Alumnae Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich and Fiona Otway were selected as the twenty-five participants of The Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York Film Festival's Artist Academy, an immersive creative experience for filmmakers early in their careers.
The Artist Academy offers the selected filmmakers a two-day program features talks and case studies designed to inspire filmmakers’ artistic instincts and encourage collaboration. The program will also include a slate of screenings and panel discussions by esteemed veterans from a variety of disciplines.
This year’s mentors include filmmakers Ira Sachs (“Little Men”) and Laura Poitras (“Citizenfour”), cinematographer Ed Lachman (“Carol”), producer Mynette Louie (“The Invitation”), Submarine Entertainment’s Josh Braun, IFC Films’s Arianna Bocco, and more.
Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich (MFA '16) is a documentarian whose most recent project is A Gentleman's War, a film about a contemporary cricket team from Jamaica Bay, Brooklyn. She is the recipient of a 2015 TFI ESPN Future Filmmaker Award and a 2014 Princess Grace Award and has received grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as well as National Black Programming Consortium. Her work explores themes of physicality, violence, and identity within urban space.
Fiona Otway (MFA '14) is a documentary filmmaker who tackles complex social issues through nuanced, emotionally resonant stories. Her work has been featured in top-tier film festivals, theatrical release, and television broadcasts around the world. She was an editor on Iraq in Fragments, which was awarded the first-ever prize for Best Documentary Editing at Sundance Film Festival and received several other international awards, including an Academy Award nomination. Fiona was also an editor on the Academy Award-nominated film Sari’s Mother. In addition, she was the editor of Hell and Back Again, which won the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, a DuPont Award, and was nominated for an Academy Award. She is a recipient of the Princess Grace award and, in addition to creating films, teaches at Bard College as a Visiting Artist in Residence.
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