MFA|EDA Student & Alumni News: Winter 2015 Playlist

Dispatches from near and far:


Runa A
(Class of 2014)

● Works for the United Nations Department of Public Information, UNTV, as a video editor, completing works such as Saving Pacific’s Tuna, #Climate2014 Questions, and United Nation Interns.

● Worked for the 69th General Assembly of the UN as a liaison between the UN Media Accreditation and Liaison United and international media companies.


Kristin Bedford
(Class of 2014)

● Lives in LA, spending almost everyday shooting around themes of murder, faith, and violence.

● Will exhibit photos in the upcoming Untitled 2014 APA Exhibition to benefit the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego.

● Recent Press Coverage Includes: Light Leaked interview & photos; South x Southeast Photo Magazine photos with and introduction by Burk Uzzle; Faith & Form Magazine article & photos.


Rachel Boillot
(Class of 2014)

● Completed her fellowship funded by the Riverview Foundations and overseen by Tom Rankin, Bob Fucher, and the Friends of the Cumberland Trail, where she photographed oldtime musicians in East Tennessee.

● Currently working on a postgraduate fellowship under the guidance of Alex Harris where she photographs migrant farmworkers in North Carolina.

● Recent exhibitions of work include Ain’t Bad at Art Now at the Morris Museum in Augusta, GA, the Southeastern Arts Summit at the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center in Atlanta, GA, the InFocus Juried Exhibition of PhotoBooks at the Phoenix Arts Museum in Phoenix, AZ, and Picture Books at the Power Plant Gallery in Durham, NC.

Her work has been featured on the Ain’t Bad website as well as Light Leaked.

Her book Post Script was recently acquired by the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, CA and the Sloane Art Library at UNC Chapel Hill.

Hired as Visiting Lecturer in Photography in the department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University.


Philip Brubaker
(Class of 2013)

● Hired as an Independent Film Curator for the Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema in Greensboro, NC.

● Taught a two day workshop, “The ‘Home Movie’ Movie” for the Continuing Education department at the Center for Documentary Studies.

● Screened “Abandoned” in Southern Documentary Fund’s Fresh Docs series at American Tobacco Campus.

● Set to screen films in Paris and at the UFVA Conference in Bozeman, Montana.

● Upcoming projects include a music video for the local artist Majestic Vistas and an experimental documentary about Marine Science, “Telepresence.”

● Has distributed over 50 episodes of his movie reviewing podcast In the Queue” through iTunes.


Malina Chavez
(Class of 2014)

● Appointed Programs Manager at CENTER; Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Sarah Garrahan
(Class of 2014)

● Continues to screen “Fare” and “Vida Propia” as part of the NC Latin American Film Festival.

● Received the J. Kirk Felsman Fellowship on Children in Adversity and will be working with youth in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the next year to produce documentary work.


Wolfgang Hastert
(Class of 2013)

● Teaches at the UC San Diego Communications Department and Scripps Institute Graduate Program.

● Will present “Another Stranger with a Film Camera”, an experimental documentary film about Shelby Lee Adams at the SPE West conference.

● His book Days at Home was on display at the Power Plant Gallery Picture Books exhibit.

● Looking West and Shadowman, both fine art photography projects, will exhibit in curated group shows at the Photoplace Gallery and the Center for Fine Art Photography.


Caitlin M. Kelly
(Class of 2014)

● Appointed the Power Plant Gallery’s Public Program Director, where she coordinates, curates, and promotes exhibitions in the Power Plant Gallery.

● Coteaches Global Narratives of HIV and helped to organize the Click! Triangle Photography Festival.


EB Landesberg  (Class of 2013)

● Currently in Peru as a Felsman Fellow through Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, where she will be producing media with youth in communities around Lima and Iquitos for the next ten months, read EB’s blog here.


Annabel Manning
(Class of 2013)

Out of the Shadows: Undocumented and Unafraid, her thesis art show, was exhibited at the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte.

The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) and the Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties are partnering to bring Out of the Shadows: Undocumented and Unafraid to Riverside California in early 2016. In anticipation of the show, in Summer and Fall of 2015,

Annabel has been invited as an artist in residence to engage with local residents and produce new artwork that will be added to the show.

