NVV 2021 Filmmakers R - Y

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Elle Rinaldi
Elle Rinaldi

Elle Rinaldi is a 21-year-old filmmaker based in New York City. In her art, Elle likes to create rich soundscapes and find the hyper stylization in seemingly mundane, unnoticed, everyday life. She aims to change the way films are made through healing-informed storytelling, a mindset and practice which involves an open atmosphere on set and in post-production, and a focus on authentic relationship building among anyone who works on and in her films. In 2021, Elle graduated NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film & Television. Elle has worked as a Development Intern at Ark Media and has extensive freelance experience as a sound editor and mixer. Her favorite time of day is 6pm in the summer, her favorite podcast is Radiolab, and her favorite hobby is doing handstands.

ZUNZUNCITO

ZUNZUNCITO

ZUNZUNCITO tells the story of me, a 21-year-old American girl, and Mikey, a boisterous, commanding, ten-year-old Cuban boy, as we fell into inseparable friendship during the Spring of 2020 while we lived across the street from one another in Vedado, La Habana, Cuba. The film chronicles our relationship forged from play, the most powerful backdrop against which the complexities of boyhood expression and the journey to vulnerability between two strangers can reveal itself.

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Samuel Schrag
Samuel Schrag

Samuel Schrag is a Swiss-New Zealand filmmaker & artist currently based in New York City and Boulder, Colorado.

He fell in love with telling stories and making movies after discovering the behind the scene extras for the Lord of the Rings at a young age. Over the years Sam has had the opportunity to work on over 30 Short Films and an Indie Feature Film- collaborating with a wide range of talented individuals along the way.

He is currently finishing his final year at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Astro

Astro

Astro
Jenny goes on a fantastical voyage through space with her dying father, slowly realizing it will be their last.

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Albie Smith
Albie Smith

Albie Smith has always been writing down his dreams every day for the past 5 years. This film is the culmination of 5 years worth of raw, subconscious material that has been floating around in his head. The dreams of this film are based on the most significant dreams Albie has had during his college experience. In addition to studying dreams, Albie also enjoys making music videos with long time collaborator Nando Dale, who helped score this film. Nando and Albie's music video, "Wishing We Could Be in Love" was recently selected in the International Music Video Underground festival as well as the LA Music Video Awards festival.

Good Morning, Tomorrow, Have a Nice Day

Good Morning, Tomorrow, Have a Nice Day

Good Morning, Tomorrow, Have a Nice Day
After a boy encounters a girl at a bus stop, they share a strange dream and serendipitously encounter each other the following morning.

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Jamie Fox Tao
Jamie Fox Tao

Jamie Fox Tao is a filmmaker, artist, and actor living in New York City. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Jamie attended Fordham College at Lincoln Center before transferring to the NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she earned her BFA in Film and Television and graduated summa cum laude in 2021.

Roles

Roles

Roles
​Adam eats the forbidden fruit, men and children take the woman’s last name, and national parks are dedicated to historic native women, not the colonizers who committed genocide. These are just a few of the alternate realities featured in ​Roles​. But can it ever really be achieved with the Patriarchy still in place?

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Celia Tewey
Celia Tewey

Celia Tewey is a Film & Television Major at NYU Tisch also pursuing a triple minor in BEMT, Bioethics, and Journalism. Celia has a strong passion for stories about mental health, social justice, young women, and humanitarian rights. Her work in both the Animation and Producing fields has screened at over 10 film festivals nationwide including the Boulder International Film Festival, Breckenridge Film Festival, the Webby Awards, Colorado State THESCON, the LA Mental Health Awareness Festival coming up this October, and more.

Celia currently works as an Assistant Producer at NBC Universal and she has collaborated with a number of notable companies and events such as New York Fashion Week, Chocolove Chocolate Company, Teach for America, Washington Square News, and more!

Beans

Beans

Beans
A garden gnome with a failing plant shop stumbles upon a set of magic beans that turn his world upside down.

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Emilio Miguel Torres
Emilio Miguel Torres

Emilio Miguel Torres is an award-winning Latino filmmaker based out of Seattle, WA. Emilio earned a BFA in Film & Television Production from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in Spring of 2021, and now creates films through his multimedia production company: Torres Productions LLC, which serves a variety of clients in the Pacific Northwest.

You can learn more about him and his work at his website: www.emiliofilms.com

Valor & Sacrifice

Valor & Sacrifice

Valor & Sacrifice
Amidst an island-wide labor strike in 1930's Puerto Rico, a passionate politician must make the decision between solidifying his legacy as the first elected governor of the territory or staying true to his morals and cause.

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Johanna Xue
Johanna Xue

Johanna Xue is a Chinese-Hungarian filmmaker based in New York City. Born in Hungary to Chinese immigrant parents and growing up following them around their workplaces from restaurant kitchens to small-town family shops, she became more and more invested in the lives of mothers and fathers and the stories of childhood.

She centers her works around these relationships and her memories of growing up in-between two home countries.

Dumplings

Dimplings

Dumplings
Story of a father and his daughter's relationship throughout time, and a tradition that follows them as they experience transformation and loss.

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Jett Yamada
Jett Yamada

Jett Yamada is an aspiring writer and director who enjoys creating short form and music video content in all genres. "Roadtrip" is is biggest personal project to date. His biggest passion lies in working with actors.

Roadtrip

Roadtrip

Roadtrip
A young couple come to a crossroads on the last day of moving out of their old apartment.