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THE FILM STUDY CENTER AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES 2016-17 FULTON FELLOWSHIPS TO VIDEO ARTISTS ALI CHERRI AND LOIS PATIÑO

CAMBRIDGE, MA: The Film Study Center at Harvard University (FSC) is pleased to announce the 2016-17 Robert E. Fulton III Fellowship in Nonfiction Filmmaking to video artists, Ali Cherri and Lois Patiño.

The Robert E. Fulton III Fellowship in Nonfiction Filmmaking was established at the
Film Study Center in 2003 in honor of the late Robert Fulton, former fellow of the Film Study Center, and faculty member and student in the Visual and Environmental Studies Department at Harvard University. An extraordinary nonfiction filmmaker and possibly the world's most accomplished and inventive aerial cinematographer, Fulton died in a private airplane crash in 2002. At the time of his death, Fulton was in the process of filming Andes to Amazon for the BBC, with a custom-made wing mounted Arriflex. Fulton's death leaves a legacy of immense creativity.

The Robert E. Fulton III Fellowship in Nonfiction Filmmaking comes with a $5,000 award and is designed to further the work of emerging non-fiction film or video makers who exemplify Robert Fulton's own qualities: his independent spirit; his exploration of diverse cultures; his arresting cinematography; and his profound aesthetic sensibility, particularly towards natural landscapes.

About the 2016-17 Fellows:

Ali CHERRI is a filmmaker and visual artist based in Beirut and Paris. His work has been presented in museums and art spaces around the world, including But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise Guggenheim New York (2016), A Taxonomy of Fallacies: The Life of Dead Objects a solo exhibition Sursock Museum, Beirut (2016), Matérialité de l’Invisible at the Centquatre, Paris (2016), Time out of Joint, Sharjah Art Space (2016), Earth and Ever After Saudi Art Council, Jeddah (2016), Desires and Necessities MACBA, Spain (2015); Lest the Two Seas Meet Warsaw Museum of Modern Art, Poland (2015); Mare Medi Terra Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Spain (2015); Songs of Loss and Songs of Love Gwangju Museum of Art, South Korea (2014).

His film The Digger has screened at Cinéma du Réel, (Centre Pompidou, Paris, France), Ann Arbor Film Festival (Michigan, USA), CPH:DOX (Copenhagen,
Denmark) where it was awarded the NEW VISON Award and at Imagine Science, (NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE) where it was awarded the Scientist Award, it also screened at the Matérialité de l’Invisible, (Le Centquarre, Paris, France), and the Rotterdam International Film Festival (The Netherlands).

He is represented by Galerie Imane Farès.

Lois PATIÑO is a video and installation artist from Spain. His videos and video installations have shown in art centers including Centro Cultura San Martín (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Casa Encendida (Madrid, Spain), CCCB (Barcelona, Spain), MARCO (Vigo, Spain), and Solar Galeria (Vila do Conde, Portugal). His films have screened at international festivals including Locarno (Switzerland), Toronto (Canada), Rotterdam (The Neatherlands), San Francisco (California, USA), Ann Arbor (Minchigan, USA), Viennale (Vienna, Austria), Cinema du Rèel (Centre Georges Pompidou, París, France), Rome International Film Festival (Italy), Media City (Windsor, Canada) and in Rencontres Internationales París/ Berlín/ Madrid, which took place in Centre Georges Pompidou (París), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin) and Reina Sofía Museum (Madrid).

He received the prize for best emerging director at the Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland) with his work Costa da Morte. His latest film Night Without Distance screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (Canada) among others, and won best short film at the San Francisco International Film Festival (California, USA).

He is represented by The New Gallery (Madrid) and Vilaseco Gallery (A Coruña), and by the film production company Zeitun Films.


FSC fellow Philip Cartelli screens his film LAMPEDUSA at Art of the Real at The Film Society of Lincoln Center on March 20 at 8:15pm

LAMPEDUSA
Philip Cartelli & Mariangela Ciccarello, sound mix Ernst Karel
Italy/France/USA, 2015, 14m English, Italian, and French with English subtitles

Interlacing its multilingual narrative with high-definition panoramas and black-and-white Super 8 footage, LAMPEDUSA revisits the 1831 volcanic eruption off the coast of Sicily, which created a short-lived landmass that provoked multiple European nations to claim it as their own.

linkArt of the Real at The Film Society of Lincoln Center


Julia Yezbick’s film HOW TO RUST will screen at the Ann Arbor Film Festival on March 20 at 11am.

HOW TO RUST
(Julia Yezbick, 2016 25 min.)

Detroit artist Olayami Dabls’ installation “Iron Teaching Rocks How to Rust” is a metaphor for the forced assimilation of Africans to European culture and language. Here Dabls’ bricolage of the postindustrial landscape becomes a commentary on the half-life of Fordism, where the relationship between cultural production, history, and place is recast, revealing larger truths about how we mythologize a former glory and shape an imagined future.

linkAnn Arbor Film Festival


Dragstrip, a short film by FSC fellows Daniel Claridge (2015-16) and Pacho Velez (2012-13) will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival.

Dragstrip
Daniel Claridge and Pacho Velez
USA, 2015, 4 min.

In this exhilarating blast of raw Americana shot at a drag-racing track in Upstate New York, the faces of drivers, mechanics, and spectators betray all the excitement that we demand of any real-life sports drama.


FSC fellow Philip Cartelli and Mariangela Ciccarello’s film, Lampedusa has its world premiere at the Lorcarno Film Festival.

Lampedusa
Philip Cartelli and Mariangela Ciccarello
Italy, France, USA · 2015 · DCP · Color and Black and White

Combining high definition and Super 8 footage, Lampedusa is composed of interwoven narratives based on a series of real events. In 1831, a volcanic island suddenly erupted from the sea a few kilometers off the southern coast of Sicily. An international dispute ensued, as a number of European powers laid claim to this newfound “land”. The island receded below sea level six months later, leaving only a rocky ledge under the sea…

linkFestival website


Into the Hinterlands by FSC fellow Julia Yezbick premieres at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival.

Into the Hinterlands
Julia Yezbick
2015, DCP, 39 mins.

