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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.

Click here to read more about the article.

Hodder Fellowship


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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. 


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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