Category Archives: In the Spotlight


Jason Sosnoff’s master class

Jason Sosnoff’s master class

The Department of Media & Communication Arts hosted a special event and master class with film Producer, Jason Sosnoff on December 9th at CCNY!  BFA and MFA Students at CCNY, as well as faculty and staff, were fully engaged with the presentation, screenings and Q&A session.




TOM IN AMERICA…travels far & wide


TOM IN AMERICA by MFA Class of 2013 graduate Flavio Alves, premiered this past June at Palm Springs Film Festival (June 17-23) and screened at the 38th Montreal International Film Festival in August 2014 (both are Top-Tier and Oscar qualifying), continues to travel far and wide within the film festival circuit with great success!  To read more or follow, please visit these sites: and

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Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Film Festival, In the Spotlight


Yessica Curiel-Montoya

Yessica  Curiel-Montoya

Yessica Curiel-Montoya’s “Quiet Space” has been accepted to the Short Film Corner, at the Festival de Cannes 2014. Which means that in the coming weeks, exactly a year after principal photography, a finished film will be taken to French Riviera.


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Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Film Festival, In the Spotlight, Student & Faculty News, Uncategorized


Student Oscars_Fan He1

RED FOG, by Fan He (Class of 2014), was recently chosen to advance in the 41st Annual Student Academy Awards – Region Three Semifinals (Narrative Program). This short film (created as a Digital Production class assignment) that takes place in the year 2032 after the deadly Great Red Fog disappears from China.


41st Student Oscar Logo

Fan He was recently interviewed by SinoVision’s reporter
Lani Nelson:

You can also watch a clip via:

Fan He is also the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Supervisor
of enMaze Pictures

41st Annual Student Academy Awards – Semifinalist, Fan He




Chantal Akerman’s “poetic diaspora tale” Screens at MOMA

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Distinguished Lecturer, Chantal Akerman’s “poetic diaspora tale” NEWS FROM HOME screened in October 2013 at the Museum of Modern Art (introduced by the filmmaker).

Described by Melissa Anderson as “one of the most unheralded portraits of the city,” NEWS FROM HOME is as much a symphony of urban geometric abstraction as it is a poetic diaspora tale. Inspired by the letters she received from her mother while living in New York, Akerman returned to the city after an absence and filmed its streets with her Pentax camera. “Although Akerman’s New York is largely a city of non-sites—empty Tribeca alleys, dingy Midtown parking lots, an abandoned gas station tucked into the crook of another building’s wall—the symmetry of her composition gives it the classic aura of ancient Rome” (J. Hoberman). From the eternal city Akerman reads her mother’s letters, conjuring a sense of distant voices and still lives. Digital preservation courtesy The Royal Film Archive of Belgium.–MOMA

For more information on this film, please visit:

Click here to read an in-depth analysis of this film.  Click here to read the NYT review of the DVD collection.

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Posted by on November 6, 2013 in In the Spotlight, Special Screenings, Student & Faculty News, Uncategorized


“Of Kites & Borders” wins two prestigious “Best Doc” Awards!


Yolanda Pividal (right) with Co-Editor, Sara Booth (left)

OF KITES & BORDERS by Yolanda Pividal (MFA Class of 2007) wins “Best Documentary Award” at the 2013 San Diego Film Festival AND “Best Documentary Award” at Docs DF 2013!

The Kayros Films Team (Yolanda Pividal & Co.) comments: “The journey…has just begun, and we don´t know where it will take us, but it is clear we couldn’t have had a better starting point.”



 tells story of the daily struggle to be a child living on the US-Mexico border through the eyes of four working children in the city of Tijuana. A story of hope, struggle, and survival that digs behind newspapers’ headlines to explore life on the other side of the wall and the underlying context of immigration. a perspective that invites viewers to rethink the concept of “border” and “otherness.” We often find stories about people crossing borders, but where are the stories on how borders cross people’s lives? Visit the film’s blog via:

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Posted by on November 5, 2013 in Awards, Film Festival, In the Spotlight, Student & Faculty News, Uncategorized