F&MS Senior Majors Polly Chesnokova, Breno Silva, and Noah Hensley, were granted Student Research Fellowships to work on their film projects by the Leslie Center for the Humanities. Congratulations to our resourceful and talented students!
Polly Chesnokova '24
Polly plans to use the support of the fellowship to create a short film adaptation of a 20th-century Ukrainian classic novella "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors". Set in most-modern Western Ukraine, their adaptation reimagines this classic piece from the queer perspective, connecting the personal and political sovereignty of the characters. Polly will combine digital and Super8 technology trying to create a distinct visual language for this film, linking the importance of the past with the promise of the future with the goal of preserving the culture of their ancestors.
Noah Hensley '23
MEZZANINE is a story about a secret society that promises to make one rich: but only to those who can please its unusual gatekeeper. The story follows Sam, a college student, and his interaction with this society. MEZZANINE will be around 13-14 minutes in length and will be filmed with our new ALEXA cameras. With help from Northern Stage, I hope to use this grant to hire professional actors, as well as cover some food expenses on-set.
Breno Silva '25
Saudade is a short film about a Brazilian illegal migrant worker in the United States who temporarily left home for materialistic pursuits. The story follows his birthday and Brazil's first game in the World Cup.
Sammy Bonnaso '24
F&MS -prospective- major and two-time Laing Screenwriting Award winner, Sammy Bonasso, presented the movie he wrote and directed, Love in the Night, in the NH Film Festival, NH Program. The 2022 New Hampshire Film Festival, took place October 6-9 in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. LINK
His film screened alongside several other NH shorts, so he appreciated the chance to see what others in the area were doing. He did not win an award, but Ben Silberfarb, who helped produced his movie, won NH Filmmaker of the Year for his documentary titled Whitman Brook. Sammy is waiting to hear from 7 other festivals. We send him best wishes!