Meet the Jury Members

David Benin


David Benin is an educator, scholar, and digital media producer working at the intersections identity, technology, and affect. He designs games, produces videos, and, most urgently, teaches in the Communication Department at Saint Mary's California of California.

Laura Elayne Miller


Laura Elayne Miller is an Interdisciplinary Artist and Filmmaker, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Art Practice at Saint Mary’s College of California. Her work has been shown in the USA and Europe, including exhibitions/screenings at Albus Lux Gallery, The Center for Book and Paper Arts, Arcade Gallery, The Mission Projects, Krasl Art Museum, Artists’ Television Access, and Fort Mason. She has held several artist-in-residence positions, most recently at Lane College in Oregon where she created the commissioned video and artwork, Reading A Wave. Over the course of her career, Laura has worked as a Director, Producer, DP, and Editor for film, commercials and television, with clients such as MTV, BET, Coca Cola, and BBC America. Laura holds a BA in Theatre from Fordham University, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts & Media from Columbia College. 

hossein Khosrowjah


Hossein Khosrowjah has been an Art and Art History adjunct professor at Saint Mary’s College in California since the fall of 2017, and will be a visiting professor at SMC-CA in 2019-2020. He is also a senior adjunct professor in the Department of Visual Studies at the California College of the Arts since 2011. He has taught art history and theory, film history and theory, women studies, social science, and visual studies courses for the past seventeen years in California and (western) New York. His essays and reviews on a broad range of topics from film to exilic autobiography to the history of American higher education have been published in film, cultural and area studies journals. He has also written, directed, translated, and performed on stage in Boston and the Bay Area since 1984. He received his doctorate from the University of Rochester's Program in Visual and Cultural Studies in 2010. His book The Singular Cinema of Abbas Kiarostami will soon be published through Bloomsbury Publishing in London.