ALUMNI NEWS & UPDATES
Sadie Dean (AFI Class of 2011) was interviewed by Script Magazine on documentary filmmaking.
Sam Esmail (AFI Class of 2004) and Brad Falchuk (AFI Class of 1994) were selected for The Hollywood Reporter's annual rundown of TV's most valuable producer/writers in the 2015 Most Powerful Showrunners list.
Daniel Frank (AFI Class of 2015), Mari Lappalainen (AFI Class of 2015) and Daniela Medeiros (AFI Class of 2015) were three of the five designers, from a field of 47 applicants, selected for the Art Directors Guild Production Apprentice Training Program.
The Hollywood Reporter's Next Gen 2015 special issue (November 13, 2015) features a two-page spread on the winners of the Student Academy Awards. Among them were the three alumni of the AFI Class of 2014 who swept the entire narrative category: Hank Hughes, Bennett Lasseter and Jeremy Cloe. In the same issue of The Hollywood Reporter is a story about the impressive number of alumni with films at AFI FEST 2015 with a spotlight on three: Alison Bagnall (AFI Class of 1994), Mátyás Erdély (AFI Class of 2005) and Duke Johnson (AFI Class of 2006).
Mimi Leder (AFI Class of 1973) was interviewed by The New York Times on the struggles of being a female director.
Nigel Sinclair and Guy East's White Horse Pictures acquired the rights to the drama western spec script "The Wind at Spanish Needle" written by Simon Nagel (AFI Class of 2012). The script was Nagel's project for the 2014 Black List Screenwriters Lab.
Director/writer Philiane Phang (AFI DWW, Class of 2015) has been named the inaugural winner of the Independent Filmmakers Project's (IFP) Phosphate Prize. IFP launched the prize to recognize narrative-feature-film screenplays that "provide a strong and complex lead female character." Phang won the Phosphate Prize at IFP for "The Space Between," her screenplay about a professional female bodybuilder and her relationship with her bedridden father. She was chosen out of more than 260 applicants.
Levi Smock (AFI Class of 2012) was interviewed by St. Joseph News-Press on independent filmmaking. Smock's recent film DELINQUENT has won repeat awards for Indiewire's Project of the Month, earning a nomination for Project of the Year.
VESSELS, a short film about a young transgender woman working at a garment factory for little pay, is the winner of the 2015 Iris Prize — Cardiff's International LGBT Short Film Prize supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation. The £30,000 prize will allow director/writer Arkasha Stevenson (AFI Class of 2015) to make a new short film in the UK Halee Bernard (AFI Class of 2015) is the film's producer, Marianne Williams (AFI Class of 2015) is the cinematographer, Steph Zenee Perez (AFI Class of 2015) is the editor and Andrea Arce Duval (AFI Class of 2015) is the production designer.
Tammy Tiehel-Stedman (AFI Class of 1994) was featured in Delaware County Daily Times for her new film SLOW LEARNERS. Tiehel-Stedman won an Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short Film in 2000 as producer of MY MOTHER DREAMS THE SATAN'S DISCIPLES IN NEW YORK.
Sandra Valde's (AFI Class of 2006) DAISY AND MAX premiered on October 25 on the Al Jazeera America network. Valde is the film's cinematographer.
Cory Warner (AFI Class of 2014) was featured in Bluefield Daily Telegraph for his silver medal win in the Narrative category at the 2015 Student Academy Awards.
Marc Leidy (AFI Class of 1998)
Marc Leidy (1968–2015) was a cinematographer and visual effects artist known for his work on SURROGATES and CSI: MIAMI. He leaves behind his wife Kristy and daughter Veronica.