Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival 2013 FACES OF

March 21 - April 13

COMING SOON!
GENESIS & LADY JAYE
APRIL 12

about

"Whoever controls the media, controls the mind." - Jim Morrison

The Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival, sponsored by the Humanities Center, is proud to present its 2013 theme, Faces of Media. From March 21st - April 13th, audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy Pittsburgh premiere screenings of over a dozen brand new and award-winning films from Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Denmark, Norway, Romania, Austria, Finland, Spain, Poland, the Ukraine, the Congo, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Japan, China, Australia, Canada, and the United States. All films are presented in English or with English subtitles.

From the young protestors in Egypt who utilized social media apps like Facebook to mobilize a revolution to an American community in the near future that maintains social contact through constant live video feeds on individual home computers, the compelling real-life and fictional faces introduced by these films will provoke thoughtful questions about how our global media impacts society and vice versa. Contemporary issues concerning the societal effects of rapid globalized media development, such as violence, (in)justice, identity transformation, voyeurism, obsession, networking, and alienation, will be highlighted in the films through the unique constructs of language, imagery, and narrative.

We are thrilled to introduce you to powerful films from around the globe that we believe are extraordinarily unique and relevant to our time. Even in the digital age where we can access almost anything with the click of a mouse, these rare new releases are not yet available to stream online. Beyond the screenings themselves, audiences may continue to explore the complex and multifarious themes of these films at our events by participating in Q&A sessions with international directors, viewing interactive performances by student artists, and tasting delicious global cuisine from local eateries.

Whether you are fluent in all things related to new media or prefer to observe the constantly changing technology trends from a distance, the 2013 Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival: Faces of Media will provide you with the perfect chance to learn more about our evolving world of globalized communication through a cinematic lens. We look forward to seeing your faces in the audience!


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Opening Night (March 21) with Reception
$10 seniors/students $15 others

Regular Admissions
$5 seniors/students $8 others

Full Access Festival Pass (excludes Opening Night)
$25 seniors/students $50 others

With the purchase of a ticket to any of our feature films, you will receive a free pass to the Short Films Screening.

After purchasing a ticket online, you will receive your ticket at the screening.

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Full Access Festival Pass
Abendland, Wednesday, April 10, 5:00
You’ve Been Trumped, Wednesday, April 10, 7:00
The Punk Syndrome, Thursday, April 11, 7:00
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, Friday, April 12, 7:00
Back to the Square, Saturday, April 13, 7:00



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films

Abendland

Abendland takes us behind the scenes of European nightlife -- into a multitude of nighttime settings from a rave, to a hospital, to a porn-shoot, to an airport bathroom. Europe is presented as a fragmented yet cohesive whole, bound together by machine technology.
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Back to the Square

Back to the Square is a powerful documentary that reveals citizens' continuing struggles following the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Roughly six months after the "Facebook Revolution", Director Petr Lom explores the lives of five seemingly unrelated people.
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The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

Genesis P-Orridge is an innovative English rocker and the heralded founder of "industrial music". A self-described "cultural engineer", s/he is also a widely influential avant-garde performance artist. This gorgeously shot documentary is a glimpse into the life of Genesis and h/er love, Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge.
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Blood in the Mobile (Blod i mobilen)

Mainstream film introduced us to the corrupt world of the blood diamond industry in Africa, but rarely do we hear about the equally coveted African conflict minerals that hide in our cell phones and other favorite electronics.
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Crocodile in the Yangtze (《扬子鳄的胜利:马云与阿里巴巴》)

To build China's first global Internet company, Alibaba Group, entrepreneur Jack Ma battles the U.S. online giant, eBay. Crocodile in the Yangtze is an independent memoir written, directed, and produced by Porter Erisman, an American who worked in Ma's company for eight years.
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Danube Hospital (Donauspital)

In Danube Hospital, sci-fi and avant-garde meet modern medicine. The setting is Austria's Donauspital, where birth, death, and gore constitute day-to-day activity. Geyrhalter's exquisite shot-compositions aestheticize each unit of the hospital microcosm.
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Fame High

