Press Release

ANNOUNCING CITYVISIONS FILM FESTIVAL, MAY 28-29, 2015
AT THE DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA, NEW YORK

For more information: April G. Joffee, (212) 650-7235

The City College of New York presents the seventeenth edition of Cityvisions, the annual showcase of new thesis films from its MFA Program in Film.  This year, Cityvisions will be held at the Directors Guild of America, 110 West 57th Street in New York City, on Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29 at 6:00 PM.

“The MFA program at the City College of New York is one of the most diverse and international film schools in the world, which makes Cityvisions a truly international film festival, showcasing innovative work by promising filmmakers from around the globe,” states MFA Program Co-Director Andrea Weiss.

The Cityvisions 2015 line-up of shorts is a diverse mix of 12 documentaries and 11 fiction films.  They include, to name just a few, a poetic look at the life of a professional mourner in a small Northern Vietnam village; a post-modern narrative about the everyday addictions of young people in New York City; and a tongue-in-cheek exploration of the charms and foibles of Pisces women.

Thesis films from CCNY’s MFA program have gone on to win, in Student Categories, three Oscars, five Oscar nominations, as well as four Emmys.  MFA films have also been invited to prestigious films festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Edinburgh, Moscow, Munich, and South By Southwest.  The short films, QUIET SPACE, by Yessica Curiel-Montoya of Mexico (MFA 2013) and SUNNYSIDE by Youngki Jin of Korea (MFA 2014), both screened in the recent Cannes Film Festival, while Spanish Fulbright scholar Alex Lora (MFA 2013) produced ODYSSEUS’ GAMBIT which went on to win awards at 18 international film festivals, and screen in the Sundance Film Festival.   TOM IN AMERICA by Flavio Alves of Brazil (MFA 2013) premiered in the Palm Springs Film Festival and was selected for over 50 film festivals around the world, winning awards at many of them.

MFA graduates of The City College of New York have parlayed their thesis films into launching their first features. Erin Greenwell’s feature, MY BEST DAY, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.  Rania Attieh received funding from Venice Biennale College to produce her second feature, H., which had its world premiere in the 2014 Venice Film Festival and its North American premiere in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. After screening his MFA thesis film in the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Jayan Cherian released his first feature film PAPILIO BUDDHA which premiered in the Berlinale. Alumna Yolanda Pividal recently completed her feature documentary OF KITES AND BORDERS, which has collected Best Documentary awards at DocsDF in Mexico City, the San Diego Film Festival, and the Havana Film Festival NY.

This year’s Cityvisions Film Festival jury is comprised of feature film producer/director Bogdan George Apetri, documentary filmmaker Shola Lynch (“Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners” and “Shirley Chisholm: Unbought and Unbossed”), and Jeff Tamblyn, Director of Educational Sales and Distribution at Kino Lorber Distribution.

Admission to Cityvisions 2015 is free. For more information about the event, films and filmmakers, please visit: http://ccny-cityvisions.org.

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