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Future Film and Media Arts student named semifinalist in U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

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Lucas Wozniak, an entering Temple’s student in the Film and Media Arts Department, has been named one of 565 semifinalists, and one of only 17 in Pennsylvania, in the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The semifinalists were selected from more than 4,300 candidates on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character, and involvement in community and school activities.

The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by Executive Order of the President. In 1979, the Program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. Each year, up to 141 students are named as U.S. Presidential Scholars, one of the Nation’s highest honors for high school students.

Wozniak is a graduating senior at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg, PA. He is also a National Merit Finalist, a National AP Scholar, and an Eagle Scout from St. Timothy’s Troop 296.  On why he chose Temple’s Film and Media Arts Department, Wozniak stated: “Temple emphasizes independent productions with a focus on finding the filmmaker’s own voice. After touring the school and meeting with faculty and current students, I knew I found the program for me.”

Final selection of the Scholars will be made by the Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of eminent citizens appointed by the President, and will be announced in May. Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., in June to receive the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in various activities and events held in their honor.

 

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Temple Shorts by Alum Eddie Moses at International House Philadelphia

Three films by Temple Univeddie moses picersity alumnus Eddie Moses (MFA 1977) will be screened on Wednesday, May 20 at International House Philadelphia. The screening will be hosted by Leonard Guercio, manager of Temple University’s Film Lab, who selected the films from the extensive Temple University’s Division of Theater, Film and Media Arts (TFMA) Film Archive.

Australian film student Eddie Moses came to Philadelphia in 1974 to earn his MFA in Filmmaking from Temple University. During this time, Eddie made three B&W films that documented a fresh foreigner’s view of some of the vital happenings in the city. His films have uniquely captured aspects of local history that we can more objectively study now, forty years afterward. They are time capsules of social attitudes, personal emotions, and public events that have since passed into the collective history of this city. Read more about the event here.

Boxer
(1975, 16mm, b/w, 14 min.)
A short film highlighting the Philadelphia boxing scene through the training of one fighter. Shot at the Cloverlay Gym (Boxing Champion Joe Frazier’s former gym) and the now-defunct Philadelphia Spectrum, the film’s narrator describes the art of boxing as a perennial means to escape the enslavement of poverty. This was made a year before Rocky evoked a national interest in the Philadelphia boxing scene.

Underdog
(1976, 16mm, b/w, 28 min.)
A documentary film about the 1975 mayoral campaign of Republican Tom Foglietta in Philadelphia. Ultimately losing to popular former Police Chief and incumbent Mayor Frank L. Rizzo, Foglietta later went on to become the U.S. Ambassador to Italy under President Clinton.

The Birthday
(1977, 16mm, b/w, 40 min.)
As a graduate student from Australia, Moses made this film as his thesis project for his master of fine arts degree in filmmaking at Temple University.  Moses wanted to share his perspective about what the U.S. Bicentennial celebration meant to him as a foreign student. In the film, he also interviews three representative Philadelphians and discusses their ideas, feelings, and opinions about the nation’s 200th birthday.

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FMA faculty featured at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference

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Temple University Professors Dr. Nora Alter, Dr. Chris Cagle and Dr. Franklin Cason presented papers at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), in March in Montreal, Canada.

SCMS is the leading scholarly organization in the United States dedicated to promoting a broad understanding of film, television, and media through research and teaching grounded in the contemporary humanities tradition. The Society’s annual conference provides a forum for scholars and teachers of film and media studies to present and hear new research; to provide a supportive environment for networking, mentoring, and collaboration.

Professor Nora Alter presented the paper “Shocking Sounds: Surrealism, Songs, and the Essay Film” in the panel Dis-locating Sound. In the session Film Festivals and the ‘Creative Turn’ in Documentary, Professor Chris Cagle presented a paper entitled “Character as Aesthetic Problem in the Festival Documentary.” Professor Franklin Cason’s paper “Reading the Signature: African American Cinema and the Auteur Theory” was part of the panel Outlanders – Authorship and Genre Reconsider.

Read more about SCMS and the 2015 edition conference  here.

