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Five Awesome Films You Can't Miss at SVA's After School Special 2018

Spotlighting the high caliber of talent produced by SVA's academic programs

After School Special, SVA's annual film and animation festival, is back this year from Sunday, September 9, until Sunday, September 16, presenting screenings that showcase the work of some of the College's most accomplished alumni in film, television, animation and visual effects. Each year, this free festival at the SVA Theatre features a curated roster of premieres and screenings that underscore the high caliber of talent produced by SVA's academic programs.

This year's stellar lineup will please all kinds of moviegoers. Each screening will be followed by special Q&As with industry insiders (all of whom are alumni). Scroll down to read about and watch the trailers for five of the exceptional films that you can catch at the SVA Theatre next week.

Take a Look at This Heart (2018)
Monday, September 10, 7:30pm
SVA is pleased to present the world premiere of director Ben Duffy's (BFA 2014 Film and Video) newest documentary, which takes a candid look at love and sexuality in the disabled community. For the Q&A, Duffy will be joined by the film's cinematographers, fellow BFA Film and Video alumni Wayland Bell and Michael J. Sassano. Preceded by the short film Good Bones, by Anaïs La Rocca (BFA 2011 Advertising).

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea (2016)
Tuesday, September 11, 7:30pm
Graphic novelist, animator, writer and director Dash Shaw (BFA 2005 Illustration) will be on hand to screen his first feature-length animated film, which features the voices of Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham and Susan Sarandon. Preceded by the short-film series Makin' Things and the world premiere of Noise, by another multi-hyphenate creator, Jim McKenzie (BFA 2011 Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects).

Ferdinand (2017) in 3D
Saturday, September 15, 2:00pm
Join director Carlos Saldanha and artists/animators Mark Adams and Ricky Renna – all alumni from SVA’s MFA Computer Arts program—for a screening and inside look at Blue Sky Studios' Academy Award-nominated animated film about a lovable bull with a big heart. Preceded by the world premiere of the animated short Tasteful by Morr Meroz (BFA 2013 Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects).

Black Panther (2018)
Saturday, September 15, 8:00pm
Take a trip back to Wakanda with two of the film’s visual effects artists, Ruel Smith (BFA 2004 Computer Art) and Wendi Harris Wu (MFA 2014 Computer Art), as well as critically acclaimed comic book artist and author Shawn Martinbrough (BFA 1993 Illustration). Preceded by the world premiere of the short film Mario and the Powerglove, by Joseph Petrick (BFA 2004 Film and Video).

Disney-Pixar’s Coco (2017) in 3D
Sunday, September 16, 2:00pm
Follow your passion, like Coco's Miguel, and see this Academy Award-winning film again on the big screen, followed by a special conversation with Gini Santos (MFA 1996 Computer Art), Pixar Animation Studios' first female animation supervisor. She will be joined by Pixar artist/animators (and BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects alumni) MontaQue Ruffin and Christina Faraj. Preceded by a short film from the Heroes of Color series, by David Heredia (BFA 2002 Animation).

In addition, audiences will be entertained from the minute they enter the SVA Theatre by a selection of augmented and virtual reality experiences and videos created by SVA alumni. For more information and to see the full schedule, click here. Please note that the first screening on Sunday, September 9, will take place at Film Forum, rather than the SVA Theatre.

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