Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason

Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason See your world differently. Images in movies, on television, and on the net move and inspire us, structure our ideas of race, class, gender, and sexuality, community and identity.

If you want to consider how images do their work, consider a minor in Film & Media Studies. The GMU minor in Film & Media studies explores mass culture in its visual manifestations and helps students develop an informed awareness of culture and media, ideological tendencies, and effects on daily experience. Committed to interdisciplinarity, the program addresses the increasing complexity and multiplicity of visual cultures and offers students the tools with which to read a variety of texts, including film, television, video, and new media. Most course work is offered through the Departments of Communication and English, with other courses available through the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, AVT, and Film and Video Studies. The two required courses provide an introduction to the languages of film and popular media and modes of analysis appropriate to each. They are prerequisites for all advanced work in the minor. Students select four additional courses designed to introduce a more specialized level of study. Students may decide to focus on film, television, or the study of mass culture, or they may choose some mix of courses that suits their interests.

Mission: The mission of this Facebook group is to provide a forum for current and prospective students in the GMU FAMS program to discuss events, news, issues and topics pertinent to this community.

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Watch #visitingfilmmakersseries guest Mr. Soul! The Movie and #goodtroublejohnlewis streaming at the wonderful Maysles C...
01/05/2021

Watch #visitingfilmmakersseries guest Mr. Soul! The Movie and #goodtroublejohnlewis streaming at the wonderful Maysles Cinema
https://vfs.gmu.edu/events/11390

Two phenomenal films from the past year are back in the Virtual Cinema by popular demand, MR. SOUL! and JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE streaming through January 31st!

Click over to the virtual cinema to catch them-> https://bit.ly/2LkMRD2

By Ashley Clark #2: William Greaves—What Time Is It?
12/23/2020
By Ashley Clark #2: William Greaves—What Time Is It?

By Ashley Clark #2: William Greaves—What Time Is It?

The new restoration of Greaves’s long-lost Nationtime captures an electrifying moment in Black American political history—and reveals a key piece of the filmmaker’s sui generis oeuvre

Film at Mason
12/23/2020

Film at Mason

Save the date for February 5, 2021. We will be hosting a Virtual Winter Warm-up and Production Fair! Get cozy at home while sipping on some hot cocoa in your favorite mug. Chat with Film at Mason faculty and staff, learn about campus resources, welcome back new and current students, and join us for fun games and prizes.

If you are directing a senior film, come prepared to pitch your project. Sign-ups will be provided for virtual student crew positions.

This event is open to all film, music, theater, and art students. The schedule of events and Zoom link are coming soon.

#FilmatMasonTogether #WinterWarmUp #ProductionFair #virtualevent #hotcocoa #crewup #filmmakers @cvpaatmason @vfsmason @gmusoa @musicatmason

Film at Mason
12/23/2020

Film at Mason

🎬FILMMAKER FRIDAYS! Filmmaker & former Pixar animator F rank Abney has quickly become one of the most talked about directors. His touching animated short film Canvas recently made its premiere on Netflix and has been moving people with its heartfelt story. Abney was also named one of Variety's 10 Animators to Watch in 2016 & he served as Executive Producer on the Academy Award winning short Hair Love.
🖤🖤Black voices need to be heard and we feel it's paramount to continue to give space and support to the historic Black Lives Matter movement. #filmmakersfridays #blackvoices #filmatmasontogether #canvas #animationisforeveryone #netflix #frankabney

GMU College of Visual & Performing Arts Alumni
12/15/2020

GMU College of Visual & Performing Arts Alumni

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY!

Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts announces its third annual Young Alumni Commissioning Project with the goal of providing crucial support for our recent alumni’s artistic development. Up three recent CVPA alumni (2010 graduate or later) will be commissioned with funding of up to $5,000 to be used at the artist’s discretion to cover project-related expenses, including but not limited to: artist fees, licensing fees, equipment rental/purchases, and travel expenses, plus production and marketing support for a public presentation of the work at or through a Mason venue. Join us for a virtual information session on Thursday, January 21. Application deadline is Friday, February 5.

