Alla Gadassik (PhD, Northwestern University) is a media scholar, curator, and lifelong cinephile who defines “cinema” broadly. She researches the histories of different filmmaking methods and philosophies. Her main areas of focus are animation studies; histories of film editing and cinematography; and contemporary moving-image art practices. Alla currently lives, works, and commits to anti-colonial efforts on the unceded lands of Coast Salish people, also known as Vancouver, Canada. She is Associate Professor of Media History and Theory at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, where she founded the Animate Materials Workshop.