MFA Thesis Student Wonjung Bae wins the Gold Medal Student Academy Award, Documentary Catagory for her film Vera Klement: Blunt Edge. Click here to see Wonjung's acceptance speech and Film Clip.
Twelve students from nine U.S. Colleges and Universities and three students from outside the U.S. had been selected as winners in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' 38th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. The student filmmakers were brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry-related activities and social events that culminated in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 11th, at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals were awarded in each catagory of Experimental, Narrative, Documentary and Foreign.
MFA Directing Alum J. Paul Preseault’s thesis film Birth of a White Boy recently won Audience Choice Award at the Seattle Shorts Film Festival. It was one of 25 short films selected from over 1000 submissions. The film also won Audience Award and Best Short Film at the 2012 BolderLife Film Festival and was nominated for 5 Maverick Movie Awards (Best Student Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor), winning Best Student Film. Join the film’s Facebook page for future news.
MFA Directing student Angel Kristi Williams’ film The Christmas Tree has been selected for its broadcase premiere on Atlanta's Comcast station and VOD for the Thanksgiving & Christmas season. It is also available to purchase. The Christmas Tree has been traveling in the fesitval circuit winning Best Film at the One Lens Film Festival and officially selected for the 2012 BronzeLens Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, Black Harvest Film Festival, Urbanworld Film Festival, DC Shorts, Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, Festival International du Film Pan Africain in Cannes, Black International Cinema Berlin Festival, and won Best in Show at Columbia College's 2011 Weisman Award Exhibition.
Angel’s thesis script Charlotte has been awarded the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant which includes a complete film package.
Angel recently directed a PSA for Participant Media in conjunction with the social action campaign for the critically acclaimed film Middle of Nowhere. Watch the PSA and read more about the Wright to Call Petition.
MFA Directing Alum Bryan Litt’s high school comedy Educating Cooper screened in a number of high profile festivals and won awards, including including Indianapolis Film Festival, Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, DC Shorts, and the Colorado Film Festival, where Bryan won the award for "Best Director". . Bryan was also the Director of Photography on We're Not Broke, a Grand Jury Prize finalist at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Bryan accepted a position as Creative Director of Video at Levick Communications in D.C.
See Educating Cooper on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/10903619
MFA Directing student Andrew Dena’s 80s homage film The Perfect Skate, has been seeing success on the festival circuit. The film recently won the Audience Choice Award at the Green Bay Film Festival and has also screened at The River Bend Film Festival, The Dam Short Film Festival, The Memphis International Film and Music Festival and the Love Your Shorts Film Festival, New Visions Film Festival, On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest. Andy is currently in post production on his thesis film Blackbird.
Directing MFA alum Katie Mahalic’s short documentary The Vacuum Kid was in 2012 Seattle International Film Festival, Starz Denver Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, United Film Festival, Palm Springs International ShortFest, Chicago International Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, DC Shorts, Lone Star International Film Festival.
MFA Candidate Maria Abraham has received a Fulbright Grant to make a narrative Feature film in Ecuador about a teenage survivor of human trafficking who bends to family pressure and leaves the shelter of a safehouse to journey home with her toddler. During her ten-month residency in Ecuador, Maria will also spend time with trafficking surviviros at the Hogar de la Madre Joven safehouse outside of Quito, where she will teach a series of video workshops. Maria was deeply struck by the teenage survivors and anti-trafficking workers she met in Ecuador in 2007, while working on a documentary with Ericka Valenciana and Shawnecee Schneider.
MFA Directing Alum Sean Jourdan’s feature script The Beekeeper has been a finalist in several film festival competitions including VisionFest, Sundance Screenwriters Lab, Beverly Hills Film Festival and Waterfront Film Festival. His new feature Teddy Boy has been a finalist in Cinestory and Beverly Hills feature script competition and completed production this summer after a successful kickstarter campaign.