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New Undergraduate FMA Curriculum now offers BA and BFA degrees

2012_05_04 SCT Camera Olympics and Video InstallationThe Department of Film and Media Arts (FMA) is expanding its undergraduate program to offer a new Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in addition to a more focused Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The new BFA will offer concentrations in Directing, Media Arts and Screenwriting for intensive arts education. The new more focused BA will offer concentrations in Cinematography, Post-Production, Producing and Screen Studies, allowing for specialized study within a liberal arts context. Additionally, the department has added a Minor in Screen Studies, that will be available to students across the University.

The department’s tiered programs offer options for students to pursue a degree in Film and Media Arts to their level of interest. FMA undergraduate students, who have completed two years of coursework, may apply to the BFA program or the BA with concentrations in Cinematography, Post-Production and Producing. The BFA requires a minimum of 70 credits of FMA instruction, while the BA with production concentrations requires 60 credits in the department. Students can also pursue the new concentration in Screen Studies which explores the history, cultural significance, and aesthetics of film. The department also offers a BA without a concentration for students who want flexibility in their studies. The new range of degree programs will better prepare undergraduates for the increased competitiveness and professional opportunities in the film and media arts industry.

The Film and Media Arts BA and BFA programs focus on the development of creative and technical skills in film, video, audio, and new media, as well as the theoretical understanding of media and culture. Students have the opportunity to explore diverse practices in the arts, as well such areas as Anthropology, Business, English, Religion, and African-American Studies. In addition, study away and internship programs provide professional mentoring, networking opportunities and career work experiences.

The Department of Film and Media Arts is composed of a diverse and recognized faculty of scholars and award winning filmmakers and media producers recipients of prizes such as: Oscar, Emmy, Guggenheim, Rockefeller, NEA, Fulbright, Sundance and international film festival awards. With Study Away programs in Los Angeles and San Francisco, the department offers many opportunities for experiential learning through internships and special programs. The department also brings in guest media makers and visiting professors from diverse backgrounds for special lectures and workshops.

By learning diverse approaches to production and theory, undergraduates are prepared to produce independent media work, assume creative leadership roles in the entertainment industry or pursue further studies, while making a significant impact on the culture in which they live.

Students interested in these new programs should contact their advisor for more information on program requirements and the application process. Prospective students should email for more information about to the Film and Media Arts degree programs.

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MFA Candidate Israel Vasquez Selected as Sundance | Knight Fellow

2014 New Frontier Flash Lab, Miami, Photo by Michael ToledoTemple University MFA candidate Israel Vasquez has been named a 2015 Sundance | Knight Fellow; this prestigious fellowship, offered by Sundance Institute in partnership with John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, offers support and opportunities to emerging filmmakers. Fellows will participate in special screenings, panels and professional development opportunities at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Israel Vasquez is a student in the Department of Film and Media Arts’ Masters of Fine Arts program. He is currently in post-production for his thesis film Sun Dog, an impressionistic drama set amidst the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and is developing his first feature-length screenplay, Oscoda. Sun Dog, filmed in Temple’s Randall Theater, features actors from Temple’s Theater program.

The Knight Fellows Project selects emerging filmmakers from eight U.S. cities to attend creative workshops with film experts from Sundance Institute. Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Institute provides space for artists in film, theatre, film composing, and digital media to create and thrive including the Sundance Film Festival, one of the most important platform for American and international independent film.

Philadelphia is one of the two cities selected for the inaugural Knight Fellows Project, which sought filmmakers that offer new voices and perspectives in Miami and Philadelphia. This year’s fellows will meet with 2014 Knight Fellows, including alumnus Heidi Saman (TFM ‘07), who was recently named as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine.”

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Alumnus Tom Grahsler’s documentary Welcome to Deathfest premieres in Philadelphia at PhilaMOCA

welcome to deathfestDirected and produced by Temple University alumnus Tom Grahsler, Welcome to Deathfest is a feature documentary chronicling Maryland Deathfest, the largest independent extreme music festival in North America. The film takes a behind ­the ­scenes look at one of the few remaining major music festivals in America that eschews corporate sponsorship.

Grahsler and his crew spent months filming Maryland Deathfest founders Ryan Taylor and Evan Harting as they pulled off the hugely successful festival against seemingly insurmountable odds, securing performances by legendary metal bands like Bolt Thrower, Sleep and Carcass. The documentary includes exclusive interviews with musicians such as Phil Anselmo (Down/Pantera), Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer) and Matt Pike (Sleep/High on Fire); music journalists Lars Gotrich of NPR Music and “Grim” Kim Kelley of Vice; and fans from the world over.

Welcome to Deathfest  premieres on Friday, December 12  at PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123. The multimedia event begins at 8:00 pm with DJ Glenzig. The film starts at 9:00 pm and is immediately followed by sets from Philadelphia’s own Night Raids. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. The event is all­-ages.

Watch the trailer of the documentary here.


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NextFrame International Student Film Festival announces 2014 finalists

next_frame_logo-1024x351We are proud to announce our NextFrame International Student Film Festival Selections for our 2014 festival season! Our selected films are now being shown in our virtual movie room at Winners will be selected and announced in the upcoming months. More information about a physical screening will be announced soon.

Temple University’s NextFrame, a student run, online film competition, celebrates the work of students from many versatile backgrounds. Dedicated to the artistic vision of young filmmakers everywhere and the use of emerging technology, NextFrame provides an easy to access festival platform for the work of all undergraduate and graduate filmmakers.

 Congratulations to all finalists, and thank you to all who submitted their beautiful work.

Our 2014 Festival Selections: Narrative

Timothy by Marc Martínez Jordán

Typist by Sergey Vlasov

Dentro del túnel (Into The Tunnel) by Sergio Román

Maquette 1:1000 by Doris Chiaching Lin

The Viewers by Docteur Pierre-Loup

Our 2014 Festival Selections: Documentary

Hip-Hop, mi desahogo (my release) by Simon Rasing

Skile by Sara Markovic

The Columbarium by Tyler Trumbo

The Round Barns of Vernon County by Shahin Izadi

Misophonia by Marianne Skovdahl

Streets To Cal Our Own by Kara Lieff

Our 2014 Festival Selections: Animation

Image by Yousef Jafary

(In Her Footsteps) בצעדיה by Michal Shpiegelglas and Inbal Ochyon

Umbra by Pedro Atienzar

Gerdas Veg (Gerda’s Way) by Jérémy Pailler

Our 2014 Festival Selections: Experimental

Instalife by Benjamin Rost and Alex Schuster

Tub by Gloria Endres de Oliveira

080 Язык ветвей (The language of branches) by Konstantin Vihrev-Smirnov


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MFA Temple Student Selected to Participate in Chile Factory, a Directors’ Fortnight Project

chile_factory3_.jpgManuela Martelli, MFA Candidate in Film and Media Arts at Temple or Temple Alumnus was selected to participate in Chile Factory a project that will produce a feature film to be premiered at 2015 Cannes Film Festival and the 22nd Valdivia Film Fest program. Chile Factory is a partnership between the Directors’ Fortnight, an independent festival held in parallel to the Cannes Film Festival, and CinemaChile, Chilean film promotion agency.

An award-winning Chilean actress and director, Manuela Martelli is part of a collective of eight filmmakers, four of whom are Chilean, who will create a feature-length film for presentation in 2015. The Chilean directors will each work with four international directors to create a short film which will later form a full-length piece. The foreign filmmakers are Sara Rastegar (France/Iran), Ofir Raul Grazier (Israel/Germany), Amirah Tajdin (Kenya/Dubai) and Mariko Saga (Japan/Poland).

Martelli is best known for her appearances in feature films as Machuca  (2004, Andres Wood) and more recently  in Il futuro (2013, Alicia Scherson). As a director, she debuted internationally with her short film Apnea, in the  LatinAmerican Short Films Category at Valdivia Film Fest in which she is also featured as an actress in feature film Dos Disparos (2014, Martin Rejtman).

Apnea was produced during Martelli’s first year at Temple University.

For more information about the Chile Factory, click here.


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Professor Peter d’Agostino’s Experimental Video and Multi-Media course hosts lectures by visiting scholar Gabriel Villota and artist Estibaliz Sádaba

03 pdA @300 Nov 19On Wednesday, November 19, the Film and Media Arts Lecture Series will welcome two internationally recognized scholars and video artists: Visiting Scholar Gabriel Villota and video artist Estibaliz Sádaba. Hosted by Professor Peter d’Agostino’s Experimental Video and Multi-Media course,  Villota and Sádaba will present on experimental video performance. Professor Villota’s presentation is titled “Sound, Space, Performance: The Human Body as represented in works of New Dance, Video Performance and Sound Art.” Sádaba will present “A Selection of Performance / Experimental Video Works” showcasing her work. The presentation begins at 5:30 pm in Annenberg Hall Rm. 19 and is open to all students.

Villota is an Associate Professor, Visual Communication Department UPV/EHU, Basque Country University and a Visiting Scholar (Fall 2014), in the FMA Department of Temple University. Dr Villota is a critic, curator and producer who surveys a wide range of contemporary art. His current focus is on the relationship of the human body and surrounding space in works of new dance and video performance, with a special emphasis on the use of sound elements. He has been the recipient of several grants for his research, and was a visiting scholar at the Performance Studies Department, Tisch School for the Arts, NYU, and the Basque Studies Program, Nevada University, Reno. Gabriel Villota was Director of Cultural Activities, the Basque Country University (2010-13) coordinating the exhibitions, film, music and theater programs. His curatorial work extends to museums and galleries in Spain, France and Belgium.

Sádaba studies and deconstructs stereotypes of women using video-performance. Through the analysis of cultural politics she shows women in the art world, as an “intellectual proletarian”. An independent videomaker and visual artist, she is the recipient of several grants and her work has appeared on public television. Her international exhibitions include: La internacional cuir, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; RE.act.feminism#2, Berlin, Fundación Antoni Tapies; Fábulas problemáticas, AECID, Chile, Argentina; Caras B del video arte, Seoul, Sydney; Region 0, New York, Washington DC; Genealogías feministas en el arte español, Musac, Leon.

FMA Lecture Series: Experimental Video Performance with Gabriel Villota and Estibaliz Sádaba presented on Wednesday, November 19 at 5:30 pm in Annenberg Hall, Room 19.


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Professor Cagle Published in New Book about the History of Cinematography; Presents at Conferences

cagle bookTemple University Professor Chris Cagle of the Department of Film and Media Studies published an essay on classical Hollywood cinematography from 1928-1946 in Cinematography, a book edited by Trinity University’s Patrick Keating and published by Rutgers University Press(RUP). The book is part of the RUP’s Behind the Silver Screen Series; each volume is on a separate craft in Hollywood filmmaking.

This summer, Professor Cagle also presented papers on contemporary European documentary films and practices at two conferences: the 2014 European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS), and the 24th International Screen Studies Conference.

NECS Conference took place in June in Milan, Italy. NECS is a platform for exchange between scholars, archivists and programmers. The annual conference aims is to foster innovative research in film and media theory, history and practice and to provide a forum for communication, exchange and scholarly debate, to support young and early-career researchers, and to establish film and media studies as a dynamic and important part of the arts and humanities research in Europe.

Organized by the journal Screen, the 24th International Screen Studies Conference took place in June at the University of Glasgow. The main theme of this year’s Screen conference offered an opportunity to extend critical debate into the fields of landscape and the environment, with an exciting range of interdisciplinary perspectives to reflect on the real and imaginary ways that we interact with the world through the portal of the screen.

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Professor LeAnn documentary screened at Filmadelphia Series

TSR_Poster Leann Top secre posterTemple University professor LeAnn Erickson had the Philadelphia premiere of  her award winning documentary
 Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII (2010) on September 16, as part of the Filmadelphia series, an event produced by the Philadelphia Film Society.

