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Event: At the Helm: Women Filmmakers with María Teresa Rodríguez

At the Helm: Women Filmmakers


When: April 3, 2013

  • 5-7 pm: Master Class. 1408 Terra Hall
  • 8 pm: Film Screening. Connelly Auditorium, 806 Terra Hall

Where: University of the Arts, Terra Hall


The University of the Arts School of Film presents “At the Helm: Women Filmmakers,” a visiting artist program with special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The new program continues with a master class, film screening and Q&A session by award-winning filmmaker María Teresa Rodríguez.

“María Teresa Rodríguez: The Many Faces of Documentary” master class will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in 1408 Terra Hall. The class is free and open to the public and the University community, but there is limited space and pre-registration is required. Please e-mail egoidel@uarts.edu to reserve your spot.

Beginning with clips from her short student works, which were screened internationally in film festivals, to her present day long form non-fiction, María will discuss the changing face of the documentary over the last decade, as well as touch upon funding, the film festival circuit, and distribution.

A screening of “Niños de la Memoria” will be held at 8 p.m. in Connelly Auditorium, 806 Terra Hall, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. The screening is free and open to the public and the University community.

About Niños de la Memoria
Niños de la Memoria tells the story of the search for hundreds of children who disappeared during the Salvadoran Civil War. Many were survivors of massacres carried out by the U.S.-trained Salvadoran army. Taken away from the massacre sites by soldiers, some grew up in orphanages or were adopted abroad, losing their history and identity. Niños de la Memoria weaves together three separate yet intertwined journeys in the search for family, identity and justice in El Salvador, and asks the larger question: How can a post-war society right the wrongs of the past?

About María Teresa Rodríguez
María Teresa Rodríguez is a filmmaker, producer and teaching artist. Her work has won awards in film festivals around the world and has been broadcast nationally on PBS. She recently finished the ITVS & Sundance funded documentary “Niños de la Memoria/Children of Memory” with co-producer Kathryn Smith Pyle. The film, which received a LASA Award of Merit, is currently on the festival circuit. Her previous work includes “Mirror Dance/La Danza del Espejo” (with Frances McElroy), which was broadcast on the PBS Series Independent Lens, received a LASA Award of Merit, a Cine Golden Eagle Award, a First Place for Television Documentary award from the Society of Professional Journalists (Philadelphia Chapter) and was an Imagen Award Documentary Finalist. María worked with Vital Pictures and California Newsreel on the series “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?” which was broadcast nationally on PBS and received a 2009 duPont- Columbia Award in Television and Radio News, a 2009 Council on Foundations Henry Hampton Award and a 2009 Communication Award in TV/Radio/Film from the National Academies. Other work includes: “From Here to There/De Aquí a Allá” which received a First Place Award for Short Documentary at the XVII International Film Festival of Uruguay and “Morningtide,” which won 11 awards internationally. María is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Foundation Fellowship, and a Leeway Transformation Award which recognizes the work of women artists engaged in social change. She is a 2012 Fulbright Scholar.

Terra Hall

211 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

United States

Event: Penn Student Film Festival 3/25-3/28

Penn Student Film Festival

March 25 – 28, 2013

Monday, March 25

  1. Miniature | Julie Adam, 2012, 2:34 min
  2. A Second Too Late | Ivan Moutinho & Fawzi Habib, 2013, 4:17 min
  3. Generations | Daniel J. Zhou, 2013, 3:31 min
  4. Liberty | Faryn Pearl, 2012, 1:16 min
  5. Thank You, Mom and Dad | Jake Galasso, 2012, 8:01 min
  6. travel slides | Dylan Hansen-Fliedner & Jason Jadick, 2013, 7:10 min
  7. Malaysia, Truly Asia | Melanie White, 2013, 5 min
  8. On Plum Blossoms | Joanna Shen, 2013, 3:22 min

Du Bois College House, First Floor Multi-purpose Room | Penn Campus

  1. The George Crum Haircut | Christina Atterbury, 2013, 3 min
  2. Glimpse | Matthew Chan, 2013, 7:54 min
  3. Reprise | Kevin Hudson, 2013, 8:13 min
  4. Anything | Kea Edwards, 2013, 0:50 min
  5. Advice | Aaron Klapwald, 2012, 4 min
  6. Shed Your Love | Osiris Picardo, 2013, 4:00 min
  7. Bowlus Road Chief | Erik Long IC, 2012, 3:29 min
  8. Shan & Mike | Tan Chan, 2013, 4:49 min

Ware College House, McClelland Hall in the Quad | Penn Campus

  1. A European Day in Time-lapse | Katie Dumke, 2012, 5:10 min
  2. Sins of the Child | Matthew Cardonick, 2013, 4:33 min
  3. ON/OFF | Gary Kafer, 2013, 7:49 min
  4. B&S | Andre Sionek, 2013, 3:21 min
  5. Conversations with My Ex-Girlfriend | Jason Merrin, 2013, 9:33 min
  6. Attention Deficit | Mariano Gonzales-Guerinau & Malcom Washington, 2012, 8:00 min
  7. Be Back Soon | Erin Peraza, 2013, 4:12 min
  8. Grotesque | Michael Kraus, 2013, 9:50 min

Event: Meta Mazaj, “FIlm Festivals & the Worlding of World Cinema”

Meta Mazaj

Film Festival and the “Worlding” of World Cinema

When: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 – 12:00pm

Where: 330 Fisher-Bennett Hall

Part of a larger project on world cinema, this talk will focus on the role of film festivals in the construction and mapping of world cinema. More than just a platform for showcasing a complex world of film, festivals present a dizzying convergence site of cinephilia, media spectacle, business agenda, geopolitical purposes and city marketing.  Their global proliferation since the 1980s has also made them into crucial centers for the development of global cinema networks, as well as the construction of knowledge and film practice—it is this aspect of film festivals that I’m interested in.  I will demonstrate how the issues of unequal cultural exchange and power influence the festivals’ widely shared patterns of film selection and evaluation, their distribution of cultural capital, and how festivals intersect with other discourses and institutions to shape a wider construction of world cinema as a field of knowledge.

Meta Mazaj is a Senior Lecturer in Cinema Studies at Penn. She has published on critical theory, Balkan cinema, new European cinema, film and nationalism. She is the author of National and Cynicism in Post 1990s Balkan Cinema (VDM Verlag, 2008), which examines the relationship between film and nationalism in contemporary Balkan cinema, and co-author, with Timothy Corrigan and Patricia White, of Critical Visions in Film Theory: Classic and Contemporary Readings(Bedford/ St. Martin’s, 2011). She is currently working on a book about contemporary world cinema. Her teaching and research interests include film theory and history, film and nationalism, film and philosophy, and world cinema. Her recent courses include: Film History, Film Methods and Analysis, Film Theory, Contemporary Transnational Cinema, Cinema of the Balkans, Cinema and Popular Memory, Masters of European Cinema, American Independent Cinema, Film Festivals.