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Miss Demelza Kooij

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, 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, whilst maintaining a sensory and aesthetic charm.

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

Particular interests: hybrid film, animals and landscape in film, posthumanism, spectatorship, narrative structures, 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

Publications

Films

2017. The Breeder (2017)

2016. The Frame (2016)

2014. Graminoids (2014)

2012. The View From Here (2012)

Internet Publications

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 organisation:

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

Conference presentation:

Title of presentation: Multimedia performance: REWILDING (2017, 21'49'') with Lisa Kusanagi and Lars Koens, Conference title: AASA Animal Intersections, Place/location of conference: Nexus Art Space, Adelaide, Australia, Presentation type: Performance

Title of presentation: WOLVES FROM ABOVE (2017, 5'29''), Conference title: AASA Animal Intersections, Place/location of conference: University of Adelaide, Nexus Art Space, Australia, Presentation type: Film screening

Title of presentation: Howls, Grunts, and Voices: Connecting Audiences and Onscreen Animals., Conference title: AASA Animal Intersections, Place/location of conference: University of Adelaide, Australia, Presentation type: Oral presentation

Title of presentation: The View From Here (film), Conference title: The Supernatural in Literature and Film, Place/location of conference: Lerwick, Shetland, UK, Presentation type: Film screening

Title of presentation: Graminoids, Conference title: Irish Sound, Science, and Technology Conference (ISSTC), Place/location of conference: Ormston House Gallery, Limerick, Ireland, Presentation type: Film screening

External collaboration:

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

Industrial connections:

Company: Scottish Documentary Institute, Edinburgh, UK, Position or project: Outreach Assistant, URL: http://www.scottishdocinstitute.com/

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

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

Media Coverage:

Links #1: http://5against4.com/2017/02/27/electric-spring-2017/, Media coverage: Review of GRAMINOIDS by Dr Simon Cummings after Electric Spring Festival (2017)

Links #1: https://www.bidolito.co.uk/feature-celluloid-heroes/, Media coverage: Interview about Liverpool Film Night with Bido Lito. Title: Celluloid Heroes Issue 83, Nov 2017

Links #1: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/full-frame-so-what-is-an-experimental-documentary-anyway/Content?oid=4372021, Media coverage: GRAMINOIDS (Kooij & Koens, 2014) is mentioned as an example of 'sensory film' by Chris Vitiello, Indy Week, 8 April 2015.

Links #2: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/full-frame-we-review-57-films-you-can-see-at-the-festival-this-week/Content?oid=4372053, Links #1: http://www.carolinatheatre.org/blog/must-see-films-2015-full-frame-festival, Media coverage: Reviews of the short film GRAMINOIDS (Kooij & Koens, 2014) in Indyweek and CTD after screenings at Full Frame (USA) April 2015.

Links #1: http://www.cine-vue.com/2014/06/edinburgh-2014-shorts-programme-review.html, Media coverage: Review of the short film GRAMINOIDS (Kooij & Koens, 2014) in CineVue after screenings at Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK) June 2014.

Other invited event:

Title of event: Pitching at Visions du Reél, Location: Nyon, Switzerland, Description: Pitching TUMBLING WOLFSKIN at Visions du Reél.

Title of event: Panellist at Madeira Film Festival, Location: Madeira, Portugal, Description: Panelist for public talk "Can we make nature documentaries without Sir David Attenborough?".

Title of event: Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, Location: Edinburgh, UK, Description: Q&A panelist invited to reflect on screenings.

Other Professional Activity:

Describe the Professional Activities: 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