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

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The MFA SocDoc Program is currently accepting applications for fall 2011. We accept applications on a rolling basis through the summer 2011.

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DocNYC is in full swing this week!

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To Be Heard Premiering at the DOC NYC Festival

TO BE HEARD Premiering at the DOC NYC Festival Nov. 6th 7:00pm

Repeat screening Nov. 8th 5:30pm

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To Be Heard is a film about lives and language on the edge. It is the story of 3 high-school students, Karina Sanchez, Pearl Quick and Anthony Pittman who find their way into a dangerous poetry workshop. It is not about the ‘roses are red…’ kind of poetry often taught. It is about the kind of poetry that changes lives. And these kids’ lives desperately need changing: The kind of change that only comes from the inside out.

27 Hour Shootout!

This past weekend our students participated in a 27 hour project.

They were assigned to teams of five and given a theme (time), a place (NYC) and 10 elements (The Freudian Id, Feather, Hero, Steam, Red, Fuel, Chiaroscuro, Language, Beast, Currency) to use in creating a 4-6 minute film. Also, each team chose a style for their film at random from a hat (nature,docudrama, first person/personal profile, historical, verite, mocumentary, horror/suspense, romance/love, reality, travel).

With these parameters the students set out to make their films in just 27 hours – from 4pm on Friday, October 1st until 7pm Saturday, October 2nd.

The goal of the project was to give the first year and second year students a chance to work together and bond and this project accomplished its goals and much, much more!

27 Hour Shoot Out – Group 2 from MFA SocDoc on Vimeo.

27 Hour Shoot Out – Group 8 from MFA SocDoc on Vimeo.

27 Hour Shootout Group 3 from MFA SocDoc on Vimeo.

27 Hour Shoot Out – Group 6 from MFA SocDoc on Vimeo.

27 Hour Film Shoot Out – Group 4 from MFA SocDoc on Vimeo.

Faculty Member Michael Epstein’s Lennon NYC Will Be Screened for 5,000 Lucky New Yorkers

September 24, 2010 (New York, NY) — Well, the Mayor and Yoko met the press this morning to announce the details of the free screening of “LENNONNYC” in Central Park on what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday, October 9th, 2010.


Information Session October 23rd

October 23, 2010

Meet faculty, students and see the facilities!

Register online:

For more information please contact us:
Tel: 212.592.2919
E: [email protected]

Jenni Morello’s Bird Man Film heads to Hot Springs and La Femme Film Fests!

La Femme Film Festival
Los Angeles October 14-17th 2010

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Hot Springs, Arkansas Oct 15-24th 2010

Check out the film here:

Process and Style Fall 2010

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

1. Date: 9/9/10
Filmmaker: Jerry Aronson
Topic: Allen Ginsberg
film start time: 6:00pm in theater

2. Date: 9/16/10
Speaker: Elena Paul – Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Topic: Legal Issues and Documentary Film
lecture start time: 6:30pm in theater

3. Date: 9/23/10
Filmmaker: Michael Epstein
Film: Lennon NYC
film start time: 6:30pm in theater

4. Date: 9/30/10
Filmmaker: Yoruba Richen
Film: Promise Land
film start time: 6:30pm in theater

5. Date: 10/7/10
Sam Pollard Presents
film start time: 6:30pm in theater

6. Date: 10/14/10
Sam Pollard Presents
film start time: 6:00pm in theater

7. Date: 10/21/10
Filmmaker: Alex Gibney
film start time: 6:00pm in theater

8. Date: 10/28/10
Speaker: Maro Chermayeff, Jeff Dupre and Josh Bennett
Topic: Circus
lecture start time: 6:00pm in theater

9. Date: 11/4/10
Nadav Harel

10. Date: 11/11/10
Filmmaker: Christine Choy

11. Date: 11/18/10
Filmmaker: Brian Oakes
lecture: working with a graphics person

12. Date: 12/2/10
Filmmaker: Ellen Kuras
Film: The Betrayal
film start time: 6:00pm in theater

13. Date: 12/9/10
Speaker: Simon Kilmurry from POV
lecture start time: 6:30pm in theater

14. Date: 12/16/10
Speaker: Shelia Nevins from HBO

The Time Machine heads to more festivals…

MFA SocDoc second year student Mark Kendall’s film The Time Machine will makes its way to the following film festivals this fall:

– TriMedia Film Festival (Ft. Collins, CO) – Sept 2010

– EDINDOCS (Edinburgh, UK) – Sept 2010

– Calgary International Film Festival (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) – Sept 2010

– International Student Film Festival (Pisek, Czech Republic) – Sept/Oct 2010

– Duke City DocFest (Albuquerque, NM) – Oct 2010

– DOCSDF (Mexico City, Mexico) – Oct 2010

– Red Rock Film Festival of Zion Canyon (Springdale, UT) – Oct 2010

Michael Epstein’s film Lennon NYC selected for New York Film Fest

The prestigious New York Film Festival has selected Lennon NYC by director Michael Epstein to debut at the 2010 New York Film Festival. Michael teaches Visionary Journalism I in the MFA SocDoc department and has made a number of great films as a producer, director and writer. For more information about Michael and his film check out his bio on our web site and the PBS American Masters web site.

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