Almudena Escobar Lopez


Publications and Presentations


  • Essay: ‘Ethnopoetics of Reality: The Work of Sky Hopinka” Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism (forthcoming).
  • Interview: ‘Sky Hopinka and belit sağ in conversation’ The Brooklyn Rail, November 2017.
  • Criticism: ‘New York Film Festival’s Projections 2017’ Mubi, Notebook, October, 2017.
  • Criticism: ‘Oliver Laxe In Front and Behind the Camera’ Mubi, Notebook, September, 2017.
  • Criticism: ‘Risk/Reward: International Short Film Festival Oberhausen’ The Brooklyn Rail, July/August 2017.
  • Criticism: ‘Without End: Val del Omar at Anthology Film Archives’ The Brooklyn Rail, March 2017.
  • Criticism: “Projections, New York International Film Festival” Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, October 2016.
  • Criticism: ‘Astro Noise at The Whitney Museum, New York City’ Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, Vol 43, No. 6. May/June 2016, p. 19-21.
  • Essay: ‘Invisible Participation: the Hologram Protest in Spain’ Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, Vol. 43, No. 4. January/February, 2016, p. 8-11.
  • Essay: ‘Unfolding Perception: Materiality and Time in the work of Tara Merenda Nelson and Andy Warhol’ Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, Special Issue: Visual Studies Workshop, Vol. 43, Nos. 1 & 2. July/August, 2015, p. 30-33.
  • Book filmography: ‘The Dawn of Technicolor,” Editors, James Layton and David Pierce, The George Eastman House Press. Rochester, 2015.
  • Essay: ‘Val del Omar y la inundación de los sentidos, Tríptico Elemental de España (Val del Omar, 1953-1995)’ Desistfilm magazine, Issue 003. April 2013.
  • Film reviews: ‘Mónica del Raval (Francesc Betriu, 2009)’, ‘In the city/En la ciudad (Cesc Gay, 2003)’, ‘De nens (Joaquim Jordà, 2003)’, ‘The Shangai Spell/El embrujo de Shangai (Fernando Trueba, 2002)’ and ‘The Time of The Doves/La plaça del Diamant (Francesc Betriu, 1982)’. World Film Locations: Barcelona, Bristol: Intellect Ltd, 2013.
  • Article: ‘The Accursed Poets: Remembering the heroes of alternative Spanish cinema.’ Little White Lies Magazine Issue 36 – The Skin I Live In Issue. July 2011.

Presentations and Talks

  • Presentation and discussion: The Illinois Parables (2016)  with filmmaker Deborah Stratman, The Dryden Theatre, George Eastman House, Rochester, April 14, 2017
  • Presentation and discussion: Born In Flames (1983) with filmmaker Lizzie Borden, The Little Theater, Rochester, March 26th, 2017
  • Presentation and discussion: Visions of an Island: Video Works by Sky Hopinka, Visual Studies Workshop, February 25, 2017
  • How to Be a Film Critic, Panel Discussion with film critic Michael Sicinski, Expanding Frames, 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. March 2016
  • Paper presentation: ‘Digital Occupation and the Right to Protest: The First Hologram Demonstration in Spain’ as part of the panel ‘Space and Politics in Spanish Film and Media.’ Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), March 30-April 3, 2016
  • Paper presentation: ‘Camp Sensibility in Andy Warhol’s Soap Opera’ as part of the panel ‘[Non] Directional Spectatorships.’ 17th Annual San Francisco State University Cinema Conference, October 2015
  • Paper presentation: ‘Working on the Richard Goldberg Collection’ as part of the panel ‘Preparing of the Centennial. The Technicolor Collections at the George Eastman House’. Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Annual Conference, Richmond, November 8th 2013
  • Paper presentation: ‘The Japanese Cinema Studies in Spain’ as part of the panel ‘Spanish research in Japanese Visual and Performing Arts’. European Association for Japanese Studies International Conference, Salento University, Lecce, Italy, September 20th 2008
  • Paper presentation: ‘Residential Areas in the Tokyo Metropolis: 50 years of change through cinema’ Congress of the Association of Japanese Studies in Spain (AEJE). Zaragoza University, Spain, April 17th 2008

Teaching and Curatorial Experience

  • GSW100, FMS105, AH117: Gender and Sexuality in Social Protests and Film Activism, Susan B. Anthony Institute, University of Rochester (Spring 2018)
  • AH124, FMS124: Introduction to Music Documentaries, University of Rochester (Summer 2017)
  • AH104, FMS104: European Avant-garde Cinema, University of Rochester (Summer 2015)
  • Guest lecture, "Embracing Coincidence: An Approach to Open Cinema", Visual Studies MFA program from Brockport University at the Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, Spring 2015.
  • Guest lecture, "Avant-Garde Cinema: defining and preserving", The L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation, Spring 2014, Spring 2015 & Spring 2016
  • Guest lecture, "Color and Light: Early Color Film Processes", University of Rochester, Spring 2014, Spring 2015 & Spring 2016
  • Co-programmer, On Film, Rochester’s thematic avant-garde film series, (2014-present)
  • Co-programmer, with Herb Shellenberger, of Common Visions, Flaherty NYC series, Anthology Film Archives (Winter/Spring 2018)
  • Squeaky Wheel Advisory Board member, Buffalo (Spring 2017-present)
  • Board of Trustees from Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY (June 2017-present)
  • Co-programmer, Women's History Month Film Series 2017: Trailblazing Women, The Little Theater, Rochester, March 5-26th, 2017 & 2018 (forthcoming)
  • Programmer, London Spanish Film Festival Short Film Programmer (2009-2014)
  • Co-programmer, with Julian Ross, of "Seasons Inter View: Takashi Makino", Apiary Studios. London, UK. November 2011

Fellowships, Grants and Awards

  • Public Humanities Fellowship, University of Rochester Humanities Center and Humanities New York, 2017-2018
  • Teaching Fellowship from the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Gender Studies, Spring 2018
  • Oberhausen Film Seminar 2017 participant, organized by LUX and The Robert Flaherty FIlm Seminar and leaded by Michele Pierson and Michael Zryd
  • Susan B. Anthony Institute Research Grant, University of Rochester, 2015
  • Visiting Scholar and Moving Image Preservation Consultant, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, September 2014-July 2015
  • Robert Flaherty Film Seminar Fellow, 2014
  • Archival Audiovisual Media Studies Fellowship within the ‘Hidden Special Collections and Archives’ program. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian, Summer 2014
  • Pordenone Silent Film Festival Fellow, 2013
  • Preservation Department Fellowship, the Academy Film Archive, Los Angeles, CA, Summer 2013
  • Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship, 2012-2013
  • Jane Mercer Footage Training Bursary, FOCAL International, 2011-2012
  • Torralba-Fortun Foundation Research Scholarship, 2007-2008
  • Waseda University Exchange Scholarship, 2004-2005
  • Seneca Scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Education, 2003-2004