CommArts student short film accepted at the Film Festival • Communication and media arts • Marymount Manhattan College

Cinema, television and emerging media, the film by Ebro Marrero, American pulp, was accepted to the 2020 Dominican Film Festival. Written and directed earlier this year for independent study with Professor of Communication Arts Laura Tropp, Ph.D., American pulp examines the decisions a man faces when meeting a potential school shooter.

Marrero got the idea while enrolled in Assistant Professor Erin Greenwell’s program COMM 353: scripting Classes. “We always hear about those horrific school shootings, but never from the person who could have potentially stopped the act,” Marrero wrote in an email. “I knew there was a story there and wanted to focus on all the culprits, not just the lopsided individual.”

American pulp is the second film written and directed by Marrero that has been accepted at the Dominican Film Festival. In 2018, The Devil’s Courier was presented at the AMC Theater in Times Square as part of the festival. The Devil’s Courier won the jury award for best short film in its category.

“It’s a feeling of humility,” said Marrero, reflecting on accepting a second film at the film festival. “This time around, the festival will be held online due to COVID-19, but that does not alleviate the sense of humility or take away the great exposure that accompanies the festival. ”

“I would like to thank Professor Tropp, Professor Greenwell, Professor Schaefer, Kat Wood and all of MMC’s Communication and Media Arts departments for the vast knowledge they have instilled in me and for the continued support of their incredible faculty, ”Marrero mentioned. “They are the best team of teachers in MMC, but I am biased. ”

The 2020 Dominican Film Festival will run from October 20 to 25. American Pulp ticket sales and premiere date will be announced shortly.

Congratulations Ebro for this wonderful achievement!

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