Upcoming Events

Friday, June 16 – 7:00-9:00 PM

At Home in New York
An evening of film and video work by artists currently in the Integrated Media Arts MFA Program at Hunter College.

Filmmakers Coop
475 Park Ave S, Fl 6th, New York, New York 10016
RSVP REQUIRED: filmmakerscoop@gmail.com
Facebook invite
Suggested admission: $10

Programmed around Hunter and the Co-op’s shared home of New York City, these films consider the experience of living in New York: the constant contemplation of what it means for one’s identity to call the city home and what we observe by being here at length.

Featured artists: Rachel Brown, Rebecca Centeno, Josh Eisenberg, Samantha Farinella, Fernanda Faya, Tomasz Gubernat, Sean Hanley, Amanda Katz and Megan Rossman.

Programmed by Amanda Katz

PROGRAM:

  • Fernanda Faya “One for the Road” 12min. Digital. 2016.
    As she moves from Brazil to NY, the filmmaker looks back at her grandma’s migration as a way to find traces of her own identity.

  • Josh Eisenberg “Showered in Ideas” 5min. Digital. 2017.
    One man. One shower. One uncomfortable conversation.

  • Rachel Brown “YES I RODE HERE” 10min. Digital. 2015.
    Six women layer up for winter cycling in New York City and explain why biking in inclement weather is worth the burden and risk.

  • Megan Rossman and Samantha Farinella “The Beekeeper’s Keeper” 6:45min. Digital. 2015.
    Born and raised in Manhattan, Liane Newton dreamed of owning a farm. After the death of her father, she set out to make her fantasy a reality.

  • Sean Hanley “WORKING FROM HOME” 3min. 16mm. 2013.
    On the last day of August – one of those sweltering dog days – I aimed my camera out my third story window seeking some respite from my work.

  • Tomasz Gubernat “Girls and Boys” 13:26min. Blu-Ray. 2016.
    Girls and Boys is an intimate portrait of a dance instructor and her adolescent students.

  • Amanda Katz “NEW / YORK” 5min. Digital. 2015.
    A cycling of language and perspective.

  • Rebecca Centeno “You’ll be home by when?” 15min. Digital. 2017.
    Through exchanges with her grandmother, the filmmaker seeks home in city and country. Reflections on family and loss reveal how we relate to spaces and to each other.

Past Events

Wednesday, May 10th – 1:30-3PM

iARTmix 2017 show
Featuring student work from: Web Patterns – Interactive Art Installation – Emerging Media II

Hunter College – TV Studio (HN436)
Free and open to the public

Drop by and experience student work in web, sound, art and technology!

Thursday, May 11th at 7pm

White Sun by Deepak Rauyniar

Hunter College – Lang Auditorium
Free event – please RSVP here
More info here

Deepak’s 2nd narrative film is the first of a series of feature film screenings by current IMA students and alumni. White Sun has been screened at multiple festivals internationally and Deepak was recently included in a list of directors to watch in the NYTimes

Friday, May 12th – 7:00PM

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes
Film screening and Q&A with Director Brett Story

Hunter College – 502 Screening Room HN
Free event – Please RSVP to: imamfaassistant@gmail.com

Synopsis: A film about the prison and its life in the American landscape.
More people are imprisoned in the United States at this moment than in any other time or place in history, yet the prison itself has never felt further away or more out of sight. The Prison in Twelve Landscapes is a film about the prison in which we never see a penitentiary. Instead, the film unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of landscapes across the USA where prisons do work and affect lives, from a California mountainside where female prisoners fight raging wildfires, to a Bronx warehouse full of goods destined for the state correctional system, to an Appalachian coal town betting its future on the
promise of prison jobs.

Brett Story is a writer and independent non-fiction filmmaker based out of Toronto and New York. Her second feature documentary, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (2016) was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Canadian Feature Documentary at Hot Docs, the Prize for Best Canadian Documentary at the DOXA Documentary Festival, and a Special Jury Mention at the Camden International Film Festival. Her journalism and film criticism have appeared in such outlets as CBC Radio and The Nation magazine, and she is currently completing a book manuscript for the University of California Press titled The Prison out of Place. Brett holds a PhD in geography from the University of Toronto and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She was the recipient of the Documentary Organization of Canada Institute’s 2014 New Visions Award and the 2016 Governor General’s Gold Medal from the University of Toronto for academic excellence. Brett is a 2016-2017 Sundance Institute Art of Nonfiction Fellow.

