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Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema

On Thursday, I along with some of my NYC IECA colleagues toured the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema. Jonathan Wacks, the founding director of the school and Professor of Film, showed us the state-of-the-art facilities, explained their use, told us about the school and the students who attend.  Feirstein is the first school in the United States to be built on a working film lot. It is located at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, New York,  the largest soundstage complex on the East Coast and home to many movies and TV productions. Students range in age from 23 to 55, but the majority of students are in their late twenties and early thirties.  In keeping with CUNY schools tuition is relatively low, $18,500 for in-state students and $27,000 for out-of-state.  They do not provide housing.  Feirstein’s major focus is on narrative filmmaking with a bias towards independent filmmaking.







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