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Guest Filmmakers

We Bring Leaders in Film to You

Each semester, you'll learn from top filmmakers and industry leaders.

Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason

Each semester, the Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason, curated by Professor Cynthia Fuchs, brings award-winning independent films and directors to campus. Since 1995, this series has invited some of the most compelling and celebrated independent filmmakers to George Mason University to exhibit their films, teach a master class, and meet with students, faculty, staff, and community members during day-long visits. Students events include programs across the University, connecting us through film.

Guests have included Cheryl Dunye (Queen Sugar, Watermelon Woman), Christine Vachon (Carol, Boys Don't Cry, Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Khalik Allah (Cinematographer, Beyonce's Lemonade), and Lyric R. Cabral ((T)Error)Nanfu Wang (One Child Nation, Hooligan Sparrow), Kimberly Reed (Dark Money), Bernardo Ruiz (Harvest Season), and Kirsten Johnson (Cameraperson, Dick Johnson is Dead). We select artists based on the strength of their stories and innovative ways in which they approach the film form. See other past visiting filmmakers.

This semester's Visiting Filmmakers Series Online will kick off Wednesday, September 16, 2020. 

GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series Online presents: Black Lives Matter  

Fall 2020 events include: 

9/16 1:30pm Cinematographer Dominic Jones: Creating in the time of Corona; host: Nikyatu Jusu, Professor, Film at Mason

9/21 1:30pm Parkland Rising (2020) with producer Sara Ramaker and director Cheryl McDonough; host: Rose Pascarell, Vice President, University Life

10/8 1:30pm Pier Kids (2019) with Elegance Bratton; host Effie Brown, Producer

10/19 11:30am Black Memorabilia (2018) with Chico Colvard; host Kevin Smapson, director, DC Black Flm Fest

10/26 1:30pm Mr. SOUL! (2020) with Melissa Haizlip; host Hans Charles, Cinematgrapher, Mr. SOUL! and Film at Mason

10/30 1:30pm No Data Plan (2019) with Miko Revereza 

 

Mason Film Lab

Film at Mason brings guest writers and directors to work directly with students to create a short film. Recent guest artists include writer/director/producer Colette Burson (HBO's Hung, FX's The Riches) and Nefertite Nguvu (In the Morning).

Learn more about the Mason Film Lab

Master Classes

Working artists lead master classes with film students that enhance their studies and give students an opportunity to ask questions of a professional in the field. Recent participants include Dan Mirvish, director and co-founder of Slamdance, Roberta Marie Monroe (Producer, Director, and author of "How Not To Make A Short Film: Secrets From a Sundance Programmer") as well as film financiers, SAG business representatives, seasoned cinematographers, interactive documentary producers, and more.

Dan Mirvish teaching his Masterclass at Mason in September, 2018. Mirvish, author of The Cheerful Subversive's Guide to Independent Filmmaking, co-founded the Slamdance Film Festival. Photo by Ashley Adams

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