Last September, New York Film Academy Documentary graduate, Louisa Merino, won the honor of representing New York City in Seimens’ Big International CityStories project for her thesis film, Andre’s River. The award included full funding for a short documentary about environmental sustainability in the city; and the one-on-one mentorship of Academy Award winning documentary director, Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth). Now, Louisa is highlighted on CNN.
Louisa Merino left Mexico less than two years ago to study Documentary Filmmaking at the New York Film Academy in New York City. There, her thesis film, LIFELINE (soon to enter the festival circuit), attracted an independent producer, $10,000 in Kickstarter contributions, and subjects that ranged from an Oscar-winning writer and director team to Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe.
Within a year of graduating, Louisa has cut a feature documentary; been selected for the prestigious privilege of serving as the State of Guerrero, Mexico’s Minitemporalidad’s Visiting Filmmaker; taught film editing in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Art and Film” course, and has been hired as David Lynch Foundation’s editor. – CNN
“It was an important and great experience,” says Merino. “I want to say thank you to my wonderful crew for all of your help and support, including [NYFA Documentary Chair] Andrea Swift for being there for me all the way!”