CHIAM BIANCO is a motion graphics artist with more than 10 years of experience working for clients such as AT&T, Motorola, Lucent, Morgan Stanley, J. P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch, IMS, Merck, Andover, Johns Hopkins University, Sony, Universal and the History and Discovery channels. He has worked on several films, including Lost in La Mancha, Roadside Picnic and Universal Signs. He teaches advanced screenwriting and 3D animation at Temple University.
MICHAEL BURRI studied with Andries Deinum, an early collaborator of Joris Ivens and co-founder of Film Quarterly. Burri holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, with a specialization in Central Europe, and has published scholarly articles in The German Review, The Austrian History Yearbook and New German Critique, and journalism in leading Czech dailies, and in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Pittsburgh Post Gazette. He recently contributed an essay and seven film capsules to World Film Locations: Vienna, ed. Robert von Dassonowsky (Intellect 2012).
ALISON CROUSE is a filmmaker and photographer living and working in Philadelphia. She received her MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University in Philadelphia, and her BFA in Photography from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Two of Alison’s recent photographic works will be published in the fall 2012 release of the International Photography Annual I, an international publication of contemporary photography and lens-based art. She is one of fifty-five artists representing ten countries from around the world. My Cells are Red Bananas, her current production, follows eight-year-old Sakaiyah and her struggle with sickle cell anemia. Told largely from the child’s perspective, the film aims to validate Sakaiyah’s experience and to provide her with a deeper understanding of her illness. Additionally, the feature-length documentary seeks to promote discussion, to raise awareness in those who are unfamiliar with the life-threatening disease, and to implement fun and creative strategies in an effort to educate youth and their families about sickle cell disease. Alison’s previous narrative and documentary works have been screened, broadcast and distributed nationally. Her 2009 short A Song of Fishes debuted internationally in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada.
For more on Alison and her work, please visit her web site.
For more than 30 years, DAVID FREESE managed his own business as a freelance photographer shooting corporate and industrial and editorial photography on location. His many clients included Dupont, Rohm and Haas, the Annenberg Foundation, Sun Oil, Hercules, the William Penn Foundation, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he worked as a contract photographer for Zuma Press in San Clemente, California, and Gamma Liaison in New York City. During that time, he completed several bodies of thematic fine art work comprising many different genres, including portraiture, landscape, documentary and street photography. His images have been widely exhibited both regionally and nationally and have been published in Communication Arts, Photo District News, Photo Insider, View Camera, Polaroid International, Smithsonian Air and Space, and Popular Photography. David has received both a Fellowship in the Visual Arts and a Special Opportunity Stipend from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, as well as a Polaroid Artist Support Grant. He is a member of the Society for Photographic Education and a member and former president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers. Freese has a BS from the University of Rochester and now devotes his full attention to teaching and fine art photography. He has taught at both Drexel University and Moore College of Art and presently is the director of the photography program at Burlington County College.
EUGENE HAYNES, throughout his career in film and video production, has assumed the role of conduit. Providing access to the process of filmmaking is the through-line, which has guided both his career choices and professional development. Empowering storytellers with the skills, tools and resources to create and tell their own stories is vital in giving voice to artist and communities, which often find themselves disenfranchised by not being represented fairly or accurately in popular media. As the Film & Media Arts Internship Program Director, he works closely with undergraduate students to identify strategic, meaningful hands-on work experiences with both regional and national media professionals and outlets each semester. Students participating in the program develop career-launching tools for competitively packaging their skills and experiences for future industry employment. In addition to facilitating the internship program, he teaches the Topics in Film Studies course, Fade to Black, an examination of African American cinematic images, music and fashion in narrative Independent/ Hollywood cinema. Prior to coming to Temple, Eugene was the Director of Production and Acquisitions at USA Films (now known as Focus Features) and partnered with both emerging and established filmmakers to prepare script packages for acquisition and completed works for distribution. Films he prepared include The Addiction by Abel Ferrar, Girls Town by Jim McKay, Kicked in the Head by Matthew Harrison, Trippin by David Raynr and Boricua’s Bond by Val Lik. While at USA Films he represented the company at film festivals all over the world, including the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, American Black Film Festival, and the New York Film Festival. Eugene also served as Festival Artistic Director of the International Jamerican Film and Music Festival, with actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. This festival was voted by E! Entertainment Television as “One of the 10 Best” International Film Festivals. Celebrity participants include Howard Fine, Alfre Woodard, Lynn Whitfield, Vivica A. Fox, Kristin Scott Thomas, Roger Moore, Richard Roundtree, Patti Labelle and many more. His most recent project, The Adventures of Teddy P. Brains is an award winning 3D animated feature film for kids that been featured at film festivals and on television. Eugene currently serves COO of Fourth and One Productions Inc. and as an advisory board member on the Kensington CAPA Occupational Advisory Board for the School District of Philadelphia.
