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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.
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).
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.
Born in Montreal, Mario is a “monster kid” who teaches courses on genre cinema and monsters 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 with the Volatile Works collective for ten years, working primarily in super-8 and 16mm. His films combine a love of silent cinema, “exploitation films,” the horror genre, and agit-prop sensibilities. He is also a programmer and coordinator at the Montreal Underground Film Festival. He completed his PhD at the University of Toronto, and also writes in the area of film and religion. He is presently undertaking research on the history of the Parisian Grand-Guignol theatre and its impact on cinematic horror, especially the French “fantastique.” He has published articles on the Grand-Guignol and cinema in the Journal of Horror Studies and in the upcoming book, Fragments of the Monster: Recovering Forties Horror, which he is a co-editor. He is also publishing an article on Jean Rollin for the book, Global Fear: International Horror Film Directors, (Intellect Press). He has written articles for Golem: The Journal of Religion and Monsters, as well as for the Journal of Religion and Film, and for the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. He is an occasional writer for the Canadian horror genre magazine Rue-Morgue.
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.
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.
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).
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 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 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).
Dru Jeffries is a PhD candidate in the Film and Moving Image Studies department at 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 forthcoming dissertation.
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.
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.
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).
Kristopher is a PhD candidate in Film and Moving Image Studies at Concordia University and a tenured faculty member of the English Department at Dawson College in Montreal, where he teaches courses on the Gothic, the fantastic, and horror in literature and film. Kristopher is a programmer for the Montreal Underground Film Festival and co-director of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. He has also served for seven years as a co-chair for the Horror Area of the Popular Culture / American Culture Association (PCA/ACA), and is a charter associate and secretary of the Whedon Studies Association. He has published on the television series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (2010), has a co-authored essay (with Papagena Robbins) on the intersection of the Gothic and documentary in the journal TEXTUS, entitled “Gothumentary: The Gothic Unsettling of Documentary’s Rhetoric of Rationality” (2012), and has an essay on THE CABIN IN THE WOODS in the forthcoming A JOSS WHEDON READER (2014). Kristopher is currently at work on two edited anthologies, FRAGMENTS OF THE MONSTER: RECOVERING FORTIES HORROR (with Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare and Charlie Ellbé) and HORROR IN THE “TERROR” AGE (with Will Dodson). His current research interests in cinema, television and literature include the horror genre, the Gothic, spirit photography, documentary, mockumentary, and pseudo-documentary. Kristopher holds an FQRSC doctoral research fellowship for his dissertation research involving Gothic realism in horror cinema.