UGFTV Alum Reed Morano Directs Hulu’s Hit New Show “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Reed Morano (UGFTV, 2000) directs the first three episodes of Hulu’s new critically acclaimed show The Handmaid’s Tale. The show, based off of the novel by Margaret Atwood, follows Offred (Elisabeth Moss,) a woman forced to survive as a surrogate slave in a totalitarian government where fertility is rare and surveillance is heavy.

Morano has worked most of her career as a cinematographer. Her career spans from commercial shoots to music videos like Beyonce’s Lemonade and has shot movies such as Kill Your Darlings, The Magic of Belle Isle and The Skeleton Twins. More impressive is that Morano is the youngest member and one of the few women in the American Society of Cinematographers. It gives her the selective and distinct honor of adding “A.S.C.” at the end of her name.

It fits that such an accomplished woman would come to direct the dystopian drama that has both gorgeous cinematography and masterful direction. The show is set in a future that resembles colonial-era New England where fertile women are subjected to an oppressive patriarchy who only uses them to make babies. At times, Morano’s direction has tender sensibilities about motherhood and chilling presentations of rape, all the while raising important questions about the role of women in this totalitarian society and ours. The politics of The Handmaid’s Tale are clear, unflinching and relevant in an era where feminist messaging is important and in demand.

Stream new episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale every Wednesday from Hulu.

Life After Tisch Panel - Thursday, May 11

Graduating Seniors!

Tisch Salute is fast approaching and we're sure many of you are anxious about your life after Tisch. Join us for a panel and networking event with recent UGFTV alums on Thursday, May 11th at 6:30pm. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear how recent alums made the transition and to answer any questions you may have. Following the panel you will have the opportunity to network with alums and learn how to get involved with the UGFTV Alumni Board, the leaders of the NY-based alumni group. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

RSVP Here:

- Tisch Undergrad Film & TV Alumni Board

UGFTV Alum Evan Kelman Scores Tribeca Hat Trick with Where There's Smoke

Evan Kelman (UGFTV, 2015) will world premiere his short film Where There’s Smoke at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, marking his third consecutive film at the Festival as a co-writer/producer, and second film as a director. Where There’s Smoke, which tells the story of how a firefighter must convince the city commissioner that he's able to return to the line of duty after a tragic accident, screens April 28, 29 & 30. 

Kelman’s first film selected for the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015 was Bandito, a coming-of-age drama about a young boy who stows away to join his older brother on a highway truck heist.  Bandito was Kelman’s thesis film as part of Tisch’s Advanced Narrative Workshop, led by Vondie Hall, made in collaboration with several Tisch classmates, including co-writer Parker Hill and producer Sebastian Savino.  In 2016, the festival screened One Good Pitch, directed by Hill and co-written and produced by Kelman. The film, which depicts a son trying to reconnect with his father through baseball, was also the product of a narrative film class at Tisch.

Established on the heels of the 9/11 attacks, the Tribeca Film Festival was created to revitalize downtown New York and has grown into one of the nation’s most important film festivals, celebrating a “new age of storytelling” by bringing together visionaries across various industries and diverse audiences. Where There’s Smoke was one of the 57 short films selected out of 4,385 submissions in the competition. Tisch alumni collaborating with him included Parker Hill (co-writer/executive producer), Lizzie Shapiro (producer), Henry Hayes (editor), Connor Murphy (DP), Seth Margolies (gaffer), and Mackenzie Berkman (production coordinator).

The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival runs through April 30.

Coming Up: First Run Film Festival


Love student films? Love festivals? Love student film festivals? Then, First Run is for you! The longest continuously running film festival in New York City, First Run brings together over 80 student films to compete for awards each spring. Prizes include the 2017 Audience Choice Award Winner, the winner of which will receive $2000 as well as a free trip to LA for industry meetings, panels, and networking opportunities. Additionally, first, second, and third place prizes are given in Graduate Film NY, Graduate Tisch Asia, and Undergraduate Film & TV.

Please join us for the Festival Kick Off Party on Friday, April 28th, in the Filmmaker Lounge, Lower Concourse of 721 Broadway at 5:00 pm. There will be free ice cream and more! For screening information, see the listings below or at

Friday, April 28th:                                                 Sunday, April 30th:
Lower Concourse, Theater 006                              Lower Concourse, Theater 006
7:00 pm, 8:30 pm                                                 5:30 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:30 pm

Saturday, April 29th:                                           Wednesday, May 3rd:
Lower Concourse, Theater 006                             Wasserman Awards
11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:00 pm                    Screening of Top Festival Honors
5:30 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:30 pm                                   Skirball Theater - 60 Washington Square South                                                       5:00 pm

 See the full lineup and schedule:

See the full lineup and schedule: