Students often come to know their professors over the course of a semester-long class, where instructors serve more as mentors and advisors than writers, researchers or filmmakers. The 2019 AMI Faculty Filmmaker Spotlight, held this past Thursday at the Rubenstein Arts Center, highlighted the role of AMI professors as artists in their own right through a screening of their most recent filmmaking projects.
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Arts of the Moving Image Faculty members Alex Cunningham, Jim Haverkamp, Shambhavi Kaul, Anna Kipervaser, and Jason Sudak all have showings at the Cosmic Rays film festival held in the historic Varsity Theater in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The festival will run from February 28 to March 1.
Between the opening of the Power Plant Gallery at American Tobacco Campus and the Rubenstein Arts Center, as well as programs through Full Frame, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke and the Arts of the Moving Image, more people are getting involved in making and enjoying movies.
AMI Instructor Anna Kipervaser spent a month this summer as a Visiting Artist at the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT). While there, Kipervaser taught workshops in Materiality and Light and utilized the facility's JK optical printer and darkroom to continue working on her film, The Order of Revelation, which she has been working on for the last two years.
“The Rise and Fall of Liberty,” a documentary from filmmaker Carol Thomson and editor Jim Haverkamp, an AMI instructor, has won the Documentary Feature/Best Overall award at the North Carolina Museum of History Longleaf Film Festival in Raleigh.
The film examines Durham’s development and shifting economy through the lens of its last tobacco auction house. The documentary explores loss and change and how a city struggles to hang onto its soul as it undergoes revitalization.