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email: rooneyelmi[at]


Rooney Elmi is a culture writer and film programmer with a hyperfocus on nonfiction cinema. Her essays and interviews have been published in Film Comment, i-D, DAZED, Real Life Magazine, The FADER, Hyperallergic, among many others.

Interests in internationalism, cyber culture, and anti-capitalism lead to her brainchild, SVLLY(wood), a annual print and digital movie magazine, geared toward curating a radical cinephilia. The self-published editorial has been read and housed around the world and remains one of the extremely rare, feminist print film publications in circulation.
Additionally, she has held the title of director of development of Ohio Film Group, a state-of-the-art post production studio, handling film acquisitions and marketing. Elmi is currently gearing up to produce her debut documentary feature, Seen, alongside seven filmmakers from the U.S travel ban nations. If you’re interested in collaborating, email:




available for curating oppourtines for online and institutions.

FourThree by Boiler Room [a multifaceted platform for commissioned underground film exploring themes of performance, identity, youth culture and anti-establishment]

  • Death Undoes Her [October 2018] a giallo horror playlist 

  • Women Breaking Bars [November 2018]a radical anti-imprisonment playlist 

SVLLY(wood) @ Deptford Cinema [London, England] June 2018
Curated a special program of Sundance, SXSW, Vimeo Staff Pick, and BFI award winning documentary short films that center imprisoned women on screen and participate in the necessary work of undoing the celluloid legacy of violence and exploitation of women behind bars. Inspired by the ethos of SVLLY(wood)’s issue.3: INCARCERATION, this short film program was followed by a panel with filmmakers and local anti-prison activists.

film(s) in development: 

TRANSFORMER [narrative short film]

status: pre-production.

theme: Somali-Muslim girlhood.

SEEN [90 minute experimental documentary]

status: filming.

theme: the surveillance state.


Post-production will be conducted at through Wexner Center's Film/Video Studio program.


SVLLY(wood) is published twice a year and runs on diverse themes. If you’re interested in press coverage, programming, or would like to particapte in our growing oeuvre ... HMU!


 SEEN is currently filming.