Laura Coppens is the Film Review Editor of Visual Anthropology Review. She is a doctoral candidate in social anthropology at the University Research Priority Program »Asia and Europe«, University of Zurich. During her residency at the Center for Media, Culture and History, funded by a Doc Mobility Grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation, she is completing her dissertation on cultural activism and queer subjectivity in Indonesia. As part of her PhD research, she produced the award-winning documentary Children of Srikandi that was created in collaboration with eight Indonesian female directors and explores the lives and experiences of queer women in Indonesia. As a curator, she focuses on South East Asian and queer cinema and has worked for different film festivals such as Asian Hot Shots Berlin, a festival for independent Asian film and video art in Berlin she was a founding member of. Laura has also served on numerous film festival juries including the Teddy Award of the Berlin International Film Festival, the world’s most important award for queer cinema, and was juror at the Cinemanila and Jakarta International Film Festival among others. Currently, she is a member of the pre-screening committee for PBS’s P.O.V. documentary program.
Dr. Suzi Hutchings is a Central Arrernte woman whose mother’s family is from Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Central Australia. She is an anthropologist and expert witness in native title cases across Australia. Hutchings is part of an Indigenous teaching team developing the first Indigenous Major at the University of Adelaide and is the Co-ordinator of the University Preparatory Program at Wilto Yerlo, a program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who want to enter University but do not have the standard academic entry requirements. Hutchings additionally DJs and produces an eclectic music program called Crossing Tracks, every Monday night on Community Radio, Radio Adelaide 101.5FM which is part of the University of Adelaide. She has published and written many government and court reports on Aboriginal Heritage, Aboriginal youth and the Criminal Justice system and on Aboriginal families coming before the Federal Family Court of Australia. Dr. Hutchings is the recipient of the 2013 Endeavour Research Fellowship for Indigenous Australians for her research while in residency at NYU on the history, messages and styles of Hip Hop music, art and dance among Indigenous and minority groups in Australia, North America and Canada.
B Ruby Rich is a professor in the Social Documentation Program and Film and Digital Media Department of the University of California, Santa Cruz. She’s the author of New Queer Cinema: The Director’s Cut (Duke, 2013) and Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement (Duke, 1998). She has published widely in newspapers, magazines, and the scholarly press, and is a frequent commentator on radio and television. Rich got her start in film exhibition at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago and went on to run the film and electronic media program at the New York State Council on the Arts. She coined the term “New Queer Cinema” through articles in the Village Voice and Sight and Sound tracing films and panels at Sundance and the Institute of Contemporary Art (UK) in the early 1990s. She has been involved with film festivals throughout her career, and last year was presented with the Frameline Award for her contributions to LGBT cinema culture. In 2006, she received the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ Distinguished Career Achievement award and, in 2007, was awarded Yale University’s James Brudner Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to LGBT scholarship. She was recently named Editor of Film Quarterly, the oldest continual film journal in the U.S.