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November 11, 2011

Spotlight Shines "In Black": Student Premieres Feature Film

A crowd of students, friends, and family gathered inside St. Francis College’s Founders Hall on 11/11/11 for the east coast premiere of “In Black,” the award winning feature film by St. Francis alumnus Evan Apostolakos ’11.

The premiere was also a fund-raiser for the Communication Arts and Education Departments at St. Francis. Apostolakos, who was a double major in both areas, saw the screening as a way to give back to the professors who helped him make “In Black” and reach his goal of becoming a public school teacher in New York City.

The event served as a reunion for the St. Francis students who acted in and helped produce the movie, including Alexander Castro ‘11 who stars as the main character, Thomas Veil. Nicholas Gennusa and Melissa Manning ‘10 play Tom’s best friend and his secret admirer while John Capetanakis ’10 was Post Production Editor for the feature. (Learn more about the cast)

In May, Apostolakos was awarded Best Director of a Feature Drama at The Best Actors (in a) Film Festival (BAFF) in San Francisco, where his film had its first ever screening.

In addition to Apostolakos’ proud family members, several public school teachers, and chairpersons from the College’s Education and Communication Departments were also in attendance.

Apostolakos said that while this premiere was short of the casts humorous, “dream of red carpets and stretch limousines with flashing lights,” he was still nervous to have more than 100 supporters watch his film.

After the screening, he offered an enthusiastic, special thanks to the cast and gave credit to each person who supported him throughout the process. Apostolakos hopes to screen “In Black” in Brooklyn again in April 2012. For more information, log on to

By Richard Loutfi ‘10

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.


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