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Samuael Topiary | Film+Digital Media / Social Documentary at UC Santa Cruz

Samuael Topiary

Graduate Student, PhD Program
Samuael Topiary is an interdisciplinary media artist, filmmaker and writer, currently pursuing a hybrid theory/practice PhD in Film & Digital Media at UCSC. Topiary’s work crosses genres, integrating documentary, animation and essay with performance, sound design and movement, to create poetic meditations on the ways that myth, archetype and allegory inform contemporary experience. Her current interests are focused on using documentary practice to represent collective approaches to environmental activism. Her work has been presented in film festivals, theaters, art galleries and museums through the US and internationally. She has received grants and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, the Experimental Television Center, Radar’s Writer’s Lab, and Mount Tremper Arts. Topiary taught film editing at the School for Visual Arts in New York City as well as video production and post-production at CUNY’s College of Staten Island, Pratt Institute and the Media Studies program at New School University in New York.
Education and Training: 
BA Wesleyan University, English major, cum laude
MFA Bard College in Film/Video
Research Interests: 

Experimental documentary film, essay film, collective filmmaking, interactive documentary, multi-media performance, documentary performance, Landscape film, environmentalist film, cartography, experimental geography, gentrification, NYC and SF history, third wave feminism, metaphor, myth & archetypal structures in media.