Prof. Daniel Biltereyst
Daniel Biltereyst is Professor in Film and Media Studies at the Department of Communication Studies, Ghent University, Belgium, in addition to being the Director of the Centre for Cinema and Media Studies (CIMS). He has been a visiting professor at the Université Paris II, the Copenhagen University, and the Brno Masaryk University.
Biltereyst work deals with media and the public sphere, more specifically with film and screen culture as sites of censorship, controversy, public debate and audience’s engagement. He is the author of several books, and editor of various collections, including Explorations in New Cinema History (2011, Wiley-Blackwell, with R. Maltby and Ph.Meers), Cinema, Audiences and Modernity (2012, Routledge, with R. Maltby and Ph. Meers), Silencing Cinema: Film Censorship around the World (2013, Palgrave-Macmillan, with R. Vande Winkel), and Moralizing Cinema: Film, Catholicism, and Power (2015, Routledge, with D. Treveri Gennari) and has been published widely in edited volumes and journals, including publications in Cultural Studies, European Journal of Cultural Studies, European Journal of Communication, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Journal of Youth Studies, Media, Culture and Society, New Media & Society, Screen, Studies in French Cinema, Television & New Media.
Currently Biltereyst is working on a new book project on cinema/film historiography (The Routledge Companion to New Cinema History, with R. Maltby and Ph. Meers) and on a theme issue on cinemagoing experiences and memory studies for Memory Studies (with A. Kuhn and Ph. Meers).
Prof. A.W Eaton
A.W Eaton is an Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago, with affiliations in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and the Department of Fine Art at that same institution. She has been a Laurence Rockefeller Fellow at Princeton’s Center for Human Values and is currently the editor of the Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art section of Philosophy Compass.
Eaton works on topics in feminism, aesthetics and philosophy of art, value theory, and Italian Renaissance painting, including: the epistemological and ontological status of aesthetic value, the relationship between ethical and artistic value, feminist critiques of pornography, representations of rape in the European artistic tradition, and artifact teleology. She has edited a collection on the work of Pedro Almodóvar (2008, Routledge), and has been published widely in edited collections like Art and Pornography: Philosophical Essays (2012, Oxford University Press) as well as a wide variety of journals including publications in Ethics, Hypathia, Philosophy Compass, and The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.
Prof. Jon Lewis
Jon Lewis is a Distinguished Professor in Film Studies and a University Honors College Eminent Professor at the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University. He is the former editor of Cinema Journal.
Lewis’ research addresses the American film industry, issues of censorship, and American Film history. He has published ten books including Whom God Wishes to Destroy: Francis Coppola and the New Hollywood (1995, Duke UP); The New American Cinema (1998, Duke UP); Hollywood v. Hard Core: How the Struggle over Censorship Saved the Modern Film Industry (2000, NYU Press), The End of Cinema as We Know It: American Film in the Nineties (2001, NYU Press), and American Film: A History (2008, W. W. Norton) and has published widely in edited collections and journals including Jump Cut, Cinema Journal, Film International, Journal of Popular Culture. He has also appeared in two theatrically released documentaries on film censorship: Inside Deep Throat (Fenton Bailey, 2005) and This Film is Not Yet Rated (Kirby Dick, 2006).
He is currently editing Behind the Silver Screen, a ten book series for Rutgers University Press on the history of selected film occupations (screenwriter, director, actor, producer, cinematographer, art director, sound engineer, animator, editor, and costume designer).
Jennifer Lyon Bell
Jennifer Lyon Bell graduated with a BA in Psychology from Harvard and received an honors MA degree in Film Studies from the University of Amsterdam. Originally from San Francisco, she now lives in Amsterdam where she founded her company Blue Artichoke Films, which specializes in “erotic film for people who like film.” Producing erotic fiction films as well as documentaries, Bell is dedicated to making artistic, unusual erotic films that portray sexuality in an emotionally realistic way. Her films include the short film Headshot as well as the feature-length films Matinee, Skin.Like.Sun, and, most recently, Silver Shoes. Her films have been screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner and the Institute for Contemporary Arts in London, as well as the Berlin Porn Film Festival, Melbourne Underground Film Festival, CineKink NYC Film Festival, and San Francisco Indie Erotic Film Festival. She has won numerous awards including the Award for Best Direction and Movie of the Year Award at the Feminist Porn Awards in Toronto, Best Film Award at the Melbourne Underground Festival, and Best Film at CineKink NYC Film Festival. Blue Artichoke Films has been featured regularly in magazines, newspapers, documentaries, and on TV.