Published on March 19th, 2010 | by admin0
A News & Doc Alum reflects on the Film Fest
On January 30th, 2010, New York University’s 2009 News and Documentary class screened our short films in public for the first time. Whether we called it a ‘premiere’ or an ‘advance screening,’ the emotions were the same: nervousness gave way to pride (and sometimes relief) as our films, one by one, made it through the gauntlet. People laughed where they should have laughed, and some cried at the more emotional bits—I told Priyanka Pruthi that her film had my friend in tears, and Priyanka’s face positively lit up.
It’s an empowering thing, seeing your film on a large screen, and seeing how an audience responds to it.
Unfortunately, the New Docs Film Festival also marked the last time our class will probably all be together. I know I speak for the group when I say, it’s been an amazing experience, and I will miss you all very much. But despite the wistful undertone, the screening marked a beginning, the first in a long line of public viewings of our work: we’re just getting started.
Sharon Shattuck, class of 2009