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Student Film Chosen for Record Five Festivals | News | Hofstra University, New York
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Student Film Chosen for Record Five Festivals

A new film by graduate documentary student Indrani Kopal ’15 has now been accepted to five festivals, the most of any student film in the MFA Documentary Studies and Production program. 

“The Game Changer” – a look at a choreographer who is using arts intervention to change the lives of long-term prisoners – has been chosen as an official selection of:

  • The Portland Film Festival, Aug. 26 to Sept. 1, Portland, OregonIndrani on set with camera
  • The 2nd Annual Northeast Film Festival, Sept. 5-7, Teaneck, NJ
  • The 9th Annual Harlem International Film Festival, Sept. 10 – 14, New York City
  • The 15th Annual Woodstock Film Festival, Oct. 15-19, Woodstock, NY
  • The Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival, Oct. 25-26, Brooklyn, NY

The film is also nominated in the Best Documentary category at the Northeast Film Festival.

“In my nine years at Hofstra, I have not seen this kind of success for a student film,” said Aashish Kumar, associate professor in the Dept. of Radio, Television, Film and the director of the MFA program at the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication.   “The film’s story is compelling, but it is Indrani’s ability to get her subjects to completely trust her with their story that allows us to see ‘realness’ come through in her work.”

The film is the first installment of Kopal’s thesis project in the MFA program.  An award-winning filmmaker from Malaysia and 2012 Fulbright scholarship recipient, she is now working on her second film in the series, which will focus on the six men who took part in the dance program, all of whom have since been released from prison.

Most recently, another of her MFA films, “Living Jazz with Bill Saxton,” was an official selection of the 2013 Langston Hughes African-American Film Festival in Seattle.



Featured photo by Paresh Gandhi



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