Fame: we all dream about it at some point in life. Whether it's walking on the red carpet or performing on stage in front of a screaming crowd, the idea of fame is something our culture has put on a pedestal. It’s easy to forget that behind the glitz and glamor, there is diligence, discipline, and perseverance.
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Fragments of a Revolution

We watched the news headlines as a nation’s youth took to the streets to demand justice. We added a ribbon to our Twitter defaults to show support for the protesters. This is not the story of Egypt, Libya, or Syria, but of the movement that started it all: the Green Revolution in Iran.
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Gaamer

This is the world of Quake Live, the online FPS at the heart of a network of young Ukrainian gamers. For "Koss", this virtual gamespace gives purpose to a life otherwise marked by boredom and dissatisfaction.
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Hello! How Are You? (Bună! Ce Faci?)

Gabriela and Gabriel are in a dull and passionless marriage. Using online chatrooms, they both find excitement in sharing personal and intimate details about their lives with a complete stranger.
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InContact

The age of social networking and reality TV brings new meaning to the term "intimacy". Director Ann Oren invites the audience into this voyeuristic world as we, like the characters, sit back and watch as tensions rise and drama unfolds through the eyes of social media.
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The Punk Syndrome (Kovasikajuttu)

At a time when the mentally handicapped are still fighting for representation and regard in society, four rockers take solace in an alternative culture that celebrates misfits.
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Sushi: The Global Catch

Even if you do not speak Japanese, you are probably familiar with the mouthwatering word, "sushi". In this documentary, Director Mark Hall guides us through the fascinating world of the global sushi phenomenon.
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Suspiciously in Love

A shy young man named Albert seeks love online and, while surfing the net, stumbles upon Basia. Each employs the same dating strategy - Basia claims to be a mysterious woman named Simone while Albert poses as handsome French beau.
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Tahrir: Liberation Square

Experience the overthrow of a 30-year regime of oppression, corruption, and abuse in Stefano Savona's documentary, Tahir: Liberation Square. Savona introduces us to young Egyptians who, day by day, come to the Square, chanting, marching and discussing the bright future of a free Egypt.
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The We and the I

This film opens with group of Bronx teenagers boarding a city bus on the last day of school. Before you get too comfortable, rest assured: this is not a sugar-coated high school drama, or a romantic coming-of-age story.
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You've Been Trumped

What happens when money is more powerful than people? In 2006, Donald Trump purchased an estate on the northeast coast of Scotland, planning to build a complex of golf courses, luxury flats, and a grand hotel.
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schedule

Friday, February 22 | buy tickets

McConomy Auditorium, CMU University Center
6:30 - Danube Hospital (Austria, 2012)
*Goodman Faces of Work Screening

Thursday, March 21 | buy tickets

Melwood Screening Room
7:15 - The We and the I (USA, 2012)
+ Opening Night Reception

Friday, March 22 | buy tickets

McConomy Auditorium, CMU University Center
7:00 - Crocodile in the Yangtze (China/USA, 2012)
+ Director Porter Erisman will attend
+ Goodman Faces of Work Opening Reception

Saturday, March 23 | buy tickets

Melwood Screening Room
5:00 - Suspiciously in Love (Poland, 2013)
7:00 - In Contact (Israel/USA, 2012)
+ Director Ann Oren will attend

Sunday, March 24 | buy tickets

Melwood Screening Room
3:00 - Tahrir - Liberation Square (Italy/France, 2011)

McConomy Auditorium, CMU University Center
5:30 - Sushi: The Global Catch (USA/ Poland/Japan/Australia, 2011)
+ Reception
*Goodman Faces of Work Screening

Wednesday, April 3 | buy tickets

McConomy Auditorium, CMU University Center
7:00 - Blood in the Mobile (Germany/England/Congo, 2011)
*Goodman Faces of Work Screening

