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.

  • 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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  • MATTHEW LAUD

    Matthew discusses splitting time between NYC and Vermont, his love of comedy, and the adrenaline that comes with filming.

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  • SAM MOTAMEDI

    Sam discusses moving from Iran to the U.S., and his filmmaking inspiration David F. Sandberg.

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  • RAZELLE BENALLY

    Razelle discusses her work documenting other indigenous artists, and her symbolically significant process of grieving.

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  • BLANCHE AKONCHONG

    Blanche talks about her home state Georgia and gets behind Tik Tok.

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  • EFE KABBA

    Efe discusses her ties to NYC and Nigeria, and how singing, poetry and art inform her cinematic storytelling.

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  • TARA SHEFFER

    Tara discusses her unique approach to the beginning stages of the filmmaking process, and finding a sense of community at Grad Film.

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  • RIYA AGARWAL

    Riya talks moving from India to NYC, and the friendships she has made along the journey.

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  • ISHKWAAZHE MCSAUBY

    Ishkwaazhe discusses the importance of multi-generational recognition and the community he has found in NYC.

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  • KHALEA ROSS ROBINSON

    Khalea discusses the power of being globally connected, and growing up in Washington D.C. and St. Kitts.

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  • YUMENG HAN

    Yumeng talks filming as a first year, and how he connects childhood memories to present inspirations.

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  • ALEX BENDO

    Alex discusses his life in New York City, how it shaped him growing up and how it continues to inspire him and his work at Grad Film.

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  • EVE LIU

    Eve discusses her array of artistic obsessions and how New York may take away her Australian accent.

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  • NARINE SARGSYAN

    Narine discusses the impact her grandmother has had on her, and how her home seems to find its way into all of her projects.

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  • BIANCA DI MARCO

    Bianca talks about living life through travel, and how her dogs make her feel at home wherever she is.

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  • SHARON E. LEE

    Sharon discusses her strong bonds with her Zimbabwe home and using film as a way to connect with others.

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  • Pepi Ginsberg

    Pepi discusses living in the moment and the ties she feels to New York City.

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  • Yulin Yang

    Yulin talks portraying the real human condition in his films and growing up in Zhengzhou, China.

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  • Joseph Longo

    Joseph talks growing up in Brooklyn and making films that don’t just emulate “real life”.

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  • Sofia Camargo Hoyos

    Sofia discusses how moving to New York gave her a sense of self and the unique way in which photography inspires her.

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  • Spencer Emukah

    Spencer talks about telling stories from his perspective as a first generation Nigerian-American, and gives a shout out to his classmates and faculty for all their help.

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  • Nay Tabbara

    Nay talks learning to love Beirut after finding a new home in New York, and letting the filmmaking process be her therapy.

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  • Asia Khmelova

    Asia discusses Ukraine and growing to love writing about her culture.

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  • Terrance Daye

    Terrance talks growing up in a family of pastors and musicians, and shares his thoughts about light and color on film.

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  • Kai Torres

    Kai Torres talks about the relationship between life and cinema, and finding her voice on her second-year film set.

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  • Cary J. Mason

    Cary J. Mason discusses his pursuit of comedy and horror, and his transition from biology studies to film.

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  • Maria Lavelle

    Maria Lavelle talks shooting her second-year film in her homeland of Norway, and why she is drawn to the stories of historical figures.

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  • John Miller

    John Miller opens up about the many places he considers home and his journey to NYU Grad Film.

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  • Rachel Gordon

    Rachel Gordon discusses why her family has impacted her storytelling, and the experience of directing her second year film.

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  • Jorge Sistos

    Jorge Sistos discusses how meditating on his heritage has inspired his stories, and the sense of unity he feels in the Grad Film community.

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  • Mauro Fernandez

    Mauro Fernandez discusses finding inspiration through a cross-cultural worldview, and how the Grad Film faculty has transformed his educational experience.

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  • Avi Kabir

    Avi Kabir discusses making mistakes and showcasing unheard voices in films for the sake of progress.

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  • Noelia Muino

    Noelia talks about her home in Galicia, Spain and her love of animation.

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  • Eris Qian

    Eris Qian talks growing up travelling and how she has learned to reframe the way she looks back on painful moments.

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  • Amir Mosallaie

    Amir Mosallaie talks finding homes beyond just a physical location and how he has grown since coming to NYU Grad Film.

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  • Gustavo Milan

    Gustavo Milan talks about his favorite parts of Grad FIlm and the process of evolving as a filmmaker.

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  • Mate Vincze

    Third year student Mate Vincze talks how he finds unique inspiration on the NYC subways and what it was like growing up in Budapest.

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  • Aisha Ford

    Third year student Aisha Ford talks growing up in Ohio and how she portrays her world perspective in her films.

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  • Chloe Wallace

    Chloe Wallace talks about her home in Madrid and finding inspiration outside the film world.

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  • Gianna Badiali

    Gianna Badiali, a third year student of Grad Film, discusses how traveling has shaped her artistic perspective and her love of bringing magical elements to storytelling.

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  • Alyssa Loh

    Alyssa Loh, a third year student at Grad Film, talks about her love of developing characters and being ambitious.

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  • Cameron Laventure

    Cameron Laventure discusses how she is inspired by hope and how she found her identity as a queer woman.

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  • Tifah Todd

    Tifah Todd talks about her experience at NYU Grad Film, how her family motivates her everyday and the special people she has met on her journey.

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  • Olivier Theurillat

    Olivier Theurillat discusses stories of friendship, including his experience making a 2nd year film in Saudi Arabia with his friend and fellow classmate Raed Alsemari.

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  • Ninna Pálma

    Ninna Pálma tells us about being inspired by death and growing up in Iceland.

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  • Ciarán Maginn

    Ciarán Maginn talks about an ever-changing Dublin, the stories from his childhood that are inspiring him, and loving Grad Film.

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  • Rashad Frett

    Rashad Frett paints a picture of both of his homes and all the moments in his life that led him to pursue filmmaking.

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  • Alexander Etseyatse

    Alexander Etseyatse talks about wanting to tell the stories that never get told and his home close by.

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  • Kayla Arend

    Kayla Arend paints us a picture of what it's like in the land of 10,000 lakes and talks about filmmaking as the main constant in her life.

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  • Yi Tang

    Yi Tang recounts her adventurous path to becoming a filmmaker.

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  • Ashley Deckman

    Ashley Deckman talks of her hometown Annapolis and childhood performances that grew into something more.

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  • Aditi Mody

    Aditi Mody describes the vivaciousness of Mumbai and the documentary films that moved her.

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  • Ashley Alexander

    Ashley Alexander talks about her amazing collaborations at Tisch and keeping a global perspective as a screenwriter

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  • Haley Anderson

    Haley Anderson discusses shooting in the South and her favorite filmmakers: her classmates.

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  • Anna Gunndís Guðmundsdóttir

    Anna Gunndís Guðmundsdóttir describes the breathtaking stillness of a 5:00 AM magic hour in Iceland, her newborn daughter, and the deep friendships she has found on the 10th Floor of Tisch.

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  • Francesca Mirabella

    Francesca talks about growing up in NYC in the 80's & 90's, her amazing summer road trip across the US, and her love for fellow Grad Film students.

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  • Beier Zhong

    Beier shares his deep appreciation for the films of Tsai Ming-liang.

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  • Jamie Dack

    Jamie talks about her family-themed script research including a recently unearthed VHS tape her parents shot of her on the day she was born.

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  • Raven Jackson

    Raven discusses summer fireflies in Tennessee, her passion for details, and love for shooting on film.

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