Scott Curtis is Associate Professor of Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, USA. His areas of expertise include early German cinema and the early institutional appropriation of motion pictures, such as educational filmmaking or the use of moving image technology as a scientific research tool or diagnostic instrument. He has published on a wide variety of topics, including early film theory; film sound; animation; Alfred Hitchcock; Douglas Fairbanks; the Motion Picture Patents Company; industrial film; and the scientific use of motion pictures, such as medical cinematography and microcinematography. His essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and such journals as Film History, Cinema et Cie, montage/av, Science in Context, and Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft.
Philippe Gauthier is a Ph.D. candidate at the Université de Lausanne (Switzerland) and the Université de Montréal (Canada) where he teaches cinema history. His doctoral work focuses on film historiography. He is particularly interested in editing in early cinema (Cinéma & Cie and The Griffith Project Vol. 12 with André Gaudreault) and is the author of a book on this subject: Le montage alterné avant Griffith. Le cas Pathé (L'Harmattan, 2008). An updated English version of this book will be published in 2012 by Columbia University Press, in collaboration with André Gaudreault. His articles have been published in French, English, German and Portuguese. He has published several essays on early cinema in Film History: An International Journal (2009), International Journal of Comic Art (2010), Journal of Early Popular Visual Culture (forthcoming), 1895 – Revue d'histoire du cinéma (forthcoming) and animation: an interdisciplinary journal (forthcoming). He received the Domitor Graduate Student Writing Award in 2008.
Tami M. Williams is an Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her forthcoming book, Invitation to a Voyage, examines the cinema of 1920s French feminist and avant-garde filmmaker Germaine Dulac, from aesthetics to politics. She has published articles and chapters in English, French, German, Greek, Italian, and Slovenian with 1895 (Paris), Cinéma et Cie (Bologna), Cinémathèque française (Paris), Ekran (Lubiana), Framework (N. America), Kinémathek (Frankfurt), and the Olympic Museum (Lausanne). She is currently working on the relationship between the wordless arts (modern pantomime, burlesque dance, symbolist theater) and early cinema, as well as between French impressionist film and contemporary global cinema.
Kaveh Askari received his PhD from the University of Chicago; he is currently Assistant Professor of English at Western Washington University. His research and teaching interests include silent film, nineteenth-century visual culture, Iranian cinema, and experimental cinema. He has recently published articles on 1890s magic lantern performance and on Mesmerism in 1910s cinema. He is currently working on a study of the pictorial art tradition in American silent cinema and editing a special journal edition on early cinema in the Middle East.
Teresa Castro is Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle. Her research interests include visual culture problems from the end of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century (panoramas, photography, cinema) and the history of early non-fiction film, as well as the relationships between cinema, archival images, and contemporary art. She has published a number of articles on Albert Kahn’s Archives de la Planète. Her book La Pensée cartographique des images. Cinéma et culture visuelle was published by Aléas, Lyon, in 2011.
Priska Morrissey is Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Rennes 2 (France). Her areas of expertise include early French cinema, the history of professions in the film industry, the history of film techniques, and the art of lighting. Her dissertation (2008) examined the profession of cinematography in France from 1895 to 1926. She has also published Historiens et cineastes, rencontre de deux écritures (Paris, 2004), on the status and function of historians as motion picture advisers.
Matthew Solomon is Associate Professor at the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan. He is interested in cinema’s relations to the popular and performing arts and has published on topics ranging from the origins of moving pictures to radio drama and Hollywood films of the forties. He is the author of Disappearing Tricks: Silent Film, Houdini, and the New Magic of the Twentieth Century (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010) and the editor of Fantastic Voyages of the Cinematic Imagination: Georges Méliès’s Trip to the Moon (Albany: SUNY Press, 2011). He is currently working on a book about Méliès and modern visual culture.
Gregory Waller is Professor in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. His books include Main Street Amusements: Film and Commercial Entertainment in a Southern City, 1896-1930, which won the Theatre Library Association award and the Katherine Singer Kovacs award from the Society for Cinema Studies, and Moviegoing in America: A Sourcebook in the History of Film Exhibition. His current projects include Japan-in-America: The Turn of the Twentieth Century, a study of the representation of Japan in motion pictures and other commercial media in the United States, 1890-1915, and Adventures in 16mm, a history of 16mm and non-theatrical cinema in the 1930s-1940s, which includes a chapter on exhibition outside American movie theaters in the mid-1910s.
Joshua Yumibe is a Lecturer of Film Studies at the University of St Andrews. He has published essays on the Davide Turconi and Josef Joye film collections, and most recently on color theory and design in silent cinema in the journals Film History and New Review of Film and Television Studies. He is currently preparing a manuscript for Rutgers University Press titled Moving Color: On the History of Color in Mass Culture, Modernism, and Silent Cinema. With Paolo Cherchi Usai, he is the project coordinator of the Davide Turconi Film Frame Collection, which is being preserved in conjunction with the George Eastman House, the Cineteca del Friuli, and the Giornate del Cinema Muto.