Open City Documentary Festival

Announcing Participants of Another Gaze Critics Workshop

We are delighted to announce the participants of our Critics Workshop in collaboration with Another Gaze.

 

The Critics Workshop is an immersive five-day programme developed with the Another Gaze editorial team that will provide an introduction to the ethics and methodologies of feminist film criticism for 12 selected participants. The programme will be hosted by Daniella Shreir (co-editor and founder of Another Gaze), with presentations by Simran Hans, Emily LaBarge, Rebecca Liu, Alice Spawls & Missouri Williams.

Another Gaze is a feminist film journal, founded in January 2016 to provide nuanced criticism about women and queers as filmmakers, protagonists and spectators.

The 12 selected writers who will take part in the workshop are:

Lauren Houlton: Lauren Houlton is a curator and writer based in London. She is currently doing a PhD in collaborative feminist filmmaking at the University of Westminster. In 2017 she was awarded the Michael O’Pray Prize for new writing on artist moving image. Her writing has been featured in Art Agenda, Art Monthly, and MAP Magazine and she organises film screenings as The Camera: Nous.

Kariima Ali: Kariima is a freelance photographer, curator, and doctoral researcher. Her current project is in collaboration with The Black Cultural Archives. She is a co-founder of the art collective ‘Thick/er Black Lines’ and has previously worked with the BFI as a member of their Future Film steering group and as a freelance critic with the Doha Film Institute.

Sophie Paul: Sophie Paul is a designer and writer based in South East London and Oxfordshire. Using critical writing, collaborative publishing, and experimental performance, her work intersects critical theory, trashiness, and eroticisms. She is currently completing a Masters in Writing at the Royal College of Art, and is one half of Sticky Fingers Publishing, an intra-dependant feminist publishers based in London.

Ellen Lapper: Ellen is a London-born visual anthropologist, artist and writer, largely engaging in participatory projects across different mediums. Her research explores identity construction and placemaking – from postcolonial studies to online personas and the digital afterlife. Ellen has shown films internationally and also works as a translator from German to English.

Micha Frazer-Carroll: Micha is an arts and culture columnist at the Independent, and former opinion editor at gal-dem. She is interested in race, disability, pop culture, anti-capitalism, and all the ways that they interact. Micha is currently working on a book on the politics of mental health for Pluto Press.

Loulwah Kutbi: Loulwah Kutbi is a London-based Hijazi writer and researcher at Mathqaf who’s currently pursuing a degree in French and Politics. Her work explores the intersection of historical construction(s) of Arab national identity as it has been portrayed through cultural productions and the impact of globalisation on contemporary concepts of identity and belonging.

Noa Ryan: Noa Ryan is a writer and archivist in New York.

Laura Jacobs: Laura Jacobs is an LA/London-based writer and programmer focused on engaging with artists’ moving image works. She is the winner of the 2019 Michael O’Pray Prize and has been published in print and online by Art Monthly, Sight & Sound, Dazed, and The Quietus, among others.

Leila Sackur: Leila is a writer and critic based in North London. Her writing on film & television has been published in Frieze, Dazed, It’s Freezing in LA! and beyond. In her work, Leila is most interested in exploring how processes such as privatisation and gentrification affect the production and distribution of culture.

Jessica Piette: Jessica is a curator and writer currently based in Birmingham with a research interest in ecological and feminist artistic practice and moving image. She studied MLitt Curatorial Practice at The Glasgow School of Art, and participated in CAMPUS Independent Study programme (Nottingham Contemporary). She has written for Corridor8 and Cuntemporary.

Hallie Ayres: Hallie Ayres is an arts administrator and writer living in Brooklyn, New York.

Naomi Gessesse: Naomi is a writer from Glasgow who has worked with several film festivals including SQIFF, BFMAF and Africa in Motion. They hold a film studies degree and are now working towards sustaining a writing and curating career.