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Eli Horwatt




Eli Horwatt is a scholar and film curator focused on the intersection of documentary and experimental media. He completed his PhD at York University (Toronto) with a dissertation on the aesthetic legacy of conceptual and post-minimal art in experimental film and documentary. He has programmed for the Wavelengths sidebar at the Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, Pleasure Dome, and at Colgate University’s Alternative Cinema series. His writing on experimental documentary, contemporary found footage practice, and institutional critique in new media art may be found in journals such as Framework, World Records, CineAction, and Millennium Film Journal. His most recent work examines guerilla projections by The Illuminator Collective in New York City and organizing by independent filmmakers for fair remuneration at film festivals.


  • PhD, MA York University

Research Interests

  • Documentary Ethics and Aesthetics
  • Conceptual/Post-Minimal Art and Film
  • Found Footage Film
  • Institutional Critique
  • Cinematic Ontology and Paracinematic Art