The U’s Film & Media Arts Department Plays Prominent Part in the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival
The University of Utah is pleased to share its prominent presence and support of the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival. Slamdance began in 1995 as a way to give truly independent filmmakers a voice. To this day, it lives and bleeds by its mantra, By Filmmakers for Filmmakers. The festival has earned a solid reputation for premiering films by first time writers and directors working within the creative confines of limited budgets. Taking place every January in the breathtaking snow-capped mountains of Park City, Utah at the exact same time as the Sundance Film Festival, Slamdance aims to provide an authentic representation of independent filmmaking.
Festival discoveries have included directors Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight), Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister), and Lena Dunham (Girls). Slamdance also attracts renowned alumni including Larry Clark, Steven Soderbergh, and Jonathan Demme.
Miriam and Sonia Albert-Sobrino both completed their MFAs in Film Production from the University of Utah. As current visiting assistant professors in the Film & Media Arts Department here at the U, they will serve as jurors for this year’s Festival. Slamdance is an Oscar Qualifying Film festival, meaning they will assist in determining which short films win this year’s festival edition, and ultimately will set foot on the Academy Awards Competition.
As an adjunct faculty member in the Film & Media Arts Department, Michael Edwards teaches Computer Animation and Intro to Animation to students here at the University of Utah. We are excited to announce that Edwards will feature his own animation, “A Narrative Film,” as part of the official selection in the Slamdance Film Festival competition.
Slamdance has also recognized the support of University of Utah professor Sterling Van Wagenen and associate professor Kevin Hanson of the Film & Media Arts Department for their collaboration and active participation in the festival.
Slamdance is a unique festival, entirely run and organized by filmmakers, creating a truly independent experience. The University of Utah’s Film and Media Arts Department’s work and support has played an important role in this year’s festival.
The Slamdance Film Festival runs January 20-26, 2017 in Park City, Utah.
*AAF-Utah Student Shadow Day* will be on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. At this time, we would like to get a list of students who are interested in participating!
This is an opportunity for college students and businesses to connect in the advertising industry. The business gets a fresh look at potential hires and students have the opportunity to make future connections for employment. Students will have the opportunity to spend 2-3 hours at a participating business. After this period of time, the business sponsors the students to attend “The One Show aka Pencil Award Ceremony” held at a local college or university. The One Show showcases the best and most creative partnerships between clients and agencies over the past 5-years http://www.oneshow.org/.
To sign up: Please use the following link https://goo.gl/forms/oMV2ibOHx3Oykc353
Note: This form will collect the Student’s Name, School, Email, Phone number, and Area of interest.
Or, students can email me directly, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
9:00 am – Students will arrive at their assigned agencies
9:00 -11:00 am – Students will shadow their agency professional(s) and get a glimpse of a workday at a real-life ad agency!
11:30 am – Students and Professionals will head to “The One Show” Luncheon
If you’d like more information on Utah’s Advertising Industry or to get involved in these events visit this link:https://www.facebook.com/AAFUtah.
On Behalf of AAF-Utah,
AAF-UTAH Board Member
Student Services Portfolio
MUSE – Film & Media Arts Internship
($10/hour for up to 250 hours)
PEAK Health and Fitness provides health and fitness testing, U employee fitness classes, community police and firefighter testing, and manage various other community centered programs. Our staff members are undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Health. As such, our expertise surrounding marketing, videography, and film production is minimal. PEAK would like to work with an intern to create 2-4 short promotional films to feature on our website.
Duties may include (Expectations)
• Interview PEAK fitness class participants to capture details about their journey
• Videotape interviewed participants and other participants in fitness classes
• Create a short promotional piece on PEAK employee fitness classes
• Interview participants in other active programs to capture details
• Videotape interviewed participants and others involved participating in the activity
• Create a short promotional piece on other active programs happening during internship
As part of the MUSE Internship Program, interns are required to meet the following expectations:
1. Complete the online Intern Pre-Survey by TBA
2. Attend the MUSE Opening Social on January 19, 2017 from 12:30-1PM
3. Attend the MUSE Closing Social on TBA
4. Complete the online Intern Post-Survey by TBA
Schedule ‐5-10 hours per week
‐ Demonstrated interest in health and fitness
‐ Willingness and ability to take on some scheduling of participant interviews
‐ Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
‐ Demonstrated experience in film production
Britta F. Trepp, M.S., ACSM CEP
Associate Director, PEAK Health and Fitness
Manager, Build a Bone
University of Utah Wellness
Here at Wasatch Magazine, we aim to inspire outdoor appreciation and share unique perspectives of the world we love. The first bi-annual Faultline Film Awards will feature local films, highlighting fall and winter sports as well as environmental justice. The winning films we be presented at the Post Theater in Salt Lake City on Thursday, February 16 at 7 p.m. Refreshments and opportunity drawings starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are free for all students and $10 for non-student adults. Prizes for category winners TBD.
Submissions due: February 1, 2017 at http://wasatchmag.com/filmfest/
Love for the Wasatch Front
Call for applicants – Olga V. Alexandria Logan Scholarship. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for consideration, and financial need is assessed by way of the FAFSA. The applications are due back to the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid by Tuesday, March 1, 2016.
Incoming and Returning Film & Media Arts Students.
Deadline: March 18th.
The University of Utah Department of Film & Media Arts and ASUU Free Film Series have teamed up to present a special screening of “Point B”, a film directed by alumnus of the Department of Film & Media Arts, Conor Long, who graduated in 2010. The free screening is February 10, 2016 at 7p.m. in the Post Theatre and is open to the public.
Funded positions in the MFA program in Film & Media Arts
- All students accepted to the MFA program receive tuition benefit in addition to a graduate stipend.
- The M.F.A. in Film & Media Arts offers students the flexibility to pursue the emphasis of their choice; Film Production, Animation, Screendance, Documentary Film, along with New Media and Critical Studies.
- The Program prepares students for employment in the Film & Media Arts industry and/or entry into the teaching profession.
These opportunities are highly competitive, applications must be received by February 20th for fall 2016 consideration.
About the University of Utah
Nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, Salt Lake, a wonderfully livable city, combines the amenities of a large metropolitan area with the ease of a small town. The University of Utah is a center for scholarship and creativity in science, humanities, and fine arts. Graduate students are essential contributors to the University’s mission to educate the individual and to discover, refine, and disseminate knowledge.
Introducing a new Spring 2016 course, cross-listed between the Department of Film & Media Arts and the Department of Modern Dance:
THE BODY & THE SCREEN
FILM 3905-002 | DANC 3961-002 | DANC 6961-002
Instructor: Stéphane Glynn
Spring 2016 | FMAB 106
Tues 6 – 9 PM (SCREENINGS)
Thurs 6 – 9 PM (LECTURE/DISCUSSION)
This course will explore the connection(s) between the filmic medium and bodies: bodies that watch the screen, bodies on the screen, and everything in between.
The course will utilize a multi-disciplinary approach, bringing in perspectives from biology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, film & media studies, history, and other relevant fields. It will use the body as a focal point for discussions on auteurs, media and new technology, gender, race, audience perception, celebrity culture, and other aspects relevant to bodies and screens.
The class will meet twice a week – once for a screening, and once for a lecture/discussion. Although the instructor will provide lectures on the course materials, the class will be largely discussion-based. The coursework for the class will consist of readings, critical essays, and additional screenings on occasion. The instructor will also be open to production-oriented projects throughout the class.