Trevor D. Byrne
Madeleine Hunt Erlich
Lisa Marie Patzer
Joseph A. Kraemer
Doris ChiaChing Lin
L. Capco Lincoln
Current Graduate Students
Charles Eugene Blevins was born to a loving mother and father on a rainy morning on the 4th of July in 1984, in Louisville, Kentucky. The parents decided to call him Chad, which, as anyone would know, is not short for Charles, but close enough. Chad grew up playing with plastic farm animals and pretending he was interested in dinosaurs. He watched Zoobilee Zoo and Fraggle Rock, and, later, any period piece starring Bruce Willis, all of which inspire his work today. Chad believes in Magic, and maintaining an adolescent sensibility. Before coming to Temple, he studied creative writing at Indiana University. For further inquiry, Chad can be reached at the Offices of the United Nations in Grant City, Missouri.
Malia Bruker is a screenwriter and documentary filmmaker. Before coming to Temple, Malia worked at the national news and documentary channel Free Speech TV. She was production manager, writer and producer for the news magazine SourceCode and national program coordinator for the flagship daily news and discussion show GRITtv. Malia graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University, where she worked on a number of award-winning documentary and narrative films. Her work has screened internationally and throughout the United States, and her recent documentary, Chase, won the Knight Arts Short Film Competition at the Philadelphia Film Festival. Her honors include a Temple University Fellowship, the Ben Lazaroff Screenwriting Scholarship, the Diamond Screen Film Festival Screenplay Award, Best Documentary at the Florida State Media Production Film Festival, and Best Student Cinematography at the American Dance Festival.
In sixth grade, Trevor Byrne made what still may be his proudest work, a short claymation entitled A TRAGIC DAY IN THE PARK. Since then, he’s spent most of his time thinking—current topics of thought include, but are not limited to, nature, narrative, gender, technology, authenticity, alienation and how to be immersed without drowning. Bicoastal by nurture, Trevor was born in Santa Rosa, California, raised in Northampton, Massachusetts and, until recently, lived in Los Angeles where he worked at a film production company, a contemporary art museum and a convenience store for time travelers. He currently lives in Philadelphia, around the corner from the world’s first pizza museum.
Qiuchen Cao is a photographer and filmmaker living in Philadelphia. With a BS in broadcasting and communication, she made documentary films in China and is now working on fictional narrative films. During her first year at Temple, she made two short fiction films. The Cell Phone is a documentary-fiction hybrid focusing on the psychological pressure of a Chinese immigrant in the United States. To Save is a subtle depiction of the mental state of someone who is about to fall in love. She is now working on an experimental fiction film, I Don’t Speak English, about feelings of cultural difference. To see her work, visit her web site.
Born in Laguna Beach, CA, Stephen received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California in Film and Television: Critical Studies, with a minor in Fine Arts. During his 31 years as a California resident, Stephen spent time working in the Hollywood Film Industry, the Aerospace Industry, and the Technical Ceramic Industry. His time outside of industry life involved creating and directing a Co-Op Art Gallery in Costa Mesa, CA for student and emerging artists, working as a freelance event photographer and videographer, and acting as the Operations Manager for an online video company based out of Los Angeles. In 2010 Stephen left California to take a position as the Visiting Digital Media Arts Professor at Cochise College in Southeastern Arizona. Stephen began pursuing his Masters of Fine Arts in Film & Media Arts at Temple University in the Fall of 2012. His work reflects the eclectic mix of his life experiences, and focuses on the visual aesthetic of narrative and documentary filmmaking.
Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich
Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich is a documentary artist who has completed projects in Kingston, Jamaica, Miami, Florida and extensively in the five boroughs of New York City. Her work has been featured in Studio Museum’s Studio Magazine, ARC Magazine, BOMBLOG, and Guernica Magazine, among others. She has received grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as well as National Black Programming Consortium. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Miami and London. Madeleine has a degree in Film and Photography from Hampshire College and is a current MFA candidate in Film at Temple University. Her work explores themes of physicality, violence, masculinity and identity within Caribbean American and urban space.
Christopher Fernando is working on a feature narrative for his thesis film, I Want It, Bad. His critical interests include Jean Baudrillard, the Frankfurt School and post-Jungian studies—specifically, furthering the analysis of cinematic narratives as archetypal mandalas. Additionally, he has a long-term goal of analyzing Hollywood economic and distribution practices through a theoretical lens. He has had film and photographic work exhibited at film festivals and alternative venues and has won screenwriting awards. Christopher has a working background in education, art and photography and a BS in television, film and new media from San Diego State University. He founded a media company, GreyUnicorn, with friends affiliated with Temple University. The company is currently developing a documentary about consumer culture, a tablet app graphic novel and a new feature film.
