Students Honored to Screen Work at Norwalk Film Festival

Six Norwalk Community College students are honored to have their work selected for screening at the 2nd Norwalk Film Festival. All six of the students are enrolled in the college’s Film and Television program.

Most of the NCC student films will be screened in the Festival’s Educational Block from 10am-12pm on Saturday, December 18th at the Factory Underground in Norwalk. The films include documentary and fictional content. Students Don Duquene and Franko Cruz will showcase the documentary Surmount about how the J.M. Wright Technical High School in Stamford navigated the COVID-19 pandemic. Ashley Smith’s documentary about the Norwalk Art Space highlights the city’s new equity-orientated arts resource. A documentary by Guzman Gonzalez, Similar Kind, tells the story of the eponymous pop band and its rise. The final documentary of the group is PierSimon Magnifico’s Somewhere in Long Night about the work of an EMT.

Two fiction films are also represented in the film festival. Michael Curtis’ Alone is a short tale of loneliness and longing. It will be screened in the Educational Block. PierSimon Magnifico’s second film selected for the festival, Pain and Poverty, appears in the festival’s College Shorts program on Sunday, December 19th from 11am-1pm at the Factory Underground. The humorous film is a story about stomach pain and financial pain.

The Norwalk Community College student projects appearing in the festival represent the high quality of work and marked talent found within the college’s Film and Television area. All production classes are currently taught by Assistant Professor Julie Casper Roth and housed within the Communication Arts program.

Details about screenings, tickets, and locations can be found on the Norwalk Film Festival website:

Photo by Julie Casper Roth. L to R: Michael Curtis, Don Duquene, Ashley Smith, Franko Cruz, PierSimon Magnifico. Missing: Guzman Gonzalez