MFA in Film

Welcome from Our Program Director, Killer Films' Christine Vachon

Advanced Training in Digital Filmmaking

How to get it made, make it right, get it seen, and live to tell about it -- and how to survive to do it all over again.

September 1, 2015

vachon It’s official.

On January 8, 2015, the state recognized Killer Films and Southampton Arts' pioneering new approach to academic instruction in filmmaking, and awarded the program an MFA Degree in Film, the first in the SUNY system; and, on August 24, 2015, we opened the doors to our first matriculated class of film students. And what an amazing group of students we recruited, from California to Korea, from Montreal to the U.K.

Focusing on the practical advice and lessons our indie production company has compiled from almost 30 years in the indie film business, with more than 80 films under our belts and four films produced in 2014 alone, we're offering a new take on instruction in film, at State University of New York prices – and at two prime locations, Stony Brook Southampton and Stony Brook Manhattan.

As we set out to devise this new program, our aim quickly became singular: to match the reality of the film business today. Revolutionary change in technology has made filmmaking accessible. Students are coming to film programs with greater literacy in visual storytelling than ever before. At Southampton Arts, we have the luxury of starting at ground zero to envision a new of model for instruction that embraces new platforms for distribution. The approach is a juxtaposition of the big picture and an embrace of the film business, as it exists today, as well as hands-on and experiential, with the emphasis on the production of new work for writers/directors and producers.

Killer’s fortunes and Stony Brook’s fortunes are really going to be tied together for, I hope, a long time.