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Film Opportunities at Haverford

Hey Sophomores!

We’ve compiled a list of film opportunities available to students at Haverford. For the most part, these are extra-curricular events open to all students, however, these opportunities are also linked to production courses here at Haverford. If you’re interested, check out the Independent College Programs page as well as the Bi-Co Film Studies page in the Tri-Co Course Guide for updates about production classes available to students. Take a look at our list, see what strikes you, and contact us if you would like to learn more about the opportunities listed below!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Christine Dickerson – cfdickerso@haverford.edu

The Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities


The annual Tri-Co Film Festival features the work of students from Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges, covering a variety of genres and aesthetics. All Tri-Co students are eligible to submit short films completed after June 1, 2015. Films may be no longer than 10 minutes in length and must not be works-in-progress. Shorter works in the 1-5 minute range are STRONGLY encouraged. Films done outside of coursework are eligible. This year we will also consider submissions consisting of interactive digital media content, such as websites, online maps, video games, etc. Applicants interested in submitting this kind of work should send an email to tricofilmfest@gmail.com with a project description and a link, if applicable.  More information here.

Projects DUE: Friday, April 22, 11:59 pm

Festival date: Thursday, May 5th, 2016, 7pm at Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

Strange Truth Film Series

STRANGE TRUTH 2016 offers up bodies: bodies in labor and in ecstasy, bodies inscribed by history and time, bodies conducting the sacred, bodies memorialized or erased, bodies retrieved through ritual and performance. Featuring films by Natalia Almada, Alan Berliner, Stan Brakhage, Bruce Conner, Kevin Jerome Everson, Chan-kyong Park, Carolee Schneemann, Chick Strand, and Hope Tucker, this year’s series tells strange truths about the bodies we inhabit and the concepts that animate them. All screenings to be held at Bryn Mawr Film Institute or Haverford College. Each will be followed by conversations with filmmakers and critics.

Remaining Screenings in the Series:

Obituary TV


Wednesday, March 30

7:00 p.m.

Chase Auditorium, Haverford College

Hope Tucker will screen several videos from The Obituary Project and clips from other completed and in-progress obituaries. She will discuss the Project and her research based practice as a whole, highlighting her use of the photograph as a site of study and research; as a material object integrated into moving image work; and as a mode of production that incorporates, performs, and remakes the still image as fact and fiction.

For more information: www.facebook.com/events/176186399408958/

Manshin TV

MANSHIN: TEN THOUSAND SPIRITS, Chan-kyong Park, 2013, 104 min, Wednesday, April 6, 7:00 p.m. Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits is a filmic portrait of Korea’s greatest living shaman Kim Keum-hwa. Artist and filmmaker Park Chan-kyong masterfully narrates a lifetime of hardship endured in a country that has undergone various traumas of colonialism, war, and division of the state through re-enactments and original footage of shamanic rituals performed by Kim. The screening is followed by a conversation between filmmaker Chan-kyong Park, Hank Glassman, Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Haverford College, and Liz Park, curator of the exhibition Among the Unburied (March 18 – April 29, 2016) at Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College.

For more information: www.facebook.com/events/1505066806468924/


WORK ETHIC: THE FILMS OF KEVIN JEROME EVERSON: Thursday, April 14, 7:00 p.m., Sharpless Auditorium, Haverford College

The films of Kevin Jerome Everson explore the lives and gestures of working class African Americans using a dizzying array of techniques: direct observation, found footage, reenactments, archival materials, scripted scenes, interviews, and more. This program samples a small number of Everson’s over 125 films.

“In Everson’s cinema, Black people are neither victors nor defeated. Neither defeated, undone, nor recomposed. They are and remain undefeated.” —Emmanuel Burdeau

A conversation with Kevin Jerome Everson will follow the screening.

