Emilie Sannom, The Fear of Death was Not So Great
Jia Zhangke, Downtime & The Long Take
Carolyn Funk, SHOWINGS
John Akomfrah interviewed by Devika Girish
Keegan Fong, Tampopo + Kitchen Sink Soba
New Red Order, Culture Capture: Terminal Adddition
Olivier Assayas, Cinema in the Present Tense
Amy Heller, Canon Fodder
Sylvère Lotringer interviewed by Jonathan Thomas
Ingrid Caven sings Air du Rat
Daniel Spaulding, Sayre Gomez: Hilarity Ensues
Adam Piron, Pure Legend: Dispatch from an Incomplete Search for the DeMille Indians
Sandi Tan, 10 Soundtracks
Courtney Stephens, The elm, the oak, the deer, and the City of the wicked
Kevin Jerome Everson interviewed by Anna Hogg
Donatella Di Cesare interviewed by Jonathan Thomas
Penelope Uribe-Abee, Sopa de Fideo, The Kid, and Modern Times
Diane Burns, Alphabet City Serenade
John Akomfrah (b. 1957) is an artist and filmmaker. He is a co-founder of Black Audio Film Collective, Smoking Dogs Films, and is represented by Lisson Gallery, London. Recent international group shows include: Ghana Pavilion, 58th Venice Biennale, Italy (2019); Prospect 4, New Orleans, LA, USA (2017); Unfinished Conversations, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, USA (2017); British Art Show 8 (2015-17) and All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy (2015). His new exhibition, The Unintended Beauty of Disaster, opens April 13 at Lisson Gallery in London
Diane Burns (Chemehuevi/Ojibwa) was educated at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where she was awarded the Congressional Medal of Merit. She later attended Barnard College of Columbia University, where she majored in political science. Burns was a member of the Third World Writers Association, the Feminist Writers Guild, and the Poet’s Overland Expeditionary Troupe. Her chapbook, Riding the One-Eyed Ford, was published by Contact II in 1981 and nominated for the William Carlos Williams Award.
Ingrid Caven (b. 1938) is an actor and cabaret singer best known for her performances in the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, including Love is Colder Than Death (1969), Gods of the Plague (1969), Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (1969), Rio das Mortes (1970), The American Soldier (1970), The Merchant of Four Seasons (1971), Martha (1973), Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven (1975), Fear of Fear (1975), and In a Year of 13 Moons (1978). Muse to Yves Saint-Laurent, she is the subject of Jean-Jacques Schuhl’s award-winning Ingrid Caven: A Novel (2000).
Donatella Di Cesare is Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the Sapienza University in Rome. One of the most significant voices on the Italian intellectual scene, she is a contributor to numerous newspapers, websites, and journals in Italy and elsewhere. Her books have been translated into eight languages.
Kevin Jerome Everson was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio. He has made nine feature-length films and over 160 short films. Everson’s films and artwork have been shown at the Sundance Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Oberhausen Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, as well as at the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Museum of African-American History, The Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, Andrew Kreps Gallery, and Centre Pompidou. Everson is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and Creative Capital foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, and the American Academy in Rome, and he is the recipient of both an Alpert Award and a Heinz Award. He is represented by Picture Palace Pictures and Andrew Kreps Gallery, both in New York, and is currently a professor of art at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville.
Keegan Fong is owner of Woon Kitchen, a family-run Chinese restaurant in Los Angeles specializing in chewy, wok-seared Shanghainese noodles.
Carolyn Funk is an artist living in New York.
Devika Girish is the Co-Deputy Editor of Film Comment magazine and a Talks programmer at the New York Film Festival. She is also a contributor to the New York Times, Sight & Sound, Reverse Shot, Criterion, Village Voice, CinemaScope, and other publications, and has served on the selection committees of the Mumbai Film Festival and the Berlin Critics' Week. Her work has been recognized with a 2018 National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award and a 2019 Southern California Journalism Award, among other honors.
Amy Heller cofounded and runs Milestone Films with her husband/partner Dennis Doros from the basement of their home in New Jersey.
Anna Hogg holds an MFA in Film and Video from the California Institute of Arts and is currently teaching film and video at the University of Virginia. Her films have screened at the Kasseler DokFest, Chicago Underground Film Festival, and Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and in 2017 she was awarded the Jury Prize for Best International Work at the WNDX Festival of Moving Image.
Itch Princess is the musical moniker of visual artist Katelyn Farstad. Itch Princess mostly manifests as an album-based project in which she writes, records, produces, and performs all of the songs. She sometimes enlists improvisation or production support from musicians she admires. She has scored one film and written sound pieces for live dance in the past. She currently resides in New York City.
Sylvère Lotringer (b. 1938) is a literary critic, editor, and founder of the publishing house Semiotext(e). He is Professor Emeritus of French Literature and Philosophy at Columbia University and Jean Baudrillard Chair at The European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. He lives in Los Angeles and Baja, Mexico.
New Red Order (NRO) is a public secret society facilitated by core contributors Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys. Working with an interdisciplinary network of informants—including Ashley Byler, Driftnote, Jim Fletcher, Inpatient Press, KITE, Maiingan “iNDiO1763” Wiikwedong, Kyleigh M. Mathewson, Tony Oursler, Laura Ortman, Jeremy Pheiffer, Gaile Pranckunaite, Walter Scott, Rezarta Seferi, Bayley Sweitzer, Walker Tate, Virgil Taylor, Kate Valk, and others—the NRO co-produces video, performance, and installation works that confront settler colonial tendencies and obstacles to Indigenous growth and agency.
Adam Piron is a filmmaker based in Southern California. He's a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, a Kanienʼkehá꞉ka (Mohawk) descendant and was raised in Phoenix, Arizona. His films have played in The New Yorker's Documentary Series, True/False Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, MoMA Doc Fortnight, Camden International Film Festival, Indie Grits and various other festivals. He is also a co-founder of COUSIN, a collective supporting Indigenous artists expanding the form of film. He currently works as the Associate Director of Sundance Institute's Indigenous Program.
Emilie Sannom was an actor, stunt performer, and pioneer of Danish “sensationsfilm” of the 1910s.
Daniel Spaulding is Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He is a founding editor of Selva: A Journal of the History of Art (selvajournal.org).
Courtney Stephens is a non-fiction and experimental filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited at the Berlinale, the Museum of Modern Art, New York Film Festival, The National Gallery of Art, and elsewhere.
Sandi Tan is a filmmaker and novelist based in Los Angeles. She made the autobiographical film Shirkers (Netflix), wrote the non-autobiographical novel Lurkers (Soho), and can be found on IG as @_sanditan_ mostly posting pictures of cats.
Penelope Uribe-Abee is from Los Angeles and is a graduate of UCLA. Her artistic upbringing through community arts guides her career as a maker and art educator. Her work primarily revolves around identity, cultural geography and family. She has worked for institutions like the Fowler Museum, MOCA, and the Dept of Cultural Affairs as an educator. She has shown work locally in Los Angeles at the REDCAT, LA Film Forum, and The Echo Park Film Center. Additionally, she runs a food pantry in El Sereno and is involved in the work of food justice and sovereignty in Los Angeles.
Jia Zhangke is one of China’s most prominant and critically acclaimed filmmakers. He is a writer, producer, and director known for Xiao Wu (1997), Platform (2000), The World (2004), Still Life (2008), and A Touch of Sin (2013), winner of Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2016 Jia opened a noodle restaurant specializing in Dao Bo Mian in his hometown of Fenyang.