FEATURED STUDENTS / ALUMNI

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.

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Declan Quinlan, Class of 2017

Declan is an American born Irish filmmaker. During his formative years studying at Maynooth University, he worked many late nights in order to save money and move to the US to start his Masters in Directing at the School of Visual Arts NYC. This instilled in him a dependable work ethic and a desire to succeed. His versatility has seen him through many odd jobs over the years; from his humble beginnings as a cleaner in an Airbnb Cottage, to a live in caregiver in Silicon Valley; Or most recently, as on overworked waiter in TriBeCa. Declan displays recurring themes within his work such as personal isolation, questioning social norms and unconventional love. When not at work or in school you can probably find Declan happily drinking overpriced beer in any techno driven nightclub.

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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.

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Qihong Wei, Class of 2017

Qihong Wei is a narrative film writer and director from Shanghai, China. He spent over 12 years as a Group Creative Director in an international advertising agency. With a passion for movies, he decided to follow his dream of becoming a film director. He moved to New York City to study film at the School of Visual Arts in the MPS Directing program. Qihong's many years of experience in creating TV commercials and video content have given him extensive knowledge of the filmmaking process and trained him in engaging storytelling. As a filmmaker, Qihong is most interested in Sci-Fi, the genre that has rarely been touched by Chinese directors. He aspires to make a Chinese version of Star Wars in the future.

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