"Made in NY" Graduates Celebrate Their Work at Alumni Film Festival

Graduates of the "Made in NY" PA Training Program shared their work with fellow alumni. Photo courtesy of Jessica Beck.

February 1, 2013 - Each year, graduates from the “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program gather together for the annual “Made in NY” Alumni Film Festival, organized by Brooklyn Workforce Innovations.

Held this year at Littlefield in Brooklyn on January 20, the festivities, now in its sixth year, allowed alumni the chance to catch up with each other as well as to say good-bye to Katy Finch, the program’s director who trained countless cycles of PA and recently left BWI after a seven year tenure. A record number of guests were on hand to watch films submitted by graduates showcasing their original work and to vote for the winning projects.

Top prize of the night went to Jarrett Robertson for The Second Hand, a short film in which he served as director, editor and cinematographer. Shana Williams won second prize for her work as writer and director on the inspiring PSA “This Is You,” and Henry Giraldo was recognized in third place for his webisode “Animals in the Darndest Places.”

Departing program director Katy Finch was honored for her seven years of helping train PAs. Photo courtesy of Jessica Beck.

As the first prize winner, Robertson received an ARRI CSC 35mm camera package, four hours at TV Room Studio, a Telescope’s Director’s Chair courtesy of State Supply and certificates to use at Cinescape for equipment rentals and expendables, Gotham Sound and DCTV. Second and third prizes also received different camera packages and certificates for services.

This year, a few other prizes were also awarded to “Made in NY” alums as BWI staff recognized graduates with individual awards that spoke to their special individual talents. Venus Anderson chose Angela Persico for the Pay Stub Award. Katy Finch selected Jayo Gordon for the Spirit Award while Mara Prater singled out Denzil Thomas for the Recruitment Award. Diana “DK” Klein was chosen by Nancy Goldman as the Job Developer of the Year for her efforts to hire “Made in NY” PAs on projects, and Alexander Etseyatse and Will Mahr won the Producer’s Award.

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