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Vashti Anderson

Assistant Professor

School of Film and Animation
College of Art and Design

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Vashti Anderson

Assistant Professor

School of Film and Animation
College of Art and Design

Education

BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MFA, New York University

Bio

Vashti Anderson is a Trinidadian-American filmmaker based in New York. Since earning her MFA in Film at NYU, her films have won grants and awards and screened in film festivals around the world. She wrote and directed the feature film Moko Jumbie, which explores themes of race, class and post-colonialism through a fictional story set in rural Trinidad. It had its world premiere at LA Film Festival and ended its festival run at Edinburgh International Film Festival, screening at Urbanworld, Bentonville, Pan African Film Festival, Curacao International Film Festival Rotterdam, BAMcinematek Caribbean Film Series, and others in between. Her work has been written about in Indiewire, Crossfader, Film Inquiry, Caribbean Beat, Moviemaker, Enclave, Large Up, New Machine, Screen Daily and others. She is a contributing writer for Talkhouse, Moviemaker and A&U.

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Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

SOFA-306
2 Credits
Students are guided through the process of composing a successful Senior Capstone proposal. Students conceive and develop projects through idea to script. Craft students develop collaborative plans and mood boards. A draft of a written proposal with script will be presented in the fall to faculty for signatures and approval. This course is a pre-requisite for Production Capstone (SOFA-416 Production Capstone I and SOFA-417 Production Capstone II).
SOFA-416
4 Credits
The first of two classes designed to advance students toward the completion of a capstone. It will advance students from capstone proposal toward the completion of a project. Students will also take part in weekly critiques to present their work and discuss the work of their classmates. At the completion of this course, students should be at the halfway point of their set project.
SOFA-417
4 Credits
This course will lead students toward the completion of their capstone. Students will take part in weekly critiques, present their work, and discuss the work of their classmates. At the end of this course, students will complete their capstone and take part in a public screening of their finished work or craft experience.
SOFA-562
3 Credits
This course examines selected, varying film topics in a wider socio-historical context. Seminar themes change each year and may include topics such as post-war German film, films of the Holocaust, Japanese film, surrealist and magic realist film, Soviet film, Native Americans on film, etc. Students are expected to participate actively in the course discussions.
SOFA-662
3 Credits
This course examines selected, varying film topics in a wider socio-historical context. Seminar themes change each year and may include topics such as post-war German film, films of the Holocaust, Japanese film, Surrealist and Magic Realist film, Soviet film, Native Americans on film, etc. Students are expected to participate actively in the course discussions.
SOFA-721
3 Credits
This course allows 2nd year graduate student in production or screenwriting an opportunity to complete their second major production in the program. They must decide on a concept, develop a treatment, write a script or research a non-fiction subject and produce the film complete with mixed track and finished titles and credits.
SOFA-790
4 Credits
This is the first of two courses designed to advance a student towards completion of their thesis. Students will work independently on their approved plan of work for their thesis while meeting on a regular basis with their committee chair. They are required to meet at least twice with their full committee during the semester.
SOFA-890
4 Credits
This is the second of two courses designed to advance a student towards completion of their thesis. Students will work independently on their approved plan of work for their thesis while meeting on a regular basis with their committee chair. They are required to meet at least twice with their full committee during the semester as well as present a final screening of their thesis.

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