Sarah Choi (she/her/hers)

Graduate Student

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M.A., Cinema & Media Studies, York University
B.Sc, Biology, King's University

Sarah Choi is a doctoral candidate in Cinema & Media Studies at the UW, whose research interests include race and cinema, screen politics, digital ethnography, and new media. A recipient of Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC), her Master's research examined racial representations in contemporary cinema as a form of taxidermy. As a filmmaker, Sarah creates screendance and documentaries, and curates films for the Lights Dance Festival, which she founded in 2016. Sarah won the Best Director Award at the Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival in 2012 and Best Documentary Film at the 2020 Davis Feminist Film Festival. Sarah's film collaboration with Tapestry Opera and Canadian-Indigenous artists, Shanawdithit VR, was presented at the 26th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2020).

As a recipient of the 2022 Simpson Center Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship, Sarah began to develop a pedagogical tool for teaching orphan and found-footage films. She also recently received the Barclay Simpson Scholars in Public Fellowship and won Third Place in the Society for Cinema & Media Studies (SCMS) Student Writing Award for her essay, " Life, Death, or Something in Between: Photographic Taxidermy in Get Out (2017)." Sarah's short film Jackrabbit was part of the 2022 Seattle Asian American Film Festival. She is currently Managing Editor of Feminist Media Histories: An International Journal.