Three Stony Brook University film students were credited participants in the full-length film Still Alice, which was honored Sunday with a 2015 Academy Award for Best Actress. Julianne Moore was named “Best Actress in a Leading Role” for her powerful portrayal of an Alzheimer’s sufferer. Moore also won the Best Actress Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, BAFTA Award, and Independent Spirit Award.
Stony Brook students included Victoria Coram (from Hillsborough, NJ), serving as assistant to directors Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer; Richard Duque-Henao (from Lindenhurst, NY) as a research intern in the production office and Jason Evans (from Melbourne, Australia) in the additional footage unit.
Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, co-founders of Killer Films, are executive producers of Still Alice. Vachon is also Director of Stony Brook Southampton’s innovative three-year graduate MFA program in narrative film and Koffler is a member of the MFA program faculty. Still Alice tells the story of a university professor who discovers she is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. The movie, which was released by Sony Classics, was shot in 2014 in New York City.
Robert Reeves, Associate Provost of Southampton Graduate Arts, said: “It’s an extraordinary opportunity to have Academy Award winning producers helming our program. We are proud at Stony Brook to have created an MFA program that attracts the most distinguished practicing artists in the country to provide our aspiring student filmmakers with an affordable, project-driven, in-the-practice learning experience that they wouldn’t find at any other school.”
Stony Brook MFA students were also participants in the upcoming film Nasty Baby starring Kristen Wiig and Alia Shawkat. Stony Brook recently announced that the New York State Education Department has approved SUNY’s first ever Master of Fine Arts in Film. With locations in Manhattan and Southampton, the Stony Brook MFA program provides students with excellent training and real-world, practical experience at an affordable SUNY tuition. The MFA program focuses on screenwriting, directing, and producing. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Deadline to qualify for financial aid is March 15, 2015 and for domestic students not applying for aid, the deadline is July 1.
Magdalene Brandeis, Associate Director, said: “Partnering with Killer Films provides our students with unprecedented access to the film world, both within the classroom and outside it. Our MFA program teaches student-storytellers to stay true to their voices, while keeping up with the ever-changing technological and financial landscapes of the film industry.”