Saturday, May 20th

SPRING 2017 IMA THESIS SHOW

Hunter College – Lang Auditorium & TV Studio

IMA’s celebratory event. Films and media projects from graduating IMA students. All info TBD

Thursday, May 4th at 7:30pm

Visiting Artist Zack Khalil will screen INAATE/SE

Hunter College North Building – Room 502 (5th floor)
69th St. between Lexington and Park Ave.
Free and open to the public!
Q&A after the screening

Please RSVP: aronsonrsvp@gmail.com

Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil’s new film re-imagines an ancient Ojibway story, the Seven Fires Prophecy, which both predates and predicts first contact with Europeans. A kaleidoscopic experience blending documentary, narrative, and experimental forms, INAATE/SE/ transcends linear colonized history to explore how the prophecy resonates through the generations in their indigenous community within Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With acute geographic specificity, and grand historical scope, the film fixes its lens between the sacred and the profane to pry open the construction of contemporary indigenous identity.

Tuesday, April 25th at 6:30pm

The James Aronson Awards for Social Justice and Journalism

Hunter College North Building – Lang Auditorium (4th floor)
69th St. between Lexington and Park Ave.
Free and open to the public!
Reception to follow

RSVP: aronsonrsvp@gmail.com
Contact: 212.772.4953 – Website

Since 1990, The Aronson Awards for Social Justice Journalism have honored original writing, video, photography and comics reporting on widespread injustices, underlying causes and possible reforms.

Tuesday, April 4th, at 5:00PM

IMA Info session with Andrew Lund

Hunter College – Black Box Theater 543HN

RSVP: imamfaassistant@gmail.com

This is geared to prospective and newly accepted students, but all are welcome to attend if you have questions for Andrew.

Wednesday, March 22nd, at 6:30PM

Eyespeak welcomes renowned filmmaker Nicolás Pereda to screen The Palace

Hunter College North Building – Room 502

Please RSVP – Free and open to the public
Nicolás will be in attendance for a Q&A and a conversation about his work after the screening.

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Nicolás uses elements and techniques from non-fiction and narrative films to touch upon daily life, society, and relationships of power. The conversation will explore the filmmaker’s collaboration with non professional actors, and the relationship between performance and representation.

The Palace follows the everyday life of seventeen women who live together in a large house for financial and emotional reasons. They help each other with their daily chores and train themselves for various trades in order to obtain a job. The majority of these women will become nannies, domestic workers and private nurses for senior patients.

Thu. Fri. & Sat., March 16th (evening), 17th & 18th

Codes and Modes 2017 Symposium

Free and open to the public

Register here

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This version of the Codes and Modes Symposium aims to create an intervention into the uncritical excitement about virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and machine learning to establish a space for conversations about long-term socio-cultural and neurobiological impacts. Presenters will discuss how theorists, activists and artists can develop useful frameworks to explore the complex implications of using these technologies. Featured speakers include Lev Manovich (Director of the Cultural Analytics Lab, CUNY Grad Center), Mandy Rose (Co-Director of i-Docs), Daanish Masood (Co-Founder BeAnotherLab), and Lina Srivastava (Founder of Creative Impact & Experience Lab), Dan Archer (Founder of Empathetic Media) and Geetu Ambwani (Principal Data Scientist at Huffington Post).

Visit Codes and Modes on Facebook or website for more info

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 6:30 – 8:00pm

Asian American/Asian Research Institute – CUNY

25 West 43rd St. #1000
New York, NY 10036

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Film Lab welcomes Filmaker, Educator and Artist Tami Gold for our first Industry Spotlight of 2017, Rising Up Angry: Filmmaking for Social Justice. Tami will share clips and stories from two films: Every Mother’s Son, about three women who lose their sons to police violence and unite for justice and change, and Puzzles, about a hate crime in a gay bar in Massachusetts and the correlation between American economic desperation and homophobia, intolerance, and, ultimately, violence. Industry Spotlight Coordinator Renee Lasher will be moderating!
Come with questions! There will be an open Q&A and opportunities for networking!

The Asian American Film Lab (“Film Lab”) is a not for profit organization dedicated to promote and support gender ethnic diversity in film and television.

Thursday, February 16th 7:00pm

New Media Caucus
Hunter College, Lang Auditorium – 4th floor Hunter North

Free and open to the public.

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Alum Annie Berman and Professor Rachel Stevens are presenting in the 2017 New Media Caucus showcase.

Here’s the event on facebook

2017 NMC Showcase Presenters
Reut Asimini, MFA student at Hunter College of the City University of New York
Annie Berman, IMA/MFA alumni, Hunter College of the City University of New York
Allison Berkoy, Pratt Institute
Dickie Cox, Monmouth University
Carrie Ida Edinger, Independent Artist
Caitlin Foley and Misha Rabinovich, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Jennifer Gradecki, Michigan State University
Stephen Hilyard, University of Wisconsin Madison
Billi London-Gray, MFA student at the University of Texas at Arlington
Katy McCarthy, MFA student at Hunter College of the City University of New York
Rachel Stevens, Hunter College of the City University of New York
Simone Paterson, Virginia Tech University
Martin Zeilinger, Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge/UK)

Friday, December 16th 6 – 8pm

iArt 2016 Show
Free and open to the public
Black Box Gallery, Room 543
Hunter College, North Building entrance
69th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues

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The iART 2016, an exhibition showing the culmination of the Interactive Installation course taught by Prof. Sha Sha Feng, will present works created by graduate students of the Integrated Media Arts program and undergraduate students of the Film and Media program at the Hunter College this fall semester.

