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Temple University’s Web Series One of the Guys Wins College Emmy

oneof theguysOne of the Guys produced by Temple University students is a winner of the TV Emmy for Best College Series. Created and directed by Michael Busza, a senior student at Temple University Honors Program and produced by Jen Parmer and Jaime Sweet, the half-hour web-based television series follows the escapades of three gay friends and their straight roommate as all four seek love, purpose, and a happy home.

The College Television Awards is a national competition recognizing excellence in college student-produced video, digital and film work. Each year, they receive entries from hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide. Winners are honored with a personalized trophy at the gala in Los Angeles, receive cash awards, industry recognition and the opportunity to network with top television executives.

The web series has already received other grants as the Temple University Media Studies and Production Awards, Temple University Communication Studies Seed Grant; Temple University Creative Arts, Research, and Scholarship Grant; 2013 and 2014 Temple University MarcDavid LGBT Scholarship (awarded to writer/director Michael Busza); Temple University “Temple Made” Designation (awarded to writer/director Michael Busza).

One of the guys started last fall, and the last episode will be will premiere online in April 2014. Watch the episodes including the winner Episode 5 here.

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Professor Rea Tajiri’s film Lordville to screen at LA Asian Pacific Film Fest

LORDVILLE_lamprey1_300dpiLordville, directed by Temple University FMA Professor Rea Tajiri, will be screened on May 4th at the LA Asian Pacific Film Fest.

Celebrating the 30th year, the festival presents over 140 films from more then 20 different countries featuring World Premieres, Sneak Previews; Showcasing Documentaries and Narratives Focusing on the Voices of Asian Pacific Americans and Asian Peoples from Around the World.

The documentary was described as …a film which positions Tajiri at the forefront of current conversations about hybrid documentary form…” by the independent curator and educator Chi-hui Yang, who is also Board Member of the Flaherty Seminar.

For more information about the screenings visit LA Asian Pacific Film Festival’s website here. Check out Lordville’s trailer and also follow the film’s news here.

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Professor Nora M. Alter was featured guest speaker at the University of Maryland Symposium

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FMA Temple’s Professor Nora Alter was invited to present her work on the University of Maryland Film Colloquium: “The Filmmaker’s Voice: The Essay Film and the Circulation of Ideas”, on 4th of April.

Her talk, entitled: “Essays Elsewhere” was part of a conference, co-organized by the Film Studies Program and the Graduate Field Committee in Film Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park and The National Gallery of Art. 

Essay film is a hybrid form that crosses boundaries and rests somewhere in between fiction and nonfiction cinema, it also marks the intersection of cultures, arts and politics.

For more information about the event visit the Colloquium website here.

 

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FMA Professor Peter d’Agostino’s projects featured in April

Apr 11-15  Harvestworks Digital Media Center, New York City   

Installation: preview of a work-in-progress

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World-Wide-Walks / between earth & water / ICE is a video – web installation of Peter d’Agostino’s video walks performed at glaciers in Iceland, Alaska & Argentina. These sites at the top and bottom of the globe provide compelling evidence of escalating man-made climatic changes. The World-Wide-Walks explore elements of natural, ?cultural & virtual identities and have been performed on?six continents over the past four decades.

The installation is a three-screen video projection of images, maps, and texts within a surround- sound environment composed by Reese Williams as evolving resonant glacial dynamics. Produced with support from Harvestworks and a grant from Temple’s Center for the Arts. For more information: harvestworks.org 

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April 15, 3:30pm, Temple University Paley Library, Philadelphia
Artists Books from NFS and Tanam Press 1970s – 80s:  Reese Williams in conversation with Peter d’Agostino

Reese Williams, founder of the influential Tanam Press, will discuss 1970s- 80s artists’ books with Professor d’Agostino. Over the course of five years, this press published LP recordings featuring talks by Buckminster Fuller and Susan Sontag, as well as lively individual and collaborative projects from writers and visual and media artists that utilize the page in innovative ways. Playing across genre, the publications from Tanam Press incorporate critical essays, poetry, experimental prose, photography, film, video and television.

San Francisco based NFS Press, co-founded by Lew Thomas and Donna-Lee Philips, published and distributed landmark conceptual photography books. Through a range of critical approaches, the publications looked to understand the implications of the photographic image and how it is has come to shape our relationship with the world.

Peter d’Agostino worked closely with both presses and co-curated, NFS & Tanam Press: 1970s-80s, an exhibition at Printed Matter, NY, the world’s leading source for artists’ books. Books and posters from the exhibition will be on display.  For more information:  Paley Library

PHOTOS:  Photography and Language   Lew Thomas, editor © 1976 cover: Peter d’Agostino
Apparatus Theresa Cha, editor © 1980 cover: Dziga Vertov

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Senior Project Alum’s Film to Premiere in Tribeca Film Festival in April.

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Sweepstakes directed by Temple University’s alumnus, Mark Tumas, has been selected to screen at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival (TFF). The project was made in the Senior Projects class when Tumas was a senior (2012), in the Film and Media Arts Program. The story is about a new mother that faces the life she could have had after her husband suffers a neurological complication. As part of the “Flight Delays” Narrative Short Film Program, Sweepstakes will be screened four times between April 17th and April 27th.

In 2012, Tumas received a Princess Grace Film Honoraria Grant to help fund the film. Sweepstakes was produced by H. Robert Wunder, also a Temple Student, and Rodney Evans, FMA Temple’s professor is the Executive Producer.

The Tribeca Film Festival has become one of the most prestigious film festivals, it is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors. The 2014 TFF edition, will present 58 short films, 29 of which are world premieres. The selections were curated from 3,074 submissions.

