The Film and Media Arts Department is continually involved in a wide variety of film projects, keeping its students and faculty current on industry developments while maintaining strong ties with cinema professionals.
Temple Film and Media Arts students continue to rank first in the country’s most important student film competitions.
In 2008, an MFA student’s widescreen super-16 mm dramatic film won first place as the Best Student Film in the United States and Canada, being named the 2008 Eastman Scholar Gold Award Winner in the prestigious Eastman Scholar national competition. Another student won the 2008 Best Feature Film Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance, one of the major alternative independent festivals to Sundance, with a film that also was nominated for a Gotham Award and screened at the Museum of Modern Art. A third student was a finalist in the documentary category for the 2008 Student Academy Awards. MFA alumna Heidi Saman’s dramatic production The Maid, filmed in Egypt, premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival as one of 17 juried student films from around the world and was a Princess Grace Honoree (The Grace Kelly Foundation).
Faculty members are award-winning filmmakers whose works are shown internationally.
- Faculty work has premiered at international film festivals in Venice, Italy; Athens, Greece; Sofia, Bulgaria; New York, New York; Dallas, Texas; Provincetown, Massachusetts; Athens, Ohio; and in the Republic of Moldova. Their projects have been shot around the world, from Sri Lanka to Puerto Rico toParis.
- Faculty films have debuted or been screened at such sites as the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Film Forum in Los Angeles; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the African American Museum, Hahnemann Hospital, Drexel University, and Horizon House in Philadelphia; the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York; Cornell Cinema, in Ithaca, New York; the Creative Alliance in Baltimore; the Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; and the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives, the Brooklyn Museum, the Kitchen, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
- Faculty films have been programmed as part of numerous national and international arts and film festivals, including the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Fukuoka International Film Festival, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, DeREEL Independent Film Festival, Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, and the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival.
- Faculty documentaries have examined such subjects as civil rights, homelessness in Philadelphia, the life stories of prisoners, the hidden history of women who developed computer technology during World War II, the 2004 Sri Lanka tsunami, a portrait of the country’s most prominent living African American, and Old Faithful.
- Faculty produce media installations and exhibits, create experimental animation and study the use of narrative in interactive gaming environments. They have spearheaded such projects as digitally remastering television episodes for distribution via web sites and iTunes and have co-produced a video tour project for the city of Philadelphia.
- Award-winning articles, essays and reviews written by FMA professors have been published in Cinema Journal, Screen, Scope, Film Quarterly, Visual Studies, Studies in Visual Communication, Critical Communication Review, American Anthropologist and Script & Pitch Insights, which is sponsored by the Media Committee of the European Union.
- FMA faculty have presented papers and lectures at the International Screen Studies Conference; the University Film and Video Association Conference; the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference; the International Symposium on Electronic Arts in Singapore; the Electronic Literature Organization conference in Vancouver, Washington; and the Media Development and Policy Symposium at the University of Shanghai.
- Faculty members have published books with the Cambridge University Press, Indiana University Press, the University of Michigan Press, and the University of Illinois Press. They have contributed chapters for books published by Routledge, Oxford University Press, Rutgers University Press, the University of Minnesota Press, the University of Georgia Press, and Yeditepe University Press in Turkey.
- FMA professors also have received fellowships and support from the Sundance Institute, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Fulbright, Howard, Jerome, Onassis, Alexander von Humboldt, Rockefeller, Guggenheim and Annenberg foundations.