Samuael Topiary

Graduate Student, PhD Program
Topiary’s work crosses genres of documentary, experimental media, performance and essay film, thinking about the ways that myth, archetype and allegory inform contemporary experience. 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: 
MFA (Film/Video), Milton Avery School of the Arts, Bard College
BA, English & Art, Wesleyan University, cum laude
Research Interests: 

Documentary film, landscape studies, essay film, environmental activism, urban geography, interactive documentary, collaborative and collective media activism, documentary performance.