Congratulations to Zachary Furste and Joana Pimenta, who will both graduate with a Ph.D. in Film and Visual Studies.
In August, Zach will begin a 2-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities at the University of Southern California. At USC, Zach will work on the project based on his dissertation, Finding Media: Recordings from Elsewhere, 1936–1965, as well as teach in the Department of Art History and the School of Cinematic Arts.
Joana will be a Harvard College Fellow in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies for 2017-18. In the Fall, Joana will be teaching VES 155 Documentary Fictions, a film production course where students make short films that explore the shifting boundaries between documentary and fiction. And in the Spring, a seminar on Marginal Cinema, with a focus on the marginal political film movements in Portugal and Brazil circa 1970, and their influence in the formation of a contemporary political cinema for the post-truth era. In addition, she will be pursuing her own research and working with the senior thesis students in film/video. Joana is currently in Ceilândia in Brazil, working on two new films she is co-directing with the Brazilian director Adirley Queirós, the fiction feature Dry Ground Burning (Mato Seco em Chamas) and the fiction short Rádio Coração.