Meet the Doc Studies Class of 2018

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:

Doc Talk with Peter Hutton

“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

Stellar Week for New School Documentarians

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.

Stellar Week for New School Documentarians

Class of 2015

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.

Class of 2015

Doc Talk with Nina Davenport

About the form of first-person cinema, Davenport says:  “The ‘off-the-cuff’ intimacy of personal documentaries makes them look easy, but from the cadence and delivery of the voiceover to the creation of a persona, it’s actually extremely difficult to get it just right.”

Doc Talk with Nina Davenport

Doc Talk with Maya Mumma

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.

Anders Birch, Doc Studies Alum, begins Midwest Shoot for Denmark’s DR1 Television

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

Doc Talk with Debra Zimmerrman on Distribution — How to Promote Your Film

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.

Doc Talk with Debra Zimmerrman on Distribution — How to Promote Your Film

Doc Talk with Jonathan Oppenheim – On Editing

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.

Doc Talk with Julia Loktev – Moment of Impact

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.

Film Society of Lincoln Center — KIAROSTAMI RETROSPECTIVE — Feb. 8 to 17

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

Doc Talk with Albert Maysles

The legendary filmmaker and direct cinema innovator ALBERT MAYSLES discusses his form of compassionate observational documentary. (Fall 2011)

IFC — STRANGER THAN FICTION — Tuesday, December 18 at 7.15 pm

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

MAYSLES CINEMA — Tuesday, December 18 at 7.30 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

Doc Talk, Oct 22: Screening of shorts and Q&A with filmmaker KARPO GODINA

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SURFING THE YUGOSLAV BLACK WAVE

DOC STUDIES PRESENTS
@tnsdocstudies

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 Talk, Oct 22: Screening of shorts and Q&A with filmmaker KARPO GODINA

Doc Talk, Oct 15: Screening and Q&A with director/producer JESSICA EDWARDS

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DOC STUDIES PRESENTS

@tnsdocstudies 

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