Staff

Djoymi Baker (she/her)

Djoymi Baker is a Lecturer in Media & Cinema Studies at RMIT University, Australia. She is a prize-winning writer, and has published numerous articles on film and television, on topics such as fandom, myth in popular culture, and genre studies. She is the author of To Boldly Go: Marketing the Myth of Star Trek (2018) and the co-author of The Encyclopedia of Epic Films (2014). Recent work appears in The Age of Netflix (2017) and The New Peplum (2018), and in The Soundtrack journal (2019).

 

Daniel Binns (he/him)

Program Manager

Research and studios: Cross-platform storytelling, media philosophy, cinema studies

Daniel Binns is a screenwriter, producer, and teacher of film and media studies. His creative practice is primarily short-form drama, observational essay films and smartphone filmmaking, and his theoretical bent is film genre and media philosophy. Daniel has produced documentary and lifestyle television across multiple continents and for several networks including Fox Sports and National Geographic. He is the author of The Hollywood War Film (Intellect, 2017) and he is currently writing about drone cinematography, the affordances of the vlog, and the changing nature of editing in film.

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Adrian Danks (he/him)

Research: Cinema and screen studies; film history; film genre; film technologies.

Associate Professor Adrian Danks has taught an array of Cinema and cultural studies courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and is supervising numerous students at both MA and PhD levels. He has edited the internationally recognised journal, Senses of Cinema, and is co-curator of The Melbourne Cinémathèque.

His research interests include Australian, American and Iranian cinema, home movies, film criticism, auteurism, experimental cinema, found footage and recycled cinema. He has published widely in a range of books and journals including, and is currently writing several books including one on the history and practice of home moviemaking in Australia.

 

Smiljana Glisovic (she/her)

Academic Advisor, students commenced 2019 or earlier

Course Coordinator: COMM1031 Introduction to Cinema Studies (Sem 2 offering), COMM1034 True Lies: Documentary Studies, COMM2637 Textual Crossings: Literary Adaptation

Dr Smiljana Glisovic’s research is located in the field of documentary and poetic forms of audiovisual practice. Her research interrogates how moving image and sound can act as conduits toward affective and transformative experiences; how this practice can be used as a methodology toward an ‘other’ kind of ‘knowledge’ of environments; and how this form can facilitate unique expressions of experience of place. She has worked across various mediums and forms, as an artist, actor, writer and filmmaker. She works at RMIT University in the School of Media and Communication where she teaches in Media, Cinema Studies, and Creative Writing. This work intersects with her other practice in the field of Oriental Therapies.

 

Heather Jarvis (she/her)

Academic Advisor, students commenced 2020

Heather Jarvis is a radio & podcast producer, journalist and lecturer in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. As a practitioner, educator and researcher, Heather’s interests centre on the ways that audio storytelling can help raise awareness and promote positive social change. Her radio documentary Fallen Angels, co-produced for the ABC with journalist and academic Margaret Simons, was a finalist in the 2017 Amnesty International Australia Media Awards, and the 2017 United Nations Media Awards.

Heather’s PhD research is exploring the potential of podcasting as a way to advance social change agendas, particularly in Pacific Islands region.

 

Alexia Kannas (she/her)

Coordinator, Cinema Studies Contextual Stream

Course Coordinator: COMM2632 Popular Cinema, COMM1031 Introduction to Cinema Studies, COMM1036 Histories of Film Theory

Research and studios: Cultural industries, criticism, writing

Alexia Kannas is a writer and academic in the Media Program in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, who works principally in the area of Cinema Studies. Alexia completed her PhD in Film Studies at Monash University, where she also taught into English Literature and Creative and Academic Writing. She is the author of Deep Red (Columbia University Press/Wallflower, 2017) and Genre, Modernity and the Italian Giallo Film (forthcoming 2019, SUNY Press), and has written for a wide range of print and online media. She writes (or has written) about cult cinema, film sound, cinematic modernism, food, memory and nostalgia.

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Seth Keen (he/him)

Current major project: FIRELENS

Course Coordinator: COMM2219 Networked Media

Research and studios: Digital audiovisual media, interactive documentary, community collaborations

Seth Keen is a new media educator, researcher, and designer in the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University. Seth brings together media and co-design practices to engage with contemporary wicked problems His track record of expertise is in the design of audiovisual media and image-based platforms. He has worked on collaborative projects with academic and industry research partners in the areas of development aid, cultural geography, social services and disaster resilience. Seth is a winner of a prestigious Good Design Australia Award in Social Impact, 2018.

