Alumnus and Current Student Awarded Jerome Foundation Grant

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Recent Film Program graduate Miguel Silveira ’15 and current student Michel Stolnicki received a grant from the Jerome Foundation in support of their feature film American Thief. The Film and Video Grant provides the filmmakers with $20,000 in production funds.

American Thief was co-written by Silveira and Stolnicki, directed by Silveira and produced by Stolnicki. The film follows teenage hacker Toncruz as he seeks retribution for the death of his father, who was killed by the police; the young man soon finds himself enmeshed in the moral and ethically fraught world of the deep web.

This will be Silveira’s second feature film; his first, the documentary I Am a Visitor in Your World, won first place in the feature documentary category at the Athens International Film+Video Festival in Athens, Ohio. His short Devil’s Work was a semifinalist for a Student Academy Awards and won the Best Short Film award at last year’s Tyre International Short Film Festival. Stolnicki wrote and directed the short film Stranded Fish, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. This is his first feature film.

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