Full details: https://cvpa.gmu.edu/about/alumni/young-alumni-commissioning-project

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Film at Mason
12/13/2020

Film at Mason

🎬FILMMAKER FRIDAYS! Huriyyah Muhammad is an award-winning writer, producer, and director whose projects include Farewell Amor, Outgrown, and others. Her work has been invited to the Sundance, Tribeca, Austin, and American Black Film Festivals. In 2018 she was a Sundance Creative Producing Fellow and in 2020 she recieved the Sundance Creative Producing Award for Farewell Amor. Muhammad also co-founded the Black TV & Film Collective, and has an MBA from NYU.
🖤🖤Black voices need to be heard and we feel it's paramount to continue to give space and support to the historic Black Lives Matter movement.
#filmmakersfridays #blackvoices #filmatmasontogether #blacktvfilmcollective

Film at Mason
12/10/2020

Film at Mason

🎬FILMMAKER FRIDAYS! Misha Green has become one of the breakout TV voices of the year with "Lovecraft Country" where she acted as showrunner. In the past she has created the historical adventure series "Underground", and she also wrote for Sons of Anarchy & Heroes.
🖤🖤Black voices need to be heard and we feel it's paramount to continue to give space and support to the historic Black Lives Matter movement.
#FilmAtMasonTogether #BlackLivesMatter #MishaGreen #LovecraftCountry #BlackFilmmakers #FilmAtMason

Film at Mason
12/10/2020

Film at Mason

⌛🎬😎📺Time /tīm/ (n): the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole. Watch Brianna Cabassa's music video, TIME, at this year's Virtual Fall Film Showcase!
1️⃣Watch the film NOW until Thursday, December 10th.
2️⃣Join the discussion with FAVS 365 (music video) filmmakers this Saturday, December 5th at 2:50pm.
👉Visit bio or link for more information. https://film.gmu.edu/events/mason-virtual-film-festival
#FilmAtMasonTogether #Onlinefilmfestival #MasonFall20Showcase

Film at Mason
12/10/2020

Film at Mason

🍅🎬📺The staff of a food bank in Fairfax, VA are coping with unprecedented levels of hunger due to the pandemic. Watch Layth Alwatban's short doc, FOOD FOR OTHERS, at this year's Virtual Fall Film Showcase!
🗓️Watch the film NOW until Thursday, December 10th.
👉Visit bio or link for more information. https://film.gmu.edu/events/mason-virtual-film-festival
#FilmAtMasonTogether #virtualfilmfestival #studentfilmmakers

Film at Mason
12/08/2020

Film at Mason

🖌️🎞️🍿FAVS 399 student, Mauricio Reyes, screens VENUS AS A BOY in this year's Virtual Fall Film Showcase! In this music video, overcoming artist’s block, a painter finally finds her source of inspiration and what ensues is an artist falling in love with their work.
1️⃣Watch the film beginning TODAY until Thursday, December 10th.
2️⃣Join the discussion with FAVS 399 (music video) filmmakers this Saturday, December 5th at 2:50pm.
👉Visit bio or link for more information. https://film.gmu.edu/events/mason-virtual-film-festival
#FilmAtMasonTogether #Onlinefilmfestival #MasonFall20Showcase

❤️ So proud of you Jada Salter
12/08/2020
William Salter's Granddaughter on Mission to Make Film About His Famous Song

❤️ So proud of you Jada Salter

A budding filmmaker is on a mission to spotlight and immortalize the accomplishments of her grandfather, three-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter, composer and musician William Salter, 84. He is the mastermind behind songs that have been passed through generations like "Just the Two of Us," "Where...

