Shona Masarin

Continue a mentorship with Howard Guttenplan, Executive Director of the Millennium Film Workshop

Practice Area:
Media (Film, TV, Radio)
New York, USA
Project Dates:
June 2011 - May 2012
Shona Masarin & Cori Olinghouse, 'Ghost line' (2013), 16mm film still

About the artist

Shona Masarin holds a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Media Arts) – Film & Video/Digital Culture, Deakin University.

The opportunity

In 2011 Shona was offered the chance to work with the Millennium Film Workshop, an experimental film community in New York City and to be mentored by film-maker Howard Guttenplan. Through her involvement with the workshop Shona developed technical skills and project planning, budgeting and fundraising experience.

Founded during the 1960′s counter-cultural period in the East Village of New York City, the Millennium Film Workshop is a non-profit media arts center and cinema located in the East Village area of New York dedicated to the exhibition, study, and practice of avant-garde and experimental film, video, and all technologies of the moving image.

Unfortunately because of a change of management and the departure of Howard Guttenplan due to ill-health, the film workshop floundered and Shona decided to find alternative learning opportunities. She declined the offer to lead the management of the MFW however before her departure she took a lead role in saving the Millennium Film Journal.


Shona then went on to work as an assistant to Elaine Summers, a film-maker, choreographer and intermedia art pioneer, which led to a change in Shona’s approach to her own work. She exhibited her work alongside respected filmmakers in two film screenings in Brooklyn in mid-2012.

Next step

Shona went on to work on a collaborative black and white experimental film with performer and choreographer, Cori Olinghouse. 



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