As the Fusion Film Festival enters its fourth year at New York University it continues to strive to inform, encourage, and inspire young filmmakers. Fusion offers this Festival to promote the talents of female filmmakers and support their continued success in the industry while at the same time working to strengthen the relationship between male and female filmmakers.
Fusion's primary goal this year is to expand its focus to include a cross section of cinematic disciplines in the hopes of fostering collaboration, not only between the sexes, but also between the various departments within the Tisch School of the Arts. To that end Fusion is diversifying it's programming to include more areas of interest to the student body and the filmmaking community.
Gina Abatemarco and Emma Heald, Co-Founders of Fusion, were on a mission to "celebrate the good work of women at today's forefront and the women who paved the first roads of cinema. In showcasing the work of talented female filmmakers, both in the student body and the industry at large, Fusion hopes to break down any barriers and misconceptions based on gender, and to instead build a community that looks at a filmmaker in terms of their individual creative talents." With each year that we produce this festival we hope to move towards that goal.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Fusion Film Festival is a three-day festival that informs, encourages and celebrates female filmmakers in the NYU community and in the industry at large. Now in its fourth year, the festival will be held March 1-3, 2007.
As always we will have our Film and Screenplay Competitions, which will honor both female students and their collaborators in the areas of directing, cinematography and screenwriting. This year we are also adding a Documentary Pitch Competition where students will be able to pitch their documentaries in progress to a panel of industry professionals. With our panels we hope to celebrate women who are working in several cinematic disciplines as well as departments that are usually overlooked within the school.
Thus our Retrospective will be highlighting an Actress/Director for her continued contribution to the film industry and our Master Class will bring a Writer/Director who will mentor students on her craft and how she transforms her words onto the screen.
We further plan to have two screenings this year: one will be a documentary to correspond with our new Pitch Competition and the other will be an Industry Screening of a soon to be released film by a female filmmaker. Our panels will include one with leading female animators and the other will be a scholarly panel discussion on the historic role of women in the industry.
THE FUSION 2007 TEAM
This year's team of Directors are from various cinematic disciplines reflecting on Fusion's mission to involve more departments within the Tisch School of the Arts, give more students opportunities to learn about female filmmakers and the process of producing a festival, and encourage collaboration amongst all students within the school.
Jennifer Orta is a senior majoring in Cinema Studies and minoring in Journalism and Producing. She is fascinated by films of Hollywood's Golden Age particularly how such extraordinary and unique films could be created within such a structured system. It is her hope that her cinematic background and passion for producing will allow her to make equally unique productions of her own. Besides working on Fusion she is also a part of the newly created Cinema Appreciation and Scholarship Club and is helping coordinate this year's Cinema Studies Student Conference also at Tisch School of the Arts. Jennifer divides her time between New York and her hometown of Miami, Florida.
Andrea Wong , a 2005 alumnus of Tisch School of the Arts, studied Theatre, Film, and Television, focusing on directing and producing. She has produced educational videos for the NY State Department of Education, shooting all across the United States, taught media production at New York University to NYC high school students, and developed and implemented an after school filmmaking program as part of the International Film Festival at the United Nations, where she currently teaches. She is also working on continuing to develop the first Film Institute in the Dominican Republic under the sponsorship of One Race Films, New York University and the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development. Films Andrea has worked on has screened at the Cannes Film Festival and at various NYC festivals, in venues including the Museum of TV and Radio, El Museo del Barrio, the Sony Building and the Symphony Space.
Michelle Malley-Campos , born and raised in Puerto Rico, started writing her first script ideas at age 10, dreaming of making them into movies. She continued towrite and dream while participating in video production workshops and media arts summer programs, when in 2004, she was accepted into the Film/TV department of Tisch School of the Arts. Once there, she immediately got her filmmaking gears going and got involved in many clubs and organizations, starting out as a volunteer at the 2nd annual Fusion Film Festival while simultaneously volunteering at the Tribeca Film Festival. Michelle recently wrapped principal photography for her senior thesis film, and is currently writing her first feature screenplay. She graduates in May 2007 and plans to return home to Puerto Rico to make her mark in the Puerto Rican film industry .