• To Deanna: A Personal Tribute

    Ultimately, what I will most remember about Deanna is joy: feeling joy, spreading joy, exuding joy. Bitterness or acrimony were alien to her; she did not march to that piper’s tune. The dazzling smile to which so many of us felt drawn is perhaps her greatest legacy of warmth and friendship in an often cheerless world.

  • A Collage of Memories

    By Inés Vogelfang It’s been about 7 months since Deanna passed away. [The article was written earlier this spring – editor] This event found me, luckily, surrounded by my partner and close friends, since I was filming with them in upstate New York for the weekend. It was a Sunday morning, my friends and I had woken up at 5 AM to shoot at a waterfall near the house where we were staying. When we got back to the house, the news about Deanna’s passing had made its way up to Hudson, NY. Olivia was with me; she is my good friend and also a former student of Deanna’s. I…

  • A Constellation of Protagonists

    By Toma Peiu I first encountered Deanna when she visited our introductory Media Studies class, one freezing evening in February 2014, in Kellen Auditorium. She showed us an image of her and a boy – Hanif Kureishi’s son – in front of a newsstand, on a street corner in London. She spoke to us about the importance of editing – words, images, oneself – for a representative civil society and the dangers that came to the public sphere in the age of the breaking news alert. Later when I took her Directing Documentary class, I was struck by her capacity to find something worthwhile in every incipient idea that I…

  • Getting to Know Deanna Kamiel

    By Casey O’Connell On September 21, 2018, Mitch Kamiel brought together New School students, faculty and family for a thoughtful tribute to his older sister, Deanna. I was in attendance that somber evening in the auditorium at Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall. My understanding of the person Deanna Kamiel was had been almost entirely informed by the others in the room as they shared such touching memories, tender anecdotes. Their remarks moved me in such a way that left me feeling robbed of the opportunity to have known her on a more personal level. I let myself become immersed in the energy of the room that night, from the heaviness of…

  • A Passionate Pursuit of Ideas

    By Sumita S. Chakravarty Although Deanna Kamiel is best known for her documentary work in film and her early television journalism, my own recollections are most vivid in our conversations about writing and the power of words and ideas. Indeed, one of her long-running courses was named “Television and Ideas.” Among her favorite writers was the British-born South Asian, Hanif Kureishi, to whose work she consistently returned, and to whose films she directed her most inspired writing. Because this aspect of her career is less familiar to our readers, I will focus on her essay in a book on Kureishi which itself was the result of a conference in London…

  • Journey

    Deanna led a life of continued discovery, and she was hardly stagnant. A Canadian born citizen, midwestern journalist, inevitably evolved into a true New Yorker. Her life is best viewed as a journey that highlights the many personal and professional accomplishments and accolades, and the treasured connections she made along the way. “Her legacy deserves to be honored and her life celebrated.” – Amir Husak 1946 Deanna Kamiel was born July 6, 1946 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada Deanna has two brothers, Mitch and Jeffery; a sister-in-law, Caroline; a niece Shelly (also a former Purchase student); cousin Mira (from Philadelphia), Harriet and Marvin Kamiel and their son Andrew (from the Bronx),…

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  • A Timeline

    Deanna led a life of continued discovery, and she was hardly stagnant. A Canadian born citizen, midwestern journalist, inevitably evolved into a true New Yorker. Her life is best viewed as a journey that highlights the many personal and professional accomplishments and accolades, and the treasured connections she made along the way. 1946 Deanna Kamiel was born July 6, 1946 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada Deanna has two brothers, Mitch and Jeffery; a sister-in-law, Caroline; a niece Shelly (also a former Purchase student); cousin Mira (from Philadelphia), Harriet and Marvin Kamiel and their son Andrew (from the Bronx), and her Aunt Shirley (from California.) 1960 In the 1960’s, Deanna was a…

  • Filmography

    “Gruchow’s Prairie” In 1982, Deanna produced Gruchow’s Prarie, a profile of writer Paul Gruchow,  shot in Western Minnesota. “Nuclear Outpost” In the early 80s, Deanna walked into the New York City office of Barbara London, Founder of the Video Collection & MoMA curator. “She was very excited, she was working with Minneapolis TV then, she was very excited to tell me about her new work, Nuclear Outpost, so I immediately responded to this doer, an artist who looked at the big picture, but even more importantly operated on a very human level.” -Barbara London In 1984, Deanna’s Nuclear Outpost was featured in an exhibition entitled Video Recent NonFiction. It presented…

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  • Other Works

    Publications                                                                                                             “Interview with Hanif Kureishi”, for re-issue of The Black Album with My Son the Fanatic by Hanif Kureishi, Scribner, 2009 “Interrogation or Reporting”, Village Voice, 1990, interview styles, tv journalism “Television Production in the North: Recommendations”, report for CBC North on Inuit and Dene production in the Canadian Arctic, 1979. The Lace Ghetto: Women in Society, Deanna Kamiel White and Maxine Nunes, New Press, General Publishing, Toronto, Canada, 1974, 1979 “Richard Dreyfuss”, profile, Chatelaine Magazine, 1978, Toronto “Karen Kain”, profile, prima ballerina, Chatelaine Magazine (later Flare) 1977, Toronto “Stompin’ Tom Connors”, profile, country singer, Chatelaine Magazine, 1977, Toronto “Politics”, column, Ms Chatelaine, 1977-79, Toronto Conference Presentations,…

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  • Pedagogy

    Deanna deeply impacted her students in courses throughout her time in the department. Here are a few of the courses she taught in the Doc Studies Certificate program: Documentary Project, Deanna Kamiel “The dominant, all-powerful factor of the film image is rhythm, expressing the course of time within the frame.” ~ Andrey Tarkovsky, Sculpting in Time “Pudovkin held that if a film narrative was to be kept continually effective, each shot must make a new and effective point.” ~ Karel Reisz, The Technique of Film Editing COURSE DESCRIPTIONFinding the heart of the film is the work of this semester-long course in documentary post-production. It takes the form of a studio…

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