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Christine Vachon, film producer and director of Stony Brook University and Killer Film’s MFA in Film program, spoke about the tectonic changes in the industry and what the future holds in a June 16, 2017 feature story in Filmmaker Magazine. The article delves into how the traditional film industry is in a period of great transformation and asks arts educators, “What should a film school look like at a time of disruption, and how should a film school respond to that change?” From the magazine: Producer Christine Vachon, who is also director of Stony Brook and Killer Film’s MFA in…

With United States premieres on its opening and closing nights and the world premiere of a moving documentary by a pair of Long Island brothers, the 22nd annual Stony Brook Film Festival presented by Island Federal Credit Union promises something for everyone. The festival runs from July 20-29 at the Staller Center for the Arts and features films from 19 foreign countries, as well as more American independent features and shorts than ever before. Twenty features and 16 short films will be screened over 10 days, with each film treated as a special event, shown on one of the region’s…

Created by dancer Emily Beattie and media artist Eric Gunther, ROLLING POINT is a dynamic video that invites visitors to move and interact with the motions of a dancer projected onto the walls of the Zuccaire Gallery in Staller Center. Multiple large projections create an immersive environment exploring the resonance between our bodies and the bodies we watch on screen. Through interactive technology, visitors’ movements are linked with the movements of a dancer on film. An electroacoustic soundscape swells as visitors move with the film. The Zuccaire Gallery will have special extended hours during the Stony Brook Film Festival. The Gallery will be open all…

New Music for Strings — a collaboration between faculty from the Department of Music at Stony Brook University and faculty at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark — held its first festival last summer in Denmark, bringing together highly skilled performers and composers from both sides of the Atlantic to work with top faculty. This summer, New Music for Strings 2017 features a concert series on Long Island and in New York City that showcases a roster of world-class musicians alongside accomplished student participants, ranging from members of the Emerson String Quartet, violinist Mari Kimura, and faculty from Royal Academy of Music…

Five short plays written and performed by local middle school students will be presented at Stony Brook Southampton’s Avram Theater on Saturday, May 20, at 7 pm as the culminating event of the 2016 Young Artists and Writers Project (YAWP) Middle School Playwriting program. Playwrights for the festival were drawn from YAWP playwriting classes at Eastport South Manor, The Ross School, Shelter Island School, and the YAWP Summer Conference session. The festival represents a collaboration between student playwrights, actors and designers who have been taught and mentored by theater and writing professionals affiliated with Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Creative…

The Japan Center at Stony Brook is hosting the 17th Annual “Sakura Matsuri” Cherry Blossom Festival on Sunday, May 7, from 12 pm to 5 pm, at the Charles B. Wang Center. Japanese lunch will be available for sale in the Jasmine restaurant. Welcome spring to Long Island the Japanese way with the exciting sounds of the taiko drums, the elegance of Japanese dance and music, and a wondrous array of Japanese cultural exhibits and events for the entire family. This is the premier Japanese cultural event on Long Island. Beginning at 12 pm with the taiko drums, the day is filled with fun…

The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center opens for the season on Thursday, May 4, with an exhibition of never-before-seen photographs by Tony Vaccaro, one of America’s most distinguished photojournalists. There will be a reception and gallery talk with the photographer on Sunday, May 28, from 5 pm to 7 pm. In August 1953, Look magazine sent Vaccaro on assignment to East Hampton to photograph Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner for a feature article. The piece was killed, but Vaccaro kept the black and white images, a group of which was shown at the Pollock-Krasner House in 2010. While in the Hamptons, Vaccaro also…

Ranging from stand-up comedy with Jay Leno to jazz with The Hot Sardines and Big Sam’s Funky Nation, as well as unique theatrical extravaganzas including the Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, China and Fela! The Concert, the upcoming 2017-18 performance season at Staller Center for the Arts offers a varied and vibrant menu. Ticket sales begin May 6th at stallercenter.com or by calling the Staller Center Box Office at (631) 632-ARTS [2787]. “With the season in place, we are reaching out to loyal patrons and adding programs to entice first time visitors. It’s always great to hear newcomers remark ‘I’m so glad…

World-famous chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay will deliver the first of two keynotes at the third annual Food Lab Conference hosted by The Food Lab at Stony Brook Southampton June 9-10, 2017. David Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant and the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, will give the second keynote. Michel Nischan, a chef and leader in the sustainable food movement, as well as a three-time James Beard Foundation Award winner will also give a talk at the conference. “50 Years of Food in America: 1970-2020” is the theme of this year’s conference, featuring two days of…

Stony Brook Opera and members of the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra present Benjamin Britten’s opera, The Rape of Lucretia, on Saturday, April 22, at 8 pm at Staller Center. An encore performance will be held on Sunday, April 23, at 3 pm. The cast of this fully staged theatrical production features graduate students in voice from Stony Brook’s College of Arts and Sciences Department of Music, many of whom have already established professional singing careers. Soprano Ju Hyeon Han performs the role of the Female Chorus, in what will be the first time in the U.S. that a blind singer will…

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