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May 27, 2005

11 PROVOCATIVE AND CULTURALLY DIVERSE FILMS TO DEBUT AT CCNY’S ‘CITYVISIONS’ FILM FESTIVAL

Director Hal Hartley to Deliver Keynote Address

NEW YORK, May 27 2004 – What do the global water crisis, a would-be baseball hero and Harlem poets have in common? They are among the subjects for the 11 documentary and short fiction films debuting at the Seventh Annual Cityvisions Film and Video Showcase. The juried festival presents films produced by members of the Class of 2005 in The City College of New York’s MFA in Media Arts Production. It runs 6 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, and Thursday, June 2, at Clearview Cinemas 62nd St./Broadway theater.

Award-winning independent director Hal Hartley will be this year’s special guest and will deliver the keynote address on Wednesday night. Hartley is known as the quintessential independent director, whose career has been built on smart controversial thought-provoking films. His latest feature, The Girl From Monday, starring Bill Sage, Sabrina Lloyd and Edie Falco, premiered in New York last month.

Participating students are eligible for from such sponsors at Eastman Kodak, New Line Cinema and Public Media Inc. This year’s judges are John Moser, Vice President, Original Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.; film distributor Sue Oscar, owner of Filmakers Library, and director/writer David Leitner. The event is open to the public with an admission price of $5.00.

CCNY’s MFA in Media Arts Production program is distinguished by the diversity of its student body. The 19 graduates in the Class of 2005 represent seven countries, according to MFA Director Dave Davidson, an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker.

"This range of viewpoints and aesthetic sensibilities that they bring enriches the program and creates an atmosphere in which the students can take aesthetic risks in their storytelling. These filmmakers are the future of global media making. When the audience sees these new films at Cityvisions, they will agree that the future looks bright, indeed.”

For more information on Cityvisions visit: http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/cityvisions.

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