Brian is a recent graduate of NYU and is screening with us on April 12th at 8:15pm.
I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. My passion for filmmaking began in 6th grade when I produced a 30-minute video project for a creative writing class. After that I took every opportunity I could to create video projects for school, eventually filming commercials for the various clubs at my high school to air during the morning announcements. After high school I moved to NYC to attend film school at NYU. I graduated in May and have been freelancing as a Director and Sound Mixer ever since.
The biggest lesson I learned from this shoot is to really put your trust in your crew. And that was also the biggest challenge of the shoot. This was my first experience directing a serious film, and it's appropriate that the film was called "Murphy's Law", because that's exactly what I was afraid of. I remember worrying that nobody was going to show up the first day, or get along on set and be able to function as a cohesive team. After the first day, however, I was able to get over this fear, and my confidence as a director grew. But because of that first day, I learned just how unproductive it is to micromanage your crew. I learned that as a director you have to focus 100% on the direction of the film, or the quality overall will suffer.
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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.