“On Your Radar” is a weekly Grad Film News segment, featuring a student picked at random.
Francesca Mirabella is a third year student at Grad Film. We asked her a few questions and here’s what she had to say:
Where are you from and what is it like there?
“I am from New York City, born and bred native New Yorker. I grew up in NYC in the 80's and 90's. The city did have a more diverse array of lives then, lives that you could see play out on the streets. As a young child I used to imagine placing myself in different parks or neighborhoods around the city, I would watch the story of what I would do in these different places in my mind. Growing up in NYC had a kind of wild, scary and sophisticated magic to it.”
What or who is inspiring you right now and why?
“Inspiration can come from almost anywhere if you are paying attention. I spent this summer driving around America, I drove around 10,000 miles, and almost all of it alone. I saw bullet holes, owls and biker gangs. Alpacas, swimming holes and landscapes so huge I could not fit them all in my eyes. I saw swamps and rivers and ponds and an ocean. I saw mansions and shakes and tree houses and tents. I camped alone, I made new friends, I got the most expensive traffic ticket of my life. I practiced being alone and with others, and I observed and appreciated lives and landscapes that were not my own. This truly inspired me. Sometimes living life is the greatest form of inspiration.”
What has been your most rewarding experience at NYU Tisch Grad Film so far?
The most rewarding experience at NYU Tisch Grad has really been a series of experiences leading to finding those people that you love to work with and know you will for the rest of your career. I am so grateful to have found a group of creative collaborators amongst my peers, who both inspire me and help me to make the best work I can. I hope I do the same for them.
Visit Francesca’s Website; Vimeo Page; & Instagram