APRIL 2023

2023 Mason Film Festival

Register for the 2023 Mason Film Festival May 4-May 6 in the Johnson Center Cinema. This annual festival features diverse, original work by Film and Video Studies program students, from beginning productions to intermediate and advanced documentary and fiction films. 

View the lineup and register on Mason 360. Note that the Staged Readings, Senior Showcase, and Award Celebration have separate registrations.  
1:30-4:30pm     FAVS 496 Staged Readings (JC Gold Room) 
4:00-5:00pm     FAVS 378 Web Series 
5:00-6:10pm     FAVS 399 Music Video Production 
6:10-7:50pm     FAVS 255 Video Production 
7:50-8:20pm     FAVS 490 Independent Study 

FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2023 
3:00-3:35pm    FAVS 366 Video Production for Social Change 
3:35-4:30pm    FAVS 300 Global Horror  
4:30-6:30pm    FAVS 365 Documentary Filmmaking 
6:30-8:00pm    FAVS 375 Fiction Film Directing 

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023 
3:00-4:00pm   FAVS 498 Pitches 
4:00-4:45pm   FAVS 497 Editing and Cine Capstone Q&A  
4:45-5:15pm   FAVS 497 Producing Capstone Q&A 
5:15-8:15pm   FAVS 499 Senior Showcase 
8:15-10:15pm Awards Celebration (JC Bistro) 

Circuit Breakers: Film Festival Workshop

Thursday, May 11, 2023  |  Online Zoom  |  4:30 PM EST
You made a film! Now what? How do you begin a festival strategy that goes beyond the dream of Sundance? Learn about festival programmers and what they do, portals for submitting films to fests, important considerations around online exhibitions, how to handle rejection, preparing for being accepted, and the do’s and don’ts that make a festival experience worthwhile. 
This workshop will be led by Professor KJ Mohr, professional film curator and festival programmer. Professor Mohr teaches FAVS 225 Introduction to World Cinema and FAVS 399 Curating and Programming for the Moving Image. Her portfolio of festivals includes Maryland Film Festival, Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Annapolis Film Festival, Outfest, and more. 
This event is open to all film students and collaborators. Look for an email coming soon on how to register on Mason 360.  

Boots Riley at Mason

On April 27, Boots Riley came to Mason to show four episodes of his new series, I'm A Virgo (Amazon Prime 2023). Following, Boots Riley sat down with Doc Nix for a discussion of art and activism, welcoming questions from the audience.  
This event was sponsored by Anti-Racist Collaborative Arts at Mason, Green Machine, and the Visting Filmmakers Series.  
See more info here:  
Watch the trailer below.

CVPA Degree Celebration and Ticket Reminder 

This year’s CVPA Degree Celebration is on Thursday, May 18 at 3:30pm at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Tickets are required for all guests. Graduating students received an email from the ticketing system – - with the subject line "Thank You for your order". Within that email is the link to the tickets. For more information, visit the CVPA Graduation Ceremony website

 FAVS 450 Internships 

Check out the updated Film at Mason Internship Database for regional internship opportunities. The second tab (“JOBS!”) is updated regularly and includes local companies/organizations looking for Film at Mason interns and regional companies/organizations that have excellent internship programs. Internship sites are currently accepting applications for summer internships. Use the spreadsheet and other search tools (in our Film Org on Blackboard) and reach out to Professor Chesler with questions or if you need guidance and advice:
Pictured above are Sonja Phillips-Thomas and Jacques Lykes. Last summer, Sonja interned with National Geographic. Jacques interned on Capitol Hill.

Faculty Achievement 

Professor Lisa Thrasher has been selected to serve as the Faculty-in-Residence (Faculty Fellow) for the LGBTQ+ Resources Center for the 2023-2024 academic year. Additionally, thank you to Professor Thrasher for hosting Visting Filmmakers Series: Abby Greensfelder, Andrea Nix-Fine, and Sean Fine with LFG
Professor Maillim Santiago has been awarded a full scholarship to attend a week-long Videographic Methods and Practices workshop at Bowdoin College  (Brunswick, Maine), July 8-15. The theme of the workshop, and of Professor Santiago's award-winning application, is "Embodying the video essay."   
Professor Santiago presented part of her PhD research at this year's Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference on March 31, hosted by the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA), Graduate Student Life, and Graduate Education, an office of the Provost. She has also submitted one result of that research, an essay film titled La Ausencia, to a special issue of MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture, devoted to women filmmakers working in global horror cinema. Professor Santiago developed Ausencia during an eight-month mentorship program: shot by FAVS Technical Manager Andrew Jorgensen, the film explores the concepts of horror and gender within Puerto Rico’s film and colonial history. 

Thank you to Professor Santiago for hosting two Visiting Filmmakers Series events this semester, Nina Menkes with Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power and Rebeca Huntt with Beba
Professor Samirah Alkassim co-organized a panel for this year’s Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference in Denver in April 2023. Speakers were contributors to Global Horror: Hybridity and Alterity in Transnational Horror Film, a textbook co-edited by Professor Alkassim and Ziad Foty. 

Alumni Achievement

Tyler Lyon (FAVS '13) runs the Grandin Theatre Film Lab in Roanoke, VA. In the past year, his students' films have screened at three Oscar-qualifying film festivals in high school categories. One of Lyon’s students received a $20,000 scholarship from the Emmy awards. In addition, Lyon teaches as an adjunct faculty in Film, TV, and Video Production at Roanoke College. 

Film Opportunities and Resources   

Festival Submissions:  
Fellowships and Grant Opportunities: 
Job Opportunities: 
  • PBS Careers is listing many full-time job openings and summer internships around Communications, Digital Marketing, Human Resources and more.  
  • Wondery is hiring for a Senior Producer for a new weekly narrative podcast about medical mysteries. This role will work in lock step with a team of researchers/associate producers, story editors and producers to launch and run this weekly show. 
  • Wondery is hiring for a Story Editor for a new weekly narrative show that tells contemporary and historical stories about royals from around the globe. This role will work closely and collaboratively with writers, producers, and hosts. 
  • Tribeca is hiring for a number of seasonal positions in content and social media. 
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