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Four UNLV Film Graduates Accepted into the American Film Institute for Fall 2013

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Four UNLV Film Graduates Accepted into the American Film Institute for Fall 2013

Las Vegas, Nev. - Four UNLV film graduates were recently accepted into the American Film Institute (AFI) for Fall 2013. This, along with last year's acceptances, makes the UNLV film program the most represented of any other American undergraduate program at AFI.

 The UNLV film graduates are Stephanie Perez - Editing Fellow; Brian Merrick - Editing Fellow; Craig Boydston - Cinematography Fellow; and Constanza Castro - Producing Fellow.

At the world-renowned AFI Conservatory, a dedicated group of working professionals from the film and television communities serve as mentors in a hands-on, production-based environment nurturing the talents of tomorrow's storytellers.

With an emphasis on narrative visual storytelling and personal expression, each class breaks into teams that mirror a real production environment. Those teams collaborate on and produce more films than any other graduate level film program.

The AFI Conservatory is a division of the American Film Institute founded in 1969, located in Hollywood's Griffith Park. The school is the only existing Master of Fine Arts conservatory in advanced film education.

In July 2011, it was voted the #1 film school in the world by The Hollywood Reporter which called it “among the most selective film schools in America,” with its Fellows benefiting from “speakers and teachers drawn from the highest levels of the industry, supported by the full weight of AFI itself...AFI's glittering parade of alumni, from David Lynch to Darren Aronofsky, remains unrivaled when it comes to auteur filmmakers...If you know where you're going, AFI can get you there.”

It is ranked in the top 5 graduate film programs along with USC, UCLA, NYU and California Institute of the Arts by the Princeton Review and US News and World Report.

Over the years, the program has graduated 3,000 fellows, many of whom went on to become influential Hollywood filmmakers. Notable alumni include: John Cassavetes, David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Todd Field, Carl Franklin, Paul Schrader, Victor Nuñez,Andrea Arnold, Patty Jenkins, Robert Elswit, Janusz Kamiński, Wally Pfister, Caleb Deschanel, Robert Richardson, Carl Colpaert, Darren Aronofsky, Martin Brest, John Dahl, Bill Duke, Amy Heckerling, Mimi Leder, Matthew Libatique, Patrick Creadon, John McTiernan, Edward Zwick, Arthur Dong, Scott Frank, Susannah Grant, Jeff Nathanson, Elizabeth Sung, Alon Bar, Chris Donahue, and Eric Red.

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