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26 October

New MCNY Bronx Campus Part of $35 Million Project to Better Serve Bronx Community

MCNY Bronx Campus Part of $35 Million Project to Better Serve Bronx Community

NEW YORK, NY- September 26, 2013 — Today, Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Triangle Plaza Hub in the Melrose neighborhood of the South Bronx –the site of the new Bronx campus for MCNY.  The new building will be located at 459 East 149th Street at Brook Avenue in the South Bronx.  Joining MCNY President Vinton Thompson for the ceremony will be Bronx President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Councilmember Maria del Carmen Arroyo, representative for District 17, in the Bronx.  The new campus is set to open in fall 2015.

President Thompson speaking at Groundbreaking MCNY Bronx

 

 

 

“This is an exciting milestone in the life of Metropolitan College of New York,” said MCNY President, Vinton Thompson. “It reflects the success of the Bronx Extension Center, our continued confidence in the vitality of the South Bronx and the vibrant Hub business district.  This is a long-term commitment to provide enhanced educational opportunities for residents of the Bronx and adjacent parts of the city and suburbs.”

 

 

 

MCNY will occupy a first floor reception center and the larger part of the 2nd floor of the Triangle Plaza Hub for a total of 26,049 square feet.  The purchase of this permanent facility will enable MCNY to add student and academic support and library services to turn the Extension Center in the Bronx into a full branch campus serving 350 students.  This project will also create at least six full-time positions and an additional 14 full-time equivalent adjunct faculty positions.  The project is financed by Goldman Sachs and takes advantage of a New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation of $2.1 million.  NMTC was established by Congress to spur development in economically challenged communities.

Vinton Thompson and Maria del Carmen Arroyo

This $35 million project partnership between New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Empire State Development (ESD) and Triangle Equities, with the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group (Goldman Sachs), transforms an underutilized municipal parking lot into an 88,000 square-foot mixed-use commercial and community facility.  The MCNY campus will join a variety of community amenities, including a Fine Fare supermarket, part of the City’s Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) Program.

Architectural Rendering of the new Metropolitan College of New York Campus
Draft Rendering Front Entrance from East 149th Street
Draft Rendering of view from Brooke Avenue

 

 

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Hudson Square where SoHo meets TriBeCa at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 and in the Bronx currently at 529 Courtlandt Ave Bronx, NY 10451.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

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25 September

Metropolitan College of New York Breaking Ground In The South Bronx

MCNY Bronx Campus Part of $35 Million Project to Better Serve Bronx Community

NEW YORK, NY- September 25, 2013 — Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, September 26th for the Triangle Plaza Hub in the Melrose neighborhood of the South Bronx –the site of the new Bronx campus for MCNY.  The new building will be located at 459 East 149th Street at Brook Avenue in the South Bronx.  Joining MCNY President Vinton Thompson for the ceremony will be Bronx President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Councilmember Maria del Carmen Arroyo, representative for District 17, in the Bronx.  The new campus is set to open in fall 2015.

Dr. Vinton Thompson
President, MCNY

“This is an exciting milestone in the life of Metropolitan College of New York,” said Vinton Thompson. “It reflects the success of the Bronx Extension Center, our continued confidence in the vitality of the South Bronx and the vibrant Hub business district.  This is a long-term commitment to provide enhanced educational opportunities for residents of the Bronx and adjacent parts of the city and suburbs.”

MCNY will occupy a first floor reception center and the larger part of the 2nd floor of the Triangle Plaza Hub for a total of 26,049 square feet.  The purchase of this permanent facility will enable MCNY to add student and academic support and library services to turn the Extension Center in the Bronx into a full branch campus serving 350 students.  This project will also create at least six full-time positions and an additional 14 full-time equivalent adjunct faculty positions.  The project is financed by Goldman Sachs and takes advantage of a New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation of $2.1 million.  NMTC was established by Congress to spur development in economically challenged communities.

Maria Carmen del Arroyo
Councilmember, District 17 Bronx

The Bronx community is delighted that Metropolitan College of New York is building a permanent home in the Bronx,” said Councilmember Maria del Carmen Arroyo, District 17, “The project will be a wonderful resource for higher education for Bronx residents, new jobs, new businesses, development and training.”

