Matt Gentile '12
"Film at Conn taught me the fundamentals required for the field of filmmaking. Reading and analyzing films critically, as well as the basics of production are essential for when you get out there. On a film set, you're always learning on the job and Conn gave me the tools I needed to begin -- without it I would've been very lost at AFI and beyond. The Film Studies Department gave me the space to grow, learn, and let me make the projects I wanted to do and find myself as a filmmaker in my formative years. My biggest takeaways from Film at Conn were in exploring new types of cinema that I'd never been exposed to before, and expanding my horizons. Film at Conn laid in the foundation, stretched my thinking, and pushed me to go deeper in how I looked at films and filmmakers.
My AFI thesis film, FRONTMAN, played 60 film festivals worldwide and won a dozen prizes -- including the Student Emmy for Best Directing. I was then hired to direct a film at Toei Studios in Japan and quickly after that, I was hired by AFI to direct a second film called LAWMAN which is currently playing the festival circuit starting at the Oscar-qualifying LA Shorts Festival..."Read the full interview