Remembering Professor Herman Lew

In memory of Prof. Herman Lew

In memory of Prof. Herman Lew

THE CAMPUS magazine recently published this lovely online article about the recent passing of Prof. Herman Lew, one of our esteemed faculty within the Department of Media & Communications at CCNY:

Prof. Lew was such a crucial part of our MCA programs, so dedicated to his students, to the art of filmmaking, and to sharing his wealth of knowledge with the next generation.  He is, and will continue to be, deeply missed by so many.

We would like to invite you as well to attend a gathering to honor and remember Herman Lew, in cooperation with Herman’s other great institutional partner Third World Newsreel. This tribute will be held on October 16th from 6-8:30 pm in the Faculty Dining Room (3rd floor of NAC Building) at the City College of New York (Please RSVP for this event via: <>).

You can also make a gift online via paypal or credit card by clicking here. Please check off that your gift is for The Herman Lew Memorial Scholarship on the website and include it in the memo section of your check. Your contributions are tax-deductible.

Joining the Facebook page, “Remembering Herman Lew” is also a way communicate your thoughts and feelings to his family and to others in his large, loving world of friends.


Documenting “HOPE” from Myanmar

HOPE.jpg“HOPE”, a short film by Min Min Hein (CCNY MFA Class of 2017) is based on a monastic school called “Shwe Ku”, a place in the Dry Zone of Myanmar where experiences of love, sharing, solidarity and consideration along with the unique tradition, culture and lifestyle of the society of Myanmar are documented.


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This short film was officially selected by the International Peace and Film Festival as the second runner up. Please click here for additional details.

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Jason Sosnoff’s master class

Jason Sosnoff’s master class

The Department of Media & Communication Arts hosted a special event and master class with film Producer, Jason Sosnoff on December 9th at CCNY!  BFA and MFA Students at CCNY, as well as faculty and staff, were fully engaged with the presentation, screenings and Q&A session.




Chantal Akerman, leaving her legacy behind, dies at 65

Chantal Akerman

Chantal Akerman’s decision to become a film-maker was sparked by seeing Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le Fou, 1965. Photograph: Kenneth Saunders

Chantal Akerman, one of the pioneers in feminist filmmaking, died on this Monday, October 5, 2015, in Paris. Although according to her friends, she committed a suicide, “The cause of her death was not immediately known.”, says Sylviane Akerman, Chantal’s sister.

According to her friends and colleagues, Ms. Akerman, after she lost her mother last year, had been in dark emotional states. He had recently been hospitalized for depression, returning home to Paris 10 days ago, her sister said. The former head of Cannes Film Festival, Gilles Jacob, tweeted “Ms. Akerman could not stand to live one more second.”

The New York Film festival is currently screening her latest film, “No Home Movie” which she had been expected to attend.Making the film, which circles around her mother’s inability to talk about her experience at the death camp, took a heavy emotional toll on Ms. Akerman. “I think if I knew I was going to do this, I wouldn’t have dared to do it,” she told The New York Times in a recent interview.

Her best known film is Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxells which she made at her age of 25. The film portrays a widowed housewife’s daily activities in which she prepares food, does chores, and receives a gentleman who pays her for having sex. The minimalist repetition draws to a traumatic climax. “A couch in new York”, her most commercial film, about an apartment swap between a New york psychologist and a young Parisian woman, starring Juliette Binoche and William Hurt, was released in 1996.

She had her own style of making film that a very few people would acknowledge the underlying theme of her films. “Many people never understood her cinema,” Mr. Mazzanti,the director of the Royal Belgian Film Archive, said. He likened some critical comments to the way some people look at a drip painting by Jackson Pollock “and say, ‘I could do that.’ ”

From the outset, Ms. Akerman was captivated by the violence that can erupt from the quotidian. Her first film, “Saute Ma Ville” (“Blow Up My City”), was a short film which she made at her age of 18 years after she dropped out of a Belgium film school. With a voice-over of cheerful humming and singing, the film shows her dancing about her kitchen, then leaning her head on gaslit burners before the screen goes dark and the room explodes.

“Almayer’s Folly” (2011) was her most recent feature film. This was an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s first novel, which she shot in Cambodia. She also directed “La Captive” (2000), an adaptation from Proust, whose work, she said in her recent interview to BBC,had always been important to her.

Her other films include “News From Home” (1977), a cinematic version of letters home from her time in New York; “A Whole Night” (1982), about the tug of war between lovers; and a number of travelogues, which took her to post-Communist Eastern Europe in “From the East” (1993), the American South in “South” (1999) and Israel in “Over There” (2006).

Important solo exhibitions of Akerman’s work have been held at the Museum for Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium (2012), MIT, Cambridge Massachusetts (2008), the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (2006); Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ (2006); and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2003). Akerman has participated in Documenta XI (2002) and the Venice Biennale (2001). In 2011 a film retrospective of Akerman’s work was shown at the Austrian Film Museum.






TOM IN AMERICA…travels far & wide


TOM IN AMERICA by MFA Class of 2013 graduate Flavio Alves, premiered this past June at Palm Springs Film Festival (June 17-23) and screened at the 38th Montreal International Film Festival in August 2014 (both are Top-Tier and Oscar qualifying), continues to travel far and wide within the film festival circuit with great success!  To read more or follow, please visit these sites: and

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Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Film Festival, In the Spotlight


Cityvisions 2014 Film & Video Showcase at DGA in NYC – MAY 29-30!

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Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Film Festival, Special Screenings, Student & Faculty News, Uncategorized


Yessica Curiel-Montoya

Yessica  Curiel-Montoya

Yessica Curiel-Montoya’s “Quiet Space” has been accepted to the Short Film Corner, at the Festival de Cannes 2014. Which means that in the coming weeks, exactly a year after principal photography, a finished film will be taken to French Riviera.


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Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Film Festival, In the Spotlight, Student & Faculty News, Uncategorized


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RED FOG, by Fan He (Class of 2014), was recently chosen to advance in the 41st Annual Student Academy Awards – Region Three Semifinals (Narrative Program). This short film (created as a Digital Production class assignment) that takes place in the year 2032 after the deadly Great Red Fog disappears from China.


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Fan He was recently interviewed by SinoVision’s reporter
Lani Nelson:

You can also watch a clip via:

Fan He is also the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Supervisor
of enMaze Pictures

41st Annual Student Academy Awards – Semifinalist, Fan He


Nueva York – 57th Annual New York Emmy Awards

Nueva York - 57th Annual New York Emmy Awards

Led by Professor Jerry W Carlson, the Nueva York production team boasts six producer/editors who are graduates of the MFA program: Sarah Foudy, Yolanda Pividal, Wilson Reyes, Mario Rosales, Gisela Sanders-Alcantara, and Carmen Vidal. All bilingual, they hail from Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Spain, and the USA.

Nueva York, the Spanish language tv magazine for CUNY TV, took home two prizes.

For the fifth time in its eight years it won Best Magazine Program.

The series was also honored for Craft Specialty: Musical Composition / Arrangement for a piece composed for a specific episode.

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Posted by on April 1, 2014 in Awards, Student & Faculty News, Uncategorized