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Fellows 2016-17

FSC-Radcliffe Fellows

Lisandro Alonso

Lav Diaz

Eloy Enciso

Gardner Fellows

Deborah Stratman

Salomé Lamas

FSC-Harvard Fellows

Luis Arnias and Jeff Silva

Alex Auriema

Ilisa Barbash and Lucia Small

Jessica Bardsley

Aryo Danusiri

Carmine Grimaldi

Laura Huertas Millan

Valery Lyman

Guy Maddin

Harsha Menon

Helen Miller and Jerry MacDonald

Alex Morelli

Joana Pimenta and Adirley Queirós

Simona Schneider

Benny Shaffer

Deniz Tortum

Fulton Fellows

Ali Cherri

Lois Patiño

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.

Jeff Silva is an american filmmaker, teacher and film programmer. Jeff’s work explores the quotidian aspects of his subjects lives, often over long spans of time. His most recently completed projects include Linefork (2016), Ivan & Ivana (2011), and Balkan Rhapsodies: 78 Measures of War (2008) have been exhibited at festivals, and museums internationally, including: MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, The Viennale, Visions du Reel, BAFICI, Valdivia, and Flahertiana. A long-time affiliate of the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University, Jeff helped develop the curriculum and methodology of the SEL program while a teaching fellow aside Lucien Taylor. Jeff has also been programming documentary and experimental cinema for the past 15 years at BALAGAN, an the offbeat and alternative screening series which he co-founded in 2000 in Boston.

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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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Lisa (Ilisa) Barbash is Curator of Visual Anthropology at Harvard's Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology where she makes films, and writes books and curates exhibitions about photography. She made the films In and Out of Africa (1992), about authenticity and taste in the transnational trade in African art, and Sweetgrass (2009), about contemporary sheep ranching in Montana with Lucien Castaing-Taylor. Sweetgrass was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards and was selected as part of the US State Department and UCS’s American Documentary Showcase in 2012. Together Lisa and Lucien Castaing-Taylor co-wrote the books Cross-cultural Filmmaking: A Handbook for Making Documentary and Ethnographic Films and Video, and co-edited The Cinema of Robert Gardner. Lisa’s most recent project is Where the Roads All End (2016) a book about the visual representation of the indigenous Ju/'hoansi in 1950s Namibia. Lisa has taught ethnographic film production and the history and theory of ethnographic film at San Francisco State University, Berkeley and at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she was Director of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Certificate in Ethnographic and Trans-cultural Filmmaking.

Lucia Small is a 25-year veteran independent filmmaker. ONE CUT, ONE LIFE (2014), Small's most recent documentary feature that she co-directed with Ed Pincus (1938-2013), was supported by the Sundance Institute and distributed theatrically by First Run Features and is a qualifying film for 2016 Academy Awards. In 2007 Small and Pincus co-directed, edited and produced THE AXE IN THE ATTIC, a story about the Diaspora of Hurricane Katrina. The film screened worldwide, at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival and was broadcast on the Documentary Channel. Small’s directorial debut MY FATHER, THE GENIUS (2002), about her visionary architect father, garnered several top festival awards, including the Grand Jury Prizes for Best Documentary and Best Editing at the Slamdance Film Festival, and a First Appearances nomination at International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA). Distributed by CS Associates and New Yorker Films, MY FATHER, THE GENIUS was broadcast internationally, and domestically on the Sundance Channel. Throughout her film career, Small has helped produce numerous independent projects for PBS, ITVS, and American Public Television, while also working on narrative shorts and fiction films.

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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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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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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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Valery Lyman has been a documentary filmmaker for over ten years, with a focus on short, impressionistic works. Her cinematography and directorial work has shown and been awarded in multiple film festivals and museums, and is the recipient of several emmys. Recently she is working with audio and photographs separately, in an impulse to break the time-based visual/aural bind and allow each to be appreciated as distinct, perhaps complimentary, textures. Her current projects engage with dying, and, separately, the oil fields of North Dakota.

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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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Harsha Menon holds degrees from New York University, Harvard University, and is pursuing an MFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts and Northeastern. She is an artist, filmmaker, and writer whose work blends art and anthropology. She is currently a Harvard Film Study Fellow, and her work has screened internationally, including at the Sundance Film Festival.  She studies Buddhism at The Harvard Divinity School.