@filmgmu Excellent #FallFilmShowcase #2020 #Smart #Generous #Persistent #Creative #ThankYou ⭐s all. @cvpaatmason  @georg...
12/07/2020

@filmgmu Excellent #FallFilmShowcase #2020 #Smart #Generous #Persistent #Creative #ThankYou ⭐s all. @cvpaatmason @georgemasonu

Film at Mason
12/03/2020

Film at Mason

Leya Hale is a director & producer and a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota and Diné Nations. During the 2020 Sudance Film Festival, she received the Merata Mita Fellowship. Hayle is a PBS producer, has directed multiple documentaries including "The People's Protecters" and "Reclaiming Sacred Tobacco", and has won an Upper Midwest Emmy.
🧡🧡November is National Native American Heritage Month, where we recognize the contributions and accomplishments of the original inhabitants, explorers and settlers of the United States.
#FilmAtMasonTogether #nativeamericanheritagemonth #nativeamericanfilmmaker #blacklivesmatter #emmys #LeyaHale #FilmAtMason #PBS

Film at Mason
11/23/2020

Film at Mason

The Television Academy Foundation internship applications are now open. Remote opportunities are available for students interested in careers in television. These remote internships include full-time paid positions in directing, animation, casting, interactive media and more.

Students can now apply to the 2021 summer program at https://www.emmys.com/foundation/internships. Applications will close on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 8:00 PM EST.

If accepted to the program, students may count the opportunity for FAVS 450 Internship course credit.

The DocYard
11/13/2020
The DocYard

The DocYard

Starting today! Co-presented with Roxbury International Film Festival and featuring an incredible introduction from Roxbury director/founder, Lisa Simmons, you can watch Ashley O'Shay's, Unapologetic. Filmed over the course of several years by Ashley herself, the film follows Janaé and Bella, two abolitionist leaders of the Movement for Black Lives, as they challenge state-sanctioned violence from the police department to complicit administrators in Chicago. Insistent in rejecting the structures of our carceral state in both content and form, Ashley's kaleidoscopic approach brilliantly affirms the complex humanity and fierce pride of these community organizers.

Watch the film here: https://bit.ly/watchunapologetic and then join us for a Q&A live on Zoom and Facebook Live with director Ashley O'Shay and editor Rubin Daniels on Monday, November 16th at 7PM EST! Register for the Zoom here: https://bit.ly/unapologeticzoom.

Film at Mason
11/13/2020

Film at Mason

📺FILMMAKER FRIDAYS! Sterlin Harjo is a Native American filmmaker. He’s a member of the Seminole Nation and has Muskogee heritage. He’s a four time winner of the American Indian Movie Award, received a fellowship from the Sundance Institute in 2004, and has had multiple films premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. He’s known for his films Mekko, Barking Water, Four Sheets To The Wind, and for directing an episode of The Magicians. He is currently creating a show on a FX series called Reservation Dogs with Taika Waititi.
🧡🧡November is National Native American Heritage Month, where we recognize the contributions and accomplishments of the original inhabitants, explorers and settlers of the United States.
#FilmAtMasonTogether #nativeamericanheritagemonth #nativeamericanfilmmaker #blacklivesmatter #sterlingharjo #FilmAtMason

Film at Mason student Paul Lee talks about his play "After High School," a story about four friends who graduate from hi...
11/13/2020
Playwright Series 2020- "After High School" by Paul Lee

Film at Mason student Paul Lee talks about his play "After High School," a story about four friends who graduate from high school and venture into adulthood. The play has been selected as part of Pandora's Box Productions Playwright Series. Be sure to watch the performance on November 14th at 7:30pm EST.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85251770660
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY2VaBbNTCw...
#FilmatMasonTogether #storiesthatmatter #filmmakers #screenwriter #playwright @FilmGMU @CVPAatMason @VFSMason Pandora’s Box Productions

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! ✨🖋Next up in PBP’s Playwright Series is "After High School” by Paul Lee. An endearing play about the transition into a new life after o...

