Meet the speakers: Reframing Film 2022

Some of the most distinctive voices in film curation and archiving are coming together to explore the potential of reframing film heritage. Taking place in-person at Watershed, Bristol, the industry day of events at Cinema Rediscovered is free to book, and open to all FAN Members and Archive practitioners.

Ahead of the talks, we introduce the speakers who will be joining Reframing Film 2022 to discuss a broad range of topics concerning distribution and exhibition of archive and repertory cinema.

  • Reframing Film: The Ripple Effect of Festivals, 11am – 11.50am

 

Ehsan Khoshbakht (Co-Director, Il Cinema Ritrovato)

An architect by training, Ehsan Khoshbakht curates films around the world and is also a filmmaker (Duke Ellington in Isfahan, Telluride 2021; Filmfarsi, Cinema Rediscovered 2019). His latest book, Asghar Farhadi: Interviews (co-edited with Drew Todd), is forthcoming from the University Press of Mississippi. He is Co-Director of Il Cinema Ritrovato, an annual film festival organised by Cineteca di Bologna, dedicated to classics, film restoration/preservation, and film heritage. Dubbed as “Glastonbury without the mud”, the festival screens more than 400 titles, in venues across Bologna and outdoor on the Piazza Maggiore. A good number of the new restorations shown during the festival are the result of the work carried out at L’Immagine Ritrovatalaboratories, attached to Cineteca di Bologna.

Kathryn Penny (Widescreen Weekend)

Kathryn is the Head of Screen and Cultural Engagement at Bradford’s National Science and Media Museum. She leads the Museum’s screen festivals programme including Widescreen Weekend, dedicated to large-screen formats and cinema technologies and Yorkshire Games Festival. Kathryn is currently developing delivery plans for the Museum’s role in Bradford’s ‘As Seen on Screen’ Screen Strategy and Bradford UK City of Culture 2025. Kathryn is a guest lecturer in filmmaking and film programming at the University of Bradford and a voluntary Director for the community organisation Impact Gamers.

Matthew Barrington (Curator, Barbican, Essay Film Festival) 

Matthew Barrington is a researcher and curator based in London. He is a cinema Curator for the Barbican. He has worked for the Manager of the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, Essay Film Festival, and the London Korean Film Festival.

The Essay Film Festival is an annual celebration of this elusive, disruptive, and dynamically hybrid form. Creative and critical, performative and political, the essay film is the cutting edge of cinema’s engagement with the world.

Kristi Matheson (Creative Director, Edinburgh Film Festival.)

Kristy Matheson is the Creative Director of Edinburgh International Film Festival. Kristy is the former Director of Film at ACMI, Australia’s national museum of screen culture, served on Screen Australia’s Gender Matters Taskforce and is a recipient of the Natalie Miller Fellowship. Kristy currently serves as a committee member for online journal, Senses of Cinema. Established in 1947, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema .

Session Chair – Mark Cosgrove (Cinema Curator, Watershed & Founder, Cinema Rediscovered)

Mark has worked in and been a champion of independent cinema exhibition for over 30 years. He has curated seasons and touring programmes ranging from 1971: The Year Hollywood Went Independent and New Portuguese Cinema to retrospectives of French filmmaker Claire Denis, Austrian director Ulrich Seidl, Bristol born J. Lee Thompson and composer Bernard Herrmann. He is Cinema Curator at Watershed in Bristol one of the UK’s leading independent cinemas and founded Cinema Rediscovered in 2016. He has been on juries at Cannes, Venice and Berlin Film festivals and in 2010 received the ’Entrepreneur of the Year’ from Europa Cinemas.

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  • Reframing Film: Repertory Programming – all year round, 12.10pm – 1pm, Cinema 3

Wendy Cook, Head of Cinema (Head of Cinema, Hyde Park Picture House)

“Since 2006 Wendy Cook has been Head of Cinema at the Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds. In that time, she has overseen a move towards a more open and inclusive approach to operating the Grade II listed cinema, growing both the breadth of its programme and its audience. Since 2014 she has focused on a delivery of a major refurbishment project at the venue which is intended to bring the much-loved historical building in line with the needs of its community today as well as creating a sustainable and secure future in which it can continue to adapt and grow.”

