Overview

Each semester, the Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason brings to campus a variety of films and artists. Since 1995, these include the following:

 

Fall 2019: Naila and the Uprising with Julia Bacha. Sponsored by Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason, Film and Video Studies, Film and Media Studies, Middle East and Islamic Studies, Ali Vural Ak Center, Global Affairs and Global Programs, Cultural Studies, DKA at GMU, University Life, and Women and Gender Studies.

 

Fall 2019: Hail Satan? with Penny Lane. Sponsored by Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason, Film and Media Studies, Film and Video Studies, Women and Gender Studies, CVPA, CHSS, Delta Kappa Alpha, and English. 

 

 

 

Fall 2019: Patti Cake$ with producer Michael Gottwald. Sponsored by Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason, Film and Media Studies, Film and Video Studies, CVPA, CHSS, Delta Kappa Alpha. 

 

 

 

Spring 2019: A Discussion on Leftism, Morality, and Community Growth: Boots Riley, Richard Wolff, and Andrew Kliman. Sponsored by GMU Student Power, Young Democratic Socialists of America GMU (YDSA), Students for a Democratic Society GMU (SDS), Cultural Studies, GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series, Global Affairs and Global Programs, African and African American Studies, the Interdisciplinary Curriculum Committee, University Life, Film and Media Studies, and Film at Mason. 

Spring 2019: A Late Style of Fire with Michele Poulos and Gregory Donovan. Sponsored by New Leaves Festival, the Creative Writing Program, Film and Media Studies, Film and Video Studies, the Undergraduate English Society, and Mason Libraries.

 

 

Spring 2019: Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland. With Kate Davis and David Heilbroner. Sponsored by Film and Media Studies, Film and Video Studies, University Life, Women and Gender Studies, Global Programs, the Interdisciplinary Curriculum Committee, Criminology, Law, and Society, the School of Integrative Studies, Communication, English, African and African American Studies, History and Art History, Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education and LGBTQ Resources, and DKA (Delta Kappa Alpha). 

Spring 2019: Mother Daughter Sister with Jeanne Hallacy. Sponsored by Film and Media Studies, Film and Video Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Global Programs, and DKA (Delta Kappa Alpha). 

 

 

The UnafraidSpring 2019: The Unafraid with Heather Courtney. With special guest GMU President Ángel Cabrera. Sponsored by by University Life, Film and Media Studies, Film and Video Studies, the LEAD Office, Honors College, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education + LGBTQ Resources, the School of Business, DKA (Delta Kappa Alpha),Global Affairs and Global Programs, University Life Programming Committee, Women and Gender Studies, and Mason DREAMers.

 

Fall 2018: Masterclass with Colette Burson on TV Showrunning and Writing. Moderated by FAVS Professor Lisa Thrasher. Sponsored by Film and Video Studies, Film and Media Studies, and DKA. 

 

 

 

Fall 2018: Dark Money with Kimberly Reed. Sponsored with Film and Video Studies, DKA (Delta Kappa Alpha), Global Affairs and Global Programs, History and Art History, GMU Student Power, English, AAUP (American Association of University Professors) @ Mason, Honors College, Transparent GMU, University Life, and Women and Gender Studies. 

Fall 2018: In the Last Days of the City with Tamer El Said. Sponsored with by Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies, Middle East Studies, Modern and Classical Languages, Film and Video Studies, Global Affairs and Global Programs, and the English Department.

 

Fall 2018: Dan Mirvish Masterclass on Indie Filmmaking. Cosponsored by Film and Video Studies and Film and Media Studies. 

 

 

 

Spring 2018: In Lorton's Darkroom with filmmaker and photographer Karen Ruckman, producer Emma Pearce, and photographers Calvin Gorham and Michael Moses El. Sponsored with Film and Video Studies, Global Programs, Global Affairs, Delta Kappa Alpha, University Life, and Women and Gender Studies. 

 

Fall 2017: Whose Streets? with Sabaah Folayan. Sponsored with African and African American Studies, LGBTQ Resources, Global Programs, Global Affairs, Black Student Alliance, Delta Kappa Alpha, History and Art History, Film and Video Studies, Communication, ODIME, University Life, and Women and Gender Studies. 

Fall 2017: Road Through War with Louie Palu, with Global Programs, Global Affairs, Russian and Eurasian Studies, DKA, Communication. History and Art History, and Film and Video Studies. 

