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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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Agnès Varda in conversation with Molly Nesbit on Mar 13th

Temple University Department of Film and Media Arts will sponsor a public conversation with Agnès Varda and Molly Nesbit on March 13, 2013 from 6-7:30pm. The event will take place in Meyerson Hall at the University of Pennsylvania (210 S. 34th St).

A selection of films by Varda, including Cleo de 5 a 7 (1962), Les graneurs et la glaneuse (2000), and Les plages de’Agnes (2008) – will be screened at Slought Foundation and at International House through March 2013. Varda will also be presenting as part of Things That Quicken the Heart— a Chris Marker Symposium, on March 15, 2013. 

For more information, please see the Slought Foundation.

Agnes Varda will be in Philadelphia the week of March 11th. She will be visiting Temple University campus and meet with FMA Chair, Prof. Alter and other graduate students. 

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Associated Screenings

February 25, 6pm at Slought
Agnès Varda, Cleo de 5 a 7 (France, 1962, DVD, 90mins. color, French w/ English subtitles)
Agnès Varda, Sans toit ni loi (France, 1985, DVD, 105mins. color, French w/ English subtitles)
Agnès Varda, Les graneurs et la glaneuse (France, 2000, DVD, 82mins. color, French w/ English subtitles)

February 27, 6pm at Slought
Agnès Varda, Documenteur (USA, 1980/1, DVD, 64mins. color, French w/ English subtitles)
Agnès Varda, L’essai: 7 p., cuis., s. de b. (France, 1984, DVD, 27mins. color, French w/ English subtitles)

March 11, 7pm at International House, Ibrahim Theater
Agnès Varda, Daguerreotypes (France, 1975, digital, 80mins. color, French w/ English subtitles)
Agnès Varda, Cinevardaphoto (France, 1962-­2004, 92mins. digital, mins. b/w & color, French w/ English subtitles)

March 14, 7pm at International House, Ibrahim Theater
Agnès Varda, The Beaches of Agnes (France, 2008, 100mins. digital, mins. b/w & color, French w/ English subtitles)


About the Conversants

Agnès Varda is one of the leading filmmakers of our time. Her self-funded debut, the 1956 fiction-documentary hybrid La Pointe Courte is often considered the unofficial first New Wave film. In 1962, she released the seminal nouvelle vague film Cléo from 5 to 7. Over the coming decades, Varda became a force in art cinema, conceiving many of her films as political and feminist statements, and using a radical objectivity to create her unforgettable characters. She describes her style as cinécriture, and it can be seen in audacious fictions like Le bonheur and Vagabond as well as revealing autobiographical documentaries like The Gleaners and I and The Beaches of Agnès.

Molly Nesbit is Chair and Professor in the Department of Art at Vassar College as well as a contributing editor of Artforum. Since 2002, together with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rirkrit Tiravanija, she has tri-curated Utopia Station, an ongoing book, exhibition, seminar, website and street project.

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FMA Alumnus Wins Oscar for Film Editing

At about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday evening, Sandra Bullock opened the envelope.

“And the Oscar goes to,” she said as she tore, “William Goldenberg, ‘Argo.'”

With those eight words, veteran film editor and Temple alumnus William Goldenberg, BA FMA ’82, won an Academy Award for “Best Film Editing” from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the 85th annual Academy Awards ceremony Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

Goldenberg is one of the few nominees in the history of the Academy Awards who can say he lost to himself. He also nominated for a 2013 “Best Film Editing” Oscar for “Zero Dark Thirty.” They were his third and fourth Academy Award nominations; Goldenberg was nominated for “Seabiscuit” in 2003 and “The Insider” in 1999. Last night’s Oscar for “Argo”— which had already earned him editing awards from the American Cinema Editors, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association — was Goldenberg’s first.

Associate Professor Leann Erickson, who teaches film and video editing in Temple’s Department of Film and Media Arts (FMA), acknowledged the remarkable breadth of Goldenberg’s two-decade career as a film editor, noting the wide range of genres among his many film and television credits, including “Pleasantville” (1998), “Ali” (2001), “National Treasure” (2004), the TV show “Over There” (2005), “Gone Baby Gone” (2007) and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (2011).