The Hinterlands, a Detroit-based performance ensemble, practice a form of ecstatic training which they see as a provocation towards the unknown — a space both physical and imaginary whose mystery is its source of generation and from which their creativity emerges. Their practice is one of ecstatic play, of finding the edge of one's balance, and the limits of one's body.

linkFilm website


FSC fellow Joana Pimenta wins Best Portuguese Short Film at IndieLisboa and the Tom Berman Most Promising Filmmaker award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival for her recent film, The Figures Carved into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees (As Figuras Gravadas na Faca com a Seiva das Bananeiras).

The Figures Carved Into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees
Joana Pimenta
2014, DCP, 16 minutes

The rapid turning of a light draws a circle. In the space bound by its line unravels an archive of postcards sent between the island of Madeira and the former Portuguese colony of Mozambique. The figures carved into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees circulates between a fictional colonial memory, and science-fiction.

linkView an excerpt from the film


FSC fellows included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial honoring Lucien Casting-Taylor, Verena Paravel and the Sensory Ethnography Lab

Produced in Harvard University's Sensory Ethnography Lab (founded in 2006 to promote innovative combinations of aesthetics and ethnography), Leviathan (2012) was shot off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts, the former whaling capital of the world and the mythic port of departure in Herman Melville's Moby Dick. The film provides an unprecedented view of the world of industrial fishing—one by turns cosmic and corporeal, and which appears to be as much from the perspective of the fish, the boat, and the sea as from that of the fishermen or the filmmakers themselves. Miniature waterproof cameras attached to the fishermen's bodies or cast into the ocean allow the "eye" of the camera to rove and flow dynamically with the subjects of the film. This shifting point of view marks a radical departure in cinema, a mode of vision that seems unmoored from the human gaze.

Leviathan is the first of four works in Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel's ongoing project Canst Thou Draw Out Leviathan with a Hook? (2012– ) that explores how humanity is haunted by the sea. Working with digital video, sound, and still imagery, the project offers various portraits of our relationship to the oceanic world and the mythology of the Deep, from the metaphysical to the viscerally physical.

For details on screening times and SEL artists please visit the Whitney's webpage.

link Whitney Biennial, Sensory Ethnography Lab


 

Cinema Guild (US) and Dogwoof (UK) to theatrically release MANAKAMANA by FSC fellows Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez in the spring of 2014.

link Cinema Guild

link Dogwoof


MANAKAMANA by FSC fellows Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez has been named one of the "Top Films of 2013" by the New York Times

link Read the New York Times article


FSC fellows Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez win the Golden Leopard at the 66th Locarno Film Festival

FSC fellows Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez were awarded the Golden Leopard for their film MANAKAMANA in the Cinema of the Present competition at the 66th Locarno Film Festival

"The top prize in the section went to the most (literally) transporting film, Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez's "Manakamana," the newest work from Harvard's Sensory Ethnography Lab (which also produced "Sweetgrass" and the recent "Leviathan"). Shot entirely inside a cable car that carries pilgrims and tourists to and from a mountaintop temple in Nepal, "Manakamana" is radically simple in its conception: Each of the 11 shots lasts about as long as a ride, which also corresponds to the duration of a roll of 16 mm film. But the film is also thrillingly mysterious in its effects: a work of staged documentary, a cross between science fiction and ethnography, an airborne version of an Andy Warhol screen test.

As with the best structural films, "Manakamana" is also a kind of head movie, one the viewer is invited to complete. Working within a 5- by 5-foot box, Spray and Velez have made an endlessly suggestive film, one that both describes and transcends the bounds of time and space." - Dennis Lim, LA Times

link Locarno Film Festival


FSC fellows Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez's new film MANAKAMANA to premiere at the Locarno Film Festival in August

MANAKAMANA will have its world premiere as part of the Locarno Film Festival's Concorso Cineasti del presente, which is dedicated to emerging directors from all over the world.

link Locarno Film Festival


FSC-Radcliffe fellow Romuald Karmakar's work is currently on display at the German Pavilion of La Biennale di Venezia along side works by Ai Weiwei, Santu Mofokeng and Dayanita Singh

linkLa Biennale di Venezia


McMillan-Stewart Fellow Abdellatif Kechiche wins the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival

2009-10 McMillan-Stewart Fellow Abdellatif Kechiche has won the Palme d'Or for BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR at the Cannes Film Festival

link Read more about the award


Robert Gardner Awarded the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal

The Smithsonian awarded documentary filmmaker and Film Study Center founder, Robert Gardner the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal in honor of his commitment to excellence and support for public understanding and engagement.

link Read more about the award on the Smithsonian's website


Film Study Center Announces 2013-14 FSC-Harvard Fellows

Cambridge, MA - The Film Study Center at Harvard University (FSC) announces the list of FSC-Harvard fellows selected for the 2013-14 academic year.

FSC-Harvard fellowships provide funding and technical resources for students and faculty undertaking compelling work in video, film, sound, or photography. These fellowships support advanced work, from the ethnographic to the experimental, that explores and expands the expressive potential of audiovisual media. The fellowships are open to Harvard faculty, graduate students, teaching assistants, teaching fellows, and postdoctoral and research fellows.

A wide range of works have been produced with the FSC's assistance over the years. Important nonfiction films have included John Marshall's The Hunters (1958), Robert Gardner's Forest of Bliss (1985), Ross McElwee's Bright Leaves (2003), Sharon Lockhart's Lunch Break (2008) and Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s Leviathan (2012). While nonfiction film and video continue to be a main focus of this fellowship, widely divergent media and genres have also been supported, including animation, multimedia installation, and sound.

Fellows become part of a community of makers who participate in monthly gatherings where works in progress are shared and discussed. Fellows have access to recording and editing equipment, and technical assistance. Fellowships may also include funds to help defray production or postproduction expenses.

The Film Study Center welcomes its 2013-14 fellows:

Cynthia Browne is a doctoral student in Anthropology, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. Her Project, Ginkgo Biloba, is a cinematic portrait of an older woman artist living in Werden, Germany that focuses on her practices of making creative work and how those practices embody and communicate their own form of practical wisdom.

Philip Cartelli is a doctoral student in Anthropology, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. His project, Waterfront, is an evocation of the near and the far through a critical audiovisual exploration of social space and ethnographic proximity in a French Mediterranean city's downtown port.

Aryo Danusiri is a doctoral student in Anthropology, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. His project, Sufi Bikers, is about how a young Muslim and his family from underclass Jakarta -- living underneath the intra-fly over-toll road of the city -- struggle to fight against a gentrification project by following and getting support from a leader of new Islamic movement.