 

Fall 2017: Kara Herold Masterclass, with Film and Video Studies, Art Department. 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2017: Cameraperson with Kirsten Johnson, with Film and Video Studies, GLOA, Global Programs, History and Art History, ODIME, Communication, School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, University Life, DKA, and Women and Gender Studies.  

 

Fall 2017: Almost Sunrise with Michael Collins and Martin Syjuco, with Honors College, Film and Video Studies, Housing and Residence, GLOA, Global Programs, History and Art History, Psychology, School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, University Life, and Women and Gender Studies. 

 

FailStateFall 2017. Fail State with Alex Shebanow. With Student Power, Film and Media Studies, and Film and Video Studies. Special thanks to Caroline McCaig, moderator and organizer.  

 

 

VisitorsDaySpring 2017: Visitor's Day (Día de Visita) with Nicole Opper, with Film and Video Studies, Global Affairs, Global Programs, History and Art History, Latin American Studies, University Libraries, University Life, Women and Gender Studies, and Delta Kappa Alpha.

 

Spring 2017: Moonlight (no filmmakers visit). Discussion after the screening with Keith Clark (English Department) and Cynthia Fuchs. (Film and Media Studies) with LGBTQ Resources, Film and Video Studies, Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education, African and African American Studies, and University Libraries.

HooligansparrowSpring 2017: Hooligan Sparrow with Nanfu Wang, with Film and Video Studies, Chinese Studies in MCL, Global Affairs, Global Programs, History and Art History, Latin American Studies, University Libraries, University Life, Women and Gender Studies, and Delta Kappa Alpha.

 

 

Spring 2017: 13th with Hans Charles, with African and African American Studies, Film and Video Studies, Global Affairs, Global Programs, English, History and Art History, University Libraries, University Life, Women and Gender Studies, the Black Student Alliance, and Delta Kappa Alpha.

 

Fall 2016: City of Trees with Brandon and Lance Kramer, with Film and Video Studies, Mason Reads, GMU Libraries, Honors College, Center for Climate Change Communication, the English Department, and University Life.

 

Fall 2016: A Conversation with Christine Vachon, with Giovanna Chesler, with Film and Video Studies, Art, Women and Gender Studies, Photography, DKA, and University Life.

 

 

Spring 2016: Field Niggas, with Khalik Allah. Special guests: African and African American Studies Director Wendi Manuel-Scott and the Washington Post's Ann Hornaday. Cosponsored by African and African American Studies, Film and Media Studies, Film and Video Studies, Black Student Alliance, Delta Kappa Alpha, the English Department, Cultural Studies, and University Life.

Spring 2016: Benjamin Steger, Stage Four: A Love Story, with Film and Video Studies.

 

 

 

Spring 2016: Kandahar Journals with Louie Palu, with Global Affairs, Global Programs, Film and Media Studies, and Film and Video Studies. 

 

 

 

Fall 2015: (T)Error (2015) with Lyric R. Cabral and Jason Osder, with African and African American Studies, English, Film and Video Studies, and University Life.

 

 

Fall 2015: Happy Those Who Cry with Marcelo Torcida. Cosponsored by Film and Media Studies, Film and Video Studies and Latin American Studies.

 

 

 

Fall 2015: Back on Board: Greg Louganis with Cheryl Furjanic and Ric Chollar, with Film and Video Studies, LGBTQ Resources, University Life, and Women and Gender Studies.

 

Spring 2015: Approaching the Elephant with Amanda Rose Wilder. Discussion moderated by Delta Kappa Alpha president Irem Irem Dogencali. Cosponsored by Film and Video Studies, Film and Video Studies, Delta Kappa Alpha (DKA), English, University Life, and Women and Gender Studies.

Spring 2015: Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People with Thomas Allen Harris and Deborah Willis. Cosponsored by Film & Media Studies, African & African American Studies, Film & Video Studies, Cultural Studies, English, History & Art History, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education, the School of Art, Sociology and Anthropology, University Life, and Women & Gender Studies.

Spring 2015 (no filmmakers visit): Dear White People (2014)with post-screening discussion leaders Gayle Wald (George Washington University) and Mark Hopson (George Mason University). Cosponsored by African & African American Studies, Film & Media Studies, Film & Video Studies, SI Films, and Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education, supported by English and Women & Gender Studies.

