The third episode of our Fall 2020 Film & Moving Image (FMI) Media-Review Show, in which FMI Chair Chris Reed chats with FMI Senior Samantha Salvemini and FMI Junior Wayne Banga about the new films Chick Fight (released November 13 by Quiver Distribution) and The Test and the Art of Thinking (released November 20 by Abramorama), is now up. This show was produced as part of Stevenson University's Arts Alive! series of cultural programs. Enjoy! And be sure to check out the other episodes, as well.
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It's time to start thinking about the annual FMI screenwriting contest, where one or more scripts are chosen for production in Spring 2021's FMI302 (Narrative Production) course.
This year the focus will be on COVID-friendly scripts. Please see the above poster for more details.
The deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 2 by 5pm, emailed to Professor Dina Fiasconaro. Feel free to contact her with any questions.
On Wednesday, November 11, at 5pm, Film & Moving Image Chair will deliver a short talk (with clips and other examples) about tis life as a film critic: for Baltimore’s NPR affiliate, WYPR, from 2012 to 2015; for Dragon Digital Media’s Reel Talk with Christopher Llewellyn Reed (which, during his tenure as the program's host from 2014 to 2020, won numerous broadcast accolades, including a Telly and Communicator); critic at Hammer to Nail since 2015, and lead critic since 2016; critic at Film Festival Today since 2016, and managing editor since 2020; and cohost of the documentary-focused podcast The Fog of Truth. This lecture is part of Stevenson’s Arts Alive! program.
Link to talk here: https://bluejeans.com/761400319
Stevenson University's Film & Moving Image Department presents, as part of Stevenson's Arts Alive! series, filmmaker Laurens Grant, who after visiting classes will screen her 2016 40-minute documentary Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement, followed by a Q&A, starting at 7pm on November 18. At that time, the first 150 people to log on will be able to participate in the session, either via this link or by clicking on the photo, above.
Laurens Grant [pronounced La-RENZ] is a 3-time Emmy and Peabody award-winning filmmaker and a Sundance Institute filmmaker fellow. She is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - Documentary Branch [Oscars], and a voter in the Television Academy [Emmys]. She is also a member of the Television Academy’s Documentary Peer Group Executive Committee.
Laurens Grant is the Producer and Director of Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier [Smithsonian Channel via Hulu+ and Amazon Prime] about the untold story of the Cold War race to get the first Black astronaut into space.
She directed the documentary Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement [BET] which received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding News/Information. The film is currently available on iTunes and Amazon Prime.
She produced the Peabody and Emmy-nominated documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution [PBS] that premiered at Sundance, representing her third film to premiere at this prestigious film festival. The film is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. She also produced the 3-time Emmy winning documentary Freedom Riders [PBS].
She also directed and produced the Emmy winning documentary Jesse Owens [PBS] which also received two additional Emmy nominations.
Stevenson University's FMI Club once again has planned its annual Stevie U 72 Film Festival, screening the movies made during this 72-hour filmmaking event on Friday, November 13, 2020, at 7pm (screening link here, or click on the image, above). Sponsored and presented by Canon USA, this event is open to all.
From 12pm on Friday, November 6, through 12pm on Monday, November 9, participating students, working in small, socially distanced crews, will make, following COVID-19 safety guidelines, short films that they write, produce, direct and edit after receiving the restrictions of genre and other elements at the Friday start. Once the festival closes, our three participating judges––Stevenson University President Eliot Hirshman, Spring 2020 FMI Artist-in-Residence Capella Fahoome, and FMI alumnus DJ Carmon (Class of 2017)––will watch the movies and choose their Top 3, which will each receive donated prizes from our sponsor, Canon. At the end of the screening on Friday, November 13, the virtual audience will then vote on their favorite, which will also receive a prize.
See you on the 13th!
[poster, above, designed by FMI junior Hazen Batock.]