 

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Professor Peter d’Agostino presents video installation and paper at the 2015 Balance-Unbalance International Conference

3 pdA DesertsPeter d’Agostino, Professor of Film and Media Arts, Temple University, will present a preview his new video installation, World-Wide-Walks / between earth, sky & water/DESERTS at the Balance-Unbalance 2015 International Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, March 22 – 29.  The theme of the conference is Water, Climate, Place: Re-Imagining Environments and it is aimed to provoke discussion and reflection on how the climate is changing and what our future might hold. At the conference, Professor d’Agostino and David Tafler will also present a paper entitled “Deserts: Crossroads of Natural-Cultural-Virtual Environments during Climatic Changes” on March 28, at 10:30 am.

Professor Peter d’Agostino’s project is conceived as a series of walks exploring natural-cultural-virtual environments in the four major deserts of North America: Chihuahuan, Mojave, Sonoran, and Great Basin. Walks in this Chihuahuan Desert preview installation include: soaptree yucca plants as testaments to natural survival in the desert ecosystem; fields of petroglyphs dating back to the Ancestral Pueblo period (c. 1300 to 1600 CE); and the location of the first Atomic Bomb detonated in 1945 preceding Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Read more about it here.

World-Wide-Walks have been performed on six continents over the past four decades. Initiated in 1973 as The Walk Series, the video “documentation / performances” evolved into video-web projects during the 1990s, and mobile-locative media installations in the 2000s. World-Wide-Walks explore elements of natural, cultural and virtual identities: mixed realities of walking through physical environments and virtually surfing the web. Current projects focus on climate change and the effects of global warming to address concerns for a sustainable future related to ‘glocal’ – global / local – ecologies. A catalogue, Peter d’Agostino: World-Wide-Walks, 1973-2012, is available at Printed Matter, NY and as an ebook – download here.

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2015 Diamond Screen Film Festival

17diamondlogThe 17th Annual Diamond Screen Film Festival took place at the Temple Performing Arts Center on April 27th and 28th, 2015.The Diamond Screen Film Festival showcases some of the best work by emerging filmmakers in Temple University’s Film and Media Arts (FMA) program in the documentary, narrative, experimental, animation, and screenplay categories.

The Temple FMA Department grants several awards to students, including the Benjamin Lazaroff Memorial Scholarship Fund (awarded to undergraduate and graduate FMA students who show excellence in screenwriting), the Motion Picture Award (awarded to undergraduate and graduate FMA student who show excellence in production) and the Beatrice Deglin Leder Graduate Student Film and Video Production Award Fund (awarded to an outstanding FMA graduate student).

To read about the previous editions visit the Diamond Screen Film Festival website.

Check out the list of winners of the 2015 edition:
Best Long Form Screenplay: Ironwood by Shahin Izadi
Best Short Form Screenplay: Brain Storm by Walter Palmer
Best Experimental Film: The Mailman by Trevor Byrne
Best Animation: Destroy by YuYang Wang
Best Cinematography: Sun Dog by Israel Vasquez
Best Editing: The Pride by Qiuchen Cao
Best Undergraduate Film: The Amazing Rondini by Jared Hirsh
Best Graduate Film: Transcriber by Mark Partridge
Best Non-Fiction: These Walls Tell Stories by Austin Smock
Best Fiction Film: The Pride by Qiuchen Cao
Derek Freese Award: City of Wolves by Gabriel Pozos and Twin Bed by Ray Karpinsky

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New Undergraduate FMA Curriculum now offers BA and BFA degrees

2012_05_04 SCT Camera Olympics and Video InstallationThe 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. The new more focused BA will offer concentrations in Cinematography, Post-Production, Producing and Screen Studies, allowing for specialized study within a liberal arts context. Additionally, the department has added a Minor in Screen Studies, that will be available to students across the University.

