Temple Film & Media Arts Faculty Can Tell You What to Watch!

Temple Film & Media Arts Faculty Can Tell You What to Watch!

Apr 24 2020

by Lindsay Allen

Everyone is looking for the next thing to watch and it would be great to get some recommendations from experts, right? We reached out to our  Film and Media Arts Faculty to see what they are currently watching and what they advise you to take in while you may be stuck at home! 

Alison Crouse, Director of Los Angeles Study Away recommends: 
The Associate Program Director of Los Angeles Study Away, Crouse received her MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University, and her BFA in Photography from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Television Show
Unorthodox, Created by Anna Winger, Currently streaming on Netflix 

Story of a young ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman who flees her arranged marriage and religious community to start a new life abroad.

Shirkers, Written and Directed by Sandi Tan, Currently streaming on Netflix 

In 1992, teenager Sandi Tan and her friends Sophie and Jasmine shot Singapore's first indie -- a road movie called "Shirkers" -- with their enigmatic American mentor, Georges Cardona. After shooting wrapped, Georges vanished with all the footage.

Afia Nathaniel, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Arts recommends:
American-Pakistan filmmaker, Afia loves pushing the boundaries of narrative cinema. Her debut feature film Dukhtar (Daughter) premiered at Toronto in 2014 before becoming Pakistan’s Official Submission for Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards®. 

Television Show(s)
Chicago Fire, Created by Michael Brandt & Derek Haas, Currently streaming on Amazon Prime

The pressure to perform on such a high level has a way of taking a personal toll, sometimes putting team members from the Truck and the specially trained Rescue Squad at odds with each other. Despite any differences, this is an extended family, and when it's "go time", everyone inside Firehouse 51 knows no other way than to lay it all on the line for each other.

Kingdom, Directed by Kim Seong-Hun, Currently streaming on Netflix 
The deceased king rises and a mysterious plague begins to spread; the prince must face a new breed of enemies to unveil the evil scheme and save his people.

Parasite, Directed by Bong Joon Ho, Currently streaming on Hulu 

Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.

Warren Bass, Professor of Film and Media Arts recommends:
An independent filmmaker and former chair of Film and Media Arts at Temple University, Professor Bass teaches screen directing, cinematography, animation, and advanced documentary and fiction film workshops.

Television Show
ABSTRACT: The Art of Design, Created by Scott Dadich, Currently streaming on Netflix 

A look beyond blueprints and computers into the art and science of design, showcasing great designers from every discipline whose work shapes our world.

LeAnn Erickson, Professor of Film and Media Arts recommends:
Professor of film and video production in the Film and Media Arts department, LeAnn has been an independent video and filmmaker for over 30 years. Her work has appeared on public and cable television and in media and art galleries, and has won national and international recognition in video and film festivals. 

Television Show
Derry Girls, Created by Lisa McGee, Currently streaming on Netflix 

The personal exploits of a 16-year-old girl and her family and friends during the Troubles in the early 1990s.

Troop Zero, Directed by Bert & Bertie, Currently streaming on Amazon Prime

In rural 1977 Georgia, a misfit girl dreams of life in outer space.  When a national competition offers her a chance at her dream, to be recorded on NASA’s Golden Record, she recruits a makeshift troop of Birdie Scouts, forging friendships that last a lifetime and beyond.

Lauren Wolkstein, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Arts recommends:
Wolkstein is an assistant professor of film and an award-winning filmmaker who received her MFA in film directing from Columbia University’s graduate film program and a BA in computer science and film from Duke University. Her films have screened all over the world including Sundance, SXSW, San Sebastian

Television Show 
The Sopranos, Created By David Chase, Currently streaming on Amazon Prime 

New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.

The Sacrifice, Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, Currently streaming on the Criterion Collection 

At the dawn of World War III, a man searches for a way to restore peace to the world and finds he must give something in return.

#TempleMade Television Shows and Films 

Want to support Temple Alums too? Here is a list of some films and shows that feature #TempleMade artists!

Television Shows 
Queen Sugar, Created by Ava DuVerney, Currently streaming on Hulu 
Season 3 Episode 3 was directed by Professor Lauren Wolkstein 

Follows the life of three siblings, who move to Louisiana to claim an inheritance from their recently departed father - an 800-acre sugarcane farm.

Clemency, Written and Directed by Alum Chinonye Chukwu, Can be found on Amazon prime, Google Play, and Vudu
As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

Dukhtar, Written and Directed by Professor Afia Nathaniel, Currently streaming on Netflix
In the mountains of Pakistan, a mother and her ten-year-old daughter flee their home on the eve of the girl's marriage to a tribal leader. A deadly hunt for them begins.

Quest, Directed by Alum Jonathan Olshefski, Can be found on PBS and POV
A husband and wife live in an impoverished neighborhood in north Philadelphia while they raise their daughter and run a recording studio in their basement.

A Woman, A Part, Written and Directed by Professor Elisabeth Subrin, Can be found on Itunes, Vudu, and Google Play 
An exhausted, workaholic actress, Anna Baskin, 44, abruptly extricates herself from a successful but mind-numbing TV role, returning to her past life in New York to reinvent herself.

The Imitation Game, Directed by Morten Tyldum and Edited by Alum William Goldenberg, Can be found on Amazon Prime 
During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Annabelle Comes Home, Directed by Alum Gary Dauberman , Currently streaming on HBO
While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll.

6 Underground, Directed by Michael Bay and Edited by Alum William Goldenberg, Currently streaming on Netflix 
Meet a new kind of action hero. Six untraceable agents, totally off the grid. They've buried their pasts so they can change the future.

Have a #TempleMade film that you want to promote? Let our marketing people know! You can contact Jason Lindner at Jason.lindner@temple.edu

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