For more information: www.facebook.com/events/956772084397239/


FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED, Alan Berliner, 2013, 79 min, Wednesday, May 4, 7:00 p.m., Bryn Mawr Film Institute

FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED, Alan Berliner’s deeply personal portrait of Edwin Honig, his cousin and mentor, is a first-hand look at Honig’s journey through the ravages of memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. Edwin Honig—poet, translator, critic, and teacher—wrote dozens of critically acclaimed books. FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED artfully documents Honig’s condition with compassion, portraying his life with the same raw honesty that resonates in his poetry, written amidst a lifetime steeped in tragedy, love, loss, irony and literary daring. It is an unflinching essay on the fragility of being human and a stark reminder of the profound role that memory plays in all of our lives. Berliner will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion.

For more information about this screening: www.facebook.com/events/955353424581660/

For more information about the series: hav.to/strangetruth

Photo: William Colgin
Photo: William Colgin

HCAH Film Festival Fund

The Hurford Center offers $1000 annually to offset fees for student mediamakers submitting original work to festivals. Rolling deadline. With the help of the HCAH Film Festival Fund students have shown their works in prestigious film festivals including The Black Maria, Crossroads, and The San Diego Asian Film Festival.  Apply online here.


HCAH Flaherty Film Seminar Fellowship

Each year, the Hurford Center offers two fellowships for students to attend the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, the longest continuously running documentary film event in North America. The week-long seminar brings together over 160 filmmakers, artists, curators, scholars, students, and film enthusiasts to celebrate the power of the moving image. The deadline for this opportunity has passed, but students with a strong interest in Film Studies are encouraged to apply next year. As part of the fellowship, students will work with the Hurford Center to program and present an evening of selected films from the Seminar sometime during the fall 2016 semester, on the Haverford campus. More information concerning this screening will be announced soon.

For more information on the Flaherty Seminar: flahertyseminar.org/

For more information on the HCAH Film Seminar Fellowship: www.haverford.edu/hcah/center/programs-and-grants/student-funding/student-arts-fund

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Tuttle Summer Arts Lab

The Tuttle Summer Arts Lab allows faculty to pair with students on a project that undertakes artistic and makerly practices while keeping with the cross-disciplinary spirit of the Hurford Center. Funding is granted across a range of projects that include but are in no way limited to collaborative research and practice, curatorial apprenticeship, exhibition design, creative writing and poetry workshops and exercises, community building and outreach through the arts, as well as the production of multimedia works, broadly defined. 

Summer 2016 Call For Applications

DEADLINE:  Friday, April 8, 2016, 5:00pm

The John B. Hurford ‘60 Center for the Arts and Humanities is pleased to announce a new Tuttle Summer Arts Lab to take place during Summer 2016.  The Summer Arts Lab Student Fellowship will offer students the opportunity to participate in a multiplatform documentary project with Haverford College’s Artist in Residence Vicky Funari.


Funari is currently producing the Pool Movie Project, a multiplatform documentary about older women, water, exercise, and community.  The 2016 Summer Arts Lab will convene a team of artists, students, community members, scholars, and public health experts to collaborate in envisioning and creating elements of the project website and the community engagement campaign.  The film, now in post-production, tells the story of an aqua-cise class held at a small suburban YMCA, attended primarily by 60-90 year old women.  It traces the class’s final year in the old Main Line Y, as the branch prepares to close its doors forever.  The film is a study of older bodies and souls in water, in motion, in transition, and in community with each other.


•  Summer Arts Lab Student Fellows will work collaboratively with lead artists, women in the film, and advisors to help envision and design a project website and to produce audiovisual elements for that site, including video portraits and oral histories of community members.

•  Student Fellows will also help lay the groundwork for a community engagement campaign to promote healthy aging.

•  Student work will take place over 7 weeks, June 13 – August 1, 2016.

•  The work will be carried out on the Haverford campus and in the surrounding region.

•  Students will be provided with a stipend to cover housing and other living expenses.

•  Haverford College will provide all necessary production and post-production equipment.

