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

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


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2011
November 5th Information Session – Sign Up Now

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 30TH, 2011
Sasha Friedlander and Mark Kendall selected for IFP Film Week

Documentary has played an important role in IFP’s history from the very beginning of the organization. In particular, the Spotlight on Documentaries program has been an extremely successful and viable forum for U.S. and international buyers, sales agents, and financiers to meet with filmmakers with new documentary feature projects. Presenting 60 documentaries ranging from those at an early financing stage (i.e. early development or in production) to those nearing completion (i.e. in postproduction or at the rough cut stage), this section includes emerging and established filmmakers in non-fiction. SocDoc alumni Mark Kendall and Sasha Friedlander were selected to participate in IFP Film Week in the Spotlight on Documentaries section of the program this year.

For more information: http://www.ifp.org/ifp-announces-150-new-films-in-development-for-2011-project-forum/

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26TH, 2011
Process and Style Guest Lecture Series Fall 2011

We are so thrilled and honored to welcome the following guests to our Process & Style Guest Lecture Series this fall.

Process and Style 2011
Thursdays 6:00pm-9:00pm

** This schedule is subject to change without notice**

These events are not open to the public and are for the MFA Social Documentary Film students and by invitation only. Please email mbhattacharya@sva.edu if you have any questions about the SocDoc guest lecture series.

PROCESS AND STYLE FALL 2011 (may change)

1. Date: 9/29/11
Instructor: Caveh Zahedi

Topic: Films and Career

2. Date: 10/6/11
Instructor: Ross Kauffman
Topic: Born Into Brothels

3. Date: 10/13/11
Instructor: Wolfgang Held

Topic: Cinematography

4. Date: 10/20/11
Instructor: Beth Levinson

Topic: Etsy and Independent Producing

5. Date: 10/26/11 –  Jay Rosenblat
Topic: Films and Career

6. 10/27/11 – Media That Matters
Topic: Film Festival

7. Date: 11/3/11
Instructor: Tamara Gould

Topic: ITVS

8. Date: 11/10/11
Instructor: Susan Lacy

Topic: American Masters

9. Date: 11/17/11
Instructor: Steve Ascher and Jeanne Jordan

Topic:  Troublesome Creek and more!

10. Date: 12/1/11
Instructor: Sam Pollard

11. Date: 12/2/11
Instructor: Ross McElwee
Topic: Films and Career

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18TH, 2011
Get Your Free Tickets To Our Thesis Showcase Now!

The School of Visual Arts and the MFA Social Documentary Film Department would like to invite you to their first annual SocDoc Thesis Showcase at the SVA Theater on September 16th, 17th and 18th.

All screenings will take place in the Beatrice Theater. A reception will be held on Saturday, September 17th at 5:00pm.

For a full list of the films to be screened and their running times please visitwww.mfasocdoc.sva.edu/thesisshowcase

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16TH, 2011
SocDoc Student Raul Paz Pastrana Wins Princess Grace Award

PRINCESS GRACE FOUNDATION-USA ANNOUNCES
2011 AWARDS WINNERS IN THEATER, DANCE & FILM

NEW YORK, NY – (August 15, 2011) The Board of Trustees of the Princess Grace Foundation- USA (PGF-USA) and its Chairman, Hon. John F. Lehman, announced today the winners of the 2011 Princess Grace Awards. The Awards for theater, dance and choreography, and film continue the legacy of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, who anonymously helped emerging artists pursue their artistic goals during Her lifetime. This year’s 21 Awards winners will travel to New York City as guests of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, where they will receive their Awards at the annual black-tie Princess Grace Awards Gala, on November 1, 2011 at Cipriani 42nd Street. This year’s Awards Gala will be highlighted by the unveiling of a unique tribute to Princess Grace by Montblanc.

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA, a public charity, was formed after the death of Princess Grace in 1982. They present scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships to assist artists at the start of their careers. The Foundation has cultivated a diverse group of nearly 600 artists to date who continue to advance the spectrum of performing arts with innovative, cutting-edge, and vibrant theater, dance, choreography, film, playwriting and design. Since the Foundation’s inception, more than 700 Awards have been given to recipients, totaling more than $8.5 million.

At the Gala, The Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco will be premiered in the U.S.- a spectacular, new tribute collection to one of the most remarkable individuals of all time, celebrated for Her iconic, timeless style; Her artistic talent as an Oscar©-winning actress and Her unrelenting commitment to helping others. The Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco is a continuation of the privileged relationship the brand has enjoyed with the Principality of Monaco in recent years. Consisting of fine jewelry pieces, timepieces and writing instruments, the Montblanc Collection is true to Princess Grace’s enduring style and sophistication. Feminine and elegant, the pieces from this collection are some of the most exquisite ever crafted in Montblanc’s Ateliers, rich in details and inspired by this icon’s spirit and attention to style.

For the third year in a row, celebrated artist Alex Soldier, known for his mastery of precious miniatures, has created an objet d’art to symbolize the Princess Grace Awards. The Award symbolically combines the three art forms lauded by the Foundation: theater, dance, and film by using precious metals and Swarovski crystal accents. The sculpture is made for each recipient to wear as a pin, a special reminder of their Award for the world to see.

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PRINCESS GRACE STATUE AWARD

Past winners of the Awards who distinguish themselves in their artistic disciplines since receiving their initial Princess Grace Awards are eligible to win the coveted Princess Grace Statue Award. It includes a $25,000 unrestricted cash gift and a special Bronze Statue of Princess Grace created by Dutch artist Kees Verkade. This year’s Statue Award winner is Jon M. Chu.

Jon M. Chu won his original Princess Grace Award, a Film Scholarship at University of Southern California, in 2001. He is the director of Step Up 2 The Streets (2008), and Step Up 3D (2010). Combined, these two films have grossed over 300 million dollars theatrically. In 2011, his third film, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, garnered rave reviews and claimed the title as the highest grossing concert-themed film of all time in the U.S. and the third highest grossing documentary of all time. Jon M. Chu is the creator, writer and director of The League of Extraordinary Dancers (The LXD), which is the number one original program for Hulu. He is currently in production on the next film in the G.I. Joe franchise, to be released next summer.

PRINCESS GRACE AWARDS

Each year, the Foundation presents the Princess Grace Awards to artists who show excellence and promise in the areas of theater, dance, and film. Students are eligible for scholarships; emerging artists working in companies qualify for apprenticeships and fellowships. A playwriting fellowship is available for individual artists through a residency at New Dramatists in New York City, which includes the opportunity to have the winning play be licensed and published by Samuel French, Inc.

In addition to these, the Foundation also gives honorable mention grants to applicants through Honoraria. The 2011 Princess Grace Awards winners (listed below) represent 20 colleges, universities, and not-for-profit theater and dance companies throughout the United States. The Awards winners exemplify both classical and experimental artistic disciplines and, while still considered emerging talent, already show exceptional promise in their areas of expertise. The Foundation’s support assists their theater and dance studies, helps pay their artistic fees at non-profit theater and dance companies and helps support their thesis film projects. In addition to the Awards, the Princess Grace Foundation-USA extends general operating monies to companies hosting an Awards winner. This year’s Princess Grace Awards winners are:

THEATER AND PLAYWRITNG

CarlosAlexis Cruz
Theater Fellowship, Grace Le Vine Award
Miracle Theatre Group

Miriam A. Hyman
Theater Scholarship, George C. Wolfe Award
Yale School of Drama

Matt Jones
Theater Apprenticeship, Robert & Gloria Hausman Award
Alternative Theater Ensemble

Hana Sooyeon Kim
Theater Scholarship, Fabergé Award
University of California, Los Angeles

Sarah Rasmussen
Theater Apprenticeship, Pierre Cardin Award
Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Princess Grace Awards Winners
Sadieh Rifai
Theater Fellowship, Gant Gaither Award
American Theater Company

Johnna Adams
Playwriting Fellowship
New Dramatists, Inc.

DANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHY

Alisa Alba
Dance Fellowship
The National Institute of Flamenco

Joseph Gorak
Dance Fellowship
American Ballet Theatre

Margaret Mullin
Dance Fellowship
Pacific Northwest Ballet

Jeffrey Van Sciver
Dance Scholarship, Chris Hellman Award
Dominican University/LINES Ballet

Casia Vengoechea
Dance Scholarship
The Julliard School-Dance Division

Frederick “Pete” Leo Walker
Dance Fellowship
North Carolina Dance Theatre

Zoe Scofield
Choreography Fellowship
DiverseWorks ArtSpace

Olivier Wevers
Choreography Fellowship
Spectrum Dance Theater

FILM

Valerie Bischoff
Film Graduate Scholarship
Columbia University

Emily Hyde
Film Undergraduate Scholarship
Pacific Northwest College of Art

Gina Marie Napolitan
Film Graduate Scholarship
California Institute of the Arts

Raul Paz Pastrana
Film Graduate Scholarship, Cary Grant Award
School of Visual Arts (MFA Social Documentary Film Department)

Temra Pavlovic
Film Undergraduate Scholarship, John H. Johnson Award
California Institute of the Arts

Iva Radivojevic
Film Undergraduate Scholarship
CUNY Hunter College

HONORARIA

R. Davis McCallum
Theater Honorarium
The Public Theater

Jacqueline Burnett
Dance Honorarium
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Nigel Campbell
Dance Honorarium
Luna Negra Dance Theater

Chanel DaSilva
Dance Honorarium
Trey McIntyre Project

Shreyasi Das
Film Honorarium
Rochester Institute of Technology

Nick Twemlow
Film Honorarium
University of Iowa

ABOUT THE PRINCESS GRACE FOUNDATION – USA

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is a not-for-profit, publicly-supported foundation, headquartered in New York City and founded more than 25 years ago by Prince Rainier III of Monaco in honor of his wife, Princess Grace [Kelly]. The Foundation’s mission, that mirrors Princess Grace’s in Her lifetime, is to support emerging artists in theater, dance and film through the awarding of scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships. Since the Foundation’s inception, more than 700 Awards have been
given to recipients, totaling more than $8.5 million. Some notable Princess Grace Awards recipients in Theater include: 2008 Tony® Award winner for Best Direction of a Play, Anna D. Shapiro; Pulitzer and Tony® Award winning playwright Tony Kushner; and Academy Award® winner Eric Simonson. Film recipients include: Stephen Hillenburg, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants;

Greg Mottola, director of Paul, Adventureland and Superbad; and Cary Joji Fukunaga, writer and director of Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre. Dance/Choreography Awards recipients include: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle; American Ballet Theatre’s Gillian Murphy, Ethan Stiefel and Sarah Lane; as well as choreographers Andrea Miller and Dominic Walsh.

For more information, please visit www.pgfusa.org. For Gala ticket information contact Tamara Leuchtenburg at Event Associates at 212.245.6570,

x15, Tamaral@eventassociatesinc.com.

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Contact:Christine KitePGF-USA Communications Manager212.317.1470/ ckite@pgfusa.org

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 2011
Once Place Remaining…

Because of some last minute changes – there is still one place available in the SocDoc program for the fall 2011. If you are passionate about documentary film and are interested in applying please visit our web site for more details. You can also contact the department for more information at 212.592.2919.

MONDAY, JULY 18TH, 2011
Emmys – Congrats to SocDoc Guests and Faculty!

Congratulations to SocDoc faculty member Joia Speciale for her Emmy nomination for her cinematography on the program Intervention. Also, congratulations to SocDoc guest faculty member and advisor Sam Pollard for his nomination for editing the Spike Lee documentary If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise.

For full Emmy nominations please visit www.emmy.tv

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