Film and Media Art 2020: Two Emersonians Proudly Share Their Thesis Projects


Emerson’s MFA in Film and Media Art program gives students the opportunity to develop their creative skill sets as professionals and media artists by working with image and sound on traditional and emergent media forms. The program culminates with students realizing their own thesis project, where they will explore their medium or format of choice, such as: fiction narrative, documentary, experimental/interactive media, and installation art. This year, Philip Alvy and Youssef Hesham Amin, two graduating students from the Film and Media Art MFA program are showcasing their thesis projects, which we are thrilled to share below.



Graduate Student: Philip Alvy, MFA ‘20

Project Title: ALVY²

About ALVY²: ALVY² is an online multimedia experience that explores a collection of creations that preserve a past generation. The various pieces dive into the relationship Philip had with his grandmother, who was a painter, photographer, chef, E.R. nurse, author, and dreamer. The installation re-imagines the original artwork she had created in her lifetime and molds them into a new collaboration. Various materials are called upon, blending traditional art with new media to create an immersive experience. Countless paintings, sketches, novels, recipes, and photos were explored and reinterpreted to hold onto his grandmother’s memory. Philip’s project can be viewed here. 




Graduate Student: Youssef Hesham Amin, MFA ’20

Project Title: The New Tenant

About The New Tenant: After only a few months in the USA, Nader, an Egyptian young man, escapes from New York to Boston after a violent incident. As he finds himself living with three complete strangers, Nader tries to stay low to escape his own dark past and struggles with his own sexual identity. But his demons find their way back to him. The New Tenant is inspired from Youssef’s first month in the US when he had to rent a room from a company he found on the web. Youssef was uncomfortable with the idea of renting a room with people who he knew nothing about, as the company refused to share any of his roommates’ data; not even their names. The three of them came from different parts of the world, but all agreed on the company’s general flakiness and discussed the absurdity of the idea of not even telling potential tenants who they would be living with. The possibilities of strangers living together, with each’s secrets and luggage was the main catalyst to write this film. The loneliness and estrangement Youssef felt during this month inspired the film’s mood and feel. The New Tenant can be watched here.




**Accepted Students for Fall 2020:  Check your inbox for an invite to a virtual talk-back with Youssef and Philip on May 28 at 1:00 PM EST. This will be an opportunity to speak with them about their inspiration, creative processes, and experiences realizing their thesis projects. **










About the Author:

Hanna Shemke is a second year Publishing & Writing student at Emerson College. She works in the Graduate Admissions Department as the Marketing and Communications Assistant, and she is also the Digital Marketing Coordinator for Emerson’s graduate journal, Redivider. Currently, she is at home in Michigan, where she is working remotely on her thesis and looking to adopt a kitten.