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J-Walt, filmmaker and director
J-Walt is a director, interactive designer, filmmaker, performer, graphic artist, music composer, and VR pioneer. For three decades, he has been at the forefront of interactive art and computer performance, expanding the uses of computer animation into uncharted territories. His “Lucid Dreamscapes” performances combine aspects of animation, video games, music, theater, dance and architecture into a seamless new art form. He has performed for thrilled audiences around the US as well as in Europe, Asia, and South America.
Michael Hausman, unit production manager, assistant director, producer
MICHAEL HAUSMAN is a Unit Production Manager, Assistant Director, and Producer of feature films and movies for television. Beginning his career in business working at Merrill Lynch, Hausman developed an interest in art and decided to become a painter and photographer. After working with photographer Paul Caponigro, Hausman found a job at DuArt Film & Video where he produced four documentaries about painting, sparking an interest in filmmaking.
Isabel Sandoval, director/writer
ISABEL SANDOVAL is a New York-based Filipino filmmaker. She has produced, written and directed two full-length features, including the Filipino-language Señorita (2011), which premiered in competition at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland and was nominated for Best Picture by the Young Critics Circle of the Philippines. Señorita also won her the Emerging Director Award at the 2012 Asian-American International Film Festival.
Co-moderated by Lise Raven
Co-sponsored by the Office of Equity and Diversity
Zeva Oelbaum, director/producer
Zeva Oelbaum is an award winning producer and photographer. She recently produced Ahead of Time, a feature length documentary about centenarian journalist Ruth Gruber which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before garnering six Best Documentary awards. The film opened theatrically across the U.S. and was broadcast on Showtime Channel.
Oelbaum was also executive producer of the feature documentary, Rene and I. She comes to film from a career as a still photographer and her work has been extensively published in periodicals such as The New York Times Magazine.
Sarita Khurana, director
SARITA KHURANA’s feature film, A Suitable Girl, world premiered in the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Documentary Competition section, and won the Best New Documentary Director prize. Her critically acclaimed work in narrative, documentary and experimental film has been screened and exhibited internationally. Her work often focuses on South Asian stories, and explores female subjectivities. Migration, memory, marginality, community, territory, gender and sexuality are common themes in her work.
Khurana was born in London, and immigrated with her family to New York City. In 2009, she was named as one of NY Women in Film & Television’s “Emerging Female Directors.”
Her work has been supported by the Tribeca Film Institute, the International Documentary Association, NALIP-Diverse Women in Film, Art in General, the National Film Development Corporation of India, Women in Film-Los Angeles, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Film Independent. Khurana is also the co-founder of Cine Qua Non Lab, an international development lab for narrative feature films, based in Mexico and the U.S.
Web Series Panel – So You Want to Produce a Web Series?
Showing some of their work and discussing these issues will be:
producer of “The Other F Word” (available on Amazon)
community/social media manager at Stareable, a webseries community/aggregator and a director of several series of her own.
writer/producer/director of “Three Trembling Cities” (found on numerous platforms)
DP on a number of digital series including “Three Trembling Cities” and “The Other F Word”
Pat O’Neill, filmmaker
Pat O’Neill has been deeply involved in Los Angeles culture since the late 1960’s. A founding father of the city’s avant-garde film scene, an influential professor at CalArts and an optical effects pioneer, he is best known for his short works from the early 1960’s onwards which are highly graphic, layered and reflexive assemblages based on a mastery of optical printing techniques.
In O’Neill’s films boundaries fade, narrative collapses and layers of imagery draw the viewer simultaneously towards and away from linear meaning. O’Neill has combined found footage with experimental montage and compositing techniques to create a graphic language that deals with how different, often disparate elements assembled together in the frame relate to one another. His innovative optical techniques anticipated our digital landscape well before its time.
Several of his many avant-garde films produced between 1963 and 2006 are considered classics (especially “7362” (1967), “Runs Good” (1970), “Saugus Series” (1974), “Water and Power” (1989, “Trouble in the Image” (1996), and “The Decay of Fiction” (2002). “Water and Power”, his first 35 mm. feature, which journeys through a California of imaginary intensity, was the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner in 1990 and hailed as a touchstone for filmmaking in the future. All his work from that decade on has been executed in 35 mm and relied upon the optical printer for principal production.”
