SocDoc Blog

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

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

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND, 2011
Information Session on Saturday 11/5 at 2pm

Join us on Saturday, November 5th for the MFA Social Documentary Film Fall Information Session.

The best way to get a sense of what the MFA SocDoc program is all about is to visit us in the department. In addition to scheduled tours and informational meetings, we offer a Fall Information Session with faculty, staff, current students and alumni.

On November 5th starting at 2pm we will have an hour of presentations followed by a Q&A session and department tours. From 4pm-5pm, there will be a mixer/open house with faculty, students and other prospective students. The info session will be held in the SocDoc Department – 136 W 21st st, ground floor NY, NY 10011 (between 6th and 7th Aves.).

Please call 212-592-2919 or email info@mfasocdoc.sva.edu with questions. Register Here!

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25TH, 2011
Three SocDoc Students Make a Film for NY Food Day

SocDoc alumnus Jenni Morello and second year students Lucas Groth and Adam Banicki created a film for NY Food Day:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14TH, 2011
Emerging Visions 2011

Mark Kendall, Bao Nguyen and Sasha Friedlander

SocDoc Alumni Sasha Friedlander, Mark Kendall and Bao Nguyen participated in IFP Week and the new Emerging Visions event.

Emerging Visions took place Oct. 3 at Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center with 25 emerging filmmaking talents attending with a documentary or narrative feature that was selected from IFP and the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s talent pool. They were paired with an established director or producer who will mentor them through the current filmmaking landscape, offering guidance and connections to filmmakers on both their current projects and careers. Each filmmaker will receive mentorship and year round support from both organizations through annual memberships and participation in panels and events. The program will also include a live pitching session featuring panelists Christine Vachon (producer, Killer Digital),John Sloss (principal, Cinetic Media), Lucy Stille (agent, Paradigm) and Dan Cogan (co-founder, Impact Partners) who will give feedback to participants on how to diversify, magnify and sustain their work and the career they are building.

Mentors include Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills), Shari Springer Berman(American Splendor), Lisa Cortes (exec prod., Precious), Jon Kilik (prod. Babel), Brian Koppelman (writer,Ocean’s Thirteen), Barbara Kopple (American Dream), Ellen Kuras (The Betrayal: Narakhoon), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Jack Goes Boating), Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity), Julia Loktev (The Loneliest Planet), Alex Orlovsky (prod. Blue Valentine) and Laura Poitras (The Oath).

The 25 emerging filmmakers selected and their latest projects for the 2011 Emerging Visions program include –

Suha Araj, KHASRA
Kate Barker, SONG ONE
Nick Bentgen, NORTHERN LIGHT
Adam Bowers, WE’RE A WASTELAND
Alrick Brown, TREBLE
Jenny Deller, FUTURE WEATHER
Holly Elson, THE VIKING OF SIXTH AVENUE
Sasha Friedlander, WHERE HEAVEN MEETS HELL
Zachary Heinzerling, CUTIE AND THE BOXER
Thomas Hyungkyun Kim, THE SINGING ROAD
Mark Kendall, LA CAMIONETA (LIFE AND DEATH OF THE ROAD)
Ryan Koo, MAN CHILD
Adam Leon, GIMME THE LOOT
David Lowery, AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS
Danielle Lurie, FORTUNATE SONS
Will McCord, CASUAL ENCOUNTERS
Rola Nashef, DETROIT UNLEADED
Ryan O’Nan, THE BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST
Lanre Olabisi, HIGHWAY TO NOWHERE
Jack Riccobono, THE SEVENTH FIRE
Gillian Robespierre, OBVIOUS CHILD
Tim Sutton, PAVILLION
Kimi Takesue, THE WATER RISES
Avi Zev Weider, WELCOME TO THE MACHINE
Lauren Wolkstein,CIGARETTE CANDY

Emerging Visions is made possible through the Royal Bank of Canada and its RBC Emerging Artists Project.

Learn more about Emerging Visions by going to ifp.org and filmlinc.com.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2011
Thesis Showcase September 16-18th 2011

What an amazing weekend of films! Group 1 (our first group of graduates) showed such a diverse, beautiful, and touching series of films that it is surprising that they are classmates, however the high production quality of the films is a unifying factor and the stamp of the SocDoc faculty and SVA!

