Doc Studies Virtual Info Session – April 2023

Thanks to all who attended the Doc Studies virtual info session held over Zoom on April 20th. A panel of alumni from recent years (Inés Vogelfang, Mahdokht Mahmoudabadi, Luz Zamora, Cacau Araujo, Tiffany Jiang) answered questions about their experiences in the program, shared excerpts of their work, and gave updates on what they’re doing now in the field. Lana Lin, the Director of the Doc Studies graduate program, provided insight into the curriculum, faculty, and structure of the program. Prospective students received application fee waivers for attending the session.

We’re currently accepting applications for Fall 2023. If you have questions about the program or would like to get in touch, please email admissions@newschool.edu.

We encourage all prospective students to visit campus on May 23, 2023 at 7pm to attend Truth Be Told, our annual documentary film festival of original short films made by students in the current graduating class. Past editions of the festival can be found here. Each work is the result of a year of intensive study in documentary cinema – production, history, theory, and aesthetics. The screenings will be followed by a faculty-led Q&A with the filmmakers and a light reception. Admission is free and registration is required. Learn more about the films and students.

Doc Talk (In-Person) – Bugs, Beasts, and other Bodies – Screening and Q&A with Alexis Kyle Mitchell

Join us for a screening and presentation with Alexis Kyle Mitchell to discuss her films, Bugs & Beasts before the Law, Special Works School, and The Treasury of Human Inheritance (in progress)

Bugs & Beasts before the Law explores the medieval practice of putting animals on trial, an aspect of colonial law-making that forged political and sometimes profane relationships between humans and animals. Special Works School investigates the connections between artistic practice and surveillant technologies, honing in on the psychic, embodied and material dimensions of surveillance – both from the position of the surveiller and the surveilled. Mitchell will also present her current film-in-progress, The Treasury of Human Inheritance, about a rare neuromuscular genetic disease that runs in her family.

Moderated by Lana Lin, Director of the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies. Co-produced with Documentary Program Associates: Cacau Araujo (Doc Studies ’22 & Media Studies ’23), Tiffany Jiang (Doc Studies ’22 & Media Studies ’23), and Farrah Elatty (Media Studies ’24).

Alexis Kyle Mitchell is an artist and scholar based between New York and the Glasgow. Mitchell recently completed a PhD in Human Geography at the University of Toronto and was artist-in-residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude (2015-17), MacDowell (2018), and Sommerakademie Paul Klee (2017-19). She often works collaboratively alongside artist Sharlene Bamboat – the duo has recently launched a web project http://www.before-law.com. Recent screenings and exhibitions include Mercer Union, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Lille Fine Art Museum, and a solo exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery, presenting Bamboat | Mitchell’s experimental film and installation Bugs & Beasts Before the Law. Her writing can be read in Digital Lives in the Global City and Queer at Camp. Mitchell currently holds a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Disability Studies at New York University.


Presented by the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies
School of Media Studies, The New School

Doc Talk (Online) – Q&A with Miko Revereza & Carolina Fusilier

Join us for a Q&A with artist filmmakers Miko Revereza and Carolina Fusilier to discuss No Data Plan (directed by Revereza) and El Lado Quieto (directed by Fusilier/Revereza). Register to receive the meeting invite link and access to films one week prior to the event.

No Data Plan
A voiceless narrator rehashes details about his mother’s affair as he crosses America by train. “Mama has two phone numbers. We do not talk about immigration on her Obama phone. For that we use the other number with no data plan.” The precarious movement from Los Angeles to New York illustrates the migration and fugitivism of an undocumented subjectivity.

El Lado Quieto
El Lado Quieto is a sensorial journey through colliding mythologies, surveying the afterlife of a long-abandoned holiday resort off the Pacific coast of Mexico. This study of life and decay unfolds through the fable of the Siyokoy sea creature, who, carried by strong currents from the Philippines, comes to navigate the spectral remnants of this post-human landscape.

