THE FUSION FILM FESTIVAL 2007 LAUNCH
ONE FESTIVAL MENTORS ANOTHER
NANTUCKET FILM FESTIVAL DIRECTORS
AS FEATURED GUESTS AT NOVEMBER 17 LUNCHEON
Contact: Andrea D. Wong
New York, NY (November 6, 2006)
New York University's student run film festival, THE FUSION FILM FESTIVAL, now in its fourth year (March 1-3, 2007), celebrates the work of women directors and cinematographers at every stage of development-- from bringing women icons in the industry into meaningful contact with student filmmakers to illuminating the award winning work of those young filmmakers.
FUSION 2007 will stage an invitation-only launch on November 17, featuring the powerhouse duo, Jill Burkhart (Co-Founder/Executive Director) and Mystelle Brabbee (Artistic Director) of the Nantucket Film Festival, both NYU alumni, at a luncheon and open conversation on the business of creating and running a film festival.
Past FUSION FILM FESTIVAL guests have included Julie Taymor, Amy Heckerling, Rebecca Miller, Mary Harron, Karyn Kusama, Sarah Green and Eva Koldner.
Burkhart conceptualized, developed and implemented the first Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) with the theme of raising awareness of the screenwriter and the craft of storytelling. She has served as Artistic Director since 1995, and in 2002 became the Executive Director of the Festival which is sponsored by SHOWTIME and features the Tony Cox Awards.
Along with her work as Artistic Director of NFF, Brabee, has produced and directed HIGHWAY COURTESANS, an award winning film which opens at New York's Quad Cinema December 1. The film, a provocative coming of age doc, chronicles the story of a bold young woman born into a community in central India that sanctions prostitution. Resisting moralizing, Brabee's film takes the audience on the journey as the girl faces ideas of freedom of choice, gender, and self-determination.