Meet the Judges

Liz Roberts

Liz Roberts’ work spans film, video, sculpture, and performance. She has taught in Cinema at Denison University, Film & Video and Graduate Studies at Columbus College of Art & Design, and Film Studies and Art at The Ohio State University. Her work has shown widely, including Microscope Gallery (2015, Brooklyn, New York); Cranbrook Academy of Art (2016, Detroit, Michigan); Cleveland Museum of Art (2017); ACRE Projects (2018, Chicago, IL); and Artspace Gallery (2019, Fresno, California) with an experimental video project exploring the form of public access television. Her 16mm films are in the archive of The Filmmaker’s Coop and have screened at Ann Arbor Film Festival, New York Exposition of Short Film and Video, and the Chicago International Film Festival.

Michael Kaplan

Michael Kaplan is a Visiting Lecturer teaching Film and Television Criticism, Theory and Production in the Department of Theatre at The Ohio State University. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Film/Video Production and Studies from Syracuse University in 1989 and a Bachelor’s of Science in Film and Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1984.

Besides an academic career that spans more than two decades, Kaplan was the Manager of Post-Production and Staff Editor at Wendy’s International for ten years. Besides teaching, Kaplan, along with his wife, Jesse Chandler, perform Jazz and Swing Standards with their duo, The Velvet Sirens. The musical duo plays regularly at the local, regional, and national level and is presently working on their third CD.

Paige Piper

Paige Piper is Academic Program Coordinator for OSU Film Studies and Moving Image Production. The Program in Film Studies and, And she received her Ph.D. in 2016 from the  the Department of French and Italian at The Ohio State University.

Her most recent article on the Nordic Noir trend in Francophone visual cultures appeared in the 2018 spring issue of Contemporary French Civilization, and she served as Associate Guest Editor for a special issue of Film Matters Magazine in 2015. Paige‘s current research examines the cultural borders and aesthetics of transnational social thrillers. She is an avid cinephile and photographer, a member of the Midwest Working Group in French and Francophone Cinemas, and a screening panel member of the Austin Film Festival.

Erin Alys

Erin Alys is an actor, devisor, Intimacy Choreographer, and Stage Combat Director, and captivated student of facial expression. Her personal research has led to teaching performers to alter their appearance by deliberately utilizing unfamiliar movement patterns in their faces. Her workshop, Transforming the Face: Crafting Characters from the Neck Up, was first presented at the South Eastern Theatre Conference (SETC) in Louisville, KY.

Roger Beebe

Roger Beebe is a filmmaker whose work since 2006 consists primarily of multiple-projector performances and essayistic videos that explore the world of found images and the “found” landscapes of late capitalism. He has screened his films around the globe at such unlikely venues as the CBS Jumbotron in Times Square and McMurdo Station in Antarctica as well as more likely ones including Sundance and the Museum of Modern Art with solo shows at Anthology Film Archives, The Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City, and Los Angeles Filmforum among many other venues. Beebe is also a film programmer: he ran Flicker, a festival of small-gauge film in Chapel Hill, NC, from 1997-2000 and was the founder and Artistic Director of FLEX, the Florida Experimental Film Festival from 2004-2014. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Art at the Ohio State University

Linda Mizejewski

Linda MIzejewski teaches film in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  She is the author of five books on women in film and popular culture, and the editor of the forthcoming anthology Our Blessed Rebel Queen: Essays on Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia.

Matthew Swift

Matt Swift has been the academic advisor, program coordinator, and internship supervisor for The Ohio State University Film Studies Program from 2009-2020. He serves as the production lead for The Journal of Short Film; a freelance multimedia, information technology, and audio/visual – film/video consultant for Nicolettecinemagraphics; co-founder of the Columbus Moving Image Art Review – a free quarterly local film showcase since 2009; and is a practicing media exhibition artist, filmmaker, writer, and educator.

Erica Levin

Erica Levin is an Assistant Professor in the History of Art Department where she teaches courses on Avant-Garde Film, Documentary, and World Cinema, among other topics. Her own research and writing focuses on the relationship between art, media, and politics, with a special emphasis on experimental film and television in the 1960s.