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Ivan Bukta

Columbia University

Film

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Ivan was born in Novi Sad, Serbia. Growing up through wars, poverty, and discrimination, he felt like an outsider in his own country. Following his passion and lifelong dream, he graduated summa cum laude from the Film program at City College of New York. For him, film represents both an art form and a compelling means of using narrative to affect change and foster social awareness. It is his conviction that storytelling has the power to change people's hearts and minds. Ivan has made eight short films to date, dealing with subjects ranging from AIDS to the U.S. immigration system and modern pop culture. As his B.F.A. Senior Thesis, he wrote a 50-page critical analysis of James Cameron's blockbuster Titanic. For his community service project, he began documenting the oral history of Point Foundation scholars. After completing an M.F.A. Film program at Columbia University School of the Arts, he will pursue his inveterate aspiration of working as a screenwriter and director in film and television. He is currently writing a couple of feature-length screenplays, a mystery thriller Adam Blackburne and an autobiographical Our Private Wars, which deals with his experience as a refugee during the NATO bombing of Serbia.

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