Stephen Connolly & Matthew Gibson & Patrick Brian Smith
Stephen Connolly is a filmmaker and Lecturer in Film Production at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. His work is an investigation of the spatial cinema through place, politics and history. His single screen work has been widely shown internationally since 2002. His current doctoral research explores the spatial cinema as a post-landscape approach to film. A FLAMIN award recipient, he has had solo screenings at the ICA and BFI Southbank in London and has exhibited installations in US (Wexner Centre) and Portugal. His Detroit work was recently given a prize for the Best Practice Research Portfolio, Moving Image, BAFTSS 2018. Matthew Gibson is a PhD Candidate in Film Research by Practice and Graduate Teaching Assistant at University of Kent. He is currently conducting interdisciplinary film research by practice at the intersection of spatial theory, literary studies (geocriticism) and film studies. He is interested in counter-mapping the social and cultural divide between Paris and its banlieues through an essayistic film practice that privileges a poetics and aesthetics of urban space in Louis-Ferdinand Céline's Voyage au bout de la nuit (1932) and Patrick Keiller's 'Robinson Trilogy' (1994, 1997, 2007). Patrick Brian Smith is a Film and Moving Image Studies PhD Candidate in the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University, Montreal. His research interests include experimental nonfiction cinema, the politics of space, Marxist geography, late-capitalism’s (un)representability, and the essay film. He is currently working on a thesis project entitled "The Politics of Spatiality in Experimental Non-Fiction Cinema," which maps out the presence of a spatio-political tendency within a diverse corpus of contemporary experimental nonfiction films.