Alex Fattal is a doctoral student in Anthropology. In his project, Mobility and Demobilization, former FARC rebels narrate their lives in a truck-camera as images of the city in motion fall inverted over their bodies, and behind them, creating a dreamspace that shatters conventional forms of representing the Colombian conflict.

Andrew Littlejohn is a doctoral student in Anthropology, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. The Day is Like Wide Water is a film about the sea, interweaving a series of sequences on land and underwater in order to conjure the people, animals, and unseen particles that move by and through it, as well as the landscapes it shapes.

Heidi Matthews is a doctoral student in Juridical Science at the Harvard Law School. Ambivalenz is a feature-length documentary film that tells the story of seven German civilian women who experienced sexual violence perpetrated by Soviet forces as the latter swept westward during the end of World War II.

Ross McElwee is a faculty member in Visual and Environmental Studies. His project, Sherman's March 2, is a documentary about the making of a fictional version of Sherman's March, a documentary he made 28 years ago.

Finnian Moore Gerety is a doctoral student in South Asian Studies. His project, Chakyar, is a portrait of Sanskritic performance in contemporary Kerala, focusing on one teacher/performer of the Chakyar caste who has revitalized traditional modes of temple performance by teaching his art to teams of teenagers for youth festivals.

George Olken is a teaching assistant in Visual and Environmental Studies. His project, Daniel Wessius, is a movie about Frederick Wiseman's films Public Housing and Belfast, Maine, and about his friend David Wessels.

Joana Pimenta is a doctoral student in Film and Visual Studies, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. Her project, Grande Hotel, is set in a neglected old modernist-style beach hotel off the southern coast of Portugal, whose space is crosscut by a subjective visual cartography of Portuguese colonial architecture. This project is an experimental exploration of the narratives of three people arrested in passage, at home, nowhere, existing between the past promise of a collective memory and the present stasis of their enclosure.

Stephanie Spray is a doctoral student in Anthropology, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. Snow River is a feature-length film that follows porters and the loads they carry on precipitous trails in the Everest region of Nepal to portray backbreaking labor in a desolate, iconic and increasingly fragile mountainous landscape.

Maria Stalford is a doctoral student in Anthropology, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. Her two projects are To Here or to There and To Know the Hour. To Here or to There is about caregiving and coping with cancer in Vietnam. To Know the Hour is about ritual and community life in a lay-led Buddhist temple in Boston.

Maria Stenzel is a teaching assistant in History of Science. Her project, The Difference Between Night and Day, is about blind children from rural India who receive free cataract surgery in exchange for participating in a study that investigates how the brain learns to see.

Pacho Velez is a teaching assistant in Visual and Environmental Studies. His project, MANAKAMANA (co-directed with Stephanie Spray), is about pilgrims making an ancient journey in a hi-tech cable car.

Julia Yezbick is a doctoral student in Anthropology, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. Her project, Into the Hinterlands, is a collaborative film/video project with the Detroit-based performance ensemble, The Hinterlands. Into the Hinterlands reworks the city symphony for a post-industrial era playing at the boundaries between life as it is and life as it is imagined, staged, played, and performed each reimagining evoking Detroit's legacy of recurring resurgence.

Dilan Yildirim is a doctoral student in Anthropology, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. Her project, War of Landscapes, is an audio-visual exploration of how physical and discursive landscape becomes both a medium and mediation of struggle against oppressive conditions for the people of Dersim, Turkey.


PEOPLE'S PARK by J.P. Sniadecki in the New York Times

"In 'People's Park,' One Long Shot to Tell a Story" by Dennis Lim

link Read the full article here


Film Study Center Announces 2012-13 FSC-Radcliffe Fellows

Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, Mass.— The Film Study Center at Harvard University (FSC) announces its three Film Study Center-Radcliffe Institute fellows appointed for the 2012-13 academic year. They are among the 51 fellows selected for fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute and will join other artists, humanists, scientists, and social scientists, for a year of intensive individual pursuits in a rich multidisciplinary environment.

The FSC collaborates with the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard's institute for advanced study, in a fellowship program for artists in film, video, sound, and new media. Through the FSC, fellows have access to recording and editing equipment, technical assistance, and an immersive environment of artistic experimentation and collaboration.

"This partnership is wonderful for the individuals, the institutions, and all who are interested in innovative filmmaking," says Radcliffe Institute Dean Lizabeth Cohen. "Supporting these accomplished and creative artists contributes to the development of new work and enriches the arts at Harvard."

"The collaborative FSC-Radcliffe Institute fellowships in film, video, sound, and new media are enormously enriching for the university community, allowing us to invite some of the most original and innovative filmmakers and media artists practicing today to join us for a year, as they bring their latest projects to fruition," says Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Director of the Film Study Center, and Professor of Visual Arts and Anthropology, who was a fellow at the Institute in 2009-2010. "They often serve as informal mentors for GSAS student fellows in the FSC and for undergraduate concentrators in VES, and share their work through screenings and discussions at the FSC, the Radcliffe Institute, the Harvard Film Archive, and in classes in VES, Anthropology, and other departments. In 2012-13 we are fortunate to have three outstanding filmmakers join us, who in different ways stand at the forefront of contemporary developments in world cinema"

The 2012-13 incoming fellows are:

Romuald Karmakar
David and Roberta Logie Fellow and Film Study Center-Radcliffe Fellow 
Film, Video, Sound, and New Media
Independent Filmmaker
Project: Maybe Rauff is a feature film on the post-war career of a former German SS officer. Based, among others, on the biography of Walther Rauff (1906-1984) who, between 1940-42, was substantially involved at the Reichssicherheitshauptamt (Reich Security Head Office) in the development and operation of mobile gas vans used for the extermination of the European Jews.

Véréna Paravel 
Frieda L. Miller Fellow and Film Study Center-Radcliffe Fellow 
Film, Video, Sound, and New Media
Institut des Sciences Politiques, Ecole des Arts Politiques (France)
Project: Pavor Nocturnus is a feature-length experimental non-fiction film about sleep, or more particularly an empirical inquiry into the quotidian process of going-to-sleep. The film explores the physical gestures and subjective fantasies and fears of people as they prepare for sleep. It contains an edge of sexual tension – of play around the fraught landscape of flesh, vulnerability, and intimacy – but it engages equally with boredom and the banal, semi-conscious routines of bedtime. The film will bring together a series of sequences that reflect on fear, loneliness, obsession, desire, voyeurism, the ambiguous and the influencing power of the camera, and the impulse to connect with others, both though media and apart from them.

