for the 2011 DIFVF
Robyn Moore, Director of the DIFVF, is an Assistant Professor of Photography and Video at Delta State University. She is an award-winning experimental filmmaker and photographer whose work has been screened widely, including at the San Francisco International Film Festival (Official Selection in the New Visions Category), the Humboldt International Film Festival (Best Documentary), Ann Arbor International Film Festival, the Virginia Film Festival, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Harvard University, Hunter College (Winner of the Maurice Kanbar Award for Excellence in Experimental Film/Video), the New England Film and Video Festival (Best Student Experimental Film), the James River Film Festival, Coolidge Corner Theatre, and the Vinegar Hill Film Festival. She earned a BA in Art History from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a MA in Photography from Western Carolina University, and a MFA in Filmmaking and Photography from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University.
Emily Tschiffely received her early dance training from the Washington School of Ballet and the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she received her high school diploma and BFA. She holds an MFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has worked as a professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher in New York City, the U.S. and internationally. She first came to the Delta to teach dance and yoga at the Janice Wyatt Summer Arts Institute in 2004. In 2009, she moved to Merigold, MS. She currently teaches dance after school at Hayes Cooper Center and Bell Academy and also teaches adult classes at DSU through the Continuing Education Program. Emily is honored to have been awarded an Artist Fellowship for 2011 by the Mississippi Arts Commission for her choreographic work. This fellowship, as well as generous support from the Puffin Foundation, has made possible the solo performance evening that Emily is currently developing in collaboration with film, music, and visual artists.
" I am honored to have assisted in choosing this year's festival films. This is the work of artists who passionately and doggedly exploited their dreams, instincts, ideas and subject matter to harvest something true about their own lives and the world in which they live. In doing so, they have illuminated a path for all of us to come here tonight and sit for a while and understand better."
- Emily Tschiffely