SVA Watch List: Five Shows and Movies to Watch This Summer
June 26, 2020
A collage of image stills from films and TV shows including "Beware of Dog," "Radioactive," "Betty," "Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children," and "Be Water"

During this continued time of social distancing and staying safe amid COVID-19, everyone is looking to engage with culture, to be informed, entertained or inspired. Thankfully, SVA alumni and faculty have created or contributed to a number of recent TV shows, documentaries and movies that are available to watch right now. Here are four productions you can watch now, and one that will be available very soon.

Beware of Dog

Nadia Bedzhanova (MPS 2012 Live Action Short Film) directed and wrote and Thomas Knight (BFA 2014 Film and Video) edited this film, which follows three young adults coping with mental-health and identity issues. Watch at


This biopic of Nobel Prize–winning scientist Marie Curie, based on the book by Lauren Redniss (MFA 2000 Illustration as Visual Essay) stars Rosamund Pike and premieres on Amazon Prime on July 24.


Based on and featuring the same cast as her 2018 film Skate Kitchen, this series by Crystal Moselle (BFA 2002 Film and Video) tells the stories of a crew of young female skateboarders in New York City. Watch on HBO.

Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children

Show of Force, the media company co-founded by MFA Social Documentary Film Chair Maro Chermayeff, co-produced this documentary series, which debuted in early April, about the abductions and murders of some 30 African American children in Atlanta in the late ’70s and early ’80s, and their ongoing investigation. Watch on HBO.

Be Water

Bao Nguyen (MFA 2011 Social Documentary Film) directed this documentary about movie legend Bruce Lee’s early years and struggles in the entertainment industry. Watch on ESPN.

This feature was adapted from articles in the spring/summer 2020 edition of the Visual Arts Journal.