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October 21, 2009

SFC Alumni Return to Screen Two Feature Films

Terrisha Kearse (10-20) & Fabian Baez (Buena Gente) Show Off Their Success

It was a mini-film festival of St. Francis College Communication Arts alumni October 21 and 22 as former students Terrisha Kearse and Fabian Baez returned to their alma mater to screen their films.

Kearse’s film 10-20 is inspired by the true events of a boy whose life spirals out of control after he discovers the truth about his mother. 10-20 won the 2009 HBO Best Feature Film Award and has screened at various film festivals across the country.

“It was very exciting to return to St. Francis College to screen my film 10-20,” said Kearse. “It's very close to my heart and I hope it leaves an indelible mark on everyone that comes out to see it!”

“We are all so proud of Terrisha,” said one of her former professors and Chair of the Communication Arts Department, Lynne Jackson. “She walked out of our doors and straight to Hollywood, on a mission. It seems like only yesterday, but she’s put years of work into getting where she is today.”

Fabian Baez’s movie Buena Gente (Good People) is a 'coming of age' drama about a young man trying to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend and save her from a deadly situation. It deals with social issues affecting young Latino adults set in West Harlem, Washington Heights & the Bronx.

“It was a tremendous joy to come back to SFC and share our film, Buena Gente,” said Baez. “Dr. Jackson had a huge influence on me as a person & filmmaker. I remember being in the lab as a work-study student and seeing so many films & feeling like a kid in a toy store. The students really provided great feedback and I hope it inspired them even in a small way to pursue their dreams.”

"Fabian's work is something that rings so true to our students here in Brooklyn,” added Professor Jackson. “He did a wonderful job and his sound track is also incredible. Bravo!"

Buena Gente will next be screened as part of the Queens International Film Festival (QIFF) from November 12-15.

The events were sponsored by the Communication Arts Department.

Attached Photos: (From L-R: Dr. Lynne Jackson, Fabian Baez)
(From L-R: Dr. Lynne Jackson, Terrisha Kearse, Professor David Gewirtz)

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City’s five boroughs and beyond.
St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

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