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. Movie Link Website Link

Miguel J. Soliman, Class of 2017

Miguel J. Soliman is a professional filmmaker from Jersey City. He is Latino-American, of Ecuadorian, Honduran, and Palestinian decent. Passionate and adventurous --Miguel sets himself apart by being an independent, international filmmaker. His work, as diverse as he, spans from comedies, to dramas, to horror films. Miguel has also written, produced, assistant directed and edited fiction films as well as documentaries in the US and abroad. Miguel earned a Bachelor of the Arts in Film Directing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2015. He earned a Master of Professional Studies in Directing from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2017. He also studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Movie Link

Rebecca Halfon, Class of 2018

Rebecca Halfon is a writer, director, producer & editor from New York City.
Her debut short, Bodega, was completed in 2018.  Both warm and real, the film gives a comical and human face to Muslim immigrants that defies stereotype, while offering a rare portrayal of teen girls as empowered, funny, and flawed.
The film was selected for the 2018 Paula Rhodes Memorial Award for Excellence in Directing at the School of Visual Arts, and won second prize at the SVA Graduate Film Festival.  It will have its world festival premiere in 2019. 
Prior to pursuing filmmaking, Rebecca held a variety of roles in the film, media and political advocacy world.  In 2015, she helped to found Hollywood United for a Healthy California, a coalition working to unite the entertainment industry against the fossil fuel industry in CA.  She continues to be passionate about and engaged in the environmental justice movement.  In addition to graduating from SVA’s Master’s in Directing program, she is a proud alumna of Barnard College.
She lives in Brooklyn. Website Link

Rujiroj Thanasankittiwat, Class of 2017

Rujiroj Thanasankittiwat is a film writer and director from Thailand. His interest in storytelling began in the theater when he volunteered for the Makhampom Foundation. There, he produced community and educational theater productions. While an undergraduate studying Mass Communication, Rujiroj began acting and directing street theater. After more than 10 years on the stage, he began to experiment in film. Rujiroj has produced, written, and directed several short films. His short films, “Pui (2014)” and “The Eyes (2015)”, were screened at film festivals worldwide, including Slamdance Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, Palm Springs International Short Fest, and Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival. He received his Masters degree in the MPS Directing program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Movie Link