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Fellows 2015-16

FSC-Radcliffe Fellows

Luke Fowler

Philippe Grandrieux

Valérie Massadian

Athina Rachel Tsangari

Ben Rivers

Gardner Fellows


FSC-Harvard Fellows

Luis Arnias

Alex Auriema

Jessica Bardsley

Jennifer Bornstein

Philip Cartelli

Daniel Claridge

Aryo Danusiri

Laura Huertas Millan

Andrew Lowenthal

Veronika Kusumaryati

Carmine Grimaldi

Guy Maddin

Peter McMurray

Joana Pimenta

Adirley Queirós

Simona Schneider

Benny Shaffer

Jeff Silva

Maria Stenzel

Rachel Thompson

Lina Verchery

Julia Yezbick

McMillan-Stewart Fellows



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Luis Arnias (b. 1982) is a filmmaker from Venezuela who lives in Boston and works as a teaching assistant in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard. In 2009, he completed the diploma program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His current project, with collaborator Jeff Silva, is titled La Bobera (The Foolishness), a film about memory, exile, dystopia and dementia.

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Alex Auriema is a filmmaker, activist, and educator interested in the potential for the moving image itself to be a tool for reflection and feeling. His work has shown internationally at the Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, in Berlin, and Fondazione Morra, in Napoli, among others. He holds a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His current project explores something that never was.

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Jessica Bardsley is currently pursuing a PhD in Film and Visual Studies with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice at Harvard University. As a research-based artist, her work intervenes in historical narratives and draws on the archive as a catalyst for poetic fabulation and critique. Utilizing both found and self-shot footage, her films and videos construct essayistic narratives that imaginatively link the historical, cultural, and affective dimensions of her subjects, which range across landscapes, architectural interiors, and popular figures. Her FSC project, Valley of the Rocks, explores the convergence of Monument Valley's representations in Hollywood fiction; the iconic visual lexicon that guides the touristic experience of the place; and the everyday lives and histories of its Navajo inhabitants.

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Jennifer Bornstein is an artist who works in diverse media, including video, 16-millimeter film, and etching. Bornstein received an M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and participated in the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. She has received numerous awards and grants, including a DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm fellowship, a Sharpe Foundation grant, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. Her work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe, including solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and group exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Serpentine Gallery, London, and Menil Collection, Houston, among others. She has contributed essays to Frieze Magazine, the Getty Research Journal, Mousse Magazine, and other publications. Bornstein was a Radcliffe Institute and Film Study Center Fellow in 2014-15. 

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Philip Cartelli is a joint-PhD candidate in Media Anthropology at Harvard University and in Sociology at l’Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Philip’s audiovisual work has been shown in film festivals as well as installation settings and his film criticism has been published in Cinema Scope, Senses of Cinema, Slant Magazine, and Film International. He is currently working on a film which explores representations of the Mediterranean Sea, with forays into cinema history, political and social tumult past and present, and the ongoing question of regional identity/ies.

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Daniel Claridge is a filmmaker based in Cambridge, MA, whose work includes both documentary and fiction film. Currently, he is a teaching assistant at Harvard University in the department of Visual and Environmental Studies. His FSC supported film, DOC DENNIS, is about a mobile veterinarian who specializes in home-euthanasia and tries to find romantic companionship.

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Aryo Danusiri is a video artist and anthropologist born in Jakarta. His works have been featured at various film festivals and art galleries, including Yamagata, Rotterdam, Mead as well as Hause der Kulturen der Welt, Camera Austria and Ethnographic Terminalia. In his doctoral project in Social Anthropology with Critical Media Practice at Harvard, Danusiri has been working on the formation of Muslim working-class and  urban infrastructures in New York City and Jakarta. Lines is his current FSC project, exploring memory and subalterneity of Jakarta infrastructures: the roads, the rivers and the train tracks.

