on Saturday April 2 at 10 a.m. ET on Zoom.

Dale Hudson is Associate Teaching Professor of Film and New Media at New York University Abu Dhabi and Curator of New Media for the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. His most recent book is ​​Vampires, Race, and Transnational Hollywoods.  He will speak at the talkback for The Golden Harvest on Saturday March 26 at 10:00 a.m. ET on Zoom.

Xiao (Amanda) Ju is a PhD Candidate in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. She writes about modern and contemporary art in China, international socialisms, (post-)socialisms, and feminist theories

Dina Iordanova, a retired Professor of Film Studies at the University of St. Andrews and an expert on world cinema, particularly the Balkans and Eastern Europe, is the author of many books, including Cinema of Flames: Balkan Film, Culture, and the Media and Moving People, Moving Images: Cinema and Trafficking in the New Europe. She will speak on the talkback for Fear on Saturday March 26 at 1 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Jeanette Jouili teaches Middle Eastern Studies at Syracuse University, researches Muslim communities in contemporary Europe, and is the author of Pious Practice and Secular Constraints: Women in the Islamic revival in Europe. She will speak at the talkback on A Son on Sunday March 27 at 1 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Camilo Malagan teaches in the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Ithaca College and is Co-Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program with a research program in late 20th and 21st century Latin American literature, film and culture. He will speak at the talkback for White on White on Saturday March 26 at 4 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Gina Marchetti is Director of the Center for the Study of Globalization and Culture at the University of Hong Kong whose books include Yellow Peril: Race, Sex and Discursive Strategies in Hollywood Fiction and The Chinese Diaspora on American Screens: Race, Sex, and Cinema. She will moderate the panel for Screening from Within on Sunday March 27 at 7 p.m. on Zoom and another panel for Outcry and Whisper on Saturday April 2 at 10 a.m. ET on Zoom.

Trish McAdam is an animator, visual artist, and filmmaker from Ireland whose early films included the short Berlin, the feature film Snakes and Ladders, and most recently the film Confinement. McAdam also made the documentary series Hoodwinked: Irish Women Since the 1920s. As animator of the film, she will speak on the panel for Outcry and Whisper on Saturday April 2 at 10 a.m. ET on Zoom.

Scott MacDonald is Professor of Art History at Hamilton College and has published twenty books, most recently William Greaves: Filmmaking as Mission, co-edited with Jacqueline Stewart. He will speak at the talkback for Nationtime on Saturday April 2 at 5 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Louis Massiah is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, MacArthur Fellow,  and the founder/director of Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia. whose works include The Bombing of Osage Avenue (1986), W.E.B. Du Bois – A Biography in Four Voices (1996), two films for the Eyes on the Prize II series on PBS (1987), and A is for Anarchist, B is for Brown (2002). He will speak at the talkback for We Tell: Turf on Saturday April 9 at 5 p.m. ET on Zoom.

David Ost is the Joseph DiGangi Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. A specialist in Eastern Europe, his most recent book is The Defeat of Solidarity: Anger and Politics in Postcommunist Europe. He will speak on the talkback for Fear on Saturday March 26 at 1 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Michael Richardson, Professor of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Ithaca College, serves as the inaugural director of the Program in Screen Cultures with research interests in 20th-and 21st-century German literature, theater, and film, focusing on Holocaust cinema and the image of Hitler in American and German popular culture. He is the author of Revolutionary Theater and The Classical Heritage: Inheritance and Appropriation from Weimar to the GDR. He will moderate the talkback for Fear on Saturday March 26 at 1 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Karen Rodriguez, Director of Photography for Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Losing, is a filmmaker, cinematographer, and founder of Wind-up Productions who has directed and worked on many films. She was  one of the primary filmmakers for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the world’s leading center for research on birds and their habitats.  She will speak on Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Losing at the in-person screening at Cinemapolis on Saturday April 9 at 8 p.m. ET.