Paul Gallagher (Programme Manager, Glasgow Film Theatre)

Paul Gallagher (he/him) is Programme Manager at Glasgow Film Theatre, where he is responsible for the year-round programming of the cinema’s 3 screens. Playing a wide range of titles new and old from the UK, Europe and the rest of the world, Paul works with GFT colleagues and a variety of distributors and programme partners, from major companies to independent producers. Having been in the role since 2018, Paul was previously the Marketing Manager for Glasgow Film, overseeing the Marketing teams for both the cinema and the annual Glasgow Film Festival. His favourite directors include Hirokazu Kore-eda, Sofia Coppola, Alfred Hitchcock, Krzysztof Kieslowski and Martin Scorsese. He is also a keen reader and coffee drinker.

Isra Al Kassi (Co-Founder, T.A.P.E. Collective)

Isra (she/her) has a background in events management and community spaces and cinemas. She is the co-founder of  T A P E Collective and has curated for London Short Film Festival, BFI Southbank and Aesthetica Short Film Festival. Isra has more recently worked with BIFA, Inclusive Cinema, Independent Film Trust and London Film Festival, Habibi Collective and Shasha with a focus on audience development and outreach. In addition to her work with T A P E she is currently the Head Of Programmes and Audience Development with Birds’ Eye View.

Julie Pearce (Head of Distribution, BFI)

Julie has held various positions in the programming team at BFI and has been responsible for organising major retrospectives such as Ingmar Bergman, Hitchcock, Pasolini.  Now BFI Head of Distribution & Programme Operations responsible for recent releases such as BAIT, MOGUL MOWGLI, AFTER LOVE, ALL MY FRIENDS HATE ME and re-releases such as LA HAINE and GET CARTER. Also currently managing BFI IMAX programme as it returns to BFI operation from 22 July.  Currently co-programmes the Archive strand of the BFI London Film Festival.

Session Chair – Mark Cosgrove (Cinema Curator, Watershed & Founder, Cinema Rediscovered)

Mark has worked in and been a champion of independent cinema exhibition for over 30 years. He has curated seasons and touring programmes ranging from 1971: The Year Hollywood Went Independent and New Portuguese Cinema to retrospectives of French filmmaker Claire Denis, Austrian director Ulrich Seidl, Bristol born J. Lee Thompson and composer Bernard Herrmann. He is Cinema Curator at Watershed in Bristol one of the UK’s leading independent cinemas and founded Cinema Rediscovered in 2016. He has been on juries at Cannes, Venice and Berlin Film festivals and in 2010 received the ’Entrepreneur of the Year’ from Europa Cinemas.

  • Preservation of Access: Deconstructing Ownership of and Access to African Archive Film, 1.50pm – 2.50pm Cinema 3

June Givanni (June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive)

June Givanni is a pioneering international film curator who has considerable experience in film and broadcasting for over 30 years and she is regarded as a resource for African and African diaspora cinema. The development of the Pan African Cinema Archive is based on her collections from years of working in the field of cinema. Her motivation for the archive is to make this valuable heritage collection as widely accessible as possible.

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Jesse Gerard (Founding Member, Ajabu Ajabu)

Jesse Gerard is a storyteller from Kasulu, Tanzania, currently working as a writer and curator in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He is a founding member of Ajabu Ajabu — a collective of practitioners actively working on the preservation, production, and presentation of audio-visual art forms. He has curated extensively at Nafasi Art Space, a multidisciplinary art centre, where he has worked to support the artistic development of emerging artists and culture workers. His writing has been featured in journals such as Art Monthly, Nairobi Contemporary, The Black Explorer, and OFF TO.

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Martin Mhando (Director, Maangamizi (2001), Zanzibar International Film Festival)

Professor Martin Mhando is a retired Research Fellow with Murdoch University, Western Australia. He is co‐editor of the Journal of African Cinemas and has directed and produced award‐winning films in both fiction and documentary. A resident of Zanzibar where he has returned to further develop the film industry, Martin is currently CEO and Festival Director of the Zanzibar International Film Festival.

