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Communications Media Lecture Series wraps up Thursday

Posted 04/14/15

Ivan & Ivana explores the attraction and ambivalence of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood's depiction of the USA juxtaposing the hardships, successes and the humorous escapades of the young immigrant couple.Fitchburg State University continues its Communications Media Lecture Series this spring with presentations from noted professionals in the fields of photography, design and documentary filmmaking.

The series concludes Thursday, April 16 at 3:30 p.m. with a talk by filmmaker, teacher and film programmer Jeff Silva. Based in Boston, Silva’s recently completed projects include Ivan & Ivana (2011) and Balkan Rhapsodies: 78 Measures of War (2008), which have been exhibited at festivals, and museums internationally, including: MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, The Viennale, Visions du Reel, Valdivia , Flahertiana, and DocAviv. Ivan & Ivana explores the attraction as well as the ambivalence to the glitz and glamour associated with Hollywood’s depiction of the USA by juxtaposing the hardships, successes and the humorous escapades of the young immigrant couple.

From 2006-09, Silva was a teaching fellow at Harvard University where he helped develop the Sensory Ethnography Lab curriculum with Lucien Taylor.  The SEL is a practice-­based program of visual anthropology exploring the interstices of art, anthropology and documentary film. Currently, he is a professor of film at the Massachusetts College of Art.

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