The festival is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people living with different disabilities. The festival presents award winning films in various locations throughout the NY metropolitan area. Discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. Visit www.reelabilities.org for full program. For tickets visit www.jccfilm.org and click on ReelAbilities logo, or call (646) 505-5708. Student rate $5 per ticket.
Happenings in the documentary film world and within the School of Visual Arts MFA in Social Documentary Film Community
Deborah Shaffer – Work in Progress –
“To Be Heard”
Susan Fromke and Deborah Dickson –
Paula Heredia –
Director, Editor, Cinematographer
Alice Elliott –
Advocacy and Education “The Collector of Bedford Street”
Joshua Bennett – Nitty Gritty of Producing Shoots
Richard Hankin – “Capturing the Freidmans”
Sandi Dubowski – “Trembling Before G*d”
Natalia Almada – Producer, Director, Editor
Brett Morgen –
Reconstruction/recreation, animation, photo animation
John Walter, Director, Editor
Kathy Brew and Roberto Guerra –
On foreign turf, dealing with difficult production issues
Vee Bravo & Bernardo Ruiz
“Estilo Hip-Hop” & “Clemente”
I’M DANGEROUS WITH LOVE will be getting a “sneak preview” in the upcoming winter season of STRANGER THAN FICTION in NYC at the IFC Theater.
The film will screen on Tues. Dec. 15 at 8pm. A Q&A with Michel Negroponte and Dimitri Mobengo Mugianis to follow.
There will also be a post-show reception at 99 Below featuring drink specials (99 MacDougal St.).
For more information about ticket sales & reservations, please go to:
The IFC Theater contact info:
323 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10014-4403
Don’t fret if you missed our Information Session on October 24th!
If you have any questions about the MFA Social Documentary program and admissions process or would like to set up a one-on-one informational meeting and department tour, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eastern Graduate Portfolio Day
Parsons The New School for Design
New York, NY
Saturday, Oct 3, 2009 noon-4 p.m.
Visit www.portfolioday.net for more information about the National Portfolio Day Association.
The MFA SocDoc program will be attending the Portfolio Day in New York to answer any questions about the SocDoc program that you might have. Feel free to come to the event, with or without your reel, to discuss the program with our staff representative.
For more information about Portfolio Day please email email@example.com.
Core courses in directing, producing, editing, visionary journalism, cinematography and sound will be taught by some of the most significant filmmakers in documentary today. Additionally, a weekly Process and Style screening and lecture series will welcome yet more voices from the field:
This lecture series is primarily for the MFA SocDoc students, however in this first year we will have a few additional seats in each lecture for guests. If you would like to be emailed about seats open for the Thursday night lectures (6:30p-9:20p) please firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be placed on an email notice list.
Below are some of our planned lectures for the fall 2009 semester:
Screening of “Crude” at IFC Center
Topic: Are you a Journalist or a Filmmaker? Are the ethical constraints of a filmmaker the same as a journalist? What boundaries, if any, are required in documentary film?
Lecturer: Joe Berlinger
Screening: “I’m Dangerous with Love”
Topic: Flying Solo - The director as a one-person band.
Lecturer: Michel Negroponte
Screening: “Native Land”
Topic: New York Documentary scene from 1931 to 1942
Lecturer: Tom Hurwitz, ASC
Lecturer: D.A. Pennebaker
Topic: In what way do you approach your story – as a journalist or filmmaker?
Lecturer: Yoruba Richen
Topic: Fleshing out a story – from web videos to a winning television program.
Lecturer: Micah Fink
Topic: Archival Research – how to gather archival footage and use it creatively and to the advantage of your story
Lecturer: Amy Schewel
Topic: The Interview – How to prepare; how to do an informal, spontaneous interview. How to think on your feet.
Lecturer: Pamela Yates
Topic: Advocacy Filmmaking
Lecturer: Maryann DeLeo
Topic: How to land an interview with high profile people
Lecturer: Yvette Vega, Senior Producer of Charlie Rose
* Please note that lectures are subject to change without notice.
For more information about our guest lecturers please visit: http://mfasocdoc.sva.edu/faculty_guest/
The MFA Social Documentary Film program at the School of VISUAL ARTS is hosting an information session on October 24th from 2-4pm in Manhattan (136 W 21st between 6th and 7th Ave) for those interested in finding out more information about the program. This casual event will feature faculty, student and staff presentations, a Q&A session, and a meet and greet. Please join us!
Please use the online registration form to RSVP for the event:
You can request to have a copy of the 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog mailed to you by filling out this form:
Prospective students can also download a copy of sections of or the entire catalog using this link:
Please contact email@example.com with any questions about this event or call the department 212-592-2919.
MFA SocDoc Guest Lecturers Pamela Yates and Paco de Onis’ film to air on PBS tonight!
Skylight Pictures presents the national PBS broadcast of “The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court”, a documentary film by Pamela Yates, Peter Kinoy and Paco de Onís.
PBS broadcast premiere July 14, 10pm, on the P.O.V. series.
Cinereach, a not-for-profit dedicated to supporting and producing artful films that depict underrepresented perspectives, cross cultural boundaries, and promote dialogue, is currently seeking applicants for its annual Reach Film Fellowship.
The prestigious six-month program supports young filmmakers with grants, resources, and industry mentors who help guide their short films through all stages of production.
The application deadline is July 15, 2009. Applications and guidelines can be found at http://www.reachfilmfellowship.com.
Four winning applicants will be awarded $5,000 and be mentored by an established filmmaker. Fellows also receive production support from sponsors, workshops, career coaching, and industry exposure. Industry judges will award an additional $5,000 to the most outstanding film of the four, which will also screen at Cinereach’s annual Reach Out event in the spring.
The fellowship is open to filmmakers who completed film studies programs in 2008 or 2009. This year, self-taught filmmakers may also apply, but are advised to discuss their eligibility with Cinereach staff before submitting an application. Applicants must also be able to reside in the New York Tri-State area from August through April of 2009/2010 to meet the Fellowship requirements.
Cinereach also has a large granting program for emerging and established filmmakers. There are two letter of inquiry deadlines annually for this program, June 1 and December 1. Grants range from $5,000 – $50,000 for features and documentary films in all stages of production (www.cinereach.org/grants).
Join Arts Engine at the world premiere of the Ninth Annual Media that Matters Film Festival on Wednesday, June 3 at the SVA Visual Arts Theater in NYC. Be among the first to Screen. Act. Impact. with this year’s 12 inspiring selections!
The Media That Matters Film Festival is the premiere showcase for short films on the most important topics of the day. Local and global, online and in communities around the world, Media That Matters engages diverse audiences and inspires them to take action.
More information is available at www.mediathatmattersfest.org.
DATE: June 3, 2009
TIME: 6:00pm impACT salon 7:00pm screening
LOCATION: Visual Arts Theater – 333 West 23rd Street
COST: $10 General Admission, $8 SVA Student, Faculty and Staff discount (show your ID at the door)