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Student Accomplishments: 03/10/2014

Nijla Mu'min's (MFA 2, Film Directing and Writing Program) Deluge will have its world premiere at the 4th Annual New Voices in Black Cinema Festival (NVBCF) in Brooklyn, at the BAMcinematek, March 2014.

Ismael Garcia (BFA 4, Program in Film and Video) and Daniel Garcia (BFA 2, Program in Film and Video) participated in the screening of This is the LA River and The Sound We See, films produced through the Echo Park Film Center's Youth Program. Programmed by Rebecca Baron (Faculty, Program in Film and Video), the screening was part of Frogtown Futuro, a series of conversations, film screenings, artist projects and workshops with longtime residents, urban planners, architects, environmentalists and artists exploring the mutation of neighborhoods within cities and specifically the nature of this transformation along the LA River in Frogtown.

Eve LaFountain (MFA '13 Photography, MFA 3 Program in Film and Video), Mike Stoltz (MFA 3, Program in Film and Video), Walter Vargas (BFA 3, Program in Film and Video), Andrew Kim (MFA '13, Program in Film and Video), Beaux Mingus (MFA '11, Program in Film and Video) showed work at Los Angeles Underground #1: Recent works from Echo Park Film Center at Exploded View in Tucson, Arizona, March 2014. The program is based on the intersection of film and music in Los Angeles, from pop to experimental, noise to hip hop.

Faculty Accomplishments 03/10/2014

James Benning's (Faculty, Program in Film and Video) participation in a group show, Macho Man: Tell It To My Heart, Collected by Julie Ault at Artists Space in New York City was reviewed by Roberta Smith in the New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/22/arts/design/works-by-james-benning-and.... Benning is also presenting a solo exhibition at The Kunsthaus Graz in Graz, Austria, March 8-April 14, 2014. In Berlin, Germany, Benning will present a gallery show at neugerriemschneider, March-April 14, 2014.


Two Cabins, James Benning

Benning's upcoming film screenings include Landscape Suicide at Diagonale Film Festival, Austria, and Ten Skies and casting a glance at the Copenhagen Architecture Festival x Film, Denmark, March-April 2014. The Bradford International Film Festival is organizing a tribute to James Benning: his film, BNSF, and Double Play, directed by Gabe Klinger, will be screened, as well as a selection of work Benning curated by students at CalArts.

Landscape Suicide, James Benning

Maureen Selwood (Faculty, Experimental Animation) created a sequence for the Overture of Werther - the Jules Massenet opera based on the Goethe novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther - which opened on February 18 at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. It sets a tone of grief and will be projected onto a large transparent scrim. The director is Richard Eyre and the digital director is Wendall Harrington.

Maureen Selwood

Festival Submission Deadlines: 02/10/2014

AFI Fest 2013

Entry deadline: February 7, 2014 (short films under 30 min); February 14, 2014 (features)
Entry fee: $50 (short films); $70 (features)
Festival dates: November 7-14, 2013 in Hollywood
Website: http://www.lafilmfest.com/festival-info/submissions/

Since its launch as FILMEX in 1971, Los Angeles' longest running international film festival has been bringing world cinema to the film capital of the world. 2011 marked the 25th edition of the festival as AFI FEST, the American Film Institute's annual celebration of international cinema from modern masters and emerging filmmakers that features nightly red-carpet galas, special screenings, conversations and tributes. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards, and AFI FEST is still the only film festival in the United States to hold the prestigious FIAPF accreditation, assuring a high standard of quality and reliability for the international film community.

MASHROME FILM FEST 2014

Entry deadline: February 28, 2014  
Festival dates: June, 2014
Website: http://www.mashrome.org

MashRome Film Fest, the first Italian festival dedicated to Mash Up /Remix, has come to its third edition  that will be held in Rome in June 2014.
The Festival presents innovative and experimental works from all over the world. MashRome welcomes works with original contents and new ways of production and distribution (crowdsourcing and crowdfunding included). MashRome Film Fest welcomes films that embrace all kinds of hybrid and polluted genres such as documentary, animation, reportage, homage.

Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival

Entry deadline: February 15 (regular), 2014 ; March 1, 2014 (late)
Festival dates: April 17 - 19, 2014
Entry fee: $25/$10 Students (regular); $35/$15 Students (late)
Website: http://icdocs.wordpress.com/call-for-entries/

The Iowa City Documentary Film Festival is an international festival run and organized by students at the University of Iowa. The focus of the festival is to incorporate different ideas of what it means to document. The festival, in its eleventh year, is challenging conventional modes of thinking about art, documentation, and non-fiction. IC DOCS is accepting work under 30 minutes.

Opportunities 02/10/2014

2014 CalArts Flaherty Seminar Fellowships

FLAHERTY FILM SEMINAR
Named in honor of the director of Nanook of the North, Louisiana Story, and other classic documentary films, the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar is the longest continuously running film event in North America. Held every June since 1955, the weeklong Seminar brings together 170 filmmakers, artists, curators, scholars, students, librarians, and film enthusiasts to celebrate the power of the moving image. Registration is open to the public and participants gather in an isolated environment for a communal living experience that includes meals, social hours, special events, and at least three screening sessions daily, followed by discussion.

CALARTS ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
CalArts fellows need to be in good academic standing, are required to participate fully in the seminar and, upon return from Flaherty, are expected to either write a short report or produce a project about/from the Seminar that can be shared with the Film/Video community.  

COSTS, TRAVEL & LODGING
The School of Film/Video will cover travel expenses for two fellows from Los Angeles to the Flaherty as well as seminar and fellowship program fees. Fellows will be required to contribute a $250 fee no later than April 15, 2013, and will be expected to pay any additional travel or other voluntary expenses not directly part of the seminar. CalArts fellows, like all seminar participants, will stay in lodging arranged by Flaherty at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, a 1-hour drive from Syracuse, NY and a 4-hour drive from New York City.   
 
ELIGIBILITY
Students from all four Film/Video programs who will have been enrolled for a minimum of one year prior to June 2014 are eligible to apply. The Flaherty is about documentary cinema, though this is viewed broadly and can include essay, hybrids of fiction and documentary, and experimental or formal work that intersects with this year's seminar. Your work does not need to be restricted to documentary to apply; however, you should be able to demonstrate interest and engagement with questions provoked by this year's theme, Turning the Inside Out. Fellows must be seriously interested in the study of non-fiction cinema, and must be reliable and academically productive. Students who have recently been selected for a CalArts fellowship are not eligible for the CalArts Flaherty fellowship. This includes the 2013 programs at Doc's Kingdom, Alternative Measures, and the Brakhage Symposium, as well as previous Flaherty programs.
 
TO APPLY
To apply for the CalArts Flaherty Fellowship, please submit a one-page essay (300-500 words) on why the seminar and its 2014 theme are of interest to you and how attending would benefit your work. Essays are due by email to aseveran@calarts.edu by Friday, Feb 21 at 5pm.
 
PLEASE NOTE
If you're not selected for a CalArts Flaherty Fellowship, you may still register as a regular seminar participant at your own cost at a reduced student rate. See http://flahertyseminar.org/the-flaherty-seminar/2014-seminar-payment/ for details.

Connect4Climate Competition

Connect4Climate has just launched Action4Climate: a new global competition for the best environmental documentary on climate change. Action4Climate invites young aspiring filmmakers to produce and submit a 1-12 minute video documentary telling a story about climate change. The competition is open to young filmmakers from all over the world (individuals and teams of 5 or less) in two age groups: 14-17 and 18-35.

Award-winning film directors and producers, and international organization representatives will select the winning entries: Bernardo Bertolucci - President of the Jury, Atom Egoyan, Marc Forster, Mika Kaurismaki, Rose Kuo, Rachel Kyte, Cynthia Lopez, Fernando Meirelles, Mira Nair, Bob Rafelson, Walter Salles, Pablo Trapero, Wim Wenders.

The winners will be awarded cash prizes up to USD $15,000 or video equipment.
The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2014.

Website: http://www.connect4climate.org/competition/action4climate

Collaboration with Composer

Daniel Burnette, a composer for TV and film based in Los Angeles, seeks to connect with film students to provide music and mixing, meeting the limitations demanded by small budgets.

Contact: danielburnette@me.com

International Documentary Challenge

Registration deadline: February 15, 2012
Challenge dates: March 1-5, 2012 (late)
Entry fee: $195 (late)
Website: docchallenge.org

Now in its 9th year, the International Documentary Challenge is an exciting learning and portfolio opportunity for media and film students. Their participation will connect them locally, and even give them global exposure.

