Jon Dovey (Fiction/Documentary)
Jon Dovey is Professor of Screen Media at the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Part of the 1980s wave of independent Film & TV workshops, he worked with video as a writer, editor and researcher in broadcast TV. He co-founded original scratch artists Gorilla Tapes in 1984, exhibiting internationally for ten years. He has worked at Plymouth University, UWE Bristol and Bristol University teaching a wide range of film, media and digital courses in both practice and theory. In 2008 he launched the Digital Cultures Research Centre at UWE Bristol which he Directed until 2012.
In 2012 he became the Director of REACT (Research and Enterprise for Arts and Creative Technologies) one of four Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the AHRC. Led by UWE Bristol and Watershed, REACT was an Arts, Technology, and Business Collaboration that produced over 50 innovative media prototypes in four years. He was also Co Investigator on the AHRC Connected Communities Creative Citizens Project, where he led a strand on the impact of informal creative economies on communities. Recently he was also Co-I on Bristol and Bath by Design, evaluating the design ecology of the region.
Jon is currently leading the Ambient Literature Research Project into new forms of contextually responsive literary experience, and working in other projects on cultural evaluation and urban systems challenges. He is currently developing a Creative Economy research unit, a new Masters programme for Creative Producers and writing a book, ‘The Practice of Cultural Ecology’.
Maria Livesey (Fiction)
Maria has over 25 years experience in broadcast television the majority of which has been spent working on a wide-range of programming including documentary, factual, factual entertainment, live OB, music, science as producer, line producer, production manager on location all over the world including Alaska,Bangladesh, Peru, Thailand, USA and Europe on all formats including 3D.
Since 2000 she has been working directly with broadcasters both as Programme Finance Manager in Science & Education at Channel 4 and at Discovery Channel where she was Acting Director of Production Management based in the UK working across all the Discovery Networks in the US, UK, Europe and Asia. She was Director of Production at Parthenon Entertainment until April 2006.
She then took on a short consultancy stint with ITN acting as a Consultant to assist a new Greek terrestrial channel SKAI TV based in Athens in setting up a production unit.
In Nov 2006 Maria decided to go back to her production roots and joined the newly formed Renegade Pictures where she has been the Head of Production for the last 11 years. This innovative production company has produced a myriad of programming including Don’t Tell the Bride, Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild, Cars SOS, Heston’s Mission Impossible, World’s Most Dangerous Roads. Maria recently left Renegade to pursue new ventures. She is a member of BAFTA and the PMA.
Martin Rieser (Student Films)
Martin Rieser is video artist. Working across media , including AR and VR, his interactive installations and poetry films have been shown around the world, including Understanding Echo shown in Japan 2002, Hosts Bath Abbey 2006, Secret Door Invideo Milan 2006, The Street RMIT Gallery Melbourne 2008/ISEA Belfast 2009, Secret Garden, Phoenix Square 2012/Taipei 2013 and RUR at Glyndebourne in 2014 for REFRAME at the University of Sussex.
He has developed mobile film artworks using interactive text and image for Leicester, London and Athens and exhibited the Third Woman Interactive film in Vienna, Xian and New York.
He has acted as consultant to bodies such as Cardiff Bay Arts Trust, the Photographer’s Gallery London, Arkive in Bristol, The Soros Media Institute in Prague and UIAH in Helsinki.
Lucy English (Poetry Films)
Lucy English is Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. With Sarah Tremlett she runs Liberated Words, a CIC organisation which creates, curates and screens poetry films. She is currently working on an online poetry film project ,The Book of Hours, which will form the creative component for her PhD in digital writing. Lucy co-ordinates the MiX conferences in writing for digital at Bath Spa University.
Sarah Tremlett (Poetry Films)
Sarah Tremlett, MPhil, FRSA, SWIP, http://www.sarahtremlett.com is a British poetry filmmaker, poet and published arts theorist/writer. Described as a visual philosopher by Karina Karaeva, (Video Curator, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow), she has been invited to give papers and international screenings on the subject. Author and editor of The Poetics of Poetry Film to be published by Intellect Books, she was commissioned by Filmpoem (Alastair Cook) to make a poetry film in 2017 for one of the commended Poetry Society 2016 National Poetry Competition poems (American poet Sam Harvey’s ‘Claire Climbs Everest’).
Since 2005 she has been known for researching and defining the term ‘contemplative’ poetry films, developed in her thesis on rhythm (visual prosody), text and poetry film (2014). This was recently abridged in the online essay ‘Exploring Contemplative Effects in Text-based Video Poems’ (Atticus Review, Moving Poems, Poetry Film Kanal, Poetry Film Live).
In 2012, she co-founded Liberated Words with poet and novelist Lucy English (www.liberatedwords.com) to screen international poetry filmmakers alongside films made by diverse groups within the local community, and co-conceived and organised MIX, Bath Spa University). In 2014, Liberated Words had a major, three-site event, part supported by Poetry Can, at The Arnolfini, Bristol, with a workshop by top international poetry filmmaker Marc Neys and a screening at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, where Sarah hosted a discussion on poetry film and form.
Sarah is currently working on three long-term, poetry film projects, an exciting collaborative Liberated Words project and Vigil – a collection of poems for poetry film.
Colin Thomas (Documentary)
Winner of Jury Award Celtic Film and TV Festival 2006 for Border Crossing –the Journey of Raymond Williams, RTS West’s Best Indy Production 2005 for Till the Boys Come Home, RTS West’s Best Indy Production 2003 for Dead Man Talking, Gold Award at Houston International Film Festival 2000 for The Farmer Who Wouldn’t Let Go, Prix Europa 1992 for Video Letters and three times winner of BAFTA Wales’s Best Documentary/Drama Documentary Award. In 2012 appointed Honorary Fellow of University of Wales Newport for services to documentary.