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Shweta Kishore (she/her)

Lecturer, Media & Cinema; Academic Engagement Lead, Capitol and Media Precinct

Course Coordinator: COMM1035 Asian Cinemas

Shweta Kishore is a filmmaker, curator and lecturer in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT. Her research focuses on Asian media and documentary, activist and grassroots media, women’s film making, and practices of independent and alternative cinema production and circulation. Shweta is the author of Indian Documentary Film and Filmmakers: Independence in Practice (2018: Edinburgh University Press). In her current video-based research project, Shweta examines the relation between the field of contemporary art, gender and feminist discourse in Vietnam. She curates the screen based workshop Moving Reels: A Social Dialogue at the Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Brian Morris (he/him)

Studios Coordinator (COMM2625, 6, 7, 8 Media 2, 3, 4, 5; with Paul Ritchard)

Course Coordinator: COMM2624 Media 1, COMM2629 Media 6

Research and studios: Photography, place, media practice

Dr Brian Morris is a Senior Lecturer in Media at RMIT University, Melbourne. His current research focuses on the intersections between media and education in formal and informal institutional contexts. Previous areas of research include urban place, identity and media technologies, television studies and cultural studies, with individual and co-written publications appearing in prominent academic journals and edited book collections. He has been a co-Chief Investigator on an ARC Linkage grant (with Parks Victoria), a Creative Fellow at the Victorian State Library, and successfully supervised a number of PhDs (creative and thesis-based). He’s still excited about teaching in a University setting.

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Alan Nguyen (he/him)

Course Coordinator: COMM2674 Making Media

Research and studios: Storytelling; new media; speculative fiction; climate change; mixed realities.

Dr Alan Nguyen is an international-award-winning writer and director working across television, film, theatre, comics and XR. He has penned scripts for SBS Television, Melbourne Theatre Company, Matchbox Pictures and December Media. He served as VR Designer for a film-opera (supported by Vitalstatistix, PADA and Nexus Arts); and as Editor for two groundbreaking AR comic book anthologies published by EyeJack. His directorial film work has won multiple international awards and screened at several international film festivals. He wrote for the SBS and Screen Australia-commissioned Matchbox Pictures/NBC Universal miniseries Hungry Ghosts, currently in postproduction.

 

Paul Ritchard (he/him)

Studios Coordinator (COMM2625, 6, 7, 8 Media 2, 3, 4, 5; with Brian Morris)

Research and studios: Filmmaking practice, location, ecomedia

Paul Ritchard lectures in film production and is a member of the nonfiction lab and the Screen and Sound Cultures group at RMIT University. His research focuses on film/media production as well as its intersections with teaching practice. His PhD is titled THE RIVER PROJECT A Poetics of Eco-Critical Film-Making where he is producing a series of films located around the Snowy River. They are investigating place, the poetics of rivers and the body in water. He is looking at eco-aesthetics, eco-cinema and sustainability in film production. Of importance, is how the environment affects the methods of production and the made film. His work is guided by his principle of making film that treads lightly on the landscape both literally and figuratively.

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Liam Ward (he/him)

Academic Advisor, students commenced 2018 and earlier

Course Coordinator: COMM2220 Broadcast Media, COMM2810 Story and Place in Media

Studios and research: Political documentary history and practice, communicating complex ideas

Liam Ward is a film-maker, historian and activist who lectures in the Media program of RMIT’s School of Media and Communication. His creative practice and research interests centre on non-fiction, documentary media with a particular focus on methods of communicating history. He is also interested in collaborations with scientists and others in exploring ways of communicating complex ideas through various media platforms.

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Rachel Wilson (she/her)

Studios and research: Media and place, cinema studies, student experience and cohort belonging

Rachel Wilson is a lecturer in Media, and has previously served as the B.Comm (Media)’s Program Manager, Selection Officer and Careers Officer. She has also received a number of teaching awards.

Rachel’s professional background is as a media practitioner, and she has been teaching within the higher education sector for 18 years, specialising in the Screen Production discipline. She is currently teaching media production and applied research in the School of Media and Communication. Rachel’s current research includes archiving, memory and representations of trauma. She served as the President of the peak discipline body ASPERA (Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association) from 2010 to 2011, and she currently holds the position of National Secretary.

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