Biography

Lisa Danker creates experimental and documentary films using Super 8mm, 16mm, and digital formats. Her work has screened internationally in film festivals and programs, and in galleries, such as in Toronto; Calgary; New York City; San Francisco; Miami; and Vieques, Puerto Rico. Her most recent film, “Beneath a Glass Floor Lobby” has been competitively selected for eleven screenings and film festivals since its completion in January 2016. Ms. Danker began teaching at the university level in 2006 as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Iowa while pursuing a Master of Arts degree in film studies. She later began teaching film production and film/media studies in 2009 while attending UW–Milwaukee. Additionally, her film programming activities have included co-founding the Iowa City Experimental Film Festival in 2007, as well as programming screenings at various venues such as the Woodland Pattern Book Center and an attic-based microcinema in Milwaukee.

Education

  • M.F.A. in Film from University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (2011)
  • M.A. in Film Studies from University of Iowa (2008)
  • B.A. in English from University of Florida (2005)

Research Interests

  • Documentary filmmaking, history, and theory
  • 16mm and Super 8 film production
  • Experimental, avant-garde, underground, and feminist filmmaking and criticism
  • Found-footage and recycled media techniques and criticism
  • The role of metacognition in the filmmaking process and pedagogy

Recent Research Activities

Current––

STREAMS: An Interactive Multimedia Installation, May 2016–April 2017, with Assistant Prof. Ryan Buyssens

Funded by an In-House Research Grant from the UCF Office of Research and Commercialization and the College of Arts and Humanities

Recent––

Title: Beneath a Glass Floor Lobby, Super 8, sound, color, January 2016

Brief Description:

Shot on Super 8, “Beneath a Glass Floor Lobby” reflects on two historically significant sites––including a former Tequesta village dating back to at least 600 A.D––and their relationships to current development in Miami.

Awards

  • Director’s Choice for “Beneath a Glass Floor Lobby” at Black Maria Film Festival (2017)
  • Audience Award for “Please Remember Me” at Indie Film Club Miami Screening (2014)

Activities

  • Film B.F.A. Portfolio Committee
  • SVAD Exhibition & Lecture Committee
  • Sunspot Cinema
  • University Film and Video Association
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies