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Professor Peter d’Agostino presents video installation and paper at the 2015 Balance-Unbalance International Conference

3 pdA DesertsPeter d’Agostino, Professor of Film and Media Arts, Temple University, will present a preview his new video installation, World-Wide-Walks / between earth, sky & water/DESERTS at the Balance-Unbalance 2015 International Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, March 22 – 29.  The theme of the conference is Water, Climate, Place: Re-Imagining Environments and it is aimed to provoke discussion and reflection on how the climate is changing and what our future might hold. At the conference, Professor d’Agostino and David Tafler will also present a paper entitled “Deserts: Crossroads of Natural-Cultural-Virtual Environments during Climatic Changes” on March 28, at 10:30 am.

Professor Peter d’Agostino’s project is conceived as a series of walks exploring natural-cultural-virtual environments in the four major deserts of North America: Chihuahuan, Mojave, Sonoran, and Great Basin. Walks in this Chihuahuan Desert preview installation include: soaptree yucca plants as testaments to natural survival in the desert ecosystem; fields of petroglyphs dating back to the Ancestral Pueblo period (c. 1300 to 1600 CE); and the location of the first Atomic Bomb detonated in 1945 preceding Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Read more about it here.

World-Wide-Walks have been performed on six continents over the past four decades. Initiated in 1973 as The Walk Series, the video “documentation / performances” evolved into video-web projects during the 1990s, and mobile-locative media installations in the 2000s. World-Wide-Walks explore elements of natural, cultural and virtual identities: mixed realities of walking through physical environments and virtually surfing the web. Current projects focus on climate change and the effects of global warming to address concerns for a sustainable future related to ‘glocal’ – global / local – ecologies. A catalogue, Peter d’Agostino: World-Wide-Walks, 1973-2012, is available at Printed Matter, NY and as an ebook – download here.

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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 tfma@temple.edu for more information about to the Film and Media Arts degree programs.

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Employment Opportunities

NOTICE OF FACULTY VACANCY – Fall 2015

Assistant Professor – Screenwriting

Assistant Professor – Post-Production

 

Assistant Professor: Screenwriting (Download the description here)

POSITION: Full-time (non-tenure track) appointment in Film and Media Arts RANK/SALARY: Assistant Professor, non-tenure-track appointment in Film and Media Arts.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

QUALIFICATIONS: FMA seeks a screenwriter to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

The ideal candidate will have professional screenwriting credits for produced films or television, as well as prior teaching experience. Experience in writing for documentary films and other media is also desirable. We are particularly interested in candidates who have a comprehensive knowledge of the theory, as well as the craft, of writing for the screen. Teaching duties will range from introductory to advanced screenwriting courses, as well as possibly Serial Writing and Scene Analysis. The successful candidate will also be expected to advise undergraduates and graduate students on their thesis screenplays. An MFA or equivalent professional experience is required. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience.  The department strongly encourages applications by women and minority candidates.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach undergraduate courses; advise and mentor students; maintain a visible profile of research and/or creative activity; and engage in appropriate service to the department, the university, and the profession.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The Film & Media Arts Department is an internationally recognized program in documentary, independent narrative, and experimental forms. The program encourages a cross-disciplinary mix of theory and practice including hybrid and digital arts production, and a history of producing socially conscious filmmakers.   Film & Media Arts is a member of Temple’s Center for the Arts,

which includes Theater, Tyler School of Art and Boyer College of Music and Dance. It is located on the University’s main campus in the culturally rich and diverse city of Philadelphia. For more information about the department, consult the web site at www.temple.edu/fma. Fall 2013 enrollment in Film and Media Arts is 690 students—653 undergraduate and 37 graduate students—served by 21 full-time and numerous affiliate faculty.  The Departments offers BA and MFA degrees.

APPOINTMENT DATE: Fall 2015

REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS: Begins February 21, 2015; continues until position is filled. Mail or e-mail (1) a letter of application, (2) a current curriculum vitae, (3) representative course syllabi, and (4) names, titles, address, telephone number and e mail addresses of 3 references to:

SUBMIT APPLICATION TO: Search Committee Chair

c/o: Mrs. Florence Palmore Temple University

Tyler School of Art Dean’s Suite, 2nd floor 2001 North 13th Street Philadelphia, PA19122

e-mail: palmore@temple.edu Phone: 215-204-8097

PLEASE DO NOT SEND ADDITIONAL MATERIALS UNTIL REQUESTED. Prepare to send the following additional materials if requested at a later date:

 3-5 confidential letters of recommendation directly from the

  • A statement of the candidate’s teaching
  • Scholarly work samples and a DVD sample of creative work (if appropriate).

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. WOMEN AND MINORITY CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

 


Assistant Professor: Post-Production: (Download the description here)

POSITION: Full-time (non-tenure track) appointment in Film and Media Arts RANK/SALARY: Assistant Professor, non-tenure-track appointment in Film and Media Arts. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

QUALIFICATIONS: FMA seeks a non-tenure track Assistant Professor position to teach Post- Production courses. The ideal candidate should have credits in editing narrative, documentary, experimental, and/or new media. We are particularly interested in candidates who have a comprehensive knowledge of the theory, as well as the craft of, post-production. The ideal candidate will have a strong portfolio of editing his/her own work as well as the work of others. The candidate will teach introductory, advanced and capstone editing courses, as well as possibly teaching color correction; sound editing, mixing, and design; and/or compositing and visual effects. Experience in 2D computer animation is ideal. Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience. An MFA or equivalent professional experience is required. The department strongly encourages applications by women and minority candidates.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach undergraduate courses; advise and mentor students; maintain a visible profile of research and/or creative activity; and engage in appropriate service to the department, the university, and the profession.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The Film & Media Arts Department is an internationally recognized program in documentary, independent narrative, and experimental forms. The program encourages a cross-disciplinary mix of theory and practice including hybrid and digital arts production, and a history of producing socially conscious filmmakers.   Film & Media Arts is a member of Temple’s Center for the Arts,

which includes Theater, Tyler School of Art and Boyer College of Music and Dance. It is located on the University’s main campus in the culturally rich and diverse city of Philadelphia. For more information about the department, consult the web site at www.temple.edu/fma. Fall 2013 enrollment in Film and Media Arts is 690 students—653 undergraduate and 37 graduate students—served by 21 full-time and numerous affiliate faculty.  The Departments offers BA and MFA degrees.

APPOINTMENT DATE: Fall 2015

REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS: Begins February 21, 2015; continues until position is filled. Mail or email (1) a letter of application, (2) a current curriculum vitae, (3) representative course syllabi, and (4) names, titles, address, telephone number and e mail addresses of 3 references to:

SUBMIT APPLICATION TO: Search Committee Chair

c/o: Mrs. Florence Palmore Temple University

Tyler School of Art Dean’s Suite, 2nd floor 2001 North 13th Street Philadelphia, PA19122

e-mail: palmore@temple.edu

Phone:  215-204-8097; Fax 215-204-5528

PLEASE DO NOT SEND ADDITIONAL MATERIALS UNTIL REQUESTED. Prepare to send the following additional materials if requested at a later date:

 3-5 confidential letters of recommendation directly from the

  • A statement of the candidate’s teaching
  • Scholarly work samples and a DVD sample of creative work (if appropriate).

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. WOMEN AND MINORITY CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

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Emerging Documentary Practices Symposium and Exhibition– Call for papers, proposals and creative work

An interdisciplinary one-day symposium and exhibition about how emerging technologies are transforming nonfiction image-making practices in cinema, art and ethnography will be held at Temple University, Friday April 3, 2015.

Deadline For Proposals: (EXTENDED DEADLINE) January 17, 2015.

The Department of Film and Media Arts (FMA) at Temple University is delighted to host a one-day interdisciplinary symposium on Emerging Documentary Practices. The symposium is particularly focused on documentary forms that use interactivity, locative and mobile technologies in innovative ways to transform the concepts and practices of documentary cinema and media arts.

The symposium welcomes documentary practitioners from across fields of social sciences, humanities and arts, from ethnographers to eco-poets. Interweaving choices of content and of form, a new generation of practitioners is reaching across creative and scholarly disciplines. This symposium embraces this discourse on theoretical and practical levels. The conversions are presented concurrently with an exhibition of documentary works using interactivity and other innovative practices.

The goal of the symposium is to stimulate. Each session will be launched with a keynote followed by lightning talks/challenges to the panel to stimulate open conversation. Proposals will be peer reviewed. Related papers and may be distributed in advance to participants.

The symposium is complemented by a multi-kiosk exhibition offering speakers and others opportunities to exhibit works in the curated, peer reviewed show. The kiosks that will be available for viewing on the day and throughout the week. Longer papers supporting the discussions may also be linked, and participants may later be invited for to offer submissions for publication. The symposium is sponsored by Temple University’s Department of Film and Media Arts, the Center for Humanities at Temple(CHAT) and Temple Libraries.

Primary themes include:

  • SPATIAL PRACTICES
    e.g. geo-spatial mapping and storytelling; actual and augmented sites of memory; spatial poetics; infrastructure, industrialization and climate change; actual and imaginary cities.
  • SOCIAL PRACTICES
    e.g. forging community; bringing diversity and indigenous voices;oral histories and imagined futures; performing and protesting through social media; user generated works.
  • EMBODIED PERFORMANCE
    e.g. computer materiality and embodied actions of making, viewing; story-telling through web series, live feeds and digital happenings; practical implications of using alternative and interactive software like Korkasow, Mozilla Popcorn, Zeega, or Moviestorm upon how stories are told and image edited; the body as a source of data; disembodiment and narrative fracture.

PROPOSAL INSTRUCTIONS

Proposals for participation, short papers/provocations/questions (5-7 minutes) and the digital exhibition of works on the dedicated kiosks should consist of a proposal statement  (max 500 words), a URL if available/relevant, and brief biographic statement (max 150 words). Proposals that include a combination of talks AND multimedia works for exhibition or a paper to distribute to participants are welcome.

 Submissions should be sent in electronic form to:  edocs@temple.edu

 Questions can be directed to FMA Faculty Organizers Roderick Coover (rcooverfma@gmail.com) and LeAnn Erickson (LeahDempsey@temple.edu)

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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 http://nextframe.org/movie-room/. 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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