Nicolas Pereda
David and Roberta Logie Fellow and Film Study Center-Radcliffe Fellow 
Film, Video, Sound, and New Media
Independent Filmmaker
Project: The Heart of the Sky is an experimental fiction/documentary film project about an immigrant family of refugees that recently arrived in Canada. To escape the troubling times the youngest son constructs a fantasy world in which he and his sister are connected to some form of divinity.

About the Film Study Center
Founded in 1957 with Robert Gardner as its Director, The Film Study Center is Harvard's one center devoted to supporting artistic practice and creative work. It sustains endeavors, from the ethnographic to the experimental, that explore and expand the expressive potential of audiovisual media, especially through nonfiction. To this end, it provides annual fellowships to students and faculty drawn from departments across the University as a whole, as well as invites a small number of outstanding visiting filmmakers to Harvard to share their work with the University community.
Website: filmstudycenter.org

For additional information and high-res press photos, please contact Cozette Russell, FSC Program Coordinator, at 617-495-9704 or fsc@fas.harvard.edu.

About the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The Fellowship Program annually supports the work of 50 leading artists and scholars. Academic Ventures fosters collaborative research projects and sponsors lectures and conferences that engage scholars with the public. The Schlesinger Library documents the lives of American women of the past and present for the future, furthering the Institute's commitment to women, gender, and society. Learn more about the people and programs of the Radcliffe Institute at www.radcliffe.harvard.edu.
Contact: Alison Franklin 617-496-3078.


Film Study Center Announces 2012-13 FSC-Harvard Fellows

Cambridge, MA - The Film Study Center at Harvard University (FSC) announces the list of FSC-Harvard fellows selected for the 2012-13 academic year.

FSC-Harvard fellowships provide funding and technical resources for students and faculty undertaking compelling work in video, film, sound, or photography. These fellowships support advanced work, from the ethnographic to the experimental, that explores and expands the expressive potential of audiovisual media. The fellowships are open to Harvard faculty, graduate students, teaching assistants, teaching fellows, and postdoctoral and research fellows.

A wide range of works have been produced with the FSC's assistance over the years. Important non-fiction films have included John Marshall's The Hunters (1958), Robert Gardner's Forest of Bliss (1985), Ross McElwee's Bright Leaves (2003) and Sharon Lockhart's Lunch Break (2008). While nonfiction film and video continue to be a main focus of this fellowship, widely divergent media and genres have also been supported, including animation, multimedia installation, and sound.

Fellows become part of a community of makers who participate in monthly gatherings where works in progress are shared and discussed. Fellows have access to recording and editing equipment, and technical assistance. Fellowships may also include funds to help defray production or postproduction expenses.

The Film Study Center welcomes its 2012-13 fellows:

Cynthia Browne is a doctoral student in Anthropology, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. Her Project, Ginkgo Biloba, is a cinematic portrait of an older woman artist living in Werden, Germany that focuses on her practices of making creative work and how those practices embody and communicate their own form of practical wisdom.

Philippe Grandrieux is a Visiting Lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies. His films include Sombre (1998), La vie nouvelle (2002) and Un Lac (2008). His Film Study Center project, Meurtière (Murderess) approaches an originary image, the "body without organs," invented by Artaud and thought through by Deleuze, to confront the human figure. The face will be the primary subject of this project—silent portraits of men and women; large, mute images through which we will be made to feel the permanence of our passions, our anxiety.

Cuilan Liu is a doctoral student in Sanskrit and Indian Studies, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. Her project, Young Jigmed, follows a young Tibetan monk's struggles in the early days of his monastic life.

Heidi Matthews is a doctoral student in Juridical Science at the Harvard Law School. Her project, Envisioning Ambivalence: Sexual Violence in Berlin,1945, is a series of interviews with elderly German women who survived sexual violence during the fall of Berlin in 1945.

Finnian Moore Gerety is a doctoral student in South Asian Studies. His project, Chakyar, is a portrait of Sanskritic performance in contemporary Kerala, focusing on one teacher/performer of the Chakyar caste who has revitalized traditional modes of temple performance by teaching his art to teams of teenagers.

Kara Oehler is a Research Fellow at the Sensory Ethnography Lab and at metaLAB (at) Harvard. Her project, Known Unknown, is a new audio, video and interactive documentary series that immerses audiences in the particularity of places, while interweaving the ambiguities and surprising pathways that emerge during the documentary process.

Benjamin Shaffer is a doctoral student in Media Anthropology. His project, 15204, is a meditation on the aesthetics of ruins and the everyday experiences of local residents in a fallen steel town on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

J.P. Sniadecki is a doctoral student in Media Anthropology. His project, The Iron Ministry, is a feature-length documentary that depicts China's sprawling railway system and examines the social experience of train travel during rapid and tumultuous development.

Stephanie Spray is a doctoral student in Media Anthropology, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. Her project, Reflections on the Seasons, is a series of inter-related video and sound works thematically linked in their attention to the cycles of the seasons and how seasonal routines of labor connect people to the land.

Maria Stalford is a doctoral dtudent in Anthropology, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. Her two projects are Luc Hoa temple and Can Tho City Oncology Hospital. Luc Hoa temple is a portrait of community life in a lay-led Buddhist temple in Boston. Can Tho City Oncology Hospital is a glimpse of the social world of a Vietnamese oncology hospital.

Pacho Velez is a Teaching Assistant in Visual and Environmental Studies. His project, MANAKAMANA, documents the cable car ride taken by tourists and pilgrims to the Hindu temple of Manakamana, the wish-fulfilling goddess.

Julia Yezbick is a doctoral student in Media Anthropology, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. Her project, How to Rust, explores how the aesthetics of labor and work are being mobilized to redefine what it means to make things (and places) in a "post-industrial" city.

link FSC-Harvard fellowship


2011-12 FSC-Harvard fellow JP Sniadecki to screen new film People's Park at 2012 VIENNALE.

FSC-Harvard Fellow JP Sniadecki to screen latest film, PEOPLE'S PARK at the 2012 VIENNALE, 2012 Beijing Independent Film Festival, and the 2012 Vancouver International Film Festival.


2011-12 FSC-Radcliffe fellow Kara Oehler awarded USA Fellowship Grant

Kara Ohehler and longtime radio collaborator, Ann Heppermann, have been named USA Rockefeller Fellows as a part of the United States Artists Fellow program. The award of $50,000 is given every year to 50 outstanding performing, visual, media, and literary artists.


