2018 Improfilm Festival
OLIVIA VORDENBERG is multi-talented. She is a makeup artist and a model in addition to being an actress and enjoys adding similar depth to her characters while working. The opportunity to work with Films Without Scripts (FWOS) is unique for her because she has the chance to develop to influence the outcome of a film through her personal development of a character, a highlight of the acting process for her. She draws inspiration from the beauty and simplicity around her, including her friends and family, even from certain songs, as well as the dedication that Benedict Cumberbatch brings to each of his role’s, marking him as of Olivia’s favorite actor. She strives for her work to speak of women’s rights, equality. She’s interested in “making other people’s voices heard and telling stories that are reflective of truth and love.” She’s known she’s wanted to act since she played Miss Hannigan in Annie at eight years old and continues to play all kinds of characters from a vampire to nightclub act Reno Sweeney. Olivia graduates from the Pace University BFA Acting program in May of this year.
NOLAN LUNSFORD is wandering freely, taking advantage of opportunities as they come by. However, he has made a deliberate decision to participate in Films Without Scripts (FWOS) because he’s mostly done theater, and now he’s dared himself to experience working in front of a camera lens. Nolan catches inspiration easily from what’s around him and his drive for acting stems from his appreciation for storytelling, and he may also be influenced from his favorite actor, “powerhouse” John C. Reilly. The acting process can be a challenge because as an actor he has limited input, but the reward of helping a viewer experience happiness or laughter is worth it for him. Nolan will be graduating from the Pace University BFA acting program in May of this year. With the FWOS project, he says he hopes to “bring to life,” on stage and screen, “the people the people and communities I come from” while expressing his interest in areas of youth empowerment, social justice, and immigrant communities.
Oscar Naspud, a student filmmaker from Queens, has been perusing his passion for film since he was young. His Uncle was a movie buff who had shared a wealth films with him while he was growing up and begot his initial interest. He grew to love the film The Godfather and Marlon Brando as The Godfather and admires directors like Quentin Tarantino. Now, as a student of film at CCNY, he’s looking forward to perfecting his craft, creating insightful work and earning the Academy Award for Best Director by the time he’s 31.
The hardest thing about the filmmaking process is starting it, according to Oscar. Finding that perfect idea and knowing that it’s really what you want to say can always be a challenge. But he says inspiration is all around us if you just look. And then, once he’s found that inspiration, Oscar can begin to cultivate it.
For his project for the Films Without Script program Oscar has drawn his inspiration from minorities in the United States and their unheard stories. As a minority student himself, Oscar has been moved to action by the countries current social-political climate to create a film that highlights topics he feels are important and often not addressed in film.
Oscar will be presenting his film, this May 26, 2018, at the Films Without Scripts Film Festival at the Made In Ny Media Center along with his peers from CCNY’s film program and student actors from Pace University. Come out and support the upcoming generation of film stars!
Alec got his start in acting when he was 11 or 12 years old. He had to play a man hallucinating about a unicorn in a middle school production of A Thurber Carnival. He’s still working on shaking that performance, apparently people still remember.
Alec is a creator through and through. His favorite thing about making a film is that he’s always getting to create new things. He loves bringing new characters and stories to life. He likes to work a project over again and again until he realizes all of its potential.
Now Alec is a Science Fiction fan. His favorite directors include George Miller -the creator behind the Mad Max series- Sam Esmail -the creator of Mr. Robot. But he already has a diverse portfolio of work from student films and plays to professional works including a production of COCK by Mike Bartlett.
For his Films Without Scripts project, Alec is hoping to address issues of the misconception and perception of low income people. Drug dealers, he says, can have hearts of gold while doing something that the majority of society would consider a vice. But likewise, the most well put together person could be a total mess on the inside. “Never judge a book by its cover”, Alec says.
Alec will be presenting his film, this May 26, 2018, at the Films Without Scripts Film Festival at the Made In Ny Media Center along with his peers from CCNY’s film program and student actors from Pace University. Come out and support the upcoming generation of film stars!