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Filmmaking is a creative practice rooted in storytelling and curiosity—about yourself and the world around you. As a student here, you’ll learn the craft from every angle, from writing and pre-production to shooting and editing. You’ll explore narrative, documentary, experimental filmmaking and video art, discovering what type of artist you want to be and developing the practical skills to become one.
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Andrew Guaman directing his Film+Fashion class project, 'Loteria'
Type
Undergraduate, BFA
Credits
126
Duration
4 Years
Courses
Plan of Study
School and Department
School of Art,
Film/Video
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Film/Video at Pratt

At Pratt you begin making your own films and collaborating with your peers in your first semester. You will have access to everything you need to make your work– professional cameras, tripods, sound, and lighting equipment as well as computer labs, software and production facilities. Our faculty of filmmakers and artists will facilitate your learning in intimate classes of 12 students through screenings, readings, technical demonstrations, production exercises, class critiques, and visiting professionals. By the time you have graduated, you will have created 12-20 short films and will have crewed on many others directed by your peers. You will leave with a sample reel of your work ready for entry into the professional landscape and your strongest work will be ready to submit to film festivals and/or used as the foundation of an application to graduate school.

Student Work

The Experience

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In your first semester, you’ll gain essential conceptual and technical training in two rigorous foundational courses: Film Fundamentals and Production Studio. You’ll then explore varied modes of filmmaking in fiction, nonfiction, and experimental studio courses. In your junior year, the curriculum broadens to include more electives and advanced coursework in Fiction II and either Nonfiction II or Experimental Studio II.

Senior Thesis Project

The culmination of the program is a guided but self-defined year-long senior thesis project. You will direct and edit your most ambitious short film to date. Finished films will be presented as part of our Senior Showcase in our state-of-the-art Katharine L. McKenna Screening Room and at the prestigious BAM Rose Cinemas.

Internships

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New York City is teaming with film and television production and we encourage all of our students to gain experience by doing an internship in the junior year. Our internship program mimics a real world job search in that it is personalized to the goals and interests of each student. When you have identified an area of interest (production, post-production, color correction, live television, distribution) we will coach you through the research and application process. Our students have been placed in internships in a wide range of contexts including Saturday Night Live, Late Night, A24, MoMA, Technicolor, Kino Lorber, and MTV.

Study Abroad

Immersing yourself in another culture is an incredible experience that can shift your perspective and inform your creative work. In addition to a spring break program in Cuba, Film/Video students can study abroad at partner institutions in the spring semester of junior year in cities such as London, Lisbon, Paris, Rome, and Florence. Learn more.

Learning Resources

While you will develop disciplinary fluency in our program we celebrate the interdisciplinary, collaborative nature of filmmaking and encourage students to explore everything Pratt has to offer. Learning resources.

Our Faculty

Our full time and part time faculty are active filmmakers and artists representing a myriad of professional possibilities and creative directions students might take with their work. They are award-winning directors, professional editors, sound mixers, colorists, experimental filmmakers, animators, and video artists.

See all Film/Video faculty and administrators.

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Eliza Hittman

Assistant Professor

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Jim Finn

Associate Professor

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Matias Pineiro

Associate Professor

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Justice Whitaker

Assistant Professor

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Our Alumni

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John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (BFA ‘91) returned to do a public talk in 2022

Our students go on to do many different kinds of things.  They are directing television, feature films, commercials, and music videos. They are professional editors, colorists, cinematographers, and sound recordists. They are award-winning writers, producers, and educators.

