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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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John Chaney: The Wise Old Owl Documentary

I am seeking a film crew to shoot a documentary about Temple Legend and Hall of Fame coach John Chaney. You must have your own camera and sound equipment with preferably some documentary experience. Production will start in Feb. on TU campus and this will be an amazing opportunity for the right candidates. There is a paid gig. Please send a link to your reel to or email me for any questions.

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Program and Project Specialist Leonard Guercio To Screen at Villanova University on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

FMA program and project specialist Leonard Guercio will be featured in an annual event that focuses on scholarship about Italian-American history, culture and the immigrant experience: The Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Endowed Distinguished Speaker Series Lecture at Villanova University on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7:00 p.m. .
As an independent artist, Guercio has worked as a writer, producer, director and editor in various media—including film, experimental video, television, print, web and music. He has also worked as a film presenter for such Philadelphia cultural organizations as the America-Italy Society, Film at International House, Talk Cinema and the Italian Consulate.

At this event, Guercio will be screening two of his short films—one entitled “Tiramisù” and the other a short documentary about St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish in South Philadelphia. Guercio will also give a talk to accompany the film screening, titled “Italian-American Identity: the Media, the Mafia, and the Message.” If time permits, a Q&A session will follow the talk.

In 2007, Guercio was invited to present his short film, “Tiramisù” at the Pesaro International Film Festival in Pesaro, Italy. “Tiramisù” opened a retrospective of New Italian-American Cinema, which included feature films by John Turturro, Steve Buscemi and Nancy Savoca, among others. Guercio says, “Like the Italian dessert, “Tiramisù” is a semi-sweet cinematic contrivance with a twist ending. The film tells an uplifting story of love, responsibility and commitment through the lives of an Italian-American family and their friends.” Also, Guercio co-wrote and produced a 10-minute documentary celebrating the 100th anniversary of St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church in South Philadelphia, one of the few remaining Italian national parishes in the United States.
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Call for Documentary Preproduction Research

Call for Documentary Preproduction Research*
Submission Deadline: December 3, 2012 (received by coordinator)

The Documentary Division of the Broadcast Education Association is accepting Preproduction Research Proposals for documentary projects that are not yet in production. The primary author (if more than one) of the top research proposal will be invited to pitch their project at the Documentary Division’s Paper Session during the convention and receive feedback from the audience. This year, the research/pitch competition winner will receive $100 to help kick-start their documentary project!

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59th Annual Convention | 12th Annual Festival of Media Arts – Call for Papers

The Broadcast Education Association invites scholarly papers from academics, students and professionals for presentation at BEA2014 in Las Vegas.
Papers must be submitted by 11:59 p.p. EDT on December 1st
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InVisible Culture Issue 21: “Pursuit” – Call for papers and artwork

For its twenty-first issue,  InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture invites scholarly articles and creative works that address the topic of pursuit. We encourage authors and artists to reflect on the meaning and mechanics of pursuit across broad ranging phenomena.

As of Fall 2007,  InVisible Culture is a peer-reviewed journal and publishes on a semiannual basis, fall and spring. Each issue of InVisible Culture is is based on a theme.

We welcome papers and artworks that address. For more information visit:

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The AC Institute – Calls For Papers, Deadline: 12/31/14

The AC Institute is accepting submissions for academic manuscripts, critical theory and innovative texts and essays or collections of essays that investigate art and its many disciplines. Please follow the submissions guidelines found at Questions? Contact:

Since 2009 the AC Institute has been publishing catalogs and experimental critiques and unique edited volumes. Through our imprint, AC Books, we now have select titles distributed by R.A.M publications + distribution.

Our mission is to advance the understanding of the arts through investigation, research and education. It is a lab and forum for experimentation and critical discussion. We support and develop projects that explore a performative exchange across visual, sonic, verbal and experiential disciplines. We encourage critical writing that challenges conventional expectations of meaning and object.

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The VASA Journal on Images and – Call for Papers

The VASA Journal on Images and Culture (VJIC) is inviting proposals for future issues addressing the following call topics: photography, digital media art, media and visual literacy, and visual culture, especially from individuals such as: curators, critics, historians, creative artist, activists, designers, and theorists. VJIC is a non-commerical publication that is international, online, open, and free.

For submission requirements, please visit:

For more information about VJIC, visit: or email Editor Roberto Muffoletto:



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Momma Tried Magazine is now considering articles for publication, Deadline: 01/05/14

Momma Tried, a print-only conceptual nudie mag exhibiting art, writing, subversive humor, and non-heteronormative perspectives on sexuality, is accepting submissions for our second issue. Works that contain nudity or sexual themes are welcome, but not a requirement.

Momma Tried magazine primarily publishes works of non-fiction and creative non-fiction including journalism, essays, reviews, science writing, creative criticism/cultural criticism, and many categories in between. Most importantly, we are looking for writing that pushes boundaries in its content, form, or both. For submissions longer than 8,000 words, please send a query email. There is a limit to 2 works of non-fiction per submission Files should be DOC or PDF formats. Please include the titles of all included works as well as word counts, where necessary, in the body of your submissions email. Submit to /

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