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Jeff Silva wins grant and award

In June 2009, former FSC-Harvard fellow Jeff Silva was awarded a LEF Foundation production grant for his project Variations on Amerika, a documentary film about a young couple from Kosovo who fled their homeland for asylum in the California to find the American Dream. In July, his documentary Balkan Rhapsodies screened at the 2009 Royal Anthropological Institute film festival (RAI) and garnered the Basil Wright Film Prize for "a film in the ethnographic tradition, in the interest of furthering a concern for humanity in order to acknowledge the evocative faculty of film as a way of communicating their concern to others.".

Rebecca Meyers premieres film and wins artist fellowship

The latest 16mm film by FSC-Harvard fellow Rebecca Meyers, night side, received an Honorable Mention at the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival in May 2009. It is currently screening at festivals around North America, and will have its UK premiere later this month at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Meyers was also awarded the 2009 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship.

Toby Lee's video installation and screening event in and about a small abandoned cinema in Greece

by Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga and Toby Lee

Screening: Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 8pm
Cine-ep, Alex. Svolou 22, Thessaloniki, Greece
free entrance – limited seating

The filmmakers describe this as "a collective exploration of a forgotten space, a glimpse of all that emerges in time – onscreen and in situ."

Between The fantastic voyage in color (1964), The house of encounters (1981) and American and French sex (1996); a few meters above the ruins of the city‘s ancient Roman theater; under a decade of dust collecting on its wooden surfaces; behind a closed gate, down eleven stairs, and another ten, and another four lies Cine-ep (“cinema of actualities“).

The title comes from the Greek word epikaira, meaning current, present, actual, timely, opportune, well-timed, seasonable, in season, a propos, in good time, at the right/appropriate time, dominant, dominating, strategic, effective, suitable, newsreel, newsfilm. Anepikaira is the opposite of epikaira.

This project is supported by the Film Study Center at Harvard.

About the fellow:
Toby Lee is a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology and Film & Visual Studies. Her dissertation is an ethnographic and historical study of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and its relationship to its host city, looking at how public culture and its institutions mediate the collective experience of place.

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Two Works by J.P. Sniadecki at the Harvard Film Archive

On Monday, May 4th at 7pm the Harvard Film Archive will show DEMOLITION (2008)
and SONGHUA (2007), two new documentary films directed by J.P. Sniadecki which
focus on urban experience in China.
View film details at HFA site

About the filmmaker:
J.P. Sniadecki is an FSC fellow completing his doctorate degree in Harvard’s Social Anthropology department whose films shot in China have already drawn international attention. Most notably, his hour-long documentary Demolition was included in last year’s Viennale and just won the Joris Ivens Award at Paris’ prestigious documentary film festival Cinéma du réel.

J.P. Sniadecki Wins Award

Cinema du real award for ChaiquianFilm Study Center fellow J.P. Sniadecki was awarded the Joris Ivens Award at Cinéma du réel, Paris on March 14, 2009 for his latest video produced in the Film Study Center and Sensory Ethnography Lab, "Chaiqian," that explores the human and urban ecology of a demolition site in Chengdu, western China.

Three Film Study Center Fellows to participate in Arts First

For the first time, the Film Study Center will be taking part of Harvard's annual Arts First festival, which runs from April 30 - May 3 this year. Films created by Film Study Center-Harvard fellows during their fellowship will be individually screened on Sunday, May 3, 2009, starting at 1 PM, CCVA room B04.

"As Long as There's Breath" (75 min.) by Stephanie Spray
"Sichuan Triptych" (45 min.) by J.P. Sniadecki
and "Terrace of the Sea" (approx. 65 min.) by Diana Keown Allan

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The Film Study Center Collaborates with Graduate School of Design on
A Media Archaeology of Boston

This is a one-night sound, film and video exhibition that presents an excavation of this city’s spaces through a montage of short films, photographs, diagrams, and experimental soundscapes recorded on-location in the larger metropolitan area, exploring different modes of urban representation across history and various media. Read more in events


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