Thursday, April 4 | buy tickets

McConomy Auditorium, CMU University Center
7:00 - Gaamer (Ukraine, 2012)
+ LAN Party

Friday, April 5 | buy tickets

McConomy Auditorium, CMU University Center
7:00 - Short Film Competition

Saturday, April 6 | buy tickets

McConomy Auditorium, CMU University Center
7:00 - Fame High (USA, 2012)
+ Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy will attend
+ Reception
*Goodman Faces of Work Screening

Sunday, April 7 | buy tickets

Melwood Screening Room
2:00 - Fragments of a Revolution (France, 2011)
+ Reception

Regent Square Theater
5:00 - Hello! How Are You? (Romania/Spain/Italy, 2011)

Wednesday, April 10 | buy tickets

McConomy Auditorium, CMU University Center
5:00 - Abendland (Austria, 2011)
*Goodman Faces of Work Screening

McConomy Auditorium, CMU University Center
7:00 - You've Been Trumped (UK, 2012)
*Goodman Faces of Work Screening

Friday, April 12 | buy tickets

McConomy Auditorium, CMU University Center
7:00 - The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (USA/France, 2011)
+ Reception

Saturday, April 13 | buy tickets

McConomy Auditorium, CMU University Center
7:00 - Back to the Square (Norway/Canada, 2012)
+ Director Petr Lom will attend
+ Reception

All films are either in English or with English subtitles.

Locations:

McConomy Auditorium, CMU University Center
5000 Forbes Avenue

Melwood Screening Room
477 Melwood Avenue

Regent Square Theater
1035 S. Braddock Avenue


Ticket Prices:

Opening Night (March 21) with Reception
$10 seniors/students $15 others

Regular Admissions
$5 seniors/students $8 others

Full Access Festival Pass
$25 seniors/students $50 others

* a valid student/OSHER ID must be presented when picking up tickets for student pricing


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events

Opening Night Event - March 21st, Melwood Screening Room, 7:15pm

Faces of Media is excited to kick-off this year's festival with The We and The I, an innovative new film from acclaimed director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Science of Sleep). The opening night celebration features delectable, multicultural "street food", as well an impressive selection of imported beers, courtesy of Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale. Guests will meet the team that made the festival possible during a special opening night ceremony and enjoy an interactive discussion following the film with Carnegie Mellon instructor of English Matthew Lambert.

Presented in conjunction with the Humanities Scholars Program @ CMU


"Goodman Faces of Work" Opening Night Event - March 22nd, McConomy Auditorium @ CMU, 7:00pm

The Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival: Faces of Media is proud to present a mini festival series within our larger program. In this memorial tribute to Carnegie Mellon professor and renowned scholar Dr. Paul Goodman, we will be premiering seven international films that relate not only to global media, but also to Paul’s area of focus: the theme of work. Our Opening Night screening for this component is Crocodile in the Yangtze, a documentary that follows entrepreneur Jack Ma’s journey in developing a small internet startup venture from an apartment that grows to be one of China’s largest companies and a top competitor for eBay. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film’s director and former co-worker of Jack Ma, Porter Erisman. Preceding the feature film, we will debut Paul Goodman’s short film, CERT, a compelling first look at the small Carnegie Mellon cybersecurity center that has now evolved into a renowned program that counters sophisticated cyber threats on campus and nationwide.

Supported by Chinese Students & Scholar Association @ CMU


Short Film Screening - April 5th, McConomy Auditorium @ CMU, 7:00pm

For the fourth consecutive year, the CMU International Film Festival will include an International Student Short Film Screening. The aim of the event is for audiences to see student perspectives from across the globe on a variety of issues. All undergraduate and graduate students at accredited institutions have the exciting opportunity to submit short films to be screened at the event and entered into a special competition. Selected submissions will be presented, three top prizes (First Prize: $1000, Second Prize: $500, Third Prize: $250) will be awarded, and an Honorable Mention will be announced.

