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Alanna Thain

Alanna Thain Alanna Thain teaches cultural studies and world cinemas, and also directs the Moving Image Research Laboratory (mirl.lab.mcgill.ca) at McGill University, where at least part of HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME (1981) was filmed (most of the film was filmed at Concordia University). She would like to confirm that she is still recovering from watching that film while unsupervised at a very young age, and is still waiting to be able to watch it again. Her horror specialty is the work of David Lynch. She also runs a bike powered mobile cinema project, Cinema out of the Box, and collaborated with the Volatile Den for a cemetery screening last summer (https://www.facebook.com/mobilecinemamontreal).

Annaëlle Winand

Annaëlle Winand Annaëlle is a PhD student at l'Université de Montréal and film programmer at the Montreal Underground Film Festival. She grew up in Belgium where she studied history and archival science all while developing a passion for horror, surrealist and experimental cinema. She has written about horror for different Belgian and French websites and magazines (KWEB, SINOK, DESPERATEZOMBIE). Her research now focuses on the use of archives in experimental found footage films.

Anne Golden

Anne Golden Anne Golden is on the Creative Arts faculty of John Abbott College, and is Artistic Director of Groupe Intervention Video, an artist-run distribution, exhibition and production centre for videos directed by women. She is an independent curator and writer whose programs include Horizontal Holds/Vertical Views: Recent Canadian Art Video (Musée National du Québec, 2001) and Seuils/Thresholds (Edges Festival, Victoria, 2006). She has also curated programs for Vtape (Toronto) and Centre for Art Tapes (Halifax). Golden has made 12 videos since 1991. Among these are FAT CHANCE (1994), BIG GIRL TOWN (1998), SOMME (2005) and FROM THE ARCHIVES OF VIDÉO POPULAIRE (2007).

Ariel Esteban Cayer

Ariel Esteban Cayer Ariel Esteban Cayer is a writer and film programmer based in Montréal. He holds a BFA in Film Studies from Concordia University and has been working with the Fantasia International Film Festival since 2012, where he has been a programmer since 2013. He is also the director and curator of Film POP, the film section of the POP Montréal International Music Festival, since 2014. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to genre film publications such as SPECTACULAR OPTICAL, FANGORIA and RUE MORGUE, as well as francophone outlets such as PANORAMA-CINÉMA, 24 IMAGES, VOIR and VICE QUÉBEC.

Ayanna Dozier

Ayanna Dozier Ayanna Dozier is a first year doctoral student in the department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies at McGill, she obtained her undergraduate degree in Art History and French at Chapman University and her graduate degree at New York University in the department of Media, Culture, and Communication. Ayanna first encountered horror during her formative years through the work of Stephen King when she saw the television two-part movie It at the age of four, followed by Misery at age five and Carrie at age seven. Horror, for Ayanna, offers generous explorations of viewing and experiencing queerness, as performed through bodily difference, on screen. She actively seeks to incorporate the genre in her research on any level all while negotiating her still prevalent and persistent nightmares of Pennywise; on a completely unrelated note, she posses a mild, not disruptive, case of coulrophobia. She currently resides in Montréal.

Carl Sederholm

Carl Sederholm Carl Sederholm is Associate Professor of Humanities at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. His publications include, "What Screams Are Made of: Representing Cosmic Fear in H.P. Lovecraft's 'Pickman's Model'" (2006), and the books, POE, "THE HOUSE OF USHER" AND THE AMERICAN GOTHIC (2009) and ADAPTING POE (both with Dennis Perry).

Charlie Ellbé

Charlie Ellbé Charlie is a recent graduate from the M. A. Film Studies program at Concordia University. She is now Coordinator of the Moving Image at the Concordia Visual Media Resources. In the summer of 2010, Charlie received a travel fund to go to the USC and Margaret Herrick Library archives to research her Master's thesis. With access to original documentation from the 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. Last summer, she served on the jury of the Montreal Underground Film Festival. She is currently co-editing an anthology of essays on 1940s horror films with Kristopher Woofter and Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare.

