Each year, actor and filmmaker Robert Redford brings his Sundance Institute to Brooklyn for a run of screenings and programs. From May 31 – June 10 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 30 Lafayette Avenue, the work of several SVA alumni will be among the films shown by Sundance. On Sunday, June 3, there will be three programs of short films. Included in the series will be God Provides, directed by Brian Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky (both MFA 2006 Photography, Video and Related Media); High Falls, directed by Andrew Zuckerman (BFA 1999 Photography) and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard; and Golden Age, directed by Aaron Augenblick (BFA 1997 Animation). On Saturday, June 9, 9:15pm, Padre Nuestro will be the featured film; this film, which won a Grand Jury Prize at the most recent Sundance Film Festival, was edited by Aaron Yanes (BFA 2001 Film and Video). For information and tickets, visit BAM’s Web site, www.bam.org.
Also, three recent graduates from SVA have been selected as finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 34th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. Two of the winners were in the Animation category: MFA Computer Art Department alumni Youngwoong Jang (2006) for Mirage, and Keng-Ming Liu (2006) for Travel Diary. In addition, Kun-I Chang (MFA 2007 Computer Art) received a nod in the Alternative category, for Fission. The final ranking of the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in California on Saturday, June 9.
Image: Aaron Augenblick, still from Golden Age, 2007.