Very excited to introduce to you the future documentary filmmakers in our Documentary Studies Certificate Program at The New School, in New York City! Meet this wonderful group of students whose final projects will be screening at the annual public film festival Truth be Told, by the end of Spring 2019: … Meet the Doc Studies Class of 2019!
“As [documentary filmmakers] we have a chance to make something that transcends straight [journalistic] storytelling. We have the opportunity to bear witness to incredibly messy situations and to interrogate our own placement with in that.”
12th Annual Documentary Film Festival
The future documentary filmmakers are currently on their first semester of The Documentary Studies Certificate Program at The New School, in New York City. Meet the students who will be screening their work at the annual public film festival: Truth be Told, by the end of Spring 2018:
Three evenings of original documentary shorts
Tuesday, May 23 through Thursday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m.
The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011
Introducing The New School’s Documentary Studies Class of 2017. The class has been busy whizzing through their first semester at The New School’s Documentary Studies Program at the heart of New York City. Meet the class who are each presently working on a thesis film project for spring 2017: … Meet The Doc Studies Class of 2017
Päivi Kankaro is a Finnish graduate of the Doc Studies program, class of 2015. Since graduation, she has been working as a video producer and project manager at Kollabora, a DIY fashion startup. In February, with her friend Nora Abousteit, she also opened CraftJam, a Union Square craft workshop recently profiled in The New York Post.
“There is a middle ground in the documentary terrain: taking two (contrasting) impulses – the rigorously journalistic and the lyrically experimental – and bringing them together.”
Films by five Doc Studies alums and one Media Studies grad have been selected for this year’s DOC/NYC.
“Cinema has become such a commodified form of information and entertainment that it’s morphed into something that disengages the viewer from their visual discipline and the fact that you can find pleasure in just looking at something. I’m doing something that’s perhaps in opposition to the whole tradition of cinema, which is about condensing our experiences.” … Doc Talk with Peter Hutton
Two graduates, Erin Davis from Doc Studies, and Mark Nickolas from the MA in Media Studies, will screen work in major festivals this week. A third, Doc Studies alum Ivana Todorovic, will be featured with her doc ‘A Harlem Mother’ in Wednesday’s New York Times (front page, Metro section). The films of both Doc Studies alums originated in the Doc Studies certificate program. Also from Doc Studies, is Mark Nickolas’ cinematographer Oscar Frasser.
The Class of 2015 is currently in production. Each student is working on a short documentary, while also crewing on shoots for fellow classmates. Their twelve documentary shorts will screen at the annual Truth Be Told public film festival in May 2015.
Doc Studies was profiled in the summer 2014 issue of ‘Documentary‘, the International Documentary Association’s (IDA) magazine. Interview with Doc Studies program director Deanna Kamiel.
This film portrait follows 19-year-old David Fasanya, an accomplished performance poet, as he ages out of his teen poetry organization and navigates the uncertain terrain between adolescence and adulthood.
5 Pointz, Queens is the grandest cathedral ever built to hip hop — an internationally celebrated graffiti center, recently erased by city rezoning and property development.
“I do not hide my camera. I do not hide the fact that I am making a film.
The hidden camera is a scam. It is all right to use in films on timid animals,
but it has no place in films with people. “
— Zelimir Zilnik
Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington
Doc Studies graduate and editor Maya Mumma discusses the making of the HBO documentary on photographer Tim Hetherington, who was killed in Libya shortly after the release of his 2011 Oscar-nominated film Restrepo. Maya describes her role in the researching, shooting and editing of Which Way Is The Frontline From Here?, a tribute to Hetherington’s singular work by his close friend and Restrepo co-director Sebastian Junger.
“I think you have to start at home,” says Su Friedrich about her avant-garde body of work in which the personal becomes political and universal. … Doc Talk with Su Friedrich — Gut Renovation
Three evenings of original student doc shorts
May 28 – 30 at 7pm – … TRUTH BE TOLD: 2013 DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
A Showcase of Experimental Found Footage Films –
Since its inauguration in 2009, the Festival of (In)appropriation has emerged as a premiere international showcase of experimental found footage film and video, attracting the work of artists who probe the limits of collage, machinima, remix, détournement, mash-up and more.