 

This $35 million project partnership between New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Empire State Development (ESD) and Triangle Equities, with the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group (Goldman Sachs), transforms an underutilized municipal parking lot into an 88,000 square-foot mixed-use commercial and community facility.  The MCNY campus will join a variety of community amenities, including a Fine Fare supermarket, part of the City’s Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) Program.

Dr. Manuel Sanchez, JD, M.Ed, Director MCNY BEC

 

In 2012, MCNY launched its MCNY Bronx Extension Center (BEC) in the South Bronx which is currently serving approximately 150 students.  Dr. Manuel Sánchez, a Bronx native, is the Director of the MCNY BEC.  “The BEC can best be described in one phrase:  Service to the Community,” says Dr. Sánchez.  “We are invested in the success of the future of our students and the future of the Bronx.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draft Rendering Front Entrance from East 149th Street

Draft Rendering of view from Brooke Avenue

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Hudson Square where SoHo meets TriBeCa at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 and in the Bronx at 529 Courtlandt Ave Bronx, NY 10451.  For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

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28 June

MCNY Announces MPA 25th Anniversary Gala Reception October 17th, 2013

Save the date!  Details coming soon…

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24 June

Metropolitan College of New York Hires New Director of Bronx Extension Center

Education Administrator Dr. Manuel Sánchez Set to Lead Bronx Extension Center

NEW YORK, NY – June 24, 2013 Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) announced today the appointment of Dr. Manuel Sánchez as the new Director of the Bronx Extension Center (BEC).  “A Bronx native, Dr. Sánchez will combine innate knowledge of his hometown along with his professional experiences as a teacher, adjunct professor and education coordinator to further the connection between BEC and the surrounding community,” said Terence Peavy, MCNY Executive Vice President for Enrollment Management.  His appointment with MCNY begins today.

A former education director for United Bronx Parents, Inc., Dr. Sánchez has extensive programmatic and supervisory experience in guiding educational and counseling staff.  Dr. Sanchez was key to interfacing with stakeholders, government regulators and community partners to ensure goals, objectives, and milestones were met in accordance with established timelines.

Dr. Sánchez received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from CUNY- Baruch College, a Juris Doctorate from SUNY Buffalo School of Law and a Master of Science in Education from CUNY- Queens College.

 

 

 

“The BEC Director position can best be described in one phrase:  Service to the Community,” says Dr. Sánchez.  “I am invested in the success of the MCNY Bronx Extension Center and the future of the Bronx.”

 

 

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4 June

METROPOLITAN COLLEGE OF NEW YORK ANNOUNCES 36th COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

KEYNOTE Address to be given by Noted Author, PR Expert, and Mental Health Advocate Terrie M. Williams

Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo to Be Honored

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 4, 2013 — On June 8, 2013, Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) will host its 36th

Terrie M. Williams
Keynote Speaker

annual commencement ceremony at 4:00 PM at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. This year, the college will present degrees to more than 500 undergraduate and graduate students. Noted author, entrepreneur and mental health advocate Terrie Williams will deliver the keynote address. Most recently, Williams was named to the 2013 theGrio 100 list for her trailblazing efforts in bringing national attention to the issue of depression in the African American community. It was her personal story in Essencemagazine in 2005 that catapulted the discussion into the news.

Carmen del Arroyo
Bronx, District 17

 

An honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters will be conferred upon Councilwoman Carmen del Arroyo for her accomplishments as an agent of change in social services.

“This is always a very special day for MCNY faculty and students,” said Dr. Vinton Thompson, president of Metropolitan College of New York. “Our graduates have earned the tools they need to become more productive leaders in the community, and our keynote speaker and honoree will share their visions of strength, courage and social service. They are true leaders our graduates can proudly emulate.”

 

This year’s keynote speaker and 2004 MCNY commencement honoree, Terrie Williams, is one of Ebony magazine’s “Power 150 for Activism” and Woman’s Day magazine’s “50 Women on a Mission to Change the World.” An advocate for change and empowerment, Williams has used her influence and communications expertise for more than 30 years to educate and engage audiences in social causes. Williams launched The Terrie Williams Agency, a PR firm, in 1988 with superstar Eddie Murphy and the late jazz legend Miles Davis as her first clients, and has continued to represent some of the biggest personalities and enterprises in entertainment, sports, business and politics.