Highlights

  • Liz Hannah (BFA ‘07)  Golden Globe Nominated Screenwriter of The Post (directed by Steven Spielberg), showrunner of ‘The Girl From Plainville’ and a writer on ‘The Dropout’
  • April Maxey (BFA ‘12) was named one of Sundance’s “Women to Watch 2023”. Winner of Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding US Narrative Short Film at the Tribeca Film Festival 2022
  • Park Min-woo (BFA ‘17) is the director of photography on the Korean dramatic TV series Oasis (2023)
  • Yessenia Sanchez’s (BFA ‘21) thesis film Double Cultura is streaming on HBOMax as part of the Latino Short Film Competition in 2023/24
  • Yi Xiong, ‘22, A Tortoises Year of Fate an official selection in the Locarno Film Festival 
  • Glenn Ficarra (BFA ‘91) & John Requa (BFA ‘91) are showrunners for the Paramount+ spy thriller Rabbit Hole (2023). They wrote Bad Santa and wrote and directed Crazy, Stupid, Love
  • Luiza Gonçalves (BFA ‘19) won best film in competition for A BANANA TREE IS NO  COINCIDENCE Pesaro Festival of New Cinema in Italy, 2021
  • Joel Haver (BFA ‘18) is a YouTube phenomenon whose weekly animations and comedic skits regularly get hundreds of thousands if not millions of views
  • Owen Kline’s first feature Funny Pages (2022) was produced by A24 and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival
  • Mika Altskan (BFA ‘15) is a cinematographer whose commercial work includes a Nike ad with singer Billie Eilish; his narrative work includes Wild Nights with Emily (2018) which premiered at SXSW
  • Mackie Mallison’s (BFA ‘22) short film It Smelled like Springtime (2022) premiered at the New York Film Festival
  • Myrsini Aristidou’s (BFA ‘13) short films have screened at the Toronto, Venice and Sundance film festivals; and Semele (2015) won a Special Jury Prize at the Berlinale
  • Jungah Kim (BFA ‘86) is a producer and was the first female president of CJ Entertainment in South Korea

Our Stories

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  • Film/Video's own Justice Whitaker has been awarded the 2024 "Distinguished Teacher Award" !

Justice A. Whitaker is a writer/director/producer focused on illuminating stories from around the globe through his work. A member of the WGA, he has worked as a writer for Sesame Street. He has produced for Vice News and The Wall Street Journal, and directed the hour-long documentary "Milestone Generations" with DC Comics for HBO Max.  He recently codirected a documentary film about the Full Circle Expedition, the first all-Black expedition to summit Mt. Everest, coproduced with Westbrook Studios, Confluential Films, and REI Studios. 

Whitaker is committed to telling stories of the global African diaspora and exploring the Black experience in America. Whitaker is an alumnus of Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. He was a New York City Teaching Fellow and taught for New York City public schools for over a decade and was a recipient of the Fund For Teacher research grant, and his films and screenplays have received numerous recognitions around the world. He taught at Santa Fe University of Art and Design before coming to Pratt Institute, where he serves as a professor of nonfiction storytelling and professional practices. Whitaker lives in Brooklyn wit his one-year old daughter and wife, fellow documentarian Rolake Bamgbose Whitaker.
  • Pratt Film/Video's Assistant Chair Eric Trenkamp and Chair Kara Hearn send hearty congratulations to the graduating class of 2024!
#prattgrad24
  • Green Film School Alliance @prattfilm_video sustainabilty information, check lists, and guidelines for best practices on set - located at link in bio!
#sustainability #greenfilmmaking @greenfilmschoolalliance
  • Celebrating Film/Video Senior Thesis Work! Here are some stills from our upcoming Senior Showcase Films! #prattshows #prattshows2024 @prattfilm_video @prattinstitute
  • Last of many amazing stills - so much to look forward to in our upcoming Senior Showcase!!! Don’t forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by “block”. There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
  • Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
  • Title correction - Madeleine Mazuzan's film is "Women in the Picture".

Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
  • Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Film/Video's own Justice Whitaker has been awarded the 2024 "Distinguished Teacher Award" !

Justice A. Whitaker is a writer/director/producer focused on illuminating stories from around the globe through his work. A member of the WGA, he has worked as a writer for Sesame Street. He has produced for Vice News and The Wall Street Journal, and directed the hour-long documentary "Milestone Generations" with DC Comics for HBO Max.  He recently codirected a documentary film about the Full Circle Expedition, the first all-Black expedition to summit Mt. Everest, coproduced with Westbrook Studios, Confluential Films, and REI Studios. 

