MFA|EDA Bragdeck 2019 Year In Review

Check out this year’s MFA|EDA laurels + screenings + exhibits + more:

Bree von Bradsky (’21) screens “The Gobi Gallop” at the Equus Film Festival December 6, in Lexington, Kentucky

Fati Abubakar (’20) in the Duke Chronicle, Foto Femme United, and the Looking Glass Collective.

Rachel Jessen (’18) #girlwrestle photographs in the November 24 Sunday New York Times: Why Girls Are Going Into the Ring

The CODEC Festival Internacional de Cine Experimental Y Vídeo in Mexico City will screen two films by MFA|EDAs: Viaggio by Alex Morelli (’20) and Eastern State by Talena Sanders (’13)

Caitlin Margaret Kelly (’14) is exhibiting in the 15thAnnual Small Works Show, juried by John Gagne, December 4-29 at 440 Gallery in Brooklyn. Caitlin has also been invited to be a panelist for Is It Unprofessional When Artists Curate? at the College Arts Association annual conference in February 2020, and will lead a CAA roundtable titled Making Artist Residencies Part of the Plan.

The Carrboro Film Festival, Nov 15-17, included films from John Rash (’14), Tamar Rachkovsky (’19) and Sarah Riazati (’19). More info here.

Erin Espelie (’14) had a solo show at the Los Angeles Film Forum Sunday, November 10  – Erin Espeile: True Life Adventures, selections from her original moving image works.

John Rash (’14) has two videos in the Jewels group exhibition at the Gatewood Gallery in Greensboro, NC. On view through December 5, with a reception November 16.

Sarah Garrahan (’14) is at Duke for DEMAN with Building the American Dream on October 29, The Infiltrators on October 30, and her DEMAN artist talkTackling a Documentary Feature from the Edit Room on Friday November 1.

Tamar Rachkovsky (’19) and Sarah Riazati (’19) have screenings in the Carrboro Film Festival, both on Saturday November 16.

Will Warasila (’20) photographer spotlight in Booooooom

Dani Smith (’19) screened Elemental Correspondence at the Nevada Museum of Art’s 3 Minute Film Competition on October 24.

Rachel Jessen (’18) is exhibiting work from Girl Wrestle in Strangefire Collective’s In This Body of Mine exhibition at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design’s Frederick Layton Gallery through December 7.

Kaley Clements (’18) screened Low Hanging Fruit at the North Carolina Latin American Film Festival on October 24.

Anna Kipervaser (’15) and Rhys Morgan will screen No Garden Beyond, at Flaherty’s NYC Fall Series October 28.

Check out CDS Shortwave, with MFA|EDA alumna Tamika Galanis (’16) on station 14.4 and Michael Betts (’20) on station 12.9

Philip Brubaker (’13) and his video essay Stranger/Things awarded 2nd Place Prize at the Adelio Ferrero Film Festival in Alessandria, Italy.

Lisa McCarty (’13) with a few new items to report: Transcendental Concord solo exhibition at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA, October 10- December 10; Photosite Array solo exhibition at Granary Arts, Ephraim, Utah, October 16 – January 24, and a conference presentation at Fast Forward: How Do Women Work?,Tate Modern, London, UK, November 30 – December 2.

Festival screenings from Alex Morelli (’20) include Island Man at the NYC Greek Film Festival, October 22, and Viaggio at the Chania Film Festival, October 30 in Crete.

Anna Kipervaser (’15) and Rhys Morgan will screen No Garden Beyond, at Flaherty’s NYC Fall Series October 28.

Philip Brubaker (’13) and his video essay Stranger/Things awarded 2nd Place Prize at the Adelio Ferrero Film Festival in Alessandria, Italy.

Cassandra Klos (’20) curated and presents New Blood: Works from the Cassilhaus Collection, opening Friday, October 18 at KONTEK Systems. Part of Third Friday’s Art Walk.

Girl Wrestle by Rachel Jessen (’18) will have a closing reception at the Brodhead Center Café Gallery, Thursday, October 17 at 5:00pm

Fati Abubakar (’20) was invited by the Center for Strategic and International Studies to speak at the Washington Humanitarian Forum on September 19.

Philip Brubaker (’13) will screen work at the Adelio Ferrero Festival in Italy, October 10-13.

Laurids Andersen Sonne (’18) screens work in the Cinema of the Anthropocenefilm series at UNC-Wilmington on October 7.