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Helen Miller is an artist trained in the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education. The relationship of visual representation and embodied experience informs her drawing, painting, video and performance work. She holds a BA in Art and English from UC Berkeley and master's degrees in Art from Harvard. Assistant Editor of The Feldenkrais Journal, Miller writes regularly on the role of movement in art as well as the aesthetic dimensions of everyday activity. For Grand Union, a recent two-channel video bringing together family and postmodern dance, Miller collaborated with Alex Auriema and Deniz Tortum on camera and Jerry MacDonald on sound to explore feats of representation, modeling and copying involved in both art and growing up. With the support of a Film Study Center fellowship this year, Miller and MacDonald begin work on And After These Things, a time-based portrait of eight women and their homelives in Ireland, Jamaica, Trinidad and the Philippines—women who, now retired, once worked as caregivers and housekeepers in New York.

Jerry MacDonald is a sound recording engineer who has made recordings in concert halls, classrooms, operating rooms, houses, rooftops, nightclubs, vans, cellars and at sea. He has experience in many facets of recording from precise classical (hundreds of location recordings) to blown-out distorted tape machine rock-and-roll studio recordings. MacDonald owns and manages Odd Fellows Recording, an audio recording studio built in a former Odd Fellows Hall in East Weymouth, Massachusetts. The building was originally designed as an opera house and Odd Fellows meeting hall in 1889 and saw the rise of Vaudeville, musical theater, silent and talking pictures.

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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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Alex is a filmmaker, photographer, and teaching assistant in the Visual and Environmental Studies Department at Harvard University. He also frequently works as a producer and cinematographer in the Boston area and beyond. His film THE WHITE PINE PROJECT presents a portrait of an isolated prison and mining town through relationships that communicate across space and time.

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Joana Pimenta is a filmmaker and writer from Lisbon, Portugal. 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 International Documentary Film Festival, Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Ambulante Documentary Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Videoex, Taipei Film Festival, Syros International Film Festival, among other venues.
Her second film, AN AVIATION FIELD premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival – International Competition in 2016, and has since received the Grand Prize in the International Competition at ZINEBI and it has been screened at the IFFR International Film Festival Rotterdam, Toronto International Film Festival – Wavelenghts, the New York Film Festival – Projections, 25 FPS International Experimental Film and Video Festival, Croatia, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic, Mostra Cine BH, Valdivia International Film Festival, International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in La Habana, Cuba, Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Argentina, International Festival of Documentary and Short Films of Bilbao, Curtocircuito, among others.

Her video installation work has been recently presented at the Festival Temps d'Images, the National Art Gallery, Fundacion Botin, Harvard Art Museums, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, and The Pipe Factory, among others.

She works as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, where she is currently finishing her PhD in Film and Visual Studies and Critical Media Practice, and as a Visiting Lecturer in the BFA program in Film at Rutgers University. She is a fellow at the Film Study Center and an associate member of the Sensory Ethnography Lab.

She is co-directing two films with the Brazilian filmmaker Adirley Queirós, the short RÁDIO CORAÇÃO, and the feature DRY GROUND BURNING, currently in production.

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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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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Deniz Tortum's first feature film Zayiat has been screened internationally including at SxSW and !F Istanbul Film Festivals. Deniz holds a master's degree from MIT Comparative Media Studies and he is currently working on several documentary projects on multiple media including video and virtual reality. 

His project at the FSC takes place in the heart of Istanbul’s Syrian neighborhood, a Turkish-Kurd is directing melodramas about the Syrian, Iraqi and Kurdish conflicts: a music video on the death of Aylan Kurdi, a short film about a Kurdish son leaving his family to fight the Turks, and a film series for Turkish television that dramatizes the lives of Syrian refugees living in Turkey. His production company brings together a cast and crew as ethnically and linguistically diverse as the region itself—Syrians, Iraqis, Kurds, Tunisians, Turkmens and Turks. Syrian Reenactments is a film that documents the production, exploring the region’s conflicts through the eyes of those closest to it.



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