Haitao Guo grew up in China. He graduated from Huazhong Normal University in Wuhan with a BS in biochemistry. After he got an MS in microbiology at Texas A&M University in 2007, he realized that what he really wanted to do is make films. He joined the MFA program at Temple University in 2009 and began his transition from scientist to artist. He is pretty happy with his new life in Philadelphia.
Sarah Greenleaf is a poet and media maker from Seattle, Washington. She studied journalism and English literature at the University of Washington before relocating to Philadelphia. Her films have screened in a variety of venues, from Brooklyn galleries to the Citizen Jane Film Festival. She has poetry published in the DMQ Review and HOARSE and featured on InkNode.com. Sarah’s recent work explores the negative space of familiar storytelling narratives and non-traditional ways to tell overlooked histories.
Kandis Hutcherson landed in Philadelphia by way of Far Rockaway, New York, and Atlanta, Georgia. After she graduated from Georgia State University, she wanted to put her writing skills to use through film. In addition to writing and directing, Kandis immerses herself in the art and film communities. Recently, she served as head organizer and documentarian of the Philadelphia-based film and media arts festival Gender Reel. Kandis also completed a community mural project at a local recreation center. She is currently working on Growing Old Gracefully, a feature-length documentary about aging transgendered seniors. Kandis views film as a tool to explore and transform the world in and outside us. Her work examines the margins of our complex and evolving society, reminding us that we’re all in this universe together.
Ginger Jolly is a documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on social justice issues. She specifically explores race, class and gender and how these figure in present-day society. She presents these issues while incorporating an artistic aesthetic which helps to make the subjects more visually stimulating and thus more compelling to the viewer. Her films have screened at the DocMiami Film Festival in Miami, Florida; the Urban Suburban Film Festival in Philadelphia; the International Black Film Festival in Nashville, Tennessee; the Sidewalk Moving Picture Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama; the Jubilee Film Festival in Selma, Alabama; and the Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival in Norfolk, Virginia. Her work has also been featured on Alabama Public Television.
Naomi Levine grew up in Takoma Park, Maryland. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in urban studies and finds herself unable (or maybe unwilling) to leave Philadelphia so far. She is primarily interested in documentary film, especially portraits. This may change.
J. Louise Makary
J. Louise Makary’s first film debuted at the American Dance Festival in 2006. Since then, she has developed projects influenced by video art, classic and experimental cinema, and contemporary dance. From 2008 to 2010, she was artist-in-residence at the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks through their Contemporary Projects initiative. Her residency culminated in a solo exhibition at Powel House Museum in 2010 and fostered an enduring interest in the ways that films can bring to light issues in public history. J.’s films and videos have been exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Slought Foundation, Bartram’s Garden, NEXUS and International House, all in Philadelphia; SPACES in Cleveland, Ohio; Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey; and Zodiak Center for New Dance in Helsinki, Finland. Originally trained as a writer and editor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, J. also studied fine art at the University of Pennsylvania. She sits on the Temple University Gallery Advisory Council and the Temple University Vice Provost for the Arts Student Advisory Council. Examples of her work can be seen at www.jmakary.com.
Mickey Newman is an aspiring narrative screenwriter/director and professional musician from Pittsburgh, PA. After interning and teaching at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and graduating with a BA in film studies from the University of Pittsburgh, Mickey spent a few years sailing the world as a drummer in show bands and jazz trios on cruise ships before applying to Temple. He is deeply inspired by films such as The Machinist, Lost Highway, and The Usual Suspects, and is particularly interested in making cerebral thrillers as well as slice of life narratives. Night People, his 44-minute semi-autobiographical film about an unlucky man seeking shelter in a dangerous night world, was accepted in four film festivals in 2009. To view samples of his work in film and music, visit here.
A native of Philadelphia, Jamel Northern received his undergraduate degree in computer and information science at Temple. Somehow he managed to work in television instead. Jamel worked for 12 years at WTXF-TV FOX 29 as a video editor, earning two National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominations. Even then, it was not enough for Jamel. Taking a gamble, he left FOX 29 to return to school to study his true love—film. Jamel plans to concentrate on narrative film directing, though he isn’t averse to directing a play or two.
