FEATURED STUDENTS / ALUMNI

Amanda Alvich

Amanda Alvich is a comedy writer, director and actor who resides in New York City. After graduating from Hofstra University in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Public Relations, Amanda worked in the PR/Special Events industry for five years before making her official leap into film. While her love for filmmaking and video content creation began as a hobby at a very young age, Amanda always found a way to incorporate video and film throughout her PR career to help keep her sanity. Since 2011, Amanda has worked on several short films and a variety of corporate video content, highlighting her talents in comedy. She received her masters in Directing from the School of Visual Arts in May 2017. Her short film, 'OUT', will be her directing debut. In her free time, Amanda enjoys taking naps, yelling at the pigeon who has been building a nest outside her window unit, and practicing her SNL monologue in a mirror.

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Gina Lee

Gina Lee is a filmmaker who creates films with warmth. She moved to New York from Seoul to explore film, as a visual form because it is one of the most direct ways to deliver her  message. She studied various forms of media such as book, radio, magazine, television, and film at New York University. She received her masters from MPS Directing at the School of Visual Arts in 2017. She wrote and directed her first short film “My Alter Ego” in 2015 and is now preparing her second short film “Foundation”. She believes that although she can’t solve everybody’s problems, she wants her films to be a source of fervency for those in need.

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Tian Tang

Tian Tang is a Chinese filmmaker from Hangzhou, currently living in New York. She graduated from MPS Directing in 2017. She started making commercials, music videos and short films when she moved to Beijing in 2011. Influenced by various formats of sub-culture. As a young international female filmmaker, Tian is committed to the exploring new visual and narrative voices through storytelling.

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Steven Cygan

Steve was born in the small town of Paw Paw, Michigan. The eldest son of a computer programmer and a nurse, he was always fascinated by visual storytelling. His first attempts at filmmaking took place in high school, with a skiing documentary that entertained his friends, followed by a screenplay, which entertained no one. It was then that he knew that the Director's chair was the most appropriate place for him. After a break working in the "real world", he finished his bachelor's degree in film from Western Michigan University, and decided to double-down by enrolling in the Directing masters program at SVA.

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