For more information about the screenings of Sweepstakes in Tribeca Film Festival visit the festival’s website.

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MFA Student’s work on Episode of “Local, USA,” PBS

leslie2Leslie Koren, a Temple MFA student in Film and Media Arts, is creative producer of “Dying and Dinner Parties,” and “The Morgue,” two documentary shorts released recently as part of an episode on “Local, USA” in conjunction with World Channel.org on PBS in Chicago. “Dying and Dinner Parties” had it’s festival premiere at the Hampton’s International Film Festival and has played at several festivals across the US.

“Local, USA” Series is produced in partnership with WTTW in Chicago, World Channel and Vimeo.com. The series is a half-hour, 13-week series that features fascinating stories of diverse people, culled from public television stations and independent producers from across the country, and curated around a single theme for each program.

Koren’s work is featured in an episode of Local, USA on Death and Dying. The excerpts follow a teenage hospice volunteer as he relays advice from his hospice patients (“The Morgue”); and portrays a dying Brooklyn woman and former hospice worker, as she prepares for her own final journey with dignity, and a dinner party (“Dying and Dinner Parties”). They were produced originally by ThinPlace|Pictures and directed by Lily Henderson.

The project gave Leslie the unique opportunity of gaining entry into the mysterious aspects of death and dying, while also highlighting the altruistic work of diverse Hospice volunteers in the US. Read more about the series here.

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MFA Alumna’s Documentary released by National Black Programming Consortium

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Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich, a Temple MFA student in Film and Media Arts, is director of “A Gentleman’s War,” produced and released this month by the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC).

Founded in 1979, NBPC develops, produces and funds media content about the Black experience for public media sources including television, digital radio and online outlets. Since 1991 the organization has invested more than $10 million dollars in documentary content for public media such as PBS and PBS.org. NPBC also trains, mentors and supports producers, and manages community engagement projects.

“A Gentleman’s War” is a transmedia documentary that presents the sights, sounds and anecdotes of New York’s cricketing community. It features interviews with scholars of the sport, photographs of fans and players, as well as documentary shorts. All the material can be accessed through an interactive web platform designed by Luisa Covaria. The project shows how cricket was cultivated for African Diaspora immigrants, mainly from the Caribbean, who led their teams to participate in professional competitions as the well-respected Metropolitan cricket league.

This innovative project gave Madeleine Hunt the opportunity to present at the 50th anniversary celebration and on C.L.R. James and his classic cricket memoir “Beyond a Boundary.” The conference was hosted by University of Glasgow in Glasgow, Scotland.
To check out the project visit “A Gentleman’s War”´s website here.

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Professor Rea Tajiri’s film Lordville to Premier in the documentary Competition at CAAM FEST

lordvilleLordville, directed by Temple University FMA Professor Rea Tajiri, will have its premier at CAAMFest. The film will be screened March 15th at the Pacific Film Archive Theater in Berkeley, and March 16th at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, in San Francisco.

CAAMFest is organized by the The Center for Asian American Media and is the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films. CAAMFEST has taken place annually since 1982 in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland, where approximately 130 films are exhibited.

Lordville is described by Tajiri as a “meditative documentary that asks what is it means to own the land.” The idea came to her after she purchased property in Lordville, NY, and started reflecting on relationships with the land, its past, and its stories.

“This film is not the typical issue-driven documentary, but is very much an environmental film,” Tajiri explains. She adds that it is essential to consider the work within a context. “In a time that we are rapidly industrializing landscape, it’s an important moment to reflect in our relationship to land, to its history, to how we use it, and to our body’s connection to it”.

For more information about the screenings in CAAMFEST visit the website page here.

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Temple MFA alumni attend the Sundance Film Festival

Dan Van Wert, Lindsey Martin, Ben Kalina, Jen Schneider, Marc d'Agostino

Dan Van Wert, Lindsey Martin, Ben Kalina, Jen Schneider, Marc d’Agostino

Director Ben Kalina and his crew accepted the “2014 Hilton Worldwide LightStay Sustainability Fund & Award” for their film Shored Up in Park City. The prize, launched in 2011 from a partnership between the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Hilton Worldwide Company, is offered annually to up to five documentary film projects focusing on sustainability issues.  Shored Up was selected from up to 1,500 feature film submissions.

The production will receive a $25,000 grant for creative marketing and audience-building, and will be showcased on Hilton Worldwide’s in-room channels and websites at its more than 3,800 hotels in 88 countries, reaching an audience of the more than 250,000,000 guests per year.

Shored Up, the first feature-length film directed by Temple University´s MFA alum Ben Kalina, investigates the impact of rising sea levels on coastal communities in the U.S. The documentary, screened at more than a hundred film festivals and events, was shot by cinematographer Jen Schneider and edited by Marc d’Agostino, both Temple MFA Alumni. Check out the official Shored Up webpage. Read more about the prize here.

MFA alumni Lindsey Martin (director) with Dan Van Wert (producer) screened their short film Love Letter at Slamdance during the same week.

 

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MFA Alum’s Thesis Film To Screen in Slamdance Film Festival in January.

The Slamdance Film Festival announced its Special Screenings, Beyond and Shorts programs for the 20th Festival season. FMA Alum, Lindsey Martin’s (MFA ’12) thesis film, Love Letter, will be screened in the narrative short program.  The story is about a little girl attempts to make sense out of her parents’ divorce, with only scraps of their life together and her imagination to help her.

The expanded short film programs include 62 American and International productions including 24 World, 5 North American and 8 US Premieres. The 2014 Shorts showcase includes Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Anarchy and a new Experimental Program. The 2014 Slamdance Film Festival will take place from January 17th – 23rd, 2014 in Park City, Utah at the Treasure Mountain Inn, located at 255 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060.

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