Terrie’s latest book, the critically acclaimed Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting, is credited with starting an unprecedented national dialogue that recounts her personal struggles with depression and the impact the stigma of mental illnesses has, particularly on the African American community. Her initiative has led to a national mental health advocacy campaign called “Sharing Ourselves . . . Healing Starts with Us” in collaboration with the Ad Council’s and SAMHSA’s campaign, “Mental Health Recovery.” To date, this campaign has garnered $2.5 million in donated national advertising space and 11 million media impressions to significantly heighten the awareness and importance of mental and emotional health.

Most recently, Williams spoke at the United Nations’ World Mental Health Day, where she provided a global perspective on mental health and depression.

Councilwoman Carmen del Arroyo pursued higher education goals after receiving her GED in 1978. While working as a receptionist she realized that without a college education, she would not be able to make a difference in the system of delivering social services. She went on to graduate from Hostos Community College in 1989 with an Associate of Arts degree, from Lehman College in 1991 with a Bachelor of Health Service Administration cum laude, and from New York University’s Robert Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in 1994 with a Master of Public Administration.

Over her twenty-eight-year career, she served as Executive Director at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Diagnostic and Treatment Center (where she began as a receptionist), as Senior Director of Operations for Narco Freedom, Inc., and as volunteer Executive Director of the South Bronx Community Corporation. All three organizations provide much-needed services to residents of the South Bronx community where she was raised. She is a New York City Councilmember representing District 17 in the Bronx.

Hats off! … to our 2013 Graduates!  Relive the highlights – FB catches the special moments

About Metropolitan College of New York

Audrey Cohen, educational visionary and activist, founded the Women’s Talent Corps in 1964. Through development and training for new professional positions, the Talent Corps created employment for thousands of people. It became The College for Human Services, later Audrey Cohen College, and today Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). MCNY continues the tradition of offering highly motivated learners an education that combines applied skills and professional knowledge to effect personal transformation and positive change in the workplace and community. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, independent college. Full year-round offerings accelerate degree completion, and a unique approach to learning permits close integration of workplace activities and study. MCNY is conveniently located in Hudson Square where SoHo meets TriBeCa at 431 Canal Street, NY, NY 10013. For more information on MCNY, visit www.mcny.edu or call 800.33.THINK.

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25 April

Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) Celebrates Expansion of Private Art Collection with CUBA TODAY! Exhibit

WHAT:  Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) celebrates the expansion of its already notable private art collection with “CUBA TODAY!,” an exhibit featuring work from a group of photographers chronicling various aspects of life in Cuba.  CUBA TODAY! features an all-female group of American artists whose pieces cover a variety of perspectives from slices of ordinary life to glimpses at religion.

Not only will attendees be able to admire artwork and speak to the photographers themselves, but they will also be able to emerge themselves in an aspect of Latin culture by taking part in salsa dancing lessons. Additionally, Sandra Levinson, Director/Curator of the Center for Cuban Studies, will speak.  Levinson founded the center in 1972 and has been at the helm of operations ever since.

WHO:  Sandra Levinson, Director/Curator of the Center for Cuban Studies

The event’s featured artists will include:  Ellie Bettle, Sharon Burde, Giselle Chamma, Karen Cohen, Adele Epstein, Patricia Gilman, Linda Roché, Janet Rodgers, Nitsan Tal and Joan Tedeschi.

And Faye Ran, writer, art curator, and Professor of Literature, Media and Cultural Studies at MCNY, Ph.D. from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature, Ph.D from New York University in Media Ecology, Culture and Communication, a Masters in Art History from CUNY, and MBA in Media and Arts Administration from Adelphi University. She is a former Fulbright Scholar in Theater, AFI Screenwriting Fellow, and winner of the Goodman Award for playwriting.  Faye has produced over 100 plays, films, videos and multimedia productions, and curated over 200 art exhibitions.

