New Milford High Student Selected for NYU's Prestigious Film School Workshop

A New Milford High School sophomore has been accepted into a 12-week program at one of the nation's elite film schools.

Credit: Denise Lester
Credit: Denise Lester

Sloan Lester, a sophomore at New Milford High School, began creating her own short films and cartoons at age 11 and was recently accepted into New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, Future Filmmakers Workshop Program.

The Future Filmmakers Workshop at Tisch identifies gifted students from traditionally underrepresented groups in the industry and provides them with an intensive 12-week training program during which all aspects of filmmaking are taught.

Lester’s application and interview process spanned four months and she was ultimately one of the 15 students, of 150 applicants from the Tri-State area, accepted.

The workshop meets every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Feb.1 – May 10. 

Sloan is self-taught in various movie editing programs and has attended animation and movie production classes at Bergen Academies After Hours Program, Elisabeth R. Morrow’s Summer Exploration Program and One River School.  

The Tisch School of the Arts was recently featured as the No. 3 film school in the county by the hollywoodreporter.com

Check back with Patch for more on Sloan Lester and her work. 

MT January 15, 2014 at 12:17 PM
Congratulations Denise. Way to go. New Milford is proud of you.
Darlene January 15, 2014 at 01:33 PM
Not sure if it's Denise Lester or Sloan Lester (the article seems to use both names interchangeably) but either way, congratulations! Sounds exciting!
Rob Heinemann January 15, 2014 at 02:20 PM
It's Sloan! Denise sent the picture.
MT January 15, 2014 at 03:55 PM
I was confused too. Congratulations Sloan.


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