Moderated by Lana Lin, Director of the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies. Co-produced with Documentary Program Associates: Cacau Araujo (Doc Studies ’22 & Media Studies ’23), Tiffany Jiang (Doc Studies ’22 & Media Studies ’23), and Farrah Elatty (Media Studies ’24).

Carolina Fusilier is a multi disciplinary artist exploring post-human imaginaries. Her work contemplates the intersections between organic and machine bodies, industrial and domestic scenes. Her work has been supported by a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship (2019-2020, US), Fundación Jumex (Mexico), Raul Urtasun-Frances Harley Fellowship (2015, The Banff Centre, CA), and Locust Projects (US). She also received the ACC Cinema fund (Asia Culture Center, KOR) for ´El Lado Quieto´(as a co-director) which was recently screened in Doc-Fortnight MoMa (New York); Open City Film Festival (London), IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), True/ False Film Festival (Columbia, US), YIDFF 2021 (Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, JP), Dok-Leipzig (DE), and Images Festival (Toronto).

Miko Revereza is a documentary and experimental filmmaker living in Oaxaca City, Mexico. Migration and exile are recurring themes across his work. Revereza’s titles include DROGA!, Disintegration 93-96, No Data Plan, Distancing and El Lado Quieto. No Data Plan received the Sheffield Doc Fest Art Award, San Diego Asian Film Festival Emerging Filmmaker Award, and was listed in BFI Sight & Sound Magazine’s 50 Best Films of 2019, Hyperallergic’s Top 12 Documentary & Experimental Films of 2019 and CNN Philippines Best Filipino Films of 2019. Revereza was Filmmaker Magazine’s 2018 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema, a 2019 Flaherty Seminar featured filmmaker, and recipient of the 2021 Vilcek Prize in Filmmaking.


Presented by the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies
School of Media Studies, The New School

Doc Talk (In-Person) – Wisdom Gone Wild – Screening and Q&A with Rea Tajiri

In this moving and original reflection on aging, mortality, and transformation, Rea Tajiri partners with her mother, Rose Tajiri Noda, to create a film about the final sixteen years of Rose’s life as a person living with dementia. Together, they nurture their connection through listening, art, and music. Rose performs songs from her youth, providing the soundtrack for time travel, as we witness her evolution across nine decades of living. Delicately weaving between past and present, parenting and being parented, the film reflects on the unreliability of memory and the desire to reinvent one’s own life when memories fail us.

Moderated by Lana Lin, Director of the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies. Co-produced with Documentary Program Associates Cacau Araujo (Doc Studies ’22 & Media Studies ’23) and Tiffany Jiang (Doc Studies ’22 & Media Studies ’23).

Rea Tajiri is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist and educator who creates installation, documentary and experimental films. Her work situates itself in poetic, non-traditional storytelling forms to encourage dialog and reflection around buried histories. Her groundbreaking, award-winning work, including History and Memory: For Akiko and Takashige (1991), is part of the canon of Asian American filmmaking and has influenced a generation of filmmakers. As an advocate of emerging artists and directors, Tajiri co-founded The Workshop, an incubator for Asian American film directors in New York City. Funded through ITVS, Independence Media Philadelphia, CAAM Documentary Fund, JustFilms/Ford Foundation and a Pew Fellowship, Wisdom Gone Wild premiered at the 2022 Blackstar Film Festival where it won the Jury Award Honorable Mention and Audience Award for Feature Documentary.


Presented by the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies
School of Media Studies, The New School

Doc Talk (Online) – Short Films: Analogue Activations – Q&A with Lindsay McIntyre

Join us for a Q+A with director Lindsay McIntyre to discuss a collection of her short films.

Working in 16mm film using experimental and handmade techniques, Lindsay McIntyre’s short films circle themes of portraiture, place, form and personal histories. Interested simultaneously in the apparatus of cinema and representation, she bridges gaps in collective experience and remains dedicated to integrating theory and practice, form and content. She hopes to share authentic stories including from the generations of urban Inuit who have been displaced from Inuit Nunangat. Her current research involves the auto-ethnographical exploration of intergenerational trauma as well as a project linking land use, art practices, cultural knowledge and resource extraction in the circumpolar north.