Sweetgrass by Barbash and Castaing-Taylor on PBS's POV on July 5

Sweetgrass by FSC Director Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash will be shown on the PBS documentary series POV. It will air Tuesday, July 5—check local listings for specific times.


2011-12 FSC-Radcliffe fellow Kara Oehler and the Zeega team win the Knight News Challenge

Kara Oehler, Jesse Shapins, and James Burns have won the Knight News Challenge, a fiercely competitive international contest, and will use the funding to develop a prototype software called Zeega, an open-source web platform designed to make collaborative multimedia documentaries easier to produce.

link Harvard Gazette story


Film Study Center Announces 2011-12 FSC-Harvard Fellows

The Film Study Center at Harvard University (FSC) announces the list of FSC-Harvard fellows chosen for the 2011-12 academic year.

FSC-Harvard fellowships provide funding and technical resources for people doing compelling work in video, film, sound, or photography. These fellowships support advanced work, from the ethnographic to the experimental, that explores and expands the expressive potential of audiovisual media. The fellowships are open to Harvard faculty, graduate students, teaching assistants, teaching fellows, and postdoctoral and research fellows.

A wide range of works have been produced with the FSC’s assistance over the years. Historically important ethnographic films have included John Marshall’s The Hunters (1958) and Robert Gardner’s Forest of Bliss (1985). While nonfiction film and video continue to be a main focus of this fellowship, widely divergent strategies have also been supported, including animation, multimedia installation, and sound.

Fellows become part of a community of makers who participate in monthly gatherings where works in progress are shared and discussed. Fellows have access to recording and editing equipment, technical assistance. Fellowships can also include funds to help defray production or postproduction expenses.

The Film Study Center welcomes its 2011-12 fellows:

Aryo Danusiri is a Graduate Student in Anthropology, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. His project, Sufi Bikers and Arab Saints, is a series of video and sound works portraying the ambiguous processes of a new urban Islamic youth movement in contemporary Jakarta in proffering a peaceful face of Islam.

Toby Lee is a Graduate Student in Anthropology. She is re-editing an earlier project, Anepikaira, a video installation in and about a small abandoned cinema in Thessaloniki, Greece. She also has a new project, Composite, which uses the process of composite sketching to examine memory, language, visualization and recognition.

Ruth Lingford is a Faculty member in Visual and Environmental Studies. Her project, Ecce Homo, is an animated essay about the gendered body of Christ and the relationship between erotic and religious experience.

Cuilan Liu is a Graduate Student in Sanskrit and Indian Studies. Her project, Young Jigmed, is a narration-free documentary about a newly ordained eighteen-year old Tibetan Buddhist monk whose early days of religious life are interwoven with joy and struggle.

Ross McElwee is Faculty member in Visual and Environmental Studies. His project, Sherman's March Redux, is a new documentary about Hollywood’s attempt to make a fiction film, based on an old documentary of his, Sherman's March.

Adam Muri-Rosenthal is a Graduate Student in the Romance Languages and Literatures. His project, There Was the Sea, is a documentary that seeks to challenge the contrived timelessness of Venice by concentrating on signs of its transience:  the accidentally overlooked and overtly ignored, the ugly and impermanent.

Véréna Paravel is a Research Associate with Sensory Ethnography Lab. Her project is an artistic work dedicated to the Willets-Point community struggle:  a web-based extension and outreach for her previous film project, Foreign Parts. The website will promote and complement the film with oral history, still pictures, soundscape, and short video pieces.

Cozette Russell is a Teaching Assistant in Visual and Environmental Studies. Her project, Brookford Almanac, documents a year in the complex and beautiful life of young first-generation farmers. The film is about old and new rituals, physical labor, land ethics and what comes next for American farming.

J.P. Sniadecki is a Graduate Student in Anthropology, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. His project, Shipbreak, is a portrait of China's shipbreaking industry, focusing on the human stories and global costs involved in feeding China's hunger for steel.

Stephanie Spray is a Graduate Student in Anthropology, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. Her project, Reflections on the Seasons, is a series of inter-related video and sound works, recorded in Nepal, which are thematically linked in their attention to the seasons and how seasonal routines of labor link people to the land.

Julia Yezbick is a Graduate Student in Anthropology, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. Her project, Spaces In Which To Dwell: Manufacturing A New Detriot, is a non-fiction video exploring the re-making of Detroit through the lives of those who call it home.

link FSC-Harvard fellowship


Ivan & Ivana by Jeff Daniel Silva premiering at Visions du Réel in Switzerland and IFF Boston

Ivan & Ivana by former fellow Jeff Daniel Silva will have its world premiere in the International competition at Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday April 8th at 8PM.

Ivan & Ivana chronicles the lives of an émigré couple who uprooted from Kosovo to California to start anew after the last Balkan war. The film reveals their successes, trials, and tribulations over five years of turbulent economic, political and personal tides to reveal an unorthodox depiction of the American immigrant experience.

The U.S premiere will happen at the Independent Film Festival of Boston, with screenings on April 30th and May 1st at the Somerville Theatre.

link Ivan & Ivana official film website


Foreign Parts wins Best Film at Punto de Vista

Foreign Parts, by FSC fellows Véréna Paravel and J.P. Sniadecki, wins the Punto de Vista award for Best Film. Judges described it as "...asubtle and sensitive record of an urban ecosystem that is surprisingly resilient, even in the face of governmental indifference and greed."


Foreign Parts wins at DocsBarcelona, opens at MoMA

Foreign Parts, by FSC fellows Véréna Paravel and J.P. Sniadecki, wins the Best Film award at DocsBarcelona Film Festival.

Foreign Parts will also play for a week at MoMA, New York, March 10-16.


Position Among the Stars wins at Sundance 2011

Position Among the Stars (Stand van de Sterren), directed by FSC-Radcliffe Fellow Leonard Retel Helmrich is the Winner of the World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Documentary Film at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Position Among the Stars investigates the effects of globalization on Indonesia’s rapidly changing society. It is the third part of his documentary trilogy, following the award-winning documentaries The Eye of the Day and Shape of the Moon (winner of the World Cinema Documentary Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival).

link IndieWire interview with Leonard Retel Helmrich

link IDFA article



Moonwalk by former FSC-Radcliffe Fellow Clea T. Waite showing at Berlin Planetarium Jan 29 - Feb 18, 2011

Written and created by Clea T. Waite
with sound design by Helga Pogatschar.
2010. Running time 22min.

