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

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21ST, 2014
“We Live in Public” on Friday 1/24/14 @ 6pm
In collaboration with UnionDocs, the MFA SocDoc program is thrilled to present Ondi Timoner’s “We Live in Public” on Friday 1/24/14 @ 6pm. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Ondi. There are a few seats available for guests, please email mfasocdoc@sva.edu to reserve a seat. The event is FREE and the theater is located in the MFA SocDoc Department – 136 W 21st street, ground floor NY, NY 10011.

UnionDocs


About UnionDocs

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.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17TH, 2014
Spring 2014 Guest Lecture Series

THIS FRIDAY

1. 1/24/14 @ 6pm
UnionDocs Collaboration
Ondi Timoner
We Live in Public

2. Date: 1/28/14
Bill Morrison
The Great Flood 

2.5. 1/29/14
web sites
how to build them using WIX (free service)

3. Date: 2/4/14
Peter Richardson
How to Die in Oregon (screen before the lecture) – he will screen other things

4. Date: 2/11/14
TBD

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
Lana Wilson
After Tiller

7. Date: 3/11/14
Richard Hankin
Editor

8. Date: 3/18/14
Mark Kendall
La Camioneta

9. Date: 3/25/14
Alan Berliner
First Cousin Once Removed

10. Date: 4/1/14

TBD

11. Date: 4/8/14

TBD

12. Date: 4/15/14

TBD

 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8TH, 2014
Fall 2014 Admissions Deadlines

DEADLINES:

  • Early Decision January 10th, 2014 (extended from December 20th).
  • Regular Decision February 24th, 2014.
  • Rolling Admissions as space permits through the spring.
  • Contact: mfasocdoc@sva.edu with questions about these deadlines.

Find out about our APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4TH, 2013
Fall 2013 Guest Lecture Series

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 mfasocdoc@sva.edu to reserve a seat.

9/26/13 Instructor: Christine Turner
Film: Homegoings

Date: 10/2/13 Instructor: Lois Vossen
Independent Lens and ITVS

Date: 10/10/13
Micah Fink
Film: “An Abominal Crime”

Date: 10/17/13
Laurens Grant
Film: Jesse Owens

Date: 10/24/13
Michelle Major and Sam Pollard
Film: Venus and Serena

Date: 11/7/13
Jerimiah Zagar
Film: In a Dream

Date: 11/14/13
Editor Paula Heredia

Date: 11/21/13
Filmmaker Gini Reticker

Date: 12/4/13 – 12:30-2:30
Kevin Iwashina
Co-CEO at Preferred Film & TV
Managing Partner at Killer Digital
Co-President at City Room Creative

MONDAY, AUGUST 26TH, 2013
Third Annual Thesis Showcase

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 info@mfasocdoc.sva.edu.

THURSDAY, JULY 25TH, 2013
Bao Nguyen (’11) producing new film for Aljazeera.com

One young Japanese struggles with his destiny as the next in line to take over his family’s 800-year old temple.

Modern-day Japan is a complex nation struggling to combine tradition with the demands of a globalised world.

With rare access to a traditional family temple in Japan, Scion Sasaki’s story captures the struggle of a nation as he questions his future dictated by more than 20 generations past.

He is destined to become the next head monk and run his family temple in Kyoto, Japan, before he turns 30 years old.

Returning home to Japan, this DJ by night and trainee monk by day knows what inevitably lies ahead of him, but how does he come to terms with it?

See the film and find out more.

THURSDAY, MAY 30TH, 2013
Up Coming Alumni Screenings

Spreading the word about three upcoming SocDoc related screenings:

Scattered, by Lindsay Lindenbaum (’12) – June 2nd and 4th
SCATTERED will be having its NYC premiere at the Brooklyn Film Festival!
Sunday, June 2 @ 8pm (IndieScreen)
Tuesday, June 4 @ 8pm (Windmill Studios)
For more information and to buy tickets, please click here:
http://www.brooklynfilmfestival.org/films/detail.asp?fid=1413

Where Heaven Meets Hell by Sasha Friedlander (11) – June 2nd at 10pm
We are thrilled to announce the US TV broadcast Premiere of Where Heaven Meets Hell on Global Voices | PBS — June 2nd at 10pm EST
Please check out the World Channel schedule link for local screening times/dates in your area: http://worldchannel.org/schedule/localize/

