Sacred Heart: Students’ film on grand stage

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Greenwich residents and Convent of the Sacred Heart sophomores, from left, Jordan Cohen and Maddie Church had their documentary selected to be shown at the NFFTY Film Festival 2013.

The world’s largest student film festival, NFFTY, will be showing off the cinematic work of Greenwich residents and Convent of the Sacred Heart sophomores Maddie Church and Jordan Cohen whose documentary will be shown.

Maddie and Jordan are both in their first year of studying broadcast journalism and journeyed to Fulton Fish Market in Bronx, N.Y. in the middle of the night to document the stories of the people who work at the famous market.

“My favorite part about working on this documentary was discovering the intriguing lifestyle of these hard working men who wake up early to supply the tri-state area with fish. Their humor and dedication made it very memorable,” Maddie said.

Jordan explained that her favorite part of the process is editing. “I love the editing part. To see all the separate, random clips come together and form an actual film over a period of time is exciting,” she said.

Both students plan to attend the NFFTY Film Festival in Seattle, Wash., from April 25-28 where the best young directors aged 22 and younger from around the world are showcased.

“I’m so thankful for this amazing opportunity, and I’m honored to attend NFFTY and represent the school,” Jordan said.

The films of NFFTY 2013 represent 30 U.S. States and 20 countries, all from the future generation of talented directors.

“These are truly the Oscar winners and industry leaders of tomorrow. Imagine if you could have met Spielberg or Bigelow at 19, that’s NFFTY,” said NFFTY Artistic Director Jesse Harris.

NFFTY is also seeing a trend in an increased number of female directors. More than 40% of the films this year are from female directors, well above the Hollywood film industry average of 10%. More than 10,000 attendees are expected, including young directors from Egypt, Greece, Iceland, Denmark, the UK, and more. The entire lineup of films, events and panels can be seen at nffty.org/schedule-2013.

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