FLEX 2019 Jurors

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, AfterimageFilm 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.


Dana Plays subverts “informational films into a celluloid mirror of transgression as a larger cultural pathology” constructing a “haunting, emotional exploration of human isolation.” Narrativity emerges through  “formal references to early cinema” that weave autobiography with the “historical moment which changed our conception of subjectivity.” (from notes by Kathy Geritz and William Tester)  Her films have exhibited internationally at venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art; the San Francisco Cinematheque at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; the Pacific Film Archive at the University Art Museum; Filmforum at Lace and the Egyptian Theater; Millennium Film Workshop; Seattle International Film Festival; Montreal Nouveau Film Festival; Leipzig Documentary Film Festival, and more. Her films have garnered numerous film festival awards including Juror’s Choice Award at the Black Maria Film Festival, for Nuclear Family; Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at the Ann Arbor Film Festival for Zero Hour; Best Documentary at the New Orleans Film Festival for Love Stories My Grandmother Tells; and Best Experimental Film at the Huston International