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MFA Alum Receives 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship

Sonali Gulati, MFA alum from 2008 from India, current associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Photography and Film was announced today for receiving 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship. In its eighty-ninth annual competition for the United States and Canada, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded Fellowships to a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.

Ms. Gulati is an independent filmmaker, a feminist, grass-roots activist, and an educator, who grew up in New Delhi, India and has made several short films that have screened at over three hundred film festivals worldwide. Her films have screened at venues such as the Hirshhorn Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and at film festivals such as the Margaret Mead Film Festival, the Black Maria Film Festival and the Slamdance Film Festival. Gulati’s award-winning documentary, Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night, was broadcast on television in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, The Middle East, South Asia and North Africa.

Her most recent film I Am has won 12 awards and continues to exhibit extensively in the film festival circuit. Gulati has won awards, grants, and fellowships from the Third Wave Foundation, World Studio Foundation, the Robert Giard Memorial Fellowship, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, the Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts, the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), VCU School of the Arts Faculty Award of Excellence and most recently a grant from the Creative Capital Foundation.

For more information, please see the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.



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Prof. Subrin Exhibits Works at Oakville Galleries, Ontario, Canada

Prof. Subrin is currently presenting a video and photography installation in a group exhibition, After My Own Heart, at the Oakville Galleries in Oakville, right outside Toronto, Canada from March 24– May 1. The show “brings together a group of artists who are committed to imagining utopia, a new world where women live free of the conventions of contemporary life. While the works in the exhibition span nearly forty years, the potent ideas and iconographies of 1970s feminism resonate throughout.” Artists include New York based artists Sharon Hayes, Barbara Hammer, and Carrie Moyer, and others.


About The Exhibition:

After My Own Heart brings together a group of artists whose works demonstrate an active commitment to feminist world-making. While the works in this show span several decades, the ideas, iconographies and ethos of 1960s and 1970s feminisms loom large. Whether thinking through separatism, gay liberation, core imagery, or simply the power of pleasure, these works mine the potent radicalism of feminism’s second wave to create a vibrant utopian imaginary—a time and place envisioned, unrealized, but still very much longed for.

For more information, click After My Own Heart.



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Prof. Alter To Speak In The Program in Art, Culture and Technology at MIT

Professor Nora M. Alter,  Chair of Film and Media Arts at Temple university, will be lecturing in the Program in Art, Culture and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Monday, April 8th. Professor Alter’s teaching and research focus on twentieth and twenty-first century cultural and visual studies from a comparative perspective, and she published the first English-language study of director Chris Marker in 2006. In her talk, Alter investigates Marker’s complex use of sound, paying particular attention to how music operates on multiple registers in order to expand the cinematic frame both temporally and spatially.

Her other publications include Vietnam Protest Theatre: The Television War on Stage (1996) and Projecting History: Non-Fiction German Film (2002). She co-edited Sound Matters: Essays on the Acoustics of Modern German Culture (2004) with Lutz Koepnick. Alter also published essays on German and European Studies, Film and Media Studies, Cultural and Visual Studies, and Contemporary Art. She is currently completing a new book on the international essay film and has begun research for a new study devoted to sound.

For more information, please visit: Listening to Marker.


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Camera department, G&E, set PAs

Feature film Remorse shooting in Bucks and Philadelphia mid May thru Mid June.
Quinn Saunders is attached to direct, Alice Brooks will DP and John Lutz will be producing. We are looking for production support in all departments. Our last film Cherry. was picked up by Warner Brothers for Domestic VOD with Jinga films selling global rights.

Contact: John Lutz

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MFA Student Screened at Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

Current MFA student Malia Bruker Screened her short documentary, Chase (2011) on Mar 22 and 23 at Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, CA.

See the filmmaker’s bio.

2011/ 13 min.

In our increasingly corporatized, disconnected world, one romance survives. Guiding us through her own story of love letters and junk mail, Director Malia Bruker explores the isolating nature of modern life in this comedic documentary.


About Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

The mission of the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival is to bring strong, independent documentary films and their filmmakers to West Sonoma County. The Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival is presented by Sebastopol Center for the ArtsSebastopol Center for the Arts is a grassroots, nonprofit arts center created in 1988 by a coalition of art, business and community members to provide art programs and services for all sectors of the community. Eliza Hemenway founded the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival in 2007 with a vision to showcase strong, independent documentary films in West Sonoma County, and to network the local film community.


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2013 Diamond Screen Film Festival Call for Entries

Submission Deadlines:
Film: April 12th
Screenplay: April 5th
Web Design Online Competition: April 12th

The Department of Film and Media Arts at Temple University will host its annual Diamond Screen film festival from May 7 &8, 2013 at International House Philadelphia.

The Diamond Screen Film Festival, which showcases some of the best work by up-and-coming filmmakers in Temple University’s Film and Media Arts program, selects winners from more than 150 entries by a panel of judges made up of Temple alumni and noted names in the industry.

The most exciting news for this year’s festival is, we will have our two film screening events at International House Philadelphia, including our Opening Reception and Award Ceremony. On Tuesday, May 7th beginning at 6pm there will be an Opening Reception followed by the MFA Showcase screening. On Wednesday, May 8th beginning at 6pm we will screen the best of this year’s Undergraduate films followed by the Awards Ceremony. This year’s judges in attendance will include Yoruba Richen (Promised Land), Sabine Hoffman (The Ballad of Jack and Rose), Kirsten Johnson (The Oath), Tory Lenosky (The Happy Sad) and Ken Urban (The Correspondent).

In addition, 15TH Diamond Screen Film Festival introduces the new exhibition events for our students who are interested in New Media Arts. An online-based web interactive design competition will be held on Diamond Screens Website. The award winners of each categories will be selected by professional artists and designers, as well as public audience.


2013 Diamond Screen Film Festival
May 7&8th,2013
@ International House Philadelphia

May 7th,
Opening Reception 6pm-7pm
Opening Screening 7pm-9pm
May 8th,
Closing Screening 6pm-8pm
Award Ceremony 8pm-9pm

For more information, please visit Diamond Screen Film Festival.



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FMA Alum’s New Film to Premiere at Ann Arbor Film Festival

Laska Jimsen’s (MFA ’07) new film, Beaver Creek Yard, is premiering opening night at Ann Arbor Film Festival on Tuesday, Mar 19th.

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Beaver Creek Yard is about a place, a Christmas tree processing facility on Beaver Creek Road, and also about the human impulse to control, exploit, and profit from the natural world. -LJ


Laska Jimsen works across nonfiction forms from video documentary to handmade 16mm filmmaking and animation. The people, landscapes, plants, and animals that populate her work include delicate specimens of the genus Dahlia, the horses and riders who inhabit an urban Philadelphia stable, silent bow hunters hidden in a snowy Minnesota arboretum, and an Oregon pioneer who plays the trombone when not trapping coyotes. She is currently working on a video essay about deer and hunting in North America. Laska is Assistant Professor of Cinema & Media Studies at Carleton College.

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New Tour Company – Philly Official Guide

I have created a new tour company, the Philly Official Guide, focused on attracting young urbanites to come out on entertaining tours of Philadelphia. I am currently in the process of two promotional (yet satirical) video projects.

One is a video series entitled “Philadelphia – City of Distinction?” where I will be standing in front of the various random distinctions in the city (longest blue suspension bridge in the world; longest uninterrupted urban straight street in the world; tallest statue on top of a building in the world; etc.) and give interesting facts about each one in video-clip segments of 60 seconds.

I am looking for a camera/sound person to help me film this. Video editing will potentially be required.

The second is a music video series of my satirical hip-hop mix-tape “Self-Titled Album”. We will being making music videos for potentially two songs off of the album “The Jawn Sawng” and “Mummers Strut”.

I am looking for a camera/sound person to help me on this as well. Video editing will also be necessary.


Christopher Kuncio

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Chris Marker Symposium at Slought Foundation on March 15th and 16th

On March 15th and 16th, 2013, Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania will sponsor a symposium on French filmmaker Chris Marker. Marker, who passed away last July at the age of 91, is widely acknowledged as one of the most prolific and inventive media artists in the history of cinema. Working continually since the 1940s, he directed some of the most important films in the history of world cinema, including La jetée (1962), A Grin without a Cat (1997), Sans Soleil (1982), and multi-media projects Level 5 (1996) and Immemory (1998, 2008). Events will take place in the Slought Foundation, 4017 Walnut St., and feature the following speakers: Agnes Varda, Raymond Bellour, Bill Horrigan, Sam DiLorio, Lynne Sachs, Hito Steyerl, Renée Green, Dominick Blüher, Rick Warner, Christa Blümlinger, Gertrud Koch.

For more information, please see the Slought Foundation.

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FMA Alum Receives 2013-14 Mary MacKall Gwinn Hodder Fellowship.

FMA Alum Chinonye Chukwu (MFA ’10) receives Mary MacKall Gwinn Hodder Fellowship from The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University for the 2013-14 academic year, among with other recipients: poet Katy E. Didden, writer Adam Ross, and choreographer Pam Tanowitz. The 2013-14 HOdder Fellows were chosen from a pool of over 1,100 applicants to receive this award, created to provide artists and humanists in the early stages of their career a period of “studious leisure” to undertake significant new work.

“The Hodder Fellowships are awarded to people have demonstrated exceptional promise, but have not yet received widespread recognition,” noted Lewis Center Chair Michael Cadden in making the announcement. “We have a very strong and diverse group of artists joining us next year, and Princeton prides itself in buying them time to move their work to the next level. Hodder Fellows do not teach. Their only obligation is to their work.”

Hodder Fellows may be writers, composers, choreographers, visual artists, performance artists, or other kinds of artists or humanists who have, as the program outlines, “much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts”; they are selected more “for promise than for performance.” While many have published a first book or created other work that has contributed to their field of endeavor, the fellowship provides them the opportunity to devote themselves fully to their current or next project. Artists from anywhere may apply in the fall each year for the following academic year. Their proposals include a description of what they hope to achieve during the fellowship period. Past Hodder Fellows have included poet John Berryman, novelist Chimamando Ngozi Adichie, playwright Doug Wright, and composer and lyricist Michael Friedman.

Chinonye Chukwu is a Nigerian-born, Alaskan-raised screenwriter, producer and director. A 2009 recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award, her debut feature film, AlaskaLand, was selected to screen globally, including at the Chicago International Film Festival and the New York African Festival at Lincoln Center. The film will be distributed by New World Distribution later this year. Chukwu’s short film, The Dance Lesson, premiered at the Ritz Theater of Philadelphia and was later licensed by mindTV for regional network distribution. The film was also a Regional Finalist for the 2010 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Student Academy Awards. She has just completed the short narrative, bottom, which will soon premier in the festival circuit. Currently, she is in pre-production for her next project, a film adaptation of the anthologized short story, A Walk Through the Neighborhood. She plans on producing, directing and editing this film during her time as a Hodder Fellow.

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Hodder Fellowship


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