Meet YoungFilmmaker - Alexa Payesko - CONNECTED

Alexa's film Connected will be screening with YoungFilmmakers on April 12th at 8:15pm.


Alexa grew up with a passion for dancing and expressing her feelings through movement on the stage.

She was accepted into the Fine and Performing Arts Center Program to study Film/Video for the next four years in high school. It was during this time that her passion for storytelling drew her interest away from performance and toward filmmaking. Alexa used her ability to communicate emotion through dancing as a frame of reference for the skills she has developed as a writer and director. Through film, Alexa hopes to create stories that inspire others. Alexa currently attends The School of Visual Arts in New York, majoring in Film. Alexa created, produced, directed, and edit Connected.

1. I learned so much after creating 'Connected'. One of the most important lessons I learned was to make sure your audio is working correctly. As well as, to have someone be in charge of audio. I took on too many roles creating this documentary and I also learned that having a crew would have been much better. Sometimes you can do a documentary by yourself, but I regret not having a crew while creating 'Connected'.

2. The whole documentary was a challenge. Some examples are: Making sure the girls parents were o-k with their child being filmed, working with kids for the first time, creating an edit that worked for the audience to understand my documentary, and ect. I think the biggest challenge was taking all of my footage and editing all of it together to create a documentary that would be entertaining as well as knowledgeable.

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Brandon Ruckdashel

Brandon Ruckdashel is the Festival Director for YoungFilmmakers. He has been the Program Director for NewFilmmakers for the last three years and Marketing Director for six. Brandon is a filmmaker who is most well known for his acting work in the HBO series Co-Ed Confidential and numerous B-Movies. Brandon has worked with Roger Corman alumni Fred Olen Ray and Jim Wynorski along with a number of other very talented directors. Brandon's Directorial debut GRINDER will be out in theaters in 2016.

YoungFilmmakers screens quarterly in New York at Anthology Film Archives. Opened in 1970 by Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage, Anthology in its original conception was a showcase for the Essential Cinema Repertory collection. An ambitious attempt to define the art of cinema by means of a selection of films which would screen continuously, the Essential Cinema collection was intended to encourage the study of the medium’s masterworks as works of art rather than disposable entertainment, making Anthology the first museum devoted to film as an art form. The project was never completed, but even in its unfinished state it represented an uncompromising critical overview of cinema’s history, and remains a crucial part of Anthology’s exhibition program.