about aCinema


aCinema is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the monthly exhibition of works by moving image artists from around the globe for audiences during the 9 month period of September to May.  aCinema also organizes a yearly festival programmed from an open call for works titled, aDifferent festival. 

Through the exhibition of artists -- historical and contemporary, emerging and established -- in curated programs, aCinema creates a platform for artists of all career statuses to share a common exhibition space.  Through the curatorial themes and independent thoughts expressed within the works, aCinema hopes to inspire and expand audiences' views of the moving image, fostering an arts educational space, where audiences are free to engage in discussion with curators and artists (when present) following the screenings.

Founders & Curators


Janelle VanderKelen

Janelle VanderKelen is an artist whose practice spans multiple media. Her work plays at the edges of things and explores the cultural and psychological impact of the experience of time, the linger, and things that are defiantly borderless, generatively erroneous, and that take up more time or space than they ought. She currently lives and works in Milwaukee, WI where she received both her MFA in Film, Video, and New Media and her MA in Art at the University of Wisconsin. Her work has screened and shown at festivals and galleries nationally and internationally. Some of her most recent exhibitions include ShapeShifters at The Grange Film Series in East Haddam, CT; The Milwaukee Underground Film Festival in Milwaukee, WI; and the traveling Femme Tour Truck Exhibition in conjunction with the Biennal Miradas de Mujeres at various cities throughout Spain and Portugal. 





Takahiro Suzuki

Takahiro Suzuki is an artist currently residing in Milwaukee, WI (USA).  He completed his BA in Studio Art from the University of Virginia concentrating in the media of photography and cinematography, and received his MFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  His recent works in film and video have contemplatively explored the relationships between histories and the philosophies of resurfacing.  Through the interweaving of these essayistic narratives, the end product is not so much a thesis upon which to land, but rather an open question or hypothesis for the audience to consider.  His works have exhibited and screened nationally and internationally.

Board of Directors

// Janelle VanderKelen // President & Secretary //
// Takahiro Suzuki // Vice-President & Treasurer //
// Lydia Moyer //