Moderated by Lana Lin, Director of the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies. Co-produced with Documentary Program Associates Cacau Araujo (Doc Studies ’22 & Media Studies ’23) and Tiffany Jiang (Doc Studies ’22 & Media Studies ’23).

*Register in advance to watch the films remotely and receive the meeting link!

Lindsay McIntyre (she/her) is a filmmaker and multi-disciplinary artist of Inuit and settler descent working primarily with analogue film. Her short documentaries, experimental films, and expanded cinema performances have been seen around the world including at Ann Arbor, Anthology Film Archives, Pleasure Dome, Mono No Aware, Rotterdam, Oberhausen, Images, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Raindance, One Flaming Arrow, and Black Maria, and can be found in several permanent collections. AJJIGIINGILUKTAAQTUGUT: WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT (2021) earned a special mention as one of 2021 VIFF’s Best Shorts and was nominated for Best Animation at the American Indian Film Festival. HER SILENT LIFE won Best Experimental Film at imagineNATIVE (2012). Honours include the 2021 Women in the Director’s Chair Feature Film Award, Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton recipient for Excellence in Media Arts by the Canada Council (2013), and REVEAL Indigenous Art Award (2017).


Presented by the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies
School of Media Studies, The New School

Doc Talk (Online) – All About My Sisters – Q&A with Wang Qiong

In her astonishing feature debut, Wang Qiong documents with unflinching and harrowing honesty her own fractured family, gradually revealing the personal and psychological effects of China’s one-child policy on the individual, the family unit, and women in society at large. At the center of the film is her sister, Jin, who remains profoundly affected by her biological parents’ abandonment of her as a baby after attempting to abort her. Adopted by her aunt and uncle, Jin resumed living with her birth parents as a teenager, yet the family remains embroiled in a legacy of trauma. Filming over the course of seven years, Wang moves far beyond the diaristic, capturing moments of vulnerability, joy, pain, and anguish with insight and delicate artistry.

Moderated by Lana Lin, Director of the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies. Co-produced with Documentary Program Associates: Cacau Araujo (Doc Studies ’22 & Media Studies ’23) and Tiffany Jiang (Doc Studies ’22 & Media Studies ’23).

Wang Qiong is a Chinese emerging independent documentary filmmaker and cinematographer now based in Philadelphia. Her debut documentary film, ALL ABOUT MY SISTERS, was officially selected into prestigious film festivals, including International Film Festival Rotterdam, New York Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival in 2021, and won the Pinkenson Local Feature Award at the Philadelphia Film Festival and the Jury Award for the best film at the Documenta Madrid International Film Festival. Qiong was selected into Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2021. She recently completed her MFA in Filmmaking from Temple University, and is a recipient of a Princess Grace Foundation Honorarium, 2021. Qiong is currently working on her second feature length documentary, 岛DAO


Presented by the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies
School of Media Studies, The New School

Cacau Araujo, Doc Studies ’22, featured in the All Arts Rising Artists Series + THE GREAT FIND broadcast on BronxNET TV

Cacau Araujo was featured in the third season of the All Arts “Rising Artists”, by PBS. The series profiles creative student talent at NYC area universities. Araujo shares the process of making her Doc Studies capstone short documentary “The Great Find”, and how getting immersed in the production and conversing with the material captured allowed her to transform her initial idea into the final cut. 

“The Great Find” will broadcast on BronxNET TV Saturday, January 7th, via cable channel and online, 10:30 pm (EST)

About “The Great Find”: New York is a cornucopia of free stuff. Stunned by the city’s give-and-take dynamics, a Brazilian filmmaker embarks on an investigation of the codes behind reclaiming objects left on the street. As a result, she ends up reflecting on her own attachment to material things.

Cacau Araujo is a Brazilian filmmaker, writer and artist based in New York City. Her work revolves around place, language, memory, and identity; especially women’s identities, and the events that shape and shift them. She is the co-founder of línguamãe (mothertongue), a collective that explores the intersections between mothering and other creative & artistic practices. Currently she is a graduate student in the School of Media Studies at The New School, where she graduated from the Documentary Studies Program and received the Deanna Kamiel Fellowship.

