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Mara Alper (Media Arts) was invited to present at the Social Change Film Festival & Institute in New Orleans. The focus of this year's festival was "Water: Challenges & Solutions." Her talk Re-Imagining Water: Water Wisdom and Art was featured at the Contemporary Arts Center and her workshop Approaches to Environmental Media was at Zeitgeist Multidisciplinary Arts Center. The festival screened diverse films about water, and featured a wide range of experts grappling with New Orleans and Gulf Coast water issues.

The Social Change Film Festival & Institute (SCFFI) is a global community with a local presence, promoting transformative filmmaking & fostering social change. SCFFI features four days of films, panels, workshops, selected shorts and special events to inspire and build a global community focused on expanding the reach of conscious social change film and media.

 

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Michael Kaneff ’13, a television-radio student major, uses his production skills to raise awareness for a medical condition that hits close to home: Muscular Dystrophy.

Kaneff’s mother was diagnosed with MD eight years ago. He now produces videos to connect with others affected by the disease and to help raise money for the cause.

"There are 41 types of Muscular Dystrophy, yet none have a cure," Kaneff said.

Each year, he works on a documentary that is screened at the Black and Blue Ball, a local fundraiser for more than 200 business owners and MD patients, in the hopes of inspiring guests to donate.

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Three student documentaries will air on WCNY, the Syracuse PBS affiliate, on Sunday, November 18 at 10:00 p.m. The films were produced during the Spring 2012 semester as assignments for Senior Media Thesis, a capstone course taught by professors Steve Gordon and John Scott.

Featured Films include:

Rescued
By Jesse Cases, Harlan Green-Taub, and Emily Potts

Expressions of Hope
By Kelsey Greene

Overlooked: Autumn’s Job Search
By Kelsy Franklin, James Heasley, Kylene Planer
 

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Kati Lustyik, assistant professor in the Department of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies, published an article in current issue of Journal of Film and Popular Television titled “The Commercialization of Children’s Television in Postsocialist Europe.”

The Journal of Film and Popular Television is an international peer-reviewed academic journal with an acceptance rate of approximately 15%.

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In the words of Frederick Douglass: " We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future."

Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications will be supporting The History Center, in partnership with the St. James A.M.E. Zion Church, to bring to life Frederick Douglass’ impassioned 1852 speech. A dramatic reading of Douglass’ speech will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the St. James A.M.E. Zion Church, 116 Cleveland Ave Ithaca, New York.

While stumping on behalf of abolitionist Gerrit Smith in his bid for Congress, Douglass visited a number of areas in Central and Upstate New York, delivering impassioned speeches excoriating the inability of politicians to address the evils of slavery and describing a post-slavery America based on the core ideals of opportunity, equality, and democracy.

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