Associate Professor Daniel Robins Wins Jury Award at The Sidewalk Film Festival
September 28, 2017
Associate Professor Daniel Robin’s film, All The Leaves Are Brown, recently won the Jury Award: Best Documentary Short Film at the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, AL.
“All the Leaves are Brown” is an autobiographical reflection, in film, of Daniel Robin.
All The Leaves Are Brown has upcoming screenings at:
New Orleans Film Festival
Antimatter Media Festival (Canada)
Cork Film Festival (Ireland)
l’Alternativa 2017 – 24th Barcelona Independent Film Festival (Spain)
Cinepoetics Fellow Dr. Jennifer Barker To Give Lecture in Berlin
January 23, 2018
The Cinepoetics Center for Advanced Film Studies in Berlin welcomes fellow Dr. Jennifer Barker as guest lecture at its Cinepoetics Lecture #5 on January 29th. In her lecture “Color Outside the Lines: Animating a Model of Cinematic Synesthesia”, Jennifer M. Barker (Georgia State University) focuses on animation films from Pixar and Don Hertzfeldt, and draws on research into neonatal synesthesia and the phenomenology of childhood in order to show that conventional descriptions of synesthesia within the arts have given too little space to the question of time.
Dr. Jennifer M. Barker is the director of the Graduate Studies for the Moving Image Studies’ doctoral program and of the Film, Video, and Digital Image masters program. Dr. Barker researches in the area of moving image studies, with particular interests in cinema and the senses, synaesthesia, theories of spectatorship and embodiment, performance, feminism, as well as documentary.
In 2009, Dr. Barker published The Tactile Eye. Touch and the Cinematic Experience, which discusses the sensuous exchange between film and viewer and was a finalist for the “Best Book on Moving Image Studies” prize that year. Her work also appears in Cinema Journal, Discourse, Film-Philosophy, New Review of Film & Television Studies, Paragraph, Screen.
School of Film, Media & Theatre Debuts “Petra,” Its First Student Feature Film
February 8, 2018
ATLANTA— Last December at the Atlanta’s retro Plaza Theatre, the School of Film, Media and Theatre (FMT) premiered its first student feature film “Petra,” a 75-minute romantic comedy that tells the story of a National Geographic photographer, Jeff Kovacs, who is assigned to photograph refugees in Budapest but gets more than he bargained for when he discovers a young art professor,Petra. Directed and screen written by Dr. Philip Lewis, FMT Associate Director and Study Abroad Director, “Petra” was filmed on-location in Hungary by a talented team of eleven film students.
Shooting “Petra” was a huge undertaking; one that typically takes hundreds of people months to create. However, through dedication and determination, the students shot the film in just five weeks mostly throughout Budapest and other neighboring villages, with a total of nearly 50 locations and scenes.
“The project was a testament to our film program, which has made a strong impact on the community here in Atlanta,” said Dr. Lewis. “It was a fantastic opportunity for our students to receive real-world, hands-on experience with every aspect of filmmaking from directing, writing, and cinematography to producing and costumes. Although we had a minuscule crew, we relied heavily on teamwork which ultimately prepares the students to work in Atlanta’s rapidly growing film industry.
About the Film
When a National Geographic photographer, Jeff Kovacs is assigned to photograph refugees in Budapest, he discovers that life in post-communist Hungary is nothing like he thought it would be. Petra Farkas, a young art professor and Jeff’s only contact in Budapest, takes him to her countryside home for a crash course in cultural immersion. Working together, the two uncover a mutual love of living off the grid, though they have two very different ideas of what that means. The Budapest region takes on a characterization of its own in this intriguing tale, bringing together historical Hungary, modern politics and 21st century ideas. “Petra” stars Weston Manders and Nora Botos, and was produced by Erin Kasari.
This summer, Dr. Lewis continues the study abroad experience in Budapest, now working with twenty film students to shoot six short films.
Online Exhibition: MA Student Caroline Rumley, Receives Honorable Mention in 2018 HCP Fellowship
February 26, 2018
Caroline Rumley (Atlanta, GA) still from Open Season, 2017, courtesy of the artist
The School of Film, Media & Theatre congratulates current MA production student Caroline Rumley for receiving honorable mention in this year's Houston Center for Photography Fellowship for her project entitled "Open Season". Visit the link to view the online exhibitions and additional videos by her. http://www.hcponline.org/…/exhib…/view/141/online-exhibition
Associate Professor Daniel Robin's “All the Leaves Are Brown” Continues to Gain Notice
March 1, 2018
All The Leaves Are Brown, recently received the Special Jury Prize for Personal Vision at the 2018 Oxford Film Festival in Mississippi.
Additionally, All The Leaves Are Brown, has screened and will screen at some highly competitive festivals including the Minimalen Short Film Festival (Norway), Analogica 7 (Italy and International tour), the Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival (Romania) and the Columbus International Film and Animation Festival.
Each of these festivals have between 1000 to 4000 submissions and select approximately 30-50 short films to screen.
"Winning an award is rare and the highest validation in my field of creative research," says Associate Professor Robin.
The selection of All The Leaves Are Brown comes as a huge accomplishment for Associate Professor Robin and we are Panther proud!