The department’s tiered programs offer options for students to pursue a degree in Film and Media Arts to their level of interest. FMA undergraduate students, who have completed two years of coursework, may apply to the BFA program or the BA with concentrations in Cinematography, Post-Production and Producing. The BFA requires a minimum of 70 credits of FMA instruction, while the BA with production concentrations requires 60 credits in the department. Students can also pursue the new concentration in Screen Studies which explores the history, cultural significance, and aesthetics of film. The department also offers a BA without a concentration for students who want flexibility in their studies. The new range of degree programs will better prepare undergraduates for the increased competitiveness and professional opportunities in the film and media arts industry.

The Film and Media Arts BA and BFA programs focus on the development of creative and technical skills in film, video, audio, and new media, as well as the theoretical understanding of media and culture. Students have the opportunity to explore diverse practices in the arts, as well such areas as Anthropology, Business, English, Religion, and African-American Studies. In addition, study away and internship programs provide professional mentoring, networking opportunities and career work experiences.

The Department of Film and Media Arts is composed of a diverse and recognized faculty of scholars and award winning filmmakers and media producers recipients of prizes such as: Oscar, Emmy, Guggenheim, Rockefeller, NEA, Fulbright, Sundance and international film festival awards. With Study Away programs in Los Angeles and San Francisco, the department offers many opportunities for experiential learning through internships and special programs. The department also brings in guest media makers and visiting professors from diverse backgrounds for special lectures and workshops.

By learning diverse approaches to production and theory, undergraduates are prepared to produce independent media work, assume creative leadership roles in the entertainment industry or pursue further studies, while making a significant impact on the culture in which they live.

Students interested in these new programs should contact their advisor for more information on program requirements and the application process. Prospective students should email tfma@temple.edu for more information about to the Film and Media Arts degree programs.

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Employment Opportunities

NOTICE OF FACULTY VACANCY – Fall 2015

Assistant Professor – Screenwriting

Assistant Professor – Post-Production

 

Assistant Professor: Screenwriting (Download the description here)

POSITION: Full-time (non-tenure track) appointment in Film and Media Arts RANK/SALARY: Assistant Professor, non-tenure-track appointment in Film and Media Arts.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

QUALIFICATIONS: FMA seeks a screenwriter to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

The ideal candidate will have professional screenwriting credits for produced films or television, as well as prior teaching experience. Experience in writing for documentary films and other media is also desirable. We are particularly interested in candidates who have a comprehensive knowledge of the theory, as well as the craft, of writing for the screen. Teaching duties will range from introductory to advanced screenwriting courses, as well as possibly Serial Writing and Scene Analysis. The successful candidate will also be expected to advise undergraduates and graduate students on their thesis screenplays. An MFA or equivalent professional experience is required. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience.  The department strongly encourages applications by women and minority candidates.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach undergraduate courses; advise and mentor students; maintain a visible profile of research and/or creative activity; and engage in appropriate service to the department, the university, and the profession.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The Film & Media Arts Department is an internationally recognized program in documentary, independent narrative, and experimental forms. The program encourages a cross-disciplinary mix of theory and practice including hybrid and digital arts production, and a history of producing socially conscious filmmakers.   Film & Media Arts is a member of Temple’s Center for the Arts,

which includes Theater, Tyler School of Art and Boyer College of Music and Dance. It is located on the University’s main campus in the culturally rich and diverse city of Philadelphia. For more information about the department, consult the web site at www.temple.edu/fma. Fall 2013 enrollment in Film and Media Arts is 690 students—653 undergraduate and 37 graduate students—served by 21 full-time and numerous affiliate faculty.  The Departments offers BA and MFA degrees.

APPOINTMENT DATE: Fall 2015

REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS: Begins February 21, 2015; continues until position is filled. Mail or e-mail (1) a letter of application, (2) a current curriculum vitae, (3) representative course syllabi, and (4) names, titles, address, telephone number and e mail addresses of 3 references to:

SUBMIT APPLICATION TO: Search Committee Chair

c/o: Mrs. Florence Palmore Temple University

Tyler School of Art Dean’s Suite, 2nd floor 2001 North 13th Street Philadelphia, PA19122

e-mail: palmore@temple.edu Phone: 215-204-8097

PLEASE DO NOT SEND ADDITIONAL MATERIALS UNTIL REQUESTED. Prepare to send the following additional materials if requested at a later date:

 3-5 confidential letters of recommendation directly from the

  • A statement of the candidate’s teaching
  • Scholarly work samples and a DVD sample of creative work (if appropriate).

