CCSU students bring life to the big screen

(WTNH) — There is so much talent in this state, and that includes Central Connecticut State University.

On Nyberg, we talk to three CCSU students who have made short films that are being showcased along with other New England college filmmakers.

One, called “The Act of Women,” is about a woman physically empowering other women and raising money for hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico. The other, “The Immigrant,” is about growing up poor in the U.S. from another country and trying to make it. Both are powerful in their own right.

“Stay with it, stay with it…Come on…And you just donated $50 and I know how hard you worked…We’re almost there, we’re almost there, let’s go, let’s go. Push, don’t stop, yeah! Just give me a call, $1,000…Just don’t stop, I don’t care how you gotta fix it, just don’t stop. You might be giving somebody an opportunity who wants to help and they don’t know how.”

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“I know that I feel proud, so proud every time I watch it. Like they said, I cried, like I cried, when I was editing it and I finally got to the end of the story and I put in that uplifting music and this is how it felt to be in that moment,” said producer Alex Wise.

“This film was like an emotional roller coaster because it was so much, like, good  things going on. But for them to do that because of the situation in Puerto Rico, it was heartbreaking,” stated producer Brandon Callende.

“Me seeing it is actually different from being in it because I can actually see the people actually working and I can see the love for their mastery, their craft that they have because they did it with much love and support for what we do,” stated actress Karla Medina.

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“The day I came to this country, I was cold. I guess I could have worn a sweater, but that day we left, we left with almost nothing, not even with all of many family in Peru,” one woman said in “The Immigrant.” “The minute you’re born, you’re given a category: ‘Mulatto.’ That’s what I was. I had curly hair, thick thighs, darker skin than most. I cooked every day. I cleaned and I knew how to dance. It was all I knew.”

“It’s hard. It’s hard when you’re not born in the United States and you come here with nothing, like, literally nothing,” explained producer Alexandra Murillo. “It’s hard to be stable, just reach stability when you are an immigrant or when you grow up poor in poverty in some way.”

The two films and others can be seen here.

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