Newcity Film 50 Features 12 Alumni and Faculty

Newcity recently released its annual “Film 50” list of influential Chicago filmmakers, and 12 SAIC alumni and faculty members were featured among the notable names. The list highlights “Chicago’s Screen Gems”–artists rather than producers, programmers, and facilitators.

Now in its fourth iteration, the Film 50 list showcases “bold figures who make work year after year, work that surprises or sustains, as well as supernovas who startle suddenly with vision or verbosity or vivid visuals or vital activism, and of course, those fresh-faced but hardly callow, protean people who you can’t not watch as they invest themselves in capturing their moment and our moments in this toddlin’ town today.” Congratulations to our SAIC community members who secured a spot on the list:

Faculty members: Kevin B. Lee (FVNMA, MA, MFA 2015), Melika Bass (FVNMA, MFA 2007), Jim Trainor (FVNMA), and Chris Sullivan (FVNMA).  

Alumni: Jennifer Reeder (MFA 1996), Deborah Stratman (BFA 1990), Anahita Ghazvinizadeh (MFA 2013), Lyra Hill (BFA 2011), Joe Houlberg (MFA 2017), Jerzy Rose (BFA 2008), Lindsay Denniberg (MFA 2012), and Emily Esperanza (SAIC 2010–14). 

SAIC community: Visiting artist Cauleen Smith and former Film, Video, New Media, and Animation faculty member Lori Felker.