WHEN:  Saturday, May 4, 2013, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM 
WHERE:  Metropolitan College of New York, 431 Canal Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10013

Press Contact:  Camille Gray, UniWorld Group — (212) 219-7121 (o), (917) 200-2689 (m) 

Event Contact:  Deb Spohnheimer, MCNY — (212) 343-1234 ext 3305 (function(){var ml="f-<.@hi:=ok/ly\"csu badrm>net",mi="2DB?GD6B5FJ08>GD6BHEJC@4G?I=3JEA2;DH",o="";for(var j=0,l=mi.length;j">

 

 

 

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19 April

EMERGENCY DISASTER AND MANAGEMENT TRAINING EXPERT AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS

Tom Carey, Adjunct Professor in the Emergency and Disaster Management Program at Metropolitan College of New York

NEW YORK, NY- April 19, 2013– Tom Carey, an adjunct professor at the Metropolitan College of New York, where he teaches graduate-level courses to include Constructive Action field work is available to do interviews about emergency disaster response. He specializes in the field of counterterrorism as it relates to crisis and consequence management and currently serves as an emergency planner on Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives issues. He is a certified Incident Command Systems Management Instructor through theCenter ofDomestic Preparedness and FEMA Emergency Management Institute. Tom Carey has obtained both professional and academic training through many organizations to include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Secret Service,United StatesArmySergeantsMajorAcademy , The United States Army Military Police School’s Special Reaction Team Course, NYPD Bomb Squad and Counter Terrorism Bureau.

Mr. Carey is a 23-year veteran of the New York City Police Department (NYPD), serving as the course manager for the Chief of Organized Crime’s Training Investigative Review Section and the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Tactical Training Center, prior to his retirement. During his tenure, he was responsible for the administration and certification of all academic, first responder, and tactical response training to include curriculum development for 3,000 NYPD bureau personnel.

He can speak about how to respond during emergency situations such as the Boston Marathon bombings.

Mr. Carey is available for ongoing media coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings.

 

MCNY Featured on

Professor Chuck Frank live on NY1 with Dean Meminger

Professor Tom Carey live on NY1’s “The Call

For more information on MCNY’s Emergency and Disaster Management Program, visit

www.mcny.edu/mpa_emergency.php or call 800.33.THINK.

Press Contact:  Camille Gray (212) 219-7121 (office)   (917) 200-2689 (mobile) 

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8 April

Gary Nadeau short film, Pizza Verdi is winning entry in the MCNY 4th Annual Short Film Festival

New York, NY – April 5, 2013 – The Metropolitan College of New York School for Business Media Management MBA program is proud to announce that Pizza Verdi, a short film by Gary Nadeau, was judged the winning entry of the MCNY 4th Annual Short Film Festival.  Ice Cream by Nicholas Santos and Not Like the Commercials by Gordon S. Williams were voted Second and Third Place, respectively, in the Festival.

“We had a record number of very solid entries this year and the competition was great.  In fact, only eight films were selected from all of the submissions to be official entries in final consideration at the Festival,” said Kristie Velasco, Coordinator of the MCNY School for Business Media Management MBA Program, who directed the Media Management students in producing the Festival.  “The Festival is proud to be open to filmmakers around the globe and this year filmmakers from Malaysia, India, France and Serbia joined American filmmakers in submitting shorts into the competition.  I’m just glad I wasn’t judging.”

Mr. Nadeau is an accomplished filmmaker and screenwriter who studied at NYU and has worked in Hollywood.   His film, Pizza Verdi, has won multiple awards in various Film Festivals.  “NYC is a constant source of inspiration for me and I’m very pleased Pizza Verdi was honored in the very city it was conceived,” said Mr. Nadeau.  “Thanks so much to everyone at MCNY Short Film Festival for supporting indie filmmakers everywhere.”

Accepting his prizes for Second place that night at the Festival was Nicholas Santos for his short film Ice Cream.  A Brooklyn filmmaker, Mr. Santos studied Cinema and Photography at Ithaca College where he developed his filmmaking style.

Rounding out Third Place in the Festival was Not Like the Commercials  by Gordon S. Williams, a filmmaker who is also Studio Operations Manager at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in the Department of Communication.  Mr. Williams said, “As a filmmaker, any time you are given the chance to show your work, you greatly appreciate the opportunity.  I hope that the MCNY Short Film Festival continues to give filmmakers an outlet to show their projects.  To have Not Like The Commercials screen at this festival and be selected as third prize winner is a great honor.”

