The Fusion Film Festival, a student run organization at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts designed to develop and promote the work of women behind the camera, announced today that its Spring Alumni Showcase will be a screening of “UNDERGROUND,” the critically acclaimed hit series from WGN America, co-created, written, and executive produced by alumna Misha Green ’06 (B.F.A., Film & TV).

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The Fusion Film Festival, a student run organization at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts designed to develop and promote the work of women behind the camera, announced today that its Spring Alumni Showcase will be a screening of “UNDERGROUND,” the critically acclaimed hit series from WGN America, co-created, written, and executive produced by alumna Misha Green ’06 (B.F.A., Film & TV).

“UNDERGROUND” is a 10-episode series that tells the story of revolutionaries of the Underground Railroad who use their ingenuity, power, and perseverance to attempt the greatest escape in history despite the dire consequences that awaited them on the other side. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Green and the show’s star, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, who plays Rosalee. It will be moderated by Fusion’s faculty advisor and Green’s former teacher and mentor, NYU Tisch Professor, Susan Sandler.

The screening will take place Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, located at 721 Broadway, Theatre 006 (Lower Level). The event is free and open to the public, with seating on a first come, first served basis and will be followed by a reception for the artists and audience.

The Fusion Film Festival began in 2003 as an annual showcase of the work of women filmmakers, cinematographers, writers, and producers who were either students or alumni of New York University. Since then, it has grown into a year-long series of events bringing together a national community of women, both at NYU and in the industry, whose purpose is to encourage and support greater gender diversity in film and television. The Spring Alumni showcase highlights recent work by an alumna currently working in the industry, followed by a discussion with the alumna. Prior years’ showcases have included the work of Emily Harrold, Student Academy Award finalist for Reporting on the Times and Special Jury Selection from Tribeca FF, and Gordon Von Steiner, award winner for Personal at the Berlin Fashion Film Festival.

Misha Green pursued her BFA in Film and Television at Tisch from 2002-2006 and received Best Screenplay Award at the Fusion Film Festival. Since graduation, she has written episodes of various hit shows, including “Sons of Anarchy,” “Spartacus,” and “Heroes,” and she added producing to her resume with “Helix.” Green is the creator, writer and executive producer on “Underground, a project she pioneered with creator, writer and executive producer Joe Pokaski. “Underground” is executively produced by Green, Pokaski, John Legend, Akiva Goldsman, Tory Tunnell, Joby Harold, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius. Anthony Hemingway directs and executive produces.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell is an award-winning actress and activist. She was most recently seen on NBC’s critically-acclaimed series, “Parenthood,” for its fifth season, while concurrently co-starring in HBO’s “True Blood.” She co-stars alongside Robert DeNiro, Edgar Ramirez and Usher Raymond in the motion picture, Hands of Stone, due to be released later this year. She also starred in Tyler Perry’s 2013 film “Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor.” The actress was seen in the last two seasons of NBC’s Emmy Award Winning series Friday Night Lights. Shortly thereafter, she starred opposite Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connel in CBS’s The Defenders. Smollett-Bell starred in The Great Debaters with Forest Whitaker and Denzel Washington, who directed the drama. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Picture and the actress won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture.

In addition to acting and singing, Smollett-Bell is an activist and the youngest board member of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA), a nonprofit organization working in the US and South Africa to combat HIV/AIDS, advance human rights, and educate and empower children orphaned by AIDS as well as other at-risk youth. In 2010, Smollett-Bell completed an official U.S. mission for the U.S. State Department in which she was sent to Botswana, Swaziland and South Africa to conduct workshops with women and youth about activism and empowerment.

About Fusion Film Festival
The Fusion Film Festival is NYU Tisch’s premiere festival dedicated to celebrating the work of women in film, television and new media, from student to icon. In the 14 years since its launch, the student-run festival has been proud to attract accomplished artists such as this year’s honoree Christine Vachon, as well as Reed Morano, Kasi Lemmons, Julie Taymor, Maryse Alberti, Miranda July, Lena Dunham, Amy Heckerling, Barbara Kopple, Lauren Zalaznick, and Jane Campion. Beyond the multi-day annual showcase of work, Fusion also serves as a vital artistic community that explores ways to break down barriers that separate men and women in film and television, while creating valuable opportunities for collaboration, cross-promotion and mentorship. Fusion’s Alumni Network programming links current NYU Tisch students to artists who have moved through Fusion as filmmakers and activists. For more information, visitwww.FusionFilmFestival.com.

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