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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.

Ahead of Time at Angelika Film Center in NY Sept. 10 thru 16th

Ahead of Time, faculty member Bob Richman’s directorial debut will be screening at the Angelika Film Center in NY Sept. 10 thru 16th. You can buy tickets online and find out more information about Bob, Ruth Gruber, and the film:

Sasha Friedlander films thesis in Indoneisa

Sasha is currently in Indonesia filming her thesis film “Where Heaven Meets Hell: the Sulfur Miners of Kawah Ijen”. Sasha created this film last semester as one of her semester projects – it also deals with issues related to Indonesian culture and people.

Karma: The Outcasts of Bali from Sasha Friedlander on Vimeo.

t21 Announces Winners of The Best of Student Docs 2010 Contest

Telegraph 21, the innovative website for documentary filmmakers, announced the winners of its Best of Student Docs 2010 contest. Winners were selected in two categories: Short Doc (under 15 min) and Feature Doc (15-60min). The winners are:

  • The Time Machine by Mark Kendall, School of Visual Arts – Short Documentary Winner
  • Tightly Knit by Jenni Nelson, Stanford University – Short Documentary Runner-Up
  • Waiting for Women by Estephan Wagnes, National Film and TV School – Feature Documentary Winner
  • Women of Steel by Priyanka Prunti, New York University – Feature Documentary Runner-Up


Racing Dreams at SocDoc on Thursday

Racing Dreams” the new documentary film by Marshall Curry will be shown on Thursday 6.10.10 at 6pm in the SocDoc Theater (ground floor – 136 W 21t street NY, NY 10011).

This free screening will be followed by a Q&A with Marshall Curry. Please rsvp to mbhattacharya(at)

Media That Matters Fest: June 2, 2010


Join us in NYC for the World Premiere of the tenth annual Media That Matters collection!

6:00 pm: Doors Open
7:00—9:00 pm: Screening of tenth annual Media That Matters collection

Arrive early to take part in the impACT salon with some of our presenting partners for Take Action opportunities and a chance to meet the festival filmmakers.

Be among the first to see the 12 new inspiring short films selected this year by our jury of eight incredible activists and media makers.

School of Visual Arts
Visual Arts Theatre
333 West 23rd Street
New York, NY
See map

The theater is accessible by wheelchair.

Buy your tickets today before they sell out!

SVA SocDoc Student Film “The Time Machine” in the Festival Circuit

The Time Machine by Mark Kendall, class of 2010 is being shown at:

  • 2010 Westchester Film Festival
  • 2010 Talking Pictures Festival
  • 2010 Washington, DC Independent Film & Music Festival—2010 Grand Jury Award for Best Student 2010 Arizona International Film Festival
  • 2010 Nashville Film Festival (nominated for best student film)
  • 2010 NYC Downtown Short Film Festival
Film Screening: Leo Hurwitz & The New York School of Documentary Film

March 10-19 Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Ave ( at 2nd St)
New York

Selected programs will be introduced by Tom Hurwitz, the filmmaker’s son, and by Manfred Kirchheimer, who worked with Leo Hurwitz on many of his later films. For full descriptions and details of the films, please visit: CONTINUE READING »

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