Presented in conjunction with the Department of Media Arts @ Robert Morris University


Filmmaker Workshops

Faces of Media is excited to present two film workshops by Scott Hamilton Kennedy (Fame High) and Petr Lom (Back to the Square). This is your chance to talk and interact with award-winning international directors and learn more about the art of filmmaking! Both events are free and open to the public.


Scott Hamilton Kennedy Film Workshop - April 5th, GRW Theater in the University Center @ Point Park University, 1:00pm

The Point Park Cinema and Digital Arts Department will host a workshop on their campus led by Academy Award-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy on Friday, April 5th, at 1:00pm. This session will cover the process of independent documentary production from start to finish, and aspiring filmmakers of all experience levels are welcome to attend. Scott will discuss the steps involved in taking an original idea and making it into a successful documentary, highlighting necessary components such as script, funding, pitching ideas, shooting/collecting elements for the film, post production, and distribution. This course is a unique opportunity for everybody to gain insights from Scott Kennedy as he dissects each part of the film production process.

Presented in conjunction with The Department of Cinema and& Digital Arts @ the Point Park University


Petr Lom Film Workshop - April 15th, Giant Eagle Auditorium @ CMU’s Baker Hall, 5:00pm

Harvard-educated philosophy professor-turned-filmmaker Petr Lom will lead a workshop about human rights documentary filmmaking. Petr works in a largely observational, cinema verité style, and in this class he will pass on some of the main lessons he has learned over the course of his career. He will discuss the challenges and ethical dilemmas of creating a human rights film, in addition to methods for cultivating one’s skill as an observational filmmaker. Everyone from students to academics to artists will enjoy this class led by an individual with a profound appreciation for teaching as well as filmmaking.

Presented in conjunction with the Center for the Arts in Society @ CMU


Closing Night Event - April 13th, McConomy Auditorium @ CMU, 7:00pm

The 2013 Faces of Media festival closes this year with the compelling documentary on post-revolution Egypt, Back to the Square. Following the film, audiences can enjoy an interactive discussion with director Petr Lom and a Closing Night reception provided by Allegro Hearth Bakery and Margaret's Fine Imports.

Presented in conjunction with the Center for the Arts in Society @ CMU


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faces

Caitlin Cox
@SelectionCoordinator
#InContact #Gaamer
Twitter // @caitliebling #dramaturgy
Instagram // @caitliebling #valencia
Spotify // #motown
Netflix // #SNL

Caitlin is gloriously close to graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Dramaturgy*.

*To learn about this mysterious field of study, consult the Internet.
Nicole DiMascio
@SocialMediaCoordinator
Nicole DiMascio, one of the Social Media Coordinators for this year's festival, is a Senior Decision Science major from Rhode Island. She is addicted to peanut butter and Girl Scout cookies and she enjoys curling up with a glass of Chardonnay and a heated blanket while watching foreign films. You'll always find Nicole rocking a maxi skirt and attending free food events. Nicole aspires to work in the television industry post-graduation and credits her impending success to strong women in comedy such as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
Ari Halevy
@PRCoordinator
#YouveBeenTrumped
Ari is a sophomore at Carnegie Mellon University, where he studies business along with vocal performance and film production. Outside of class, he loves to serenade the masses in his a cappella group or write scripts for future films he will eventually get around to producing. When he’s not doing these activities, he loves to compose soundtracks for his projects and cook all sorts of delectable dishes. Ari belongs to the PR committee and is stoked to see You’ve Been Trumped here at the festival.
Julia Joy
@SelectionsCoordinator
#DanubeHospital #Abendland
Julia is a student at the University of Pittsburgh where she majors in Film Studies and Communications. Julia’s contributions to the CMU International Film Festival included promoting and organizing the screening of Danube Hospital. A self-affirmed culture snob, Julia will be moving back to her homeland of New York City after graduating next year. In the mean time, she enjoys old movies, television, swing jazz, punk rock, and anything “high brow.”
Sarah Khalbuss
@LogisticsCoordinator
#BacktotheSquare #TahrirLiberationSquare
Sarah is sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh where she studies Global Studies, Sociology, and Arabic. Her interests include long walks on the beach, drinking coffee, and talking to strangers. She has many future career-dreams, including working at NPR, teaching English in Taiwan, and opening a restaurant. Her favorite film, Petr Lom's Back to the Square, portrays Egypt since the January 2011 revolution and introduces us to five Egyptians whose stories show that the revolution continues. Sarah believes that media is a powerful tool in a society, and especially enjoys media's ability to connect people to others around the world.
Lisa Kwon
@PRCoordinator
#PunkSyndrome
Lisa Kwon is a senior at CMU studying Decision Science and Professional Writing. Upon graduating, she is swiftly packing her bags and scurrying back home to Los Angeles, where she will find that her dream job in the entertainment or sports industry has been waiting for her all along. When she isn’t fantasizing behind textbooks and papers, Lisa spends her time hip-hop dancing and yelling about basketball games. Her film festival contributions include executing social media strategies for the events and serving as a main point of contact amongst the many members on the team. She is most looking forward to The Punk Syndrome and Hello! How Are You?
Talia Shea Levin
@ShortFilmCompetitionCoordinator
@FilmClubLiaison

