Honor Roll: SVA Faculty and Students Recognized for Film Achievements

June 29, 2011

Three members of the SVA community recently received accolades for their work in film, from as far away as Shanghai to the near coast of Staten Island.

Sal Petrosino, director of operations for BFA Film, Video and Animation Department, took home awards for Best Director and Best Cinematographer at the recent Staten Island Film Festival for his short Crossroads. The film, about a Brooklyn bookie who blames God for giving him a learning disabled son, was primarily crewed by SVA students and faculty.

Dustin Grella (MFA 2009 Computer Art) recently received the Next Great Filmmaker Award for his stop-motion animation Prayers for Peace at the Berkshire International Film Festival. The short film confronts the memory of the artist’s younger brother who was killed during the current conflict in Iraq. Grella also has a new project in the works called Animation Hotline, a series of daily animations inspired by messages left on his voicemail. To leave a message, call 212.683.2490.

Mark Kendall (MFA 2011 Social Documentary) continues to garner attention for his short The Time Machine (watch it here). It was one of 50 films selected from over 10,000 entries to screen at the recent Shanghai International Film Festival. Nominated for Best Documentary, The Time Machine was also the only film from the United States in its category.

Image: Still from Crossroads. Courtesy of the artist.

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