Acclaimed film and television director Michael Cuesta (BFA 1985 Photography) has a new feature film, 12 and Holding, that is going into general release after a successful run at several film festivals. The film follows a group of young boys and their families, all of whom are struggling to cope with the accidental death of a friend. 12 and Holding is Cuesta’s first full-length film since 2001’s award-winning L.I.E. He also recently directed the pilot episode of Dexter, a new Showtime series starring Michael C. Hall; Cuesta previously worked with Hall as a director of several episodes of HBO’s Six Feet Under. Dexter will debut on the Showtime network in late 2006.
In other film news, SVA alumnus M. Blash (BFA 2000 Film and Video) screened his directorial debut, Lying, at the Cannes Film Festival this past week; and audiences at the blockbuster Mission: Impossible III were treated to the work of Michael Giacchino (BFA 1990 Film and Video), who composed the film’s score.