Laurids Andersen Sonne (’18) will screen work at Bideodromo, September 23 and at Antimatter Media Art, October 16-26

Anna Kipervaser (’15) will screen at work at Antimatter Media Art, October 16-26 and at Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival, October 16-30

Erin Espelie (’14), Anna Kipervaser (’15), Laurids Andersen Sonne (’18), Felicity Palma (’19) and family friend Evan Morgan screen their work at Unseen, September 20-29

The Southbound exhibition catalog wins the 2019 Alice Award for excellence in illustrated publishing

Will Warasila (’20) shot a feature for Businessweek

Rachel Jessen (’18) is in exhibiting work in In This Body of Mine, October 25-December 7 at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Fredrick Layton Gallery

Philip Brubaker (’13) will have work screened in the Orlando Film Festival and in Chicago’s Mental Filmness Festival

Zaire McPhearson (’20) is exhibiting Mary Did You Know?  September 13-October 18 at the Bryan Center Brown Gallery

Moriah LeFebvre (’21) is exhibiting as part of the Durham Art Guild’s 65th annual Juried Exhibition, August 16-October 12

Will Warasila (’20) contributed an image to Coal Comfort in Businessweek’s special issue: The Elements

John Rash (’14) will screen his award-winning documentary, Negro Terror, at the UNC Black Communities Conference, September 10 at the Carolina Theatre in Durham

Rachel Boillot (’14) and Moon Shine in The Washington Post

Tamar Rachkovsky’s (’19) Home in E Major screens in the Edinburgh International Film Festival, June 19-30.

Kristin Bedford (’14) exhibits images from Cruise Night at the Royal Photographic Society’s International Photography Exhibition, May 22-June 23 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Rachel Boillot (’14) and Moon Shine in The Guardian.

Rachel Jessen (’18) reporting and images in ESPN The Magazine.

Natalie Minik (’13) has been awarded a residency at Crosstown Arts in Memphis this summer.

Family and friends screening at the Moviate Underground Film Festival, Harrisburg, PA, May 24-26: Talena Sanders (’13), Anna Kipervaser (’15), Bill Brown, and Sabine Gruffat.

Family and friends screening at the Fracto Film Encounter, Berlin, Germany, May 23-26:Anna Kipervaser (’15), Laurids Andersen Sonne (’18), Bill Brown, and Richard Ashrowan.

Family and friends screening at the Crossroads Film Festival, San Francisco, CA, June 7-9:Erin Espelie (’14), Anna Kipervaser (’15), Jon-Sesrie Goff (’16), Kevin Jerome Everson, Richard Ashrowan, and Jeanne Liotta.

Family and friends screening at the Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL, June 5-9:Anna Kipervaser (’15), Karen Yasinsky, Richard Ashrowan, Roger Beebe, and Bill Brown.

Jacob Moss (’19) was awarded a scholarship to the Fotofilmic Danny Lyon Seminar this summer and has a feature in the Duke Chronicle.

Power Plant Gallery announces Vonnie Quest as 2019 #PPGArtist in Residence.

Alina Taalman (’15) was Associate Producer and Lead Assistant Editor on Momentum Generation, which was awarded a Sports Emmy on May 20.

Phyllis B. Dooney (’18) and Gravity Is Stronger Here, now with short films online. Web design by Katie King (’18).

Pedro Lasch and the Makerspace in Duke Arts.

Philip Brubaker (’13) has work in Episode 30 of Here Comes Everybody, coming soon to public access and youtube.

John Rash (’15) tells us his award-winning doc Negro Terror is now available on Amazon. Check it out at

Laurids Andersen Sonne (’18) screening at the Montreal Underground Film Festival, May 25.

Cassandra Klos (’20), Bishop Ortega (’20), Will Warasila (’20), Jeremy M. Lange (’18) and Phyllis B. Dooney (’18) are participating photographers with the North Carolina Arts Council’s New Faces of Tradition: Documenting North Carolina’s Young Artists. Opening reception is May 30 at Rubenstein Arts Center.

Felicity Palma (’19) and Notes from the Kingdom of the Sick garnered an Honorable Mention at the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival.

Eric Barstow (’13) premiered his doc The Education of Bruno Latour at FHI April 30.

Jacob Moss (’19) was awarded a scholarship to attend the Fotofilmic Danny Lyon Seminar in Vancouver this summer, and has a feature in the Duke Chronicle.

Fati Abubakar (’20) will participate in at An Evening with Serge Attukwei Clottey, April 23 at the Northstar Church for the Arts.

