2012 Thesis M.F.A. Documentary Screening



    Eight Thesis films by students in the MFA Documentary Film and Video Program.


    Saturday, June 16th, 2012 @ 2PM

    Annenberg Auditorium in the Nathan Cummings Art Building





    The Corner Garden

    by Duygu Eruçman

    14 min.
    Can kale chips replace Cheetos? In this small garden in East Oakland,

    a group of teenagers struggle to grow their own vegetables,

    and think about the food they eat in a different way.



    The Words in the Margins

    by Sara Mott

    15 min.

    Two men from different backgrounds forge a unique friendship

    as they journey to find their places in the world.




    by Tijana Petrović

    20 min.

    A District in Bosnia is shadowed by predicaments.



    The Life of a Language

    by Paul Donatelli

    16 min.

    One Native American family struggles to save their native language from dying amidst

    the obstacles, both historical and modern, they face in their everyday lives.



    Role Play

    by Adam J. Smith

    15 min.

    Three immigrant actors grapple with established stereotypes in the Hollywood film industry.




    Bug People

    by Paul Meyers

    15 min.

    In this playful essay film, the filmmaker explores our culture's

    discomfort with all things many-legged.




    Everybody's Business

    by Laura Green

    20 min.
    The small, tight-knit community of Vashon Island has become a reluctant poster child for the

    growing debate around childhood vaccinations. This portrait of an island community digs beneath

    the surface to investigate the tensions between individual choices and collective responsibilities. 



    Track by Track

    by Anna Moot-Levin

    15 min.

    A young sketch artist with autism journeys from the world of his imagination into adulthood.





    Directions From 101:

    Take University Avenue exit west, through downtown Palo Alto. Continue on University Avenue; cross El Camino Real, and University Avenue becomes Palm Drive. At the end of Palm Drive is “The Oval”. From The Oval, walk east on Serra Street which runs in front of the Main Quad. Turn right onto Lasuen Mall and the Nathan Cummings Art Building is on the left side of the street, to the right of the Art Gallery. Follow the signs to Annenberg Auditorium.


    Directions From 280:

    Exit Alpine Road. At stop, turn right. At Junipero Serra, turn right. At Campus Drive East, turn left. Continue on Campus Dr. for a while; turn left on Serra and continue until it dead ends at Galvez. Serra St. Stop, park near the corner. Walk north on Serra St. towards the fountain. At the fountain, you will see Hoover Tower on your left. The building directly to the right of Hoover Tower is the Cummings Art Building. Annenberg Auditorium is part of this building. Follow the signs to the entrance of the auditorium.




Boy Sharpening a Quill


Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin

Photo credit: Scala / Art Resources, NY

J'al des papillons noir tous les jours

Silk, paper, plexiglass, lights, electronics, 2800 bug pins

Gail Wight

Off the Charts: the Song-Poem Story

A film by Jamie Meltzer

Courtesy: Joshua Forney



Acrylic on Shaped Canvas

Matt Kahn