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Parkie Wins Spot in Highly Competitive International Film Program

Junior cinema and photography major Christina Bryant has been selected to participate in the Fusion Arts Exchange (FAX) Screenwriting and Film Production program this summer.

Sponsored by the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, FAX is a highly competitive program that provides cutting-edge technical training and works to foster multi-national collaboration in the arts and beyond. Bryant is one of just 20 students chosen from around the world to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Bryant will travel in July to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles to participate in a month of film-related classes and events, followed by a multi-day bus trip up the coast of California. She'll then take a whirlwind, 10-day, film history tour through major cities on the east coast, ending in Washington, DC.

The tours are meant to explore historical and cultural monuments as well as film-related sites and companies set in those areas. “I’ve never been to the West Coast, and I think it will be a great to get a glimpse of the media world of Los Angeles,” Bryant told Fuse.

And the best part? All of her expenses will be covered by the program.

“Such a summer experience would have been completely out of the question otherwise, and I am very happy that the program is completely funded through a government grant.”

Bryant credits the hands-on experience she gets at Ithaca for making her application stand out.

“[The FAX application] is where my time at Ithaca was able to shine through. There have been so many opportunities from taking film production, film history, and photography classes, an internship with the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF), and writing for the college TV station, all in my first two years of college. Without the work and encouragement from peers and faculty, I don’t think I would have had the courage to apply for such an amazing program.”

In the future, Bryant would like to take on a large city such as New York or Los Angeles to pursue a career in film editing, writing, or production, through films, documentaries, commercials, or music videos. “Just give me a project that I can be passionate about, and I’ll be happy to work!” Bryant says.

For now, she is focusing on preparing for the program. “It will be amazing to work and bond with other film students from all across the globe. I am absolutely looking forward to each day of the program, from the coursework, the film screenings, and visits to professional industry sites.”

 




Originally published in Fuse: Parkie Wins Spot in Highly Competitive International Film Program.