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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

pine tree

“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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Also click here for Parking Pass and the directions to Villanova University.

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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
For more information visit:

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