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. WOMEN AND MINORITY CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

 


Assistant Professor: Post-Production: (Download the description here)

POSITION: Full-time (non-tenure track) appointment in Film and Media Arts RANK/SALARY: Assistant Professor, non-tenure-track appointment in Film and Media Arts. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

QUALIFICATIONS: FMA seeks a non-tenure track Assistant Professor position to teach Post- Production courses. The ideal candidate should have credits in editing narrative, documentary, experimental, and/or new media. We are particularly interested in candidates who have a comprehensive knowledge of the theory, as well as the craft of, post-production. The ideal candidate will have a strong portfolio of editing his/her own work as well as the work of others. The candidate will teach introductory, advanced and capstone editing courses, as well as possibly teaching color correction; sound editing, mixing, and design; and/or compositing and visual effects. Experience in 2D computer animation is ideal. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience. An MFA or equivalent professional experience is required. The department strongly encourages applications by women and minority candidates.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach undergraduate courses; advise and mentor students; maintain a visible profile of research and/or creative activity; and engage in appropriate service to the department, the university, and the profession.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The Film & Media Arts Department is an internationally recognized program in documentary, independent narrative, and experimental forms. The program encourages a cross-disciplinary mix of theory and practice including hybrid and digital arts production, and a history of producing socially conscious filmmakers.   Film & Media Arts is a member of Temple’s Center for the Arts,

which includes Theater, Tyler School of Art and Boyer College of Music and Dance. It is located on the University’s main campus in the culturally rich and diverse city of Philadelphia. For more information about the department, consult the web site at www.temple.edu/fma. Fall 2013 enrollment in Film and Media Arts is 690 students—653 undergraduate and 37 graduate students—served by 21 full-time and numerous affiliate faculty.  The Departments offers BA and MFA degrees.

APPOINTMENT DATE: Fall 2015

REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS: Begins February 21, 2015; continues until position is filled. Mail or email (1) a letter of application, (2) a current curriculum vitae, (3) representative course syllabi, and (4) names, titles, address, telephone number and e mail addresses of 3 references to:

SUBMIT APPLICATION TO: Search Committee Chair

c/o: Mrs. Florence Palmore Temple University

Tyler School of Art Dean’s Suite, 2nd floor 2001 North 13th Street Philadelphia, PA19122

e-mail: palmore@temple.edu

Phone:  215-204-8097; Fax 215-204-5528

PLEASE DO NOT SEND ADDITIONAL MATERIALS UNTIL REQUESTED. Prepare to send the following additional materials if requested at a later date:

 3-5 confidential letters of recommendation directly from the

  • A statement of the candidate’s teaching
  • Scholarly work samples and a DVD sample of creative work (if appropriate).

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. WOMEN AND MINORITY CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

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Emerging Documentary Practices Symposium and Exhibition– Call for papers, proposals and creative work

An interdisciplinary one-day symposium and exhibition about how emerging technologies are transforming nonfiction image-making practices in cinema, art and ethnography will be held at Temple University, Friday April 3, 2015.

Deadline For Proposals: (EXTENDED DEADLINE) January 17, 2015.

The Department of Film and Media Arts (FMA) at Temple University is delighted to host a one-day interdisciplinary symposium on Emerging Documentary Practices. The symposium is particularly focused on documentary forms that use interactivity, locative and mobile technologies in innovative ways to transform the concepts and practices of documentary cinema and media arts.

The symposium welcomes documentary practitioners from across fields of social sciences, humanities and arts, from ethnographers to eco-poets. Interweaving choices of content and of form, a new generation of practitioners is reaching across creative and scholarly disciplines. This symposium embraces this discourse on theoretical and practical levels. The conversions are presented concurrently with an exhibition of documentary works using interactivity and other innovative practices.