He will be showing his new film titled “Where the Chocolate Mountains”.
This presentation is co-sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
George Griffin, animator
George Griffin grew up in Tennessee, studied political science at Dartmouth, and has lived in New York City since 1967. He apprenticed in commercial cartoon studios, drew cartoons for East Village Other and Raw and was influenced by Robert Breer, Saul Steinberg, and Stan Vanderbeek. He has made over 30 short films, work that is essentially experimental and personal, including self-referential cartoons, narratives, documentaries and musicals (Head, Viewmaster, Ko-Ko, A Little Routine). He has published flipbooks and Frames, a selection of independent animators work, and taught at Harvard, Pratt, and Parsons. Griffin line-produced the Emmy-winning “L’Histoire du Soldat” for PBS and directed TV commercials for Colossal Pictures.
Jan Oxenberg, director/writer
Co-sponsored by the Office of Equity and Diversity
Kathy Rose, dancer/filmmaker
Location Change: Life Hall 1200
Rose received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Performance Art in 2003, and in 2005 was awarded a New York State Council on the Arts grant in Video (Media & New Technology).
Rose has toured extensively in live performance throughout the United States and Europe, giving performances at the Museum of Modern Art’s Cineprobe series, Kennedy Center, Serious Fun at Lincoln Center, as well as performances in Geneva, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Bern, Zurich, Hiroshima, and so on.
Kathy Rose has long been inspired by Japanese art and theater, including the work of Yoji Kuri, Kihichiro Kawamoto, Akira Kurasawa, as well as Butoh dance, the Japanese Noh, and Bunraku theaters. Rose is also an admirer of Fellini’s work, and artists such as Hannah Hoch, and Remedios Varo.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance
Dorit Naaman & Livia Alexander will present their interactive project “Jerusalem, We Are Here”
[presentation begins at 7:15 pm, please bring your laptop or mobile device for the interactive portion]
Dorit Naaman, director and producer
Dorit is a documentarist and film theorist born and raised in Jerusalem. She teaches film and media at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada, and splits her time between Canada and Jerusalem. Dorit developed a format of short personal documentaries, which she called DiaDocuMEntaRy. She has published on Israeli and to a lesser extent Palestinian cinema, focusing on gender, nationalism and militarism. She initiated Jerusalem, We Are Here as a collaborative platform that can map and tell the stories of a Jerusalem that is no longer visible.
Livia Alexander, co-producer
Livia Alexander is a New York based curator, writer and Chairperson of the Department of Art and Design at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Alexander has curated and produced visual arts and film exhibitions at a wide variety of institutions, including the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and Maraya Arts Centre, among others. She is a regular consultant to a variety of art organizations and galleries and is the co-founder of ArteEast, a leading international non-profit organization promoting Middle Eastern art. Her writings have appeared at Hyperallergic, Harpers Bazaar Art Arabia, Journal of Visual Anthropology, Framework and as part of edited volumes on film and art.
Erica Marcus, producer
Erica Marcus was one of the first Americans to study and work in China after normalization of relations between the United States and China (1979). She began her film career in the early 1980s working in Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, she assisted the Cannes award winning filmmaker Hu Jin Quan (胡金铨 or King Hu). Erica has since produced documentary films that have screened at numerous festivals including Sundance, Berlin and Locarno, and been broadcast on PBS and European TV networks.
Immigration, globalization, Chinese factories and African dreams… Guangzhou Dream Factory weaves stories of Africans chasing alluring, yet elusive, “Made in China” dreams into a compelling critique of 21st century global capitalism.
Guangzhou, a.k.a. Canton, is southern China’s booming commercial center. A mecca of mass consumption, the city’s vast international trading centers attract more than half a million Africans each year. Most are doing business – in China to buy goods they’ll sell back in Africa. But some choose to stay, and for these Africans China looks like the new land of opportunity, a place where anything is possible. But is it?
Featuring a dynamic cast of men and women from Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda, Guangzhou Dream Factory provides a rare glimpse of African aspirations in an age of endless outsourcing.