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Aug 2015 22


We are incredibly proud to announce that Professor J.M. Tyree has been appointed Nonfiction Editor of the New England Review!
In addition to Professor Tyree’s excellent work in film theory, including authoring books for the BFI Film Classics series and speaking at London’s National Film Theatre, he has a strong background in writing, as a Truman Capote–Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer in Fiction at Stanford University’s Creative Writing Program. He has previously written for magazines such as Lapham’s Quarterly, The Believer, and The Nation, and his short stories have been featured in McSweeney’s, Blackbird, American Short Fiction, and The Silent History.

Congratulations, Professor Tyree!


Aug 2015 13

Mikkel and Andreas, from GAVAGAI

This summer, through the combined efforts of Cinema department professors and alumni and industry experts, Department Head Dr. Rob Tregenza and Professor Kirk Kjeldsen have shot a feature film in Norway.

Dr. Tregenza has previously visited Norway, when he was honored at a retrospective of his films at the Norwegian Film Institute Cinematheque. However, the location and the star-studded cast were new for alumni working on the film, like Sheree Chen and Caleb Plutzer.

The 35mm motion picture GAVAGAI follows German businessman Carsten Neuer as he travels to Norway to finish the impossible translation of some Norwegian poems by Tarjei Vesaas into Chinese, a project of his late wife. He hires Niko, a down-on-his-luck Sami tour guide, to drive him to the poet’s home and places of inspiration to stimulate his own translation. On the road, the ghost of Carsten’s wife appears to him, while Niko struggles with the sudden consequences of his girlfriend’s pregnancy. On this journey, two very different men come to realize the transforming power of love, the limits of language, and the human need for friendship.

Tarjei Vesaas is considered to be one of Norway’s greatest writers and perhaps its most important since WWII. Lichtbogen obtained the rights to use Vesaas’ work in the film from his estate and his publishers, Gyldendal Norsk Forlag AG.

Andreas Lust from the Golden Bear-nominated film Der Räuber (The Robber) and the Oscar-nominated film Revanche, Mikkel Gaup from Tregenza’s Inside/Out and the Oscar-nominated films Pathfinder and Breaking The Waves, and Anni-Kristiina Juuso from the FIPRESCI and Nika award-winning The Cuckoo star in the film, which was shot in Norway during the summer of 2015.


To learn more about GAVAGAI, read below:






May 2015 15
The 2015 Summer Intensive is about to begin!This year, students will produce four short films ranging in concept from an ill-fated 1950s romance to a modern-day collision of cultures.During the first two weeks, students will meet with professors and faculty advisors and prepare for the productions.  Over the course of the following four weeks, students will collaborate in different capacities to shoot four short films.  In the final two weeks of the Intensive, students will cut the films together and finalize them for release.We’re very excited to see what the students will produce, especially the seniors embarking on their last Intensive! It’s going to be a productive, creative, and fulfilling summer.And stay tuned for our First Cut Screening this fall, when the films will be premiered to the public!

May 2015 15

This week VCUarts Cinema is proud to announce that the head of our program, Dr. Rob Tregenza, is being honored at a retrospective of his films at the Norwegian Film Institute’s Cinematheque!

More details on the retrospective, and background on Dr. Tregenza’s accomplished filmmaking career, can be seen at the NFI’s site here (the article can be translated using Google Chrome).

Feb 2015 23

VCUarts Cinema is excited to host this special seminar on film production in Virginia. The talk is free and open to the public. Guest speakers include VFO director Andy Edmunds, Arvold Talent Agency’s Erica Arvold, entertainment lawyer Kirk T. Schroder, filmmaker Terry Stroud, and director and cinematographer Dr. Rob Tregenza.





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