Counter-Curating: Alternative Film Festivals

Schools of Public Engagement: Media

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Curating Alt Film Festivals
Spring 2024
Taught By: Inney Prakash
Section: A

CRN: 15007

Credits: 3

This course will explore the history, philosophy and present landscape of film curation geared against the market imperatives of the mainstream film industry and the blind-spots of traditional film festivals. Emphasis will be placed on aesthetically and politically radical work and practices— and we will work together through debate and discussion to define those terms, considering the roles of race, gender, sexuality, capitalism, global orientation and artistic form in galvanizing countercultural film festivals. A selection of short/excerpted texts, film screenings/assignments and guest speakers will flesh out this history, resulting in individual research assignments and informed curatorial proposals. Students will gain first-hand experience throughout the semester by participating in the selection process for Prismatic Ground, a New York festival centered on experimental documentary and avant-garde work, which will hold its fourth edition in May 2024.

The course is led by Inney Prakash, is a film curator and writer based in New York City. He currently serves as Co-Director of Programming at Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem and the Founder/Director of Prismatic Ground, a festival centered on experimental documentary and avant-garde film. Selected short films from the festival’s first two years can be viewed on the Criterion Channel in the collection ‘Prismatic Ground Presents’.
Media Studies courses are open to all graduate students. Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors with permission from the instructor and BA/MA Media studies students should email mediastudiesadvising@newschool.edu for access.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media (MED)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:14am EDT 6/20/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 906
Date Range: 1/22/2024 - 5/13/2024