Mika Orr, Class of 2017

Mika Orr is an Israeli film director based in Brooklyn. She started her career as a film director at the age of 15. Right after finishing her army service as a lead cinematographer for the Israel Air Force’s film unit, she started working in the industry as a documentary cinematographer. She was the Lead Cinematographer on award winning feature documentaries (“Chronicle of a kidnap”, “Stains”) and she has had numerous documentaries broadcast on Israeli National Television In 2008 she established her own production company focused on documentaries and marketing videos for clients like Google Israel, Coca Cola, Yad Vashem, European Union, and the Jerusalem municipality. She will be premiering two fictional short film in the coming year. Recently Mika was awarded funding from the Gesher film fund for her next fictional film to be shot in 2018 and her latest documentary project “AMiNORMAL” will be supported by the prestigious French CNC Film Fund.

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Steven Cygan, Class of 2017

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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Jaanelle Yee, Class of 2017

Jaanelle Yee is a Cuban-American filmmaker from Miami, currently living in New York as a student in the Masters Directing program at School of Visual Arts. Stuff she has directed ranges from short films, music videos, fundraiser trailers, glamour videography, and more. Her creative style explores themes of feminism in horror, mythology in modern settings, and plays on words taken literally to an absurd degree.

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Paphangkorn (Dee) Punchantarak, Class of 2018

Dee is a new film artist, who began his career as a commercial art director in the creative department of an advertising company based in Bangkok, Thailand. After more than 10 years of award-winning success, he decided, in 2013, to migrate his career path to directing commercial films. A couple year ago,  he realized that it’s time for him to go back to his first dream, which is a narrative film director. In order to complete his dream Dee enrolled in the MPS Directing program at SVA where he is making his directorial debut film, 'Silencio'. Dee hopes his film 'Silencio' can represent his character and style. He also believes that this project is a good first step that it’s going to bring him up to the next level of filmmaker.

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