The goal of the symposium is to stimulate. Each session will be launched with a keynote followed by lightning talks/challenges to the panel to stimulate open conversation. Proposals will be peer reviewed. Related papers and may be distributed in advance to participants.

The symposium is complemented by a multi-kiosk exhibition offering speakers and others opportunities to exhibit works in the curated, peer reviewed show. The kiosks that will be available for viewing on the day and throughout the week. Longer papers supporting the discussions may also be linked, and participants may later be invited for to offer submissions for publication. The symposium is sponsored by Temple University’s Department of Film and Media Arts, the Center for Humanities at Temple(CHAT) and Temple Libraries.

Primary themes include:

  • SPATIAL PRACTICES
    e.g. geo-spatial mapping and storytelling; actual and augmented sites of memory; spatial poetics; infrastructure, industrialization and climate change; actual and imaginary cities.
  • SOCIAL PRACTICES
    e.g. forging community; bringing diversity and indigenous voices;oral histories and imagined futures; performing and protesting through social media; user generated works.
  • EMBODIED PERFORMANCE
    e.g. computer materiality and embodied actions of making, viewing; story-telling through web series, live feeds and digital happenings; practical implications of using alternative and interactive software like Korkasow, Mozilla Popcorn, Zeega, or Moviestorm upon how stories are told and image edited; the body as a source of data; disembodiment and narrative fracture.

PROPOSAL INSTRUCTIONS

Proposals for participation, short papers/provocations/questions (5-7 minutes) and the digital exhibition of works on the dedicated kiosks should consist of a proposal statement  (max 500 words), a URL if available/relevant, and brief biographic statement (max 150 words). Proposals that include a combination of talks AND multimedia works for exhibition or a paper to distribute to participants are welcome.

 Submissions should be sent in electronic form to:  edocs@temple.edu

 Questions can be directed to FMA Faculty Organizers Roderick Coover (rcooverfma@gmail.com) and LeAnn Erickson (LeahDempsey@temple.edu)

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MFA Candidate Israel Vasquez Selected as Sundance | Knight Fellow

2014 New Frontier Flash Lab, Miami, Photo by Michael ToledoTemple University MFA candidate Israel Vasquez has been named a 2015 Sundance | Knight Fellow; this prestigious fellowship, offered by Sundance Institute in partnership with John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, offers support and opportunities to emerging filmmakers. Fellows will participate in special screenings, panels and professional development opportunities at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Israel Vasquez is a student in the Department of Film and Media Arts’ Masters of Fine Arts program. He is currently in post-production for his thesis film Sun Dog, an impressionistic drama set amidst the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and is developing his first feature-length screenplay, Oscoda. Sun Dog, filmed in Temple’s Randall Theater, features actors from Temple’s Theater program.

The Knight Fellows Project selects emerging filmmakers from eight U.S. cities to attend creative workshops with film experts from Sundance Institute. Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute provides space for artists in film, theatre, film composing, and digital media to create and thrive including the Sundance Film Festival, one of the most important platform for American and international independent film.

Philadelphia is one of the two cities selected for the inaugural Knight Fellows Project, which sought filmmakers that offer new voices and perspectives in Miami and Philadelphia. This year’s fellows will meet with 2014 Knight Fellows, including alumnus Heidi Saman (TFM ‘07), who was recently named as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine.”

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

welcome to deathfestDirected 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.

Grahsler and his crew spent months filming Maryland Deathfest founders Ryan Taylor and Evan Harting as they pulled off the hugely successful festival against seemingly insurmountable odds, securing performances by legendary metal bands like Bolt Thrower, Sleep and Carcass. The documentary includes exclusive interviews with musicians such as Phil Anselmo (Down/Pantera), Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer) and Matt Pike (Sleep/High on Fire); music journalists Lars Gotrich of NPR Music and “Grim” Kim Kelley of Vice; and fans from the world over.

Welcome to Deathfest  premieres on Friday, December 12  at PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123. The multimedia event begins at 8:00 pm with DJ Glenzig. The film starts at 9:00 pm and is immediately followed by sets from Philadelphia’s own Night Raids. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. The event is all­-ages.

Watch the trailer of the documentary here.

 

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