Jared Ray was born and raised in the Bronx, New York and is a graduate of St. Raymond’s Elementary School. He was 12 years old when he created his first story which was a comic book drawn in stick figure form. In his Junior year of high school, Jared made the decision to pursue a career as a filmmaker. Jared joined the Ghetto Film School in the summer of 2010. His 6-mInute short film, “In Darkness,” screened at Lincoln Center in September 2010 and won one of three Lincoln Center Grand Jury Prizes. In January 2011, Jared was one of 7 students picked to attend the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and got to fully experience all of the festivities surrounding it. His thesis script, “Prank,” was chosen as Ghetto Film School’s 2011 Thesis Project, and was shot in Shanghai, China. Jared currently attends college at Purchase College/SUNY’s highly regarded film conservatory from where he will graduate in 2015. “Prank” debuted at the HBO Theater last month to a full audience.SEE HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS EVENT
Rebecca Iasillo, a rising senior in the Purchase College School of Art+Design’s photography program, received the Nikon Gordon Parks Photography Scholarship awarded by the Gordon Parks Foundation to honor a photography student whose work reflects the passion, vision, and humanity of Gordon Parks. She received the scholarship in 2011 and 2012. Rebecca is originally from Fishkill, NY. Her photographic work is a critique of the suburban culture. She strives to create a strange sense of irony with the subject matter. Unlike many artists attracted to this same subject, she is not interested in conveying something necessarily negative, rather she is attempting to look clearly and carefully at the place where she was born and pay respect to her roots. She says, “Wherever I may end up in the future, I will always be inextricably tied to my home. It is this inescapable, undeniable bond that I wish to highlight.”SEE HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS EVENT
This scholarship recognizes new talent that is coming out of the Ghetto Film School in the Bronx, New York where the mission is to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great American storytellers.MORE
Last spring as students registered for their upcoming courses, they read an unfamiliar title being offered by the art history department. It was simply called 'Gordon Parks.' Who was Gordon Parks? And why was an entire course devoted to learning about a man most had never heard of before? The objective was to dig beneath the surface and to understand Gordon Parks the artist and his place in twentieth century photography, film-making and writing. But it was also a course that would take a journey through Parks' personal story of a poor black man living in a white world - a world filled with bigotry and hatred, but a world in which Parks would ultimately rise to the top by allowing his creativity and imagination to overcome adversity.MORE
Chiara Marinai is the first recipient of the Nikon/Gordon Parks Scholarship. She is a BFA Photography degree candidate in the School of Art+Design. The grant helps cover the tuition for a student at Purchase College/SUNY in the School of Art and Design. “What an incredible man,” sais Chiara about Gordon Parks. “The scholarship has motivated me to work harder on what I love most: photography.” Chiara has also volunteered to work as an intern at the foundation. She was the recipient of the scholarship the following year. In 2011, the scholarship was awarded to Rebecca Iasillo, a senior at Purchase College. Her photographic work is a critique of the suburban culture and she strives to create a strange sense of irony with the subject matter.