“The breadth of what he has done is amazing,” Erickson said. “What’s impressive about ‘Argo’ is that the editor was able to combine very different tones and styles into a seamless whole. That is a real challenge — you can see how his experience in a range of genres was essential.”

Seconds after the envelope was unsealed and Goldenberg walked up the stairs to receive the award, the Temple community exploded in pride via social media, email and texts. A tweet announcing the Oscar from @TempleUniv, the university’s official twitter feed, was retweeted and favorite more than 300 times, breaking Temple’s record for a tweet that wasn’t about sports or weather.

“We are thrilled and impressed that William Goldenberg was nominated for two Oscars and won one,” said FMA Professor and Chair Nora M. Alter, who noted that Goldenberg regularly joins Temple students enrolled in the Los Angeles-based “Entertainment Industry Perspectives” course, a requirement for participants in Temple’s Los Angeles Study Away program.

“Over the years, Goldenberg has shared his successes and experiences with our students,” Alter said. “He stands as a role model of a successful and talented individual who is generous with his time and engaged with the education and mentoring of young people.”

A Philadelphia native, Goldenberg told the Los Angeles Times that he studied film at Temple despite his father’s wishes that he pursue a career as a doctor. He began to focus on editing at the encouragement of a radio, television and film instructor at Temple, and continued his professional apprenticeship in Los Angeles after earning a bachelor’s degree in 1982.

Although Goldenberg ignored his father’s career advice, he acknowledged in a backstage interview how working in his father’s deli in Northeast Philadelphia helped get him ready for the rigors of film editing.

“My father’s deli, you had to do a million things at one time, you had to be making breakfast for 75 people,” Goldenberg said. “It really does prepare you for the multitasking you need to do.”

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17th Annual Derek Freese Youth Media Film Festival at FMA on Feb. 23rd.

On February 23, 2013, Temple University’s Film and Media Arts Department will host the 17th Annual Derek Freese Youth Media Film Festival!  This year’s festival will be focused on local filmmakers in the Mid-Atlantic region. A great opportunity for youth filmmakers, ages 12 to 18 to screen their work in front of their peers and other film professionals.

The categories for this year’s festival entries include:

*Fiction
*Documentary
*Experimental
*Animation
*Cinematography
*Editing
*Audience’s Choice: Bring your friends & family to watch your film and win the award!
*Special Topics: African American Filmmaker:  the special award this year to encourage young African American filmmakers.

All finalists will be notified before the festival and awards ceremony on February 23rd 2013.

Derek Freese Youth Media Film Festival
February 23rd from 4-7PM.
Annenberg Hall, Room 3 on Temple University’s campus.

For more information, visit the FreeseFilmFestival.org or send e-mail to freese@temple.edu.

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Filmmaker Derek Cianfrance To Visit FMA on Feb 20th.

Writer/Director Derek Cianfrance will be visiting FMA Wednesday, Feb 20th from 2-5pm in AH 202 for the Special Topics-Improv class taught by Professor Rodney Evens.
The class will screen his second feature film BLUE VALENTINE from 2-4pm and then have a Q&A/discussion with the filmmaker from 4-5pm.

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DEREK CIANFRANCE (Writer/Director)

Derek attended the University of Colorado’s film school, where he studied under avant-garde film legends Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon.  His first three student films took the university’s top prize and earned him a Special Dean’s Grant for Achievement in the Arts as well as the Independent Film Channel’s top award for Excellence in Student Filmmaking.

Derek went on to shoot and edit his first feature, BROTHER TIED, at the age of 23. The film made its American premiere at Sundance, where it was lauded as “one of the most striking American independent debuts in some time” by The Guardian’s Jonathan Romney and hailed as a work of “visual genius” by Newsday’s John Anderson.  The film traveled to over 30 festivals and won international awards at six of them.

Serving as director of photography, Derek revealed teen racing and Hispanic subculture in STREETS OF LEGEND for which he won the Excellence in Cinematography Award at Sundance 2003.

His second feature, BLUE VALENTINE, had its premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The Weinstein Company immediately acquired the film, which starred Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. Gosling and Williams received a great deal of critical recognition for their roles, including ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Actress’ Golden Globe nominations and a ‘Best Actress’ Oscar nomination for Williams.Derek’s most recent feature, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes.  He is also at work on an adaptation of the memoir MUSCLE for HBO.

