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BFA filmmaking student LuisDiego Millan was cast as a background actor in the film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s Broadway musical In the Heights. Despite 14+ hour workdays, Millan says he couldn’t stop smiling.
“The film … is heavily themed with family and togetherness in the Latinx community. Most of the other background actors weren’t there for money or free food… I was surrounded by other Latinx people and felt that deep-rooted feeling of community love even after the camera stopped rolling.” That, and meeting Miranda “I was star-struck—he is one of my biggest idols,” Millan says. “He is a super down-to-earth, chill guy.”
Andrea Pfaff and Sam Spencer
“They had a vibrancy and excitement about life, even though the reason I was there was to talk about how difficult their lives had become. They were still living life. They hadn’t let go.” – Andrea Pfaff (left)
BFA filmmaking alum Andrea Pfaff and current student Sam Spencer were featured on Work of Art: The Mason Gross Podcast. The two were involved in the creation of the collaborative Dance | Parkinson’s video from the Rutgers Filmmaking Center’s Documentary Film Lab. The film explores the Dance and Parkinson’s program operated by the Mason Gross Dance Department.