•  Haverford’s Artist in Residence Vicky Funari will direct the Lab, and Emerging Artist in Residence Hilary Brashear will supervise Lab activities.


The Summer Arts Lab is open to Haverford students (including graduating seniors) from all majors, as well as Tri-Co students who are majoring at Haverford or who have completed substantial film-focused coursework at Haverford. Applicants must have taken at least two courses involving the production of digital media (photography, video, data visualization, web design, social media).


To apply, please email hcah@haverford.edu with:

1. Name, Class Year, Major/Minor (or interests if undelcared), Advisor

2.  a one-paragraph proposal explaining why you are interested in this opportunity and what you’d hope to bring to it;

3.  a list of relevant courses you have taken; and

4.  a resume with any previous film, video, web design, data visualization, and/or social media organizing work you have done, or any work around aging or public health.

DEADLINE:  Friday, April 8, 2016, 5:00pm.

The Student Arts Fund

The Student Arts Fund helps students pursue creative interests that build upon and go beyond the offerings of our formal curriculum. Funding is granted across a range of projects, including film projects with requests not typically met by the materials available to students enrolled in film courses. Deadline: 2/28 hav.to/studentartsfund

Student Film Club

The Student Film Club looks after and rents various materials for film production. Contact Sarah Moses (smoses@haverford.edu) with questions or requests.

The Instructional Technology Center (ITC)

The ITC is available to advise students on all phases of film production. Contact Charles Woodard (cwoodard@haverford.edu) with questions.


VCAM – Fall 2017

Set to open in the fall of 2017, the VCAM (Visual Culture, Arts, and Media) space will build on a decade of HCAH work, imagining Haverford’s Old Gym as a campus hub for film and digital media-making; curatorial experimentation and arts exhibition design; 3D printing, prototyping, and fabrication; and the critical study of visual and material culture throughout courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Anchoring this activity will be a new screening room, a central campus lounge and presentation space, and flexible studio/exhibition labs for students, faculty, and visiting artists.


Exhibition Opportunities at Haverford


Photo by Noelia Hobeika
Photo by Noelia Hobeika

Exhibitions and exhibition-making continue to be an important part of Haverford, and there are many for students to get involved.

There are a few ways exhibitions happen at Haverford. The Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery (the Hurford Center’s exhibition space) hosts four shows developed in collaboration with faculty each year, followed by a fifth show featuring student work—the Fine Arts Department’s annual student senior thesis show. Students in the assistantship program are involved in each of these exhibitions in many ways, from helping with installation, assisting with catalogue editing, weighing in on exhibition layout, and organizing related programming and events.

For the Center’s most recent exhibit, The Wall in Our Heads: American Artists and the Berlin Wall,” about sixty students from classes in Fine Arts, Sculpture, Filmmaking, and German mounted a pop-up exhibition in the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery and throughout the Whitehead Campus Center, riffing on and responding to the show. Check out some images from the student exhibition here, as well as a student catalogue project. And, one of our student gallery co-managers talks a bit about the show in this video:

At the end of each semester, students taking Fine Arts classes often exhibit work in the Fine Arts building, the Locker Building, and Magill Library; the Library also hosts fantastic exhibitions curated by students, often focusing on library collections and student and faculty scholarship. The Fine Arts Department has its own slate of great exhibitions as well. Over the past few years, students have curated and exhibited their own work in James House, a student-run arts space open to all students, as well as other spaces around campus (a student art collective called Drop Shot staged some interesting projects in a repurposed squash court for many years). To support these projects, students often receive arts grants from the Hurford Center.


In the fall of 2017, the College will open its new Visual Culture, Arts, and Media (VCAM) facility, which will feature flexible spaces in which students will be able to stage projects, as well as expanded facilities for filmmaking, design, and other modes of making.

