Dr. Frank Thomas Meyer
Frank Thomas Meyer took his doctoral degree in media studies at the University of Siegen, Germany. He is currently completing his second book on the concept “face as a picture in film”, and teaches Mobile Film Theory and Practice, Public Relations and Media Studies at several universities in Europe: the European Academy of Media and Business Studies and the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf. He is the author of Filme über sich selbst. Strategien der Selbstreflexion im dokumentarischen Film (2005) (Strategies of Self-reflection in Documentary Film). Thomas’s research interests include mobile film studies, non-verbal, interpersonal and mediated communication by face, and view and the impact of communication technologies on human behaviour, time and space, and public relations.
Julius Ziz was born in Lithuania. He studied at the Tbilisi Film Academy in Georgia. From 1992 he worked for five years as a film programmer at the Anthology Film Archives in New York. His films have been screened at many international film festivals including Rotterdam, Edinburgh, Nyon, Montreal, Karlovy Vary, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and others as well as museums around the world, i.e. the French Cinemateque in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London, the Tokyo National Film Center, and the Anthology Film Archives to name just a few. His films enrich the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, French Cinemateque, the Austrian National Film Museum in Vienna, the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, and the Anthology Film Archives in New York. Julius Ziz lives in New York City and County Clare in Ireland.
In 2002 Dagmara Rode graduated from the University of Lodz with a masters in film studies. In 2006 she earned a doctoral degree after completing her dissertation “Tradition and Moderness in Derek Jarman’s cinematographic oeuvre” supervised by Prof. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński. Since 2007 she has been teaching an introductory course to film studies at the Department of Film History and Theory and also film history at the Faculty of Multimedia Communication at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań. Rode is a member of the Revisory Commission of the Polish Society of Culture in Lodz. Since 2007 she has been in command of the Film Scholars Society at the University of Lodz. She is an active member of the informal group Łódź Gender. She is also the editor of several scholarly publications as well as the author of various articles on film criticism; her field of interests includes avant-garde cinema, media culture, women and queer film, and others.