Lisa Marie Patzer
Lisa Marie Patzer is a multimedia artist with a background in performance art, video installation and experimental filmmaking. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, at venues such as the Buntport Theater (Denver, Colorado), the American Airlines Center (Dallas, Texas), the Lab Gallery (San Francisco, California), the University of Northampton (Northampton, UK), the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia) and the Ice Box Project Space (Philadelphia). Lisa Marie is currently directing a collaborative experimental narrative project, aka Profile Glitch, which investigates the performance of identity in online and off-line social communities. This is illustrated through a narrative about three women who become unlikely friends at an intentional community in Philadelphia and then, after leaving the commune, continue their friendship online through a social network. For more information about aka Profile Glitch, visit the project website at www.akaprofileglitch.org or follow on Twitter (@akaprofilglitch). Lisa Marie’s other work can be viewed online at www.lisamariepatzer.com and www.troupedefetishe.com.
Alyssa Pearson was once asked to define her talent during a powwow meet-and-greet as an undergraduate student. After about a half hour of thought, when finally pressed for an answer, the only thing she could say was, “I like to tell stories.” Maybe that just means she talks a lot, but mostly she spends time trying to engage different forms and roles within storytelling—a life-giving enterprise personally cultivated through her family, community, academic development and personal paradigm. Alyssa graduated with a degree in communication arts from Malone University in Canton, Ohio, where she fostered the value of humans as storytelling creatures. Filmmaking is where she hopes to develop her loquaciousness . . . er, storytelling.
Tracy Pereira’s academic route to the MFA program has been almost completely serendipitous. With an undergraduate degree in commerce in her home country, India, she almost pursued an MBA, but thanks to some wise words, she jumped ship, country, degree—and her senses, according to some—to complete her MA in broadcasting at Temple. With this second wind, she dabbled in some video production, rubbed shoulders with the film school and once again decided to switch over to the “dark side.” Her time at Temple as a student and a teacher has spawned and fuelled her interest in media education. She believes strongly and passionately in the empowerment of children and youth and in teaching them to find their voice, particularly those with learning disabilities and emotional disorders and the socially disenfranchised. She was awarded the Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship in 2007 to work on a series of recordings of children’s personal video diaries that illustrate the ways they navigate their lives, with a vision to translate these into new media forms. She hopes to hone her current fledgling abilities as a filmmaker to speak out on education, faith and family, creating work that questions and demonstrates.
Vedran Residbegovic was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 1996, he moved to Chicago, where he studied graphic design and film at the University of Illinois. Beginning in 2001, Vedran worked as a videographer, video editor, youth media educator and film festival organizer in Chicago. He also taught in the post-production department at Columbia College Chicago as an adjunct instructor. Vedran’s work and research focuses on documentary and experimental film, but also collaborative/open-source video and interactive new media.
Having been born into a family of internationally known artists, David Romberg has been immersed in the visual arts all of his life. He studied sculpture at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and became passionate about filmmaking during his junior year, when he took a course on Italian neorealism during a study-abroad program in Rome. David began to immerse himself in video art and film and to create new works through artist residencies, including a six-month film residency at the Neue Galerie in Graz, Austria. He has recently come back from the Brazilian rainforest, where he finished production on his feature-length documentary Man of The Monkey. For more information, visit www.manofthemonkey.com.
Jonathan Stutzman grew up on the coast of Virginia, inheriting during his childhood a hunger for stories from old films, novels, bedtime stories, music and Peanuts. Jonathan has written and directed a number of diverse films that have shown at festivals and venues across the country. His films include Amelioration, The Day Dad Died, Blaue Blume, and the award-winning Paper Turtle. Along with a collection of screenplays, Jonathan has penned a handful of short stories and children’s books and has had his work published in two books of poetry. Jonathan graduated from Messiah College with a degree in communication and an emphasis in film. He wants to continue to develop as a filmmaker and storyteller so that he can create works that move, inspire, challenge and entertain.
Israel Vasquez is currently interested in writing and directing and video installation. He is interested in the transformative spirit of cinema—how learning occurs, visual acts of contemplation and the importance of collaboration amidst an increasingly individualist society. He has studied at Michigan State University and learned the ropes of photography at Pittsburgh Filmmakers (mad respect!). To see Israel’s work, visit www.vimeo.com/ipv.
