Editor’s Profiles

Chris Letcher

Chris Letcher is a film composer and songwriter and a senior lecturer in music at Wits University. His music for film and television has been widely screened around the world, most recently winning an award for Best Score for the forthcoming drama Sink. Other recent film music scoring projects include a score for Ntshavheni Wa Luruli’s Elelwani, Zee Ntuli’s Hard to Get, and the BBC’s The Challenger starring William Hurt. As a songwriter he has toured widely including performances at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, NXNW in Toronto, and tours of Europe and the US. He has a Doctorate in Music Composition from the Royal College of Music and an MMus in composition from Trinity College of Music. His research interests include an interest in issues of representation in film music, and in collaborative production processes in composing music for screen.

Pervaiz Khan

Pervaiz Khan was brought up in Birmingham (Britain) and now lives in Johannesburg. He is a writer, filmmaker, visual arts curator, theatre director and artist who has made documentaries, short fictions, music videos, new-media installations, plays and worked on feature films. He is an award-winning film curator. As curator of the Third Cinema Focus (1987-93), Birmingham International Film & TV Festival, he programmed over 300 films and brought together 60 international film makers and cultural figures. He has curated for the National Film Theatre (London). He was co-founder of Duende Performance Company. For almost a decade he was a contributing editor of ‘Sight & Sound’ film magazine. He co-edited, with John Akomfrah, ‘Framework 36 – Third Scenario: Theory & Politics of Location’. He has a Masters of Arts in screenwriting and is also a PhD candidate. Pervaiz lectures in screenwriting in the Film & TV Division, Wits School of Arts.

 

 

Talya Lubinsky

Talya Lubinsky is an artist based in Johannesburg. She recently completed her Masters in Fine Art at on the politics of mess and order as strategies of display, for which she held a solo exhibition at the Point of Order, Johannesburg. She completed her Bachelors degree in Fine Art at the Wits School of Art in 2011, graduating with distinction and winning the Giovanna Milner Scholarship for distinguished work in Fine Art and History of Art. She has participated in a number of group shows, including Nesting Narratives (2014), GoetheonMain, Johannesburg and Out of Thin Air (2012), Stevenson, Cape Town. She travelled to Strasbourg, France in 2013 for Play > Urban, a three-week residency and exchange project between University ESAD Strasbourg and Wits School of Arts. Alongside her artistic practice, Talya teaches Critical Writing at the Market Photo Workshop, and works as a freelance collaborative printmaker.

Zen Marie

Photographer / Artist / Filmmaker / Writer / Lecturer

Durban / JHB / Boston / JHB / Amsterdam / JHB

Sydenham Primary / Fordsburg Primary / Martin Luther King Junior School

Johannesburg Secondary School / National School of the Arts

Market Photo Workshop / Michaelis School of Art / Stichting 63: de ateliers

University of Amsterdam / Vega School of Brand Communications
WITS School of Art

Jenni-Lee Crewe

Jenni-lee Crewe received her MFA in Design and Theatre Production from Tulane University in New Orleans in 2006. Before that she worked for the First Physical Theatre Company as their education officer as well as a choreographer, designer and performer. During this time she also taught choreography and design studies at Rhodes University. She has done stage design work in New Orleans as well as choreographing, devising and designing performance in South Africa and has received a Naledi award for stage design at the Market Theatre. She currently works as a stage designer and design lecturer for the Division of Dramatic Arts in the Wits School of Arts, where she is also a PhD candidate in the division of Fine Arts. Jenni-lee is a founding member of the Flying House performing arts collective. Her predominant areas of research lie in the relationship between body, image and text in contemporary performance and scenography.