Position Department: Media Arts
Position School: School of Informatics, Humanities and Social Sciences
The Media Arts Department, in conjunction with the Center for Documentary Production and Study, at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is currently seeking candidates for the University’s 10th Visiting Documentary Filmmaker for a 16-week residency in documentary filmmaking for the Fall semester 2020.
• teach one documentary production class; • screen and discuss the filmmaker’s production work on campus and/or in the community; the filmmaker must have the right to screen her/his work while in residence; • be an active member of the university community, which includes participating in diverse activities, such as but not limited to, class visits, screenings, lectures, jurying student competition work, and engaging with students and faculty; • participate as a keynote filmmaker/presenter in MoonDocs® 2020 (a university documentary film event); and • make proven progress on the filmmaker’s own documentary work during the residency; the planned work outline to be submitted with the application. The visiting filmmaker is responsible for the production and any related costs of her/his film. During the residency the University offers to the Visiting Documentary Filmmaker • a monthly stipend payment during the residency (four months); • on-campus housing in the three-storey Snee-Reinhardt House for Media Arts which includes a spacious furnished 1-bedroom apartment with a kitchen on the upper level, a multipurpose studio work area on the main floor, and a high-definition 20-seat screening facility on the lower level; • round trip airfare in coach to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; • access to production and post-production facilities, equipment and studios in the University’s Academic Media Center. The program is fully funded by Robert Morris University. The University is located in a scenic western suburban neighborhood with a 25-minute drive from downtown Pittsburgh. Meals, transportation, and apartment maintenance and cleaning during the residency are the responsibility of the candidate. A valid driver’s license is required. The position is contingent upon the successful completion of a background screening, including degree verification and driving record. International candidates must be eligible for a J-1 visa. The University will assist with applying for a J-1 visa and appropriate medical health insurance if the final candidate is an international candidate.
• Documentary film production experience, including completed film(s) screened to the public at juried film or other juried media festivals and/or on television; • Terminal degree preferred; • Teaching experience preferred; • Inspiring, energetic, and experienced documentarian who: o Understands the challenges of production within an educational environment; o Is passionate about engaging students in documentary production and sharing her/his documentary expertise with students; and o Possesses the drive and vision to see her/his own work through while working in a collaborative environment; • Proficiency in English. Application process To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application by January 15, 2020 including the following required materials: • Cover letter • CV • List of selected filmography with links to work available online • Outline of the proposed documentary work while in residence (maximum length: 2 pages) • Contact information for at least three references who are familiar with the candidate’s documentary film work (to be contacted only on the candidate’s approval). Only applications that include all required materials will be considered.
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