If you're interested in joining SVA's MFA Social Documentary Film program, we encourage you to come by for a tour of the department, and to sit in on our weekly screening series that comprise our Process & Style class on Thursday evenings.Screenings are only for SocDoc students and prospective students. Please be in touch with SocDoc's Rose Vincelli Gustine to RSVP and for more details.
Not in NYC? Watch videos of our recent discussions about Hooligan Sparrow and PBS' music series Soundbreaking along with Masterclasses from Michael Apted (the 7 Up series) and Marcel Ophuls (The Sorrow and the Pity).
Monday, March 20 - Record & Resist!
MFA Social Documentary Film presents a program of activist films from the modern era of protest. As we all work to shine a light on the social ills that surround us, and we strive to make a difference, students around the country turn their cameras on. See some of the work we’ve made at SVA’s MFA SocDoc and at BFA Film surrounding the last few months of protest: Standing Rock, Women’s March, Yemeni Bodega Strike, Funeral for the Presidency, and the general tenor of resistance. Find the full program & many of the films streaming online here.
March 30 – Screening: Solitary, dir: Kristi Jacobson (2016)
Kristi Jacobson, Director/Producer; Julie Goldman & Katie Mitchell, Producers; David Menschel, Executive Producer; Ben Gold, Editor; Ben Gold, Editor
Seattle Film Festival, IDFA, Theatrical Release NYC & LA, Dec. 2016; HBO Broadcast 2017
SOLITARY is a daring exploration of the lives of inmates and corrections officers in one of America's most notorious supermax prisons, built to hold inmates in 8x10 cells, 23-hours-a-day, for months, years, and sometimes decades. With unprecedented access, the film captures a complex, unexpected and deeply moving portrait of life inside.
Speaker: K. Jacobson
American Prison System | Human Rights
April 6 –WORKING! Hear from those working hard in documentary about various ways to sustain a career in the industry
Erin Casper, Editor
Erin Casper is an Emmy-nominated documentary editor based in New York. Her recent credits include NOMINATION (dir. AJ Schnack), a 10-part U.S. election series for Vanity Fair and 2016 International Documentary Award nominee for Best Short Form Series. She is currently editing RISK, directed by Laura Poitras. Erin’s other editing credits include the 2013 Sundance Special Jury winning AMERICAN PROMISE (dir. Michèle Stephenson, Joe Brewster); the 2015 Independent Spirit Award nominee THE LAST SEASON (dir. Sara Dosa); NAACP Image Award nominee THE NEW BLACK (dir. Yoruba Richen); and AFI DOCS grand jury prize winner OUR SCHOOL (dir. Mona Nicoara). Her work has also appeared in Field of Vision,NY Times Op-Docs and The Intercept. Erin is an alumni of the IFP Documentary Film and Sundance Documentary Edit & Story Labs. She was also the inaugural recipient of the prestigious Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship.
Adam Banicki, Senior Producer, VICE Media (SocDoc Class of 2012)
Adam Banicki is a Senior Producer at VICE Media. He has worked on projects ranging from feature documentaries to short online videos. Projects he has contributed to have received Sundance funding, been an iTunes bestseller, and screened at major film festivals. In the last 2 years, Adam has produced more than 500 video stories that have received more than 300 million views on Facebook.
Jessica Paul, Supervising Producer, Chopped
Meet career non-fiction television producer Jessica Paul, and discuss ways non-fiction is changing our media landscape, in food tv and elsewhere. Previous credit include Travel Channel, VH1/MTV and Miramax.
Photo: Standing Rock Procession 2016, Jessie Adler, featured in "Record & Resist"