Alla Gadassik is a media scholar, curator, and lifelong cinephile (although she defines "cinema" very broadly). Her research and writing investigates the history of filmmaking techniques and philosophies. While her main area of expertise is the history of animation, she is also interested in the history of cinematography and film editing. She holds a PhD in Screen Cultures from Northwestern University, an MA in Communication & Culture from York University, and a BA in Radio/TV/Film from Ryerson University. Alla currently resides in Vancouver (Canada), where she is Assistant Professor of Media History and Theory at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.