2017 Dusty Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients
(BFA 1994 Film and Video)
Producer and Founder of Titmouse
Venture Bros., Nico and the Sword of Light (Amazon Original), Nerdland
(BFA 1994 Animation)
Director/Producer and Founder of Titmouse
Motorcity, Nerdland, Metalocalypse
(BFA 1990 Film and Video)
Academy Award-winning Composer
Up, Lost, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, War for the Planet of the Apes
Since 1990, the School of Visual Arts’ Dusty Film & Animation Festival has become one of the country’s foremost events to discover exceptional new talent in film and animation. The Dusty Film & Animation Festival gives BFA Film and BFA Animation thesis students the unique opportunity to exhibit their work to industry professionals, family and friends. The festival culminates in our eminent Dusty Awards, attended by luminaries and distinguished guests from the film and animation industries.
The 2017 Dusty Awards presenters were: Academy Award-nominated producer/director David Silverman (The Simpsons, Monsters, Inc., Maggie Simpson In: The Longest Daycare), actor/writer Joseph Sikora (Power, Shutter Island, Jack Reacher), vice president of children’s programming at PBS, Linda Simensky (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Nature Cat, Odd Squad), editor Jim Helton (Blue Valentine, A Place Beyond the Pines, The Light Between Oceans), animation director at TED-Ed Biljana Labovic (Guard Dog, Idiots and Angels), producer and New York Women in Film & Television president Alexis Alexanian (Maggie’s Plan, The Hottest State, Pieces of April), producer and IFP program manager Zach Mandinach, Academy Award-winning production sound mixer Chris Newman (The Godfather, The Exorcist, Amadeus), writer/director Gillian Robespierre (Landline, Obvious Child, Casual), cinematographer Fred Murphy, ASC (Hoosiers, The Dead, October Sky), Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Sam Pollard (August Wilson: The Ground on Which I stand, Slavery By Another Name) Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Jay Cocks (Gangs of New York, Silence, The Age of Innocence), and director/cinematographer Reed Morano (Meadowland, Frozen River, The Handmaid’s Tale).
Producer/Director: Annie Flocco