Filmmakers from around the world are given a single genre ("Character Study," "Music," "1st Person," and more) and a theme (such as "Change").  Participants then have five days to develop, produce and edit a 4-7 minute non-fiction film.

This year's challenge takes February 26 - March 2, 2014. Finalists premiere at the North America's largest Documentary Film Festival, the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto in early May.

Student Accomplishments: 02/10/2014

Karissa Hahn's (BFA 4, Program in Film and Video) short film, In Effluence Accord: Emulsion, was screened at Sight Unseen, Baltimore, January 2014.

In Effluence Accord: Emulsion, by Karissa Hahn

Lydya Hicks (MFA 2, Program in Film and Video), as cinematographer, and Elizabeth Webb (MFA 1, Program in Film and Video), as sound producer, contributed to Kevin Jerome Everson's Fe26 that premiered at Sundance this January. On another film by Kevin Jerome Everson, Sugarcoated Arsenic, which premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2014, Anna Hogg (MFA 1, Program in Film and Video) worked as cinematographer and Elizabeth Webb produced the sound.

Fe26, by Kevin Jerome Everson

Mike Stoltz's (MFA 3, Program in Film and Video) short film, Pluses and Minuses, was screened at Sight Unseen, Baltimore, January 2014.

Pluses and Minuses, by Mike Stoltz

Alumni Accomplishments: 02/10/2014

Co-directors Chris Buck ('78 School of Film/Video) and Jennifer Lee won the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature for Disney's Frozen. The film also received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature, in competition with four other films, including The Croods, co-directed by Chris Sanders (BFA '84, Character Animation) and Steven MacLeod (BFA '07, Character Animation).

She Gone Rogue, by Rhys Ernst (MFA '11, Program in Film and Video) and Zackary Drucker (MFA '07, School of Art), was selected to participate in the 2014 edition of the Whitney Biennial.


She Gone Rogue, by Rhys Ernst and Zackary Drucker

At the Beyond Baroque Arts Center in Los Angeles, 7 Dudley Cinema will screen several films by Kent Hayward (MFA '97, Program in Film and Video) on April 27 from 7-10 pm.

Heraclitus Fragment 124, Automatically Illustrated, a solo exhibition by William E. Jones (MFA '90, Program in Film and Video) will run through February 22 at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles.

 

Heraclitus Fragment 124, Automatically Illustrated, by William E. Jones

Artist and animator Will Kim (BFA '07, Character Animation) was featured as the Cartoon Brew Artist of the Day on December 23, 2013.

Dream (2012)-Trailer from Will Kim on Vimeo.

This February at REDCAT, Miwa Matreyek (MFA '07, Program in Film and Video) presented her latest work, This World Made Itself. Funded by a Creative Capital grant awarded to Matreyek last year, This World Made Itself leads the audience through the history of the earth, from its birth to today's urban environment. The work premiered in November at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio and was performed at the New Frontier Program at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, this January.

This World Made Itself from Miwa Matreyek on Vimeo.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman, DreamWorks Animation's feature film based on the characters from the 1960s animated television series, The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, opens on March 7. It was directed by Rob Minkoff (BFA '83, Character Animation).

Andrea Pallaoro's (MFA '08, Film Directing Program) first feature, Medeas, won the New Voices/New Visions Award at the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival in January.

MEDEAS from Chayse Irvin, csc on Vimeo.

Psychohydrography by Peter Bo Rappmund (MFA '10, Program in Film and Video) was screened at Clockshop, Los Angeles in January this year. Psychohydrography was screened as part of Frogtown Futuro, a series of conversations, film screenings, artist projects and workshops with longtime residents, urban planners, architects, environmentalists and artists on the mutation of neighborhoods within cities and the nature of this transformation here, along the LA River in Frogtown.

PSYCHOHYDROGRAPHY preview 1080P from Peter Bo Rappmund on Vimeo.

As the latest installment of the ongoing Matrix series at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Matrix 168 will center on the museum premiere of Eager, a new claymation animation by Allison Schulnik (BFA '00, Experimental Animation). The Hartford, Connecticut museum will also showcase Schulnik's 2011 video, Mound, a selection of paintings and the first career survey of her unique ceramics.