Michael Thomas Vassallo
Michael Thomas Vassallo is a filmmaker working in both narrative and experimental forms. A native Philadelphian, he entered the MFA program at Temple in 2009, and is currently living and working in Philadelphia and New York City. He is interested in and influenced by horror cinema, teen films, the French New Wave, the occult, and punk/metal/DIY subcultures. His work has been shown at the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia and the Athens Institute of Contemporary Art. After shooting his short film, Lucy, 4:57 PM, in 2011, his next project will be his thesis film, a class-based satire set amid the New York art and poetry scenes. Michael Tom frequently collaborates with his sister, Nadine Vassallo, as a writing partner.
Born in Malaysia, raised partly in Singapore, Gary Yong has also lived and worked in Canada, the United States, and Thailand. Since his earliest daily crossings of the Malaysia–Singapore border the age of 7, he has been drawn to stories and lives taking form outside of the rigid designs of nationhood, race, class, gender and sexuality. Grounded in the physical and emotional experience of border crossing, his work seeks to describe the liberating but volatile spaces inhabited by people in transition. In 2010, he was sponsored by the Federation of National Film Associations of Thailand to shoot a short film portraying a slice of Thai culture, its people, and their relationship to their spiritual and political leader, H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The film, Canopy Crossings, has also received support from the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and has screened worldwide at more than 18 international film festivals. The Timishort Festival (Romania) honored the film with a Special Mention for its original hybrid of documentary and fiction. His first feature in progress, How Far is Your Colony, is a bold adventure in narrative form, pulling elements of documentary, costume melodrama, and science fiction to assemble a restless portrait of foreigners in search of a home. He holds a BA from the University of Windsor in Canada and is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus 2012. Currently, he is based in Singapore and Malaysia. For more information on his work, visit www.fluidrace.com.
Ambarien Alqadar grew up in a conservative Muslim family in 1990s India and spent part of her childhood in Libya. With degrees in English literature, modern European languages and communications, she is fascinated with an exploration of the documentary image in fictional, experimental and interactive contexts. She is an alumnus of the AJK Mass Communication Research Center in New Delhi—one of India’s premier institutes in film and video training—where she also worked as an assistant professor. Re-enactment, performance and visual and aural found-footage, first used in her film Who Can Speak of Men, have emerged as recurring threads in her work. She has explored these ideas in subsequent films, such as Four Women and a Room, The Ghetto Girl and Between Leaving and Arriving. As a freelance practitioner in India, she has directed, edited and produced several public television projects and features. Her work has won national and international awards and has been screened in festivals as well as in academic and interdisciplinary research settings. Currently a Fulbright Scholar at Temple, she is developing her thesis, A Day in the Life of Ayesha, as a way of synthesizing her interest in documentary and experimental methods with dramatic approaches to storytelling. The project was awarded a Temple University Completion Grant. Ambarien has been a recipient of many prestigious fellowships and awards, including an Independent Research Fellowship through Sarai Programme at the Center of Study of Developing Societies in India, the European Union–India Documentary Exchange Programme on Peace and Conflict Resolution and the Public Service Broadcasting Trust Film Fellowship, India. The first retrospective of her work was held at the Indo-Korea International Women’s Film Festival in Chennai, India, in 2009.
Jon Barr is a filmmaker from Philadelphia, now living in Portales, New Mexico. Jon has worn many hats, including restaurant manager, corporate sales rep and landscape gardener. He returned to school and study filmmaking in his mid-30s and hasn’t looked back since. Jon’s work covers the spectrum from conventional narrative to experimental documentary and animation. Regardless of form and style, he likes to explore themes of power, relationship and dissent. Jon believes in film’s potential to reveal truth and incite change. His undergraduate thesis film, The Paradigm Shift, is a 26-minute film shot on Super 16mm. In two years, it screened at 19 festivals and won several awards. His latest project, This Imagination, is an experimental documentary that combines dreamlike images and music with a heavily edited autobiographical voiceover to both reveal and question the truthfulness of the narratives we tell ourselves and others. This piece was created in close collaboration between subject and director, highlighting the constructed nature of documentary. Jon is currently an instructor in the Department of Communications and in the Digital Filmmaking program at Eastern New Mexico University and will complete his MFA at Temple in May.
Katya Gorker was born in Moscow on the day Chairman Mao died. She immigrated to the United States with her family at the tail end of the Cold War ‘80s and became an incidental product of bicultural identity. She received her BFA in filmmaking from the Massachusetts College of Art. Upon graduating, Katya spent the next six years massaging celluloid as an art-house and film-festival projectionista, itinerant archivist and multimedia curator. In 2000 she co-founded the Berwick Research Institute, a nonprofit arts organization that nurtures the experimentation of conceptually challenging work from emerging artists, outside of the pressures of commercial production. Her interests in film range from the immediacy of digital media’s impact on time and collective memory to personal ethnography and the shifting locations of cultural identity. Her work at Temple plays on the mutable boundaries of narrative and explores the visceral nature of the cinematic image.
