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Faculty Film Helps Launch New Media Lounge at MoMa

When the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) unveils their new media lounge on February 29, one documentary film on display will be Nuclear Outpost by Deanna Kamiel, assistant professor of Documentary Studies, Media Studies and Film at The New School for Public Engagement.

Nuclear Outpost explores the daily lives of officers at the Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, who may be called upon to fire nuclear missiles or drop nuclear bombs. The film was selected to be featured in the MoMA Media Lounge, a modular, flexible structure presenting the Museum’s extensive collection of video- and audio-based works, as part of “a major initiative to conserve and present, the collection of videos from the 1970s to present,” according to cataloguer Gillian Young.

The first public platform of its kind in a New York museum, the MoMA Media Lounge will invite viewers to select artworks through an iPad interface and experience them through historically accurate display technology.

Deanna Kamiel is a Canadian-born director and producer. She began her career in documentary working for the CBC in Toronto, part of a new generation of filmmakers investigating race, sex, and class. She moved on to the local PBS affiliate in Minneapolis, MN, and has continued her efforts at Channel Thirteen/WNET as an independent producer for Emmy-winning programs like Egg and City Arts. Her work, including Nuclear Outpost, Boys with Bats, and Maggie and the Men of Minnesota, has won awards from the Tokyo Video Festival (first prize), Chicago Film Festival, International Public Television Festival, National Film Board of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Northwest Broadcast News Association. She has been a guest at the Flaherty Film Seminar and received a Guggenheim Fellowship and numerous grants for her work.


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