Happenings in the documentary film world and within the School of Visual Arts MFA in Social Documentary Film Community
Register now for our Information Sessions for 2015 Admission. Meet the department chair, faculty, staff, tour the facilities and get all of your questions answered in one two hour event!
Register for November 8th from 11am-1pm. (DONE)
or December 2nd from 6pm-8pm. (LAST ONE OF THE YEAR)
9/9/14 – Chiemi Karasawa – clips from Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me and more founder Isotope Films
9/16/14 – NO GUEST on Tues- instead
Aumni Film Festival on 9/20 @ 8pm and Thesis Showcase 9/26-9/28
9/23/14 – Lynn Sachs – experimental, multimedia, doc filmmaker – http://www.lynnesachs.com/
9/30/14 – Loira Limbal – from Firelight Media
10/7/14 – Lynn True and Nelson Walker – work in progress or Summer Pasture
10/15/14 – E-Team premiere at IFC
10/21/14 – LynnAnn Klotz (law and documentary film) – A
10/28/14 – LynnAnn Klotz (law and documentary film) – B
11/4/14 – Michael Kantor – from American Masters
11/11/14 – Rich Hill Tracy Droz Tragos
11/18/14 – DOC NYC – TBA
11/25/14 – David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Worral and Thanksgiving Pot Luck
12/2/14 – Information Session at SocDoc – Stranger Than Fiction at IFC
12/9/14 – Ahead of Time – Bob Richman at JCC
12/15 & 12/16 – End of Semester Screenings
Join us to celebrate 19 uniquely wonderful thesis films from our 2014 graduating class.
Tickets are free and can be reserved here.
After School Special 2014: SVA’s Alumni Film & Animation Festival
Friday, September 19, 2014 –
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Event hosted by: School of Visual Arts
SVA’s Inaugural Alumni Film & Animation Festival
Featuring some of the College’s most accomplished film, video, and animation alumni, this multi-day festival will include screenings, premieres of new work, behind-the-scenes looks at box office hits and classics, and special Q&As with industry insiders.
All screenings are free and open to the public. A limited number of badges, which will provide reserved seating for all screenings, are available for purchase through the Eventbrite links below, or by clicking the ticket icon above.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVPs via the Eventbrite pages linked to below are appreciated, but not necessary. Doors will open approximately 30 minutes prior to each screening.
A full schedule and list of participants is below (subject to change) and can also be found at svatheatre.eventbrite.com. All screenings are accompanied by Q&As.
All events will take place at SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011. Directions, as well as local restaurants, hotels, and attractions, can be found here.
7:00PM Power: A STARZ Original Series (2014). Join Executive Producer Randall Emmett (BFA 1994 Film and Video; 2 Guns, Lone Survivor) for a special screening of the pilot episode of this New York-set drama. RSVP or purchase a badge here.
8:00PM Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) in 3D. Followed by a Q&A with members of Hydraulx visual effects studio – Jeremy Butler (BFA 1999 Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects) and Joel Sevilla (BFA 1999 Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects) – and a special behind-the-scenes look at the film’s visual effects. RSVP or purchase a badge here.
12:30PM Rio 2 (2014) in 3D. Bring the entire family to this special screening of the hit sequel, featuring a Q&A with artists from Blue Sky Studios — Kevin Edzenga (BFA 2009 Computer Art), Krzysztof Fus (BFA 2011 Computer Art), and Jonathan Lin (BFA 2012 Computer Art). RSVP or purchase a badge here.
4:00PM SVA Shorts! The Animated Series. Join MFA Computer Art alumni Kun-I Chang (2007), Nathan Freise (2009), Shiouwen Hong (2009), Q-hyun Kim (2012), ChuChi Lin (2010), John Mattiuzzi (2012), Joshua Planz (2013), and Taili Wu (2009) as they present a selection of commercials, music videos, and short films (including the world premiere of Zerogon). Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers/animators. RSVP or purchase a badge here.
8:00PM Lars and the Real Girl (2007) shown in 35mm. Join director Craig Gillespie (BFA 1989 Media Arts) for a screening of the Academy Award-nominated modern classic, followed by a Q&A. RSVP or purchase a badge here.
8:00PM La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus (2012). Join filmmaker Mark Kendall (MFA 2011 Social Documentary) for a screening of his award-winning documentary, followed by a Q&A. RSVP or purchase a badge here.
11:59PM Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996) shown in 35mm. Join us for a special midnight screening and live Skype Q&A with co-director Yvette Kaplan (BFA 1976 Animation). RSVP or purchase a badge here.
2:00PM SVA Shorts! The Live Action Series. Join MPS Live Action Short Film alumni Ali Akarcesme (2011), Anissa Folley (2011), Adrienne Nicole (2011), Eric Pennycoff (2013), and Gabriel Wilson (2011) as they present a selection of commercials, music videos, and short films. Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. RSVP or purchase a badge here.
