Santana made the documentary last year as a student in the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) 12-Week, Filmmaking Intensive program (scps.nyu.edu/film). The program, which is offered by the NYU-SCPS Department of Film, Video, and Broadcasting, provides students with the knowledge base and skills needed to create a film from initial story to final cut. During the course of her study, she received rigorous hands-on training in 16mm film production, including cinematography, nonlinear editing, and audio recording.
”Face Blind” profiles 25-year-old Rebecca and 65-year-old James, two sufferers of prosopagnosia (also known as “face blindness”), a rare disorder that prohibits the brain from recognizing faces. Santana interviewed members of James' family, as well as medical experts, as she explored this little-understood affliction and its effects on everyday life.
A television news editor in her native Sao Paulo, Santana became interested in the subject while an editor for a respected Brazilian science magazine. She will be available to the media for interviews about her film and its subjects.
Larissa Santana, documentary filmmaker
“Face Blind,” a featured selection of “Shorts: DOC NYU & DOC NYC,” part of DOC NYC
Thursday, November 3 at 4 p.m.
IFC Film Center
323 Avenue of the Americas
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