Thank you Miko and Rachel Debuque for an  inspiring,  inspired conversation.
10/31/2020

Thank you Miko and Rachel Debuque for an inspiring, inspired conversation.

Film at Mason
10/31/2020

Film at Mason

📺FILMMAKER FRIDAYS! Raised in Oklahoma by Ugandan immigrants, Crystal Kayiza is a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on nuanced storytelling about the African Diaspora.
🖤She received a Heartland Emmy Award for her film All That Remains, which profiles Boley, Oklahoma, one of the nation’s last all-Black towns. Her short documentary Edgecombe, which examines how trauma repeats and reinvents itself in a rural Black community in North Carolina, was an official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Her following documentary, See You Next Time, was again selected in 2020.
🖤🖤Black voices need to be heard and we feel it's paramount to continue to give space and support to the historic Black Lives Matter movement.
#FilmAtMasonTogether #blacklivesmatter @filmgmu @jbfc_pville @crystalkayiza

Thank you Melissa Haizlip @mrsoulthemovie and Hans Charles
10/29/2020

Thank you Melissa Haizlip @mrsoulthemovie and Hans Charles

Film at Mason
10/29/2020

Film at Mason

Saturday, November 7, 1:00-2:30pm
World Building Webinar
Film at Mason brings Sarah Cogan of Designing the Void Podcast to teach visual storytelling and world building for filmmakers. Don't miss out on this incredible webinar!

https://gmu.zoom.us/j/94493495333?pwd=dnNHcjZjMlJyMStaQ1R3RUEzZW5vQT09
MeetingID: 944 9349 5333
Passcode:310672

#FilmatMasonTogether #worldbuilding #filmmaker #storytelling #screenwriting #StoriesThatMatter #FilmatMason

Film at Mason
10/27/2020

Film at Mason

💚💛The GMU Film Club presents their first ever Micro Film Festival! Film Club gives filmmakers a chance to make and present their work this semester.
1️⃣For this festival, you can either make an original film, or submit any previous work you have made.
2️⃣This festival is open to everyone, not just film students, and you are limited to one submission with a time limit of 30 seconds to 5 minutes.
3️⃣To submit your film, you must upload it to either YouTube or Vimeo and send a link in their Discord's Film Festival text chat. You can also DM your link to them on Instagram. See link in bio
⏰🗓️Submission deadline is November 14th, and the Festival will be held on our Discord on November 20th at 7:30pm.
We hope to see you there! #FilmatMasonTogether #Filmmaker #FilmFestival #GMUFilmClub #FilmatMason @GMUFilmClub

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10/22/2020

Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason's cover photo

Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason's cover photo
10/21/2020

Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason's cover photo

Film at Mason
10/21/2020

Film at Mason

👉🗓️SAVE THE DATE! If you're planning to be a filmmaker or storyteller, you need to understand Worldbuilding. Film at Mason brings Sarah Cogan of Designing the Void Podcast to teach visual storytelling and world building for filmmakers. Don't miss out on this incredible webinar happening Saturday, November 7 @ 1:00pm! #FilmatMasonTogether #worldbuilding #filmmaker #storytelling #screenwriting #FilmatMason

Poet Suzen Baraka Tells the Truth about Voting
10/18/2020
Poet Suzen Baraka Tells the Truth about Voting

Poet Suzen Baraka Tells the Truth about Voting

Set in our nation’s capital, VOTE is a visual call to arms, highlighting the devastating contradictions that so many in America are experiencing right now, a...

Film at Mason
10/18/2020

Film at Mason

The Artist-Activist: Centering Black Voices with Bree Newsome

Join George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts on Oct. 20 for a conversation with filmmaker, musician, speaker and activist Bree Newsome. Newsome and @FilmGMU student filmmaker Taj Kokayi will discuss what it means to be an activist in America today as our country grapples with acts of racism.

