FMA Alum To Screen at IHP on Feb 8.

MFA alum Sarah Christman, is showing her work on Friday, February 8th 2013, 7pm with reception immediately following at International House Philadelphia.  Hosted by Judy Adamson and Fred Jackes, Jolley Christman, and Nancy and Neil Hoffmann.
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As Above, So Below: An Evening with Sarah J. Christman
Sarah J. Christman’s non-fiction films examine the intersection between people, technology and the natural world. Her film Dear Bill Gates won the New Visions Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival awarded her Most Promising Female Filmmaker in 2007. Christman’s films and videos have screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Antimatter, Chicago Underground Film Festival, European Media Arts Festival, Oberhausen, PDX, SXSW, and the Athens, San Francisco, and Seattle International Film Festivals, among other venues. A Philadelphia native, Sarah received an MFA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University and a BA from Oberlin. She currently lives in New York City, where she is an Assistant Professor in the film department at Brooklyn College. Visit her web site.


Dear Bill Gates_Sarah Christman


As Above, So Below (2012, 50 min)
Shedding light on local and global acts of alchemy, “As Above, So Below” is a deeply personal and thought-provoking reflection on the ephemeral life of material objects. Christman’s intimate documentation of her family’s decision to have her stepfather’s ashes transformed into a memorial diamond frames a larger exploration of the recycling of matter. The story ranges from Belgium, where precious metals are “mined” from discarded electronics, to New York, where a long-term reclamation project is converting what was once the world’s largest landfill into the city’s second largest public park system. Overturning common conceptions of a disposable culture, this beautifully-composed essay film underscores the vast and unimagined potential lying dormant in our waste.

From a recent review of the film:
“The filmmaker’s faith in nuance, respect for mystery and openness to interpretation is what makes “As Above, So Below” such a rare, offbeat treat.”
Eric Rumble, Alternatives Journal, January 2013

Preceded by:

Dear Bill Gates (2006, 17 min)
A simple correspondence evolves into a poetic visual essay exploring the ownership of our visual history and culture. Combining original and archival film, video and images from the internet, “Dear Bill Gates” draws unexpected connections among mining, memory and Microsoft.

Broad Channel (2010, 14 min)
Over the course of four seasons, the nuances of everyday activity are examined along one narrow stretch of public shoreline in New York City’s Jamaica Bay. Moments of recurrence and change cycle through an ecosystem rooted in migration.

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