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

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18TH, 2012
2011 Thesis Film Reels (More Films)

MFA SocDoc Thesis Film samples 2 from MFA SocDoc on Vimeo.

Look for them at a film festival near you. We will post all film festival announcements on our Blog.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 13TH, 2012
SocDoc Represents at 2012 Sundance Film Festival

director Matthew Akers and Marina Abramović

The Sundance Film Festival is arguably the premiere film festival in the United States. With over 4,000 feature length films submitted this year, competition for one of the 16 spots in the documentary competition was fierce.

An invitation to premiere your film at the festival is an honor bestowed on very few filmmakers and this year SocDoc is extremely proud that a number of faculty are making the trip out to Sundance this January. In fact, five out of the 16 films in the documentary competition were created by SocDoc faculty and/or guest lecturers.

“Marina Abramović The Artist is Present” produced by SocDoc department chair Maro Chermayeff and guest lecturer Jeff Dupre, edited by SocDoc faculty member Donna Shepherd and directed by guest lecturer and SVA alumnus Matthew Akers will be in the documentary competition.

Cinematography faculty member Tom Hurwitz, ASC was Director of Photography for “The Queen of Versailles” and ”Love Free Or Die.”

Guest lecturers Sam Pollard (“Slavery By Another Name”) and Susan Froemke (“ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare”) also have their films premiering in the documentary competition.

See the full list of films in the documentary competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

A scene from “The Queen of Versailles,” a documentary about a couple facing foreclosure while building America’s biggest house.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 6TH, 2012
2011 Thesis Films Sample

Thesis film excerpts, Group 1 from MFA SocDoc on Vimeo.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 6TH, 2012
Jenni Morello, Alumnus – Talks About SocDoc

Jenni Morello, class of 2011 from MFA SocDoc on Vimeo.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4TH, 2012
Tom Hurwitz, ASC discusses the cinematography portion of the SocDoc Program

Tom Hurwitz, ASC from MFA SocDoc on Vimeo.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21ST, 2011
Apply Now For Fall 2012

Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2012 semester.

Although we do accept applications on a rolling basis through the spring, it is advised that students submit applications by January 20, 2012 in order to be considered in the first round of applicants.

Directions for submitting your application are found here: http://mfasocdoc.sva.edu/apply/

Please email mfasocdoc@sva.edu or call 212.592.2919 with questions about the admissions process or the program.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13TH, 2011
End of Semester Screenings

Thursday and Friday December 15th and 16th the SocDoc department will be holding our end of semester screenings from 3pm-6:30pm. Please come on by to watch some of the great short films created in the fall 2011 semester by our year one and year two MFA students. Seating is limited so we will be cozy in our theater at 136 W 21st street, ground floor (between 6th and 7th aves). Questions? Call 212.592.2919.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5TH, 2011
Sam Pollard discusses the editing process during a Process and Style event…

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH, 2011
Chat with the Chair Event on December 8th from 6pm-8pm

If you are interested in the SocDoc program, but were unable to make it to our Information Session on November 5th, please join us on Thursday, December 8th from 6pm-8pm for an evening with Maro Chermayeff, the SocDoc department Chair and Founder. We will begin at 6pm with a sample reel of student work and follow with an informal discussion with the SocDoc Chair and staff. This event will be held at the SocDoc department – 136 W 21st, ground floor NY, NY 10011.

Please RSVP here or email mbhattacharya@sva.edu to rsvp.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND, 2011
27 Hour Projects

An annual team building/class building event at SocDoc is the 27 Hour Shootout!  Each fall the first and second year SocDoc students gather in the theater for their marching orders for their 27 hour group projects.

This year they were divided into teams, given a style (nature, docudrama, first person/personal profile, historical, verite, mocumentary, horror/suspense, romance/love, reality and travel) and then a list of “elements to include in their films (Flame, Waste, Fur, Rock, Enemy, Blast, Style, Candy, Machine and Projection).

Here are some of the great and creative films that they came up with!

My True Love * Audience Award Winner *

N.E.A.R

Upside Down

Delivery

The Beautiful Life

Beauty in the Brooklyn Wilds

Xander MacDonald Dance Machine

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