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Films from Purchase College: 2012

May 8, 2012

I’ve written about the Jacob Burns Film Center a few times now. It is one of those places that seems to be in the right place at the right time…and it does things in the right way. Take last night’s Films from Purchase College: 2012—part one. I watched seven student films and was amazed by how vastly different they were from one another—not only in content but in style. For example there was a “day in the life of a junkie” documentary, a painful story about a couple dealing with one partner’s Alzheimer’s, a mid-life crisis centered on sex and spaghetti sauce.

Here is the copy from the JBFC about the event.

See the work of today’s up-and-coming filmmakers! The Purchase Film Program is one of the most renowned in the country. A full 85 percent of alumni—including Oscar-winner Chris Wedge, Hal Hartley, Alexander Koch, Abel Ferrara, and Nick Gomez, along with Times critic Manohla Dargis—are working in film and television.
In these two programs, we present the thesis films made by this year’s graduating senior class. The shorts run the gamut from thrilling and funny to moving and provocative. Each evening features a different program.
Q&A student filmmakers from Purchase College’s School of Film and Media Studies and Visiting Associate Professor of Film Tim McCann, a writer, director, and cinematographer with several award-winning feature films to his credit.

As a nation we might not be number one in science or math or medicine but we are great at telling stories cinematically.

Part 2 will be at the JBFC tonight, May 8, at 7:15 pm.

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