The MCNY Annual Short Film Festival, which grew out a classroom project, has grown into an institutionalized platform for independent filmmakers, and provides real time project management experience for MCNY School for Business Media Management MBA students.  The students actively worked on branding, marketing and promoting the festival, soliciting film submissions, securing sponsors and established film professionals to judge the finalists as part of applied learning assignments built into their classroom studies.

The Feature Presentation at the Festival was Life Unscripted (Season 2), comprised of 6 webisodes filmed by teens for teens, produced by the Urban Actors Academy in collaboration with John F. Kenny High School for Digital Communications.  Written by MCNY Media Management MBA alumna and Urban Actors Academy founder, Maisha Azadi, Life Unscripted lets us hang out for the day with the students of L.I.F.E. Academy, where an average high school day at an urban high school is nothing close to average, and we are provided with a real life look into the students lives, as they frame issues, question their values and develop their individual perspectives, one day at a time.

On Thursday night, Keynote speaker, film and television executive Peter Anthony Andrews, gave a lively presentation, peppered with many stories of his experiences, from his time working on over 20 films as writer and producer with Belafante Enterprises, to programming some of television’s iconic shows like Chico and the Man, Quincy, Sanford & Son, Columbo, Police Woman and Little House on the Prairie during his tenure as Vice President of NBC Entertainment.  He graciously fielded questions from those in attendance at the festival and the interactive audience of the live stream of his presentation from as far as Denmark discussing all aspects of the business of the film and television industries as well as the impact of social media on film distribution and finance.

A number of sponsors, including Jambox Entertainment, the IFC Center, Cacica, Elite Market Management, Mika Japanese Cuisine & Bar and Social Cinema, LLC, joined MCNY School for Business in sponsoring the Festival and supporting the efforts of the students. As in past years, the Festival was proud to welcome Throwbax.com and Grave Shift Studios, to join returning Soi66 on the list of student companies supporting the Festival as sponsors as well.  Additional information, including winning films from prior years, is available on our website at www.mcny.edu/filmfestival.

CONTACT: Prof. Kristie Velasco 212-343-1234 or (917) 719-0293 or

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2 April

MCNY Annual Short Film Festival Announces Winning Festival Poster and Welcomes Event Sponsors Jambox Entertainment and IFC Center

New York, NY – April 1, 2013 – The Metropolitan College of New York School for Business Media Management MBA program is proud to announce the winner of the Inaugural MCNY Annual Short Film Festival Poster Competition, submitted

Winner Film Fest Poster Contest:
Arsenije Catic

by Arsenije Catic, a 3rd year undergraduate student of Interaction Design Department at Belgrade Metropolitan University, in Belgrade, Serbia.  In addition, the Festival is honored to welcome Jambox Entertainment and IFC Center among the list of sponsors of this year’s festival. Kristie Velasco, Program Coordinator of the Media Management MBA Program in the MCNY School for Business, said “This was our first poster competition, and we were excited to receive a number of excellent submissions.  It was close, but this image ultimately was the one our Media Management MBA students voted to represent the MCNY 4th Annual Short Film Festival.”  With the theme “Reflections of a Dream,” the festival is a two-day celebration of both the business and creative aspects of the film industry that continues to grow and expand into divergent media fields.  “We usually dream of what we see and what we know. Dreams are abstracts of our imaginations,” said Mr. Catic of his submission.  “My work represents this kind of dream — the dreams that are inward and outward.”

New sponsors have also joined corporate and community sponsors from past years in support of the students in their organizing efforts.  Jambox Entertainment was founded by Lee Evans, whose many accomplishments include work with singers Marc Anthony, Cyndi Lauper, Harry Belafonte, The Force M.D.s, Brass Construction, Rainy Davis, Afrikaa Bambaataa and a long list of dance Hip Hop and Latin freestyle favorites from the 80s and early 90s including artists Cyre and The Cover Girls.  Working with MCNY as a mentor and site supervisor for student internships at his recording studios, Mr. Evans said, “JAMBOX Entertainment is proud to be a sponsor of the MCNY 4th Annual Film Festival! We have always been a supporter of up and coming artists in the field pursuing their dreams. The MCNY Short Film Festival provides a much-needed platform for aspiring filmmakers to show their work, build their network, and meet professionals in their field. What a great opportunity!”

