Author Archives: Gabriela Watson Aurazo
By Gabriela Watson Aurazo | Published: October 21, 2014
Temple University professor LeAnn Erickson had the Philadelphia premiere of her award winning documentary Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII (2010) on September 16, as part of the Filmadelphia series, an event produced by the Philadelphia Film Society.
By Gabriela Watson Aurazo | Published: October 17, 2014
The Department of Film and Media Arts (FMA) is expanding its undergraduate program to offer a new Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in addition to a more focused Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The new BFA will offer concentrations in Directing, Media Arts and Screenwriting for intensive arts education.
By Gabriela Watson Aurazo | Published: September 18, 2014
Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich, a second year student of the MFA Program in Film and Media Arts, received the prestigious 2014 Graduate Film Scholarship award from the Princess Grace Foundation. This year the Princess Grace Foundation honored forty-two emerging artists, including twelve graduate and undergraduate film students.
By Gabriela Watson Aurazo | Published: September 17, 2014
The Years of Fierro (Los Años de Fierro), directed by Santiago Esteinou, an FMA alumnus, was screened at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), as part of the TIFF Docs, a showcase of the best non-fiction cinema. With more than 250 national and international movies screened annually, TIFF is an important opportunity for films looking for distribution and publicity.
By Gabriela Watson Aurazo | Published: September 12, 2014
Bioscope Installation Time Lens was created by Professor Michael Kuetemeyer, of Temple’s Department of Film & Media Arts, and media artist Anula Shetty, in collaboration with residents from the homeless shelter, Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission. They produced photographs, videos and interviews of the neighborhood that resulted in an interactive documentary mobile iPad app and an installation, that uses immersive panoramas and stories to explore spaces through time.
By Gabriela Watson Aurazo | Published: September 5, 2014
Professor Rea Tajiri, of Temple University’s Department of Film and Media Arts will present her new project, Wisdom Gone Wild at Penn Memory Center on Monday, September 8. This film examines the difficulties of being a caregiver to a parent with dementia.
By Gabriela Watson Aurazo | Published: August 29, 2014
Temple University alumnus Haitao Guo, a graduate of the department’s MFA program, received a Sundance Institute Documentary Film grant last month. The grant will support the post-production efforts of Guo’s feature-length documentary A Peking Opera Master in New York. The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program is supported by the Open Society Foundations, Ford Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation, among other prestigious institutions.
By Gabriela Watson Aurazo | Published: August 25, 2014
Maori Holmes (sitting in the middle of the row) with BlackStar Film Festival staff The 2014, third annual BlackStar Film Festival ran between July 31 and August 3 in various venues across University City, Philadelphia. Maori Holmes, an MFA Temple Alumna, is the Founder and the Producing Artistic Director of what was called by Ebony magazine “the black Sundance.” Created to show independent films produced by black directors working outside mainstream Hollywood, this year’s festival focused on the theme “Music is the Weapon.” Forty films were presented, among them shorts, documentaries and feature-length works from four different continents.
By Gabriela Watson Aurazo | Published: August 4, 2014
ARE YOU A STUDENT FILMMAKER? Festival Description: Our mission is to showcase and reward the best short films on local climate change stories from student filmmakers from across the United States. We are looking for climate stories of hope and courage.