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    Melissa Friedling

    Assistant Professor; Director of Undergraduate Programs

    PhD, Department of Communication Studies, Rhetorical Studies and Film, University of Iowa

    Melissa Friedling

    A film and video artist, writer, and commercial web video producer. Her creative work has been selected for numerous international festivals and has also been presented in galleries and museums including PS1 MoMA (NY,NY), Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (Buffalo, NY), The Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (Athens, GA), and Apex Art (NY,NY). She has been an artist in residence at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (NY, NY) and is the 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, she also founded her own web video production company, Slouch Productions. In addition, her writing on film, art, and culture has been published widely including essays in Flash Art International, Afterimage, and Discourse and a book, Recovering Women: Rhetoric, Feminisms, and Addiction (Westview Press, 2000). She has been teaching 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. Overall, she teaches with an eye towards the “total film artist” who is not just trained to perform a series of technical skills, but who can also see the big picture, use techniques and tools critically and purposefully, and is appreciative of a wide range of film traditions and modes.

    Courses Taught

    • Filmmaking Studio I
    • Film II
    • Film III
    • Film IV
    • Art of Film
    • MediaPractices: Time Based
    • Audio Visual II (Parsons)

    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

    Research Interests

    • The merging of original and found footage featuring popular media, removed from its context and re-situated, juxtaposed, and/or redesigned to tell 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 industrial standard 

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