January 29 - February 18, 2011
Planetarium am Insulaner, Berlin

link http://www.planetarium-berlin.de

A large-scale, immersive experience in fulldome format, Moonwalk is an experimental film about humanity's relationship with the Moon. It uses the exceptional hemispherical format for it's expansive scope and the somatic presence of the space to create a rare film combining art and science.

The film characterizes this placid heavenly body as a living, scintillating force. Decidedly multicultural, Moonwalk weaves together literature and science with iconic songs and imagery into a grand audiovisual hyperlink. Proceeding from the raw material of countless photos which comprise lunar atlases, the Moon shatters into pieces, and then rebuilds itself. The Moon evolves from it's familiar pregnant blackness to a jittering hive of voices and sounds. The film reaches beyond the idealized childhood daydreams of the heavens, past the familiar Apollo footage, and into the tender roots of culture which weave throughout our daily personal lives. The film reminds us of the Moon's ubiquity, compelling us to reconstruct our own personal history of the Moon. Watching Moonwalk we are reminded, as if for the first time, of the power, presence, and emotional gravity the Moon commands.

linkMoonwalk on facebook



Listening session with Ernst Karel at UnionDocs, NY

Sunday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m.
UnionDocs | 322 Union Ave | Brooklyn, NY 11211



Schütte and Aljafari featured in "ACROSS BORDERS. The Atelier Ludwigsburg - Paris" in Boston and New York, Dec. 14-16

December 14 - 15, 2010
Film screening and discussion
Harvard Film Archive
24 Quincy St., Cambridge

Ten short films over two evenings of screenings, complemented by a discussion on the world of filmmaking in the US and Europe and new approaches to film education on both sides of the Atlantic.

Speakers include representatives of ATELIER partner organizations, Berlin Film Academy Director Jan Schütte, Marc Nicolas of La Femis/Paris, along with the producers of the feature films screened, John Bernstein and Charles Merzbacher (Boston University) and Kurt Fendt (MIT). The discussion will be moderated by Professor Eric Rentschler.

linkGothe Institute Boston

December 16, 2010
Film screening and discussion
IFC Center
323 Sixth Avenue (W. 3rd Street), New York, NY 10014

Short films and discussion with Jan Schütte (DFFB, Berlin), Falk Nagel (executive producer: Takva), Christophe Bruncher (producer: L’Intouchable), Kamal Aljafari (Filmmaker, Port of Memory), and Anthony Bregman (adjunct professor, Columbia University).

linkGothe Institute New York


J.P. Sniadecki'sChaiqian/Demolition wins Most Innovative Film at SIEFF

J.P. Sniadecki wins the Prize for Most Innovative Film from the 2010 Sardinia International Ethnographic Film Festival (SIEFF) for Chaiqian/Demolition. The jury's official statement proclaims: "A statement about observation, the photographic frame, and the qualities of digital photography that allow us to enter the world of Chinese migrant workers and the rapidly changing urban landscape of Chengdu; the deep phenomelogically informed style results in a detailed and sensuous ethnography."

linkSIEFF


Paravel and Sniadecki's Foreign Parts wins Best Ethno-Anthropological Film at Festival Dei Popoli

J.P. Sniadecki and Verena Paravel's film Foreign Parts was given the Gian Palo Paoli Award for the Best Ethno-Anthropological Film at the Festival dei Popoli.

The judging committee stated this award was given to Foreign Parts "for its courage of questioning the traditional approach of anthropological research by choosing the U.S. as the object of its investigation. The desperate community living in the Willets Point junk-yard embodies the conflicts of the American Dream."

Founded in 1959 by a group of humanities scholars, anthropologists, sociologists, ethnologists and experts in mass-media, the Festival dei Popoli has been working to promote and study social documentary cinema. The association organizes one of the most important international documentary festivals in Italy.

linkfestivaldeipopoli.org
linkforeignpartsfilm.com


Lingford's Little Deaths wins "Best Experimental / Abstract Animation" at 2010 Ottowa International Animation Festival

At it's premiere at 2010 Ottowa International Animation Festival, Little Deaths by Ruth Lingford was awarded "Best Experimental / Abstract Animation." The OIAF is the largest animation event in North America, with 92 screenings and an attendance of over 27,000.


FSC Director co-curating series of FSC fellows' films at Spanish film festival

Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Director of the Film Study Center, and Ilisa Barbash have curated a series of works from the Film Study Center and from the Sensory Ethnography Lab for the 2010 Mostra de Ciencia e Cinema in Spain. The series is entitled "Sense and Sensibilia" and runs Oct. 25 - 30, 2010

linkSense and Sensibilia


Foreign Parts screening at multiple festivals worldwide

Foreign Parts by Verena Paravel and J.P. Sniadecki, has been selcted for multiple festival screenings, including:

Vancouver International Film Festival 2010
Filmfest Hamburg 2010
Valdivia International Film Festival 2010
VIENNALE 2010
Festival dei Popoli 2010
BAFICI 2010

Synopsis
A hidden enclave in the shadow of the New York Mets' new stadium, the neighborhood of Willets Point is an industrial zone fated for demolition. Filled with scrapyards and auto salvage shops, lacking sidewalks or sewage lines, the area seems ripe for urban development. But Foreign Parts discovers a strange community where wrecks, refuse and recycling form a thriving commerce. Cars are stripped, sorted and cataloged by brand and part, then resold to an endless parade of drive-thru customers. Joe, the last original resident, rages and rallies through the street like a lost King Lear, trying to contest his imminent eviction. Two lovers, Sara and Luis, struggle for food and safety through the winter while living in an abandoned van. Julia, the homeless queen of the junkyard, exalts in her beatific visions of daily life among the forgotten. The film observes and captures the struggle of a contested "eminent domain" neighborhood before its disappearance under the capitalization of New York's urban ecology.

linkforeignpartsfilm.com/


Razsa and Velez's Bastards of Utopia screens at UnionDocs in New York

Bastards of Utopia by FSC-Harvard fellows Maple Razsa and Pacho Velez screened Saturday, October 16 at UnionDocs.

