Patricia Zimmermann, professor of screen studies and codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF), delivered invited lectures and conducted workshops on documentary new media forms in Guinea in February 2014. She was posted to West Africa as part of the American Film Showcase, a US State Department initiative to foster cultural exchange and understanding.
Zimmermann presented a formal lecture on new media entitled "New Emerging Forms of Documentary Participatory Media in Action" at US AID and the US Embassy in Conakry, Guinea, for the Guinean Film Association, a group of professional producers, directors and writers. Showcasing US-based transmedia projects exhibited in previous Finger Lake Environmental Film Festivals at Ithaca College, her talk theorized the function of collaborative, interactive, and permeable new media practices to open up spaces for new encounters.
Legacy Cleaning, a short film written by Jack Bryant, will screen at the Green Mountain International Film Festival later this month and at the Boston International Film Festival on April 13. Bryant is an assistant professor in the Department of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies.
The film, directed and produced by Kerstin Karlhuber, tells the story of a maid who finds herself alone in a mansion and thinks she’s found the secret to happiness in how the other half lives.
For more information on the film, click here.
Assistant Professor Joshua Bonnetta gave an artist talk and presented his installation work Strange Lines and Distances at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland in February. The work will be released in March as LP/DVD by Experimedia Films with a monograph by Jeffrey Sconce.
Strange Lines and Distances won the Deluxe Cinematic Vision Award at the Images Festival for 'excellence and innovation in the 'visual realisation of work by a Canadian film or video artist' and has been previously presented at the Berlin Film Festival and the Rotterdam Film Festival.
Julie Blumberg, assistant professor in the Department of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies, spoke on a panel titled "How Social Media Changed The Conversation Between Author And Audience" at the Association Of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Seattle in February.
The AWP Conference "celebrates authors, teachers, students, writing programs, literary centers, and publishers."
Professor Janice Levy traveled to Antigua in January to lead two photography workshops. Her visit was part of the Government Assisted Technology Endeavour (GATE) project and ICT cadet program, which “provides an opportunity for young people interested in working in information technology related fields to acquire technical skills, as well as to gain valuable workplace experience.”
One of Levy’s workshops focused on technical and critical photographic skills. Her second workshop was intended for intermediate, advanced, and professional photographers and focused on ways these photographers can market their work.
Levy was welcomed to Antigua by Hon. Balwin Spencer, the Prime Minster, and Dr. Hon. Edmond Mansoor, the Minister of Telecommunications, Science, and Technology.