Reshad Kulenovic (COM ’11), who co-wrote the screenplay for Snovi with Jonathon Myers (GRS ’07), spent eight months flying back and forth from Boston to Bosnia to scout for and shoot his short film. Kulenovic’s debut effort has also earned him an extraordinary distinction. The film was recently selected by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences as a finalist for a Student Academy Award.

The film is based on the short story “Dreams,” by John Bernstein, a College of Communication associate professor and director of the Screenwriting Program. From BU Today:

It was after arriving in the United States as a 12-year-old refugee that Kulenovic became interested in filmmaking. He eventually attended the University of Rhode Island, studying international business and film media, before coming to BU for graduate work in filmmaking. He credits the COM program with helping him discover new influences and showing him the potential of narrative storytelling. “You see what film can do, all the possibilities that film has,” he says.

A screenwriting course taught by Bernstein was especially influential, he says, shaping his perception of how a script works. “He taught the basics of screenwriting, but was also open to experimental cinema. We combined classic storytelling with the kind that pushes the limits of what narrative can do,” Kulenovic says.

“Reshad is an extraordinary young artist blessed with a unique voice and vision,” Bernstein says. “Snovi is one of the most visually stunning films I have ever seen here at BU.”

Read the rest of the story in BU Today.

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