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Monday Alumni: Francesca Coppola

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2012 Dusty Award winner, Francesca Coppola, is moving from strength to strength with her new film, Jonny Come Lately. For a moment, our busy- filmmaker looks back…

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Still from Jonny Come Lately

It’s been two years since I graduated SVA and I’m so happy to say that I’m still making films. Leaving film school and losing a certain kind of support was difficult, but I continued and didn’t give up. Last summer I shot my second short Jonny Come Lately (after Dusty Award Winner Flamingos!), about a young woman living in an abusive relationship. I had the chance of collaborating with an amazing team, including my Flamingo stars Kentucker Audley and Dearagh Campbell, my producer Gioele Donnamaria, cinematographer Spencer Katz (also sva alumn!) – with the addition of actor/producer/editor, Evan Louison. We shot on super 16mm film, and it looks wonderful. We just launched a Kickstarter campaign, so check it out and read more about the project below!

Still from Jonny Come Lately

Still from Jonny Come Lately

Looking back to my SVA years, I’m so grateful for everything I have learned and for the wonderful teachers that have informed and inspired my work. I still remember during my freshman year my then writing teacher extraordinaire and now one of my best friends and mentors, Gilbert Girion, showed us “Small Deaths” by Lynne Ramsay, a short made up by vignettes, encompassing three disquieting moments in a young girl’s life. I discovered then a different way of telling a story, and things were never the same after that. I have grown to be a better writer and director and have kept making films with people who are not just collaborators but friends. Treasuring the lessons that I’ve learned, and cherishing the relationships that I started in school, has definitely made continuing my career possible and exciting. So thank you SVA, teachers and alumni who support and keep supporting me!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/598394231/jonny-come-lately

Still from Jonny Come Lately

Still from Jonny Come Lately

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