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Stony Brook MFA Programs in Film and TV Writing Among Nation’s Best: The Hollywood Reporter

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Vachon featured 2022
Christine Vachon, artistic director of the Stony Brook University MFA in Film program and co-founder of Killer Films.

The Hollywood Reporter shined its spotlight on Stony Brook University in its 2022 Top 25 American Film Schools, Ranked, specifically recognizing the MFA in Film and MFA in Television Writing programs for their high-quality curriculums with low state tuition.

“Christine Vachon and her Killer Films helped to build out the curriculum for the MFA film program, while the school’s MFA in Television Writing was built by TV writing instructor Alan Kingsberg,” the ranking article stated. “Students have had their work screened in the Atlanta Film Festival, DOC NYC and the New York Short Film Festival.”

Headquartered at the Stony Brook Manhattan Center in midtown Manhattan, the MFAs in Film and Television Writing draw a one-of-a-kind community of filmmakers and television writers. With more than 100 films and television series over the past 30 years, its indie production company, Killer Films, set out to build a new type of curriculum at Stony Brook — a practical education in all forms of visual storytelling, and at state university prices.

Stony Brook was one of four New York City-area programs mentioned in the section on “Alternative New York and California Film Schools.”

The article’s introduction noted, “Student loan debt is an ever-increasing concern as tuition costs continue to rise. And for an impacted industry like entertainment with uncertain employment prospects, the cost can give many would-be filmmakers increased anxiety. With this in mind, THR has compiled a list of state and community college programs in or near entertainment hubs of Los Angeles and New York City.”

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