Ben Kalina’s film and video projects focus on the intersection of science, culture and the environment. He has worked with Niijii Films on the nationally broadcast documentaries Two Square Miles and A Sea Change and is the director and producer of grand-prize–winning fiction shorts and documentaries. Ben’s current projects include Shored Up, a documentary about surfing, sea-level rise and the control of nature on the New Jersey shore; Plan C for Civilization, about global-scale geo-engineering; and After the Cap, an interactive web series chronicling the human and environmental impacts of the BP oil spill. He is the owner/operator of Mangrove Media in Philadelphia and the co-founder and creative director of Evidence Based Media, based in Washington, D.C. Ben is on the boards of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Explorer’s Club and the Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association.
Joseph A. Kraemer
Joseph Kraemer hails from Wisconsin and now calls Philadelphia his home. Before coming to Temple, he earned his a BFA in film from the University of Wisconsin– Milwaukee. He has worked as the festival director for the NextFrame International Student Film and Video Festival, one of the world’s preeminent student film festivals, and also interned for the Milwaukee International Film Festival in 2007. Several of his animations have screened at the Wisconsin Film Festival and the Milwaukee International Film Festival and have also been featured online on PBS.org and PoetryFoundation.org. He has begun to explore new-media genres with his web-based interactive documentary, Between Leaving and Arriving. His interest in the hybrid blending of documentary and fictional story structures and aesthetics has driven his work toward his thesis film, which focuses on the complicated relationship between modern society and the natural world. To see Joseph’s work, visit www.josephkraemer.com.
Doris ChiaChing Lin
Doris Chia-ching Lin is a filmmaker, multimedia artist and stage designer from Taiwan. Her work explores multimedia arts. Currently she is working on her thesis film, Maquette 1:1000, a short narrative film shot in Taipei and Philadelphia. Her screen adaptation of a short story by Charlie Fish, Drop Dead Gorgeous, screened at the International Student Film Festival Hollywood in Los Angeles. Troupe de Fetishe, a large-scale video installation on which she collaborated as co-director and model builder, was exhibited at the Ice Box Project Space in Philadelphia. She has made several other shorts, including Missing Peaces, a 16mm experimental narrative that was selected into the 2010 University Film and Video Association screening section, the 2010 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival and the Sexy International Film Festival in Australia; Silou Vege and Fruit Market, a documentary about a full day at a market in Taiwan; and Transdialection, an experimental sound and video piece. Her previous work as a set designer won several awards for theatrical productions. She was chosen to represent Taiwan at Scenofest at the Prague Quadrennial in 2007 after her stage design project won first place in the Taiwan competition.
L. Capco Lincoln
L. Capco Lincoln, born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, left to study film and video at Antioch College. In 1998, Lincoln made i’m not other, aka ay mestiza (video), which screened at several festivals, including Frameline in San Francisco. Lincoln’s other films include home (1999; 16mm) and Found Our Way (2006; 16mm), which screened at the Black Lily Film Festival and the Dance Boom Film Festival. Found Our Way aired on Drexel University Television in 2007. Lincoln, committed to alternative and community-based media since the age of 15, published ‘zines at the Gainesville Freedom School, started low-power FM radio stations in Florida and Ohio, hosted a short-wave radio program in Costa Rica, assisted director Nick Deocampo at the Mowelfund Institute in the Philippines, and worked on Academy Award–nominated filmmaker Anne Bohlen’s documentary Toxic Tours. In Philadelphia, Lincoln currently works with the Asian Arts Initiative, Scribe Video Center and the Media Mobilizing Project. Lincoln’s current documentary-in-progress, Autobiography of an Ocean, has screened at Ohio Weslyan University in Delaware, Ohio; the Hippodrome Theater in Gainesville, Florida; and Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia.
Lindsey Martin is a film- and videomaker from Virginia. She received her BFA in photography and film from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Her work experiments with traditional narrative storytelling while approaching topics of gender identity, body image and the microcosms of family structure. Lindsey has screened her work nationally and internationally, including at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and the Nomad Project at the Access and Paradox Open Art Fair in Paris, France. Every Speed, a collaboration with Julia Fuller, won the Premio Asolo Award for Best Film on Architecture at the Asolo Art Film Festival. Lindsey is currently finishing her thesis film, The Unfolding of an American Love Letter, a fictional puppet narrative about a 9-year-old girl dealing with the divorce of her parents.
