Backstage has featured Stony Brook University as one of “27 Film Schools You Should Know” in its latest survey of “film schools that offer opportunities future filmmakers should consider when selecting the right fit.”
Backstage notes that Stony Brook’s MFA Film Program is the only graduate program in the SUNY system focused on independent filmmaking, and touts the university’s new Manhattan location at 535 Eighth Avenue.
“Formed around a partnership with Killer Films run by Christine Vachon (Carol, Far From Heaven), the program is committed to supporting indie filmmakers,” the Backstage post reports. “Two people who live up to that label, Vachon and Pamela Koffler, shaped the program, which focuses on providing hands-on experience.”
Killer Films founders Vachon and Koffler, along with top industry professionals and working-in-the-field faculty, mentor and guide Stony Brook students through the essential elements of independent film and digital content production and TV writing, including legal, marketing, financing, and distribution.
The program’s mantra: Get it made, make it right, get it seen, live to tell about it.