Top Secret Rosies shares the little known story of a group of female mathematicians who did secret ballistics research for the US Army during WWII, a handful of whom went on to serve as the programmers of ENIAC, the first multi-purpose electronic computer. Top Secret Rosies was featured on CNN online, was screened on public television and has won awards in national film festivals.

Filmadelphia at the Roxy is a monthly film series at the PFS Theater at the Roxy that provides avenue for local filmmakers of all ages, levels and backgrounds to showcase their work and elicit audience feedback.

The successful documentary was adapted into a book app project, The Computer Wore Heels, for iPad, which Professor Erickson completed and released in August. Read more about the The Computer Wore Heels bookapp here.

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Temple University Student Wins 2014 Princess Grace Award

Prince Grace Awards

Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich, a second year student of the MFA Program in Film and Media Arts, received the prestigious 2014 Graduate Film Scholarship award from the Princess Grace Foundation. This year the Princess Grace Foundation honored forty-two emerging artists, including twelve graduate and undergraduate film students. The Princess Grace Foundation (PGF) receives applicants from the most important film schools in the United States and the PGF Awards are one of the most competitive film awards in the country.

Hunt-Ehrlich is a documentarian working in film, video, photography and multimedia in service to the marginalized and the underrepresented. She is a current Future Faculty Fellow and MFA candidate in Film and Media Arts at Temple University. She has completed documentaries in Philadelphia, New York, Miami, and Kingston, Jamaica that explore themes of physicality, violence, and identity within urban contexts. Hunt-Erlich has received arts grants from Temple University, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as well as the National Black Programming Consortium.

The Princess Grace Foundation is engaged in rewarding emerging talent in theater, dance, and film by scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships in the United States. This year, the Foundation is awarding nearly $1 million to continue the legacy of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, who helped emerging artists pursue their artistic goals during her lifetime.

Madeleine Hunt-Erlich will receive her award in Los Angeles at the 32nd Annual Princess Grace Awards Gala held in the presence of Their Serene Highnesses The Prince and The Princess of Monaco on October 8, 2014.

Temple University students have repeatedly been honored by the Princess Grace Foundation, receiving six awards in the last nine years. A complete list of winners from Temple University’s Department of Film and Media Arts is below.

2014 Princess Grace Foundation Award Winner:

Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich (graduate award)

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Previous Princess Grace Foundation Award Winners:

David Romberg (graduate award, 2013)
Fiona Otway (graduate award, 2012)
Mark Tumas (undergraduate award, 2012)
Chinonye Chukwu (graduate award, 2009)
Heidi Saman (graduate award, 2006)
Karen Carpenter (graduate award, 2005)
Melissa Thompson (graduate award, 1999)

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MFA Alum’s Documentary Film receives North American Premiere at TIFF

los anos de fierro - FINALThe Years of Fierro (Los Años de Fierro), directed by Santiago Esteinou, an FMA alumnus, was screened at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), as part of the TIFF Docs, a showcase of the best non-fiction cinema. With more than 250 national and international movies screened annually, TIFF is an important opportunity for films looking for distribution and publicity.

Estienou’s MFA thesis film, The Years of Fierro, tells a story of Cesar Fierro, the oldest Mexican prisoner on death row in the United States. César has waited for an execution date, in solitary confinement, for more than 30 years, always insisting that he is innocent. This documentary is a reflection on justice, imprisonment and brotherly love, through the eyes of César and his brother, Sergio. These two brothers still hope to meet again, no matter the time or the distance.

Esteinou is originally from Mexico City and received his Master’s in Fine Arts from Temple University in 2013. Santiago Esteinou also studied at Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico and New York University. He directed the documentary Chronic Pain (‘08).

The Years of Fierro was a coproduction of Germany, Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The film was awarded in Santiago Documentary Festival of this year. It was also screened at Morelia International Film Festival, in 2013 and in 2014 at Guadalajara International Film Festival and Thessaloniki Documentary Festival.

The Toronto International Film Festival ran from September 4-14 and The Years of Fierro was exhibited on September 5, 9, & 14, 2014. Check out The Years of Fierro trailer here or read about the film on IndieWire and The Hollywood Reporter.

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