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Professor Coover To Present at Screening Scholarship Media Festival on Feb. 24th.

FMA Prof. Coover’s  Unknown Territories project is being presented as part of the juried Screening Scholarship Media Festival at the University of Pennsylvania this Sunday, Feb 24th. Events will be held at the Annenberg Forum, 3620 Walnut Street, and the Harold Prince Theatre, 3680 Walnut Street.

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CAMRA at Penn, in collaboration with the 34th Annual Ethnography in Education Forum, the Graduate School of Education and the Annenberg School for Communication at UPenn presents the first annual Screening Scholarship Media Festival, which explores how diverse and creative uses of multimedia are changing knowledge production and the research imagination.

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{ON THE ROAD} MFA Thesis FIlm Screening at IHP on Feb 17th.

Filmmakers (and alumni from the Center for the Arts’ Dept of Film & Media Arts) Joseph Kraemer, Doris Chia-Ching Lin, Alina Postula, Jonathan Barr, and Alessandro Zangirolami, are delighted to host a showcase of their latest narrative short films February 17 at 2 p.m., at the International House of Philadelphia. The event, titled On the road, will trace the inexorable journey of characters in a desperate search of a name. A name for themselves, their uncomfortable spaces, their estranged objects. A name for their very own complex paths.

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ON THE ROAD
February 17, 2013 // 2pm – 5pm (doors open at 1:30pm)
International House of Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

It is a public screening, free Admission.

Short program as below:

Jon Barr, Waiting on Millie
Joseph Kraemer, Tunnel Vision
Alessandro Zangirolami, Deer
Alina Postula, Skullcap
Chia- Ching “Doris” Lin,Maquette 1:1000

The screening is supported by Temple University Center for the Arts, Department of Film and Media Arts; as well as Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association (PIFVA)

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In Jonathan Barr’s, Waiting on Millie, a poor but lovable waiter struggles through the most important dinner service of his life, trying to outwit a wealthy customer, a heartless maitre d’, and a prankster chef, in order to win his true love’s hand in marriage in this endearing tribute to the silent comedies of the 1920s.

Joseph Kraemer’s Tunnel Vision is the story of former lovers who reunite to revisit the past when one of them discovers he is going blind. Faced with the predicament of how to spend his final moments with his diminishing eyesight, Brandon convinces Sarah to take him back to the places from their past as a way for him to see them – and her – one last time. Here, amongst the ruins of their relationship, they reflect upon the past, coming to terms with the failures and misunderstandings that tore them apart. Tunnel Vision is a narrative short film about the struggle between vision and blindness that all people must face when confronting their past.

Tracing trauma’s echoes and how a father’s emotional scars are passed down to his 8 year-old son, Alessandro Zangirolami’s DEER asks us to consider how we might live in a world in which the rules are impossible to follow. An attempt at describing a man (Keith Marwick) struggling to maintain custody of his young son, the film prods us to examine what it means to obey one’s nature, and asks us what it means when giving into yourself and obeying your own impulses may just be the most terrifying and alienating place to be.

Skullcap, by Alina Postula, is a fairy tale, a love story that draws from somewhere we almost remember. It uses the rich mille-feuille of mythic imagery to create a cut-and-pastry that we believe we enjoyed as children. It has many ingredients, each embroidered and entangled with their own lacework. It is the story of the and the path with no map.

Maquette 1:1000, directed by Chia-Ching “Doris” Lin, investigates a Taiwanese young female architect’s self-awareness through the observation of two difference cities. Impacted by the cultural shock in the foreign environment of the West, Lan Lin makes her decision as she is again facing the same experience, unexpected pregnancy. Having the space-sensitive mind of an architect, she also reconstructs her artistic faith in her career within this extraordinary journey.

On The Road, we held our hands together.
On The Road, we showed each other’s stars.
On The Road, we separated and said goodbye.

