Nazli Dinçel (USA/Turkey) is a first generation immigrant born in Ankara, Turkey. Dinçel resides in Milwaukee, WI where she is currently building an artist run film laboratory. She obtained her MFA in filmmaking from UW-Milwaukee. Her works have been exhibited in venues including Tiger Shorts competition at IFFR, NYFF, BAFICI, EIFF and HKIFF.She recently won the Helen Hill Award at the 2018 Orphan Film Symposium, the Eileen Maitland Award at the 2018 AAFF, Jury Awards at 2018 ICdocs and MUFF for Between Relating and Use (2018)
In addition to exhibiting with institutions, Dinçel avidly self-distributes and tours with her work in micro-cinemas, artist run laboratories and alternative screening spaces in order to support and circulate handmade filmmaking to communities outside of institutions.
Almudena Escobar López is an independent curator, programmer, archivist, and researcher from Spain. She is Curatorial Assistant at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY and is currently completing her PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. Her research considers affect as an alternative collaborative approache to knowledge questioning the limits of institutional archives. She has worked at LUX Artists’ moving image, The Academy Film Archive, the Archives of American Art, and the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester. She has written for publications such as MUBI Notebook, The Brooklyn Rail, Afterimage, Film Quarterly, Little White Lies, or Desistfilm Magazine. She is member of the collective screening project On-Film, and co-programmed with Herb Shellenberger the Flaherty NYC series ‘Common Visions’ at Anthology Film Archives. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY; the editorial board of InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal of Visual Culture; and the Advisory Board of Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center, Buffalo, NY.