About Us

MONO NO AWARE began as a single exhibition of expanded cinema performance that has grown into an organization promoting cinematic art, film screenings, and performance year round.

The annual exhibition is held to give open forum to work that, because of its transient nature, might not otherwise find a venue in a traditional movie theater, gallery or stage. Inherent in the work is a sense of connectivity and shared viewer experience. The curated program focuses on live projected elements as part of sculpture, installation and performance. Streaming digital media and internet content tend to foster the singular, passive viewing experience. MONO NO AWARE, the exhibition, creates an ephemeral environment for work that is counter to excess and accessibility. To emphasize this distinction, we exhibit work that is one part celluloid film or live altered light projection.

Our workshop series has helped us to build our community locally and abroad. We share our knowledge of filmmaking techniques with hopes to encourage others to create work of this nature. Workshops are held seasonally throughout the year.

There is magic in seeing a film print projected, a presence a poet has when reading their own work, a feeling that resonates in your chest when seeing music performed live. For these reasons we encourage live projections with live additional audio, visual and performance elements. We engage with and support artists who create experience through film.

MONO NO AWARE has visited and presented special programs at arts organizations and universities, including New York University, Yale University, Fordham University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Tribeca Film Festival, the New Orleans Film Festival, and the Aurora Picture Show.


Ava Tews (Board President) is an artist and curator based in New York. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Tews is currently the Director of Publicity and Membership at Anthology Film Archives, New York. She has curated film screenings at Exit Art gallery in NYC as well an ongoing series at Anthology, White Cube/Black Box, that presents films made by visual artists with experimental films. She shoots Super 8mm film.

Bryce Richardson (Board Treasurer) is a filmmaker and the Senior Accountant for the Film Society of Lincoln Center. His films have played at festivals such as Slamdance, Woods Hole Film Festival, Antimatter, and the SBE Hamilton International Film Festival. His one-act play was produced by the Metropolitan Playhouse for the East Village Chronicles. He is a graduate from The University of North Texas.

Sean Hanley (Board Secretary) is a non-fiction filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. His short films have screened at various venues and festivals including, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the New Orleans Film Festival, F.L.E.X., Antimatter, the Aurora Picture Show, UnionDocs, and the Paris Festival for Different and Experimental Cinema. He was a cinematographer and co-producer on Lynne Sachs’ Your Day is My Night (2013), which screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Images Festival, the Museum of Fine Arts, the REDCAT Theater, Anthology Film Archives, and the Pacific Film Archive. He recently joined the adjunct faculty of the Film & Media Department at Hunter College.

Ross Nugent is a moving-image artist creating experimental, observational documentary and expanded cinema works. He earned an MFA in Film Production from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and currently teaches both media production and history courses at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Ross has worked extensively as a film and video programmer. This fall he joins the faculty at Thiel College (Greenville, PA) as Assistant Professor of Communication.

Laura Major received her Masters in Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina in 2009. She is currently the Film-to-Film Project Coordinator at Colorlab Motion Picture Film Laboratory in Rockville, Maryland. She has been involved with the Orphan Film Symposium and Home Movie Day for many years, and has worked on the summer staff of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar since 2006.

Tore Knos is a feature film producer, writer, and director. Most recently he produced “Abel’s Field” starring Kevin Sorbo, which Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released in January. Prior to this project, Tore co-produced two Steven Seagal films: “The Keeper” and “Against the Dark.” After graduating from the University of Southern California with a joint degree in Business Administration and Cinema-Television, Tore began his career as an associate producer on Universal Home Entertainment’s release of “Out for Blood” starring Kevin Dillon. Following production of the film, Tore was accepted into the prestigious agent trainee program at International Creative Management (ICM), one of the world’s largest talent agencies. During his tenure with the company, Tore assisted many of the agency’s most influential writers, directors, and actors. A member of the Producers Guild of America, Tore lives in New York City and frequently speaks at USC’s film school.

Steve Cossman is founder and director of Mono No Aware (est. 2007); a non-profit cinema-arts organization whose annual event exhibits the work of contemporary artists who incorporate live film projections and altered light as part of a performance, sculpture or installation. In 2010 he helped the organization establish a series of analog filmmaking workshops that has grown to include an equipment rentals program, imported film stock distribution service and an in-person screening series entitled Connectivity Through Cinema. Steve’s first major work on film, TUSSLEMUSCLE, earned him Kodak’s Continued Excellence in Filmmaking award at F.L.E.X. and has screened at many festivals and institutions internationally. In 2013, he completed residencies at MoMA PS1’s Expo 1 and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. In 2014, Brooklyn Magazine named Steve Cossman one of the ‘Top 100 most Influential persons of Brooklyn Culture.’ He has been a visiting artist at Brown University, Dartmouth, the New York Academy of Art, Yale, SAIC, and UPenn. Steve’s recent work on film, W H I T E C A B B A G E (2011-2014), a collaboration with Jahiliyya Fields of L.I.E.S., had its U.S. premiere at Anthology Film Archives. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn as a director, curator, visual artist, educator and activist.