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MICA, Maryland Film Festival, Baltimore Jewish Film Festival Feature Israeli Film Series with Documentarians Dan and Noit Geva; Feb. 11 Screening is Rescheduled for March 10

The College Hosts Award-Winning Filmmaker Dan Geva During His Spring 2010 Schusterman Visiting Artist Residency at MICA

Posted 01.08.10 by MICA Media Relations

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'Description of a Memory' poster

BALTIMORE--MICA, Maryland Film Festival and William & Irene Weinberg Family Baltimore Jewish Film Festival present a free series of Israeli films with Dan Geva--an Israeli documentary film director, cinematographer, producer, editor and academic scholar--during Contemporary Israeli Films: Curated by Dan and Noit Geva, Thursday Feb. 4, 11 and 18, 7:30 p.m. in MICA's Falvey Hall, Brown Center (1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.). THE FEB. 11 SCREENING IS RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 10.

Geva and his wife, Noit, a producer and screenwriter, will introduce and discuss Israeli films during three evenings of screenings and Q & A sessions. The final program will feature the Gevas' latest film, Description of a Memory, which has won the Camera-Stylo Grand Prize at the Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal, among other awards.

MICA hosts Dan Geva as a Spring 2010 Schusterman Visiting Artist, during which he will teach two classes in a collaborative program between MICA's video and film arts department and the film and media studies program at Johns Hopkins University. With funding from the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds, he will participate in many public events throughout Baltimore with partner organizations.

The Gevas have co-produced, written, filmed, edited and directed more than 20 documentaries, including the awardwinning What I Saw in Hebron, The Key and fall. Many of their films have screened throughout the world, notably at the Berlin International Film Festival and the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. Their films have been broadcast on television networks, such as Arte (Franco-German) and SBS (Australian). In 2005, a retrospective of their films was showcased at five cinémathèques in Israel.

Screening schedule:

THE BEETLE, by Yishai Orian, 70 minutes, 2008
Thursday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m., Falvey Hall, Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Attempting to keep his old yet beloved Volkswagen Beetle, which director Yishai Orian's wife complains is unsuitable for their future baby, Orian goes on a journey that begins with the previous owners of the Beetle, continues to Jordan to renovate the car and ends with his child's birth.

DESCRIPTION OF A MEMORY, by Dan and Noit Geva, 80 minutes, 2006
Thursday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m., Falvey Hall, Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
The Gevas confront French filmmaker Chris Marker's classic film Description d'un Combat (1960) and create a poetic and philosophic cinematic dialogue with the original images and text. Marker's film wove together everyday images of Israel as a young country. The Gevas take us to the places Marker warned us about as well as to those which the French master could not have even imagined.

NO. 17, by David Ofek, 76 minutes, 2003
RESCHEDULED: Wednesday, March 10, 7:30 p.m., Falvey Hall, Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
In Israel June 2002, a bus on its way to Tiberius from Tel Aviv was bombed. Seventeen people were killed, 16 were identified. For six months, the filmmakers search for the identity of the anonymous man, number 17, creating a tragic-comic portrait of a society living under the shadow of death.

About the Spring 2010 Schusterman Visiting Artist Residency at MICA:

The Spring 2010 Schusterman Visiting Artist Residency at MICA and public programs are sponsored by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation with additional generous funding from the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds.

The consortium of community organizations and institutions collaborating with MICA on public programs is THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University, Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, Goucher College, Johns Hopkins University Hillel, Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies, Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, The William and Irene Weinberg Family Baltimore Jewish Film Festival, American Jewish Committee, Baltimore Jewish Council and the Maryland Film Festival.

Several newspapers and magazines, including The Baltimore Sun, The City Paper, Baltimore Jewish Times, Urbanite, The Baltimore Messenger, b and Washington Post Express, have written about the residency and film festival. Read The Baltimore Sun's story about Dan Geva here and the Jewish Times' story here. Also, there have been several radio interviews with Geva during his time at MICA, including spots on Shalom USA Radio and on The Marc Steiner Show on WEAA 88.9 FM and WYPR's Maryland Morning With Sheilah Kast (click links to listen).

For more information about Dan Geva and his residency, call MICA's communications office at 410.225.2300. For more information about the partners' specific events, please contact the organizations directly.


Image Caption: Description of a Memory poster

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 48 states and 61 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. Redefining art and design education, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.

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