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

THURSDAY, MAY 30TH, 2013
Up Coming Alumni Screenings

Spreading the word about three upcoming SocDoc related screenings:

Scattered, by Lindsay Lindenbaum (’12) – June 2nd and 4th
SCATTERED will be having its NYC premiere at the Brooklyn Film Festival!
Sunday, June 2 @ 8pm (IndieScreen)
Tuesday, June 4 @ 8pm (Windmill Studios)
For more information and to buy tickets, please click here:
http://www.brooklynfilmfestival.org/films/detail.asp?fid=1413

Where Heaven Meets Hell by Sasha Friedlander (11) – June 2nd at 10pm
We are thrilled to announce the US TV broadcast Premiere of Where Heaven Meets Hell on Global Voices | PBS — June 2nd at 10pm EST
Please check out the World Channel schedule link for local screening times/dates in your area: http://worldchannel.org/schedule/localize/

LaCamioneta by Mark Kendall (’11) at ReRun Theater 5/31/13-6/6/13
We have a special $7 ticket price ($3 off) for the LaCamioneta screening on June 4th at 7:30 at the ReRun theater in Dumbo. Use the code – “socdoc”
Get your tickets online now: http://lacamionetarerun.eventbrite.com/

TUESDAY, MAY 14TH, 2013
Rachel Loube (SocDoc ’11) Wins Student Academy Award

Winners Announced for 2013 Student Academy Awards®

Bob Saget to Host Awards Ceremony

BEVERLY HILLS, CA –Thirteen students from nine U.S. colleges and universities as well as three students from foreign universities have been selected as winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Student Academy Awards competition. They will be brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry activities that will culminate in the awards ceremony, hosted by 1978 Student Academy Award winner and comedian Bob Saget, on Saturday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

This year saw first-time honors go to Elon University, Occidental College and the University of Michigan in the U.S. competition, as well as to Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland, and RITS School of Arts, Belgium, in the foreign competition. The medal placements – gold, silver and bronze – in each of the award categories will be announced at the June 8 ceremony.

The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title):

Alternative

“Bottled Up,” Rafael Cortina, Occidental College

“The Compositor,” John Mattiuzzi, School of Visual Arts

“Zug,” Perry Janes, University of Michigan

Animation

“Dia de los Muertos,” Lindsey St. Pierre and Ashley Graham, Ringling College of Art and Design

“Peck Pocketed,” Kevin Herron, Ringling College of Art and Design

“Will,” Eusong Lee, California Institute of the Arts

Documentary

“Every Tuesday: A Portrait of The New Yorker Cartoonists,” Rachel Loube, School of Visual Arts

“A Second Chance,” David Aristizabal, University of Southern California

“Win or Lose,” Daniel Koehler, Elon University

Narrative

“Josephine and the Roach,” Jonathan Langager, University of Southern California

“Ol’ Daddy,” Brian Schwarz, University of Texas at Austin

“Un Mundo para Raúl (A World for Raúl),” Mauro Mueller, Columbia University

Foreign Film

“Miss Todd,” Kristina Yee, National Film and Television School, United Kingdom

“Parvaneh,” Talkhon Hamzavi, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland

“Tweesprong (Crossroads),” Wouter Bouvijn, RITS School of Arts, Erasmus College Brussels, Belgium

To reach this stage, U.S. students competed in one of three regional competitions. Each region is permitted to send up to three finalists in each of the four categories. The Student Academy Awards Executive Committee screened and voted on the finalists in the Foreign Film category.

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. Past Student Academy Award® winners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar® nominations and have won or shared eight awards. The roster includes such distinguished filmmakers as John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker and Spike Lee.

The 40th Student Academy Awards ceremony on June 8 is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required. Tickets are available online at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office, or by mail. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.

FRIDAY, MAY 3RD, 2013
Student Academy Awards :: Three SocDoc Students Are Region 3 Finalists!

Erik and Tabha at the semi final ceremony2013 Student Academy Awards® Finalists Announced

Documentary

“The Battle of the Jazz Guitarist,” Mark Columbus, University of California, Los Angeles

“Every Tuesday: A Portrait of The New Yorker Cartoonists,” Rachel Loube, School of Visual Arts

“Everybody’s Business,” Laura Green, Stanford University

“Graceland Girls,” Jordan Theresa Salvatoriello, Emerson College

“A Second Chance,” David Aristizabal, University of Southern California

“Through the Fire,” Eunice Lau, New York University

“Vultures of Tibet,” Russell O. Bush, University of Texas at Austin

“Win or Lose,” Daniel Koehler, Elon University

“Wonder Workshop,” Amitabh Joshi and Erik Spink, School of Visual Arts

Read more about the awards here: http://www.oscars.org/press/pressreleases/2013/20130501.html

FRIDAY, APRIL 19TH, 2013
Deborah Dickson’s latest film airs on PBS

MFA SocDoc directing faculty member Deborah Dickson’s latest film “The Lost Bird Project” will air on PBS Channel THIRTEEN on Sunday, April 21st at 7:00pm. It is a beautiful film and should be seen by everyone who loves documentary films as well as birds. More information found on the film’s web site.

