Film and Video Arts: Program Director, Associate Professor
Communication: Department Chair, Associate Professor of Film and Video Arts
Leah Bedrosian Peterson teaches filmmaking, video, 2D animation, and contemporary new media art history classes. She received an M.F.A. in studio art from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and a B.F.A. in photography and art history from Pratt Institute.
Bedrosian Peterson is an interdisciplinary artist who works in photography, film and video, 2D animation, and drawing. Her artwork deals with issues of cultural identity and questions the role of fantasy in our daily lives. She has exhibited and screened both nationally and internationally, most recently in Geneva, Switzerland; Triberg, Germany; Toronto, Ontario, Hollywood, Calif.; Atlanta, Ga.; Chicago; Philadelphia; Austin, Texas; Washington, D.C.; Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Medellin, Columbia.
Bedrosian Peterson’s most recent film, Under the Walnut Tree, is a stop motion animation that references the true story of a refugee as he navigates the world alone at the tender age of 11 after witnessing the destruction of his community during the Hamidian Massacres (the precursor to the Armenian Genocide). UTWT has received substantial recognition at multiple national film festivals including being awarded the “Director’s Choice Award” at the Black Maria Film Festival, nominated for the “Women Film Critic Choice Award” at the Socially Relevant Film Festival New York, nominated for the “Best Short Animation” by the Arpa International Film Festival held at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood and winning first place as “The Audience Favorite” at the Florida Animation Festival. “Under the Walnut Tree” was also an Official Selection at the Alexandria Film Festival, the Rockport Film Festival, the Montana International Film Festival, the Pomegranate Film Festival, the SPE Media Festival, and at the Atlanta ShortsFest. In addition, UTWT was chosen as a semi-finalist at the Oscar qualifying festival, Animayo, held in Gran Carania, Spain, as finalist at the DaVinci International Film Festival, and as semi-finalist in the Los Angeles CineFest. “Under the Walnut Tree” was also recently exhibition at The Arlington Center for the Arts in Arlington, MA, in their show titled, “I’m New Here: Perspectives on Migration”.
Most recently “Under the Walnut Tree”(UTWT) was nominated for the Women Film Critics Circle Award (WFCC) which is part of the Socially Relevant Film Festival New York (SRFF), where UTWT is an Official Selection. The WFCC acted as an outside jury to choose and nominate only ten female filmmakers who are screening at the SRFF for this prestigious award. The WFCC is made up of 75 women film critics and scholars from around the country and internationally, who are involved in print, newswire, radio, online and TV broadcast media. Founded in 2004, they are the first women critics organization in the United States and represent media outlets such as, NBC Today Show, iHeartRadio, The New York Post, Variety Magazine, Filmmaker Magazine, Huffington Post, The Film Prospector, Toronto Star, NY Observer, Indiewire, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, Interview Magazine, RogerEbert.com, MovieMaker Magazine, New York Press, Vogue Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, Bomb Magazine, LA Weekly, The Daily Beast, British Foreign Press Association, British Cosmo, Time Out Moscow, People.com, Fox News, CNN, Parade.com, and many more. https://wfcc.wordpress.com/?fbclid=IwAR1yNBP0vZTub5n0b84Ha-JZrigMWUxvk-B359UQv8UxnIlVl8MvtXS9A08
Her project, Erasure, was featured in the Spring 2013 issue of “Heritage of the World" (Das Eber Welt), Germany, distributed with “National Geographic.” (pgs 108-112). Erasure was also featured on HungerTV.com, the website for “Hunger Magazine,” published in London, UK and was a finalist for a print feature.