Sundance Institute Names Doc Studies Alums as 2022 Documentary Fund Grantees

Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Grantees

Each year, Sundance Institute provides unrestricted grant support to a small number of filmmakers who have ongoing documentary projects in various stages. Of the 35 projects, 5 are in development, 15 in production, 10 in post-production and 5 are in the process of creating social impact campaigns.

“This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Documentary Film Program (DFP), which throughout its time has been a vibrant and impactful global resource for independent non-fiction storytelling. This granting cycle’s recipients have roots in 31 countries, with 57% of submissions coming from outside the United States. Among the 14 U.S. films granted this year, all are helmed by at least one BIPOC director and/or lead producer; two of these projects are directed by Indigenous filmmakers. Internationally, the Documentary Film Program prioritizes supporting artists living and working in countries that lack an adequate infrastructure of support for independent film and/or regions where freedom of expression may be at risk. The 21 international projects supported by the Fund in this cycle fully reflect such commitment.” – Sundance

Congratulations to the following Doc Studies alums who have works in progress and received grant support. Learn more about their documentaries below and check out the full list of recipients here.


Igor Myakotin (Doc Studies ’16)

Producer of “Queendom”

Igor is an Emmy-nominated BAFTA-winning filmmaker who co-produced feature-length documentary Welcome to Chechnya (Sundance ‘20, Berlinale ‘20). He is a 2022 Sundance Producing Fellow and was named by DOC NYC as one of the “40 Under 40” working in documentary. Igor believes that cinema is not a way to escape reality but a way to embrace it with all its peculiarities and its darkness. Most recently, Igor worked on a short documentary called Race to Save the World. Narrated by Oprah Winfrey, the film tells the story of the worldwide cooperation involved in the race to make the vaccine. It was simulcast primetime across the major networks as part of Global Citizen’s VAX LIVE concert. Previously, Igor directed two award-winning shorts, has been awarded a Davis Peace and Diplomacy grant at the International House in NY. Igor is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and an alumnus of NextDoc. (Website)

Director & Co-Producer: Agniia Galdanova

Synopsis: Gena, a queer artist from a small town in Russia, dresses in otherworldly costumes made from junk and tape, and protests the government on the streets of Moscow. She stages radical performances in public that become a new form of art and activism – and put her life in danger.


Alexis Neophytides (Doc Studies ’08)

Director & Producer of “Fire Through Dry Grass”

Alexis is a documentary filmmaker and educator based in New York City. Her work largely centers around community and how we find meaning in people and place. She is the co-creator, co-director and producer of Neighborhood Slice, a documentary series that tells the stories of longtime New Yorkers who’ve held onto their little corner of the city despite fast-growing gentrification, broadcast on public television. She produced and directed the series 9.99, for which she won a NY Emmy. Her short documentaries  Doctor Kong, Coney Island’s for the Birds and Ethan 2018 all screened at festivals worldwide, and were broadcast on the Documentary channel and online as a Vimeo Staff Pick. She is currently in post-production on two feature length documentaries, Dear Thirteen and Fire Through Dry Grass. Over the past decade she has developed filmmaking programs, implemented curricula and taught students all around NYC. In 2019 Alexis was a visiting artist for OPEN DOORS, where she met the Reality Poets and began working with Jay. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MA in Media Studies from The New School. (Website)

Co-Director: Andres “Jay” Molina & Co-Producer: Jennilie Brewster

Synopsis: On a tiny island in NYC, a group of Black and brown disabled artists fight COVID-19 and the city to protect the lives of 500 vulnerable nursing home residents.


Follow Igor and Alexis to keep up with their ongoing projects and achievements! Catch the premiere of Alexis’ feature documentary, “Dear Thirteen”, at DOC NYC this coming week. Congrats as well to Igor for making it onto DOC NYC’s 40 Under 40 list this year, which highlights emerging talent in the documentary world.