2019 Graduate Student Fellows
Katlyn Aviles, University of Miami
Katlyn Aviles is a writer-director with a passion for filmmaking and interactive media. She was born and raised in Burlington, Vermont, Katlyn’s love of storytelling developed in college where she studied film production and found a passion for screenwriting. During her time in undergrad, she wrote, directed, and produced a variety of short films. Many of these played at local festivals such as the Vermont International Film Festival, and The Green Mountain Film Festival. She received a BFA in Cinema Studies and Film Production, and a BA in Psychology from Burlington College. After finishing her undergraduate work, she moved to Miami, Florida where she earned an MFA degree in Motion Pictures at The University of Miami.
When she is not working on her scripts, she can be found teaching History of International Cinema to undergraduates at The University of Miami. Starting in the fall of 2019, Katlyn will begin a doctoral program at UM, where she will study the psychology of interactive storytelling.
Luke Gloeckner, Wake Forest University
I previously graduated from Rowan University with a degree in Radio/TV/Film Studies and also from Kent State University with an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration. After working in the college administrative world for a number of years, I could no longer resist a push to return to the world of film and telling stories about humanity. I have now happily been enrolled in the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University for two years. As an aspiring filmmaker, I’m particularly interested in taking deep looks at the lives of creative people, and using a verite approach to explore why they are the way they are. I find joy in both making films and teaching students about filmmaking so that they can tell stories too.
Bianca Malcolm, Ohio University
Bianca Malcolm was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She was a Statistician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before shifting to screenwriting, which she pursues as part of her MFA degree at Ohio University. Although new to the film game, her scripts have placed at international screenwriting competitions and she won a coveted writing internship at Grey’s Anatomy. She has used the horror genre to investigate family relationships, racism, sexism, intimate partner violence, child abuse, and the consequences of power. She is actively seeking to bring her unique genre voice and inventive, detailed worlds to the small and big screens.
Suzanne Schulz, Hunter College
Suzanne Schulz studies in the Integrated Media Arts MFA program at Hunter College in New York City. She is currently working on a documentary that explores masculinity and militarism through the life of a Kurdish boy growing up on a Turkish military airbase in Eskisehir, Turkey in the 1990s. She is also working on a short documentary that examines the ethical and creative choices of a translator through a single translation by a Hindi-Urdu-English translator based in New York City. In 2014, Suzanne earned a PhD in South Asian Cinema from the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin and has published articles in this area. She currently teach at Bard High School Early College in Queens and offers a variety of classes including Introduction to Film, Cinemas of South Asia, Documentary Film, and Sound and Image. Along with her colleague, Zohra Saed, Suzanne has begun to build the Bard Early Colleges Film, Media and Digital Arts program, a resource center that brings together students and faculty in New York, Cleveland, New Orleans, and Newark.
Nick Twardus, University of Central Florida
I am a recent Feature Film Production M.F.A. graduate from the University of Central Florida where I completed work on a feature-length body of work and a dissertation that accompanied it. My films, which have shown nationally at festivals, are focused on the natural landscape. Currently, I write, direct, produce, shoot and edit experimental documentaries that incorporate analog and digital imagery. I also teach film production and film studies courses at UCF.