This series aims to reflect the evolution of documentary practice in China over the past 25 years, revealing the growth and ever-increasing influence of nonfiction film and media. … Chinese Realities/Documentary Visions — MOMA — May 8–June 1
The 16th edition of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is now open for film entries. The submission deadline is June 28, 2013.
In early May, Doc Studies graduate Anders Birch begins shooting a television feature doc in the U.S. for Denmark’s public broadcaster DR1. Along with Danish journalist Jakob Volver, Anders will shoot, direct and produce a 60-minute film on a little-known but long-established Danish village in the heart of the American midwest. … Anders Birch, Doc Studies Alum, begins Midwest Shoot for Denmark’s DR1 Television
In memory of Les Blank, the great documentarian whose sophisticated screen language appeared effortless when connecting us to regional musicians, garlic, gap-toothed women or Werner Herzog.
In tribute to the opening of the 2013 Tribeca FIlm Festival and its strong documentary roster, New York Magazine’s David Edelstein offers a rhapsodic ode to non-fiction cinema.
What comes to mind when you think of telephone hotlines? Suicide? Sex? Ms. Cleo? He-Man? Hulk Hogan? Teen party lines? Yes, those are a few, but hotlines are everywhere and millions of calls are made to them each week. … Doc Studies Alum Lauren Belfer is the producer of HOTLINE
Debra Zimmerman from Women Make Movies joined us for a conversation on maximizing film’s outreach—eg. getting into the right film festivals, finding a distributor, getting your work broadcast—in the ever shifting landscape of indie media marketing and distribution. Since 1983, Debra Zimmerman has been the Executive Director of Women Make Movies, a non-profit NY-based organization that supports women filmmakers.
The extreme and visceral Leviathan, by visual anthropologists Lucien-Castaing Taylor and Verena Paravel, opens this Friday at the IFC Center. A must-see.
What we talk about when we talk about editing. Renowned editor Jonathan Oppenheim (Paris is Burning, Arguing the World, Sister Helen, and the upcoming Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner) screened and discussed the ways in which he worked with director Laura Poitras to create a framework and context for the post 9/11 film The Oath. Oppenheim’s psychological approach to shaping character in documentary has won him a Peabody, an Oscar nomination and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize.
Julia Loktev, director of The Loneliest Planet, on many critics’ ‘best of 2012’ film lists, made her remarkable debut with the documentary Moment of Impact, for which she won the Directing Award at Sundance in 1998. Shot in 16mm black and white, the film is a stark portrayal of Loktev’s parents after a freak accident incapacitated her father. The rigor of mundane quotidian life, redolent of Chantal Akerman’s iconic Jeanne Dielman, powers the film’s intimate non-fiction family drama.
Documentary Fortnight, MoMA’s annual showcase of recent nonfiction film and media, returns this week with an International selection of 23 films , along with three thematic programs, that examine the relationship between contemporary art and nonfiction filmmaking, and reflect on new areas of nonfiction practice.
Anders Birch, a graduate of the 2011 Doc Studies program, co-directed with Didde Einif A Leaf falls to the Sky, a 37-minute documentary on writer Knud Romer during the aftermath of his father’s end-of-life experience. … Doc studies alum, Anders Birch — Nominated for Best Doc Short by the Robert Prize (Denmark’s Oscars)
A CLOSE-UP OF ABBAS KIAROSTAMI.
From sublime shorts and early documentaries and narratives on through a stunning string of films in the 1990s and a fascinating and wide-ranging exploration of the possibilities of digital video in the new century, the cinema of Abbas Kiarostami stands as one of contemporary cinema’s most vital and important statements. … Film Society of Lincoln Center — KIAROSTAMI RETROSPECTIVE — Feb. 8 to 17
An opportunity to apply for a fellowship to attend the legendary week-long Flaherty Seminar in June, 2013.