Fall 2014: Out in the Night with blair dorosh-walther. The discussion with director blair dorosh-walther, Giovanna Chesler (director of GMU's Film & Video Studies program, as well as the film's producer), and film subject Renata Hill was facilitated by GMU Women & Gender Studies associate director and program coordinator Tashia Harris. Cosponsored by Film and Media Studies, Film and Video Studies, African and African American Studies, Communication, Criminology, Law and Society, Cultural Studies, English, History and Art History, Honors College, LGBTQ Resource Office, Psychology, University Life, and Women & Gender Studies.

Fall 2014: Evolution of a Criminal with Darius Clark Monroe. Our discussion with Darius Clark Monroe was facilitated by Wendi Manuel-Scott, Director of African and African American Studies.Cosponsored by African and African American Studies, Communication, Criminology, Law and Society, English, History and Art History, Honors College, Psychology, University Life, and Women & Gender Studies. 

Spring 2014: A Fragile Trust with Samantha Grant. Cosponsored by African & African American Studies, Communication, Criminology, Law & Society, Cultural Studies, English, Film & Video Studies, the Honors College, Psychology, and Women & Gender Studies. 

Spring 2014: Let the Fire Burn with Jason Osder. Cosponsored by African & African American Studies, Communication, Criminology, Law, & Society, Cultural Studies, English, Film & Video Studies, History & Art History, the Honors College, Office of Diversity, Inclusion, & Multicultural Education, University Life, and Women & Gender Studies.

 

Fall 2013: The New Black with Yoruba Richen. Cosponsored by the Film & Media Studies Program, and cosponsored by African & African American Studies, Cultural Studies, English, Film & Video Studies, the Honors College, the LGBTQ Resources Program, Sociology & Anthropology, University Life, and Women & Gender Studies.

Fall 2013: Where Soldiers Come From with Heather Courtney. Cosponsored by the Honors College, Film and Media Studies, Department of Criminology, Law and Society, University Life, and the Everlasting Life Cafe. 

 

 

Spring 2013: Reportero with Bernardo Ruiz. Cosponsored by Latin American Studies, Film and Media Studies, African and African American Studies, Communication, Cultural Studies, Film and Video Studies, Global Interdisciplinary Programs, Global Studies Abroad, Human Rights & Global Justice Working Group,  Sociology & Anthropology, and University Life.

Spring 2013: Beneath the Blindfold with Kathy Berger and Ines Sommer. Cosponsored by Film and Media Studies and Film and Video Studies.  

 

 

 

Fall 2012: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (Alison Klayman 2012). Followed by Q&A with artist and activist Hasan Elahi. Organized by Beth Hoffman, of the English Department. Cosponsored by Film and Media Studies, the English Department.

 

Fall 2012: The Waiting Room with Peter Nicks and the Washington Post's Ann Hornaday. Cosponsored by Film and Media Studies, African and African American Studies, Communication, Cultural Studies, English, Film and Video Studies, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education, the School of Nursing, and University Life. 

Spring 2012: Better This World with Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega, Cosponsored by Film and Media Studies, Communication, English, Film and Video Studies, History and Art History, and University Life.

 

Spring 2012: Dogtown and Z-Boys with Peggy Oki, with Multicultural Research & Resource Center. 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2011: John Carlos and Dave Zirin, Not Just a Game: Power, Politics & American Sports (2010) and discussion of their co-authored book, The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World. Collaboration with African and African American Studies and the GMU Athletic Department. 

Spring 2011: Sara Nesson and Robynn Murray, Poster Girl.

 

 

 

 

Spring 2011: Living for 32 with Colin Godard, with Criminology, Law, and Society.  

 

 

 

Fall 2010: Family Affair with Chico Colvard. Cosponsored by African and African American Studies, Cultural Studies, Women and Gender Studies, English, and Film and Video Studies.

 

Fall 2010: Loins of Punjab Presents with Manish Acharya, with the English Department. 

 

 

 

 

Spring 2007: Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story with Chris Sheridan and Patty Kim. 

 

 

 

Spring 2003: All the Real Girls with David Gordon Green and Paul Schneider.  

 

 

 

  

Spring 1995: Cheryl Dunye, selected short films: She Don't Fade (1991), Janine (1990), and Greetings from Africa (1994)