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FMA Alum’s Film Finalists for the Student Academy Award

sweep Sweepstakes is a finalist for the Student Academy Award. Directed by Mark Tumas when he was a senior student in the Film and Media Arts Undergraduate Program, the short film tells the story of a new mother who reflects about the life she could have had after her husband have suffered a neurological complication.

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Temple’s MFA thesis film is a Platinum Remi Award winner at the 47th Worldfest-Houston

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Maquette 1:1000 directed by Doris Chia-ching Lin (’12 MFA), a FMA Temple University’s alumnus is a Platinum Remi Award winner at the 47th Worldfest-Houston. WorldFest is one of the oldest and largest film & video competitions in the world, it was founded over 50 years ago as Cinema Arts, an International Film Society in August, 1961. WorldFest became the third competitive international film festival in North America, following San Francisco and New York.

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FMA Alumni To Screen at Philadelphia Film Society’s Filmadelphia at the Roxy on Dec 17.

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Next month The Philadelphia Film Society will screen two recent films made by Temple FMA Alumni’s work, SWEEPSTAKES, directed by Mark Tumas and GUESTS OF A NATION, Directed by Daniel Speers, Written by Alexandra Gibson. The screening is on Tuesday, Dec. 17th at 7:30pm as part of the Filmadelphia at the Roxy monthly series (2023 Sansom St).

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FMA Alum Receives Pew Fellowship in the Arts

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MFA Alum J. Louise Makary (MFA ’13) was awarded with the Pew Fellowship this year. She describes her work with films as a platform to explore, critique, and dissect narratives and their uses, her films combine dance, still photography, and experimental techniques, introducing unexpected, challenging elements into traditional narrative structure. She is particularly invested in historical narrative—a concern that arose during her time as artist-in-residence with the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks. She shot two subsequent films, Bùxíng and Paloma and Raúl in San Seriffe, at the Powel House, an eighteenth-century historical landmark building in Philadelphia.Her current work-in-progress is Sung’s Pilgrims, a film in which historical re-enactors find their role-playing options limited by race or ethnicity, and what can happen when an actor resists portraying the roles that historical record demands.

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MFA Alumni Collaboration Documentary Feature, Shored Up, Broadcast on DirecTV Audience

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Shored Up, a documentary feature film collaborated by FMA alumni – directed by Ben Kalina (MFA ’11) and edited by Marc D ´Agostino (MFA ’10) – was nationally broadcast on DirecTV Audience Network on October 24th. The documentary explores the Army Corps’ controversial and ongoing beach replenishment project along the New Jersey Shore, it takes us to the heart of this climate change controversy, following communities in New Jersey and North Carolina where politics, economics and science collide. Beginning three years before Sandy hit and following the debates over beach replenishment and other attempts to hold back the sea, Shored Up is a convincing call for action along our coasts.

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MFA Alum Receives 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship

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Sonali Gulati, MFA alum from 2008 from India, current associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Photography and Film was announced today for receiving 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship. In its eighty-ninth annual competition for the United States and Canada, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded Fellowships to a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.

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FMA Alum’s New Film to Premiere at Ann Arbor Film Festival

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Laska Jimsen’s (MFA ’07) new film, Beaver Creek Yard, is premiering opening night at Ann Arbor Film Festival on Tuesday, Mar 19th.

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Beaver Creek Yard is about a place, a Christmas tree processing facility on Beaver Creek Road, and also about the human impulse to control, exploit, and profit from the natural world. -LJ

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FMA Alum Receives 2013-14 Mary MacKall Gwinn Hodder Fellowship.

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FMA Alum Chinonye Chukwu (MFA ’10) receives Mary MacKall Gwinn Hodder Fellowship from The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University for the 2013-14 academic year, among with other recipients: poet Katy E. Didden, writer Adam Ross, and choreographer Pam Tanowitz. The 2013-14 HOdder Fellows were chosen from a pool of over 1,100 applicants to receive this award, created to provide artists and humanists in the early stages of their career a period of “studious leisure” to undertake significant new work.

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FMA Alumnus Wins Oscar for Film Editing

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At about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday evening, Sandra Bullock opened the envelope.

“And the Oscar goes to,” she said as she tore, “William Goldenberg, ‘Argo.’”

With those eight words, veteran film editor and Temple alumnus William Goldenberg, BA FMA ’82, won an Academy Award for “Best Film Editing” from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the 85th annual Academy Awards ceremony Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

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{ON THE ROAD} MFA Thesis FIlm Screening at IHP on Feb 17th.

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Filmmakers (and alumni from the Center for the Arts’ Dept of Film & Media Arts) Joseph Kraemer, Doris Chia-Ching Lin, Alina Postula, Jonathan Barr, and Alessandro Zangirolami, are delighted to host a showcase of their latest narrative short films February 17 at 2 p.m., at the International House of Philadelphia. The event, titled On the road, will trace the inexorable journey of characters in a desperate search of a name. A name for themselves, their uncomfortable spaces, their estranged objects. A name for their very own complex paths.

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