It’s wracking up honors and sending chills down spine of the festival circuit. And it might even help change the world a little bit. In its two brief months on the festival circuit, Wrong Kind of Love has already been officially selected a festival favorite by The American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs, won the Special Director’s Prize at the Taos Shortz International Film Festival and had its Spanish-lensed cinematography showcased by Centro Espanol, NY in its Multimedia Short Film Festival.
None of this surprises NYFA Documentary Department Chair, Andrea Swift, who points out that “director, Bianca Zanini’s (Doc NY ’11) outstanding thesis made excellent use of the unique access she was able to gain to 29-year-old homicide convict, Brigitte Harris in Bedford Hills Maximum Security Prison – and of the remarkable eye of her cinematographer, Eliana Alvarez Martinez (Film NY ’08).”
An emotionally and visually powerful drama, WRONG KIND OF LOVE explores the intriguing and complex story of how a shy young woman ended up serving time for her father’s death. Its a short but intense journey that will make you question your own judgment and may even make you rethink your notions of right and wrong.
Next to partying with Oliver Stone at the American Documentary Festival, what was director, Bianca Zanini’s favorite part of the process? The NYFA Documentary Program. Zanini grew up in Denmark and Brazil and worked as a professional print journalist and at the UN for a short while before discovering NYFA. She tells us that “in a search to connect more with my own generation’s choice of media, I found myself wanting to focus on documentaries, combining my skills from journalism with the more visual and creative elements of documentary storytelling. After a Master’s Degree in Journalism, NYFA’s 1-year, hands-on, intense documentary program was just what I was looking for! I loved my year as a doc-student here and if it wasn’t for the program, I wouldn’t have had the possibility of making, The Wrong Kind of Love.”
Cinematographer, Eliana Alvarez comes from Spain, where she “left everything behind to come to the New York Film Academy. I took a big risk to do what I really wanted to do. And it has been the best decision I ever made in my life. My year at NYFA was incredible and I met so many people from all around the world. I had my hands on the camera almost every day and I guess that’s what made me the Cinematographer I am now.”
Still to be seen: Can this little gem of a film and its transmedia campaign to support Brigitte Harris help her when she’s presented for parole on May 1st? You may be able to influence the answer to that question.
Check out https://www.facebook.com/TheWrongKindOfLove to learn more about the film and, if you choose, to show your support for Brigitte. You can also learn more about the director at: www.biancazanini.com and about the director of photography at: www.elianaalvarez.com