Festival Schedule

YSFF 2019 Filmmaking Masterclass with Giorgio Ferrero

April 18, 2019 at 4:30 PM
Whitney Humanities Center Room B-04, Yale University

The Yale Student Film Festival and the Department of Italian Language and Literature present a masterclass on independent filmmaking with award-winning director Giorgio Ferrero, whose debut feature Beautiful Things will screen at the YSFF opening night.

Ferrero’s seminar-sized masterclass will focus on the making of Beautiful Things, including notes from the original screenplay, photographs from production, and storyboard sketches. Ferrero will speak with students about scoring and sound design, visual post-production techniques, and strategies for producing films with small teams and micro-budgets. The class will also include a private screening of Ferrero’s documentary short Riverbero (2014) and a presentation of his recent virtual reality project Denoise (2017).

YSFF 2019 Yale Filmmakers Block

April 18, 2019 at 6 PM
Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, Yale University

YSFF 2019 Opening Screening: Beautiful Things

April 18, 2019 at 8 PM

Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, Yale University

Join us on the opening night of the fifth Yale Student Film Festival for a screening and discussion of the Venice Biennale documentary selection Beautiful Things with director Giorgio Ferrero in person. Wildly ambitious and visually ravishing, Beautiful Things follows four men who work in isolation at remote scientific and industrial sites around the world to trace the rhythms that attend to modern cycles of production, consumption, and destruction.

 

The screening will take place on Thursday, April 18, at 8 PM in the Whitney Humanities Center auditorium and will be followed by a Q&A with director Giorgio Ferrero.

 

This event is sponsored by the Dean’s Discretionary Fund for the Arts and co-presented by the Department of Italian Language and Literature.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

 

Giorgio Ferrero is an award-winning filmmaker, composer, and photographer based in Turin, Italy. He currently works as Creative Director of the multidisciplinary studio MYBOSSWAS with collaborators Federico Biasin and Rodolfo Mongitore. He has composed soundtracks for numerous films, theatrical performances, and installations, including works by Paolo Giordano, Daniele Gaglianone, Gianluca e Massimiliano De Serio, and Stephen Fingleton. His own installations have been exhibited at Bordeaux Biennale, MAXXI Museum, Lisbon Experimenta Design Biennale, Palazzo Madama in Turin, Museo d’Arte Orientale in Turin, and Museo del tessuto in Prato. Beautiful Things, Ferrero’s debut feature, interrogates the “bulimic lifestyle” of the modern world through the stories of men in four remotes locations who unconsciously trigger the creation, transport, commercialization, and destruction of things. It won the NEXT: WAVE Award at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival, and was nominated for the Best Documentary Film at the Fabrique Du Cinema Awards, the Rome Film Fest, and the Taipei Film Festival.

 

YSFF 2019 Experimental Shorts

April 19, 2019 at 1 PM
Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, Yale University

YSFF 2019 Narrative Shorts

April 19, 2019 at 4 PM
Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, Yale University

YSFF 2019: An Evening with the New Negress Film Society

April 19, 2019 at 7 PM
Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, Yale University

The Yale Student Film Festival and the Yale Black Women’s Coalition present a program of short works by the New Negress Film Society, a collective of black women filmmakers whose priority is to create spaces for support, exhibition, and consciousness-raising. Womanist in content and experimental in form, these films run the gamut from documentary portraits (Ryann Holmes) to a mock cable-access children’s show starring a Grim Reaper host (Everybody Dies!).

 

The screening will take place on Friday, April 19, at 7 PM in the Whitney Humanities Center auditorium and will be followed by a discussion with NNFS collective members Stefani Saintonge and Yvonne Michelle Shirley.

 

This event is co-sponsored by the Dean’s Discretionary Fund for the Arts and Films at the Whitney. It is free and open to the public.

 

THE PROGRAM

 

Ryann Holmes (Chanelle Aponte Pearson, 2016)

Seventh Grade (Stefani Saintonge, 2014)

Pain Revisited (Dyani Douze, 2015)

Miasia: The Nature of Experience (Yvonne Michelle Shirley, 2017)

Giverny I (Ja’Tovia Gary, 2017)

Cakes Da Killa: NO HOMO (Ja’Tovia Gary, 2013)

Everybody Dies! (Frances Bodomo, 2016)

 

ABOUT THE NEW NEGRESS FILM SOCIETY

 

The New Negress Film Society, founded in 2013, is formed by Chanelle Aponte Pearson, Nuotama Bodomo, Dyani Douze, Ja’Tovia Gary, Stefani Saintonge and Yvonne Michelle Shirley. Their work has screened at Sundance Film Festival, SXSW Festival, International Film Festival at Rotterdam, Pan African Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Lincoln Center’s African Film Festival. Members of NNFS have worked on films with Spike Lee and the Oscar-nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis. They have received prizes that include the Gotham Award and the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Discovery Award. In March, NNFS collaborates with the Museum of Modern Art to organize the inaugural Black Women’s Film Conference.

 

YSFF 2019 Documentary Shorts

April 20, 2019 at 4 PM
Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, Yale University

YSFF 2019 Yale Senior Thesis Films

April 20, 2019 at 7 PM
Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, Yale University