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Bronx Community College Celebrates 19th Annual Film & Video Festival


BCC student filmmakers pose with faculty, sponsors and staff in front of Clearview’s Chelsea Cinema in for the 19th Annual Bronx Community College Film & Video Festival. Photo courtesy of Thomas Donley.

July 2, 2012 - Students in the Bronx Community College Media Technology and Film Society Clubs along with the Media Technology Program of the Communications Arts and Science Department worked late hours to complete their films for the 19th Annual BCC Film and Video Festival. The festival took place on Wednesday, June 6 at Cablevision’s Chelsea Clearview Cinema in NYC.

During the festival, students showed off their original short films that they had been working on throughout the semester. Production executives from the Eastman Kodak Company, Cablevision’s Clearview Cinema, Avid Technology, The Independent Film Channel, Panavision, Barbizon Lighting and many other companies were on hand to screen the films and present awards. During the festival, special thanks were extended to Dr. Debra Gonsher, Chair of the Communications Arts & Sciences Department for her continued support for the festival.

The 2012 Eastman Kodak Student Filmmaker Awards were presented by DeWitt Davis and Melanie Jones. First prize went to Ricardo Faria for his film Natal. Alcy Leyva won second prize for No Man’s Land. Third and fourth prizes were given out to Ian Findlay (12 + 2) and Natalie Setoute (Petits Détails), respectively.

“The films that were presented at this year’s film festival are as varied as the students that created them,” said Professor Jeffrey Wisotsky of the CAS Media Technology Program. “Audience feedback is invaluable in developing a clear sense of what one wants to do as a film and video artist.”

“I sincerely applaud my classmates and their hard work as well as that of the staff and faculty of the Media Technology Program and the Media Technology and Film Society,” said Alcy Leyva, a Media Studies major who won second prize in the competition. “Filmmaking is a collaborative art, and I'm grateful to work with and be in the presence of such amazing people.”

Leyva also received the Third Steve Garfinkel Memorial Award for Excellence in Media, which is given in honor of the late cinematographer who passed away in 2009. Mr. Garfinkel was a member of IATSE Local 600, the Cinematographers Guild, and the award was presented by fellow cinematographer Dejan Georgevich along with Sol Negrin. “Steve’s record of helping students with their films is legendary,” said Mr. Georgevich.

Media Technology student Ian Findlay received the Third Media Technology Marie Nesbitt Promise Prize, established in 2007 by BCC alumna, Vikki L. Pryor, Chief Executive Officer of The American Red Cross in Greater New York. The $2,500 prize was created in memory of Ms. Pryor’s grandmother, Marie Nesbitt.

The Peter J. Rondinone Memorial Awards were established by the Media Technology Program to recognize students who have demonstrated the capability to make a positive difference at Bronx Community College and their community. The 2012 Peter J. Rondinone Screenwriting Memorial Award Winners were: Ricardo Faria, Ian Findlay, Yara Infante, Mark Jeremiah and Alcy Leyva.

The Avid Technology Award was presented to Media Technology student Victor Burgos for excellence in Television Non-Linear Editing. The 2012 Chairperson’s Award for a film that excels in exploring contemporary issues was presented to Leyva for his film, No Man’s Land.

The Media Technology Program at Bronx Community College prepares students for entry-level employment in production support and selected technical areas of video, film and associated media production. The first year students' content includes exposure to the entire production process. Students are taught by industry professionals who provide extensive hands-on instruction. In the second year, students perform in various crew positions on actual production projects. Other students go on to receive BAs or BFA degrees at a four-year college.
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