Monday, November 30, 2020

Filmmaker Katie Schiller (LS ’14, TSOA ’17)

Katie SchillerKatie Schiller (LS '14, TSOA '17) is a filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. She most recently produced SHIVA BABY directed by Emma Seligman that was bound for South by Southwest 2020 in competition. She also served as a co-producer on Jonah Feingold’s narrative feature debut, DATING IN NEW YORK. Katie has produced, directed, and assistant directed commercials, branded content, and several short films that have premiered at film festivals across the globe. 

What did you study at NYU?

At NYU, I was in the Liberal Studies program for two semesters. I studied Film and Television Production at the Tisch School of the Art’s Kanbar Institute of Film & Television. I concentrated my studies primarily in producing and directing.

What is your favorite memory of your time at NYU?

My favorite memory of my time at NYU was the second semester of senior year when my classmates and I were spending just about every other week traveling to work on our peers’ thesis films. It was so fun and exciting to be on set in so many different places collaborating and working to bring each other's visions to life. Looking back now I realize the experience was so unique in that it’s not often in your life that you will be creating work so consistently and with such intensity and passion among a group of people that love and support you. Students dream about the making of their thesis films from the moment they receive their acceptance letter to NYU and it feels surreal when it’s happening. In my senior year I wrote and directed a short film of my own and produced four films that were all very different in terms of tone, genre, country of origin, language, etc., but the commonality was that they were all made with life-long friends and creative partners I met throughout my time at NYU.

Katie Schiller: her story continues

Monday, November 9, 2020

Roger Ross Williams (WSUC ’87), 2020 CAS Alumni Achievement Award Honoree

Roger Ross Williams

On October 24, 2020, Dean Gene Jarrett presented the CAS Alumni Achievement Award to Roger Ross Williams (WSUC ’87). Williams is an award-winning director, producer, writer and the first African-American director to win an Academy Award ® with his short film "Music By Prudence."

Williams’ award winning work pushes the boundaries of culture and film. His documentaries include Academy Award ® nominated and Emmy Award winning "Life, Animated" as well as "God Loves Uganda," "American Jail," Emmy Award winning "The Apollo," and Emmy-nominated and Webby-winning VR experience "Traveling While Black." His production company One Story Up is currently in production on numerous doc features and series, including: a feature-length adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ "Between The World and Me," an untitled documentary about civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, and a short film series with Topic and First Look Media.

Currently Williams is in pre-production on his first narrative feature, "Cassandro," for Amazon studios.

Roger Ross Williams: his story continues

Monday, September 14, 2020

Kiara Cristina Ventura (CAS '18), Curator of the CYBER HEALING Exhibition

This interview was originally published at The Latinx Project at NYU.

Kiara Cristina Ventura (born. 1996) is a Dominican-American Afro-Latina curator, writer, art advisor, and owner of ARTSYWINDOW. Bronx native, Ventura curates spaces highlighting and documenting the works of young artists of color. Ventura’s love for art history began when she interned at The Metropolitan Museum of Art during high school. She then double majored in Art History & Journalism at NYU and graduated in May 2018. Noticing the lack of representation of artists of color in her art history classes and within the larger art world, she responded via writing, curating, and teaching mobile art history classes. She initiated herself as a curator with the exhibition, FOR US. Since early 2019, she has been working alongside curator Larry Ossei Mensah as a mentee, curatorial assistant, and co-curator.

With a love for contemporary art, art history, and spirituality, Ventura is continuing in breaking barriers by independently curating, writing, organizing public programs, and creating digital content. She has curated at The Museum of the African Diaspora San Francisco, The Bronx Art Space, Vis Arts Maryland, Penn State University, The Longwood Gallery at Hostos, The Andrew Freedman Home, and Reparations Club LA. Kiara serves on the advisory board for Bronx Art Space. From August 2019 to May 2020, she started and wrote for Teen Vogue’s first art column, Art School, highlighting the work of visual artists of color through intimate profiles about their experiences, career, and muses. Her writing has also appeared in Art Forum, Performa Mag, Cultured Mag, and more. Ventura’s work has been covered by Art Forum and Art Net.

Kiara Cristina Ventura: Q & A

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Matthew Perry (CAS '19) on the Criminal Justice Nonprofit He Helped Found


Matthew Perry

You were a CAS College Leader and College Captain. Can you talk about those experiences?

I had the amazing opportunity to lead a cohort of first-year CAS students as a College Leader (2017-18), and then got to help plan and administer the College Cohort Program itself as a College Captain (2018-19). I loved both of these roles—the CCP team was incredibly welcoming and developmental, and I’m still good friends with many of my cohort students.  

What did you study at NYU and how did that education shape what you do now?

I majored in Social and Cultural Analysis and focused my studies on the cultural and legal institutions that undergird the carceral state. Now I work for a criminal justice nonprofit—Richmond Community Bail Fund—that I helped found during my second year at NYU. SCA allowed me to critically engage with the root causes of the problems I was seeing in my bail fund work: capitalism and the ideology of punishment. Without that incredibly formative education in my back pocket, my work would be less thoughtful and less effective.

Matthew Perry: his story continues