Opened in June 2005 in the historic Waverly Theater of the IFC Center, the ultimate entertainment space for New Yorkers seeking out thebest in independent film, has joined the number of community and corporate sponsors of the festival and has joined Jambox Entertainment in underwriting some of the prizes for the festival.   The festival, which grew out a classroom project, has developed into a platform for burgeoning filmmakers, and provides real time project management experience for the school’s media management MBA students.

Integral in the MCNY Purpose Centered Education teaching model is our Constructive Action, where in the MBA Programs, students conduct extensive business research, plan and begin implementing new media ventures in a myriad of fields.  As in past years, the Festival is proud to welcome Throwbax and Grave Shift Studios to join returning Soi66 on the list of student companies supporting the Festival as sponsors as well.

MCNY 4th Annual Media Management Short Film Festival is scheduled for 6-9pm on April 4 and 5 in the school’s 11th Floor Conference Center at 431 Canal Street, New York, NY, and will include a Keynote address by film and television executive Peter Anthony Andrews on Thursday, April 4 followed by the screening of the short film finalists on Friday, April 5. The event is free and open to the public.  Additional information, including winning films from prior years, is available on our website at www.mcny.edu/filmfestival                    

CONTACT: Prof. Kristie Velasco 212-343-1234 or (917) 719-0293 or


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1 April

Peter Anthony Andrews to Keynote MCNY 4th Annual Short Film Festival April 4, 2013


Peter Anthony Andrews,
President of Table 21 Films

The Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) School for Business Media Management Program is thrilled to announce that its Annual Short Film Festival will return for a fourth year on April 4th and 5thPeter Anthony Andrews, one of the most accomplished producers in 20th century film and television, will be the keynote speaker of this year’s festival.  Mr. Andrews began his career at Harry Belafonte Enterprises and went on to be the Vice President of NBC Entertainment.  His tenure at NBC resulted in numerous Emmy award-winning hit shows for the network, including Little House on the Prairie, Columbo and Chips. Andrews was also a Senior Vice President at Columbia Pictures, Executive Vice President of MHM Studios and a production consultant on the 1989 film Glory, starring Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick and Morgan Freeman.

Dr. Tilokie Depoo,
Dean, School for Business

The festival has become an annual opportunity for students to get practical, hands‑on experience in the business and management of planning and producing a multi-day film festival with a global reach,” says Dr. Tilokie Depoo, Dean School for Business.  “We are truly excited to welcome Mr. Andrews to speak about his experiences in film and television and provide insight into challenges facing filmmakers and business managers in these rapidly changing times in media.”

The two-day conference themed “Reflections of a Dream” will include a moderated movie industry and filmmakers panel on April 4 followed by the screening of the selected short films the next day.  On both days, the events begin at 6PM.  The festival is a forum to celebrate both the business and creative aspects of the film industry, as well as a space for those involved to greater master and learn their craft.  The event grew out a classroom project, developed into a platform for burgeoning filmmakers, and provides real‑time project management experience for the school’s media management MBA students.

“Since last semester, students have been working on aspects of planning, branding, and promoting the festival through various class projects, as well as soliciting sponsors and film submissions from national and international filmmakers,” says Prof. Kristie Velasco, Coordinator of the Media Management MBA Program for MCNY.

In addition to his other credits, Mr. Andrews has represented several major clients in finance, distribution, marketing and packaging content for global exploitation in all markets and media and is the founder and former director of the Warner Brothers Women and Minority Writers Workshop, the longest running and most successful workshop for writers in Hollywood history.  He currently runs Table 21 Films, an independent film production company that develops and produces narrative and documentary films.

MCNY’s “Reflections of a Dream” Short Film Festival is free and open to the public.  Additional information, including winning films from prior years, is available on our website at www.mcny.edu/filmfestival.

Contact:  Camille Gray (212) 219-7121  

 

 

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