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On Your Radar

"On Your Radar" is a weekly Grad Film News segment, featuring a student picked at random. Here you can browse through the students we've interviewed so far. Learn about their childhoods, their inspirations, and their favorite memories from Tisch.

  • Francesca Mirabella

    Francesca talks about growing up in NYC in the 80's & 90's, her amazing summer road trip across the US, and her love for fellow Grad Film students.

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  • Jamie Dack

    Jamie talks about her family-themed script research including a recently unearthed VHS tape her parents shot of her on the day she was born.

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  • Raven Jackson

    Raven discusses summer fireflies in Tennessee, her passion for details, and love for shooting on film.

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  • Omar Antonio Iturriaga

    Omar Antonio Iturriaga engages us with his interest in "magical realism, surrealism and minimalist portrayals of everyday life."

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  • Lasse Tolboll

    Lasse paints a picture of his hometown in Denmark, discusses using music as a vehicle for cinematography, and shares his insights on directing.

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  • Jeff Verlanic

    Jeff, fresh off his 2nd year shoot in Montana - energetically flows with lyrical perceptions of his hometown and favorite filmmakers.

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  • Chuko Esiri

    Chuko gives us a colorful glimpse of Nigeria, discusses what classical literature has taught him about filmmaking, and shares his insight on the importance of letting imagination fuel his work.

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  • Elizabeth Nichols

    Elizabeth transports us to a space of contemplation on the relationship between inner life and outer environment; details her appreciation for those who cut through dominant mediated narratives; and shares her experience growing up in a family of artists.

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  • Laura Valladao

    Laura discusses her visceral process of shooting, shares fun clips from growing up in the Bay Area, and gives a shout out to the Grad Film directors who have challenged her to grow.

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  • Tony Koros

    Tony entertains us with woven portraits from Nairobi, and discusses his rich learning process at Grad Film.

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  • Karishma Dube

    Karishma discusses growing up in the Himalayan foothills and finding inspiration from afar.

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  • Joshua Foster

    Joshua discusses the richness and complexities of the South, how he gets inspiration from his daughter, and his talented classmate collaborators at Tisch.

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  • Samuel Grandchamp

    Samuel discusses growing up in multicultural Switzerland, his directorial influences, and going back home to shoot in the Swiss Alps.

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  • Woonjae Park

    Woonjae discusses finding friendship, love and support at Grad Film.

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  • Thati Peele

    Thati talks about growing up in South Africa and drawing inspiration from the world around her.

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  • Blair McClendon & Harry Cepka

    Grad Film's dynamic duo, Harry & Blair, discuss their respect for artists who work rigorously no matter what their means are.

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  • Myrsini Aristidou

    Myrsini discusses growing up on an island, her mentor for life, and the relationship between memory, abstraction and time.

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  • Aimee Schaefer

    Aimee discusses the exciting possibilities for virtual reality development and interdepartmental collaborations across NYU.

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  • Sarra Alshehhi

    Sarra shares her childhood daydreams growing up in the U.A.E, and discusses coming full-circle with the acceptance of her first year film at the Dubai International Film Festival.

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  • Ashish Ravinran

    Ashish discusses his love of writing and finding inspiration in historical figures.

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  • Lydia Chammas

    Lydia talks poetry, the 1970's, and growing up culturally French in DC.

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  • Jovan James

    Jovan discusses his hometown, Baltimore, and shares his inspirations.

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  • Mamadou Dia

    Mamadou talks about African cinema and growing up in Senegal.

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  • Stephanie Bollag

    Stephanie discusses Jerry Weintraub, Edgar Degas, and the best editing advice she ever got.

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  • Layla Jian Luo

    Layla Jian talks about 3-D filmmaking and the beautiful community she's found at Tisch.

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  • Elegance Bratton

    Elegance Bratton inspires us by sharing his passions and upbringing.

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  • Chenyi Zhuge

    Chenyi Zhuge talks about growing up in a Hobbit-like land and how Chinese policy is inspiring his films.

