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Annual Dorothy Hirshon Artist-in-Residence

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Master Class with Sam Pollard
Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 4:00-6:00 PM EST

"Through His Eyes: Sam Pollard's Historical Lens" Screening
Thursday, February 25, 2021, 5:00-7:00 PM EST

We are proud to welcome Sam Pollard as The School of Media Studies' Spring 2021 Hirshon Artist-in-Residence at The New School. SAM POLLARD is an accomplished feature film and television video editor, and documentary producer/director whose work spans almost thirty years. His most recent documentary, MLK/FBI was released this January to universal critical acclaim.

During his online residency, he will lead a master class and share his filmmaking process on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. In addition, he will host a public screening on Thursday, February 25, 2021, followed by discussion of his work. Registration is required.

"Pollard’s documentaries are a thoughtful investigation of the African-American experience in the US, and yet, as a recent New York Times article points out, he is “clear eyed about American history, culture, and race relations without condemnation or hopelessness.” I believe that our students will be able to learn a lot from him on how to cinematically engage with history and current events, and be inspired by his work." 

- Vladan Nikolic, Dean of The School of Media Studies

View Past Hirshon Events:
2021 Dorothy Hirshon Artis-in-Residence
2020 Dorothy Hirshon Artist-in-Residence
2019 Dorothy Hirshon Artist-in-Residence
2018 Dorothy Hirshon Artist-in-Residence

Mixed Messages 2020 Graduate Student Showcase is now live! 

This semester has been an extremely challenging time for all our students and faculty. In spite of that, however, they were determined to continue their work, and to present some of the best creative interactive, experimental, and multi-platform projects, this time in an online environment. This work is testimony to our students’ ingenuity and resourcefulness, and to our faculty’s continuous commitment to teaching and mentoring. Even in these trying times, we strive to continue our mission to be at the forefront of new media trends, as well as critical thinking and analysis, showcasing a rich context of imagination, innovation, and social commentary.

Mixed Messages Spring 2021 Student Showcase
April 30, 2021
Mixed Messages 2021 Call for Nominations:
Projects should meet these criteria:
-Completed by SMS graduate student as part of School of Media Studies coursework
-Individual and collaborative works are welcome

All entries are to be nominated by your instructor. Nominated projects will be included in the showcase.

Submit your work for the next Ruff Cuts event!
To have your project screened at Ruff Cuts, send what you haveto Rafael Parra,

Produced by Rafael Parra and the graduate students in the School of Media Studies, RUFF CUTS is a series of screening sessions for undergraduate and graduate Media Studies students to exhibit and discuss their media works in progress. 

Presenting students have the opportunity to receive constructive feedback. Media Studies faculty members attend each session and contribute tothe dialogue/critique with the students.

Submit work.

Ruff Cuts Event Dates:
April 9, 2021
March 5, 2021
October 23, 2020
November 20, 2020

Spring 2021 - Learn more here and submit by 3/3, 4/7.

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Fine Cuts 2020 is Live!

Watch the trailer. The Fine Cuts 41st annual invitational film show is live for the first time. Come and explore the outstanding student films selected by a panel of distinguished filmmakers.   Explore the showcase!

Fine Cuts 2021 – Learn more here and submit by 4/19/21


The School of Media Studies will present MA Thesis Presentations online to share and celebrate the research of our thesis students. 

Friday, May 1 2020
4-7pm ET
Via: Zoom

SPRING 2021 Thesis Presentations May 6, 2021, time TBA


Tuesday, December 15, 2020 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM EDT
Featuring the work of:
Sarthak Garg, Leah Rainha Gomes, Nicole Ignacio de Jesus, Gabriella Melaku, Rebecca James, Urvashi Ajmera, Eduardo Amaral, Feilin Gao, Kari Nilsen, Hunter Bushwell, Aalok Rathod

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 | 4:00 - 6:00 PM EDT
Featuring the work of:
Charles Malone, Kimberly Spruill, Nicolas Randle,
Andrea V. Zarczynski, Kushal Phatarpekar, Deborah Odukoya, Alberto José Echeverri Ortiz, Mariella Barcelo, Suelynn Woods, Hillary Richmond

View Capstone Programs: 
Spring 2021 (coming soon), Fall 2020Spring 2020

Spring 2021 Media Management Capstone Presentations 
May 10, 2021, time TBA 
May 11, 2021, time TBA


Kinoscope will run on October 16 2020. 

This is an online screening, students will be provided with a 24 hour pass to view films.


Immediacy encourages graduate, undergraduate, and doctoral students in all media-related fields to use this online forum to test ideas, creatively solve communication problems, and engage in rigorous conceptual analysis of media. Each themed issue is devoted to a deeper examination of a pressing question or problem through experimental, documentary, artistic, narrative, and written forms of expression.




Unprecedented times call for Unprecedented Media. The School of Media Studies is collecting student work made during and in response to the pandemic. 

Submissions are ongoing:

View website now live!