Q&A with Master Documentary Filmmaker Manfred Kirchheimer

Q&A with Master Documentary Filmmaker Manfred Kirchheimer

October 21, 2014

Longtime BFA Film and Video faculty member Manfred Kirchheimer has been making documentaries for over 50 years, but this year has proven to be one of his busiest yet. After a summer booked with appearances and screenings, Stations of the Elevated, his recently-restored 1981 meditation on graffiti art, is having a weeklong run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this month along with Claw, his 1968 study of urban destruction and renewal. On October 30, he’ll screen and discuss his latest film, Discovery in a Painting, about Cezanne’s painting Still Life with Apples, at the 3rd-floor amphitheater, 209 East 23 Street, 7:00 pm. SVA Close Up sat down with Kirchheimer to talk about his work in and out of the classroom. Continue Reading…

SVA Alumnus Hilary Allison Creates Illustrations for Red Hot + Bach

SVA Alumnus Hilary Allison Creates Illustrations for Red Hot + Bach

October 17, 2014

After discovering her comic, “Bad Words,” in the 2012 BFA Cartooning Magazine, Funny Garbage CEO and of Red Hot founder John Carlin recruited SVA alumnus Hilary Allison (BFA 2012 Cartooning) to provide artwork for Red Hot’s most recent release, Red Hot + Bach. Continue Reading…

‘Stations of the Elevated’: High Praise for Manfred Kirchheimer’s  Classic Graffiti Documentary

‘Stations of the Elevated’: High Praise for Manfred Kirchheimer’s Classic Graffiti Documentary

October 16, 2014

Longtime BFA Film and Video faculty member Manfred Kirchheimer’s groundbreaking graffiti documentary Stations of the Elevated (watch a trailer below), which was shot on 16mm in 1977 and first screened in 1981, has been recently restored and is having a weeklong run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (October 17 – 23). Featuring music by Charles Mingus and Aretha Franklin, Kirchheimer’s film captures the birth of an era in New York City and is racking up rave reviews.

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