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  • Kristin Kouke

    Kristin Kouke discusses repairing her grandfather's camera and filmmaking in her native Hawai'i.

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  • Nagham Osman

    Nagham Osman tells us about the writers inspiring her and her childhood in Dubai.

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  • Molly Gandour

    Molly Gandour talks about the magic of a great film crew, growing up in the Midwest, and the surreal world we're living in.

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  • Laurel Parmet

    Laurel Parmet discusses finding her voice at Grad Film and the photographers inspiring her right now.

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  • Kevin Vu

    Kevin discusses otherworldly images and the perception-altering atmosphere at Tisch.

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  • Steven Brickhouse

    Steven Brickhouse discusses the secrets of the Bronx and being inspired by the people around him.

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  • Abbesi Akhamie

    Abbesi Akhamie writes about her Nigerian-American heritage, and filmmaking as a life-long experience.

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  • Marian Mathias

    Marian Mathias intrigues us with an old international thesaurus, and discusses how Grad Film has expanded her thinking.

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  • David Stein

    David Stein discusses the architecture of film, and his obsession with the places in our lives where politics meet the personal.

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  • Lin Que Ayoung

    Lin Que Ayoung discusses humanity's fascination with fear and finding her her own voice at Tisch.

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  • Daliso Leslie

    Daliso Leslie discusses practicing patience when filming faces, and feeling most alive in bodies of natural water.

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  • Kevin Wilson

    Kevin Wilson tells us about his rich childhood growing up in "The Bull City", his numerous inspirations, and what brought him to Grad Film.

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  • Alan Wu

    Alan Wu discusses the fruits of artistic discipline and his enjoyment collaborating with fellow students at Grad Film.

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  • Jack Kendrick

    Jack Kendrick discusses the changing landscape of New York City and the universality of the midlife crisis.

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  • Ines Gowland

    Ones Gowland talks about immersing herself in the director's world when collaborating as a cinematographer.

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  • Jordan Nikolic

    Jordan Nikolic shares his interest in the people on the margins of society.

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  • Prashanth Kamalakanthan

    Prashanth Kamalakanthan ponders dreams, memories, identity, paradoxes and "reality realer than the real.”

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  • Rebecca Martos

    Rebecca Martos discusses the differences between Phoenix and New York, and how technology is impacting society.

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  • Swetha Regunathan

    Swetha Regunathan ponders the constant changes of consciousness and her belief in poetry.

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  • Louis (Hang) Yin

    Louis (Hang) Yin discusses Kubrick and always wanting things we can't have.

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  • Silvio Canihuante Fernández

    Silvio Canihuante Fernández talks about the need for artists to address all emotions, even the hard ones.

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  • Gabriel Bier Gislason

    Gabriel Bier Gislason describes the two vibrant cities he's from and his myriad of inspirations.

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  • Sontenish Myers

    Sontenish Myers talks about returning to her first love, sci-fi/fantasy, and how studying at Grad Film is akin to training for the Olympics.

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  • Kirsten Riccardi

    Kirsten Riccardi talks about the communal excitement during production and the small yet vast things that make up home.

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  • Elizabeth Charles

    Elizabeth Charles talks about creating compelling multicultural content and the melting pot that is her home.

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  • Mary Evangelista

    Mary talks about escaping mall culture and finding inspiration from Riot Grrrls.

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  • Beier Zhong

    Beier shares his deep appreciation for the films of Tsai Ming-liang.

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  • Anna Gunndís Guðmundsdóttir

    Anna Gunndís Guðmundsdóttir describes the breathtaking stillness of a 5:00 AM magic hour in Iceland, her newborn daughter, and the deep friendships she has found on the 10th Floor of Tisch.

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  • Haley Anderson

    Haley Anderson discusses shooting in the South and her favorite filmmakers: her classmates.

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  • Ashley Alexander

    Ashley Alexander talks about her amazing collaborations at Tisch and keeping a global perspective as a screenwriter

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