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Full Credit Master Class with Filmmaker Isaac Julien – Apply Through January 8th

December 1, 2016  by: Natalie Fleming

15th- NOVEMBER- LONDON: Artist Isaac Julien for Portrait of a Artist. (Photo by Graeme Robertson )

Portrait of Artist Isaac Julien. (Photo by Graeme Robertson)


Full Credit Master Class with acclaimed filmmaker Isaac Julien
WBFO Visiting Scholar in the Arts
Competitive Selection Process now open through January 8th

Apply Here

This spring students in all disciplines will have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in an intensive master class with the internationally acclaimed British artist and filmmaker, Isaac Julien.

His early films Young Soul Rebels and Looking for Langston are much studied, now canonical attempts to grapple with the intersection of race and sexuality, an intersection embodied by the black, queer filmmaker himself. More recent work, such as the critically acclaimed nine-screen film Ten Thousand Waves, recently shown at MOMA, broaden his examination of identity to include such issues as transnational migration, environmental degradation, and rapacious capitalism. He is widely considered one of the greatest living artistic filmmakers today, and his contribution was central to the conceptualization of this year’s Venice Bienale, the oldest and most celebrated international art exhibition.

A master of the fractured, poetic narrative, his sometimes nearly wordless films are strikingly beautiful. The Master Class will begin with a day-long trip to Toronto on January 17, 2017 where students will join Isaac at the Royal Ontario Museum where a retrospective of his work is being mounted. Students will spend the day with Julien learning about curatorial practice and installation. The first section of the Master Class will take place during winter break between January 25th and January 31st – the course will meet on the weekend. During this time students will work with Julien to envision and plan the collective project. On the 26th of January Julien will present a public talk on his work and career at the Albright Knox. After Julien’s departure, students will continue to develop their project in concert with UB faculty, shooting and producing the project they have collectively developed.   On the 3rd of March the Albright Knox will present a screening of selections of Julien’s work. Julien will return to UB on the 20th of March and work with the students through the 26th to refine and finish their collaborative project. The finalized film will be screened on the 27th in the CFA’s Drama Theatre accompanied by a talk by Julien.

Students enrolled in the master class will be registered for a 3 credit hour Independent Study credit along with their regular courseload.

Admission to this master class will be open on a competitive basis to any student, but we assume graduate students or exceedingly advanced undergraduates will be the most likely successful applicants. Students need not have film production experience – students from various disciplines will be needed in addition to students with production experience – for example, potential actors, music composers, script/story writers etc. Interested students will complete an application and Julien will select the participating students. This will be highly competitive opportunity as spaces are very limited. Interested students should may apply online at

Students MUST be available for both Winter and Spring breaks, as this will enable maximal participation with minimal interference with regular courses.


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