Tisch News

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 www.firstrunfestival.com:

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:  http://www.firstrunfestival.com

See the full lineup and schedule: http://www.firstrunfestival.com

Sloan Feature Film Award Info Session Webinar - Thursday, April 27

Working on a feature film script? Love science?

The Sloan Foundation Feature Film Award may be just for you. This $100,000 award in the Kanbar Institute of Film & Television is given to a feature-length narrative script about science or technology.

Join us for the Sloan Info Session Webinar!

Hear from members of the Sloan Awards Committee as well as past winners of the Sloan Feature Film Award, Ginny Mohler (RADIUM GIRLS) and Shawn Snyder (TO DUST), and have the opportunity to ask questions.

DATE: Thursday, April 27
TIME: 1:00pm - 2:00pm (NY time)

LOCATION: 9th Floor Conference Room at 721 Broadway

If you would like to attend in person, the info session will take place in the 9th floor conference room at 721 Broadway. For those joining in person, lunch will be available.

For webinar log-in information or to RSVP for in-person attendance, please email dara.feivelson@nyu.edu by Tuesday, April 25. 

Eligibility for the 2017-18 Sloan Feature Film Award:
- Current thesis students in the Kanbar Graduate Film Program
- Current juniors and seniors in Kanbar Undergraduate Film & TV
- Alumni who graduated between 2009 and 2017

For further information and the application: 

If you have any questions, please contact Dara Feivelson at dara.feivelson@nyu.edu