Beatriz Leal Riesco is an independent scholar, film critic, and curator with a special focus on contemporary African, Middle Eastern, and Italian film. She has been programmer for the African Film Festival in New York since 2011. Her work has been published in Secuencias, Caracteres, Asymptote, Hyperion, Rebelión, Okayafrica, and a range of other news and academic publications. Her latest book is Looking Back, Looking Forward: 20 Years of the New York African Film Festival, coedited with Mahen Bonetti (African Film Festival, 2013).
Joseph Oduro-Frimpong is assistant professor of media anthropology at Ashesi University College. His research on Ghanaian popular media investigates two issues: how such formats remediate certain cultural values and how these genres engage in democratic sociopolitical issues. His work appears in International Journal of Communication, African Studies Review, and the edited volume Popular Culture in Africa: Episteme of the Everyday (2014).
Sheila Petty is professor of film studies at the University of Regina (Canada). She has written extensively on issues of cultural representation, identity, and nation in African and African diasporic screen media and has curated film, television, and digital media exhibitions for galleries across Canada. She is author of Contact Zones: Memory, Origin, and Discourses in Black Diasporic Cinema (Wayne State University Press, 2008) and coeditor (with Blandine Stefanson) of the forthcoming Directory of World Cinema: Africa (Intellect Books).
Connor Ryan is a doctoral candidate at Michigan State University. From 2012 to 2013, his field research on Nollywood had the support of a Fulbright Fellowship, and his publications have appeared in Research in African Literatures, Journal of African Cinemas, and African Studies Review. His dissertation examines the relationship between Nigerian cinema and the city of Lagos.
Jean Olivier Tchouaffe is an independent scholar. He is the author of Passion of the Reel (Intellect Books, 2014). Besides many book chapters, his work has also appeared in Journal of Applied Semiotics, Flow, Journal of Modern Contemporary Thought, Journal of African Cinemas, PostAmble, Journal of Information Ethics, Reception Studies Journal, and Velvet Light Trap. [End Page 172]