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Happenings in the documentary film world and within the School of Visual Arts MFA in Social Documentary Film Community

t21 Announces Winners of The Best of Student Docs 2010 Contest

Telegraph 21, the innovative website for documentary filmmakers, announced the winners of its Best of Student Docs 2010 contest. Winners were selected in two categories: Short Doc (under 15 min) and Feature Doc (15-60min). The winners are:

  • The Time Machine by Mark Kendall, School of Visual Arts – Short Documentary Winner
  • Tightly Knit by Jenni Nelson, Stanford University – Short Documentary Runner-Up
  • Waiting for Women by Estephan Wagnes, National Film and TV School – Feature Documentary Winner
  • Women of Steel by Priyanka Prunti, New York University – Feature Documentary Runner-Up


Racing Dreams at SocDoc on Thursday

Racing Dreams” the new documentary film by Marshall Curry will be shown on Thursday 6.10.10 at 6pm in the SocDoc Theater (ground floor – 136 W 21t street NY, NY 10011).

This free screening will be followed by a Q&A with Marshall Curry. Please rsvp to mbhattacharya(at)

Media That Matters Fest: June 2, 2010


Join us in NYC for the World Premiere of the tenth annual Media That Matters collection!

6:00 pm: Doors Open
7:00—9:00 pm: Screening of tenth annual Media That Matters collection

Arrive early to take part in the impACT salon with some of our presenting partners for Take Action opportunities and a chance to meet the festival filmmakers.

Be among the first to see the 12 new inspiring short films selected this year by our jury of eight incredible activists and media makers.

School of Visual Arts
Visual Arts Theatre
333 West 23rd Street
New York, NY
See map

The theater is accessible by wheelchair.

Buy your tickets today before they sell out!

SVA SocDoc Student Film “The Time Machine” in the Festival Circuit

The Time Machine by Mark Kendall, class of 2010 is being shown at:

  • 2010 Westchester Film Festival
  • 2010 Talking Pictures Festival
  • 2010 Washington, DC Independent Film & Music Festival—2010 Grand Jury Award for Best Student 2010 Arizona International Film Festival
  • 2010 Nashville Film Festival (nominated for best student film)
  • 2010 NYC Downtown Short Film Festival
Film Screening: Leo Hurwitz & The New York School of Documentary Film

March 10-19 Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Ave ( at 2nd St)
New York

Selected programs will be introduced by Tom Hurwitz, the filmmaker’s son, and by Manfred Kirchheimer, who worked with Leo Hurwitz on many of his later films. For full descriptions and details of the films, please visit: CONTINUE READING »

Barefoot to Timbuktu

We are hosting a special screening of BAREFOOT TO TIMBUKTU
followed by a Q&A with Ernst Aebi on Tuesday 2/9/10 in our theater.
Feel free to invite guests. Please rsvp to Thanks!

Opening February 12th at the Quad in New York
Directed by Martina Egi

BAREFOOT TO TIMBUKTU cleverly weaves archival and new material into a fascinating portrait of artist Ernst Aebi, an out-of-the-ordinary Swiss/American swashbuckler, one of the pioneers in the transformation of Soho and Tribeca’s factory spaces to lofts, and a social activist of a different kind. CONTINUE READING »

ReelAbilities: the second annual NY disabilities film festival

The festival is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people living with different disabilities. The festival presents award winning films in various locations throughout the NY metropolitan area. Discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. Visit for full program. For tickets visit and click on ReelAbilities logo, or call (646) 505-5708. Student rate $5 per ticket.

Process and Style Lecture Series Spring 2010

Thursday, 01.21.10
Deborah Shaffer – Work in Progress –
“To Be Heard”

Thursday 01.28.10
Susan Fromke and Deborah Dickson –
“Lalee’s Kin”

Thursday 02.04.10
Paula Heredia –
Director, Editor, Cinematographer

Thursday 02.11.10
Alice Elliott –
Advocacy and Education “The Collector of Bedford Street”

Thursday 02.18.10
Joshua Bennett – Nitty Gritty of Producing Shoots

Thursday 02.25.10
Richard Hankin – “Capturing the Freidmans”

Thursday 03.04.10
Sandi Dubowski – “Trembling Before G*d”

Thursday 03.18.10
Natalia Almada – Producer, Director, Editor

Thursday 03.25.10
Brett Morgen –
Reconstruction/recreation, animation, photo animation

Thursday 04.01.10
John Walter, Director, Editor

Thursday 04.09.10
Kathy Brew and Roberto Guerra –
On foreign turf, dealing with difficult production issues

Thursday 04.15.10
Vee Bravo & Bernardo Ruiz
“Estilo Hip-Hop” & “Clemente”

Thursday 04.22.10

Faculty Member Screens Film at IFC

I’M DANGEROUS WITH LOVE will be getting a “sneak preview” in the upcoming winter season of STRANGER THAN FICTION in NYC at the IFC Theater.

The film will screen on Tues. Dec. 15 at 8pm. A Q&A with Michel Negroponte and Dimitri Mobengo Mugianis to follow.

There will also be a post-show reception at 99 Below featuring drink specials (99 MacDougal St.).

For more information about ticket sales & reservations, please go to:

The IFC Theater contact info:

IFC Center

323 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10014-4403
(212) 924-7771

Department Tours

Don’t fret if you missed our Information Session on October 24th!

If you have any questions about the MFA Social Documentary program and admissions process or would like to set up a one-on-one informational meeting and department tour, please email

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