August 25, 2021

Student Filmmakers Earn Top Honors for Recent Films

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Lola Constantino ’23 accepts an award at NJYFF in Hoboken, NJ. Photo courtesy Su Friedrich

Short animated films by current Program in Visual Arts junior Lola Constantino and recent program graduate Minyoung Kim earned top awards at the 2021 NJ Young Filmmakers Festival (NJYFF) in August. NJYFF is run by the Thomas A. Edison Media Arts Consortium. Both students created their projects under the mentorship of lecturer Tim Szetela in VIS 220 “Digital Animation.”

Constantino’s film, wish u a good life, reimagines what an anonymous conversation online would look like if the two strangers met on a subway. The conversation took place on February 21, 2021 between the filmmaker and an anonymous user on The Single Cell by Kim is an animated short about a lonely single cell among the trillions of cells that make up the human body.

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Image courtesy Dylan Fox

​At the prestigious 2021 Student Academy Awards run by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, senior Dylan Fox’s short documentary film Tuesday was named a semi-finalist. Fox directed, filmed, and edited the film under the mentorship of lecturer BJ Perlmutt as part of his junior project for the visual arts program. In Tuesday, a young filmmaker tries to do good in the world by participating in a non-partisan political internship with the goal of making short videos that expand voting rights in America. Months later, he tries to piece together the failure of that internship, his own ambivalence to politics, and the depression he suffers after months of the COVID-19 pandemic. The film was also screened as part of the 2021 Junior and Senior Thesis Film Festival in May at the Lewis Center. The Student Academy Award winners will be announced in September.

Fox is a 2021 Alex Adam ’07 Award recipient majoring in the “Practice of Art” track offered through the Department of Art and Archaeology in collaboration with the Lewis Center, and he has taken several filmmaking and screenwriting courses in the Lewis Center. This summer using the funds from his Alex Adam Award, Fox has worked on completing two current works-in-progress: a draft screenplay for a full-length feature film and an hour-long experimental film.


*Banner image: Still from the animated film “The Single Cell” by Minyoung Kim

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