This event is part of a new speaker series - The Artist-Activist: Centering Black Voices. #MasonArtsAtHome

More info: https://bit.ly/2GmNBoZ

#FilmatMasonTogether #filmmakers #activists #storiesthatmatter #artsincontext #BlackLivesMatter #FilmatMason @georgemasonu @CVPAatMason @vfsmason @GMU_CFA
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Film at Mason
10/18/2020

Film at Mason

📺FILMMAKER FRIDAYS! Today we recognize DC native writer/director Merawi Gerima who is also the son of filmmakers Haile Gerima and Shirikiana Aina (check out Sankofa).
❤️👉Residue is Gerima's feature directorial debut and follows a filmmaker who wants to write a script about his childhood and returns home to an unrecognizable neighborhood. The film is distributed by Ava DuVernay's Array and is streaming on Netflix.
🖤🖤Black voices need to be heard and we feel it's paramount to continue to give space and support to the historic Black Lives Matter movement. #filmmakersfridays #blackvoices #filmatmasontogether #sankofa @gerima_gang @netflix @ava @arraynow @vfsmason @cvpaatmason @filmgmu @gmufilmclub @masonulife @wayofthelibrarian

Film at Mason
10/14/2020

Film at Mason

The Artist-Activist: Centering Black Voices with Bree Newsome

Join George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts on Oct. 20 for a conversation with filmmaker, musician, speaker and activist Bree Newsome. Newsome and @FilmGMU student filmmaker Taj Kokayi will discuss what it means to be an activist in America today as our country grapples with acts of racism.

This event is part of a new speaker series - The Artist-Activist: Centering Black Voices. #MasonArtsAtHome

More info: https://bit.ly/2GmNBoZ

#FilmatMasonTogether #filmmakers #activists #storiesthatmatter #artsincontext #BlackLivesMatter #FilmatMason @georgemasonu @CVPAatMason @vfsmason @GMU_CFA

Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason's cover photo
10/09/2020

Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason's cover photo

Film at Mason
10/07/2020

Film at Mason

⏰🗓️TOMORROW, October 8th @ 1:30pm: Visiting Filmmakers Series Online: Black Lives Matter with PIER KIDS writer/director @EleganceBratton and host, Effie Brown @iamfuriousblack (Producer Dear White People).
🏳️‍🌈♥️@PierKids follows three queer and trans homeless youth on NYC’s iconic Christopher Street Pier to show the intricate ways queer people of color utilize public space to build chosen family.
🍿 Register to watch here: http://ow.ly/1x4O50BENWq
👉 For more information, visit: https://vfs.gmu.edu/events/11325

#FilmatMasonTogether #VisitingFilmmakersSeriesOnline #BlackLivesMatter #LGBTQIA+ @pierkids @FilmGMU @CVPAatMason @GMU_GLOA @IVEstate @vfsmason @krystallabeija @gamechangerfilms @gmu_cfa @georgemasonu @mason_wgst @vfsmason @gmu_lgbtq

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Each semester, the Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason brings to campus a variety of films and directors. Our first guest, in 1995, was Cheryl Dunye: she inspired us to “make our own history.”

Since then, our programs include: Cameraperson and Kirsten Johnson, Whose Streets? and Sabaah Foyalan, Hooligan Sparrow with Nanfu Wang, The Unafraid and with Heather Courtney, Dark Money and Kimberly Reed, Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland, with Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, In the Last Days of the City with Tamer El Said, In Lorton's Darkroom with filmmaker and photographer Karen Ruckman, producer Emma Pearce, and photographers Calvin Gorham and Michael Moses El, Road Through War with Louie Palu, Visitor's Day (Día de Visita) with Nicole Opper, 13th with cinematographer Hans Charles, City of Trees with Brandon and Lance Kramer, A Conversation with Christine Vachon, and Field Niggas, with Khalik Allah.

See full list here: https://fams.gmu.edu/film-media-studies-visiting-filmmakers-series

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