Chris Alexander

Chris Alexander Chris Alexander has spent his life eating, sleeping and breathing movies, breaking only to obsess over music. He is the editor-in-chief of FANGORIA magazine, has released several collections of his own music, has written a book about movies he loves, and his first feature film - which he wrote, directed, co-shot, edited, composed the music, handled FX and even catered - BLOOD FOR IRINA will be released via Autonomy Pictures later this year. Visit Chris at www.chris-alexander.ca.

Chris Whittaker

Chris Whittaker Chris Whittaker is a physics teacher and Coordinator of the Science Program at Dawson College. He has a Masters Degree in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University where he specialized in aeronautics and nuclear engineering. At Dawson, he created a course for non-science students that explores a variety of topics in physics through movies and TV shows. Before his teaching career, Chris also completed a Masters Degree in Social Work and worked for several years in emergency mental health, with at-risk-youth and as an intake worker at a CLSC. Along the way he also managed to do two radio documentaries for the CBC Radio One program Ideas, including one on how size matters in engineering, biology and the movies.

Cory Legassic

Cory Legassic Cory Legassic is a faculty member of the Humanities and Sociology Departments at Dawson College, Montréal, Québec, where he teaches courses on Social Movements, Social Justice Education, Anti-Racism, Media and Feminist Masculinities. His article “Reasonable Accommodation as a Settling Concept” was published in The Canadian Women’s Studies Journal in their special issue on Women and Canadian Multiculturalism (2010). An article on horror icon Rondo Hatton and the politics of disfigurement in forties horror is forthcoming.

Daniel Bird

Daniel Bird Daniel Bird is a writer, filmmaker, and one of the world's leading scholars on Eastern European cult cinema. He has curated numerous retrospectives, overseen film restorations, participated in DVD commentaries and is best known as the biographer of both Walerian Borowczyk and Andrzej Żuławski.

Dru Jeffries

Dru Jeffries Dru Jeffries has a PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies from Concordia University, with a MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. His work on the intersections between comics and cinema can be read in QUARTERLY REVIEW OF FILM AND VIDEO 31.1, CINEACTION 77, as well as his dissertation (2014).

Éric Falardeau

Éric Falardeau Éric Falardeau holds a Master’s degree in Film Studies from the Université de Montréal. His short films have been screened at festivals from around the world (France, Spain, Italy, Slovakia, Germany, South Africa, UK, USA, Brazil and Canada); attracting new fans and critical acclaim along the way. In 2011, his first animated film Crépuscule won a special mention “For its bold address of sexuality in animation” at the international FanTasia Film Festival (Montreal, Canada). Thanatomorphose is his first full-length feature. He is the guest curator for the new exhibition, "Secrets and Illusions - The Magic of Special Effects" (Cinémathèque québécoise). Éric Falardeau est titulaire d’une maîtrise en études cinématographiques obtenue à l’Université de Montréal. Il est auteur, conférencier, enseignant et archiviste. Il a réalisé des courts-métrages qui ont été projetés dans de nombreux festivals internationaux où ils ont remporté plusieurs prix. Crépuscule est son premier film d’animation. Thanatomorphose, (2012) est son premier long-métrage. Il est le commissaire invité de l’exposition permanente « Secrets et Illusions – la magie des effets spéciaux » (Cinémathèque québécoise).

J. Shea

J. Shea J. Shea teaches in the Department of English at Dawson College in Montreal. Years before becoming a Shakespearean and receiving a PhD in English from McGill University, J. was weaned on low-budget horror films broadcast on local Chicago television.

Karen Herland

Karen Herland Karen probably permanently damaged her eyes reading very scary books under the covers by flashlight just to prove to herself that she could. She earned her MA in Communication Studies at McGill - reading 24 years worth of microfilm for seven different Montreal dailies in the early 20th century, to figure out how the press represented vice, crime and prostitution (OK, that didn’t help the eyesight, either). She occasionally teaches courses on gender, space, power and culture at Concordia’s Simone de Beauvoir Institute.

Kier-La Janisse

Kier-La Janisse Kier-La Janisse is a writer and film programmer based in Montreal. She is the editor of Fangoria.com, co-founded the Blue Sunshine Psychotronic Film Centre and The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, and is a film programmer for POP Montreal, Fantastic Fest and SF Indie. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival and the Big Smash! Music-on-Film Festival (both in Vancouver) and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She has written for Shindig!, Filmmaker, Rue Morgue and Fangoria magazines, has contributed to The Scarecrow Movie Guide (Sasquatch Books, 2004) and Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punk on Film (Fantagraphics, 2010), and is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women (FAB Press, 2012).

