MFA|EDA at the 51st New York Film Festival, Sept 27-Oct 13

Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program is proud to announce MFA|EDA student, alumni, faculty and visiting artist participation at the 51st Annual New York Film Festival. MFA|EDA students and alumni presenting work are: Marika Borgeson, Erin Espelie, Lisa McCarty and Talena Sanders. In addition, Duke AMI’s Associate Director & Instructor Josh Gibson and Visiting Artist & Adjunct Instructor Shambhavi Kaul will show new works, and the MFA|EDA Visiting Artist series is represented by new work from Deborah Stratman and curation of  Views from the Avant Garde by Mark McElhatten.

NYFF’s “Views from the Avant-Garde” is perhaps the most important and prestigious venue for artist-made moving image work in the United States.  Along with the Toronto International Film Festival’s “Wavelengths” program and the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival “Experimenta” section, “Views” is one of the three “agenda setters” for the coming year in artists’ film and digital moving image.

Duke’s participation in “Views” has been taking place for some time: Kaul is showing work for the fourth time, and MFA|EDA faculty member Joshua Gibson showed his award winning film, Kudzu Vine at Views previously.  Likewise, this year’s festival marks Espelie’s sixth outing.  Mark McElhatten – who curates “Views” along with Gavin Smith – has been a MFA|EDA Visiting Artist since 2011, where he has spent a great deal of time giving feedback to students on their work as well as presenting seminal works of experimental film via student-focused screenings.  It’s a great compliment to the MFA|EDA program to see the work of our students recognized on such a prominent stage.


MFA|EDA is thrilled to congratulate this year’s participants:

  • Marika Borgeson (Class of 2013) – The Starry Messenger
  • Erin Espelie (Classs of 2014) True-Life Adventure I, II,  and III; The Sea Seeks Its Own Level
  • Lisa McCarty (Class of 2013) – Every Filter In Final Cut Pro
  • Talena Sanders (Class of 2013) – LiahonaThe Relief Mining Company
  • Josh Gibson – Nile Perch
  • Shambhavi Kaul – Mount Song 
  • Deborah Stratman – Immortal, Suspended



Sanders Liahona
Image from Talena Sanders’ Liahona
(2013, 70 minutes, black and white and color, sound, 16mm film transferred to HD video)

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