Michael Betts II (’20) and Alex Morelli (’20) were selected by the Flaherty Film Seminar as the 2019 Duke MFA|EDA Fellows.

Felicity Palma (’19) will screen Notes from the Kingdom of the Sick at the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, April 25-28.

Will Warasila (’20) images accompany a feature in Bloomberg Businessweek.

The Power Plant Gallery has announced Vonnie Quest as the 2019 #PPGArtist in Residence.

Jeremy Lange (’18) had an image selected from his thesis project, After Golden Leaf, for American Photography 35.

Anna Kipervaser (’15), Laurids Andersen Sonne (’18), Bill Brown, and Richard Ashrowan will screen at the Fracto Film Encounter, May 23-26

Family and friends screening at ICDOCS April 18-20 include Laurids Andersen Sonne (’18), Shambhavi Kaul, and Bill Brown.

Cassandra Klos (’20) will exhibit Mars on Earth in the Photoville Boston FENCE Project, March 27-July 19.

Will Warasila (’20) won an American Photography Award for his images accompanying American Isn’t Ready for the Lanternfly Invasion in Bloomberg Business Week.

Laurids Andersen Sonne (’18) will screen at the San Francisco International Film Festival, April 10-23.

Family and friends screening at ICDOCS April 18-20 include Laurids Andersen Sonne (’18), Shambhavi Kaul, and Bill Brown.

Friends and family screening at Athens International Film + Video Festival on April 11 include Anna Kipervaser (’15), Laurids Andersen Sonne (’18), Josh Gibson, Sabine Gruffat, Bill Brown and Karen Yasinsky.

Will Warasila (’20) won an American Photography Award for his images accompanying American Isn’t Ready for the Lanternfly Invasion in Bloomberg Business Week.

Laurids Andersen Sonne (’18) screened at Process on March 24.

John Rash (’14) will screen his documentary Negro Terror at the Crossroads Film Festival in Jackson, MS on April 13, at the Dallas International Film Festival on April 15 and 16, and at the Too Drunk to Watch Film Festival in Berlin, Germany on May 2. Rash and the band Negro Terror will also be on tour with a live-score version of the film from May 8-13 with stops in Columbia, SC, Wilmington, NC, Norfolk, VA, Durham, NC, and Asheville, NC.  Rash’s film Yangtze Drift has been selected to be included in the “Water, Water” exhibition at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, MS April 18 – May 3. An opening reception will be held at the museum April 18.

MFA|EDA family and friends roll deep at Indie Grits, March 29-31, with work from Talena Sanders (’13), Jing Niu (’14), Anna Kipervaser (’15), Ava Lowrey (’15), Laurids Andersen Sonne (’18), Josh Gibson, and Bill Brown.

Aaron Kutnick (’15) is a participant in the Futuristic Publishing panel, Tue March 26,  during Digital Humanities Week at Duke.

Sarah Garrahan (’14), Alina Taalman (’15), and Jon-Sesrie Goff (’16) will be screening at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, April 4-7.

Anna Kipervaser (’15) and The Invisible Ax at the Spectral Film Festival in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, April 4.

Phyllis B. Dooney (’18) has been named one of Photo District News (PDN’s) 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch

Sarah Riazati (’19) and Monumental in the Oxford American’sThe By And By.

Laurids Andersen Sonne (’18) has festival screenings at Process on March 24, and in the Athens International Film + Video Festival on April 11.

Phyllis B. Dooney (’18) has been named one of Photo District News (PDN’s) 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch.

Erin Espeile (’14) has contributed an article to SciArt Magazine about her work and NEST Studio for the Arts, and will additionally be showing work at ARTS LAB at the University of New Mexico, and screening Inside the Shared Life (2017) at the Institute of Genetic Medicine in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

Cairo in One Breath by Anna Kipervaser (’15) is now available on iTunes

Sarah Riazati (’19) and her thesis film project featured in the current issue of Duke Magazine.

EB Landesberg (’13) has been named a Visiting Fellow at the Skidmore College Storytellers’ Institute. Read more about it here.

It Will Be Advantageous To Cross the Great Stream by Anna Kipervaser(’15) screens March 8th at The Physics of Invisible Objects, aCinema, Milwaukee,Wisconsin

A response to recent Power Plant Gallery exhibit, Visionary Aponte, and public scholarship on the Versatile Humanists blog.

