School of the Arts Filmmakers Awarded National Board of Review Student Grants

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The National Board of Review has recognized four School of the Arts student films in its 2016 grant cycle. NBR student grants promote cinematic production by providing assistance to young filmmakers to finish their projects and exhibit them at festivals worldwide.

Among the 2016 grantees is the film Y Todo El Cielo Cupo En El Ojo De La Vaca Muerta (And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow's Eye) (Francisca Alegría Zenteno, Birgit Gernboeck), the poetic and mystical story of a long life filled with hard work, family, guilt and ghosts. In a rugged isolated village in rural Chile, tradition and superstition yield to forgiveness and letting go.

Pria (Yudho Aditya, Valerie Castillo Martinez), the story of a gay Muslim teen living in rural Indonesia and struggling to reconcile the traditions of his upbringing and his romantic idealization of the freedom of the west was among those honored.
Also among the recipients was Red Apples (George Sikharulidze, Ophelia Harutyunyan), which chronicles the first days of marriage for a young Armenian bride. 

Nocturne in Black (Jimmy Keyrouz, Felecia Hunter), which follows a musician struggling to rebuild his piano after it is destroyed by jihadists in a war-ravaged Middle Eastern neighborhood, won not only an NBR grant, but also the Marion Carter Green Award for a film that exhibits noteworthy use of musical elements.

The trailers for these films are available at the National Board of Review.

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