On Your Radar

"On Your Radar" is a weekly Grad Film News segment, featuring a student picked at random. Here you can browse through the students we've interviewed so far. Learn about their childhoods, their inspirations, and their favorite memories from Tisch.

  • Maryam Mir

    Filmmaker Maryam Mir discusses her closeness with her family and investigating women’s relationship to water through art.

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  • Morgan Simonson

    Filmmaker Morgan Simonson discusses discovering their voice and their experience collaborating at NYU.

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  • Casiano Hamer

    Filmmaker Casiano Hamer discusses the impact of moving around as a kid, and tackling critical questions about identity in his creative process.

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  • Cade Featherstone

    Filmmaker Cade Featherstone discusses finding inspiration in the small moments, and adjusting to life in New York after coming from North London.

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  • Nicole Cole

    Filmmaker Nicole Cone describes the creative process coming out of the pandemic and the inner workings of life growing up in Miami.

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  • Andrew Brame

    Filmmaker Andrew Brame discusses what excited him about collaboration and how he grew up in the U.S. Navy.

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  • Liz Rao

    Filmmaker Liz Rao talks about the parts of her that live in Brooklyn, the Midwest and China, and all the names that make up her board of inspiration.

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  • HANNA GRAY ORGANSCHI

    Filmmaker Hanna Gray Organschi details the small, defining moments of her childhood in New Haven, and seeking out stranger interactions.

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  • IFEYINWA ARINZE

    Filmmaker Ifeyinwa Arinze discusses what inspires her about human behaviors, and moving from Nigeria to Massachusetts/Michigan.

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  • SOPHIA BENNETT HOLMES

    Filmmaker Sophia Bennett Holmes fleshes out the images of growing up in Brooklyn, and discusses shooting her Spring Narrative.

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  • CHHEANGKEA IENG

    Filmmaker Chheangkea Ieng talks about the gestation process of developing an idea from a personal life experience, and what it means to him to feel seen.

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  • NIGAM BHANDARI

    Filmmaker Nigam Bhandari discusses the difficulties of moving around while growing up, and approaching the world with childlike curiosity.

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  • MANYA GLASSMAN

    Filmmaker Manya Glassman discusses the collaborators she has found at NYU, and how she approaches exploring questions about human existence.

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  • KAITLYN BUSBEE

    Filmmaker Kaitlyn Busbee discusses intergenerational storytelling and growing up in Iowa.

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  • DAVID KRAMER

    David talks about his relationship with inspiration and the experience shooting second year films with his fellow students.

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  • AJAI VISHWANATH

    Ajai discusses growing up in Australia, and how - without a filmmaking background - he found his way to NYU.

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  • ALESSIA MANDANICI

    Alessia discusses using jazz music as a source of creativity, and coming of age in Germany.

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  • IRENE MERCADAL ALBORNOZ

    Irene tells us what she loves about her home in Chile, and how reading inspires her creativity.

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  • JOSÉ MANUEL VÉLEZ

    José discusses his cross-genre interests and shooting his second year film.

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  • PAUL WYDERKA

    Paul discusses the importance of creative perseverance and living life on two coasts.

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  • ISABELLE MECATTAF

    Isabelle discusses the use of sitting with anger as a filmmaker, and moving from Beirut, Lebanon to NYC.

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  • LANA BOLYCHEVA

    Lana ponders big questions about love, relationships and death in this week's "On Your Radar".

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