The latest issue of StudentFilmmakers magazine features several MFA Social Documentary Film alumni discussing current projects and revealing their shared appreciation for the professional relationships they fostered at SVA.
Jenni Morello (2011) recently worked on Years of Living Dangerously, a film about human-induced climate change, which is set to air on Showtime in 2014. Similarly, David Osit’s (2011) film in progress, Long Year Begin, involves ecology, preservation and inevitable environmental change. Osit’s graduate school thesis, Building Babel, about the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” project in New York, will broadcast on PBS this fall.
Bao Nguyen’s (2011) film 2030, winner of the 2013 Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Award, is a love story set in Vietnam after global warming has flooded the lands. Nguyen’s The Betel Begins the Conversation, a film documenting the upcoming same sex marriage legislation in Vietnam, received support from the IDFA Bertha Fund and the BRITDOC Foundation.
Sara Khaki (2012) is currently working as the associate producer and cinematographer on Raul Paz Pastrana’s (2012) feature length documentary about the behind the scenes launch of Al Jazeera America in the United States. Pastrana’s catalog also includes OME: Tales of a Vanishing Homeland, a film following the Indigenous Huaorani as oil companies challenge their way of life, and Makoce, a story about Native American families and their fight to protect heritage and homeland.
To read the full interviews, pick up Vol. 8 Issue No. 2 of StudentFilmmakers magazine or download a free PDF version here.