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  • Melissa Friedling

    Director of Graduate Program and Associate Professor of Filmmaking


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    Melissa Friedling


    Friedling is a media artist, writer, and educator interested in the jumbled layers of media histories.  Much of her work begins with found or ‘happened upon’ media that prompts an excavation of the marginalized and sometimes metaphysical narratives contained within them. Her films and videos have been exhibited internationally at venues including Tribeca Film Festival (NY), PS1 MoMA (NY), Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA), Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (Buffalo), Art Space (New Haven), Microscope Gallery (NY); New Orleans International Film Festival, Ann Arbor (MI), Atlanta Film Fest. Select honors include grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the New York State Council for the Arts, a Fulbright Award, and residency fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, and International Studio and Curatorial Program.  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.

    Recent Publications

    Friedling. M. (2022), "Gestational Filmmaking with ART:  An Odd Pair," Portable Gray, 5(2), pp. 278 - 291.

    Performances and Appearances

    • Official selection, Mimesis Documentary Festival, 2023.
    • Official selection, Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2022.
    • 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.

    Research Interests

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

    Awards And Honors

    MacDowell Residency Fellowship. 2023

    NYSCA Individual Artist award. 2022

    The Flaherty Preservation initiative in conjunction with NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) preservation fund.  “Garden Roll Bounce Parking Lot” (2010) selected for archival preservation.  2022.

    Lightpress Grant.  Interbay Cinema Society. 2022

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

    Yaddo Residency Fellowship.  2020.

    Future Courses

    16mm Filmmaking
    NMDS 5639, Fall 2024

    Animating Resistance
    NMDS 5446, Fall 2024

    Re/Lab: Re-emergent Media
    NMDS 5555, Spring 2025

    Past Courses

    Film 1: An Introduction
    NFLM 3660, Spring 2024

    Independent Study
    NMDS 5920, Fall 2023

    The Art of Film
    NFLM 3411, Fall 2023

    Thesis Supervision
    NMDS 5960, Fall 2023

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