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Hamptons International Film Festival Sloan Fellows Join Stony Brook MFA in Film Students in Master Class Led by Academy Award® Winner Mercedes Ruehl

mercedes ruehlNew York and Southampton, NY, May 20, 2015 - Stony Brook University announced today that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellows from the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) will join Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Film students in a Master Class in Acting for Directors led by Academy Award® winner Mercedes Ruehl ( The Fisher King, Lost in Yonkers).

The Master Class will be held from July 8-12, 2015. Students will study acting techniques, work with actors, and will act, direct and crew on short-filmed sequences, including their own. All sequences will be screened the final day.

Along with Mercedes Ruehl, workshops will be held by Stony Brook MFA in Theatre Associate Director Stephen Hamilton and Stony Brook MFA in Film Associate Director Magdalene Brandeis.

"We are excited to have Mercedes Ruehl lead our Master Class in Acting for Directors and also have Steve Hamilton join us. This is a great opportunity for our MFA in Film students to get first-hand knowledge and experience in understanding the amazing and intense dynamic between actors and directors," said Brandeis.

In addition to current MFA in Film program students, also joining the course will be HIFF'S 2015 Sloan Fellows, Kendell Klein ( Jane) and Jared Goodman ( European Zero).

"Our goal is to develop fearless new voices and provide them with the support to bring their stories to life. This mission is at the heart of the Sloan Foundation," said Anne Chaisson, Executive Director.

"Stony Brook continues to bring the most distinguished talent to our film program, and partner with great organizations that share our passion for every aspect of filmmaking," said Robert Reeves, Associate Provost of Southampton Graduate Arts. "We're delighted to have Mercedes Ruehl lead workshops in our summer program, and also to partner again with the Hamptons International Film Festival and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, as we mentor the gifted screenwriters, actors, and directors who are bridging the traditions of story-telling and scientific inquiry."

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About Southampton Graduate Arts

Southampton Graduate Arts is a vibrant gathering of MFA programs in creative writing, theatre and film. Film classes are offered on campuses in Manhattan and Southampton. The programs attract a faculty of world renowned authors, playwrights, directors and filmmakers. The film program, added in 2012 and launched as an MFA in 2015, features state-of-the-art camera and lighting equipment, and is supported by the prestigious Sklar Collection on the history of American cinema. For more info contact  631- 632- 5010/ s outhampton a