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Christina Battle (Canada) is an artist, curator, filmmaker, and organizer. She holds a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta, with specialization in Environmental Biology, and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her films have screened at venues including EXiS (Seoul), Musée d’art moderne André Malraux (Le Havre), Kino Arsenal (Berlin), Jihlava Documentary Festival (Czech Republic), and IFF Rotterdam. She is a contributing editor to INCITE!, and a collective member of Mice Magazine.

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Christopher Harris (USA) is Head of Film and Video Production in the Department of Cinematic Arts at the University of Iowa. His films have screened at venues internationally including the Artists’ Film Biennial at ICA (London), Princeton University (New Jersey), the Viennale, etc. He was the recipient of a Creative Capital grant to support his film Speaking in Tongues (2015), and recently completed two multi-screen installations reimagining slave daguerreotypes commissioned by Louis Agassiz in 1850. He lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

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Steve Polta (USA) holds a BA in Film Studies from UC Berkeley, an MFA in Filmmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a Masters of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. He is Archivist and Artistic Director for the San Francisco Cinematheque, and co-founder and curator of CROSSROADS, presented at SFMoMA in 2017. Polta was awarded a Research Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation, resulting in Perpetual Motion, an extensive series of live cinema performances presented in the Bay Area (2016). He lives in Oakland, California.


Parties late night August 3-5 at Phog Lounge: 157 University Ave. West. & don’t miss Media City’s Closing Night Award Ceremony when the award-winning films from this year’s festival will be announced by the jury.

11pm-sunrise with special guest DJs TBA. Additional secret locations TBA.