Yasmine Rana Wins N.J. State Arts Council 2015 Fellowship

Yasmine-2 The New Jersey State Council on the Arts has announced their 2015 Artist Fellowship Award recipients.  The Council focused on the categories of crafts, photography, and play writing this year.  Yasmine Rana (pictured left), as the top winning playwright, has been awarded a grant of $11,500.

Congratulations Yasmine!

For the full story, follow the link HERE The story begins in the second paragraph.

Susan Sandler Noted for Fusion Film Festival: NYU Students Celebrating Women in Film

NYU Students Celebrate Women Film Fusion

Lucy Ross, Natalie Erazo, Susan Sandler, Nicole Quintero Ochoa, left to right.

The three-day event is about more than new works from the NYU community. Fusion also gives students and participants a chance to hear from the likes of “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, “Rizzoli & Isles” creator Janet Tamaro and HBO exec Doris Casap at panels and events. There’s also a “woman of the year” prize that will be awarded to “Frozen River” cinematographer and NYU alum Reed Morano.

“It’s a chance for our students to meet with people they admire and look ahead at what they might want to do,” said  Susan Sandler, who noted that many of the established talent are willing to come back on their own dime because “it’s a very satisfying thing to mentor people.”

Read the full article HERE from Variety.