Interested in learning more? Stop by this Friday’s opening and gallery talk for the new Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery exhibition Among the Unburied, 4:30pm – 7:30pm in Whitehead Campus Center:

Mauricio Arango, The Night of the Moon Has Many Hours, 2010. HD video, sound, 12-00. [production still]
Mauricio Arango, The Night of the Moon Has Many Hours, 2010. HD video, sound, 12-00. [production still]
A burial signals a closure, a proper rite that marks an end to life. The unburied among us, lacking such closure, remain ungrieved, or ungrievable. Among the Unburied honors those who are unattended to, even in death. Three artists-cum-storytellers — Mauricio Arango (Colombia/USA), Marianne Nicolson (Kwakwaka’wakw/Canada), and Park Chan-kyong (South Korea) — invite us to consider a world of ghosts as firmly planted in the complex geopolitics and cultural schisms of Colombia, the Pacific Northwest, and Korea. A harvester of corpses in the hour of the moon, spirits evoked by light, and a shamanic ritual — the subjects of these artists’ work, while seemingly fantastic, stem from the very real conditions of trauma and violence that underlie their national histories.

Are you a-WAKE out there?


Photo by William Colgin.

Sophomores… I’m coming to you LIVE and DIRECT through the haze of the BLOGOSPHERE.  Are you there?  Good.

Haverford is perfect.

Ok, after a year here, you probably know now that’s not quite the case.  Yes, Haverford may be almost as good as a cup of black coffee and some fresh cherry pie, but we can can always make it a bit better.  The Academic Centers—the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, the Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center, and the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities—do many things, but sometimes they can feel a bit like Haverford’s test-labs, trying out new ideas, new ways of learning, making, arguing, thinking, and harassing you with a lot of posters everywhere (sorry).

Each Academic Center has about 9 million formal ways for you to get involved (rough estimate), often through public events, film screenings, talks, internships, research funds, jobs, etc.  But as the test-labs of the College, they’re always coming up with Continue reading Are you a-WAKE out there?

Sophomore to Junior, Senior: A Pop Fanfiction Odyssey in Three Acts

Dear Sophomores,

When we last left off, you were still reeling from your out-of-body-transcendental-info-session experience, during which you learned about the cosmic wonder that is the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities Student Seminars Program. One semester later, one semester wiser, you now find your yourself having declared a major, secured some kind of skill-building summer internship, and contemplating…Junior and Senior years.



Checking Faceb—er, finishing a serious multimedia visual studies presentation in the Instructional Technology Center, you notice the lights begin to dim. The faces of the helpful Digital Media Specialists working with you begin to fade, until all that remains visible is Continue reading Sophomore to Junior, Senior: A Pop Fanfiction Odyssey in Three Acts

Transdivisional Out of Body Experience with the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities

Photo by Lisa Boughter // www.lisaboughter.com

Dear Jane and Joe Sophomore:

I’m not too worried about you.  I think you may have it figured out already.

True, freshman year was a little rocky.  Yes, your dorm really *was* worse than the other dorms, it’s not subjective or something like everyone says.  And whoops, that wasn’t the whole semester’s reading, it was just one week of Intro to Western Civ., don’t skim Tacitus, Linda Gerstein will know.  The whole “knocking over 30 folding chairs while trying to sneak out of the anime club screening of My Neighbor Totoro” incident–we’ll just try to forget that happened (no we won’t).

But you soon caught on and came to understand the laws of the strange bio-dome in which you found yourself.  You finally figured out which side of the Dining Center is the cool side (the left, duh).  You tried every variant of pizza bagel in Lunt Cafe, and they even named one after your goofy Customs Week nickname (“The Dr. Moose II”).  Your Go Boards posts were read, enjoyed, and grudgingly respected by the obscure, thesis-procrastinating seniors who only communicate with each other in a complex parrying of animated gifs.

But just when you think it’s safe, right when you’ve clawed your way into some vague position of campus authority (gallery assistant, Honor Code Orienteer, English major), you’re about to undergo yet another amazing Continue reading Transdivisional Out of Body Experience with the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities