Participants of PPD Critics Lab announced

by Porto/Post/Doc / 10 10 2023

Meet Porto/Post/Doc Critics Lab participants , a new generation of passionate film writers. Porto/Post/Doc Critics Lab will take place during the 10th edition of the festival, and aims to support the development of a new generation of writers.

Chris Cassingham
Chris is an independent programmer, curator and critic based in the United States. In 2023 he completed his Masters of Arts in Film Studies, Programming, and Curation at the National Film and Television School in the UK, where he focused his thesis programming project on the intersection of paranoia, conspiracy, and the conditions of film production at the margins of the American film industry. His programming practice emphasises films’ industrial contexts, production conditions, and formal ingenuity as a way to present alternative impressions of American cinema to audiences both in and out of the United States. He is excited by the opportunities presented by the Porto/Post/Doc Critics Lab, both to develop his critical faculties concerning nonfiction film, and to grow his personal community of film lovers and workers.

Cátia Rodrigues (Portugal, 1995)
Cátia Rodrigues. Porto, 1995. Film curator, critic and researcher. She is a doctoral student in Artistic Studies at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. In 2020 she graduated in Philosophy from the Faculty of Letters of the University of Porto, and in 2023 she obtained a Master's degree in Aesthetics and Artistic Studies with a specialisation in Cinema from the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the Nova University of Lisbon, where she defended her thesis "The gesture of showing as a fundamental ethical-aesthetic gesture in the cinema of Abbas Kiarostami". She has also been a curator for Curtas Vila do Conde IFF and BEAST IFF, and since 2021 she has been the curator of the Mostra de Primeiras Curtas at Livraria Térmita in Porto. She is currently a film critic for À Pala de Walsh.

Rita Branco
Radical romantic from Lisbon, Portugal. Film enthusiast, interested in the futures of all things, always in the plural. Likes to write, to look beyond what we think we know and invent new possibilities. Studied cinema and art criticism, and is currently finishing her master’s thesis on Werner Herzog’s concept of truth.

Petra Chaloupková
Petra Chaoupková. Born in 1998 in Liberec, Czech Republic. She received her bachelor's degree at Charles University in Film Studies with her thesis "The Phenomenon of Crossdressing in Czech Cinema", she now continues her studies in Media Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences. She has been a programmer at the Queer Film Festival Mezipatra for five years. She currently works at Czech Television as an editor and a co-author of an online documentary series about the history of representation in television. She contributes as a film critic to cultural magazines Cinepur and A2.

Pierre Jendrysiak
Pierre Jendrysiak is a member of the editorial committee and a writer at Débordements, a french online magazine dedicated to film criticism, film studies and filmmaking. He is also a teacher in film studies at the University of Lille (France), works as a programmer in an independant movie theatre, and contributes to other publications.

Miguel Pinto
Miguel Pinto (2000) is a Lisbon-based writer and art critic. He is a master's student in journalism at the NOVA University of Lisbon's Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, and has a bachelor's degree in art history from the same institution. He has collaborated with the research project VESTE – Dressing the Court: Costume, Gender and Identity(ies) and completed a curricular internship at the National Museum of Azulejo in 2021. Since 2019, he has been writing regularly for a variety of newspapers and magazines, including Público, Hyperallergic, Umbigo Magazine, and Artecapital, on topics ranging from contemporary art to cinema and photography. He has spent the last year working as an intern in the Cinemateca Portuguesa's programming department.

Yulia kuzischina
Yulia Kuzischina. Film journalist, MA in Visual Culture (Higher School of Economics, Moscow). In 2015-2017 she wrote new articles and film reviews for a Russian-speaking horror culture online journal RussoRosso. Since 2017 she has written numerous film and festival reviews for various media in Russia. Since 2017 she has been working in the film industry, organizing film screenings, local film festivals and events, including German Film Festival, Danish Film Week as part of CoolConnections team, and film clubs and open-air archival screenings as part of Moskino team. Yulia is a lifelong fan of horror movies. Another of her special interests is non-fiction movies dealing with current and social issues. Lives in Yerevan, Armenia.

Xavier montoriol
Xavier Montoriol (Barcelona, 1996) graduated in Modern Languages and Literatures at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), and has subsequently completed a Master’s degree in Comparative Studies of Literature, Art and Thought at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and in Film Curating at Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola (EQZE), where he also shot his first short film. He currently works as a translator and writes on film for different sites.

Victor Morozov
Currently working as a postgraduate researcher within the Film Department of Trinity College Dublin. Extensive writings on film, both in academic journals (Revista Transilvania) and in the French and Romanian general press (Films in Frame, Cahiers du cinéma, Revue Débordements, Revista VATRA, Observator Cultural, Ziarul Metropolis, Acoperisul de Sticla, etc.). Active as the weekly film columnist of Dilema Veche and Scena9 Romanian cultural magazines for the past five and three years, respectively. Participant of the Sarajevo, Rotterdam and Viennale Film Festival workshops dedicated to young film critics.

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