MFA candidate Sindhu Thirumalaisamy becomes the first UC San Diego Fellow at the Flaherty Seminar. MFA alumna Crystal Z Campbell is one of this years Professional Development Fellows.

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The Flaherty is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the proposition that independent media can illuminate the human spirit. Its mission is to foster exploration, dialogue, and introspection about the art and craft of all forms of the moving image. The Flaherty was chartered (as International Film Seminars, Inc.) in the state of Vermont but is based in New York City. It was established in 1960 to present the annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, which was started five years earlier by the Robert Flaherty Foundation. The Seminar remains the central and defining activity of The Flaherty.

Through its unique annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, The Flaherty provides media makers, users, teachers and students an unparalleled opportunity to confront the core of the creative process, reaffirm the freedom of the independent artist to explore beyond known limits and renew the challenge to discover, reveal and illuminate the ways of life of peoples and cultures throughout the world.

Each year the Flaherty offers fellowships to emerging and mid-career filmmakers, media professionals and students. The fellowship program is led by a Fellows Coordinator, who has attended previous Flaherty Seminars, and is designed to further your knowledge of cinema through participation in an array of unique activities.

The program is rigorous and rewarding; Fellows arrive on campus a day before the Seminar begins to learn about the history of the Seminar, take part in a master class and a curatorial workshop, discuss pre-assigned readings relating to the theme, and watch and discuss clips of each other’s films, by way of an informal Fellows’ film screening. Besides interacting with the group at large, Flaherty fellows also take part in private meetings and discussions with the featured artists and other special guests in attendance. Fellows will be able to return home with creative inspiration, experiences and connections, which will aid them in furthering their own careers and artistic endeavors.