EAGER by Allison Schulnik from garaco taco on Vimeo.

Hacked Circuit by Deborah Stratman (MFA '95, Program in Film and Video) was screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, January 2014.

Hacked Circuit (excerpt) from Deborah Stratman on Vimeo.

Pacho Velez's (MFA '10, Program in Film and Video) feature film, Manakamana, co-directed with Stephany Spray, will be screened at ART OF THE REAL, a new documentary-as-art series by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, April 11-26, 2014.

Faculty Accomplishments: 02/10/2014

Thom Andersen (Faculty, Program in Film and Video) will present new restorations of his seminal works - Red Hollywood and Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer - at ART OF THE REAL, a new documentary-as-art series by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, April 11-26, 2014. Thom Andersen and Noel Burch's Red Hollywood also screened at REDCAT in Los Angeles in January this year.


Red Hollywood, by Thom Andersen and Noel Burch

James Benning (Faculty, Program in Film and Video) will present the world premiere of three new digital works at ART OF THE REAL, a new documentary-as-art series by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, April 11-26, 2014.

An exhibit by Dave Lebow (MFA '00, Program in Film and Video; Faculty, Character Animation) entitled Weird Tales opened at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, February 7-March 2.

Suzan Pitt's (Faculty, Experimental Animation) film, Pinball, will screen at the Best New American Independent Animation show (Shanghai University) in February this year. Pinball will also be screened at Northwest Animation Festival (Portland, Oregon), May 15-25. This past December, the Havana Film Festival included four screenings of Pitt's films. Due to her time in Cuba, Pitt made a short film, shot in Havana and Soroa: Diario Cubano, a video diary of the music, the people, and the natural environment of Cuba.

Diario Cubano from Suzan Pitt on Vimeo.

Charlotte Pryce (Faculty, Program in Film and Video) was awarded The Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) in December. The award recognized Pryce for her work in Cabinets of Wonder: Films and a Performance by Charlotte Pryce, which had its world premiere at REDCAT in April 2013. The screening featured several of her 16mm films, which were hand-processed and optically reprinted, including Concerning Flight: Five Illuminations in Miniature, Discoveries on the Forest Floor, and Curious Light. In addition to the films, Pryce conducted a live magic lantern show, using projections much like those shown to audiences in the 17th and 18th centuries.

W. H. Hudson's Remarkable Argentine Ornithology, by Charlotte Pryce

Maureen Selwood (Faculty, Experimental Animation) created a sequence for the Overture of Werther, - the Jules Massenet opera based on the Goethe novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther - which opens on February 18 at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. It sets a tone of grief and will be projected onto a large transparent scrim. The director is Richard Eyre and the digital director is Wendall Harrington.

Faculty Accomplishments: 12/08/2013

The remastered version of Thom Andersen's (Faculty, Program Film and Video) Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003/2013) will be screened at Unknown Pleasures 2014, Berlin.

Los Angeles Plays Itself, by Thom Andersen

Student Accomplishments: 12/08/2013

Nelson De Los Santos (MFA 3, Program in Film and Video) presented some of his work in a special screening followed by an open discussion about orality and cinema at SomoS Art House, Berlin, October 2013. http://www.somos-arts.org

Pearblossom Hwy, directed by Mike Ott (MFA '05, Program in Film and Video), co-written with Atsuko Okatsuka (MFA 2, Program in Film and Video), will screen at Unknown Pleasures 2014, Berlin.

Pearblossom Hwy - Trailer from Small Form Films on Vimeo.

Daphne Rosenthal (MFA 3, Experimental Animation) will screen two films, Him and Her and Drowning, at FACELESS, at Mediamatic Fabriek in Amsterdam, Netherlands, January 2014. http://www.facelessexhibition.net/

Drowning, by Daphne Rosenthal

Works by Rachel Ruizhen Ho (BFA 4, Experimental Animation) and by Jess Iglehart (BFA 4, Experimental Animation) will be screened at Slamdance Film Festival 2014 in the Anarchy Shorts Program:

Welcome, by Rachel Ruizhen Ho (BFA 4, Experimental Animation)

 

Welcome, by Rachel Ruizhen Ho

White Hot Grid, by Jess Iglehart (BFA 4, Experimental Animation)
 

White Hot Grid, by Jess Iglehart

Alumni Accomplishments: 12/08/2013

J.R. Hughto's (MFA '06, Program in Film and Video) film Diamond on Vinyl won at the Atlanta Underground for Best Feature Drama. It was released in North America on December 1st, 2012. The film continues to be screened nationwide. Recently it was screened at Anthology Film Archives in New York, and at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Boston. On Tuesday, December 10th, Hughto screened Diamond on Vinyl in LA at The Cinefamily. Slamdance Senior Programmer Josh Mandel hosted the Q&A.