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2011
Two SocDoc Students Named as IFPs Emerging Artists

Emerging Artists and Top Independent Filmmaker Mentors Announced for RBC’s “Emerging Visions” Program
A Joint Initiative of IFP and the Film Society of Lincoln Center

New York, NY (September 13, 2011) The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced today details of a unique collaborative program entitled “Emerging Visions,” which will run concurrent to the New York Film Festival.  Emerging Visions is made possible through significant support from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and its RBC Emerging Artists Project.

The daylong event, taking place on Monday, October 3rd at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, will introduce 25 emerging filmmaking talents to some of the most prolific directors and producers in the industry today, including Joe Berlinger (dir. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills); Shari Springer Berman (dir. American Splendor); Lisa Cortes (exec prod., Precious); Jon Kilik (prod.Babel); Brian Koppelman (writer, Ocean’s Thirteen); Barbara Kopple (dir. American Dream); Ellen Kuras (dir.The Betrayal: Narakhoon); Philip Seymour Hoffman (dir. Jack Goes Boating); Doug Liman (dir. The Bourne Identity); Julia Loktev (dir.The Loneliest Planet); Alex Orlovsky (prod. Blue Valentine); and Laura Poitras(dir.The Oath).

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFP will work together to present an event that provides opportunities to fresh faces in independent film not only to make their entrance into the industry, but also to gain knowledge from relevant and influential filmmakers. Each filmmaker will receive mentorship and year round support from both organizations through annual memberships and participation in panels and events. Each of the 25 emerging directors and writers will be paired with an established director or producer who will mentor them through the current filmmaking landscape, offering guidance and connections to filmmakers on both their current projects and careers. Advising will take place in the form of one-to-one meetings, workshops, and case studies. The program will also include a live pitching session featuring panelists Christine Vachon (Producer, Killer Digital); John Sloss(Principal, Cinetic Media); Lucy Stille (Agent, Paradigm); and Dan Cogan (Co-founder, Impact Partners) who will give feedback to participants on how to diversify, magnify, and sustain their work and the career that they are building.

“We’re thrilled to provide this unique mentorship opportunity to a group of incredibly hardworking, talented, and visionary emerging artists,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director, IFP, and Rose Kuo, Executive Director, Film Society of Lincoln Center. “These filmmakers will receive special attention from a diverse group of industry professionals. They will be gaining hands-on knowledge from seasoned experts and advice on how to sustain their careers and navigate today’s ever-changing world of filmmaking.”

Each participant will be attending with a documentary or narrative feature and has been selected from IFP and the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s talent pool of emerging filmmakers. These filmmakers include both emerging directors with features currently on the independent film scene such as Adam Bowers (New Low), Alrick Brown(Kinyarwanda), David Lowery (St. Nick), Ryan O’Nan (The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best), Lanre Olabisi(August the First), as well as talented shorts directors making their feature debuts such as Jack Riccobono (Killer) and Lauren Wolkstein (Cigarette Candy). The organizations hope that Emerging Visions’ intimate forum will act as an incubator and launching pad for these filmmakers’ careers, igniting relationships that they will be able to maintain far beyond the close of the day.

The 25 emerging filmmakers selected and their latest projects for the 2011 Emerging Visions program include –

Suha Araj, KHASRA

Kate Barker, SONG ONE

Nick Bentgen, NORTHERN LIGHT

Adam Bowers, WE’RE A WASTELAND

Alrick Brown, TREBLE

Jenny Deller, FUTURE WEATHER

Holly Elson, THE VIKING OF SIXTH AVENUE

Sasha Friedlander, WHERE HEAVEN MEETS HELL

Zachary Heinzerling, CUTIE AND THE BOXER

Thomas Hyungkyun Kim, THE SINGING ROAD

Mark Kendall, LA CAMIONETA (LIFE AND DEATH OF THE ROAD)

Ryan Koo, MAN CHILD

Adam Leon, GIMME THE LOOT

David Lowery, AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS

Danielle Lurie, FORTUNATE SONS

Will McCord, CASUAL ENCOUNTERS

Rola Nashef, DETROIT UNLEADED

Ryan O’Nan, THE BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST

Lanre Olabisi, HIGHWAY TO NOWHERE

Jack Riccobono, THE SEVENTH FIRE

Gillian Robespierre, OBVIOUS CHILD

Tim Sutton, PAVILION

Kimi Takesue, THE WATER RISES

Avi Zev Weider, WELCOME TO THE MACHINE

Lauren Wolkstein, CIGARETTE CANDY


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