Virginia Based Film ‘Loving’ Crew members visit Film Seniors


Loving, is a new feature film by award winning writer/director Jeff Nichols (Midnight Special, Mud, Take Shelter).  The film is about Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who resided in Virginia in the 1950s. The pair changed history through the landmark 1967 Supreme Court case ‘Loving v. Virginia’.

On the day of the wrap party for Virginia-based feature film Loving, producer Nancy Buirski, also the director of the documentary The Story of Loving, and the feature film’s dialect coach Samara Bay, visited the film seniors to share professional advice and engage in lively conversation.

“Richard and Mildred Loving did not set out to become civil rights heroes. But the couple from Caroline County made history in 1967 when they found themselves in the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case that would end prohibitions against interracial marriage in the United States.

Almost 50 years later, a motion picture about their story will be filmed in Virginia, the state where the Lovings sought to overturn the laws that were designed to keep them apart and dehumanize their love.” –Richmond News

The movie was filmed in parts of Richmond and other areas of Virginia. For more information on casting, click here.


Sediment Arts showcasing Photo/Film Professors in ‘To: Pluto’

Sediment Arts is currently housing the work of VCU’s Photo and Film departments faculty members: Jon-Phillip Sheridan, Matthew Warren, & Abbey Lee Sarver.  The show was co-curated by Dana Ollestad.

“Sediment Arts’ invitational art exhibition To: Pluto is organized under this theme of historic exploration, expanded understandings, and loss of innocence. The artists in the exhibition work through various mediums and across platforms, with diverse perspectives on environmental, social, and technological issues relevant to society today. Their work speaks to relationships with Pluto or other planetary bodies including our own, to the human longing that comes with distant and detached explorations of intangible objects, as well as the role of speculation and scientific discovery in defining what is within or without our physical world and imagination.”



Kate Fowler doing big things with the Magnum Foundation!


BFA Alum Kate Fowler working with the Magnum Foundation as a part of their Photography, Expanded initiative, recently coordinated The Third Annual Symposium. Presentations and panel discussions presented innovative documentary storytelling and emerging ideas in digital media and journalism on social justice issues. Featured artists included Andrew Beck Grace (After the Storm), Katy Scoggin (CITIZENFOUR), Marek Tuszynski (Exposing the Invisible), Elaine Sheldon & Sarah Ginsburg (She Does Podcast).

For more on the artists at the event, visit this site!

For more on Kate and her work with the Magnum Foundation, click this link!



Depot Gallery exhibition: Nir Evron

The Depot Gallery is currently setting up for an exciting exhibition on Israeli artist Nir Evron.

“Through film, video and photography, Evron examines the architecture and built environment of his home country and its areas of conflict. Rather than illustrating explicit images of conflict, Evron concentrates on architectural sites and pristine landscapes.”

The show, Projected Claims, opens November 6 and runs until January 17, 2016. 


UVA exhibit features VCU alums Janelle and Dana

I don’t like the way you’re not looking at me.
work by Marisa Finos, Erika Diamond, Dana Ollestad, and Janelle Proulx
Come check out Ruffin Gallery’s exhibit featuring work by VCU’s MFA alums Janelle Proulx and Dana Ollestad along with Marisa Finos and Erika Diamond.

October 9 – December 8, 2015  “I don’t like the way you’re not looking at me.” brings together the work of 4 artists from 4 different mediums and perspectives, while investigating similar themes- themes of thresholds, the impulse of self-preservation, and the idea of legacy through relationship.

Reception, October 30, 5:30 – 7:30pm.
(Free parking in Culbreth Road Parking Garage after 5pm).

Big time news! Sonali Gulati

Sonali Gulati, VCU Photo Film professor, created her film “Big Time-my doodled diary” earlier this year in April. The film is a diary of a closeted teenager growing up in the 80s in India and comprises of animated doodled diary entries.

The film won the BEST SHORT FILM AWARD at Fire! Mostra International LGBT Film Festival in Barcelona and the BEST WOMEN’S COMEDY SHORT FILM at the North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.


1708 Gallery ARTIST TALK // VCU Photo’s John Freyer and Stephanie Benassi

Thursday October 8th, 1708 Gallery will have an artist talk featuring VCU’s Photo Department professor John Freyer and MFA Graduate Stephanie Benassi.

Stephanie’s work, displayed in the show Going Somewhere, is featured along with six other artists.”Through video and performance, sculpture and photography, painting and sound, these artists engage notions of navigation and movement, adaptation and mobility, exploration and transition.” Her work, Global, is a photo archive of gelatin silver prints. The wood samples her photographs feature, found in local shops, are considered “exotic,” being from areas all over the world.


Post Graduate Success: Fionnuala Bradley

Fionnuala [Fin] Bradley is a VCU alum with a BFA in Photography. Her humble beginnings, similar to many college students, included taking jobs in the food industry; and the need for change and a driven attitude led her to drop everything and move to San Francisco. “Leaving VCU, I felt a loss, as well as, a little lost. I no longer had access to facilities and equipment, to a daily routine, to purposeful deadlines and most importantly, a community of like-minded artists.” Rather than dwelling on this loss, Fionnuala took the challenges San Francisco life threw her way. She maintained a day job to afford rent while also working hard to develop connections, specifically with groups in her interest field of youth development in the arts and culture sector. “I interned with the Education Department of the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, mentored youth with a photography program called First Exposures and taught Digital Art to middle schoolers in the After School Program that I now direct.”


Department Chair Sasha Waters-Freyer Podcast feature

Sasha, VCU Photography and Film’s Department Chair, was featured on a the podcast show: Origins & Influences- Episode 10. Hear about her experiences of becoming a filmmaker and how it’s shaped and influenced her life.

“Sasha Waters-Freyer is an experimental and documentary filmmaker. Her work has been screened at the Telluride Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Rotterdam and more. Sasha is also the Chair of Photography and Film at Virginia Commonwealth University and, as she describes it, “the number one public art school in the United States.”  We caught up with Sasha while she was in New York working on her latest project,All Things Are Photographable, a documentary about the legendary photographer Garry Winogrand.  See more of her work and read more about her accomplishments at and check out her photo/film program at