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Seven interactive essays on digital nonlinear storytelling
edited by Matt Soar & Monika Gagnon

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David Clark is Associate Professor in Intermedia at Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University. He is known for his project, A is for Apple, which has played at Sundance, SIGGRAPH, FCMM, Transmediale in Berlin, and the Museum of Moving Images in New York. It won the top prize at the 2003 SXSW in Austin, Texas and the FILE2002 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Recent projects include the piece, 88 Constellations for Wittgenstein; the non-linear film Meanwhile; and the feature film Maxwell’s Demon. (Associate Editor)

Sharon Daniel is Professor of Film and Digital Media at University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research involves collaborations with local and on-line communities, which exploit information and communications technologies as new sites for "public art." Daniel’s work has been exhibited internationally at museums, festivals including the Corcoran Biennial, the University of Paris, the Dutch Electronic Arts Festival, Ars Electronica and the Lincoln Center Festival as well as on the Internet. (Author)

Monika Kin Gagnon is Professor of Communication Studies at Concordia University. She is author of Other Conundrums: Race, Culture and Canadian Art (2000), and with Richard Fung, 13 Conversations about Race and Cultural Race Politics (2002). She produced the DVD/film project, Charles Gagnon: 4 Films (2009). Her Korsakow film Archiving R69 (2011) screened at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema’s FNC Lab Interactif and the Rendez-vous du cinéma Québecois' Journées Transmédia in 2012. With Janine Marchessault she is co-editing a forthcoming anthology on the multi-screen film experiments of Expo 67. (Author and Anthology Editor)

Chris Hanson is Assistant Professor of English at Syracuse U. He has worked in video game and software development, and assisted with the planning and production of an educational series and content for PBS. Hanson has been a HASTAC Scholar (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) and his work has appeared in Film Quarterly, Spectator, and Discourse. (Author and Associate Editor)

Amir Husak is a filmmaker and multimedia artist based in Brooklyn, NY and is a part-time faculty member in the Media Studies & Film department at The New School in New York. Husak has worked across a variety of time-based and interactive media, producing interactive works that combine documentary, essay and experimental techniques and is particularly interested in digital media representations of history and their impact on identity politics. His works have been presented at South by Southwest (US), Stadtmuseum Graz (Austria), Sundance Film Festival (US), Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia & Herzegovina), P.O.V./PBS (US), Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (US), TV Cultura (Brazil), and Full Frame Film Festival (US). (Author)

Will Luers is Visiting Professor in the Creative Media & Digital Culture program, Washington State U. His current research and artistic interests are in database narratives, remix video and the multimedia book. In 2010, he was awarded the The Vectors-NEH Summer Fellowship to work on his database documentary, The Father Divine Project. In 2005, he won Nantucket Film Festival and Tony Cox Award for Best Screenplay. (Author and Associate Editor)

Brigid Maher is Associate Professor of Film and Media Arts, School of Communication, American University. She is a filmmaker and writer and her scholarly writing focuses on the interplay between traditional film and new media theories. Her award-winning narrative and documentary films have shown in festivals in the U.S. and abroad and her latest documentary, Veiled Voices, focuses on the phenomenon of Muslim women religious leaders in Islam. Veiled Voices has screened on over 150 public television stations and three national networks and has screened in numerous international festivals in the United States and abroad. (Author)

Adrian Miles is Senior Lecturer in New Media and currently the Program Director of the labsome Honours research studio at RMIT, in Melbourne, Australia. Miles’ research interests include hypertext and hypermedia, appropriate pedagogies for new media education, digital poetics, and the use of Deleuze’s cinema philosophy in the context of digital poetics and online interactive video. He is very interested in the relation between hypertext and networked interactive video. (Author and Associate Editor)

Jennifer Proctor is Assistant Professor in Journalism and Screen Studies at U. Michigan- Dearborn. Proctor is a filmmaker and media artist and is the former Managing Director of the Cinematexas Short Film Festival and Austin Cinemaker Co-op. Her work has shown at Aurora Picture Show, Portland Documentary & Experimental Film Fest, MadCat Film Festival, NextFrame, Basement Films, Mini-Cine, Splice This!, FLEXFest, SF Cinematheque, Cinematexas, Ms. Films, Dallas Video Fest, Iowa City Documentary Film Festival, and others. (Author)

Kim Sawchuk is Professor of Communication Studies, Concordia University. She is co-director of the Mobile Media Lab (Montreal/Toronto), co-editor of wi: journal of mobile media and former editor of the Canadian Journal of Communication. She has extensively published on feminist theories of the body and technology. (Associate Editor)

Suzanne Scott is an Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at Arizona State University. Scott recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California, and has served for the past two years as a Mellon Digital Scholarship Fellow in the Center for Digital Learning + Research at Occidental College.  Her research builds on intersections in fan studies, cultural studies, and theories of new media. Scott serves on the board of the open-access, peer-reviewed online journal Transformative Works and Cultures, and has been honoured as a HASTAC Scholar. (Author and Associate Editor)

Sheila Schroeder is Associate Professor in the Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies, University of Denver, and is an award-winning video producer/director/editor and educator. Her current film project, Woodstock West: Build Not Burn tells the story of a 1970 University of Denver protest and explores the impact this “fight the power” moment had on the young people who tried to change the world. (Associate Editor)

Matt Soar
is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Concordia University. He is an intermedia artist and scholar. He is co-director of Adventures in Research Creation (ARC, 2011-2014), a SSHRC-funded project underwriting the continued development of the Korsakow System, a user-friendly software application for creating browser-based database narratives. Korsakow was invented in 2000 by Berlin-based artist and documentarian Florian Thalhofer, and has been used by Soar and numerous artists and educators worldwide to make engaging nonlinear narratives. Soar's most recent Korsakow film is Ceci N'est Pas Embres (2012). (Anthology Editor)
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