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Students Walk the Red Carpet at the Sixth Annual Truth Be Told Documentary Film Festival

Brian Miele directing his film My Uncle Was an Extra in The Godfather.

Alumni of the Certificate in Documentary Studies program at The New School for Public Engagement can often be found at international film festivals screening their latest works. The Sixth Annual Truth Be Told Documentary Film Festival gives this year’s 15 graduating students the chance to show off the fruits of their labors, a starting not ending point for sure.

This year’s graduating filmmakers from Canada, Chile, Estonia, Mexico, Pakistan, and the United States arrived one year ago, with different backgrounds in broadcast news, print journalism, architecture, government, the visual arts and varied experience working for nonprofits and NGOs in Asia and Africa. Whether as novices or more experienced media professionals, they embarked on an intensive, full-time, one-year program in documentary history, theory, and production.

Truth Be Told screenings which are free, will be held Tuesday through Thursday, May 22-24, at 7:00 p.m. in Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, and will feature works that explore New York City in all its diversity and in documentary styles ranging from essay to v√©rit√©. Come see Mexicans celebrating life on The Day of the Dead, Indonesian Christians fighting deportation, Bed-Stuy natives grappling with gentrification, Chinese immigrants living on the Bowery, and NYC’s Gay Basketball League players on and off the court. Meet a cougar in her search of her life mate,, a Korean adoptee in search of her roots, a dancer in his prime, a musician struggling to survive in the Big Apple, and seniors philosophizing about life after 60.

Each evening will feature a different program and will be hosted by faculty members Deanna Kamiel, Emmy-award-winning documentary producer/director, Vladan Nikolic, distinguished fiction and documentary filmmaker, and Deirdre Boyle, documentary critic and historian and director of the certificate. A short Q&A with the filmmakers and their subjects will conclude each screening. A public reception with all the filmmakers will follow the Tuesday program.

For more information visit the festival website.

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