More info:  iArt web  |  iArt facebook

Thursday, November 17th 6pm

Visiting Artist – Tin Dirdamal
Room 502, 5th Floor Hunter North Building at 68th & Lexington Avenue
Invited by Marty Lucas for Documentary 1
The Future Document- topography, autobiographical fiction and the attempt to document the future. A conversation with self-taught Mexican documentary filmmaker Tin Dirdamal; fragments of his current projects, creative processes and doubts.  

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Tin’s work includes: DeNADIE (2005), RIVERS OF MEN (2011), and DEATH IN ARIZONA (2014). Born in the North of Mexico, Tin seeks to find contradiction  in contemporary virtue. A self-taught filmmaker with studies in physics and engineering he has received a Rockefeller Media Artists Fellowship thru the Tribeca Film Institute and grants from the  Sundance Institute and AlterCine Foundation.

His films have received awards at more than a dozen International Film Festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, Documenta Madrid and a Mexican Academy Award. He has shown his work at IDFA, Visions du Reel, La Mostra de Sao Paolo, Punto de Vista in Navarra, Spain and  on ARTE. All his films have achieved theatrical distribution in Mexico thru Ambulante.

Friday, November 11 at 6pm

Screening and Q&A with Lyric R. Cabral
(T)ERROR
Lang Auditorium, 4th Floor Hunter North Building at 68th & Lexington Avenue
Hosted by EYESPEAK
Free and open to the public

Award winning filmmaker, producer and photojournalist, Lyric R. Cabral is screening the film she co-created with David Felix Sutcliffe, (T)ERROR, followed by a Q&A.

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Winner of a 2015 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize, (T)ERROR follows Saeed “Shariff” Torres, a 63-year-old Black revolutionary turned informant, as he takes on what he swears is his last job for the FBI, and invites filmmakers to document his covert efforts to befriend a suspected jihadist. (T)ERROR explores just how far we are going to prevent terror and exactly what liberties we are sacrificing to get there.

Friday, November 11 at 10:15am

IMA showcase at DOC NYC

IMA MFA is participating in DOC NYC’s upcoming “DOC NYC – U,” program on Friday, November 11th. Our showcase of 9 selected short films begins at 10:15am at the IFC Center- 323 6th Ave. More info and tickets

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Selected shorts from current students and recent alumni:

Against the Wind (8:24)
Christopher Nostrand, Tomasz Gubernat
Rahul Chadha, Teodora Altomare,  and Daniela Florez
profiles weather-hardened ice yachters on the Hudson River
Blue (4:41)
Claudia Zamora
takes in the sounds, shapes and colors of Coney Island
The Beekeepers’ Keeper (6:43)
Megan Rossman and Samantha Farinella
A New Yorker sets out to realize her dream of owning a farm
Hansu Solo (7:53)
Kaija Siirala and Emily Collins
offers an intimate portrait of a woman in an assisted living home
Eva and Moe (8:00)
Lizzie Warren 
A turning point in a woman’s life is captured
One for the Road (11:00)
Fernanda Faya
As she moves from Brazil to NY, the filmmaker looks back at her grandma’s migration as a way to find traces of her own identity.
Oxygen 52 Tatyana Fazlalizedeh (3:00)
Sekiya Dorsett
profiles the work of a social justice artist
PeLoN (3:14)
Lindsey Cordero
A tight-knit group of Bronx low-riders face the ghosts of their past gang life
I See You (18:00)
Orian Barki
unpacks sexting among teenagers

Wednesday, November 9th at 6:30pm

Aronson Awards Film Screening
Hunting in Wartime by Samantha Farinella and Before David by Melissa Saucedo Gonzalez
Lang Auditorium, 4th Floor Hunter North Building at 69th between Lexington & Park Avenue
Free and open to the public

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Samantha Farinella won the Aronson Award for Documentary Feature. Her film, Hunting in Wartime profiles Tlingit veterans from Hoonah, Alaska who saw combat during the Vietnam War. The veterans talk about surviving trauma, relating to Vietnamese communities, readjusting to civilian life, and serving a government that systematically oppresses native people. Their stories give an important human face to the combat soldier and show the lasting affects of war on individuals, families and communities.

Melissa Saucedo Gonzalez won the Aronson Award for Documentary short film. Her film, Before David, is an autobiographical portrait of her experience with Prenatal depression. The film also reflects on the constructed image of pregnant women in western society.