LaCamioneta by Mark Kendall (’11) at ReRun Theater 5/31/13-6/6/13
We have a special $7 ticket price ($3 off) for the LaCamioneta screening on June 4th at 7:30 at the ReRun theater in Dumbo. Use the code – “socdoc”
Get your tickets online now: http://lacamionetarerun.eventbrite.com/

TUESDAY, MAY 14TH, 2013
Rachel Loube (SocDoc ’11) Wins Student Academy Award

Winners Announced for 2013 Student Academy Awards®

Bob Saget to Host Awards Ceremony

BEVERLY HILLS, CA –Thirteen students from nine U.S. colleges and universities as well as three students from foreign universities have been selected as winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Student Academy Awards competition. They will be brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry activities that will culminate in the awards ceremony, hosted by 1978 Student Academy Award winner and comedian Bob Saget, on Saturday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

This year saw first-time honors go to Elon University, Occidental College and the University of Michigan in the U.S. competition, as well as to Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland, and RITS School of Arts, Belgium, in the foreign competition. The medal placements – gold, silver and bronze – in each of the award categories will be announced at the June 8 ceremony.

The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title):

Alternative

“Bottled Up,” Rafael Cortina, Occidental College

“The Compositor,” John Mattiuzzi, School of Visual Arts

“Zug,” Perry Janes, University of Michigan

Animation

“Dia de los Muertos,” Lindsey St. Pierre and Ashley Graham, Ringling College of Art and Design

“Peck Pocketed,” Kevin Herron, Ringling College of Art and Design

“Will,” Eusong Lee, California Institute of the Arts

Documentary

“Every Tuesday: A Portrait of The New Yorker Cartoonists,” Rachel Loube, School of Visual Arts

“A Second Chance,” David Aristizabal, University of Southern California

“Win or Lose,” Daniel Koehler, Elon University

Narrative

“Josephine and the Roach,” Jonathan Langager, University of Southern California

“Ol’ Daddy,” Brian Schwarz, University of Texas at Austin

“Un Mundo para Raúl (A World for Raúl),” Mauro Mueller, Columbia University

Foreign Film

“Miss Todd,” Kristina Yee, National Film and Television School, United Kingdom

“Parvaneh,” Talkhon Hamzavi, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland

“Tweesprong (Crossroads),” Wouter Bouvijn, RITS School of Arts, Erasmus College Brussels, Belgium

To reach this stage, U.S. students competed in one of three regional competitions. Each region is permitted to send up to three finalists in each of the four categories. The Student Academy Awards Executive Committee screened and voted on the finalists in the Foreign Film category.

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. Past Student Academy Award® winners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar® nominations and have won or shared eight awards. The roster includes such distinguished filmmakers as John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker and Spike Lee.

The 40th Student Academy Awards ceremony on June 8 is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required. Tickets are available online at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office, or by mail. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.

FRIDAY, MAY 3RD, 2013
Student Academy Awards :: Three SocDoc Students Are Region 3 Finalists!

Erik and Tabha at the semi final ceremony2013 Student Academy Awards® Finalists Announced

Documentary

“The Battle of the Jazz Guitarist,” Mark Columbus, University of California, Los Angeles

“Every Tuesday: A Portrait of The New Yorker Cartoonists,” Rachel Loube, School of Visual Arts

“Everybody’s Business,” Laura Green, Stanford University

“Graceland Girls,” Jordan Theresa Salvatoriello, Emerson College

“A Second Chance,” David Aristizabal, University of Southern California

“Through the Fire,” Eunice Lau, New York University

“Vultures of Tibet,” Russell O. Bush, University of Texas at Austin

“Win or Lose,” Daniel Koehler, Elon University

“Wonder Workshop,” Amitabh Joshi and Erik Spink, School of Visual Arts

Read more about the awards here: http://www.oscars.org/press/pressreleases/2013/20130501.html

FRIDAY, APRIL 19TH, 2013
Deborah Dickson’s latest film airs on PBS

MFA SocDoc directing faculty member Deborah Dickson’s latest film “The Lost Bird Project” will air on PBS Channel THIRTEEN on Sunday, April 21st at 7:00pm. It is a beautiful film and should be seen by everyone who loves documentary films as well as birds. More information found on the film’s web site.

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