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2013 Events

In November of 2013, film and media studies students enjoyed the rare treat of a small group discussion with an internationally acclaimed director, Mira Nair. Nair listened eagerly to students’  questions, and openly shared a wealth of insights from her experiences as a filmmaker today—discussing everything from how she has navigated (and moved between) the realms of big budget Hollywood cinema and much more independent productions to how she she chooses her crew, as well as her actors, and why these choices are so vital to her work.

For more on students' experiences of this visit, and photos, see our news story, "Seminar with Film Director Mira Nair at the Nickelodeon Theater."

September 19, 2013 

Filmmakers Kian Tjong and Jim de Sève will visit the USC Columbia campus to present and discuss two of their documentary films. Both screenings and discussion are open to students, faculty, staff and the general public. The filmmakers' visit is sponsored by Film and Media Studies and the Women's and Gender Studies Program. 

MAN DOVE (2012, 65 min.) an experimental documentary 

In a peculiar travelogue, two filmmakers dive into an ancient rite of manhood in Islamic Java – the tender and raucous sport of the singing doves, the Indonesian NASCAR! ManDove follows the magical perkutut birds casting spells on men, taking them away from their wives, and pitting them against each other to prove their masculinity.  

TYING THE KNOT (2004, 87 min.) 

Tying the Knot documents the political war between gay people who want to marry and those determined to stop them. Q&A with the filmmakers immediately following the screening.


• Man Dove (2012) - screening Wednesday, September 18 at 5:30 PM in McMaster, Department of Art, room 214

• Q&A with the filmmakers about Man Dove 
Thursday, September 19 at 10:00 AM in McMaster room 314 / limited seating

• Tying the Knot (2004) - screening Thursday, September 19 at 5:00 PM in McMaster, Department of Art, room 239



April 18, 2013

Meet the Indie Grits judges!

Network with this year's judges and learn about media careers.  Find out about the great films that are part of Indie Grits this year and hear what it's like behind the scenes of a festival that is growing in popularity. 

This year's festival judges will visit the USC campus for an afternoon to lead a conversation with film and media students about how to build a career in the media industry.  This year's judges represent a range of skill sets and media backgrounds:

  • Mark Lotto is a senior editor at GQ. Prior to joining the magazine, he was an editor at the Op-Ed page of The New York Times, a feature writer for The New York Observer, and a founding editor of The Philadelphia Independent.

  • Daniele Anastasion is a writer and director who has worked regularly on documentaries for National Geographic, investigating stories ranging from the global black market in human body parts to the American escort industry. She is a regular producer and writer of National Geographic's Emmy-nominated prison series Hard Time. Along with Eric Strauss, she directed the Sundance award-winning documentary The Redemption of General Butt Naked, which was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in 2011.

  • Katey Rich is the Editor-in-Chief of Cinema Blend, one of the most popular independently owned movie websites. She has also contributed reviews to The Guardian, Tribeca Film and Film Journal International. A graduate of the Wesleyan University film studies program, she is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Online, and the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. She is an extremely proud South Carolina native and defender of mustard-based barbecue sauce.


Siegfried (1924)

directed by Fritz Lang
with musical accompaniment by Dennis James

"The womenfolk cause no end of trouble for their beaux in this Fritz Lang masterpiece.... Magic swords, enchanted snoods, and powerful amulets abound at a time when the world is populated by dragons, dwarves, and Teutonic heroes. Siegfried is one tough customer, but he better watch out …hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." -- IMDB summary, Thomas McWilliams

Wednesday, January 30, 7:30 pm
Recital Hall, USC School of Music
Admission: Free