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Students to Play a Larger Role in 2006 Stories Festival

December 4, 2005

By Linda Lopez

The 2006 Stories from the Field film festival, now in production with its second annual event, is expanding its outreach to include New York students. The Festival’s organizers, hoping to build new audiences and attract more volunteers, will make a more concentrated effort this year to involve local schools and universities in its production.

Stories from the Field, the Second Annual United Nations Documentary Film Festival, is produced by the New York Chapter of MCA-I, in cooperation with the United Nations Department of Public Information and The New School. This year’s screenings will take place on April 22 and 23, 2006, at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium.

The Festival currently draws its volunteer force from among the MCA-I NY membership and the United Nations’s employees. This year it hopes to round out its team with a more youthful contingent.

Student Volunteers coordinator, Nicole Norton, a journalism major at Long Island City University and a public relations professional, will be the contact person for students who wish to volunteer or otherwise support the Festival. This will be Nicole’s second year as a volunteer and she’s eager to bring others on board.

“I enjoy building talent and connecting people to make things happen,” she says. “There are many students who have talent but get frustrated because they don’t have a proper outlet. Creativity can lead to many opportunities, and the United Nations Film Festival is a great way for students to put their creative talents to use.”

Nicole can be emailed at (removed) for more information.

Stories from the Field has also opened up its call for film entries to the general public. Entry guidelines, as well as other information about the event, can be found at (removed).

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