Diamond on Vinyl Teaser from J.R. Hughto on Vimeo.

Pearblossom Hwy, directed by Mike Ott (MFA '05, Program in Film and Video), co-written with Atsuko Okatsuka (MFA 2, Program in Film and Video), will screen at Unknown Pleasures 2014, Berlin.

Pearblossom Hwy - Trailer from Small Form Films on Vimeo.

Travis Wilkerson (MFA '01, Program in Film and Video) will screen several of his films at Unknown Pleasures 2014, Berlin. The films included in the program are: An Accelerated Under-Development: In the Idiom of Santiago Alvarez (1999/2003); An Injury to One (2002); Who Killed Cock Robin? (2005/2010); Distinguished Flying Cross (2011); The Communist Situation in California (2013).

Accelerated Under-Development: In the Idiom of Santiago Alvarez from Travis Wilkerson on Vimeo.

The International Animated Film Association announced the nominees for the 41st Annual Annie Awards,which honor achievement in the art of animation. Again this year, more than a dozen CalArts alumni and students have made it to the shortlist, with the recently released Frozen—directed and art directed by Chris Buck (School of Film/Video '78) and Michael Giaimo (School of Film/Video '78), respectively—leading the pack with ten nominations, including Best Animated Feature.

Below is a list of CalArts alumni and students nominees, by category:

Best Animated Feature
FrozenChris Buck (School of Film/Video '78), Michael Giaimo (School of Film/Video '78)
The Croods - Chris Sanders (BFA '84, Character Animation), Steven MacLeod (BFA '07, Character Animation)
Despicable Me 2Yarrow Cheney (BFA '95, Character Animation), Eric Favela (BFA '07, Character Animation)

Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience
Adventure Time Pendleton Ward (BFA '05, Character Animation)
Gravity FallsAlonso Ramirez Ramos (BFA '10, Character Animation)
Regular Show - Ben Adams (BFA '09, Character Animation), Sean Szeles (BFA '03, Character Animation), JG Quintel (BFA '05, Character Animation)

Best Student Film
Move Mountain - Kirsten Lepore (MFA '12, Experimental Animation)
Trusts & Estates - Jeanette Bonds (MFA '13, Experimental Animation)

Character Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Craig McCracken (BFA '92, Character Animation)Wander Over Yonder
Ben Adams (BFA '09, Character Animation) Regular Show
Colin Howard (BFA 3, Character Animation)Steven Universe

 

The Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals have made their program announcements over the past two weeks. Below is a list of CalArts films that will be included in both festivals this January:

Sundance Film Festival 2014

Documentary Shorts Program
Hacked Circuit, by Deborah Stratman (MFA '95, Program in Film and Video)

New Frontier Program
This World Made Itself; Myth and Infrastructure; Dreams of Lucid Living by Miwa Matreyek (MFA '07, Experimental Animation)

Dreams of Lucid Living, by Miwa Matreyek

Slamdance Film Festival 2014

Animated Shorts Program
Lord I: The Records Keeper, by Lori Damiano (MFA '04, Experimental Animation)

2010 Animation Reel from Lori D on Vimeo.

Another, by Sean Buckelew (MFA '12, Experimental Animation)

Another from Sean Buckelew on Vimeo.

A Tongue Silent Like Your Words, by Vita Weichen Hsu (MFA '13, Experimental Animation)

A Tongue Silent Like Your Words, by Vita Weichen Hsu

Anarchy Shorts Program
Welcome, by Rachel Ruizhen Ho (BFA 4, Experimental Animation)

Welcome, by Rachel Ruizhen Ho

White Hot Grid, by Jess Iglehart (BFA 4, Experimental Animation)
 

White Hot Grid, by Jess Iglehart

Experimental Shorts Program
Flower, by Naoko Tasaka (MFA '12, Program in Film and Video)

Flower, by Naoko Tasaka

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