Felicity Palma (’19) opens her Kenan Institute for Ethics Graduate Arts Fellow exhibit, ZYZ: Reflections on Place, Belonging and Migration Palermo, Monday February 20 at 5:00pm, with an Artist Talk and Reception. Info here.

Sarah Riazati (’19) and her thesis film project featured in the current issue of Duke Magazine.

MFA|EDA family and friends screening at Cosmic Rays, Feb 28-Mar 1 include: Laurids A. Sonne (’18), Alex Cunningham (’16), Jason Sudak (’17), Anna Kipervaser (’15), Alex Morelli (’20), Shambhavi Kaul, Tom Whiteside and Jim Haverkamp. MFA|EDA visiting artists Deborah Stratman and Sky Hopinka too.

Will Warasila (’20) shot Hard Rock Park for Vice. Check it out here.

Lauren Henschel (’20) is exhibiting tingling at the Installation Array, with an opening reception Fri Feb 15 at 4:00pm.

Sarah Garrahan (’14) co-produced The Infiltrators, which recently received two awards at the Sundance Film Festival. Sarah also co-edited Building the American Dream, which will premiere at SXSW in March.

John Rash (’14) and his Negro Terror film won Best Music Documentary at the Oxford Film Festival .

Fati Abubakar (’20) will be speaking at the Switchpoint humanitarian innovation and global health conference in April.

MFA|EDA friends and family at RMP Fest: Shambhavi Kaul, Talena Sanders (’13), Sabine Gruffat, Alex Cunningham (’16), Laurids Andersen Sonne (’18), Anna Kipervaser (’15).

MFA|EDA friends and family at FLEX Fest: Bill Brown, Sabine Gruffat, Laurids Andersen Sonne (’18), Anna Kipervaser (’15).

John Rash (’14) will have an expanded-cinema screening of his feature documentary Negro Terror with live-score at the Oxford Film Festival in Oxford, MS on Feb 6.  An encore screening without live-score has been scheduled for Sunday, Feb 10. John is taking this program on the road for a short East Coast tour in May, dates of which can be found at is also an awards juror at this year’s Oxford Film Festival in the categories of experimental film, animation, music videos, and student works.

Current and upcoming exhibitions from Rachel Boillot (’14) include Tangibility of Faith: Beyond the Snake Handlers, Religion in the Arts of Appalachia and Tennessee at the Reece Museum, Positive/Negative 34 Juried Exhibition at Slocumb Gallery; Southbound: Photographs of and about the NewSouth at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art; and Moonshine:Photographs of the Cumberland Plateau at the Gammill Gallery.

Laura Doggett (’13) received a Creative Capital award, for the Another Kind of Girl Collective.

Rachel Jessen and Girl Wrestle (’18) in Aint Bad

BFI Sight & Sound has named eight (!) video essays from Philip Brubaker (’13) to its Best of 2018 list. See them collected here.

Eyes on Main Street, Wilson, NC’s outdoor photography festival, includes works from Fati Abubakar (’20) and Jeremy M. Lange (’18)

Jeremy M. Lange (’18) is in the Positive/Negative 34 juried show at East Tennessee State University

Anna Kipervaser (’15) screens Cairo in One Breath at the Nasher Museum of Art, Feb 10.

Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, now on view at The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and headed to the Power Plant Gallery in September, featured in The Guardian.

Sarah Riazati (’19) has curated Thinly Veiled: Works from the Cassilhaus Collection. Opening reception is Fri Jan 18. Info here.

Cassandra Klos (’20) is among the photographers exhibiting in Terrestrial Portals at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, Jan 11 – Mar 29.

Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, now on view at The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and headed to the Power Plant Gallery in September, featured in The Guardian.

Fati Abubakar (’20) was named among CNN’s Badass Photographers You Should be Following

Lexi Bass (’18) screened How Bluebirds Are Born at the University of Lousiville.

Kristin Bedford (’14) had her Gypsy Rose photograph named among the Royal Photographic Society’s Ten Standout Images of 2018

Michael Betts II (’20) is sound designing The Talk, being presented in Durham and Chapel Hill in January and February. Details here.

Anna Kipervaser (’15) received an Interbay Cinema Society LightPress grant.

Cassie Klos (’20) photographed NASA’s InSight mission for National Geographic, with images featured in threerecentarticles.

MFA|EDA director Tom Rankin’s Propitious Wind and Rain: Photographs from Kunshan by is on view at the Rubenstein Library Photography Gallery. The exhibit runs November 4 – February 17, with a reception and artist talk January 31, 2019.


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