Synopsis
Three Croatian activists struggle to change the world. As children, they lived through the violent collapse of Yugoslavia. But now, amid the aftershocks of socialism's failure, they fight in their own way for a new leftism. The film applies a unique blend of observation, direct participation and critical reflection to this misunderstood political movement. Its portrayal of activism is both empathetic and unflinching—an engaged, elegant meditation on the struggle to re-imagine leftist politics and the power of a country's youth.

linkwww.enmassefilms.org/bastards/index.html


Kamal Aljafari, director in person, at a screening of Port of Memory at the MoMA on Nov. 6

On November 6, 2010, at 4 p.m. Port of Memory will be screened at the Museum of Modern Art with director Kamal Aljafari in person. This vilm was produced while Aljafari was a 2009-10 FSC-Radcliffe fellow. There will be a second screening, without the director in attendance, on Saturday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m.

More about Port of Memory at http://montrealserai.com/tag/kamal-aljafari

linkMoMA link for Port of Memory



Amie Siegel and Rebecca Meyers are selected for the ICA's 2010 Foster Prize Exhibition with FSC-sponsored works through Jan. 17

From September 22 through January 17, work by 2008-09 FSC-Harvard fellow Rebecca Meyers and 2010-11 FSC-Harvard fellow Amie Siegel will each be exhibited in the 2010 James and Audrey Foster Prize at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston. Amie Siegel's Black Moon and Rebecca Meyers' blue mantle are both works that were produced with the support of the FSC. Meyers and Siegel are two of the nine Boston-area artists who have been selected as finalists in the ICA's biennial award and exhibition program.

There is series of special "3x3@3" talks with the finalists. Amie Siegel will present on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. Rebecca Meyers will present on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m.

For more information, go to the ICA exhibition page or view the ICA's press release

Rebecca MeyersRebecca Meyers

Amie Siegel
Amie Siegel


Foreign Parts by Paravel and Sniadecki wins two awards at Locarno

FSC-Harvard fellows Verena Paravel and J.P. Sniadecki have been awarded the Pardo for Best First Feature and the Special CINÉ CINÉMA Jury Prize for their vilm Foreign Parts at the 63rd annual Locarno Film Festival.

This international film festival held annually in the city of Locarno, Switzerland is one of the longest running, largest, and most prestigious film festivals in the world, and is well known for discovering new talent.

JP Sniadecki and Verena Paravel at Locarno, accepting awards for Foreign Parts

The Pardo per la migliore opera prima (Leopard for the Best First Feature) Prize is awarded to the best first film screened at the two competitions (Concorso internazionale and Concorso Cineasti del presente.) The Special Jury Prize Ciné Cinéma is for the purchase of the winning film by the French television network Ciné Cinéma.

Foreign Parts was produced with the support of the Film Study Center.

FOREIGN PARTS by Verena Paravel
and JP Sniadecki, USA/France
© Festival del film Locarno / Pedrazzini

linkdownload full press release (pdf)


J.P. Sniadecki's work screened in two festivals

Chaiqian (Demolition) by FSC-Harvard fellow J.P. Sniadecki will be screened in the XIX International Festival of Ethnological Film, taking place in October 14-18, 2010 at the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival program is available in the beginning of September at www.etnografskimuzej.rs

Demolition will also be screened at the XV Sardinia International Ethnographic Film Festival - SIEFF 2010 - in Nuoro, Italy, 20-25 September 2010.



FSC fellows' works at the Migrating Forms Festival

May 14-23, 2010
Anthology Film Archives, New York

The FSC is well-represented at the upcoming Migrating Forms Festival. Current FSC-Harvard fellows Stephanie Spray and Amie Siegel, former FSC Director Lucien Taylor, 2009-10 FSC-Radcliffe fellow Kamal Aljafari, and 2007-08 FSC-Radcliffe fellow Sharon Lockhart all have screenings at this festival of new work.

SATURDAY, MAY 15
7:45 p.m.
GROUP PROGRAM 3 including:
My Way 1 (10 min., USA 2009) dir. Amie Siegel
My Way 2 (13 min., USA 2009) dir. Amie Siegel

THURSDAY, MAY 20
As Long as There's Breath (57 Min, Nepal/USA 2009) dir. Stephanie Spray

SUNDAY, MAY 23
2:00 p.m.
GROUP PROGRAM 9 including:
The High Trail (7 min., USA 2010) dir. Lucien Castaing-Taylor

3:45 p.m
GROUP PROGRAM 10 including:
Podwórka (30 min., Poland/USA 2009) dir. Sharon Lockhart

5:30 p.m.
Port of Memory (63 min., Palestine 2009)
dir. Kamal Aljafari

Full Program pdf



Artists in Context screening FSC-Harvard Fellows Verena Paravel and J.P. Sniadecki

Saturday, 8 May 2010 | 6:00 p.m. reception, 7:00 p.m. screening
Foreign Parts
2010, rough cut
Free admission. An informal discussion with Verena Paravel will follow.

Location: Aladdin Auto Service, 162 Alewife Brook Parkway (directly behind the Fresh Pond Cinema in Cambridge -- follow the Big Green Arrows to the back of the cinema)

Foreign Parts documents the changing daily life of a New York City junkyard as the threat of demolition looms.

This in-context screening will feature an artist talk by Mahmood Rezaei-Kamalabad, a Spiritual and Visionary Artist, an inventor, who owns Aladdin autobody-mind-and-soul mechanic.

Production of Foreign Parts has been supported by the Film Study Center at Harvard University and by the LEF Moving Image Fund. This Artists in Context screening is made possible by funding from an anonymous donor and the generous in-kind contributions of Mahmood Rezaei-Kamalabad, owner of Aladdin Auto Service, and by the Harvard Film Study Center.


2010-11 Fellows Announced

The Film Study Center is proud to announce the fellows for the 2010-11 academic year:

Film Study Center-Harvard Fellows:

  • Felicity Aulino, Graduate Student, Anthropology
  • Edgar Barroso, Graduate Student, Department of Music
  • Sharon Harper, Faculty, VES
  • John Hulsey, Graduate Student, VES
  • Ruth Lingford, Faculty, VES
  • Robb Moss, Faculty, VES
  • Verena Paravel, Research Associate, Anthropology
  • Maxim Pozdorovkin, Graduate Student, Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Amie Siegel, Faculty, VES
  • Stephanie Spray, Graduate Student, Anthropology

Film Study Center-Radcliffe Fellows:

  • Irene Lusztig
  • David Redmon

We offer congratulations to our incoming fellows and look forward to their projects in the upcoming year.


