Alla Gadassik (PhD, Northwestern University) is a media scholar, curator, and lifelong cinephile who defines “cinema” broadly. Her main area of expertise is animation, covering a wide range of historical, geographic, and production contexts. She also researches and writes about histories of cinematography, film editing, and experimental cinema. Alla currently lives, works, and commits to anti-colonial efforts on the unceded territory of Coast Salish people: Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and Stó:lō (Stolo). This area is more widely known as Vancouver, Canada. She is an Associate Professor of Media History and Theory at Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECUAD), where she founded the Animate Materials Workshop.