Kristopher Woofter

Kristopher Woofter Kristopher Woofter is a faculty member of the English Department at Dawson College, where he teaches courses on the American Gothic, the Weird tradition, and horror in literature, cinema and television. He has served for ten years as a co-chair for the Horror Area of the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations’ annual national conference, and is a charter associate and former two-term secretary of the Whedon Studies Association. He received his PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies from Concordia University. His publications include work on the television series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (2010), on the intersection of the Gothic and documentary in the Italian journal TEXTUS, (2012), and an essay on THE CABIN IN THE WOODS in READING JOSS WHEDON (Syracuse UP, 2014). Other publications include a co-edited collection entitled, RECOVERING 1940s HORROR CINEMA: TRACES OF A LOST DECADE (2015, Lexington) and a forthcoming project on Joss Whedon and horror. Kristopher is also a programmer for the Montréal Underground Film Festival and co-director of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – Montréal.

Lateef Martin

Lateef Martin Lateef Martin is the founder of transmedia company Miscellaneum Studios. He is also illustrator and co-writer of their first project: Seven years after a zombie apocalypse, Montréal must adapt to a world full of the undead. Welcome to the world of Z’ISLE. It is a comic-centered transmedia property that includes a comic book series and video game (under development). Each stand alone, but tell a greater story in combination. This format and the world itself welcomes the audience as co-creators of the locations, characters, and history. Z’ISLE is currently on issue four of nine of Volume one.

Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare

Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare Born in Montreal, Mario is a “monster kid” who teaches courses on genre cinema, grotesque traditions, and monster ethics in the Humanities department of John Abbott College. He began to watch monster movies at the age of 9, staying up to watch Hammer films on late-night television. He has been an independent filmmaker all his life beginning with his first super-8 film, ONE DARK NIGHT, which he shot in his parents's back yard. His films combine a love of silent cinema, “exploitation films,” the horror genre, and attractions-based sensibilities. He is also a programmer and coordinator at the Montreal Underground Film Festival. He completed his PhD at the University of Toronto, and is presently finishing a book linked to the history of the Parisian Grand-Guignol theatre, entitled SINISTER TABLEAUX: GRAND-GUIGNOL CINEMA, CORPOREALITY AND THE SENSES. He has published articles on the Grand-Guignol and cinema in the journal HORROR STUDIES (5.1), and in the book, RECOVERING 1940s HORROR: TRACES OF A LOST DECADE (2015), for which he is a co-editor. He is also publishing an article on Jean Rollin for the book, GLOBAL FEAR: INTERNATIONAL HORROR DIRECTORS (Intellect Press, 2016). He is an occasional writer for the Canadian horror genre magazine RUE-MORGUE.

Maude Michaud

Maude Michaud Maude Michaud is a Montreal-based writer-director who specializes in genre entertainment. Her debut feature film DYS- World Premiered in July 2014 at the Fantasia International Film Festival where it won the Audience Award for Best Canadian Feature. Her body of work includes over a dozen critically acclaimed short films which have toured the international festival circuit. She recently obtained her Master’s degree in Media Studies at Concordia University. She also created a documentary web series about the women in horror movement which served as a basis for her thesis project: “Horror Grrrls: Resistance and Agency within the Interpretive Community of Women Horror Filmmakers”.

Maxime Coulombe

Maxime Coulombe Maxime Coulombe est sociologue et historien de l'art. Il travaille sur le rapport à l'image dans les sociétés occidentales. Il a notamment publié aux Presses universitaires de France : Le monde sans fin des jeux vidéo, PUF, 2010, et Petite philosophie du zombie, PUF 2012. Il termine actuellement un ouvrage portant sur la peur de la ressemblance en histoire de l'art, à paraître en 2015.