JENNIE HIRSH is an art historian who received a BA in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Italian from Middlebury College, and MA and PhD degrees in the history of art from Bryn Mawr College. A full-time faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art, she specializes in modern and contemporary art and architecture, as well as film studies. Her research and writing focus on material culture produced under totalitarian regimes, visual culture and the holocaust, postwar European cinema, contemporary photography, self-portraiture and museum studies. She has also taught courses in curatorial studies, which culminated in the exhibitions “s(how)” at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia in 2003 and, most recently, “Bearing Witness: Work by Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry” at the Contemporary Museum and six other venues throughout Baltimore, Maryland, in 2010, which received the “Best of Baltimore” award for Best Big Show. Her first book, Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate), co-edited with Isabelle Wallace, was published in January 2011. Other publications include “The Faces of Fascism: Re-Reading Giorgio de Chirico’s Self- Portraiture,” in The Making of National Art (Hamburg: Warburg-Haus, 2010); “Odysseys of Life and Death in the Bay of Naples: Roberto Rossellini’s Voyage in Italy and Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt,” in Antiquity Recovered, edited by Jon Seydl and Victoria Coates (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007: 271–289); and “Representing Repetition: Appropriation in de Chirico and After,” in Italian Modernism: Italian Culture between Decadentism and Avant-Garde, edited by Luca Somigli and Mario Moroni (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004: 403–449). She is currently completing a book-length study on the painting and writing of Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico.
IAN MARKIEWICZ is an independent filmmaker, artist and university instructor interested in exploring the potency of independent media as a tool for social and environmental advocacy, cultural confluence, artistic vision and collaboration and emotive storytelling. Markiewicz teaches courses in film production and screenwriting at the University of the Arts and Temple University in Philadelphia and works as a freelance filmmaker in a range of capacities on projects and productions throughout the greater Philadelphia area. He spends most of his summers teaching students from around the world at the New York Film Academy programs in Paris, France; Budapest, Hungary; and Harvard University. Ian holds a BA in film studies from the University of Arizona and an MFA in film and media arts from Temple University. In 2010, Markiewicz collaborated on projects that won the Cine Golden Eagle Award and the Chilean Audiovisual Development Fund Award, and screened at the Los Angeles TV Festival (Grand Prize: Best Drama); the Independent Television Festival (Best Drama); Three Rivers Film Festival (2nd Prize); New York Television Festival; San Francisco New Media Festival; Los Angeles Reel Film Festival; the Accolade Film, Television, New Media and Videography Competition; and the Bahamas International Film Festival, among others. His most recent short film, Mosaic, is began screening on the festival circuit in the fall of 2011. His most recent video installation collaboration, Troupe De Fetishe, premiered at the Icebox Gallery at Crane Arts in Philadelphia throughout the month of October 2010 and received a 2010 grant from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, the Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association, and University Completion Funds Grant from Temple University. He has created commercial content for Web, television, public kiosks and DVD distribution for non-profit and for-profit companies and organizations.
LOUIS MASSIAH is an independent documentary filmmaker whose films often explore historical and political subjects. His award-winning works, which have been seen widely on public television and at film festivals internationally, include W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices and Louise Alone Thompson Patterson: In Her Own Words. Currently, Massiah is producing Haytian Stories, exploring the history of the 200-year relationship between the United States and Haiti.
