Meet our Winter/Spring 2016 Docu Work-In-Progress Lab Filmmakers

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A grand number of incredible applications came in for this Docu Work In Progress Lab. We were blown away by the amount and breadth of work that we received, making our selection process that much more challenging.

For this Winter/Spring Lab, we are thrilled to invite the following six filmmakers to participate, bringing together a cohort of diverse styles, topics and capacities, with exceptional promise for transformation. With Iva Radivojevic facilitating, filmmakers will tap into a wealth of experience and audacity. And for the final showcase, Charlotte Cook will bring her filmmaker-driven ethos and supreme well-rounded knowledge of the documentary form.

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Iva Radivojevic

Iva Radivojevic

Facilitator

Iva Radivojevic is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker whose films have screened at numerous festivals including the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Rotterdam IFF, Human Rights Watch, HotDocs, MoMA, and were broadcast on PBS, Documentary Channel as well as The New York Times Op-Docs. More >

Charlotte Cookl

Charlotte Cook

Guest for Final Crit

Charlotte Cook is a film curator, writer and producer. Prior to being a Field of Vision Co-Creator, she was the Director of Programming at Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival. More >


Anna Barsan

Anna Barsan | Noapte Buna

Anna Barsan is a filmmaker, media educator and VJ. Rooted in a documentary practice, her work explores concepts of identity, social control, and artistic intervention. Barsan's work has been presented at the Guggenheim Lab, Brooklyn Museum, New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, Leslie-Lohman Museum, La Mama Galleria, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and the University of London, among other national and international venues. Globally she has worked with the Pan-American Development Foundation, ZananTV, IMPR Humanitarian organization, Mathare Youth Sports Association in Nairobi, Kenya, and The Tobago Center for the Study and Practice of Indigenous Spirituality. As a media educator, Barsan travels nationally and internationally to facilitate media literacy workshops for journalists and political actors. She holds an M.A. in film and new media studies from The New School and a B.A. in international relations from the University of Michigan. She teaches film and media studies at SUNYEmpire State.

Noapte Buna

Noapte Buna is a documentary short film exploring Romanian-American identity, memory, trauma and cultural loss. The film grew out of a series of letters written to my aging grandmother in an attempt to recover our family’s histories before they were lost completely to her dementia. The narrative tells the story of my family's immigration to the U.S. and the pressures to assimilate to a 1950's American ideal. The film likewise addresses the complexities of sexual abuse within family systems and the ways cultural assimilation can erase narratives of trauma. My family’s story is contrasted with archival footage of Romania in 1989 during the days leading up to the fall of Nicolae Ceausescu's dictatorship. Both accounts explore narratives of trauma through an individual and collective lens.



Victoria Catherine Chan

Victoria Catherine Chan | Under The Husk

Victoria Catherine Chan is the editor of Under the Husk, a personal film directed by Katsitsionni Fox. She graduated in directing at ZeLIG School for Documentary in Italy. Her latest film Il Destino di una Fabbrica (2013) was selected at Visions du réel in Nyon and broadcast on Italian RAI TV. Parallel to her editing job, Victoria teaches filmmaking in First Nation communities in Canada. She has been awarded a screenwriting grant and is writing her first feature film about her Chinese roots in Quebec.


Under the Husk

Under the Husk follows two Mohawk girls on their journey to becoming Mohawk Women. Kaienkwinehtha and Kasennakohe are childhood friends from traditional families living in the Mohawk Community of Akwesasne that straddles the U.S. / Canada border. They both take part in the adolescent rites of passage ceremony called Oheró:kon: Under the Husk. Each spring the youth fast by themselves in a small lodge that is made with the help of their aunties and uncle. They stay by themselves with no food or water. This time in isolation tests them physically, mentally and spiritually. This is a four-year process that elevates in intensity each year. Not everyone makes it to completion. This film gives a unique access into the transition of these girls as they navigate into adulthood. Through their eyes we see how this ceremony transforms them and how it impacts the decisions they make as young woman.