For more highlights from the Oxford Film Festival and to view Associate Professor Robin's accomplishment click here
GSU Student Films to Be Screened at Cannes and Tribeca
April 8, 2018
ATLANTA—The School of Film, Media and Theatre congratulates students Donovan Stanley, Taylor Dudley, Joshua Cleveland and Bethlehame Dasalegn on being selected to have their student films screened at the 2018 Cannes and Tribeca film festivals.
Stanley and Dudley’s collaborative short film TOGETHER will screen at Cannes. A film about the harmony of human interconnection, this film was one of hundreds submitted and selected from Georgia State University. Visit TOGETHER to view this film.
Cleveland, Stanley and Dasalegn’s collaborative short The Heart of the Krump is a documentary that explores the negative stigmas about the dance movement, known as Krumping, to reveal the higher levels of human communication through the art form. This film competed in the Tribeca Campus Docs category for Documentary Films. Visit The Heart of the Krump to view this film.
This opportunity was no small feat as they were a part of the Campus Movie Fest (CMF) competition. CMF is the world’s largest student film festival, with more than one million students at colleges and universities worldwide getting the chance to tell their stories through film. Students had one week, January 31-February 6, to make the best possible film under five minutes in length. The CMF tour staff provided training, support, and equipment including a laptop loaded with Adobe Creative Cloud, a Panasonic LUMIX HD camera and Sennheiser sound gear.
Campus Movie Fest was founded in 2001 by four then-students at Emory University. Over the last 15 years, CMF has grown to give more than one million students access to all of the equipment and training they need to make a five-minute film in one week, including Apple laptops loaded with Adobe Creative Cloud, Panasonic HD Cameras, state-of-the-art sound equipment from Sennheiser, and external hard drives—all for free.
Students at over 30 participating colleges and universities compete, with each school hosting its own red-carpet finale event to showcase its top films. The best of the best move on to the Campus Movie Fest Grand Finale, a jam-packed weekend dedicated to celebrating the creativity of young filmmakers around the globe. Awards are presented for overall Best Picture, Best Director, Best Story, and - for the first time ever - Best Sound, along with many other special CMF Golden Tripod Awards.
Undergraduate Film Major Benjamin Martin Among CMF Top 25 Short Films Now Available on Amazon Prime Video
September 6, 2018
This past year, Campus Movie Fest (CMF) received thousands of submissions for its annual traveling student film festival and among its top 25 selections available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video is senior film major Benjamin Martin.
Congratulations to doctoral candidates Ashley P. Jones and Michael S. Bass whose academic papers were selected for the Cinematic Sci-Fi panel and presented at the 76th annual Worldcon in San Jose, CA. Their presentation examined the afrofuturist film "Les Saignantes" from Cameroon. Worldcon (the World Science Fiction Convention) is the annual gathering of science fiction and fantasy fans, writers, artists, musicians and other creators, first held in New York City in 1939. Worldcon is held in a different city and organized by a different volunteer organization each year. This year’s conference was organized by a committee sponsored by San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc., a California public benefit corporation and featured several academic panel discussions.
Reknowned Filmmaker Jenn Nkiru Explores Pan-African Imagination in Campus Artist Talk
May 10, 2019
On April 15, 2019, liquid blackness, a research project on blackness and aesthetics housed in the College of the Arts at Georgia State University, hosted renowned filmmaker Jenn Nkiru for an artist talk and discussion surrounding her innovative audiovisual work. Nkiru is a British Nigerian filmmaker who has written, directed and produced the award-winning short film “Rebirth is Necessary” and has collaborated with a number of musicians and artists including Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Kamasi Washington and Neneh Cherry. Recently, she collaborated with Bradford Young, Terrence Nance, Marc Thomas and Kamasi Washington, as part of Ummah Chroma, on “As Told to G-D Thyself” which recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
The event, “Jenn Nkiru’s Pan-African Imagination: Black Studies as Aesthetic Practice,” began with a curated screening of Nkiru’s work. Nkiru is invested in integrating the intellectual forces of black studies and black feminist thought with the aesthetic forces expressed in the Black Arts Movement, the history of black music, as well as the cinematic traditions of experimental filmmaking, global art cinema and the African diaspora. The screening revealed the immense breadth and depth of Nkiru’s artistic range and included En Vogue, a short experimental documentary exploring queer ballroom culture, and the stylistically varied music videos for Washington’s “Hub-Tones” and Cherry’s “Kong” and “Rebirth is Necessary.”
After the screening, Dr. Alessandra Raengo, associate professor of Moving Image Studies, along with research group members Jenny Gunn and Jazmine Hudson, engaged Nkiru in a theoretical and practical discussion of her work. Nkiru, who is also a DJ, discussed her crate-digging approach to archival research, explaining how one of her goals is to remix the archive so that it becomes relevant, productive and even ecstatic. Nkiru also discussed her interest, which is shared by the liquid blackness group, in constructing a kind of black cinematic language that would, as Nkiru paraphrased from fellow liquid blackness invitee Arthur Jafa, give visual expression to the sonorous qualities of black music. As Nkiru explained, such a project of what she called sonic mimesis means giving equal weight to the image and to the soundtrack in the construction of a film, as well as the curation and construction of images that reverberate with vibrational intensity. Nkiru discussed how such resonant images can actualize the latent energies embedded in the archival materials of Pan-African culture, allowing for a reimagining of Pan-African futures in light of reconfigured pasts, or what she termed a kind of cosmic archaeology.