Raphael Rosalen, 23, is a Brazilian multimedia artist and a Cinema and Media Studies scholar. He graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts in May 2018 as a fellow of the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Studies and one of the university’s graduating class’ ten Discovery Scholars for his exceptional original work on theorizing YouTube content. In 2018 his name was added to USC’s Wall of Scholars at Leavey Library for his multimedia research paper “YouTube’s Vlog Authenticity in the Performance of Femininity.”

With a passion for art, popular and digital culture, and storytelling, Raphael has produced videos for the internet for over 10 years. He has written and directed short films and has had art, photography and film work in museum and art gallery exhibitions.

Rosalen is currently working on multimedia projects that bridge academic and commercial practices and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Cinema and Media Studies at USC, where he is interested in new scholarship about digital media and YouTube studies.

He recently worked at the Film Department of the Museum of Modern Art and on a pilot film educational program at The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Raphael is now the Cultural Equity and Inclusion Project intern at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Archive and he hopes to keep working with film curation after graduating from USC. At the School of Cinematic Arts, Rosalen is currently the Co-President of ZdC;Cinema and Media Studies Graduate Association.