FSC-Radcliffe fellow Leonard Retel Hemrich, with puppeteer Agus Nur Amal, both in person at Goethe-Institut

Monday, April 26, 7:00 p.m.
Promised Paradise
2006, video, 52 min

Banned in Indonesia, Promised Paradise (2006) follows the quest of an Indonesian puppeteer to meet three men convicted of the 2002 nightclub bombings in Bali. Along the way, director Leonard Retel Helmrich shows the puppeteer’s unique method of exploring the issue of terrorism through puppet shows, featuring – among other things – a dancing Osama Bin Laden doll and a shadow-play attack on the World Trade Center.

For this very special event, the main character of this film, the puppeteer Agus Nur Amal, from Indonesia, will be present along with director Leonard Retel Helmrich. Agus Nur Amal will also give a special performance both before and after the film.

Location: Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02116


FSC-Radcliffe fellow Kamal Aljafari, upcoming screenings

Port of Memory by Kamal AljafariKamal Aljafari's new film Port of Memory screened at the Cinema du Reel International Competition, Centre Pompidou, Paris. It is the recipient of The Louis Marcorelles Award, given by the Culturesfrance Jury.

April 1
Port of Memory will open the Images Festival in Toronto in April 1st.

April 9, 7 PM
Screenings of both Port of Memory and The Roof at the Harvard Film Archive

April 14-16
Screenings and visiting artist engagement at Haverford College and Pen University

May 7-8
Screenings with attendance at the Barbican Center, London

Recent screenings include:
Feb. 24-25 screenings of The Roof and Port of Memory and visiting artist engagement at the New School NYC

Mar. 4-15 screenings with attendance at Anthology Film Archives, Cinema Project Oregon Portland, UC Berkley, UC Santa Cruz, California Collage of the Arts SF, Vancouver Cinematheque



"Sweetgrass" Screenings in Cambridge

Friday, March 5, 7 PM Sweetgrass
at the Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

April 2-9
Kendall Square Landmark Theatre, Cambridge

A highly-acclaimed new film by former FSC Director Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash with the filmmakers in person.



Shape of the Moon at the MassArt Film Society

Massachusetts College of Art Film Dept. Screening RM 1
8:00PM Wednesday, February 17th

FSC-Radcliffe fellow Leonard Retel Helmrich has a screening at the MassArt Film Society on Wednesday, Feb. 17. (Originally scheduled for Feb. 10 but cancelled due to snow.)
Shape of the Moon (Stand van de maan)
by Leonard Retel Helmrich


Frame by Frame: Animated at Harvard

Jan 28–Feb 14: Frame by Frame: Animated at Harvard
Former FSC fellows included are Jan Lenica (Landscape), Steve Subotnick (Glass Crow), Lorelei Pepi (Happy and Gay), Tim Szetela (Romaji), and Ruth Lingford (Little Deaths). There's a wonderful review of this exhibition in the Boston Globe.


"Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness" on PBS

February 2 on PBS: an FSC-sponsored film by former fellow Vincent Brown.
More information about this project is on the PBS link, or on our fellows page.
Independent Lens | PBS
HERSKOVITS AT THE HEART OF BLACKNESS examines the life and work of the Jewish-American anthropologist, Melville Herskovits, whose writings challenged prevailing notions of race and culture.


DDR/DDR at Harvard Film Archive

(US 2008, HD, color, 135 min.)
Directed by Amie Siegel, appearing in person
7:00 PM, Saturday, February 20th
Harvard Film Archive

This work was supported by the Film Study Center.
Amie Siegel was the 2007-08 FSC-Fulton fellow.


"Lunch Break" by Sharon Lockhart at USC faculty exhibition

November 21, 2009 – January 18, 2010
LUNCH BREAK is programmed at the University of Southern California, in the Faculty Sharon Lockhart – solo exhibition: Lunch Break at Secession.
LUNCH BREAK was created with the support of the FSC during Lockhart's FSC-Radcliffe fellowship in 2007-08.


Robert Gardner at the Harvard Film Archive

7:00pm , Friday 4 December 2009
Robert Gardner, in person, will present a program entitled
Fragments from a Few Forsaken Films:
"An evening of films that might have been. I will try to explain why they were undertaken and why they were abandoned. It could be a lesson in how (or why not...) to make films." - R.G.

Robert Gardner was the Director of the Film Study Center from 1957 until 1997. He is a prolific and renowned filmmaker, whose best-known works include "Dead Birds" (1964), "Rivers of Sand" (1974), and "Forest of Bliss" (1985). This year he released a book of photographs entitled "Human Documents: Eight Photographers" in which he introduces the work of photographers with whom he has worked under the auspices of the Film Study Center, and whose images achieve the status of what Gardner calls "human documents": visual evidence that testifies to our shared humanity.


Kapsis by Barroso, Vázquez, Danusiri, and Cho, is selected for several festivals.Kapsis

Kapsis is a collaboration by composer and FSC-Harvard fellow Edgar Barroso, poet Juan de Dios Vázquez, filmmaker Aryo Danusiri, and designer Yen-Ting Cho. Congratulations to these four on this animated work being selected for four festivals:


Short films by Rebecca Meyers and Amie Seigel in Views from the Avant-Garde at the 2009 New York Film Festival

New York Film Festival Views from the Avant-GardeFormer fellows Rebecca Meyers and Amie Seigel have their short films featured in the 13th Annual Views from the Avant-Garde on October 2 - 4, 2009 at the New York Film Festival. night side by Rebecca Meyers (2009, 4.28m) screens on Saturday, October 3. My Way 1 by Amie Siegel (2009, 9.25m) screens on Sunday, October, 4. Tickets are available on the Schedule page.


Sweetgrass by Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Ilisa Barbash at the 2009 New York Film Festival

Former FSC Director Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash's new film screens at
Alice Tully Hall on Sept 26th, 2009 as part of the New York Film Festival.

According to the New York Times, "...with great attention to beauty, this observational documentary focuses on Montana sheepherders who run their flocks up mountains in the summer to graze, grindingly difficult work that only looks romantic." Read the full article at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/25/movies/25festival.html which includes "Festival Films to Admire", a narrated slideshow with clips from the film.

Sweetgrass
Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, USA, 2009, 105m
This breathtaking chronicle follows an ever-surprising group of modern-day cowboys as they lead an enormous herd of sheep up and then down the slopes of the Beartooth Mountains in Montana on their way to market.

Festival information at www.filmlinc.com/nyff/nyff.html

Film information at sweetgrassthemovie.com


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