Public Engagement

Students and Their Work

  • CLASS OF 2018

    Isaias Camilo Morales Cabezas

    Isaias Morales is a filmmaker from Colombia with a background in art history. He has been passionately absorbing the visual culture of New York City for more than two years. Always eager to collaborate on all things related to media, he has worked for Red Dog productions on camera and as an editor and has also become an experienced teaching assistant for filmmaking classes at The New School. His interest in a scholarly approach to the moving image has led him to the Documentary Studies program and toward following a career in academia.


    Truth Be Told Documentary Film Festival: Civic Gothic Library


    Jamie Lee Mohr

    As a teenager, Jamie Lee Mohr hitchhiked and rode freight trains across the United States. The stories of people she encountered ignited her fascination with the way each individual story operates within an ecosystem of internalized mythologies. She investigated the political dimensions of cultural narrative during her field research in sustainable development and is now preparing for a new film project that explores similar topics in Estonia.  


    Truth Be Told Documentary Film Festival: End Games for Lovers


    Ragini Nath

    With an academic background in anthropology and film theory, Ragini Nath developed a keen interest in documentary filmmaking. She decided she would rather be making films than just reading about them and moved from India to New York to pursue her long-standing dream. She is fascinated by city ruins, contrasts in cityscapes, and oral histories.


    Truth Be Told Documentary Film Festival: Bar and Girl

    Joy Garrido Ernanny De Mello Silva

    A restless journalist and passionate documentarist, Joy Ernanny has been producing award-winning TV documentaries and programs about immigration, human rights, and social development for the past six years. Having spent the last decade in New York and her native Rio de Janeiro, she believes in the power of stories that resonate transnationally and transcend territorial boundaries. 


    Truth Be Told Documentary Film Festival: Unveil


    Jodie Trzaska

    Jodie Trzaska was born and raised in the fading world of working-class New York. After time spent in public service as an urban planner and a high school science teacher, she decided she couldn't save the world and threw it all away. She had absolutely no filmmaking experience before arriving at The New School.


    Truth Be Told Documentary Film Festival: No Convenient Season


    Mona Lisa García Stagg

    Mona Lisa Garcia Stagg was born in Panama City, Panama. She discovered her passion for telling people’s stories in 2016 while studying at Villanova University, where she filmed and edited Limbo, a documentary on West African migrants awaiting asylum in a small town in Italy.


    Truth Be Told Documentary Film Festival: Arnold: A Portrait from the Zone


    Setare Gholipour

    Setare Gholipour is a filmmaker based in New York City. She believes in the power of documentary to engagingly capture and narrate real events. She studied cinema and filmmaking at the Art University of Tehran, in Iran. She then switched from fiction to nonfiction filmmaking to maximize the potential in creating socially engaging works.


    Truth Be Told Documentary Film Festival: Thank You for Shopping Here


    James Macdonald

    A typical Scotsman, James Macdonald grew up in Ireland and graduated from Royal Holloway University of London with a bachelor’s degree in biology and science communication. He intends to marry his academic background and love of documentary with cinematography.


    Truth Be Told Documentary Film Festival: Passage of Silt and Shell


    Gamar Markarian

    Born to an Armenian Lebanese family, Gamar Markarian is a designer and urbanist who is interested in media and communication. She received her MS in Design and Urban Ecologies from Parsons School of Design in 2016. With a passion for observational documentaries, Gamar believes film can contribute to existing conversations around personal experience, politics, and public life.  


    Truth Be Told Documentary Film Festival: Work


    Tadiwa Kambarami

    Tadiwa Kambarami was born and raised in Zimbabwe, but now calls South Africa home. Having studied broadcast journalism in the United States, she worked as a producer and editor for SuperSport International. In 2017, after 12 enjoyable years, she left the sports television world to pursue her dream of becoming a filmmaker. Tadiwa is an avid golfer and tries never to miss a Manchester United game.


    Truth Be Told Documentary Film Festival: Joburg to Bed-Stuy


    Kaylin Webster

    Kaylin Webster is a young creator — the byproduct of a nurse and a hometown funeral director. She grew up running through South Jersey fields and dirt roads and developed an imagination that manifested in New York City.


    Truth Be Told Documentary Film Festival: Mother Tongue