Talia Shea is a Sophomore BHA student at Carnegie Mellon with Concentrations in Directing and Creative Writing. She hopes to write, direct, and produce action films that make jaws drop and brains think, too, but she loves all genres of film and usually of theater and art as well. Her favorite flavors of ice cream are green tea and birthday cake, but not at the same time. She is excited for all the new talent on display in the Short Film Competition and also for The We and the I because Michel Gondry is pretty cool.
Wenzhao Liu (Alan)
@FundraisingCoordinator
#BacktotheSquare #TahrirLiberationSquare #CrocodileintheYangtze
Wenzhao (Alan) Liu comes from Shanghai, China. He is now studying entertainment industry management at Carnegie Mellon, but no one doubts his talent in ruining music by singing any song completely off key. Luckily, he treats the film industry very well and likes all the indie and documentary movies. Among this year's selections, Wenzhao is excited for Crocodile in the Yangtze, Back to the Square, and Tahrir: Liberation Square.
Jingya Liu
@ShortFilmCompetitionCoordinator
@ChineseComponentCoordinator
#CrocodileintheYangtze

After getting her bachelor's degree in International Economics in San Diego, Jingya went on to learn filmmaking at New York Film Academy. Currently, she is a master's student in Entertainment Industry Management at Carnegie Mellon University. 65% of the time her brain is thinking blah, huh, why, how, strategy, story, food and love. The other 35% she's usually asleep or doing yoga. She is also obsessed with matcha and her favorite musician is Leehom Wang.
Nicole Marrow
@PRCoordinator
#TheBalladofGenesis&LadyJaye

Nicole is a sophomore at Carnegie Mellon majoring in Decision Science and pursuing a minor in Film and Media Studies. She is involved with the Selection, Logistics, and Public Relations Committees. Following in the footsteps of her heroes Andy Cohen and Chelsea Handler, Nicole hopes to put her passion for television and social media to good use by going pro in the field of pop culture commentary, maybe meeting a Real Housewife or two along the way. Her favorite film in this year's festival is The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye.
Kimmy Nguyen
@LogisticsCoordinator
#YouveBeenTrumped #FameHigh

Kimmy is currently pursuing her Master's in Arts Management at CMU. She is from Virginia and received her music degree in Piano Performance at James Madison University. Aside from her passion for music, she is also a movie enthusiast and enjoys watching any type of film. She helped coordinate the screenings for Fame High and You've Been Trumped for this year's festival.
Nicole Shero
@DesignCoordinator
Nicole Shero serves as the festival's external PR coordinator. Well-known by collaborators for saying, "Right, so do you have a plan for that... at all?", Nicole works with various artists and companies in Pittsburgh to simplify and automate the phrenetic challenge of managing one's own arts career. An avid supporter of independent artists of all disciplines, Nicole has worked with the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, PearlArts Studios, and others. If she's not sitting on her couch with a pile of knitting and her cell phone on silent so nobody will bother her, she's probably out dancing. Her favorite film is Fame High.
Cristina Shin
@DesignCoordinator
#DanubeHospital

