September 25, 2008

School of Visual Arts Launches MFA Program in Social Documentary Film

The School of Visual Arts,
which has been shaping and nurturing the careers and sensibilities of artists
for over 60 years, will introduce a Masters of Fine Arts program in Social
Documentary Film, beginning in fall 2009. The New York City-based school, which
currently offers as BFA in Film, Video and Animation and an MFA in Photography,
has tapped award-winning filmmaker Maro Chermayeff to chair the program.

"With this program we aim to
provide an environment that fosters the development of socially accountable,
nonfiction film," said Chermayeff is a statement. "Through hands-on experience,
students in this program will gain the technical and theoretical knowledge they
need to bring their individual visions to fruition. It's our goal that
graduates leave this program with short feature films that engage larger
issues, and perhaps even impact public policy."

Chermayeff, whose credits
include the PBS series CARRIER, Frontier House and Julliard, has tapped such leading New York-based filmmakers as
Deborah Dickson (Lalee's Kin: The Legacy
of Cotton
; The Education of Gore
Vidal
); Deborah Shaffer (Witness to
War: Dr. Charlie Clements
); Pamela Yates (State of Fear; When the
Mountains Tremble
); and Susan Froemke (Addiction;
Abortion: Desperate Choices), among
others, to join the faculty.

The MFA in Social Documentary
Film is a two-year course of study designed to develop journalistic skills and
the practical aspects of filmmaking. For more information, click
here.