If you’re interested, please look over the variety of fellowships on offer.
The deadline is on Friday March 1, 2013. … 2013 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar — Fellowship Program
Vanessa Bergonzoli, a graduate of the Media Studies program, is co-producer of MONDAYS AT RACINE’S, directed by Cynthia Wade who, formerly, taught cinematography for Doc Studies and Media Studies. … ALUM VANESSA BERGONZOLI — AMONG OSCAR NOMINEES
W.R.: MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM by DUSAN MAKAVEJEV. (In English, German, Russian, and Serbian with English subtitles, 1971, 84 min.)
Dusan Makavejev’s subversive masterpiece, a hilarious montage documentary essay on “erotic socialism” was originally banned in the former Yugoslavia but remains a non-fiction cult hit. … Anthology Film Archives — Wed Feb. 6 at 7.30 pm
The legendary filmmaker and direct cinema innovator ALBERT MAYSLES discusses his form of compassionate observational documentary. (Fall 2011)
How two indie filmmakers discovered the origins of the Woody Guthrie song ‘1913 MASSACRE’ in the form of a ‘living history’ documentary.
With co-directors Ken Ross and Louis V. Galdieri.
More information about the film: http://1913massacre.com
The art of the short documentary is at the heart of TONY DE NONNO’S lifelong body of work. He discusses his sense of visceral and formal aesthetics.
DAVID O. RUSSELL in-person to introduce Kevin Rafferty’s
HARVARD BEATS YALE 29-29 (2008).
An incredible true story that unfolds like ” a ripping good yarn…with an uproarious, impossible Hollywood ending” (Andrew O’Hehir, Salon), Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 is filmmaker Kevin Rafferty’s (The Atomic Cafe) acclaimed documentary looking back on one of the most legendary games in the history of sports. But you don’t need to care about sports to love this movie. … IFC — STRANGER THAN FICTION — Tuesday, December 18 at 7.15 pm
— THE CHANGING FACE OF CINEMA VERITE
— ‘THE WAITING ROOM’, Peter Nicks, 2012, 83 min.
America’s controversial health care system is broken and nowhere is it more evident than in The Waiting Room. A composite 24 hour period at Highland Hospital in Oakland, one of the nation’s busiest emergency rooms, offers a raw, intimate look at what it means for millions of Americans to live without health insurance. … MAYSLES CINEMA — Tuesday, December 18 at 7.30 pm
The non-fiction films of Emily Allen and Sofia Araos, both graduates of the Doc Studies class of 2012, are featured works in this year’s Mixed Messages, the annual graduate student showcase of the School of Media Studies.
SURFING THE YUGOSLAV BLACK WAVE
DOC STUDIES PRESENTS
Monday, October 22 at 1 PM
Kellen Auditorium, Ground Floor, 66 Fifth Avenue
“[The black of black wave] is about where the society as society is absent and about
what politics, however democratic, cannot represent.” – Boris Buden
“Film – weapon or shit?” – Black Wave ABC Glossary, Surfing the Black Zine No.3
DOC STUDIES PRESENTS
Monday, October 15 at 12:30 PM
Kellen Auditorium, Ground Floor, 66 Fifth Avenue
How do you fund a documentary film? Where do you go, and what do you need to know? And – provided you secure the funding – how do you get your film out into the world and make sure people hear about it? Join us for this special Doc Talk addressing those and other questions surrounding the art of documentary production and distribution. Our guest, Jessica Edwards, has a broad background in the film industry as a director, producer and publicist. Her first feature-length documentary, Mavis!, about soul music legend Mavis Staples and her family group The Staple Singers, premiered on HBO in 2016 and was awarded a Peabody for distinguished achievement in documentary filmmaking. … Doc Talk, Oct 15: Screening and Q&A with director/producer JESSICA EDWARDS