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Spring 2020

STAY CLOSE came so close to getting an Oscar nomination as the film co-directed by Luther Clement (Class of 2017) and Shuhan Fan (Class of 2016) made the official Academy Awards Shortlist for Best Documentary Short.  The film was one of ten documentary shorts to make the Oscar shortlist, but unfortunately did not get nominated. 

Winter 2020 News

For the second year in a row, Doc Media alumni will be headed to the Sundance Film Festival.  DIA DE LA MADRE, co-directed by Ashley Brandon (Class of 2017) and produced by Nevo Shinaar (Class of 2017) will make it’s world premier at Sundance 2020.  Also screening at Sundance, MERIDIAN directed by RTVF lecturer Calum

Fall 2019 News

A big congratulations to Sebastian Pinzon Silva (class of 2017) and Milton Guillén B (class of 2020) for receiving funding for their new documentary projects from Kartemquin Films’ grants programs!…/announcing-the-diverse-voices-acce…STAY CLOSE, a short film co-directed by Luther Clement (Class of 2017) and Shuhan Fan (Class of 2016), produced by Nevo Shinaar (Class of 2017)

Summer 2019

Northwestern's Block Cinema was packed for 3 nights of MFA in Documentary Media thesis screenings.  Each night featured 4 films with the filmmakers taking part in post-screening Q&As.  In years past, the annual thesis screenings have been a preview of films that played at some of the most important film festivals in the world.  We have no doubt that some of this years thesis films will move on to great acclaim and success.  Congats to the Class of 2019 on two phenomenal years and 12 great films. 

Spring 2019

Coming April 11th, filmmaker Yance Ford and his film STRONG ISLAND will screen at Helmerich Auditorium.  Ford is he School of Communication’s 2019 Hoffman Visiting Artist for Documentary Media, funded by a generous gift from Jane Steiner Hoffman and Michael Hoffman. On April 13th, MFA in Documentary Media welcomes back alumni Luther Clement (Class of 2017),

Winter 2019

MFA in Documentary Media closes out 2018 and rolls into 2019 with Sundance news, alumni success stories, more to come from the Class of 2019 and Class of 2020, and the unfortunate losses of two of our community members.

Fall 2018 News

Class of 2016Jesseca Simmons’s Emerald Ice: a docufantasy about Diane Wakoski took home the Best Short Film award at Threadbare Mitten Film Festival in Charlotte, MI! Emerald Ice also continued its festival run at Poland’s Warsaw Independent Film Festival in March.Simmons has continued to develop and screen other films. Dark Matter(s) directed by Jesseca Simmons

Winter 2017/2018 News

Coming To Block Cinema This Winter – DOCUMENTARIES! After a tremendous response to the Fall 2017 Block Museum NU Docs series comes a new slate of documentaries screening throughout the Winter 2018 quarter. The Other Kids (Chris Brown, 2016, USA, DCP, 95) – Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7 PM THE OTHER KIDS follows six teens as

Fall 2017 News

Coming to Block Cinema – NU Docs/New Docs A film series surveying the contemporary field of professional documentary with filmmakers present for Q&A. Co-presented by Northwestern’s MFA in Documentary Media program.

Archived News

Recent Student Film Festival Appearances & ScreeningsTim Fryett’s (Class of 2017) documentary Of A Few Days played the Chicago International Film Festival.  This continued the film’s success following screenings at the 45th New Directors/New Films at NYC’s Lincoln Center, the Ethnografilm Festival in Paris, and at AFI Docs. Fryett was profiled in the Chicago Tribune.Carlos