THURSDAY, APRIL 11TH, 2013
Pete Vandall (’11) turns his thesis film into a History Channel series

The SocDoc department is thrilled to announce that one of our student’s thesis projects was turned into a series for the History Channel – and it airs tonight 4/11/13!

While at SocDoc Peter Vandall (’11) created a very funny verite documentary film about his cousin’s passion for deer hunting in the wealthy suburbs of Connecticut.  After gradaution Pete took the film to the History Channel and they picked it up as a series! Peter worked closely with the crew from History as a field producer, shooter and show creator to bring the characters and show to televisions all over America. The series  airs tonight at 10pm EST on the History Channel.

To see clips and find out more about the hilarious new series visit the web site.

THURSDAY, APRIL 11TH, 2013
Bao Nguyen (’11) Wins a Tribeca Sloan Filmmaker Fund Grant

Bao Nguyen(’11) is the producer of the fiction film 2030 that was just named a recipient of a 2013 TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund grant. Congrats to Bao and the entire team. Nice to see a SocDoc alum making strides in the fiction world!

About the film - 2030 - In a near future Vietnam where seawater has buried a large part of the land and cultivation has to be done on floating farms, a strong-willed woman has to make a critical decision about her ex-lover, a geneticist who could be her husband’s murderer.  Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vo (Screenwriter, Director), Bao Nguyen (Producer)

THURSDAY, APRIL 11TH, 2013
Sara Khaki (’12) wins Ready, Set, Pitch 2013

Congrats to Sara Khaki for being selected to go to San Francisco and pitch her thesis film “Facing The Mirror” in the Ready, Set, Pitch 2013 competition. She won and took home 5K to support her film! It is an amazing project and we wish her all the success in turning it into a feature length film. She has an Indiegogo campaign and more information about the film online.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2013
“Queen of Versailles” screening w/ Lauren Greenfield & Tom Hurwitz, ASC

Event Details

Please join us on Thursday, February 21st at the SVA Theater (Beatrice) for a special screening of Queen of Versailles, followed by a discussion with the film’s director Lauren Greenfield and the cinematographer (and SocDoc professor) Tom Hurwitz, ASC.

This event is sponsored by Canon and the MFA SocDoc Department. It is free and open to the public (while tickets last).

GET FREE TICKETS HERE.

Credit: Roxanne Lowit LAUREN GREENFIELD (Director/Photographer)Acclaimed documentary photographer/filmmaker, Lauren Greenfield is considered a preeminent chronicler of youth culture, gender and consumerism, as a result of her monographs “Girl Culture,” “Fast Forward,” “THIN” and other photographic works, which have been widely published, exhibited, and collected by leading museums around the world.Her latest feature-length documentary film, “The Queen of Versailles” was selected as the Opening Night film of Sundance 2012 where it won the Best Director Award in the U.S. Documentary Competition.

The Queen of Versailles was acquired by Magnolia Pictures on the first night of Sundance and went on to box office success and critical acclaim, winning the richest prize in Australia, the Brisbane International Film Festival BIFFDOC Prize, and garnering nominations for Best Documentary by the International Documentary Association, Critics Choice, and the London Critics Circle Film Awards. Most recently, The Directors Guild of America nominated “The Queen of Versailles” for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries for 2012.  It was named on many Top Ten Films of the Year lists, including the New York Times, Slate, The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, Art Forum, and New York Newsday.

In addition to “The Queen of Versailles,” Lauren has previously directed three award-winning documentary films – “THIN,” “kids + money,” and “Beauty CULTure.” “THIN” was selected for the Official Competition at Sundance in 2006, was nominated for an Emmy for Best Direction, and received the prestigious John Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the London Film Festival in 2006.  “kids + money,” also selected for the Official Shorts Program at Sundance 2008, won several Best Documentary Awards (AFI, Ann Arbor, Gold Hugo), and was selected as one of the top five nonfiction shorts by Cinema Eye Honors 2009.  “Beauty CULTure” was commissioned by the Annenberg Foundation and was the centerpiece of the record-setting exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography in which she was a featured artist (Summer 2011), which received the Lucie Award for Exhibition of the Year (2011).  Greenfield’s THIN and Girl Culture museum exhibitions have been seen by a half million people in over thirty venues around the world. Since 2007, she has also directed commercials with Chelsea Pictures.

Greenfield has been named one of the 25 most influential photographers working today ((American Photo).  Her work appears regularly in the New York Times Magazine, The London Sunday Times Magazine, and GQ, and was showcased in the Getty Museum’s historical exhibition, “Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography Since the Sixties” (2010).  In 2009, she and her husband, Frank Evers, founded the Institute for Artist Management, representing some of the world’s best documentary photographers from around the world.  Greenfield and Evers live in Venice, California with their two children.

TOM HURWITZ, ASC (Cinematographer)Tom Hurwitz, ASC is one of America’s most honored documentary cinematographers. Winner of two Emmy Awards, the Sundance and Jerusalem Film Festival Awards for Best Cinematography, Hurwitz has photographed films that have won 4 academy awards and several more nominations (most recently for Dancemaker and Killing in the Name). His television programs have won literally dozens of awards, Emmy, Dupont, Peabody, Directors Guild and film festival awards for Best Documentary, over the last 25 years — most recently were Emmy Awards for Best Documentary Specials for the PBS show Jerome Robbins and the PBS series Franklin, on which Hurwitz directed the photography.

Other award-winning films and programs that he has photographed include: Valentino: The Last Emperor, Harlan County USA, Wild Man Blues, My Generation, Down and Out in America, The Turandot Project, Liberty, Dolley, Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero, for PBS; and I Have a Dream, for ABC; and Killing in the Name, and Questioning Faith for HBO. In addition, films that he has directed have won the Cine Golden Eagle (for Bombs will Make the Rainbow Break) and have been shown in festivals around the world. He is also a founding member of the faculty of The MFA Program in the Social Documentary, at New York’s School of Visual Arts.

Tom was born in 1947 and reared in New York City, attending private schools and then doing his undergraduate work at Columbia University with majors in English and Religion. With the exception of five years in California in the 1970′s, h

is base has been his beloved New York. He is married to Margaret Klenck, a Jungian psychoanalyst and president of the Jungian Psychoanalytical Association, with whom he has one son, Nicholas. He has two daughters, Mekea and Anya, from a previous marriage.

Apart from his film career and his time with family, Tom functions as a seminary-trained liturgist, and a verger at New York’s Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, helping to oversee weekly services and the great holiday liturgies of the world’s largest gothic church.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15TH, 2013
Spring 2013 Guest Lecture Series

The SocDoc program is proud to announce our list of guest lecturers participating in the Process and Style guest lecture series this spring semester.

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 or to get on the guest list. All lectures begin at 6:00pm and are held in the SocDoc department.

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

SPRING 2013

Thursdays 6:00pm-9:00pm
1. Date: 1/10/13
Instructor: Alan Berliner
Topic: First Cousin Once Removed

2. Date: 1/17/13
Instructor: DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus
Topic: Political Films

3. Date: 1/24/13
Instructor: Craig Lowy
Topic: Graphics and Titles

4. Date: 1/31/13
Instructor: Maro Chermayeff and Team
Topic: Half The Sky

5. Date: 2/7/13
Instructor: Craig Atkinson
Topic: Producer/DP of Detropia

6. Date: 2/14/13
Instructor: NO LECTURE
Topic:

7. Date: 2/21/13
Instructor: Lauren Greenfield (with Tom Hurwitz)
Queen of Versailles
SVA Theater (333 w 23rd) ALL WELCOME

8. Date: 2/28/13
Instructor: Kerthy Fix
Topic: survey of work

9. Date: 3/14/13
Instructor: Susan Froemke and Matthew Heineman
Escape Fire

10. Date: 3/21/13
Instructor: Liriel Higa
Topic: Social Media and your films

11. Date: 3/28/13
Instructor: Molly Thompson
VP, AETN IndieFilms at A&E Television Networks

12. Date: 4/4/13
Instructor: Carter Little
Composer

13. Date: 4/11/13
Instructor: NO LECTURE

14. 4/18/2013
Instructor: Toby Shimin
Buck Editor

**The schedule is subject to change.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14TH, 2012
Cadillac ATS vs The World – Cinematography by Bob Richman

Check out the new ad campaign “Cadillac ATS vs. The World,” SocDoc cinematography instructor Bob Richman shot the entire series.  It is a very exciting web series that follows two men as they tackle the wildest roads in the world.

 

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