Masha Shpolberg is a fourth-year student in the combined Comparative Literature and Film & Media Studies Ph.D. program. Her research focuses on documentary media, the cinemas of Central and Eastern Europe, and the representation of history in film, drama, and the novel.
Her article “The Din of Gunfire: Rethinking the Role of Sound in World War II Newsreels” was recently published in NECSUS: The European Journal of Media Studies. She has also published festival, film, and book reviews in Film Quarterly, Senses of Cinema, The Slavic and East European Journal and The L.A. Review of Books.
Masha’s feature-length documentary film, “Orange Hangover”, premiered at the Boston International Film Festival in 2011. The film explored the after-effects of the 2004-2005 Orange Revolution in Ukraine. Masha went on to work as assistant to director Claire Simon in Paris on the set of Simon’s 2013 film “Gare du Nord”. Masha’s most recent documentary, a 20-minute short entitled “A Few More Mistakes: Noël at Ninety” was selected to be screened at Anthology Film Archives in January 2016 as part of the NewFilmmakers New York series.
In 2015-2016 Masha will be pursuing specialized training in the digital humanities as a Mellon Fellow thanks to the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.