Krystina Madej is Visiting Assistant Professor with the School of Literature, Communications, and Culture (LCC) at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.  She is also Adjunct Professor with the School for Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Her research focus is how narrative structures meaning through its presentation in different media, in particular for children.  She co-authored with Newton Lee the book “Disney Stories: Getting to Digital” (Springer, 2012).  She has co-edited with Dr. Kieran Egan, Canada Chair for Education at Simon Fraser, the book “Engaging Imagination and Developing Creativity” (2010.)  Prior to returning to academia in 1999, she was principal in a communications and design firm that created successful programs, products, and exhibits for government, business and industry, and the non-profit sector. Clients included major corporations such as Canada Safeway, Telus Mobility, ITTBarton, and the Glenbow Museum. Dr. Madej has presented on narrative at numerous international conferences.  She has a BFA from Concordia, an MA in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State, and a PhD in Digital Narrative from Simon Fraser University
J.P. Telotte, Professor and former Chair of Georgia Tech’s School of Literature, Media, and Communication, works in the areas of Film and Television Studies with a special interest in fantasy narratives.  He teaches courses in Film History, Film Genres, Animation, and Science Fiction Film and Television, has published more than 100 academic articles on film and television, and has authored or edited six books on Science Fiction media including his 2014 publication, Science Fiction Television.


John Thornton

My life, my reading, everything about me revolves around the cinema […] for me cinema is life and vice versa – Sergio Leone

I work in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication as the Video Production Coordinator. I have an M.F.A. in Film from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and a B.A. in English from Clark Atlanta University. My work as an independent filmmaker and freelance cinematographer reflects anomalistic stories of strength triumphing over adversity, where the characters compel the audience to reflect, or the story encourages the audience to act. I have been blessed to work with clients like ABC Family, TLC, HGTV, AXS TV, Meddin Studios, Walt Disney Pictures, and Broadcast Management Group on several projects, including “Crackerjack,” “AXSLive TV,” “Toddlers and Tiaras,” “Lights! Camera! Christmas ,” “Million Dollar Arm,” and “Yahoo LIVE.”

I am the faculty advisor for Buzz Studios, an organization dedicated to offering Tech students an opportunity to create independent films, and I serve as a Board Member for the ATL WebFest, an interactive festival designed to connect the film, business, and technology communities in a way that will spark showcase the talent and innovation that the southeast has to offer. My primary goal at Georgia Tech is to help students discover the art of visual storytelling while developing a mastery for creating compelling and emotionally powerful moving images; however, I am also here to serve and assist the IAC, GT, and local communities through film/video production services.
A specialist in the intersection of aesthetic theory and film history, Angela Dalle Vacche was born in Venice, Italy and came to the United States in 1978. She has graduate degrees in American Studies and in Film Studies from Mount Holyoke College and the University of Iowa. She has been the recipient of a Fulbright Travel Grant, a Mellon Fellowship, a Rockefeller Bellagio Grant, and a Leverhulme Distinguished Professorship at the University of London, Birkbeck College, History of Art. Her retrospective: Italian Silent Divas: Passion and Defiance, for the 2000 New York Film Festival was voted as “Best Event Of The Year” by Art Forum. Dalle Vacche regularly works with the Cineteca di Bologna, The Nederlands Film Museum, Anthology Film Archive in New York, and DAMS/Gorizia in Italy. She has also lectured in Dublin, Vienna, Paris, and Portugal.

While teaching at Vassar College, Yale University, and Georgia Institute of Technology, she has become a leading voice in Italian film studies, an internationally recognized specialist in European cinema, and she is highly regarded for having opened the field of film studies to the history of art. Dalle Vacche is the director of LMC-IFS, a summer film studies program between the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Udine in Italy. Under the auspices of Cinema@Tech, she has organized film series for the School of Literature, Media, and Communication of Ivan Allen College at the Georgia Institute of Technology: the African, the French, and the Japanese Film Series. In 2013-14, Dalle Vacche has been involved with the Africa-Atlanta initiative at Georgia Tech. Currently, Dalle Vacche is completing a book titled ‘Andre Bazin’s Cinema: Art, Religion, Science’.
Qi Wang holds a Ph.D in Film and Television (2008, UCLA), M.S. in Comparative Media Studies (2002, MIT), M.L. in International Communication (1999, Peking University), and B.A. in English Literature (1996, Peking University).  Her research interests include history, memory, subjectivity and spatiality in cinema and media; Chinese-language cinema; documentary; Cold War Asian Cinema; dance film. Her first book, Memory, Subjectivity and Independent Chinese Cinema, is published by Edinburgh University Press in 2014. Her articles appear in Asian Cinema, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, positions: asia critique and so on. She also (co-)curated the 2008 REEL CHINA Documentary Biennial (New York and Shanghai) and the 2011 Independent Chinese Cinema series at High Museum (Atlanta).
Gregory Zinman received his B.A. from Yale University and his Ph.D. from the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University. Before coming to Georgia Tech, he was a ACLS New Faculty Fellow at Columbia University and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. His research interests include experimental film and media, artists’ film and video, digital aesthetics, the moving image online, and early computer films. His writing has been published in venues including The New Yorker, American Art, Film History, and Millennium Film Journal. He is currently finishing his first book, Handmade: The Moving Image in the Artisanal Mode, and is editing, with John Hanhardt, Nam June Paik: Selected Writings, forthcoming from the MIT Press. He serves as a curatorial consultant to the Yale University Art Gallery and is co-curator of “Computer Age,” a traveling program of early computer films, which recently screened at the Museum of the Moving Image and is heading to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and other venues in 2015.