Liz Chege (Festival Director, AIM)

Liz Chege is as a Salzburg Global Fellow (’22), curator and Berlinale Talent alumna. She is a co-founding member of Come the Revolution, a collective of creatives and curators committed to exploring Black life, experience and cultural expression through cinema. She was programme producer of British Council’s No Direct Flight at British Film Institute’s Southbank, a cross-media exploration of global African diaspora moving-image makers that interrogated how the digital world has shaped culture and aesthetics. She’s an associate of Cinema Rediscovered and has served on film festival juries for One World Media, Cork International Film Festival (Cinematic Documentary) and others. Most recently, she was appointed festival director of Africa in Motion Film Festival (Scotland).

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Session Chair – Mosa Mpetha

Mosa Mpetha is a curious and passionate film curator who works for Hyde Park Picture House, is part of the organising team of Scalarama Leeds, and programmes her own DIY pop-up retrospective screenings. She is particularly interested in Black and African cinema and improving access to these films for the diaspora community and ultimately making positive sector changes.

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  • Restored & Rediscovered Slate Presentation, 3pm – 4pm Cinema 3

Mikaela Smith (Programming Team, Independent Cinema Office)

Mikaela joined the Independent Cinema Office as a Film Programmer at the start of January 2022. Previously, she was in the role Programme Manager at Showroom Cinema in Sheffield in 2020, guiding the cinema through recovery and rebuilding audiences for a wide-ranging film programme with a focus on independent and international film. Mikaela was at the Showroom for five years, taking on various roles in Programming and Audience Development. She has been working across film programming, audience development and producing cultural events since graduating in 2014.

 

Julie Pearce, (Head of Distribution, BFI)

Julie has held various positions in the programming team at BFI and has been responsible for organising major retrospectives such as Ingmar Bergman, Hitchcock, Pasolini.  Now BFI Head of Distribution & Programme Operations responsible for recent releases such as BAIT, MOGUL MOWGLI, AFTER LOVE, ALL MY FRIENDS HATE ME and re-releases such as LA HAINE and GET CARTER. Also currently managing BFI IMAX programme as it returns to BFI operation from 22 July.  Currently co-programmes the Archive strand of the BFI London Film Festival.

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Jack Bell (Director of Theatrical Sales, Park Circus)

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Jack has worked at Park Circus for 10 years overseeing the company’s international theatrical sales operation. Working with over 100 countries worldwide, Park Circus ensure theatrical distribution for many of the greatest films ever made, representing all the major Hollywood studios and British libraries. Every day Jack works with programmers of festivals and cinemas around the world who share the same passion – seeing films back on the big screen. Jacks biggest satisfaction is helping to make that happen.

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Candy Vincent-Smith  (Senior UK Catalogue Project Manager, STUDIO CANAL)

Candy Vincent-Smith has been Senior Catalogue Project Manager at Studiocanal UK for over a decade, managing restorations, reissues and events from their vast library of classic film and producing content for bonus features and social channels, including the Vintage Classics label which boasts over 100 titles.

Lauren Baker (Manager, MUBI GO)

Lauren joined MUBI earlier this year as MUBI GO Manager, expanding the scheme across the country and helping to launch it abroad. She also helps with theatrical bookings and is looking forward to bringing some great independent cinema to the big screen this year. She has previously worked in several cinemas in the UK and Australia and was a Film Programmer at ODEON Cinemas for 5 years.

Session Chair – Neil Ramjee

Neil Ramjee is the Community Manager for Film Hub South West. In previous lives, he has worked in both the community and commercial film scene for the last 10 years, whilst moonlighting as a culture and film critic for both print and radio. He has also employed his skills behind the camera on everything from Bollywood blockbusters to shoe-string features.
  • New Directions, 4.10pm – 5.50pm Cinema 2

Andy Robson (Screen Heritage Producer, Film Hub North)

Andy Robson is the Screen Heritage Producer for the BFI Film Audience Network. With Film Hub North, he oversees the New Directions fund encouraging exhibitors to deliver screenings and events that celebrate the collections of the National and Regional Film Archives.

 

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