John Muse writes criticism, makes experimental films, paintings, and installation works, and teaches visual studies at Haverford College.
Khaula Malik is an award winning filmmaker and artist based in Los Angeles whose work centers on womxnhood and intersectional identity.
Most recently, Khaula was selected for the 2020 Tribeca CHANEL Through Her Lens program and the Cine Qua Non Revisions Lab. Her short film HOW THE AIR FEELS premiered at AFI Docs, won the National Board of Review Student Grant Award, and the Special Jury Award at the Sharjah Film Platform. She associate produced the award winning feature documentary, OF LOVE & LAW. Khaula received the South Asian Arts Resiliency Fund grant for her latest short, THERE WAS NOBODY HERE WE KNEW. She has served on the review committee for the Peabody Awards and the IFP/Gotham Documentary Lab. She was a fellow in the 2018 Hot Springs Emerging Filmmaker program with her feature documentary, THE NOBLE HALF, and an artist-in-residence at Governor’s Island for her multimedia project, THE WARMEST ZEROES.
Khaula’s work has been featured on Netflix, The New York Times, and Sight & Sound. She is a proud member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia and a graduate of the MFA program at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema.
Liz Burke (she/her) is a rising junior at Bryn Mawr College from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She is majoring in History of Art with a concentration in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights. Liz is a dancer, choreographer, jewelry-maker, tortoise mom, sister, and friend. From this fellowship she wants to expand her own creative process to include the cameraperson, not just as a presence, but as a foundational dimension in the development of a new piece and a collaborator that’s factored into the creative inner-narrative from square one. She is excited by the idea of learning about documentary film production through practice and collaboration with all the lovely people working on this project.
Alice Hu (she/they) is a visual artist based in the Twin Cities whose work seeks to center the complexities of Asian-American identity. She recently graduated from Haverford with a degree in Anthropology and is currently a media mentor for youth and adults at SPNN (St. Paul Neighborhood Network).
Lexie Iglesia (they/she) is a visual artist who recently graduated from Haverford College. They majored in French with a minor in Visual Studies. Their work is primarily autobiographical and experimental. They made their most recent film in Prof. Vicky Funari’s Documentary Body: Advanced Media Production course. Titled boobs for mom, the short shares their long-term grieving from the loss of their mother to breast cancer during early childhood through their own version of breast reconstructive surgery. Their thesis, written with the guidance of Prof. John Muse, is an autotheoretical response to Rithy Panh’s documentary L’image manquante. Defining and defending a term they coined as “post-missing,” they argued that brief anecdotes, non-linear fragments, and building models are tools to (re)construct memory lost to trauma. They are really excited for this year’s DocuLab project as they are what scholar Sarita Echavez See names in her book The Decolonized Eye: Filipino Art and Performance as “the performance of pain” in broader contemporary Filipinx/American art practices through humorous visual means for healing, mourning, and resistance to imperial forgetting.
Sofia Mondragon is a 3rd Year student at Bryn Mawr College majoring in History of Art and minoring in Film and Museum Studies. Originally from Chicago, she is excited to explore the Philadelphia film scene. She gained an interest in film and media in high school when she was a Social Media Marketing Intern for the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, located at the University of Chicago. In 2020, she interned for the Philadelphia Film Society which allowed her to continue exploring her passion for film and filmmaking. She is currently a Programming Intern for the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival because she is interested in promoting her Mexican heritage and learning about putting together film festivals. She is incredibly excited and humbled to be a part of the DocuLab Program.
Bilge Nur Yilmaz is a Political Science and Music double major of Haverford College’s 2021 class. Hailing from the Aegean shores of Turkey, Bilge is primarily a musician publishing under the moniker Tendertwin, a solo project that combines elements of chamber-folk and avant-pop with a singer-songwriter twist. Tendertwin has a recently released single, “Absolute Nobody,” which follows the debut of “Triangles.” Tendertwin’s latest feature is on the soon-to-be-premiered track “Blind,” created with the Roundhouse Music Collective. Previous collaborations involve performances with London-based vocal ensemble Shards, and Japanese artist Hatis Noit alongside London Contemporary Orchestra; and the pandemic-inspired piece “Inside I’ll Sing,” as a member of the newly formed Isolation Choir.
With a hands-on background in multimedia production through experiences at La Blogothèque and Philadelphia Area Creative Collaboratives, Bilge constantly hopes to explore performance in altered settings blended with interlinked métiers such as dance, theater, and film. Her artistic interests lie in aleatoric performances, spatiotemporal configurations of liveness, and the concept of nostalgia. Recent works include Correspondences (2019), a multimedia exhibition created with Jixin Jia, exploring the depths of distance over various collected instances of transatlantic conversation; and Deep Latency (2020), an aleatoric composition with Zoom instructions aiming to create an echo chamber of our spatial sonic palette by manipulating the insufficiencies of wirelessly transmitted sound. Currently, Bilge is in the process of preparing her latest work as the recipient of Hurford Center’s E. Clyde Lutton 1966 Memorial Fund for Performance to be realized in May 2021 — Observatory, a two-part series of immersive and distant performance explorations that aim to encourage the audience to discover themes of privacy, memory, and perception.