● Works as the Community Arts Program Manager for Community School of the Arts in Charlotte.

● Continues to develop art projects with undocumented Latino youth and their families, as well as with inmates in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Jail.


Lisa McCarty
(Class of 2013)

● Appointed Duke University’s Curator of the Archive of Documentary Arts at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

● Recent exhibitions include: Self Processing: Instant Photography, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Readymade@100, the American University Museum, the Picture Berlin Festival, Berlin, Germany, and Berserk, Visual Arts Exchange, Raleigh, NC.

● Screenings include: Cairo Video Festival, Cairo, Egypt, TeenyCine, Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA, and the Chicago Underground Film Festival.

● Curated exhibitions include: Faraway Nearby: Duke and UNCCH Photography Faculty, Cassilhaus, October-December 2014 and An Everyday Affair: Selling the Kodak Image in America 1888-1989Center for Documentary Studies, April-September 2014.


Lauren McCubbin
(Class of 2013)

● Teaches as an Assistant Professor at Columbus College of Art and Design in the Foundations Department and MFA program.

● Taught a workshop on Gender Representation and Sequential Art for the MFA program at the California College of Art in San Francisco.

● Presented work at The Ohio State University, Otterbein University in Ohio, and the John Jay School of Criminal Justice in New York.

● Published a piece on Wonder Woman and Feminism for the Guardian UK, and was on BBC Radio talking about feminism and sequential art.

● Completed a workshop residency at 3LD Art and Technology in New York.

● Signed a contract to complete a new illustrated novel by 2016.

● Will present papers on her work at the FATE Conference in Indianapolis, the Publishing Feminisms Conference at the Banff Art Centre in Canada, and the Institute of Conflict Research at the University of Vienna.


Jing Niu
(Class of 2014)

● Currently living in a nine person cooperative in Berkeley, California and interning at local public television station KQED of San Francisco, where she manages websites and creates social media presence for KQED Presents.

● Freelances at a small documentary production companies including Living World Films and Vaquera Productions,.

● Her zine “Utopia Or” is now sold at local bookstores in the SF Mission district.

● Attended “Doing Your Doc”, a conference put on by NALIP for minority filmmakers.


John Rash
(Class of 2014)

● Works in China for the Duke Kunshan University as the Manager of Student Activities, where he also continues to work as a photographer, filmmaker, and installation artist.

● Will debut a new site-specific video installation Crowd Gate at the 1933 building in Shanghai.

● Set to present his films and photography at the China University of Agriculture in Beijing and Nanjing Institute of Arts as well as host screenings and lectures in Taiwan with Duke professor Guo-Juin Hong.


Talena Sanders
(Class of 2013)

● Teaching her first semester as Assistant Professor of Media Arts at the University of Montana in Missoula.

● “Liahona”, her thesis film, had a South American premiere at Indie Festival in Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte, will have its Canadian premiere at the Montreal International Documentary Film Festival (RIDM), while negotiating it’s North American distribution, and was featured in Filmmaker Magazine.

● Began collaborating with her partner on a documentary about Floridian flea markets, while researching toward a project on the Kentucky Derby and the Alaska Marine Highway.


Jenny Stratton
(Class of 2014)

● Exhibited as part of Subnature & Culinary Cultures at Duke University’s Jameson Gallery.


Joel Wanek
(Class of 2013)

● “Sun Song” is now part of the new Ann Arbor Film Festival Volume 7 DVD which features several award-winning films and other highlights from the 52nd AAFF.

● “Sun Song” was also the Grand Prize winner at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival and will also screen at Doclisboa, Arkipel International Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, 25 FPS Festival, Antimatter Film Festival, Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, and Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris, among others.

● Produces multimedia projects at KQED Arts in San Francisco and shoots, directs, and edits a video series called Art School that profiles contemporary artists working in the Bay Area.

● Lectures at San Francisco State University, teaching in the Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts.

● Two projects in the works include one based in Cleveland with the cellist Tomeka Reid, and one set in Trinidad and Tobago.