Hunter College students, alumni and faculty were all represented at November’s DOC NYC Film Festival, the largest national documentary film festival voted one of the “top five coolest documentary film festivals in the world” by MovieMaker magazine. The DOC NYC day of screenings from top NYC graduate film programs showcased the work of several Integrated Media Arts (IMA) MFA students—Samantha Farinella and Amanda Katz, Sean Hanley, Zoya Baker, Jordan Lord and CG Foisy—who presented their short films alongside those of filmmakers from NYU, Columbia, School of Visual Arts and New York Film Academy. An Academy Award qualifying festival for short films, DOC NYC is based at the West Village’s IFC Center, Chelsea’s SVA Theater, and the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinema.
Hunter College alumni also had films selected for screening at the festival, including IMA alumna Lindsey Cordero, ’17, whose film I’m Leaving Now (Ya Me Voy) had its U.S. premiere, and Fabián Caballero, ’17, who co-edited the film The Interpreters. Alumna Nadia Hallgren, ’02, was featured on DOC NYC’s inaugural “40 Under 40” list and is recognized as a “rising star” in documentary for her work as a cinematographer and director. Hallgren has contributed to notable documentaries including Fahrenheit 9/11, Searching for Sugarman, and Trouble the Water. Most recently, she was the cinematographer and director for She’s the Ticket, a documentary series that follows five women running for political office in 2017 and 2018.
Gary Griffin, part-time faculty in the Film & Media Department worked as a cinematographer on two films that screened at the festival, Homeland and Bei Bei.