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Miss Demelza Kooij

Miss Demelza Kooij

Telephone: 0151 231 4813

Biography

Demelza Kooij is Senior Lecturer in Documentary and Fiction Filmmaking for Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. She presented her films worldwide in film festivals, museums, art galleries, and conferences. Flora and fauna form an integral part of the visual narrative of her films and are subtle instigators of philosophical considerations.

She recently finished THE BREEDER (2017, UK & USA) a short film commissioned by Imagine Science Films New York and Labocine. Her film chapter combines documentary, animation, and life-action. She is also in the process of developing her feature debut WOLFPARK with Lucie Tremblay (Lowik Media, Canada) and Anita Norfolk (Mosaic Films, UK).

Particular interests: hybrid film, animals and landscape in film, posthumanism, spectatorship, the voice in documentary, science collaborations especially with life sciences.

www.demelzakooij.com

Degrees

2010, Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom, MA Documentary by Practice
2009, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, MA Philosophy
2008, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, BA Archaeology

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer Fiction and Documentary Filmmaking, Film Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 2015 - present

Publications

Conference publication

Kooij DL, Koens L, Kusanagi L. 2019. Human Animal: a multi-media performance exploring the (im)possibility of becoming animal Krawczyk VJ, Kallio-Tavin M. AASA 2017 – Animal Intersections

Kooij DL. 2019. Affective engagement with onscreen animals: the practice of filming animals and the construction of a cinematic animal. Krawczyk VJ, Kallio-Tavin M, Adams C. AASA 2017 – Animal Intersections

Chapters

Koens L, Kooij D. 2018. Creative use of voice in non-fiction narrative film: an examination of the work of Peter Mettler. Cox G, Corner J. Soundings: Documentary Film and the Listening Experience :151-170 Jeremy Mills Publishing 978-1-86218-154-0

Film

2018. Wolves From Above

2017. The Breeder

2016. The Frame

2014. Graminoids

2012. The View From Here

Internet publication

Kooij DL. From Liverpool to a deeper dimension: Demelza’s Film Night selection >Link

Engagement & Impact

Highlighted activities

Research Grants Awarded:

Imaginal Disc LLC / Imagine Science Films, Funding award for the production of short film THE BREEDER as part of the feature film MOSAIC (by Imagine Science Films New York, USA)., Grant value (£): $, Duration of research project: 6 months

Quality Research Fund (QR fund) Liverpool John Moores University, QR Match funding awarded for THE BREEDER: a chapter in a science-driven, international anthology film project made by filmmakers and scientists., Grant value (£): £, Duration of research project: 4 months

Professional activities

Conference presentation:

Multimedia performance: REWILDING (2017, 21'49'') with Lisa Kusanagi and Lars Koens, AASA Animal Intersections, Nexus Art Space, Adelaide, Australia, Performance 03/07/2017

Howls, Grunts, and Voices: Connecting Audiences and Onscreen Animals., AASA Animal Intersections, University of Adelaide, Australia, Oral presentation 03/07/2017

Graminoids, Irish Sound, Science, and Technology Conference (ISSTC), Ormston House Gallery, Limerick, Ireland, Film screening 12/08/2015

The View From Here (film), The Supernatural in Literature and Film, Lerwick, Shetland, UK, Film screening 20/03/2014

Award:

Creative Edinburgh Awards – Creativity Award, Creative Edinburgh, UK, http://www.theskinny.co.uk/art/news/creative-edinburgh-award-winners-announced

Athens of The North, Write Shoot Cut, Edinburgh

Scientist Award, Imagine Science Films, http://imaginesciencefilms.org/ad4/jury-and-awards

Conference organisation:

Sound and Music in Documentary Film Symposium, Assistant organiser, chair., https://smdf2017.wordpress.com/,

External collaboration:

http://www.fact.co.uk/news-articles/2017/05/applications-open-liverpool-film-night-2017.aspx, Curator FACT Liverpool Film Night 2017, FACT Foundation for Art and Creative Technology

Industrial connections:

Scottish Documentary Institute, Edinburgh, UK, Outreach Assistant, http://www.scottishdocinstitute.com/

Mosaic Films, London, UK, Co-producers of my forthcoming feature documentary TUMBLING WOLFSKIN (expected 2018)., http://mosaicfilms.com/about-mosaic-films/

Lowik Media in Montreal, Canada, Lowik Media are the main producer of my forthcoming feature documentary TUMBLING WOLFSKIN (expected 2018)., http://lowikmedia.com/

Media Coverage:

https://www.labocine.com/spotlight/213, Review of THE BREEDER (2017) in Labocine, an online science film magazine, by Lujain Ibrahim.

http://5against4.com/2017/02/27/electric-spring-2017/, Review of GRAMINOIDS by Dr Simon Cummings after Electric Spring Festival (2017)

https://www.bidolito.co.uk/feature-celluloid-heroes/, Interview about Liverpool Film Night with Bido Lito. Title: Celluloid Heroes Issue 83, Nov 2017

http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/full-frame-so-what-is-an-experimental-documentary-anyway/Content?oid=4372021, GRAMINOIDS (Kooij & Koens, 2014) is mentioned as an example of 'sensory film' by Chris Vitiello, Indy Week, 8 April 2015.

http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/full-frame-we-review-57-films-you-can-see-at-the-festival-this-week/Content?oid=4372053, http://www.carolinatheatre.org/blog/must-see-films-2015-full-frame-festival, Reviews of the short film GRAMINOIDS (Kooij & Koens, 2014) in Indyweek and CTD after screenings at Full Frame (USA) April 2015.

http://www.cine-vue.com/2014/06/edinburgh-2014-shorts-programme-review.html, Review of the short film GRAMINOIDS (Kooij & Koens, 2014) in CineVue after screenings at Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK) June 2014.

Other invited event:

Pitching at Visions du Reél, Nyon, Switzerland, Pitching TUMBLING WOLFSKIN at Visions du Reél.

Panellist at Madeira Film Festival, Madeira, Portugal, Panelist for public talk "Can we make nature documentaries without Sir David Attenborough?".

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, Edinburgh, UK, Q&A panelist invited to reflect on screenings.

Other Professional Activity:

Invited to Talent Lab Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), Canada.

Research Grants Awarded:

Imaginal Disc LLC / Imagine Science Films, Funding award for the production of short film THE BREEDER as part of the feature film MOSAIC (by Imagine Science Films New York, USA)., Grant value (£): $, Duration of research project: 6 months

Quality Research Fund (QR fund) Liverpool John Moores University, QR Match funding awarded for THE BREEDER: a chapter in a science-driven, international anthology film project made by filmmakers and scientists., Grant value (£): £, Duration of research project: 4 months