Raza Rumi is Director of the Park Center for Independent Media, a journalist, policy analyst,  and the author of many books including most recently Being Pakistani: Society, Culture, and the Arts.  He will moderate the talkback on 33 and Counting with filmmaker Aisha Sultan on Sunday April 3 at 4 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Lucas Sabean, co-director of Devil Put Coal in the Ground,  is a professional video editor, producer, and filmmaker with twenty years of experience in the commercial field including  editing of thousands of videos, a large body of experiential work, and feature-length independent narrative and documentary films. He will speak at the talkback on Devil Put Coal in the Ground on Sunday April 3 at 1 p.m. on Zoom

Abel Sanchez is the co-director of A Song for Cesar. He has lead his band Abel and the Prophets, a San Francisco soul music group,  for more than 50 years.  He will speak at the talkback for the film on Sunday April 10 at 1 p.m. ET on Zoom.

John Scott is the director most recently of  Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Losing and Associate Professor of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies at Ithaca College. He will speak on Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Losing at the in-person screening of his film at Cinemapolis on Saturday April 9 at 8 p.m. ET.

Leah Shafer, Associate Professor of Media and Society at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, has published widely in the areas of Television History, Advertising, Visual Culture, Digital Media, Film Aesthetics and Analysis, Comedy, Digital Humanities, and Media Literacy and Pedagogy. She will moderate the talkback for A Song for Cesar on Sunday April 10 at 1 p.m. on Zoom.

Saviana Stanescu, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at Ithaca College, is a Romanian-born award-winning playwright and scholar specializing in playwriting, contemporary theatre and performance, script analysis, re-imagining the classics, and devised theatre whose creative work has been widely presented internationally and in the US. She will speak on the talkback for Fear on Saturday March 26 at 1 p.m. on Zoom. 

Aisha Sultan, director of 33 and Counting, is a nationally syndicated columnist and features writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Quartz. She writes a weekly column in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. She will speak at the talkback on 33 and Counting  on Sunday April 3 at 4 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Andrew Utterson, Associate Professor of Screen Studies at Ithaca College, is the author of Persistent Images: Encountering Film History in Contemporary CinemaFrom IBM to MGM: Cinema at the Dawn of the Digital Age; the editor of Technology and Culture: The Film Reader;  and the co-editor of the four-volume anthology Film Theory: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies. He will moderate the talkback for The Hill Where Lionesses Roar on Saturday April 9 at 12:00 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Chelsea Wessels, Assistant Professor of English at Eastern Tennessee State University, focuses on the emergence of the Western as a political and popular genre in global cinema, local cinema history and archives, global film genres, and feminist film. She will speak at the talkback for Devil Put Coal in the Ground on Sunday April 3 at 1 p.m. ET on Zoom.

Alia Yunis is director of the feature-length documentary The Golden Harvest and Visiting Associate Professor of Film and Heritage Studies at New York University Abu Dhabi, with research specializations in Middle East and the Gulf; Film and  Television; Literature; Heritage, Memory and Identity; and Heritage, Food and Environment. She will speak at the talkback for the film on Saturday March 26 at 10 a.m. ET on Zoom.

Jinyan Zeng, the co-director of Outcry and Whisper, is a Chinese scholar, writer, documentary filmmaker,  and human rights activist who was put under house arrest in August 2006.  She will speak on the panel on Outcry and Whisper on Saturday April 2 at 10 a.m. ET on Zoom.

Zhen Zhang is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University, whose books include An Amorous History of the Silver Screen: Shanghai Cinema 1896-1937; The Urban Generation: Chinese Cinema and Society at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century; and  DV-made China: Digital Subjects and Social Transformations after Independent Film. She will moderate the talkback on No Desire to Hide on Saturday April 9 at 2 p.m ET on Zoom.

Rikun Zhu is a Chinese independent film director, producer, film festival curator, and the founder/artistic director for Fanhall Films. He established DOChina in 2003, one of the earliest independent film festivals in China and is  the co-founder and program director of the Beijing Independent Film Festival since 2006. He will speak about his most recent film, No Desire to Hide, on Saturday April 9 at 2 p.m. ET on Zoom.