MFA in Film

Welcome from the Associate Director, Magdalene Brandeis

Project driven advanced training in digital filmmaking for entrepreneurial filmmakers

magdalene at the white houseTrue to our platform-agnostic mission, Southampton Arts’ MFA Program in Film grows out of the almost 40-year history of the Southampton Summer Writers Conference, branching off of long-established programs in theatre and creative writing, and offering classes both in Southampton and at our Stony Brook Manhattan facility on Park Avenue South at 27th Street.

When you become a part of our MFA Program in Film, you join a community of world-class filmmakers, novelists, poets, playwrights, directors, and actors who gather in a uniquely bucolic—or cutting edge/urban—arts incubator. No other program allows you the opportunity to study digital filmmaking with legendary producer Christine Vachon and Killer Films at the core of the indie world — New York City — and in the heart of an elite east coast arts colony, Southampton. And at Stony Brook University state school prices!

To our strength in and love of story, we add the kinetics and technical complications of production. Although story and its visual realization sometimes fight with each other, both, when done right, create a microcosm where dynamic transformation occurs and whole lives are lived…meanwhile, a work of art is generated.

That magical balance is hard to strike. At Southampton Arts, we were challenged to create an MFA program that matched that tension. To consider how best to equip a variety of students to stay true to their voices and their stories while keeping up with the ever-changing technological and financial landscapes of the film industry.

Stony Brook Southampton’s Provost Robert Reeves and Killer Films' indie legend Christine Vachon have teamed up to pioneer a program in digital filmmaking that’s as alchemical and adaptive as the medium and its morphing business landscape require, a program that establishes early on what the obstructing hurdles are, and a full, rigorous training in how to leap over them.

We are very pleased to welcome applications from filmmaking students from around the world into our first MFA class in Film.

To inquire about matriculating in Fall 2015, please contact Magdalene Brandeis at