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Professor d’Agostino To Exhibit at SITE Contemporary Arts, New Mexico

The Walk Series  (1973-74), the initial installment of Professor Peter d’Agostino’s on-going World-Wide-Walks video projects,is featured in State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970, at SITE Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Feb 23 – May 20, 2013.
This touring exhibition is organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The State of Mind book is published by the University of California Press, Berkeley. An exhibition catalog of d’Agostino’s World-Wide-Walks 1973- 2012 projects is distributed by Printed Matter, New York.

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FMA Faculty, Grad Students and Alumni Receive PIFVA Fall 2012 Finishing Funds

The Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association(PIFVA) Finishing Funds Program awards grants to Philadelphia-area independent media makers with film/video projects in the post-production stage with an anticipated completion date of fifteen months from the grant deadline. Numerous FMA Faculty, Grad Students and Alumni have received the support from PIFVA Finish ing Fund to complete their works in last five years. Here are FMA Faculty, Grad Students and Alumni who receive PIFVA Fall 2012 Finishing Funds:

Rod Coover (FMA Faculty), Catastrophe Trilogy
Haitao Guo (Current MFA), Mother and Daughter
Paul Hinson (Current MFA), YellowBlue
Mingyuan Huang (Current MFA), Stealing Intimacy
Joseph Kraemer (12′ MFA), Bringing Home Back to Him
Doris Chiaching Lin (12′ MFA), Maquette 1:1000
Lindsey Martin (12′ MFA), Love Letter

Congratulations!

The next Finishing Fund Deadline is MARCH 13. Click here for more details.

Click to see Previous PIFVA Finishing Fund Recipients.

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The Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association (PIFVA) is a membership organization started by filmmakers whose mission is to connect, support, sustain and showcase Philadelphia regions’ independent media arts community. It was formed in 1979 by independent filmmakers to provide services to media makers working in all genres, styles and at all levels of experience. PIFVA evolved into an essential and dynamic resource for local media makers, encouraging independent, non-commercial, artistically provocative, diverse, and community-based production of work.

For more information, please visit PIFVA.

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FMA Alum To Screen at IHP on Feb 8.

MFA alum Sarah Christman, is showing her work on Friday, February 8th 2013, 7pm with reception immediately following at International House Philadelphia.  Hosted by Judy Adamson and Fred Jackes, Jolley Christman, and Nancy and Neil Hoffmann.
For more information, please click here.

As Above, So Below: An Evening with Sarah J. Christman
Sarah J. Christman’s non-fiction films examine the intersection between people, technology and the natural world. Her film Dear Bill Gates won the New Visions Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival awarded her Most Promising Female Filmmaker in 2007. Christman’s films and videos have screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Antimatter, Chicago Underground Film Festival, European Media Arts Festival, Oberhausen, PDX, SXSW, and the Athens, San Francisco, and Seattle International Film Festivals, among other venues. A Philadelphia native, Sarah received an MFA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University and a BA from Oberlin. She currently lives in New York City, where she is an Assistant Professor in the film department at Brooklyn College. Visit her web site.

 

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As Above, So Below (2012, 50 min)
Shedding light on local and global acts of alchemy, “As Above, So Below” is a deeply personal and thought-provoking reflection on the ephemeral life of material objects. Christman’s intimate documentation of her family’s decision to have her stepfather’s ashes transformed into a memorial diamond frames a larger exploration of the recycling of matter. The story ranges from Belgium, where precious metals are “mined” from discarded electronics, to New York, where a long-term reclamation project is converting what was once the world’s largest landfill into the city’s second largest public park system. Overturning common conceptions of a disposable culture, this beautifully-composed essay film underscores the vast and unimagined potential lying dormant in our waste.

From a recent review of the film:
“The filmmaker’s faith in nuance, respect for mystery and openness to interpretation is what makes “As Above, So Below” such a rare, offbeat treat.”
Eric Rumble, Alternatives Journal, January 2013

Preceded by:

Dear Bill Gates (2006, 17 min)
A simple correspondence evolves into a poetic visual essay exploring the ownership of our visual history and culture. Combining original and archival film, video and images from the internet, “Dear Bill Gates” draws unexpected connections among mining, memory and Microsoft.

Broad Channel (2010, 14 min)
Over the course of four seasons, the nuances of everyday activity are examined along one narrow stretch of public shoreline in New York City’s Jamaica Bay. Moments of recurrence and change cycle through an ecosystem rooted in migration.

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