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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: 

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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.


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 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 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


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 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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Guidelines for Ordering Cords, Sashes and Stoles at 2014 Commencement and Graduation Ceremonies

Temple University is proud of its graduates. In addition to the traditional regalia (cap and gown) at Commencement and Graduation ceremonies, students who excel academically are entitled to wear cords reserved for Latin Honors, university honors and other honors programs and honor societies. Sashes and stoles may be worn by students wishing to recognize their affiliation with the following: student-athletes, participants in study abroad, international students, Greek organizations and university approved student service or academic organizations.

Guidelines for ordering sashes:

  • maximum length is 6 feet
  • maximum width is 5 inches
  • designs which utilize the Temple T must be approved by Creative Services (we will submit your request and inform you if your design is approved).

Below are sample websites for ordering these items:

Requests for approval to wear cords or sashes must be submitted by the student or service organization’s advisor or leader to byApril 12, 2014. Please include the following information in your email request:

  • Name of requester
  • Email contact
  • Organization or affiliation
  • Advisor/leader name
  • Type of item (Sash, Stole or Cord)
  • Full Description of item and proposed design
  • URL of product to be ordered (photo or image of proposed sash required)

You will receive a response within five days of your request.

If you have any questions, please contact Kisha Hence at

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Academy-Awarded Temple Alumni Documentaries To Screen at IHP, Jan. 8

adamThis edition of the Archive Fever 5.0 features three Temple University Student Academy Award Winners for Documentary Film: “You see, I`ve had a life”, directed by Ben Levin, “Through Adam`s eyes”, directed by Bob Saget and “Beyond imagining”, directed by Wendy Weinberg. The program was curated by Program & Project Specialist at Temple University’s Center for the Arts, Leonard Guercio, who also works as independent artist and film presenter for such Philadelphia cultural organizations as the International House, Talk Cinema, the Italian Consulate and America-Italy Society.

The documentaries were selected for being essential in consolidating the prestige of Film and Media Arts program at Temple University. Below are the synopses of the films. The exhibits will be on Wednesday, January 8th and admission is free. For more information, please visit the International House of Philadelphia`s website here.

dir. Ben Levin, USA, 1973, 16mm, 30 min. 
Ben Levin sensitively chronicles the life of 14-year-old Paul, diagnosed with leukemia, as he contemplates and confronts the disease and its fatal outcome.

dir. Bob Saget, USA, 1978, 16mm, 12 min.
Bob Saget documented his young nephew Adam, born with a genetic facial disfigurement, as he courageously undergoes facial reconstructive surgery.

dir. Wendy Weinberg USA, 1992, 16mm, 30min. 
In 1914, Margaret Anderson founded the Little Review and, fighting against the pressures of censorship and limited funds, introduced readers to the literary works of Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein and James Joyce, among other notables.

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FMA Alum’s film competing to be Indiewire Project of the week

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“Pine Tree”, a project that will be directed by Adam Evans, a Senior Student in Film and Media Arts Temple Program, was highlighted in the “Project of the Day” Column on the website Indiewire and is competing to be a Project of the Week. “Pine Tree” is short film about Ryan, an obsessive carpenter who is forced to reevaluate his life when his latest creation, a beautifully crafted table, begins to speak.

Indiewire features everyday a film in progress and during the week these projects can be voted and elected the Project of the Week. The winning filmmaker will receive a digital distribution consultation from SnagFilms and will become a candidate for Project of the Month. That winner will be awarded with a creative consultation from the fine folks at the Tribeca Film Institute!

Adam Evans is an award winning producer and director, whose work includes a self- distributed documentary short “Meta: The Culture of IPL” that was viewed worldwide. He has also produced 2012 Freese Foundation Award Winning shorts “Recipes From Yuiza’s Kitchen” and “The Witmans.” He is also a published writer and contributor to multiple award winning websites. “Pine Tree” team includes also Jaime Sweet (One of the Guys, Recipes From Yuiza’s Kitchen), Benjamin Davis (Driving Not Knowing), Jacob Berman, Craig Hacker, as Producers,  David Dominguez (Sweepstakes) as  Cinematographer, Joe Lee (The Witmans) as Editor and Brianna Didyoung as Art Director.

To vote for “Pine Tree”, visit Firewire`s  website here.



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