SocDoc Faculty Films Airing Now!

October 09, 2019
SocDoc Faculty Films Airing Now!
SVA MFA Documentary Faculty prides itself on the fact that our entire faculty are working filmmakers. And, they are busy! Here’s a rundown of just some of our faculty’s recent films. Click the links to watch the films & find out more!

Emmy Wins and Nominations
Free Solo, edited by Bob Eisenhardt, winner of an Emmy - Outstanding Editing for Nonfiction. The Oscar-winning film is a stunning portrait of climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock, the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park -  without a rope.

Going To War, directed and produced by Michael Epstein, was nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy - Outstanding Historical Documentary. Renowned authors Karl Marlantes and Sebastian Junger help us make sense of the paradox of war and get to the heart of what it’s like to be a soldier at war.

Personal Statement, produced by Beth Levison, nominated for News & Doc Emmy - Outstanding Business & Economic Documentary. Three seniors at Brooklyn high schools are working as college counselors because their friends have nowhere else to turn for support. They are determined to get everyone to college, even though they aren't even sure they will make it there themselves.
Two films lensed by camera faculty Bob Richman are nominated for News & Doc Emmys: The Price Of Everything (Outstanding Arts & Culture Doc) dives deep into the contemporary art world, and Intent To Destroy  (Outstanding Historical Documentary) chronicles the diplomatic pressure, Hollywood censorship and legacy of Turkish suppression that have conspired to bury the horror of the Armenian Genocide.

This is Home editor Toby Shimin was nominated for News & Doc Emmy - Outstanding Editing. Four Syrian families arrive in Baltimore, Maryland and struggle to find their footing. When the travel ban adds further complications, their strength and resilience are put to the test.
Additionally, Department Chair Maro Chermayeff was a judge for Special Merit in Documentary category of the Primetime Emmy Awards.

Watch It NOW!
Ernie & Joe, edited by Toby Shimin, will be broadcast on HBO Nov. 19; and will also be in select theaters Nov. 15. Part of the San Antonio Police Department’s mental health unit, Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro are putting compassionate policing practices into action.
Grit was broadcast on PBS POV Sept. 9, now streaming. It is directed by alum Sasha Friedlander (2011) and Oscar-winner Cynthia Wade, and with cinematography by alum Bao Nguyen (2011) and faculty Axel Baumann.  A multinational natural gas drilling company is believed responsible for the displacement of an East Java village submerged by a tsunami of mud. Fed up, a politically active teen galvanizes her neighbors to fight against the corporate powers.
The Jazz Ambassadors, executive produced by Julie Anderson, recently won a Peabody Award. When America asked its greatest jazz artists to travel the world as cultural ambassadors, they faced a painful dilemma: How could they represent a country that still practiced Jim Crow segregation?

The Kingmaker, cinematography by Jerry Risius, has played many festivals around the world, and will be broadcast on Showtime in November 2019, and have a limited theatrical release in November. The film centers on Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines whose influence rocketed her to the global political stage.
Letter to the Editor, directed by Alan Berliner, played many festivals and will be broadcast on HBO in Fall 2019. Berliner considers the power of photography and what may be lost as daily newspapers face extinction in this documentary exploring his near-lifelong obsession with clipping and indexing photos.
Made in Boise, produced by Beth Levison, with cinematography by Jenni Morello (2011), will be broadcast on PBS Independent Lens on Oct. 28. Four women find purpose - carrying babies for strangers in Boise, Idaho - the unofficial surrogacy capital of the United States - and encounter complexities along the way.
Pavarotti, directed by Ron Howard, cinematography by Axel Baumann, is now streaming. A vivid reminder of just how huge a role the great tenor Luciano Pavarotti played for a generation – breaking out of the classical music realm to become a superstar.
Recovery Boys, edited by Penelope Falk, is now streaming. In a region ravaged by opioid abuse, four young men in a farming-based rehab forge a bond as they try to reinvent their lives after years of addiction.

Running with Beto, edited by Penelope Falk, was broadcast on HBO on March 2019. Unprecedented access into the personal and political toll that running for office can take on a candidate and a family, capturing revealing moments with Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke. 

Tigerland Directed by Ross Kauffman, now streaming. Today, there are less than 4,000 tigers on earth. This film takes you deep inside an ambitious effort to double the wild tiger population by 2022 by bringing together conservationists and the local populations of India and Bhutan where the last tigers roam.

Untitled Atlanta Child Murders series to be broadcast on HBO in Fall 2019, directed and produced by department Chair Maro Chermayeff and facultySam Pollard, edited by E. Donna Shepherd; Amy Schewel is the archival producer. The series re-examines the Atlanta Child Murders of the late 1970s and early ’80s, providing unparalleled access into the case that saw at least 30 African-American children murdered and the state’s rush to officially shut down the case by persecuting and indicting 23-year-old Atlanta native Wayne Williams.
Who Killed Garrett Phillips?, edited by Karen K.H. Sim, was broadcast on HBO Summer in 2019.  It examines the 2011 murder of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips and the subsequent trial of Clarkson University soccer coach Oral “Nick” Hillary.
Why We Hate  will be broadcast on Discovery Channel Oct 13. It is a 6-part series directed by Sam Pollard, produced by Asako Gladsjo and edited by E. Donna ShepherdThe series explores one of humanity’s most primal and destructive emotions – hate. At the heart of this timely series is the notion that if people begin to understand their own minds, they can find ways to work against hate and keep it from spreading.