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email: rooneyelmi[at]gmail[dot]com



Rooney Elmi is a culture writer, documentary producer, 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’s the co-founder of NO EVIL EYE, a underground nomadic micro-cinema that aims to redefine the creative and social parameters of film scene(s) by curating an eclectic mix of films and accessible educational workshops.

Her work has been profiled in Brooklyn Rail, Interview Magazine, NYLON, and more.



available for curating opportunites!


Co-creater of a newly established underground micro-cinema that aims to redefine the creative and social parameters of non-metropolitian film scene(s) by curating an eclectic mix of films that vary in style and substance and by spearheading a physical space that fosters the union between the personal and the political.

FourThree by Boiler Room 

I curate the weekly trailer series and special editions for this multifaceted platform aimed at 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.


SVLLY(wood) is an annual print and digital movie magazine geared toward curating a radical cinephilia. If you’re interested in press coverage, programming, or would like to particapte in our growing oeuvre ... HMU!


 SEEN is currently filming.