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Alumni Spotlight Fall 2020

Luther Clement (Class of 2017) and Shuhan Fan (Class of 2016)

We met during our MFA program at Northwestern and connected because we shared an affinity for imaginative treatments of nonfiction material. While Luther was still in school we decided to make a film, titled STAY CLOSE, as a directing duo. The project built on relationships Luther had developed as a competitive fencer. With the help of a grant and mentorship from the Tribeca Film Institute / ESPN Short Documentary Fund we focused the film on Keeth Smart, an Olympic fencer from Brooklyn, and his family’s archive of home videos. We feel amazingly fortunate for the opportunity to work with amazing artists such as Northwestern Sound Arts graduate Xiameng “Summer” Lin, who composed an original score for the film, and Aaron Brewer, whose animations were integral to telling the story. After premiering this short documentary at Sundance Film Festival, we are developing our next collaboration, a feature length film about an Argentinian pianist, Lucía Caruso. STAY CLOSE went on to be short listed for an Academy Award in the category of Best Documentary Short.


Class of 2020

Emmely Aldave
Ian Bertorelli
Milton Guillen
Mireya Guzman-Ortiz
Elana Meyers
Ruidi Ni
Isabella Sotos Campo
Abbigail Vandersnick
Xinyan Wang
Zixin Zhang

Class of 2019

Jennifer Boles
Benjamin Buxton
Jose Agustin Donoso Munita
Camila Guarda Velasco
Jung Ah Kim
William Klein
Natasha Nair
Jessica Scott
Naeema Torres
Molly Wagener
Jiayu Yang
Ziyi Yang

Class of 2018

Pamela Austin
Yu Bai
Kai Blakley
Elodie Edjang
Peter Franco
Kyeongbok Lee
Stephen Nelson
Joyy Norris
Sandeep Pamulapati
Chad Wallin
Heqiuzi Wang
Yin Wang


Class of 2017

Ashley Brandon
Luther Clement
Hasan Demirtas
Mina Fitzpatrick
Tim Fryett
Iyabo Kwayana
Philippine Merolle
Julio Molica
Sebastian Pinzon
Nevo Shinaar
Weichao Xu

Class of 2016

Carlos Cova
Rafie Drencheva
Shuhan Fan
Jasmine Huff
Miasarah Lai
Deborah Libby
João Queiroga
Sara Reed
Justin Reifert
Brittany Shyne
Jesseca Simmons
Qihui Wu