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Rennert Student Wins Award at the Tribeca Film Festival

Enrique Begne, a film director from Mexico, returned to Rennert to further his English language studies while he was in New York City for the Tribeca Film Festival. Begne's first film, "Dos Abrazos" (Two Embraces) won the 2007 Best New Narrative Filmmaker Award recently at the prestigious festival, founded by actor Robert DeNiro. "Dos Abrazos" is the story of four troubled individuals trying to find hope through new love relationships. The film also won Begne the best Mexican filmmaker award at the 22nd annual Guadalajara International Film Festival, which is considered the most prestigious film festival in Latin America.

The Tribeca Film Festival is a highlight of the Rennert off-campus activities calendar. Nearly two dozen Rennert students worked as volunteers at the festival this year. Momoko Mieda, a producer of television commercials in Japan, was one of the Rennert volunteers hoping to see new films and rub elbows with stars and enthusiastic new filmmakers. Momoko loved the multicultural nature of the festival and said she saw many films that moved her and expanded her thinking. Other Rennert students declared it a "once-in-a-lifetime" experience and were grateful to Rennert teacher, Brad Nield, for arranging and organizing the volunteer opportunity.

June 2007

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