Press Release

ANNOUNCING CITYVISIONS FILM FESTIVAL, JUNE 3, 2016
AT THE AUDITORIUM ON BROADWAY, NEW YORK CITY

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

The City College of New York presents the eighteenth edition of Cityvisions, the annual showcase of new thesis films from its MFA Program in Film.  This year, Cityvisions will be held at the Auditorium on Broadway, 1871 Broadway (between 61st and 62nd) in New York City, on Friday, June 3. The festival begins at 3:00 PM and ends with an award ceremony at 9 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 2016 line-up of short films is a diverse mix of 8 documentaries and 10 fiction films.  They include, to name just a few, a poetic narrative that recounts the tragedy of Hiroshima through the intertwined tales of an atomic bomb survivor and her granddaughter; an insider’s look into the Brevoort housing project of Bedford Stuyvesant, whose residents struggle to stay positive as violence invades their community; a short drama in which a Dominican man and his 9yr old son embark on a heartbreaking journey; and an unconventional sci-fi film portraying a melancholy astronaut drifting in Space, who strives to maintain a long distant relationship with his lover on earth.

The MFA Program in Film at the City College of New York is a small, boutique two-year program focusing on independent filmmaking. We are a culturally diverse filmmaking community, with ready access to the finest talent, locations, and production facilities of New York City. Unlike other film schools, we equally emphasize documentary and fiction filmmaking genres as vehicles for original storytelling that reflects the human experience.

Previous 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 including Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Edinburgh, Moscow, Munich, Venice, and South By Southwest.

This year’s Cityvisions Film Festival jury is comprised of Gabriel Sedgwick, independent producer; Jessica Green, Director of The Maysles Cinema; and Emily Russo, Co-Founder and Co-President of the distribution company Zeitgeist Films.

Admission to Cityvisions 2016 is free. For more information about the event, films and filmmakers, please visit: http://ccny-cityvisions.org.

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