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  • Melissa Friedling

    Assistant Professor of Filmmaking

    Email
    friedlim@newschool.edu

    Office Location
    D - 79 Fifth Avenue

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    Melissa Friedling

    Profile

    Friedling is a film and media artist, scholar, and educator interested in complex processes, systems, intervals, and the relational jumble of human and more-than-human matter.  Much of her work begins with found or ‘happened upon’ artifacts that prompts an excavation of the marginalized and sometimes metaphysical narratives contained within them.   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 a fellow at Yaddo and the International Studio and Curatorial Program and is the recipient of a Fulbright Award and artist’s grants from the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the New York State Council for the Arts. In 2006, she also founded the 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 media studies at the New School since 2004. Overall, she teaches with an eye towards a reflective media 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.


    Degrees Held

    Ph.D.  Rhetorical Studies.  University of Iowa.


    Performances and Appearances

    • Video Design + Projection for theater production, All My Fathers at LaMaMa Experimental Theater (NY,NY), 2019.
    • Video Design + Projection for theater production, Faust 3 at Judson Memorial Church (NY, NY) 2017.
    • Midwood Before Hollywood Pop-Up Museum.  2015-2019.
    • 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

    • Re-purposed and residual media
    • Experimental film practices
    • Digital filmmaking
    • Media archeology
    • Media and the environment
    • Experimental animation

    Awards And Honors

    Finishing fund grant from NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre. 2020.

    Yaddo Residency Fellowship.  2020.


    Current Courses

    Film 1: An Introduction
    NFLM 0366, Fall 2021

    Film 1: An Introduction
    NFLM 3660, Fall 2021

    Independent Production
    NMDS 5921, Fall 2021

    Independent Study
    NSBA 3900, Fall 2021

    The Art of Film
    NFLM 0341, Fall 2021

    The Art of Film
    NFLM 3411, Fall 2021

    Thesis Supervision
    NMDS 5960, Fall 2021

    Future Courses

    Film 1: An Introduction
    NFLM 0366, Spring 2022

    Film 1: An Introduction
    NFLM 3660, Spring 2022

    Subversive Art & Exp Animation
    NMDS 5446, Spring 2022

    Past Courses

    Independent Production
    NMDS 5921, Spring 2021

    Subversive Art & Exp Animation
    NMDS 5446, Spring 2021

    The Art of Film
    NFLM 0341, Spring 2021

    The Art of Film
    NFLM 3411, Spring 2021

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