Born in Santiago, Chile, Antonieta Astudillo produces work as an Experimental Filmmaker and writer. Antoʼs practice in martial arts (4th degree black belt, Karate-Do) guided her work towards physical theater and Asian performing arts. In 2009 she writes an investigation about the performerʼs interaction and dialog on stage using martial arts principles. This research lead her to meet and take several workshops with Elias Cohen, Minako Seki, Juan Carlos Montagna and Phillip Zarrilli among other artists of this line of work. From 2007 to 2012 Anto became Technical Producer of the Santiago a Mil International Performing Arts Festival in Chile. From 2010 to 2012 she was part of the experimental theater company Compañía Interno with director, dramatist, professor and actor Juan Carlos Montagna. In 2012, Anto begins to explore audiovisual arts after completing a year diploma in fiction scriptwriting. Antonieta Astudillo is currently an MFA Graduate Student in the Visual and Media Arts department at Emerson College and collaborates with Balagan Films, an experimental film series presenting contemporary work in Emersonʼs Film Theater (The Bright Screening Room).
Gabby Follett is a second year MFA candidate at Emerson College. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2011 with a B.A. in Film Studies. Her interest in film began with documentary as a crew member for the documentary Food Not Bombs (directed by Andy Myers and Laura Murphy), and through her directorial debut, Body of Work. In addition to her filmmaking, Gabby was also a staff member for the inaugural VISIONS Film Festival and Conference in Wilmington, North Carolina. After graduation, she worked with the Ann Arbor Film Festival as the Tour Assistant for the 49th Traveling Shorts Tour and Volunteer Coordinator for 50th Film Festival. Since enrolling at Emerson College, Gabby has contributed to the work of fellow students and faculty, as well as working as a Teaching/Research Assistant in the Media Art Department.
Born in 1989 in Tehran, Samira Norouznasseri is a filmmaker from Iran, who makes fiction and experimental films. Her films such as The Bear and Chocolate Chip Cookies investigate how individual’s identity is affected by the ways in which power dynamics work in nuclear family structure. She received her BA in film from Art University of Tehran where she started making her first short films. In 2012 she moved to Boston, US to pursue her art practice and education. Samira is currently a MFA Fellow in The Media Arts program at Emerson College.
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