Natasha Johns-Messenger


The MFA program marked Johns-Messenger's shift into narrative film with an ultimate aim of combining her love of abstraction and experiential installation within narrative film. Blackwood her final graduate film- won 3 awards at the 2012 Columbia University Film Festival, including Alumni Award- Best Film, National Board of Review Prize and Adrienne Shelly Foundation Best Director. Blackwood premiered at the Warsaw Film Festival and has shown at over 35 film festivals and won numerous awards. Her first graduate film Off-Ramp won Best Student Film and Best Actress at LA International Underground Film Festival and has also shown at many festivals.