Documentary Declarations

April 15, 2005

The MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department, in association with the fourth annual Tribeca Film Festival (April 19 – May 1), is presenting a program of films entitled “Anything to Declare? Questioning Identity in the Increasingly Fluid, Global Culture of the Twenty-First Century.” The program is part of the festival’s “Wide Angle” series, and features documentaries by three 2004 graduates of the program: The Photo of Luzmila, by Mayu Mohanna; Gaymotherfuckers, by Christy Pessgno; and Negotiations, by Rachel Shuman. In addition, there will be two short films by faculty member Grahame Weinbren. The program is on view Sunday, April 24, 7pm, at Tribeca Cinemas; Monday, April 25, 6:15pm, at Regal Battery Park Theater; and Thursday, April 28, noon, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Also at the festival are several screenings of Sound Barrier, a film directed by former faculty member Amir Naderi and shot by cinematographer Michael Simmonds (BFA 2002 Film and Video). Visit for more information about tickets and locations.

In other MFA Photography news, a trio of recent grads from the department has been selected for inclusion in “ReGeneration: 50 Photographers of Tomorrow 2005 – 2025,” an international exhibition that is part of Switzerland’s Musée de l’Elysée’s 20th anniversary celebration. Suellen Parker (2004), Nicholas Prior (2004) and Caroline Shepard (2002) are three of 50 photographers chosen from over 400 candidates from more than 20 countries. Their work will appear at the museum as part of “ReGeneration” from June 23 – October 23, and will be published in a book of the same name by prestigious fine-arts publishing house Thames & Husdon.

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