Richmond Youth Media Festival Jury
The Richmond Youth Media Festival is a youth film screening meant to showcase high caliber works by boundary pushing young filmmakers from around the world. To ensure a high standard to craftsmanship and innovation, Cinevolution Media Arts Society recruited a panel of five professional jury members from the film and media arts community to both screen and nominate the best of the submitted films. We are proud to say that Laura Marks, Shaun Inouye, Nathan Douglas, Lauren Burrows Backhouse, and Rob Groeneboer were all members of our professional jury for the Richmond Youth Media Festival this year. Cinevolution is excited to present this unique experience in collaboration with the Richmond World Festival.
DR. LAURA MARKS
Laura is a scholar, theorist, and curator of independent and experimental media arts. She works on the media arts of the Arab and Muslim world, intercultural perspectives on new media arts, and philosophical approaches to materiality and information culture. Dr. Marks has curated programs of experimental media for festivals and art spaces worldwide. She holds her Ph. D. in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester, her M.A. in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester and her B.A. in Art History and Sociology/Anthropology from Swarthmore College.
Shaun is Programming Associate at The Cinematheque, a non-profit film institute in Vancouver. He holds a Masters in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia, and has published articles on Jean-Luc Godard and Harmony Korine. He was a Feature Documentary Award juror at this year’s DOXA Documentary Film Festival.
Nathan is a Vancouver-based writer and director. His debut professional short “Son In The Barbershop,” still on the circuit, has screened at over a dozen international film festivals, including in competition at Clermont-Ferrand 2016. Originally from Ontario, Nathan gratefully makes his home on the West Coast amongst a community of young and resourceful filmmakers working to foster a local cinematic renaissance. He holds a B.F.A. in Film from Simon Fraser University, and is busy developing several short and feature projects.
Lauren Burrows Backhouse
Media Arts Specialist Lauren leads the Richmond Youth Media Program at the Richmond Media Lab. This referral-based program helps youth and young adults to develop skills in media arts, while making new connections in the community. Lauren is a graduate of BCIT’s Broadcast Communications program, and has worked as a DJ at CiTR, a traffic reporter with CKNW, a music producer with CBC Radio One’s Definitely Not Opera and as a daily host promoting independent Canadian music on CBC Radio 3. Passionate about creativity, community and communication, Lauren is an enthusiastic supporter of bringing our dreams to life.