Welcome Back

Welcome back to the Film and Video Studies program at Mason. As Questlove discovered his magic in making his first film, we 're reminded that movies can change lives -- of both makers and viewers. 

Our new semester is full of opportunities for magic and manifestation, developed by our remarkable faculty and staff. We offer a range of class formats to suit different needs and interests. Their focuses include editing and sound, cinematography, producing, analysis and theory, screenwriting, documentary making, and career development, as well as special topics courses like FAVS 399: Radical Camera and FAVS 399: Color Correction.   

Please check out our expanding resources. In addition to our Film and Video Studies website, you'll find information, forms and forums, equipment options, and events posted on our Film at Mason Student Blackboard site. Please share your suggestions for additions with Samantha Sinagra

Last Day to Add

The last day to add is January 31st. If you have questions about your schedule or need to make changes, please meet with your academic advisor to discuss options.  
This spring, we’ve got a new slate of innovative artists and films for the Visiting Filmmakers Series, as well as workshops and our annual Mason Film Festival. See dates below: 
Film at Mason Winter Warm-up and Production Fair
Friday, February 3 | 2pm-4pm | The MIX in Horizon Hall 

Welcome back to campus! Join us for some free hot chocolate and get (re)acquainted with Film at Mason students, faculty, and staff. Learn about campus resources, upcoming events, and workshops. You’ll also see the resources you can reserve for use in the new MIX space, including a green screen and media room. If you are directing a senior film, come prepared to pitch your project. All students can sign up to work as cast and crew on films. Join the fun and bring your friends who are interested in film: this event is open to all CVPA students.   
Registration for this event is required on Mason 360.
S. Leo Chiang will talk about his brilliant documentary, which follows the story of Chinese artist Ma Liang (Maleonn) and his father, renowned Peking Opera director Ma Ke, now diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. As they collaborate on an ambitious stage perfomance, "Papa's Time Machine," featuring life-size mechanical puppets to perform Maleonn's memories of his father, the film ponders the many meanings of memory, history, and identity.
Mason ID holders are able to stream the film for free in advance of the event by signing in here
Registration for this event is required on Mason 360
Visiting Filmmakers Series: Theo Anthony, All Light, Everywhere 
Thursday, Mar 3, 4:30pm | Johnson Center Cinema 
All Light, Everywhere is an exploration of the shared histories of cameras, weapons, policing and justice. As surveillance technologies become a fixture in everyday life, the film interrogates the complexity of an objective point of view, probing the biases inherent in both human perception and the lens.
Registration for this event is required on Mason 360. 
Visiting Filmmakers Series: Peter Kimball, “My Brother is Deaf”  
Monday, March 28, 7:30pm | Johnson Center Cinema 
A sweet five year-old learns that his younger brother is deaf and joins with his family in discovering how to embrace and support him.

Media Arts, Design, and Communication Internship and Career Fair
Tuesday, Mar 29 | 9:00am | Center for the Arts 

Meet recruiters from more than 25 arts, design, entertainment, and media employers seeking Mason students and alumni for internships and paid positions. A link to register and a list of employers will be announced here.  

Mason Film Festival
Wednesday, May 4 – Saturday, May 7 | Johnson Center Cinema 

This year will be the largest student film festival yet, combining films from Fall 21 and Spring 22 semesters into a four-day Festival. In addition, we’re inviting alumni who were unable to screen their films in-person due to the pandemic. We plan to have the senior showcase block on the last day of the Festival, Saturday, May 7th. (Specific block times are forthcoming.)   

We welcome back alumni from the classes of 2020 and 2021 who were unable to present films in-person due to the pandemic. We will be having a special screening block for you on Friday, May 6th. Check your inboxes and make sure you RSVP by February 23rd. 
More events will be announced throughout the semester. Keep up to date with these and other opportunities by checking your Mason email, visiting our website and Blackboard, and liking us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter

Faculty Achievement   

Professor Nikyatu Jusu’s feature film Nanny premiered on Jan 22 in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival moved to a fully virtual format. The premiere was highlighted in Variety, which also named Professor Jusu as one of the top 10 directors to watch for in 2022. She is mentioned alongside Golden Globe nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal. Learn more about the making of Nanny on the Sundance website and read about the filmmakers’ Q&A here.  
Professor Hans Charles is the Director of Photography on W. Kamau Bell’s new docuseries, We Need to Talk About Cosby, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan 22. The series asks difficult questions about Bill Cosby, his contexts, and viewers; it premieres on Showtime on January 30.  
Professor Samirah Alkassim participated in the "Globally Connected Dissidence of the 60s and 70s" panel for the online Global Women’s Film Heritage Networking Symposium, Jan 10-14, 2022. This panel was organized by the Centre for Communication, Cultural and Media Studies (CCCMS) at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Professor Alkassim presented the work of Jordanian filmmaker Khadijeh Habashneh.  

On February 4, Professor Alkassim is moderating a panel at the Center for Humanities Research at George Mason. She will present the work of authors who contributed chapters of original writing to the Global Horror anthology textbook, Global Horror: Hybridity and Alterity in Transnational Horror Film, which she co-edited this past year. She says, “I am proud of the effort put into this book and hope it proves a useful and worthy intervention in my teaching of the genre, giving students the opportunity to learn about the long histories of decolonial and indigenous contributions to the field.”

Alumni Achievement

Zeyn Faddoul ('19) works as a Technical Evaluator at National Geographic. She was introduced to the operational and technical side of television and filmmaking from her previous experience working at Discovery’s Broadcast Center as a Digital Content Services Technician.  

At National Geographic, Zeyn is responsible for performing quality control of media intended for broadcast and for digital distribution on popular platforms such as Disney+. She works closely with both producers and editors to ensure National Geographic standards are met.  

Zeyn also has experience working on professional sets. Shortly after her graduation. she 
worked as a Production Assistant on the set of The Walking Dead: World Beyond which was filmed in Richmond, VA.  

Booster Reminders

The deadline to receive a booster and upload your documentation is February 15, 2022. In addition, all residential students, vaccinated and unvaccinated, must take a pre-arrival COVID test which will be supplied by Mason. For more information, visit Mason’s Safe Return to Campus site. 

Film Opportunities and Resources  

Open Submissions  

Learning Opportunities and Workshops  
  • Arlington Independent Media is hosting an online Video for Smartphones and Tablet. Learn to shoot impactful videos using your smartphone, iPad, or tablet. This two-day event on Feb. 3 and 10 costs $80 to attend. Register here.  

  • Sisterhood Cinema recently chatted with producer and screenwriter Sherl J. Anderson. She is most known for Sweet Magnolias, Charmed, and Flash Gordon: A Modern Space Opera. Watch the interview where she talks about her career, favorite TV show, and production challenges.

Internship and Job Opportunities 
  • Cvent has an opening for a paid spring internship. They are looking for a talented rising senior who is on track to become a video editor/motion graphics professional. Apply at this link.  

  • PBS Kids animated series is looking for a producer.  Apply at this link

  • Film Forum is seeking a Digital Content Manager. This position is located in Manhattan. Apply at this link.  
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