Peter Alexander Eccles
Irvington High School 2016
During High School, I had a tough time answering questions about my perplexing race of being Black, Korean, and Indian. Film and comedy was always my outlet, allowing me to both express myself and poke occasional fun at the world around us (which, we can agree, is hilarious).
When we were shooting, working with the actor was a challenge. A huge ego; she wouldn't start a scene without a decaffeinated Red Bull. Eventually, she gave us a performance we could be proud of. My biggest lesson learned was to never cast fruit in a leading role.
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Brandon Ruckdashel is the Festival Director for YoungFilmmakers. He has been the Program Director for NewFilmmakers for the last three years and Marketing Director for six. Brandon is a filmmaker who is most well known for his acting work in the HBO series Co-Ed Confidential and numerous B-Movies. Brandon has worked with Roger Corman alumni Fred Olen Ray and Jim Wynorski along with a number of other very talented directors. Brandon's Directorial debut GRINDER will be out in theaters in 2016.
YoungFilmmakers screens quarterly in New York at Anthology Film Archives. Opened in 1970 by Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage, Anthology in its original conception was a showcase for the Essential Cinema Repertory collection. An ambitious attempt to define the art of cinema by means of a selection of films which would screen continuously, the Essential Cinema collection was intended to encourage the study of the medium’s masterworks as works of art rather than disposable entertainment, making Anthology the first museum devoted to film as an art form. The project was never completed, but even in its unfinished state it represented an uncompromising critical overview of cinema’s history, and remains a crucial part of Anthology’s exhibition program.