SocDoc Blog

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

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2ND, 2009
Faculty Member Screens Film at IFC

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:

http://stfdocs.com/films/im_dangerous_with_love/

The IFC Theater contact info:

IFC Center
www.ifccenter.com

323 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10014-4403
(212) 924-7771

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2009
Department Tours

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 mbhattacharya@sva.edu.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27TH, 2009
Graduate Portfolio Day – NYC

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 tdoyle@sva.edu.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27TH, 2009
Process and Style Guest Lecture Series – Fall 2009

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 emailmfasocdoc@sva.edu and you will be placed on an email notice list.

Below are some of our planned lectures for the fall 2009 semester:

9/10/09
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

9/17/09
Screening: “Carrier” and ”Circus”

Topic: Who are you more loyal to – the story or your subjects?
Lecturers: Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre

9/24/09
Screening: “I’m Dangerous with Love”

Topic: Flying Solo – The director as a one-person band.  
Lecturer: Michel Negroponte

10/1/09
Screening: “Native Land” 
Topic: New York Documentary scene from 1931 to 1942
Lecturer: Tom Hurwitz, ASC

10/8/09
Lecturer: D.A. Pennebaker

10/15/09
Topic: Observational film/Cinema Verite – The presence of the filmmaker is felt. Subjectivity and relationship.
Lecturer: Susan Fromke and Muffy Meyer

10/22/09
Topic: In what way do you approach your story – as a journalist or filmmaker?

Lecturer: Yoruba Richen

10/29/09
Screening: “Frontier House” 

Topic: Historical Programming
Lecturers: Beth Hoppe and Maro Chermayeff

11/5/09
Topic:  Fleshing out a story – from web videos to a winning television program.
Lecturer: Micah Fink

11/12/09
Topic: Archival Research – how to gather archival footage and use it creatively and to the advantage of your story

Lecturer: Amy Schewel

11/19/09
Topic: The Interview – How to prepare; how to do an informal, spontaneous interview.  How to think on your feet. 

Lecturer: Pamela Yates

12/3/09
Screening: “Bellview” 

Topic: Advocacy Filmmaking 

Lecturer: Maryann DeLeo

12/10/09
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/

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19TH, 2009
Information Session October 24th from 2-4pm

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:
http://www.schoolofvisualarts.edu/gradopenhouse/app

You can request to have a copy of the 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog mailed to you by filling out this form:
http://www.schoolofvisualarts.edu/CatalogRequests/CatalogApplication.php#form

Prospective students can also download a copy of sections of or the entire catalog using this link:
http://www.schoolofvisualarts.edu/grad/index.jsp?sid0=2&sid1=401

Please contact mfasocdoc@sva.edu with any questions about this event or call the department 212-592-2919.

TUESDAY, JULY 14TH, 2009
The Reckoning tonight on P.O.V.

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.

(Click here for local listings as times vary)


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17TH, 2009
Cinereach Seeking Young Filmmakers for $5,000 Fellowship

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).

THURSDAY, MAY 21ST, 2009
Media That Matters Film Festival – SOLD OUT
Media That Matters

Media That Matters

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)

THURSDAY, MAY 21ST, 2009
Witnesses to a Secret War Screening June 2nd

WITNESSES TO A SECRET WAR tells the history of America’s clandestine war in Laos through the stories of the Hmong soldiers who fought alongside the Central Intelligence Agency and were forced to flee when the war was lost to the Communists in 1975.

Artist Cy Thao and refugee advocate KaYing Yang were young children when they fled Laos with their families and came to the United States. Like exiles everywhere, they feel compelled to understand their past. Through disarmingly naïve paintings, Cy depicts the violence against the Hmong that followed the Communist takeover. KaYing has dedicated her life to helping refugees, like the Xiong family, who have been living in refugee camps in Thailand for the past 30 years. While Cy and KaYing look to the past, WITNESSES TO A SECRET WAR follows the Xiong family who are only now, 30 years later, leaving refugee life to make a new life in America.

This is the story of the Hmong people — who against all odds, survived a collision between personal history and the history of American politics in Southeast Asia.

Witnesses to a Secret War was directed by MFA SocDoc directing faculty member Deborah Dickson and will air on select PBS stations this summer.

DATE: June 2, 2009
TIME: 7pm
LOCATION: Visual Arts Theater – 333 West 23rd Street
RSVP: This screening is free and open to the public please RSVP to be placed on the guest list mbhattacharya@sva.edu.

TUESDAY, MAY 12TH, 2009
Film Screening: Kim Longinotto A 14-Film Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art

Presented in collaboration with Women Make Movies
May 7th-23rd, 2009
Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY
Screening Times

One of the foremost documentary filmmakers working today, Kim Longinotto is renowned internationally for her perceptive and complex portraits and her sensitive and compassionate treatment of unusual topics. This exhibition presents fourteen documentary works tackling a range of fascinating subjects from Japanese women wrestlers to divorce in Iran. The exhibition opens with the New York premiere of Rough Aunties (2009), winner of the Best Documentary, World Cinema at the Sundance Film Festival and scheduled for broadcast on HBO in 2010.

Other highlights of the retrospective include the Peabody and Cannes Prix art et Essai Award-winning Sisters in Law (2005, co-directed with Florence Ayisi); The BAFTA Award-winning Divorce Iranian Style (1998, co-directed with Ziba Mir-Hosseini); and Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go (2007) with its national broadcast premiere taking place on July 28, 2009 on PBS’s Emmy-Award winning P.O.V. series. Additional special events include four-consecutive nights of opening weekend screenings and talks with Kim Longinotto, plus a rare Master Class on documentary filmmaking.

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