Meet YoungFilmmaker- Michael Piantini

Michael Piantini

Bay of Pigs

SUNY Purchase, 2018

Writer, Director, Producer, and Cinematographer

I was born the Dominican Republic, but if you spoke to me you would probably never tell. Film first appealed to me during a summer class when I was 15. After that I joined the filmmaker's club in high school (the only member really.) Directed my first film, sixteen long minutes that I'll never forget. Since then I've just been making whatever whenever I can. Posting my shorts on YouTube, getting on professional sets, every step is taking me towards upping my last film, artistically and thematically. I also love cheesecake.

While on another set in the summer, in theory I learned that food will get people to work. On my own set now, that is certainly true in most cases.

Working with the camera, I'm learning that I'm not a good cameraperson. I do know the shot and how I want it done but actually doing it myself it doesn't always come out how I'd hope. Hope to someday get a cinematographer who can properly do the job, cause I don't know what I'm doing half the time.


Last modified onTuesday, 19 January 2016 16:42
Brandon Ruckdashel

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.