Oscar Molina is a filmmaker with a background in making documentaries. He studied journalism and visual arts as an undergraduate, and his professional work has moved between photojournalism, documentaries, educational television, film programming, audience development and teaching. His work as a photographer won awards in two of the largest national photography competitions in his home country, Colombia, and his video work has been exhibited at La Habana Film Festival (Cuba), Rosario Film Festival (Argentina), FIPATEL Biarritz (France), Bogota Film Festival (Colombia), Cartagena Film Festival (Colombia), and Contra el Silencio Todas las Voces (Mexican Human Rights Film Festival). The Enchanted Kingdom, a film that Oscar co-directed, was named Best Colombian Documentary in 2004. He started his MFA in film at Columbia University before moving to Philadelphia to attend Temple. Throughout his MFA studies, Oscar has focused on narrative and experimental film methods. His recent work has been moving in two directions—one dealing with reflexivity of time and framing and the other with the intercultural representation of people coming from developed countries and in developing countries.
Born in London and raised in the United States by Tanzanian immigrants, Natasha Ngaiza makes films that celebrate the cultural, historical, social and political experiences of Africans across the diaspora. She envisions film as a tool to educate, enlighten and initiate activism, and also seeks to incorporate the structure of traditional African storytelling into narrative films and documentary hybrids. She is fascinated by Nollywood, Bongo Flava music videos and America’s undying obsession with “Mammy.”
Tom Quinn grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he directed a few short films, including Via Bicycles, a 2006 Eastman Scholarship finalist. His current feature film, The New Year Parade, was one of 10 projects selected for the 2007 Independent Filmmaker Project Narrative Rough Cut Labs. The Labs paired Tom with producers Scott Macaulay (Raising Victor Vargas) and Gretchen McGowan (HDNet Films), editors Sabine Hoffman (Personal Velocity) and Kate Williams (Interview), composer Mychael Danna (Little Miss Sunshine, The Ice Storm) and other industry veterans to shape his project. His film website is at www.thenewyearparade.com.
Santiago Soto, born in Quito in 1982. Ecuadorian writer and filmmaker. MFA candidate at Temple University. Focusing on screenwriting. Co-writer of the screenplay for the feature film Saudade. Director of the short films 2013, ANA747, La Celebración and NY3. Singer and composer for the band Queen Size Bed. Currently making his first feature film The Butter and the Fly.
Brandon Watz goes to Temple University. He learns about film in the MFA program. Prior to this he did a great number of things. He cannot remember all of them. That’s impossible. He began doing things in Lexington, Kentucky, at the age of zero. Eighteen years later he went to New Orleans. That’s where he studied psychology and computer science at Tulane University. After college he moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, and tried to understand the English spoken there. Later he moved to Paris, France, and tried to understand the French spoken there. He also lived in Boulder, Colorado, and did computational cognitive neuroscience research. He likes to make films. He hopes that you like to watch films.
Peng Wan grew up in Shenyang, the center city of northeast China. After graduating from Communication University of China, he moved to Philadelphia to pursue his MFA in film at Temple. He is currently working on his thesis movie, Family Plan. Peng has worked at China Central TV, the Travel Channel and ICN TV as a cameraman and editor in Beijing, New York City, and Washington, D.C. He is interested in writing, directing and cinematography. His previous short films have won awards nationally and internationally and have been shown at museums and in film festivals in London, Berlin, Prague, Beijing, Shanghai, Philadelphia and New York City.
Born and raised in a small, silent town in Northern Italy, Alessandro Zangirolami was interested in drawings and illustration in his early education. His path changed slightly. He graduated with a BA in contemporary art and film/new media in Milan, and then started working on small, independent projects, creating short formats for several Italian television and web networks, including Telecom, Endemol, MilanChannel, and ANSA. At Temple, he is shaping his idea of filmmaking and directing as an art that is far from narrative and close to the animality of human actions. His recent works have been featured in several film and video art festivals and film collections (TFI, NOMAD Archives, Le Musee Di-visioniste). With his narrative thesis film, Deer (in production), he’s creating a highly sensory character study, a rendition of the effects that neurological conditions manage to have on human relationships, affection and perception.