Ice Cream Social and

Best of Film at Mason Showcase 

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Welcome Back Ice Cream Social and Best of Film at Mason Showcase on September 2nd.  

For those who were unable to attend, you can still sign up for cast and crew positions using this link:

If you are a student who is looking for crew for your film, view the completed interest lists on Film at Mason’s Student Blackboard page or visit the Jason Cortez Creativity Lab in the Performing Arts Building to look at the printed lists. If you have questions about how to access Blackboard or the Cortez Lab, email us at
If you would like to see the Best of Showcase again or were unable to make it, we will be traveling to Washington West Film Festival on October 15th and the Sherwood Community Center on October 27th. See below for the times and locations. We hope to see you there! 


Best of Film at Mason Showcase at Washington West Film Festival 
Saturday, October 15, 2022 | 2:00pm-2:00pm  
ShowPlace ICON Theatre in Tysons (1667 Silver Hill Dr, McLean, VA 22102) 

Best of Film at Mason Showcase at Sherwood Community Center 
Thursday, October 27, 2022 | 6:00pm-8:00pm  
Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center (3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030) 

Visiting Filmmakers Series

The Visiting Filmmakers Series is back this semester with an impressive lineup of documentary films. Join us for these innovative, provocative films and bring your friends and family. All events are free and open to the public. Register now!
Wednesday, September 21 
Leola Calzolai-Stewart, Rachell Shapiro, and Kiley Kraskouskas, with The American Diplomat 
Johnson Center Cinema  | 6:00pm-8:00pm

The film follows the story of three Black diplomats who broke racial barriers at the US State Department during the Cold War. Asked to represent the best of American ideals abroad while facing discrimination at home, they left a lasting impact on the Foreign Service. 

Monday, October 3
Jessica Beshir with Faya Dayi
Johnson Center Cinema | 6:00pm-9:00pm 

Jessica Beshir's poetic, evocative film presents a journey into the rituals of khat, a leaf that Sufi Muslims have chewed for centuries for religious meditations and Ethiopia's most lucrative cash crop. 

Thursday, October 13
Ashley O’Shay with Unapologetic 
Johnson Center Cinema | 6:00pm-8:00pm 

Unapologetic illuminates the love underpinning the anger and frustration that comes with being Black, queer women in the US, and elevates those who are most often leading the way while being denied the spotlight. 
Wednesday, November 2
Mahrya MacIntire with The Slow Hustle 
Johnson Center Cinema | 4:30pm-7:00pm 

The Slow Hustle chronicles the still unsolved death of Baltimore police detective Sean Suiter, fatally shot in 2017 while in the line of duty, and explores the ongoing speculation about what really happened that day. 

March on Washington
Film Festival  
September 28 - October 2

The 10th anniversary of the March on Washington Film Festival is happening September 28th - October 2nd.  The flagship festival is held every year in Washington, DC, and serves as a national platform to tell, celebrate, and increase awareness of the untold events and icons and foot soldiers, known and unsung, of the Civil Rights Movement. The Festival uses film screenings as a platform for panel discussions featuring filmmakers, academics, and activists and brings together an audience that is diverse in age, class, and ethnicity. 

For more information, visit the festival website at 

Voices with Impact 2023 
An online festival for films and ideas around underrepresented topics related to mental health 

Voices With Impact is a year-long project that celebrates mental health stories told by filmmakers with unique perspectives and lived experiences. Filmmakers across the world submit proposals to tell stories about underrepresented narratives related to mental health, and distinguished jury members select the strongest ideas from the group. 
Ten teams are awarded $7,500 each to support the creation of their short films. 
The 2023 topics for five-minute short films are: 
Climate Change 
Proposals are due on October 1, 2022

Alumni Achievement

Congratulations to alumni Shawn Malangyaon (’22) and Daniel Taylor (‘22). Malangyaon’s Tri-Hard and Taylor’s Untitled Mom Doc were both selected for the DC Shorts Film Festival as part of the Homegrown Showcase on Thursday, September 8th. Both artists made their films last spring in FAVS 365 Documentary Filmmaking, taught by Professor Rebekah Wingert-Jabi. As well, both films are featured in our Best of Film at Mason Showcase which premiered on September 2nd in the Johnson Center Cinema. The Showcase will be traveling to Washington West Film Festival and the Sherwood Community Center in October.  

Faculty Achievement 

Professor Nikyatu Jusu's feature horror film Nanny premieres in theaters on November 23rd  and will be available to stream on Prime Video December 16th. 

Nanny is Jusu’s haunting and award-winning debut feature starring Anna Diop (US), Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible – Fallout), Sinqua Walls (American Soul), Morgan Spector (The Gilded Age), Rose Decker (Mare of Easttown) and Leslie Uggams (Deadpool). It’s the first horror film to win the Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Grand Gury Prize and only the second time this honor has been bestowed upon a Black female director. At its core, Nanny is a genre-bending film that blends psychological horror with culturally relevant issues of social identity, including race, gender, and socioeconomic status. 
Watch the official trailer here: Nanny - Official Trailer | Prime Video 
Professor Samirah Alkassim - Global Horror: Hybridity and Alterity in Transnational Horror Film, a new anthology textbook edited by Samirah Alkassim and Ziad El-Bayoumi Foty, has officially launched. Composed of 14 chapters, each by a different author (including Alkassim and Foty), this book reconsiders horror films through the lenses of transnational cinema, evolving technologies, and decolonial approaches to the genre. The book aims to increase our awareness of horror film histories across vast geographies while raising questions about difference, war, and the future of life on this planet. 
Professor Cynthia Fuchs served as a juror for this year's DC Shorts Film Festival, which screened September 8-11 in person at Alamo Drafthouse, and is available September 12-18 online. The 19th edition featured 94 films from 29 countries, nine live official themed showcases, including three world premieres, plus filmmaker talkbacks, four free educational workshops, panel discussions, and special parties for filmmakers, film lovers, educators, and industry professionals. and 

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