WELCOME FROM executive DIRECTOR MAGDALENE BRANDEIS
When you become a part of our MFA Programs in Film and Television Writing, you join
a community of world-class filmmakers: directors, television writers, screenwriters, and producers who gather together in a cutting edge/urban
Led by legendary producer, Artistic Director Christine Vachon of Killer Films and
our stellar faculty, our mission is to train students in all forms of visual storytelling.
Our MFA in Television Writing is among the most comprehensive in the world. Students
will graduate with a portfolio of three original pilot scripts; they will also write,
direct and produce a micro pilot for an original web series. Additionally, students
will learn how to work in collaborative writers rooms with working showrunners to
break stories and build season arcs on both open-ended and limited series. Upon graduation,
MFA students will be ready to break in and thrive in professional writers rooms as
well as succeed as content creators.
Thesis student and regional filmmaker NATHAN KOVAR'S first year film has screened at 10 festivals and was nominated semi-finalist and
award winner in 6 of those fests.
Thesis student GRANT HERSON, went into contract on his thesis feature with the production company Troma. His thesis feature will be an SB/Troma co-production.
Commited, LINA SORELLO'S first semester micro short won Best Student Short at the 2023 Chain Film Festival.
Alumn LISA THOMAS is the President and Co-Founder of Thin Edge Films. Her first year film screened in eight festivals, winning awards domestically and
internationally. Her second year film screened in two international festivals. A directing class assignment
received a "Best Short of the Capital Region" award and an end of semester assignment
screened in two festivals, while her music video Lostin Timewon Best Music Video in five festivals.