Cinematic Arts Newsletter

Congratulations on MFA Student Accomplishments!

By Lecturer in Film and Video Production Jason Livingston

MFA Students in Film and Video Production in the Department of Cinematic Arts continued to impress us all with their accolades and accomplishments.

Sam Kessie showed Body & Form as part of Iowa Public TV's new program The Film Lounge and landed a prestigious research and travel grant through the Stiftung Kulturwerk cultural foundation in Germany to pursue her project, The Prostitution Dream.

Kai Swanson, also in her first year, screened in no less than four international film festivals.

Traci Hercher, on an Iowa Arts Fellowship, proved invaluable as a graduate student liaison in this year's successful FVP job search, and conducted research for an upcoming traveling exhibition curated by Joyce Tsai of the University of Iowa Museum of Art. 

Carl Elsaesser earned the Rozen Grand Prize for his film Vague Images at the Beginning and End of the Day at the Binghamton Babylon film festival and spent two weeks as an artist-in-residence with Squeaky Wheel in Buffalo, NY.

Emily Drummer, our other second year MFA candidate, screened her work at nearly a dozen venues, including the Haverhill Experimental Film Festival and Other Cinema in San Francisco.

Metrah Pashaee, recipient of a Princess Grace Award, continued to develop, shoot and edit her feature-length avant-garde work, Attraction.

Carley Maur screened work in Los Angeles and successfully completed the MFA program with Weather Patterns, her thesis project about Pride parades, containment of the commons, and queer embodiment.   

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