Past Recipients Student Testimonials  

Jackie Stone is currently a MFA candidate at New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. She has been a creatively prolific writer, having written a novel, Inheritance, a poetry book, Braille and Other Love Poems, and a short story collection.

In addition to prose and poetry writings, Smith has directed a documentary "Everyday Things," and a narrative, "The Dying Color." Smith is the recipient of the Martin Scorsese Scholarship, Semi Finalist for the Showtime Visions from Ground Zero September 11th Production Fund, The Vague Production Award, Warner Brother's Production Award, and the Kodak Production Award for her short "The Dying Color". Before enrolling in film school, Smith worked in the non profit sector as a Fellow in New York City's Urban Fellowship Program. For Smith, film, is another vehicle to do social work.

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