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Laura Huertas Millan is an artist and filmmaker exploring narrative through documentary fiction films, soundworks and creative writing. Her work has been shown internationally in contemporary art venues such as the Palais de Tokyo, la Villa Arson, the Annecy Castle, Barcelona's CCCB, LABORAL, MAC Santiago de Chile, MAMBO Colombia, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Vienna's AwZ. Her films have also been screened in film festivals such as FIDMarseille, Curtas Vila do Conde, 25 FPS, Tampere, Antimatter, l'Alternativa, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Videobrasil biennale, Ficunam and more. She has been awarded fellowships and grants in support of her work from the French government (2001-2008), the City of Paris Production Grant (2010, 2014), the Colombian Film Development Fund (2013) and most recently was awarded at the Videobrasil festival (Resartis Residency Prize, 2013). She studied at the Beaux-Arts de Paris (Fine Arts School of Paris) and le Fresnoy. She is presently a PhD candidate at PSL University, affiliated with the Ecole Nationale Supérieure rue d'Ulm and the Beaux-Arts de Paris in France. She is also a visiting fellow at the Sensory Ethnography Lab, affiliated to the Social Anthropology Program in Harvard University.

La Ciudad de la Luz is part of an ongoing series of films dealing with the rise of modernism in Colombia and the mimicry of decadent foreign models. Linking together the present of an Amazonian militant woman with the past ruins of a parc in Bogota, the film will combine anthropology and fiction.

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Andrew Lowenthal is Co-Founder and a Director of EngageMedia, an Asia-Pacific non-profit exploring the intersection of video, technology and social and environmental issues. EngageMedia employs documentary co-creation techniques, open source technologies and emerging distribution tactics to enable subjects to document and disrupt perspectives of their world.

Papuan Voices is an ongoing project working with filmmakers in the provinces of Papua and West Papua (Indonesia) to develop innovative co-production methods to address issues of critical significance to their communities.

Andrew’s video works have screened at the Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Art, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the National Gallery of Indonesia. Andrew is currently a research affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and was a Fellow at MIT's Open Documentary Lab from 2013-15.

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Veronika Kusumaryati is a PhD student in Anthropology with a secondary field in Film and Visual Studies in Harvard University. She has been working as a film and video curator (the 2010 Jakarta Biennale, the 2012 ExIst Experimental Film and Video Festival, Seoul, and 2014 Praksis New Media Arts Festival in Chicago). As a film producer, her previous works have been screened at Tampere International Film Festival (2007), the Oberhausen Film Festival (2009), and Dubai International Film Festival (2010). To the Land of the Morning Star (working title) is her FSC project focusing on the mining extraction in West Papua, Indonesia and is part of her dissertation project on new technologies and contemporary political mobilization in the region.

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Carmine Grimaldi is a graduate student in history at the University of Chicago and is currently a Visiting Fellow with Harvard's Department of the History of Science. He’s previously made videos about a small Midwestern carnival, an inspector of foreclosed homes, and the post-mortem life of birds at The Field Museum. Currently, he’s working with recovered films, videos and audiotapes from an experimental psychiatric clinic that sought to cure its patients through the moving image. As part of the project, he’s rebuilding a 1970s videocorder and shooting additional material.

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Guy Maddin is an installation & internet artist, writer and filmmaker, the director of eleven feature-length movies, including The Forbidden Room (2015), My Winnipeg (2007), The Saddest Music in the World (2003), and innumerable shorts. He has also mounted around the world over seventy performances of his films featuring live elements – orchestra, sound effects, singing and narration.

In the fall of 2015 he will launch his major internet interactive work, Seances, which will enable anyone online to "hold séances with," or view, randomly combined fragments of canonical lost films remade by Maddin on sets installed in public spaces, most notably during three weeks of shooting at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Maddin is currently a visiting faculty member in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.

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Peter McMurray is an ethnomusicologist and composer beginning a Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at MIT. His dissertation work focused on the Islamic acoustics of Turkish Berlin. He is currently working on a multichannel sound piece based on recordings from Berlin as well as a project on musical instrument makers in Turkey, Bosnia and Germany. He is also a Research Fellow at the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature, where he is beginning a project on sound technologies during World War II. 

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Joana Pimenta (b. 1986, Lisbon) works in film and video. Her work has been recently presented at the Fundacion Botin, Galeria da Boavista, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, and The Pipe Factory, among other venues. Her short film The Figures Carved into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees received the Competition Award at Indielisboa ’14, where it premiered, the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and has been screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, Jihlava, Mar del Plata, Ambulante, Edinburgh, Videoex, Taipei, among other festivals. She is a Teaching Fellow and PhD candidate in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, a fellow at the Film Study Center and the the Sensory Ethnography Lab. She lives and works in Lisbon and New York.

The project she is developing with the support of the Film Study Center, MATO SECO EM CHAMAS (eng. title, Dry Ground Burning) is a feature film co-directed with Adirley Queirós and set in Ceilândia, Brazil.

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Adirley Queirós studied film at the Unb (Universidade de Brasília), and lives in CEILÂNDIA, a periphery of Brasilia, since 1978. A former professional soccer player, Adirley is has directed and produced both short and feature-length films, and received more than 40 awards in Brazil and abroad, including the Brasilia Film Festival main awards (in 2005 with Rap o Canto da Ceilândia and 2014 with White Out Black In). His most recent film, White Out Black In, has received more than twenty awards between honorable mentions and awards for best film.

He was the founder of CEICINE - Cinema Collective of Ceilândia, a group that is active on the political and cultural questions of the Federal District and which maintains since 2012 a cineclub in the city. “A CIDADE É UMA SÓ?” was commercially released in film theaters in 2013 and WHITE OUT BLACK IN in 2015, both by Vitrine Filmes.

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Ben Rivers is an experimental filmmaker and artist based in London. His work ranges from themes about exploring unknown wilderness territories to candid and intimate portrayals of real-life subjects.

At Radcliffe, Rivers will be working on an ethnographic film, The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers.
Rivers, who earned a bachelor’s in fine arts from Falmouth School of Art, has been the recipient of a number of commissions and awards, including the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the 68th Venice Film Festival for his first feature, Two Years at Sea; the inaugural Robert Gardner Film Award from Studio7Arts in 2013; a 2011 Baloise Art Prize at the Art Basel 42 for Sack Barrow; and a 2010 Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award in the visual arts.


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Simona Schneider is a filmmaker and PhD candidate in Comparative Literature and Film and Media at the University of California, Berkeley, working at the intersection of film, ethnography, and lyric poetry. While at the Film Study Center, she will work on a video about the Austrian-Italian actress Georgia Moll’s career as a cultural passe-partout, shapeshifter and “other” in numerous films of the 1960s, including Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt.

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Benny Shaffer is a graduate student in Media Anthropology with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. His current project, Elsewhere, combines film, video, and location audio recordings to explore senses of place and experiences of migration among popular performance troupes in southwest China. 

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Maria Stenzel is a freelance photojournalist who has covered the environment, science, and culture for National Geographic Magazine since 1991. Among other subjects, she has photographed migratory beekeepers in the United States; indigenous societies in Siberia, Kenya, Borneo, Bolivia and Mexico; and illegal logging in the Peruvian Amazon. Since 1995 Maria has regularly joined scientists on expeditions to Antarctica funded by the National Science Foundation. She was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT in 2012. Maria's current film project, The Difference Between Night and Day, explores the lives of blind children in India who receive cataract surgery, gaining sight for the first time. The children are subjects in a study conducted by Professor Pawan Sinha, a cognitive brain scientist at MIT.

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Lina Verchery is a doctoral candidate in GSAS (Committee on the Study of Religion) specializing in the study of Chinese Buddhist monasticism in the contemporary world. She holds an M.Div. in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a B.A. Hon. in World Religions from McGill University. Lina has made several short documentary films related to her research in religion – including the award-wining “La Trappe” (National Film Board of Canada, 2008) and “In Ordinary Life” (Sensory Ethnography Lab 2013) – as well as experimental works, such as “South Bland Street” (Sensory Ethnography Lab 2013). Parallel to her work in the study of religion, Lina has a longstanding interest in the topics of bilingualism, migration, cultural identity, and transnationalism – as evidenced in her award-winning short film, “De midi à minuit” (2006), as well as in several of her multiplatform, web-based, and interactive video installations, such as “Échos” (NFB, 2014), “Ta parole est en jeu” (NFB, 2012), and “Argot électronique” (NFB, 2011).

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Julia Yezbick is a filmmaker, artist, and doctoral candidate in Media Anthropology with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. Her works have screened at international film festivals including the Mostra Internacional do Filme Etnográfico, Rio de Janeiro, the Montreal Ethnographic Film Festival, and the Berlinale, Forum Expanded. She is the founding editor of Sensate, an online journal for experiments in critical media practice, and co-director/programmer of Mothlight Microcinema in Detroit, where she lives and is currently finishing her dissertation research.

Her current project, Manifest Destiny!, is a collaborative docu-fiction with the Detroit-based performance ensemble, The Hinterlands, and filmmaker/designer Ben Gaydos. It is a Wild West show transposed onto the “frontier” of Detroit, Michigan — a production of the real that lays bare American myth-making past and present and ultimately comments upon opportunism and Manifest Destiny in a post-industrial era.

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