Following Cinema Rediscovered’s annual call out for aspiring and early career video essay makers and film critics; we are excited to introduce the participants for the 6th edition of the Film Critics’ Workshop dedicated to video essays (July – Sept 2022) as part of the festival.
This year’s workshop will be led by film historian, programmer and video editor Jonathan Bygraves with guests including film scholar and video maker Catherine Grant, video essayist Jessica McGoff, film critic and editor Tara Judah and non-fiction filmmaker Charlie Shackleton.
These participants will benefit from practice-based insights, space to develop their voices and experiment with form as well as opportunities to interact with other creatives involved.
Find out more below about the twelve rising critics taking part. Be sure to keep an eye out for updates, videos, and writings from them following the festival – and into the future!
Amaya Bañuelos Marco is a film curator and educator based in Edinburgh. She currently works for Film Access Scotland, and regularly collaborates with Edinburgh-based Cinetopia curating films for its documentary strand Cinetopia:DOC. Having worked as a teacher, special needs educator, and youth worker, Amaya is passionate about film education and strongly believes in the power of cinema to transform people’s lives. She’s interested in the potential of video essays to enrich audiences’ understanding of films in a creative, accessible, and engaging way; and is excited about developing her film criticism skills in this medium.
Esther Okorocha is a 20-year-old, emerging writer and filmmaker currently based in the South-East of the UK. She has just finished her second-year studying English and Related Literature at the University of York. Esther’s short scripted work has placed in competitiosns such as The UK Film Festival Script Competition and The Script Lab Free Script Competition. She has also volunteered at the Sheffield Doc/Fest and the Sundance Film Festival: London. Esther is excited to develop her voice whilst producing the video essay and delighted to be a part of the 6th edition of Cinema Rediscovered.
Joy Hunter is sometimes a digital media master’s student, sometimes a writer, sometimes a comedian, sometimes a filmmaker, sometimes a video essayist and sometimes a barista, depending on the day. She grew up in Chester and went on to study at the University of Cambridge before moving to South London after a brief blip (cheeky two year lockdown). She is interested in how video can be used as a format to share knowledge in a way that is more accessible, engaging and entertaining than traditional academic papers. Her own video essays focus on applying literary theory to popular culture.
Hugo Usher-Sparks is currently studying a BA in Film and Theatre at the University of Reading. He has a particular interest in how marginalised communities are portrayed on screen, and enjoys exploring this topic through the creation of video essays.
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