Feet tapped against the chipping paint on sturdy wood, fingers strummed guitar strings and singing voices echoed through the streets of Ithaca. The music whipped with the wind through car windows, giving the drivers a sporadic and brief preview of what they could hear if they stepped out of the car and listened. On this exceptionally warm and sunny September day, eight students watched the scene unfold through the camera lens, documenting an annual tradition in the Ithaca community called Porchfest.


Three student documentaries produced in Professor John Scott and Professor Steve Gordon’s Video Workshop classes in Spring 2010 and Fall 2010 will air on the Syracuse PBS affiliate, WCNY, on Sunday, November 20 at 2:00 pm.


Tom Nicholson, associate professor in the Department of Television-Radio, worked on an upcoming episode of “Fabric of the Cosmos,” a four-part series for “Nova” being aired by PBS.

The series will runs throughout November. Nicholson worked on the second episode entitled “The Illusion of Time,” airing Wednesday, November 9, at 9:00 p.m.

In central New York, the program can be seen on Binghamton public television station WSKG and Syracuse public television station WCNY.


Gossa Tsegaye, assistant professor in the Department of Television-Radio, will talk about his one-hour documentary, "Porch Fest: Celebrating the spirit of a community through Music" on Thursday, November 3 at 12:05 p.m. in the Park Hall Auditorium. His project was a one-day shoot on a shoe-string budget.

Using Park School Students as assistants (Stacey Lawrence, Sarah Furie, Victoria Grace, Matt Walker, Ben Ratner, Shawn Steiner, Emily Junge, and Jackie Green), Tsegaye filmed the local music festival in which bands use downtown porches instead of traditional stages.

Tsegaye will also discuss scouting locations, crew selection and editing.


Two short films by John Scott, associate professor in the Department of Television-Radio, have been selected to be screened at the Coolidge Shorts for the month of September at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA.

Both films, One Art and Sandpiper, are adaptations from Elizabeth Bishop’s Poems. Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts Assistant Professor Jason Harrington created animation for both projects.

Sandpiper and One Art have also been selected to screen at the Co-Kisser Poetry Film Festival in Minneapolis on October 8, 2011. One Art is currently part of an art gallery exhibition at The ViewPoint Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 


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