Jennifer Bornstein is an artist who works in diverse media, including video, 16-millimeter film, and etching. Bornstein received an M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and participated in the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. She has received numerous awards and grants, including a DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm fellowship, a Sharpe Foundation grant, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. Her work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe, including solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and group exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Serpentine Gallery, London, and Menil Collection, Houston, among others. She has contributed essays to Frieze Magazine, the Getty Research Journal, Mousse Magazine, and other publications. Bornstein was a Radcliffe Institute and Film Study Center Fellow in 2014-15.
Adam Hart is a postdoctoral College Fellow in Visual and Environmental Studies, where he teaches courses on film history and theory. He is currently teaching “The Horror Cinema and Beyond: The Possibilities of Horror” and “David Lynch & David Cronenberg.” He is working on a book manuscript entitled Sensation Cinema: Horror’s Visceral Forms.
MARK JUDE POIRIER
Mark Jude Poirier has written several screenplays, including “Hateship Loveship,” which he adapted from an Alice Munro story. The film stars Kristen Wiig and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013. His two other produced scripts, “Goats” and “Smart People,” premiered at Sundance. His films have also played at The Nantucket Film Festival, the Chesapeake Film Festival, the American Film Festival in Deauville, and at MoMA in New York. He has been commissioned to write scripts by Universal, Paramount, Imagine, DreamWorks, and many other production companies.
In addition, Poirier is the author of two collections of short stories as well as two novels. His books have been New York Times notable books of the year, as well as Barnes and Noble Discover and Waterstone’s UK picks. In September, Scribner published Intro to Alien Invasion, a graphic novel he wrote with Owen King.
He currently holds a Briggs-Copeland Lectureship on English at Harvard.
Adam Rocha is the founder and Executive Director of the San Antonio Film Festival. Rocha studied Film at the University of Texas - Austin and has taught as a cinema professor at both San Antonio College and Northwest Vista College. He has been nominated for a Peabody Award, Texas Emmy, and an award from the Hollywood Reporter (Key Art Awards 2010).
Ruth Lingford is a filmmaker and a professor in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. She has been making short animated films since studying fine art and art history at Middlesex (1987–1990) and animation at the MA level at the Royal College of Art (1990–92). Her films have been broadcast by Channel 4 in the UK, and have won many awards all over the world. She taught in the MA animation program at the Royal College of Art and at the National Film and Television School. Her films are made using 2D digital techniques, often combining drawing and treated live footage. She is known for making “feelbad films” which use the seductive medium of animation to draw the audience in and take them to uncomfortable places. Such films include The Old Fools (2002, 6 min.), An Eye for an Eye (2002, 5 min., 30 sec.) and Pleasures of War (1998, 11 min.) , a retelling of the Biblical story of Judith and Holofernes that explores female aggression and the links between war and sexual desire. It was devised in collaboration with the novelist Sara Maitland, and was featured as one of the 150 Best Films Ever Made in Film: The Critic’s Choice, edited by Geoff Andrew. Lingford has also animated sequences for the ﬁlm Secrecy by Peter Galison and Robb Moss, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2008, and for the award-winning documentary We Still Live Here, directed by Anne Makepeace. She was the recipient of a 2008–09 Harvard Film Study Center Fellowship for Little Deaths, a short animated ﬁlm using recorded interviews, which has won awards at three international festivals and been shown in over 40 festivals and theaters around the world. Recently she has worked on documentaries for PBS and NBC.