Category Archives: Student Work

Alumnus Tom Grahsler’s documentary Welcome to Deathfest premieres in Philadelphia at PhilaMOCA

Directed and produced by Temple University alumnus Tom Grahsler, Welcome to Deathfest is a feature documentary chronicling Maryland Deathfest, the largest independent extreme music festival in North America. The film takes a behind ­the ­scenes look at one of the few remaining major music festivals in America that eschews corporate sponsorship.
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MFA Temple Student Selected to Participate in Chile Factory, a Directors’ Fortnight Project

chile_factory3_.jpgManuela Martelli, MFA Candidate in Film and Media Arts at Temple or Temple Alumnus was selected to participate in Chile Factory a project that will produce a feature film to be premiered at 2015 Cannes Film Festival and the 22nd Valdivia Film Fest program.
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Temple University Student Wins 2014 Princess Grace Award

Prince Grace Awards 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.
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MFA Alum’s Documentary Film receives North American Premiere at TIFF

tiff14_fierro posterThe 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.
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Temple University Alum Received Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Grant

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.
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MFA Temple Alumna selected one of the 25 new faces of independent film

  Heidi Saman became a devotee of Italian neorealist films during her undergraduate studies at  University of California, San Diego. After working in Cairo, Egypt as a freelance journalist she moved to Philadelphia to pursue her MFA in Film and Media Arts degree at Temple University.
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Temple Alums highlighted in Variety after successful seasons in Hollywood

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim started to produce comic videos as film majors. After graduation and a disappointing period in Hollywood, they came back to Philadelphia to make money. Refusing to give up, they continued working on their short movies and in 2002 released TimandEric.com
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Temple University’s Web Series One of the Guys Wins College Emmy

One of the Guys produced by Temple University students is a winner of the TV Emmy for Best College Series. Created and directed by Michael Busza, a senior student at Temple University Honors Program and produced by Jen Parmer and Jaime Sweet, the half-hour web-based television series follows the escapades of three gay friends and their straight roommate as all four seek love, purpose, and a happy home.
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MFA Student’s work on Episode of “Local, USA,” PBS

Leslie Koren, a Temple MFA student in Film and Media Arts, is creative producer of “Dying and Dinner Parties,” and “The Morgue,” two documentary shorts released recently as part of an episode on “Local, USA” in conjunction with World Channel.org on PBS in Chicago.
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MFA Alumna’s Documentary released by National Black Programming Consortium

Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich, a Temple MFA student in Film and Media Arts, is director of “A Gentleman’s War,” produced and released this month by the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC). Founded in 1979, NBPC develops, produces and funds media content about the Black experience for public media sources including television, digital radio and online outlets. 
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