Along with practical knowledge, USF provided
strange,” Andy said. “Did they think I was a
support and vision. “USF developed me into a
robot? I didn’t understand I’d won at the time.
storyteller,” Andy said.
Then suddenly they were telling me, ‘Con-
After graduating from USF, he decided to apply to film schools in Los Angeles and New
gratulations! We’re flying you to Sundance to accept the award and show your movie!’”
York for graduate school. After much delib-
He did not know what to expect in Park
eration about several acceptance letters, he
City, Utah, home of the Sundance Film
chose Columbia University. For several years
Festival. He hoped he would be put in the
now he has been making films and furthering
corner of the room so he could watch and
his career in film production while working
not feel so out of place in the large ball-
toward his master’s.
room of dressed up professionals. Instead,
His senior thesis film project, “Boomerang,” a short film highlighting the inner struggle a man has during a breakup with his girlfriend,
he was at a table seated with his brother, a mysterious man, another mystery woman, and the host, Anthony Mackie.
is his most recent success. His goal was to
The table talked to each other and did not
satisfy academic requirements and, instead,
take notice of these younger boys sitting with
he ended up winning the Playboy Short Series
them. Finally Andy found the courage to ask,
Bombay Sapphire Imaginative Filmmakers
“Who are you?” He was surprised to find him-
Spotlight Contest, as well as $3,500.
self sitting with the CEO and COO of Playboy.
“I received an email asking about the details
He was stunned; he looked around and won-
and qualifications of my movie. Then I was
dered, “Who else am I sitting with?” All these
asked to go on Skype to further discuss the
dressed up people around him looked like
requirements of my film, which I thought was
they could be his neighbors. Later he found a
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