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White Plains Grad's Short Film Honored At Festival

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Victoria DeMartin was one of two Purchase College students recently honored by the Gotham Film Festival for her short film called “A Portrait of Diana White.”

DeMartin graduated from White Plains High School in 2010 and just completed her sophomore year at Purchase College’s School of Film and Media Studies. Her documentary on Diana White, a lifelong dancer who was selected to join the New York City Ballet at age 16, is an “express,” meaning it is less than three minutes.

DeMartin uses footage of White dancing with the New York City Ballet and, years later, teaching children ballet, in addition to candid interviews.

Jared Ray, who will be a sophomore in the film program, received the HBO/Gordon Parks Film Scholarship, which recognizes new talent and reinforces a mission to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great American filmmakers.

“We are thrilled to see honors on a national scale bestowed upon rising storytellers in our film program,” Dr. Michelle Stewart, chair of the School of Film and Media Studies at Purchase College, said in a statement. “These awards reinforce the technical and artistic proficiency that we work to foster at the college and I hope that Victoria’s and Jared’s achievements will further inspire our students to diligently pursue their training and dreams.”

This was the first year filmmakers outside of New York City were permitted to submit their work in the festival.

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