Cristina is a junior industrial design major at the Carnegie Mellon's School of Design. She loves traveling and hiking, in addition to watching international documentaries and films. She also enjoys a good book with a good cup of coffee or tea and music. She loves to design, whether it be designing products, clothes, or posters.
Hyun Doug Kim
@DesignCoordinator
#SushiTheGlobalCatch
Hyun Doug was born in Sydney, Australia. She grew up in Australia, Korea, the States and million other places in between before landing in Pittsburgh. She currently is a sophomore majoring in Communication Design. Hyun Doug loves to bake, cook and drink tea. She is a pie maker with a strong Australian-Korean accent that no one will ever forget.
Dian Song
@FundraisingCoordinator
#SushiTheGlobalCatch

Dian is in his first year of the Master of Entertainment Industry Management program at Carnegie Mellon. Coming from China, Dian found his interest in international cinema while pursuing his undergraduate in Japan. Dian hopes to do international film distribution and acquisition after graduation. He loves traveling, dancing, theatre, photography and writing.
Cynthia Tam
@PRCoordinator
Cynthia Tam is a University of Pittsburgh graduate who majored in art history and psychology. As a person with occasional hermit-like tendencies growing up in an age where mass media is rapidly becoming a vital element of daily life, she can be daunted by all of the information that leaps at her. However, it is also in media where she finds remarkable instances of inspiration, insightful exchange, ways to become more involved, and liberating forms of self-expression. She hopes that you too will find instances of these things in this year's poignant set of festival films.
Amanda Holtz
@SocialMediaCoordinator
#TheWe&theI #FameHigh

Amanda is a first-year graduate student at Carnegie Mellon in the Master of Entertainment Industry Management Program. She comes to Pittsburgh after working in Finance for a few years in Chicago and graduating from the University of Wisconsin (Go, Badgers!). This year, she is helping coordinate social media and promotion for the festival. Outside of film, Amanda loves live music, traveling and going out to dinner with friends. She is looking forward to the screenings of The We & the I and Fame High.
Melissa Mak
@DesignCoordinator
#HelloHowAreYou

Melissa Mak is a junior studying Communication Design with a minor in Photography at Carnegie Mellon. During her free time, she loves taking photographs with her film, digital and instant cameras, cooking good food, and exploring new places. She's a curious person who loves making small discoveries. As a designer, she loves creating meaningful and engaging experiences that have positive impact. You can see her work at melissamak.net.
Sara Faradji
@DirectorsAssistant @SelectionsCoordinator
#BloodintheMobile #FragmentsofaRevolution

Sara is a senior Global Studies major, adventure game enthusiast, and proud mother of two (cats). After spending a summer in the African wilderness of Cape Town, South Africa, and Kigali, Rwanda, she is happy to return to CMU to be a part of the film festival for a third consecutive year. She is most excited to introduce Fragments of a Revolution and Blood in the Mobile to Pittsburgh audiences. If you are a fellow fan of Werner Herzog, Six Feet Under, or Cormac McCarthy, she welcomes you to stalk her on Facebook and Twitter.
Claire Chan
Web Developer
Claire is a sophomore Computer Science major at CMU's School of Computer Science. She develops and maintains this year's International Film Festival website. Her interests include foreign media, coding pretty interfaces, sleeping, and eating cheese. Visit her website here.
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contact

For Festival information, please contact:

Jolanta Lion
@FilmFestivalDirector
Email: jola@cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 445-6292
Mailing Address:
The 2013 Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival: Faces of Media
Carnegie Mellon University
The Humanities Center
Baker Hall A 60-F
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890


For Humanities Center information, please contact:

David Shumway
@DirectorofCMUHumanitiesCenter
Email: shumway@cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 268-7176
Mailing Address:
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