Dramatic Portraits
In Advanced Directing and Producing class, MFA students have to follow a person for 10 weeks, in the end making films that reveal characters not through words or images, but carefully observed dramatic situations and scenes.
There are 5 restrictions: no interviews; no music; no montage; no voice-over, no special effects.

These are selected dramatic portraits directed by my MFA students


Queen Elizabeth (2014)
by Lamont Baldwin
24 min.
April (2017)
by Julia Fitzgerald
12 min.

Armed with a puppet or topped with birthday candles, April is a modern New York woman navigating her way through the city one singing telegram at a time.
Dion Cini (2017)
by Albert Negrete
11 min.

Dion walks the streets of New York campaigning for the reelection of Donald Trump in 2020 and spices up the political conversation.
Fit Girl (2014)
by Melissa Rodriguez
23 min.
On Board (2017)
by Cristina Soare
11 min.

Two brothers move to New York and decide to beat the system and live on a bus parked on the Upper West Side.
Ariel (2017)
by Karina Robledo
12 min.

A self made artist struggles to find the balance between her passions and religion.
Joelle (2016)
by Julia Fitzgerald
5 min.
Nothing Short of a Journey2013
by Lamont Baldwin
6 min.