The American Film Showcase, a special project of the US State Department, has reappointed Patricia R. Zimmermann, professor of screen studies and codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, as a film expert for their film envoy program.
This appointment is Zimmermann’s third as a US State Department Film Envoy as a scholar and programmer of both analog and digital document. For the American Film Showcase and the US State Department, Zimmermann has worked in China and in Guinea, delivering lectures, moderating post-screening discussions, and conducting workshops.
Stephen Tropiano, director of the Los Angeles Program and associate professor of screen studies, is a juror for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the 7th Annual Television Academy Honors, which recognizes television "with a conscience--programming that inspires, informs, motivates, and even has the power to change lives," and the College Television Awards. In addition, Tropiano is currently serving as one of three judges for the Richard Wall Memorial Book Award sponsored by the Theatre Library Association.
Stephen Tropiano, associate professor of screen studies and director of the Ithaca College Los Angeles Program, served on a panel entitled "Archive Archaeology: Disrupting the TV Canon" at the 2014 Society for Cinema & Media Studies in Seattle. The panel focused on alternative and non-traditional archives and archiving practices for television historians and scholars.
Professor Janice Levy will participate in a reading at Wells College featuring the editors and writers of Stone Canoe, Syracuse University's annual journal of arts, literature and social commentary. Levy's work titled Welcome to Saudi Arabia is included in the issue.
The reading will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, in the Art Exhibit Room of Macmillan Hall on the Wells College campus. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.
In addition to Levy, editors and writers associated with current issue #8 of Stone Canoe include General Editor Robert Colley, nonfiction writer Christopher Gonzales, poets Bruce Bennett, James Crenner, and Sarah Jefferis, and fiction writers Jennifer Savran Kelly, Kailey McDonald, and Joey Marzocchi.
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.