Friedling, Melissa

Melissa Friedling
PhD, Rhetorical Studies, University of Iowa
Assistant Professor of Filmmaking, School of Media Studies

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Areas of Expertise:
The merging of original and found footage featuring popular media to relate alternative or parallel narratives; 16mm techniques; experimental film practices; digital filmmaking; the growth of Web video and its impact on production models that diverge from the industry standard
Melissa Friedling is a film and video artist, writer, and commercial Web video producer. Her creative work has been selected for numerous international festivals and has been presented in galleries and museums including MoMA PS1 (New York), Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (Buffalo, New York), the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (Athens, Georgia), and Apex Art (New York City). She has been an artist-in-residence at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York and is a recipient of a Fulbright Award and artist’s grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the New York State Council for the Arts. In 2006, Ms. Friedling founded the Web video production company Slouch Productions. Ms. Friedling’s writing on film, art, and culture has been published in a range of venues including Flash Art International, Afterimage, and Discourse and a book, Recovering Women: Rhetoric, Feminisms, and Addiction (Westview Press, 2000). She has taught courses in film and video production and aesthetics at the New School since 2004 and has also taught at the Pratt Institute, Hunter College, and Syracuse University. In general, Ms. Friedling teaches with an eye to the “total film artist,” who is not just trained to perform a series of technical skills but can also see the big picture, use techniques and tools critically and purposefully, and appreciates a wide range of film traditions and modes.
Courses Taught:
  • Filmmaking Studio I
  • Film II
  • Film III
  • Film IV
  • Art of Film
  • Media Practices: Time Based
  • Audio Visual II (Parsons The New School for Design)
Recent Publications:
 Balcony Scene 2010 (with Paul David Young and Franklin Evans), HD video with live performance, approximately 22 minutes (2010)

Garden Roll Bounce Parking Lot
, 16mm, 4:30 minutes (2010)

McCabe, 16mm transferred to digital video, 6:43 minute loop (2007)

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