New Directors/New Films Selects Thesis Film

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art have selected Southwest, written and directed by Jordi Wijnalda (3rd year Directing), to screen at the 42nd New Directors/New Films Series. The program celebrates the work of budding filmmakers across the globe. Southwest follows the journey of Leslie, a Dutch woman living in Turkey, whose life's work secretly helping illegal African immigrants get into Europe is thrown into question by the arrival of her son, Daniel.

Brian Love (3rd year Producing) produced the short in collaboration with executive producer Ali Betil (4th year Directing) and co-producer Esra Saydam ('11 SOA). John Wakayama Carey (3rd year Producing) served as the film's cinematographer with first AD Christopher Laszlo ('12 SOA) and AD Matt Black (3rd year Directing).

The 2013 New Directors/New Film Program marks the world premiere of Southwest, Wijnalda's thesis project. This year's program takes place March 20-31.

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