Ph.D. in Cinema Studies, New York University
M.A. in Cinema Studies, New York University
B.A. in Film Production & East Asian Studies, Sarah Lawrence College
Augusta Palmer, director of the SFC Women’s Film Festival, is an Associate Professor and Chair of Communication Arts at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. She is a filmmaker and scholar who holds a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. As a documentarian, she is best known for The Hand of Fatima (2009), a feature documentary about music, mysticism and family history. Her award-winning documentary and experimental video work has screened in national and international festivals, as well as at venues such as New York's Anthology Film Archives. Her first fiction short, A is for Aye-Aye: An Abecedarian Adventure, has been screened at children’s film festivals from New York to New Zealand. She is currently at work on a new feature documentary, The Blues Society, which is about blues and bohemia in 1960s America.
Watch the short film, Nugatory, by Professor Palmer.
Dr. Palmer’ scholarly interests include Chinese-language cinema, as well as documentary history and theory. Her essays have been published in several important anthologies on Chinese cinema, including The Urban Generation: Chinese Cinema and Society at the Turn of the 21st Century (Ed. by Zhang Zhen, Duke University Press, 2007), which is now being published in translation in the People’s Republic of China.