Massiah is the founder and executive director of Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia, a media arts organization that provides low-cost workshops and equipment access to emerging video/filmmakers and community organizations. At Scribe, he has facilitated and executive produced over two hundred documentaries covering major issues and concerns facing urban communities. Massiah has also designed Precious Places Community History Project, a citywide oral history portrait that is composed of short documentaries produced with neighborhood organizations in Philadelphia and throughout the region. Louis Massiah is the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowship (1996-2001) and has received awards from Columbia-DuPont, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Global Village Documentary Festival, The National Black Programming Consortium, The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, The Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, and several Emmy award nominations. Massiah was selected for a Pew fellowship, two Rockefeller Intercultural fellowships, and the Paul Robeson Award for Social Justice from Philadelphia’s Bread and Roses Community Foundation. Massiah received a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.S. in documentary filmmaking from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to teaching at Scribe, Louis Massiah has been an artist-in-residence and on faculty at City College of New York, Princeton University, Ithaca College, the Center for Africana Studies at The University of Pennsylvania, and American University. For the 2008-2009 academic year, Massiah is the Distinguished Artist in Residence at Haverford College and a lecturer at The University of Pennsylvania.
CATHERINE PANCAKE is an award-winning filmmaker and sound artist. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally in a wide variety of venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, Royal Ontario Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Academy of Fine Arts Prague and Contemporary Museum Baltimore. Her awards include the Paul Robeson Independent Media Award, Jack Spadaro Documentary Award, Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award and the Silver Chris. Her films have been broadcast in the U.S.A. and Great Britain and are distributed by Bullfrog Films and the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. Sound art releases can be found on Ehse Records and Recorded Records in Baltimore. Pancake completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in May 2012. She was awarded the Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists, the graduate school’s highest honor. For more information, visit her web site.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, KEIR POLITZ completed an MFA at Columbia University where he was a recipient of the John and Jane Smith Fellowship for excellence in screenwriting and one of five film department fellowships. His short film, A Piece Of America, won the Audience Choice award at the 2007 Columbia University Film Festival and was selected as one of only four U.S. films to be screened at the prestigious 2008 Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France. His feature film, Detonator, will screen as a special “Sneak Preview” at the 21st Philadelphia Film Festival, and he is currently developing his second feature film.
SLOAN SEALE has taught screenwriting and film classes in the Department of Film and Media Arts and Tyler School of Art for over a decade. Her short films include This Happened on my Street, Kelly Drive, Recovery Mural and Recovery Portrait. Her current projects are The Diagnosis (screenplay) and a stage play based on Edith Wharton and her novel, Summer. Besides teaching, Sloan is a frequent uncredited writer on both film and print projects. Before coming to Temple to pursue her MFA, Sloan obtained her MA in film studies from Ohio State University, writing her thesis on the topic of performance in film. Her recent essays can be found at her web site.
MARK SIMON is a photographer and filmmaker. As a photographer, he has worked on assignment in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Currently, he is editing a feature-length film on Polaroid and Edwin Land. Before moving from Berlin to Philadelphia in 2009, Simon directed and taught the Media, Photography, Film and New Media program for Lexia International’s Berlin Program. This includes introductory courses in photography, master’s classes and a film course that focuses on the Forum, the Independent filmmaking arm of the Berlinale film festival. Simon has recently produced stories and videos for the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune and the Goethe Institute (www.1000stories.com). Mark has edited one-hour and feature-length documentary films for theatrical distribution, as well as for public television in the United States. These include a documentary about Albert Einstein for the PBS American Masters series narrated by William Hurt, and the feature-length Terezin Diary, about the infamous Nazi concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, by Emmy-award–winning director Dan Weissman and Emmy-award–winning producer Suzanne Justman and narrated by Eli Walach. Einstein has been shown on television around the world, as was Terezin Diary, which also played to sold-out theaters in New York, Berlin and Prague and was included in multiple film festivals, including the Berlinale. His editorial clients include The National Geographic Society, Geo-Saison, Stern, TIME, Newsweek, Smithsonian Air and Space, Der Spiegel, Art in America, Granta, Facts, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times and The New York Review of Books.