Ali Cotterill

Ali Cotterill | North Pole, NY

Ali Cotterill is an independent filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. Her shorts have screened at 100+ festivals around the world, won several awards, and been broadcast on Logo TV and Current TV. She also works as an editor, notably on the documentary feature United in Anger: A History of ACT UP, which premiered at MOMA's Documentary Fortnight (U.S.) and Hot Docs (Canada) and won Best Documentary at the Milan and Pittsburgh LGBT film festivals. North Pole, NY is her first feature.

North Pole, NY

North Pole, NY is an upcoming feature-length documentary about Santa's Workshop, one of the very first theme parks in the U.S. Battling against a changing economy, the digital world, and a con-man who tries to steal Christmas, the dreamers in one small town vow to keep the park open and the magic of Christmas alive all year.






Bara

Bara Jichova Tyson | Adultery

Bara Jichova Tyson is a filmmaker, photographer and artist from the Czech Republic. Her short documentary film The Hatch House was selected for the 2016 ADFF in NYC and AmDocs 2016. She often collaborates with other filmmakers and artists including Hal Hartley, Michael Almereyda, Amy Jenkins, Josephine Wiggs. In 2013 she co-produced and edited Built on Narrow Land, a feature length documentary directed by Malachi Connolly about Bauhaus architecture on a Cape Cod. She has been exhibiting her 2D work and photography in solo and group shows including Greene Naftali Gallery, Salon Ciel, BBLA and Pocket Utopia. Bara was the art director on Now, Forager, a film by J.Cortlund and J.Halperin, which was part of the New Directors work at Lincoln Center in 2012, nominee of Gotham Independent Film Awards 2012. Bara received BFA at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. She lives and works in NYC.

Adultery

Love is to have, desire is to want. Adultery is a documentary essay about the human struggle for both. This is a film about what marriage means in today’s world and what is it that we all strive for.








Salome Oggenfuss

Salome Oggenfuss | Frame-off

Salome Oggenfuss is an internationally exhibited artist and photographer. Her work has been shown at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and on Dazed Digital, among others. Her keen sense for getting to her subjects’ true essence has been fine-tuned by her experience as a real-people casting director for film and fashion in New York.

Frame-off

Outside the fashion shows in Paris and New York, there is a clan of male photographers who passionately photograph female models. They are convinced the models enjoy being objects of their attention, until, when at the mercy of a camera themselves, the photographers develop a reaction that drastically changes their self-image and pursuit of the beautiful strangers.






Jill Woodward

Jill Woodward | Journey Without a Map

Director Jill Woodward is a filmmaker/editor based in New York City. She began her broadcasting career at CNN shortly before the first Iraq War, and covered nearly every global crisis until 2006. As a freelance editor she has worked on projects for PBS, TIME.com, and Greenpeace International. She edited the documentary, Trail of Feathers: The Missile Dick Chicks Take on America, and a film about a holocaust survivor, Duda: Jolana’s Story. Her first film as director passTRESpass documents the creation of a public dance performance with asylum seekers in Greece. Her follow-up, bodies of resilience showcases several of these same immigrants three years later. It will screen at the Socially Relevant Film Festival in NYC in March. Her experimental dance film nisi/island was shown in the 2015 Psarokokalo festival in Antiparos, and Athens, Greece. Woodward often works with the Modern Dance Awareness Society both as performer and filmmaker.

Journey Without a Map

The documentary Journey without a Map explores the transformative power of dance for refugees struggling with displacement, discrimination, and trauma. The film humanizes the refugee crisis in Greece by focusing on asylum seekers who express their ordeal through contemporary dance improvisation. Since 2007, Modern Dance Awareness Society has conducted dance/movement workshops for asylum seekers in Greece that allow their experiences to be transformed through the body and imagination. The film will focus particularly upon Abdoul, from war-torn Kandahar. He fled the Taliban to Iran, then Greece, where he continues to struggle against discrimination and racist attacks. He had never danced at all until the 2009 workshop with Modern Dance Awareness Society. He evolved as a dancer over the following years, and has performed in prestigious events. He is developing an aerial/acrobatics workshop in a community theater. Supporting characters will provide further insight on the refugee or immigrant experience in Athens.

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