Michael Wood

Michael Wood A graduate of the McGill Institute of Islamic Studies (2004), where he focused on the history and politics of Indonesia, Dr. Michael Wood is a full time faculty member in the Department of Humanities, Dawson College. His current research interests include the use and misuse of historical themes and symbols for purposes of nation building, regime legitimization and national branding in Indonesia and the Balkans. Additionally, he has a background in archaeology, having been involved in the excavations of a Roman bathhouse at Tel Dor, Israel, a Mayan palace at Cahel Pech, Belize and the Iron Age fortifications of Tell Jawa, Jordan. He has been interested in pseudo-archaeology, popular misconceptions of the past involving lost civilizations and ancient aliens, since the original broadcasts of the show In Search of in the late 1970’s. He has also held a long interest in the fantasy and horror works of Robert E, Howard, the creator of Conan and has presented on both of these subjects at the Miskatonic Institute. His publications include Official History in Modern Indonesia: New Order Perceptions and Counterviews (2005) and “Indonesian Nationalism” In Nations and Nationalism in Global Perspective: An Encyclopedia of Origins, Development and Contemporary Transitions (2008) and “Archaeology, National Histories and National Borders in Southeast Asia.” In The Borderlands of Southeast Asia: Geopolitics, Terrorism and Globalization (2011).

Ned Schantz

Ned Schantz Ned Schantz is a professor in the Department of English at McGill University, where he teaches courses on Hitchcock, horror, and the uncanny. His work on Hitchcock can be found in the journal CAMERA OBSCURA (2010) and in his book GOSSIP, LETTERS, PHONES: THE SCANDAL OF FEMALE NETWORKS IN FILM AND LITERATURE (Oxford 2008). His article on reenactment and GRIZZLY MAN appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of CRITICISM.

Papagena Robbins

Papagena Robbins Originally from San Francisco, California, Papagena is currently finishing up her dissertation in the Film and Moving Image Studies Doctoral program at Concordia University, where she teaches non-fiction film, writing, and film history. Her research looks to the baroque critical methodologies of recent archive-based city films to shed light on new/old uses of the moving image archive to cultivate historical consciousness as opposed to historical narrative. She also curates special programs of formally challenging documentaries for the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival in California, and is editing two up-coming special issues of the online, peer-review, film journal, SYNOPTIQUE: one on film festival networks, and another on the moving image archive in the 21st century. In 2012, Papagena and Miskatonic co-director, Kristopher Woofter co-wrote and published, “Gothumentary: The Gothic Unsettling of Documentary’s Rhetoric of Rationality” in the Italian literary journal Textus, an experience that remains one of her most satisfying intellectual collaborations to date.

Philip L. Simpson

Philip L. Simpson Philip L. Simpson received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Eastern Illinois University in 1986 and 1989, respectively, and his doctorate in American Literature from Southern Illinois University in 1996. He serves as Provost of the Titusville Campus of Brevard Community College in Florida. Before that, he was a professor of Communications and Humanities at the Palm Bay campus of Brevard Community College for eight years and Department Chair of Liberal Arts for five years. He also served as President of the Popular Culture Association and Area Chair of Horror for the Association. He received the Association’s Felicia Campbell Area Chair Award in 2006. He currently serves as Area Co-Chair of the Stephen King Area and the Vampire Area for the Association and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Popular Culture. His first book, Psycho Paths: Tracking the Serial Killer through Contemporary American Film and Fiction, was published in 2000 by Southern Illinois University Press; his second book, Making Murder: The Fiction of Thomas Harris, was published in 2010 by Praeger Press. He is the author of numerous other published essays on film, literature, popular culture, and horror.

Pradeep Pillai

Pradeep Pillai Pradeep Pillai is a research scientist and theoretician working in evolutionary ecology. He divides his time between Boston and Montreal

Shalon Noble

Shalon Noble Shalon Noble loves all things gothic. She holds a Ph.D. from Western University and teaches in the English department at Dawson College in Montréal. She studies and teaches Romanticism, ecocriticism, and theory, and her article about John Clare’s asylum poetry is forthcoming. Her current research is on the nature in and of Frankenstein.

Ursula Misztal

Ursula Misztal After moving to Montreal in 1996, Ursula finished a Master's Degree at the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism in London, Ontario. She has been busy ever since trying to master the art of teaching while working as a Literature instructor at Dawson College. Favourite courses include Feminism and Philosophy (New School), Utopia/Dystopia, Literature and Culture (Creative Arts Language and Literature program). The intersection between literature and science has become a recent interest.

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