Graduate students studying Film at Ohio University have two different paths to tread: the two-year, scholarly M.A. Film Studies path and the three-year, hands-on M.F.A. Film Production path. These programs are distinctive in and of themselves. While the M.F.A. prepares students for careers in the film and television industry or academia, the M.A. prepares students for further study at the doctoral level and/or careers in film criticism, art administration, or archive and preservation work.
Assistant Professor of Film Studies Dr. Ofer Eliaz provides an overview of the M.A. In Film Studies: “During their first and second years in the program, the students take a number of classes that help them master the fundamental skills of film scholarship such as film analysis, theoretical methodologies, historical and social work with film texts. In addition, core track courses in film history and film theory give students a broad overview of the field, the way ideas and texts are organized within it, and the major questions, debates, and problems taken up by scholars in film studies.”
Second-year M.F.A. student Fernanda Soares is an integral part of the popular Brazilian YouTube channel, Canal Das Bee. The channel focuses on issues and news related to the Brazilian LGBTQ community. Last year we featured the channel's achievements after it passed a huge milestone of gaining 185,000 subscribers and clocking in more than 15 million views.
We got together with O.U. Film alumna Amy Taylor (M.F.A. ‘12) to talk about her web series, Jess Archer Versus. The series is a continuation of her 2012 thesis film, Jess Archer vs. The Ex. Taylor, along with a crew of O.U. Film and Theater alumni and current students, is currently back in Athens for its production. Along with cast member Stefan Kumor and producer Benjamin Guenther, we grabbed a few drinks at Donkey Coffee and chatted about the perks of filming in Ohio, bringing back the film’s original cast and crew, and what makes the woman-led series shatter “the old boys’ club.”
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From the time Spring semester came to a close to the middle of Fall semester this year, Ohio University Film Assistant Professor Rafal Sokolowski has been working deep inside the rough and tough world of tow truck drivers and independent film production. Sokolowski recently wrapped principal photography for 22 Chaser, a drama about a desperate tow truck driver who risks everything to become an accident chaser while trying to piece together his broken family. This is the 22nd feature film to be developed and financed for production under CFC Features. Filming took place in Toronto, Canada.
Mr. Burnett, seminal independent filmmaker, will attend AIFVF as a guest artist to screen his films Killer of Sheep (1977) -- which was declared by the Library of Congress as a National Treasure -- and To Sleep with Anger (1990).
Congratulations to the Ohio University Film production students whose work will be screening this week at the 2016 Athens International Film & Video Festival
Visiting Assistant Professor Natasha Maidoff, an acclaimed performance artist, will be featured in Land, Air, Place, an exhibition presented by Project ARTspace in New York, New York. The exhibition will be held April 8 to May 8. Maidoff joins artists Debra Ramsay, Elizabeth Riley and Holly Sears, who will each showcase their own performances.