2:30PM Your Sister’s Sister (2011). Join us for a screening of the award-winning film, followed by a live Skype Q&A with director/writer Lynn Shelton (MFA 1995 Photography and Related Media) and a sneak peek of her upcoming film, Laggies. RSVP or purchase a badge here.
5:30PM Affluenza (2014). Join director Kevin Asch (BFA 1998 Film and Video) for a screening of his newly-released film. RSVP or purchase a badge here.
– See more at: http://svatheatre.com/events/alumnifest2014/#sthash.MQmhVSKS.dpuf
UnionDocs (UnDo) is a Center for Documentary Art that generates and shares big ideas.
We bring together a diverse community of experimental media-makers, dedicated journalists, critical thinkers, and local partners on a search for urgent expressions of the human experience, practical perspectives on the world today, and compelling visions for the future. UnDo and Do Up!
About Ondi Timoner
The only filmmaker to win the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize twice, Ondi Timoner is one of the most celebrated documentarians working today. Through her web series and short films, she continues to put forth cutting edge content investigating the craft of documentary filmmaking as well as tech innovators.
Timoner’s 2004 doc Dig! chronicles feuding bands the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. An exploration on the collision of art and commerce, this feature film was an instant classic and recently named the top music film of all time by The Guardian. She would follow this up with We Live in Public (2009), a riveting portrait of Internet pioneer Josh Harris who made and lost a fortune and explored humans willingness to give up their privacy in the virtual age. Her other features explore topics like women in the American justice system (The Nature of the Beast, 1994), what draws us to cults (Join Us, 2007) and global warming (Cool It, 2010).
She hosts the ongoing series Bring Your Own Doc (BYOD) for TheLip.tv, whose archive is a tremendous resource of interviews with filmmakers like Steve James, Lucy Walker, Eugene Jarecki, Kirby Dick, Lauren Greenfield, Joshua Oppenheimer and Les Blank to name a few. Her channel A TOTAL DISRUPTION has multiple series about innovators who are using technology to change our lives. Featuring guests like Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian and Jack Dorsey from Twitter, this project is also being developed into a feature length documentary. Timoner has also collaborated on short films that have succeeded in the festival circuit such as Library of Dust and Recycle. Having made dramatic documentaries with strong narrative arcs, she is gearing up to shoot her first fiction feature this year about photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
Ondi loves to use her camera as a bridge to bring herself and the audience deep into worlds they may never otherwise enter. In 2000, Timoner created the original VH-1 series Sound Affects, about music’s effect at critical moments in people’s lives. She has directed commercials and web series for McDonalds, State Farm, Ford, The Army, and others. She has directed films for CNN Heroes, and helmed short films for Honda’s Dream the Impossible series, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. She directed the opening film for President Clinton’s birthday/fundraiser concert featuring Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Jay-Z, and the President himself at the Hollywood Bowl.
1. 1/24/14 @ 6pm
We Live in Public
2. Date: 1/28/14
The Great Flood
how to build them using WIX (free service)
3. Date: 2/4/14
How to Die in Oregon (screen before the lecture) – he will screen other things
4. Date: 2/11/14
5. Date: 2/18/14 – AT IFC
IFC Stranger Than Fiction
Montery Pop – with D.A. Pennebaker and film crew Al Maysles, Jim Desmond, Nick Proferres, Brice Marden, Robert Leacock and assistant editor Lana Jokel
6. Date: 2/25/14
7. Date: 3/11/14
8. Date: 3/18/14
9. Date: 3/25/14
First Cousin Once Removed
10. Date: 4/1/14
11. Date: 4/8/14
12. Date: 4/15/14
As usual we have a great line up of guests visiting the MFA SocDoc program this fall. The Process and Style Guest Lecture Series is primarily for SocDoc students and alumni, but if you would like to visit just email [email protected] to reserve a seat.
9/26/13 Instructor: Christine Turner
Date: 10/2/13 Instructor: Lois Vossen
Independent Lens and ITVS
Film: “An Abominal Crime”
Film: Jesse Owens
Michelle Major and Sam Pollard
Film: Venus and Serena
Film: In a Dream
Editor Paula Heredia
Filmmaker Gini Reticker
Date: 12/4/13 – 12:30-2:30
Co-CEO at Preferred Film & TV
Managing Partner at Killer Digital
Co-President at City Room Creative
The 2013 graduates of the MFA Social Documentary Film program have created some of the most interesting, unique, humorous and thought provoking films out there, and you are invited to come check them out for free! Please join us on September 20th, 21st and 22nd for a weekend of very special documentary films. Tickets are free and can be reserved here.
Dates/Times (see below for schedule):
September 20th (6:00pm-9pm)
September 21st (1pm-8pm) with a reception from 8pm-10pm
September 22nd (2pm-8:30pm)
SVA Theater Location:
- 333 W 23rd Street (directions)
- The Beatrice Theater (266 seats)
Ticketing/Seating: TICKETS HERE
More information: please call the MFA SocDoc Department @ 212-592-2919 or email [email protected]