Whitaker is committed to telling stories of the global African diaspora and exploring the Black experience in America. Whitaker is an alumnus of Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. He was a New York City Teaching Fellow and taught for New York City public schools for over a decade and was a recipient of the Fund For Teacher research grant, and his films and screenplays have received numerous recognitions around the world. He taught at Santa Fe University of Art and Design before coming to Pratt Institute, where he serves as a professor of nonfiction storytelling and professional practices. Whitaker lives in Brooklyn wit his one-year old daughter and wife, fellow documentarian Rolake Bamgbose Whitaker.
Film/Video's own Justice Whitaker has been awarded the 2024 "Distinguished Teacher Award" ! Justice A. Whitaker is a writer/director/producer focused on illuminating stories from around the globe through his work. A member of the WGA, he has worked as a writer for Sesame Street. He has produced for Vice News and The Wall Street Journal, and directed the hour-long documentary "Milestone Generations" with DC Comics for HBO Max.  He recently codirected a documentary film about the Full Circle Expedition, the first all-Black expedition to summit Mt. Everest, coproduced with Westbrook Studios, Confluential Films, and REI Studios.  Whitaker is committed to telling stories of the global African diaspora and exploring the Black experience in America. Whitaker is an alumnus of Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. He was a New York City Teaching Fellow and taught for New York City public schools for over a decade and was a recipient of the Fund For Teacher research grant, and his films and screenplays have received numerous recognitions around the world. He taught at Santa Fe University of Art and Design before coming to Pratt Institute, where he serves as a professor of nonfiction storytelling and professional practices. Whitaker lives in Brooklyn wit his one-year old daughter and wife, fellow documentarian Rolake Bamgbose Whitaker.
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Pratt Film/Video's Assistant Chair Eric Trenkamp and Chair Kara Hearn send hearty congratulations to the graduating class of 2024!
#prattgrad24
Pratt Film/Video's Assistant Chair Eric Trenkamp and Chair Kara Hearn send hearty congratulations to the graduating class of 2024!
#prattgrad24
Pratt Film/Video's Assistant Chair Eric Trenkamp and Chair Kara Hearn send hearty congratulations to the graduating class of 2024! #prattgrad24
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Green Film School Alliance @prattfilm_video sustainabilty information, check lists, and guidelines for best practices on set - located at link in bio!
#sustainability #greenfilmmaking @greenfilmschoolalliance
Green Film School Alliance @prattfilm_video sustainabilty information, check lists, and guidelines for best practices on set - located at link in bio! #sustainability #greenfilmmaking @greenfilmschoolalliance
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Celebrating Film/Video Senior Thesis Work! Here are some stills from our upcoming Senior Showcase Films! #prattshows #prattshows2024 @prattfilm_video @prattinstitute
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Last of many amazing stills - so much to look forward to in our upcoming Senior Showcase!!! Don’t forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by “block”. There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Last of many amazing stills - so much to look forward to in our upcoming Senior Showcase!!! Don’t forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by “block”. There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Last of many amazing stills - so much to look forward to in our upcoming Senior Showcase!!! Don’t forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by “block”. There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Last of many amazing stills - so much to look forward to in our upcoming Senior Showcase!!! Don’t forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by “block”. There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Last of many amazing stills - so much to look forward to in our upcoming Senior Showcase!!! Don’t forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by “block”. There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Last of many amazing stills - so much to look forward to in our upcoming Senior Showcase!!! Don’t forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by “block”. There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Last of many amazing stills - so much to look forward to in our upcoming Senior Showcase!!! Don’t forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by “block”. There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/ @prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
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Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/ @prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
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Title correction - Madeleine Mazuzan's film is "Women in the Picture".

Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Title correction - Madeleine Mazuzan's film is "Women in the Picture".

Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Title correction - Madeleine Mazuzan's film is "Women in the Picture".

Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Title correction - Madeleine Mazuzan's film is "Women in the Picture".

Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Title correction - Madeleine Mazuzan's film is "Women in the Picture".

Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Title correction - Madeleine Mazuzan's film is "Women in the Picture".

Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Title correction - Madeleine Mazuzan's film is "Women in the Picture". Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/ @prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
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Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
@prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/
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Just a few stills from the exciting upcoming Senior Showcase work! More to come! Don't forget to save the date - Monday May 13 - and check the link in bio for film lineup by "block". There will be an RSVP link on the Pratt Film/Video Senior Showcase page- https://www.pratt.edu/events/pratt-shows-film-video-senior-showcase-2024/ @prattfilm_video @prattinstitute @soartpratt #studentfilm
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