Ioana Maria Uricaru
Ioana Uricaru was born and raised in Romania, where she studied Biology before turning to filmmaking and film studies. She holds an MFA in Film and Television Production and a Ph.D. in Critical Studies, both from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Her research interests include film theory, cinema theory and practice and global media industrial practices, and her dissertation focuses on discourse and embodied emotional experience in cinema from the perspective of the neuroscience of emotion. She has published scholarly essays in Film Quarterly, The Velvet Light Trap and several anthologies in the US and abroad. Ioana is also an award-winning filmmaker whose films have screened in the official selections of the Cannes, Sundance and AFI film festivals and at the American Cinematheque. She is the recipient of the Sundance Sloan Commissioning grant, held the Cannes Film Festival Cinefondation Residency in Paris and was a jury member at the Cairo Film Festival in 2009.