Kênia Freitas is a postdoctoral researcher at Programa de Pós-graduação em Comunicação at UNESP. PhD in Communication and Culture from UFRJ. Master in Multimedia from Unicamp. Graduated in Social Communication/Journalism from UFES. She curated the exhibitions Afrofuturismo: cinema e música em uma diáspora intergaláctica (Caixa Belas Artes/SP, 2015), A Magia da Mulher Negra (Sesc Belenzinho/SP, 2017) and Diretoras Negras no Cinema Brasileiro (Caixa Cultural/DF e RJ, 2017; Sesc Palladium/MG, 2018). She is a film critic for the website Multiplot! and a member of Elviras (Women Film Critics Collective).
Mari Mól Gonçalves is a professor of the Film and Audiovisual school at UNA. She has a PhD and a master’s degree in Arts from the School of Fine Arts at UFMG, with research related to Latin American and Brazilian cinema, respectively. She’s also a graduate in Journalism. She was a jury member of the 16th MUMIA – Udigrudi World Animation Show (2018). As a producer, she worked in the Lumiar Inter-American University Film Festival, in the program História Sem Fim (2016, at Cine Brasil) and in the musical documentary “Simplicidade: Mozart Secundino de Oliveira” (2015), in which she also worked as a screenwriter.
Mateus Araújo has a PhD in Philosophy (UFMG/Sorbonne). He is a professor of Film Theory and History at ECA-USP. He organized or co-organized the volumes Glauber Rocha/Nelson Rodrigues (Magic Cinéma, 2005), Jean Rouch 2009: Retrospectivas e Colóquios no Brasil (Balafon, 2010), Straub-Huillet (CCBB, 2012), Charles Chaplin (Fundação Clóvis Salgado, 2012), Jacques Rivette (CCBB, 2013), Godard inteiro ou o mundo em pedaços (CCBB/Heco, 2015) and O cinema interior de Philippe Garrel (CCBB, 2018).
Carla Italiano works in research, curatorship and organization of festivals and exhibitions. She is a PhD student in Social Communication at UFMG, from where she also received her master’s degree, and she has graduated in Film from UFSC. She has been a member of Filmes de Quintal association and of the forumdoc.bh team since 2011. She was a curator of the Helena Solberg Retrospective (CCBB RJ/SP/DF, 2018), Jonas Mekas Retrospective (forumdoc.bh.2013) and others, also being a member of the selection committee of Olhar de Cinema – Festival Internacional de Curitiba (2017-2019). She was born in Recife and is based in Belo Horizonte.
Clara Moreira is a visual artist and designer born and based in Recife. Her artistic research is focused on the use of figurative drawing as a popular language of communication. Employing handmade drawing, she has made more than 60 posters for movies and film festivals within the context of Brazilian independent film production. In April this year the first retrospective exhibition of her posters took place by invitation of the Luso-Brazilian Film Festival of Santa Maria da Feira, in Portugal. Since 2016, she has also participated with distinctive works in art exhibitions, art fairs and venues, experimenting with figurative and symbolic drawing in the contemporary art scene. She’s currently represented by the Amparo 60 art gallery in Recife and the GAL art gallery in Belo Horizonte.
Christopher Harris is a filmmaker whose films and video installations read African American historiography through the poetics and aesthetics of experimental cinema. His work employs manually and photo-chemically altered appropriated moving images, staged re-enactments of archival artifacts and interrogations of documentary conventions. His films have screened internationally including Locarno, Rotterdam, Vienna, Edinburgh, Ann Arbor and the ICA London among others. He was a featured artist at the 64th Robert Flaherty Seminar programmed by filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson and film curator and writer Greg de Cuir, Jr.
Clarisse Alvarenga has a bachelor’s degree in Social Communication from UFMG, a master’s degree in Multimedia from Unicamp, a PhD in Social Communication from UFMG and a postdoctoral degree from the Museu Nacional/UFRJ. She is currently a professor of the School of Education at UFMG, where she works in the Formação Intercultural para Educadores Indígenas [Intercultural Training for Indigenous Educators] – FIEI course and coordinates the Laboratório de Práticas Audiovisuais [Audiovisual Practices Laboratory] – LAPA. She is the author of the book Da Cena do Contato ao Inacabamento da História (EDUFBA, 2017). As a filmmaker, she directed the feature films Ô, de Casa! (2007) and Homem-peixe (2017).
Juliano Gomes is a critic and professor. He has written in Cinética magazine since 2010. His writings were published in Filme&Cultura, Folha, Piauí and many catalogs of film programs and festivals. He was a jury member at Mostra Tiradentes, Cachoeira Doc and Fronteira film festivals. He teaches at AIC-Rio. He wrote on theatre for the Horizonte da Cena magazine and on music for the Novas Frequências festival, and he also made the presentation text on two Rômulo Fróes’ records. He has a master’s degree in Social Communication from UFRJ, where he researched the work of filmmaker Jonas Mekas. He co-directed with Léo Bittencourt the short films As Ondas (2016) and “…” (2007). Personal Website: <juliano-gomes.com>.
Soraya Martins was a curator of FIT/BH-2018 and is a co-founder of Coletivo Tropeço. She is a PhD student in Portuguese Language Literature. She has a master’s degree in Literary Studies. She graduated as an actress from TU-UFMG. She works as an actress, researcher and reviewer of Brazilian black theatre and aesthetics. She writes theatre reviews for the project segundaPRETA, for the website Horizonte da Cena and for the festivals MIT-sp, Curitiba Festival, FIAC-Bahia, FETO-BH and Cenas Curtas of Galpão Cine Horto. Soraya has worked with many theatre groups, including the play Passarão for the group Espanca!.