Very excited to introduce to you the future documentary filmmakers in our Documentary Studies Certificate Program at The New School, in New York City! Meet this wonderful group of students whose final projects will be screening at the annual public film festival Truth be Told, by the end of Spring 2019:
Caroline Macfarlane is an artist, curator and urbanist from Toronto, Canada. After receiving an MA in art history from the University of Toronto, she worked as director of Ignite gallery at OCAD University for many years. Caroline has developed a passion for transforming the built environment through color and collaboration and sees art as a powerful tool for social change. She has designed and facilitated art programming for SickKids hospital and CAMH (Toronto), Third Street Men’s Shelter (NYC) as well as developed her own city wide public art projects. She recently graduated with an MS in Design and Urban Ecologies from The New School and is currently pursuing an education in documentary filmmaking at The New School.
Callie Hanau came to The New School with a background in performance and non profit fundraising. This summer she interned with Creative Chaos vmg, whose doc ‘This Changes Everything’ recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. With her own films, she is interested in exploring the concept of rejection and how one finds their place in the world. Callie is elated to join the Doc Studies class of 2019!
Ambrus Hernádi comes from Budapest, Hungary. He obtained his Master’s degree in Film Studies and then worked for six years as Camera Assistant next to many renowned directors and cinematographers. Assisting others’ ideas and visions, his own creative impulses began to grow exponentially. He decided to come to New York and study documentary at The New School, so he can finally have the chance to develop his own projects.
Zoe Hutton is a documentary filmmaker from London with a particular interest in telling stories that explore social issues. For the last six years, Zoe has been producing and self-shooting documentaries for UK television. While working at the BBC, she helped develop Murdered by My Father, a BAFTA-winning factual drama about ‘honour’ killings, and assistant produced the Grierson-nominated BBC2 documentary about the housing crisis, No Place to Call Home. Since then, she has worked on the BAFTA-winning BBC1 series Ambulance and has most recently been shooting and directing a BBC2 single film about social mobility. While studying at The New School, Zoe hopes to learn about the origins of documentary and to develop her voice as a director.
Uwa Iduozee was born and raised in Helsinki, Finland to Finnish-Nigerian parents and has a passion for intimate and nuanced visual storytelling. After working as a photographer for a few years, he grew frustrated with the limitations of still images and transitioned into filmmaking.
Julia Mann has been interested in documentary filmmaking for several years now, having taken courses on the subject at New York Film Academy and Maine Media Workshops. Julia spent the last three years living in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she spent the last year working as “on-call” filmmaker for the African Refugee Development Center. She is very excited to be living in New York, studying filmmaking and working part-time for a documentary producer.
Maria Mayo is a first generation American born with Mexican and Native American heritage. Born and raised in California, she obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California. After working in Spanish Broadcast Radio and Marketing, she’s excited to create documentaries with a sociological lens that challenge stereotypes of indigenous communities, people of color, and immigrants.
Rebekka Rafnsdóttir is an Icelandic writer and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work is rooted in philosophy and literature, although you will find traces from all creative arts in her experimental streams of consciousness. Her first documentary film and debut non-fiction book will both be published in 2019.
Over the last six years, Catharina Schürenberg has worked in costume and art departments of numerous film and television productions. She collaborated with directors and producers, helping turn creative visions into screen realities. Most recently, she was a costume designer for an award winning documentary “Casting JonBenet”, which premiered at Sundance in 2017. While at The New School, Catharina wants to discover and develop her own voice as a documentarian, and hopes to create content that drives change in audiences and inspires change in the world.
Tyche Zhuge is a woman, a Chinese, a rebel, an advocate, a life-time social worker, a documentarian-to-be and an admirer to all the creativeness on this planet.