The New School’s Documentary Media Studies program provides an opportunity to study documentary filmmaking in a small, tightly focused program. The program culminates in a student documentary festival, Truth Be Told, at the end of each school year, at which certificate students’ films are publicly screened and discussed by the filmmakers and faculty. Certificate holders are qualified to enter documentary media professions as editors, field producers, cinematographers, directors and researchers, along with industry positions in media distribution, museum programming, festival organization and broadcast productions.
The New School’s Showcase includes: An Emmy®-winning tap dancer and choreographer faces a challenge in Lost in the Shuffle (USA, 23 min., Simone Maurice). Out of Sight (USA, 10 min., Channa Goodwin) explores how skyscrapers adversely affect migratory birds. Nine Letters (USA, 21 min., Cristina Müller) captures the sensation of living in New York, away from home. A Selfie with Lady Liberty (USA, 3 min., Inés Vogelfang) asks how we measure excess in the age of ubiquitous social media. After it’s predicted that he’ll become a star, Avalanche Bob (USA, 16 min., Rafael Bergamaschi), an 84-year- old yodeling punk singer, does all he can to make the prophecy come true.