‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Director Raoul Peck Named the New School’s 2019 Hirshon Director in Residence

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Award Winning filmmaker Raoul Peck, director of I Am Not Your Negro, has been named the 2019 Hirshon Director-Residence at the School of Media Studiesat The New School.

Raoul Peck

Peck, one of the most significant and prolific filmmakers of our time, will lead master classes in which he will share his creative filmmaking process with students on March 4 and 5. Additionally, he will host a public screening of his films and a discussion of his work at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, at The New School’s John L. Tishman Auditorium.

During this screening event on Thursday, March 7, Peck will be in conversation with Michelle Materre, Associate Professor of Media Studies & Film and Director of the Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students.

“We are thrilled to host world renowned filmmaker, Raoul Peck, this year for the Hirshon Residency,” Materre said. “I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Mr. Peck since his first feature film, The Man By the Shore, opened to U.S. theatrical audiences in 1994. This is indeed a once in a lifetime opportunity for our students, faculty, staff and alumni to engage, first hand, with such a talented and creative director. I am totally excited by the possibilities.”

Peck has been richly rewarded for his historical, political, and artistic work. His work includes such films as The Man by the Shore (Competition, Cannes 1993); Lumumba (Director’s Fortnight, Cannes 2000, HBO); Sometimes in April, on the genocide in Rwanda, which he produced and directed for HBO (Competition, Berlinale 2005); Moloch Tropical (Toronto and Berlin); and The Young Karl Marx (Berlinale 2017). His documentary films include Lumumba, Death of a Prophet, and Fatal Assistance (Berlinale and Hot Docs 2013)

His latest documentary film, I Am Not Your Negro, on the life of James Baldwin, was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards and won the Audience Award at both the Toronto and Berlin International Film Festivals, LA Film Critics’ Best Documentary Award, the Best Documentary Award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) (U.K.) and the French national film award, the César, among many others.

The Dorothy Hirshon Artist-in-Residence program was established by the late New School trustee Dorothy Hirshon, to honor and promote excellence and education of the filmmaking arts at The New School. Previous Hirshon Artists-in-Residence have included Sean Baker, Laurie Anderson, James Cameron Mitchell, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, Benh Zeitlin, Ramin Bahrani, and John Waters.

Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and public programs that encourage open discourse and social engagement. Through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.


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