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Harvey Alum's Film Up for an Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday, Sept. 22, that 14 students, including Harvey School alum Jared Peraglia, have been chosen as winners of the 49th Student Academy Awards competition. Jared, along with the other student winners from around the world, will participate in the Academy-sponsored in-person Oscar Awards ceremony Thursday, Oct. 20, at the David Geffen Theater in Los Angeles. His film, “Here to Stay,” listed in the category of Documentary Short Film, is now in the running for an Oscar.

Filmmaker and alum Jared Peraglia

Jared, a Cortlandt Manor native, graduated from Harvey in 2018 and went on to study film at New York University Tisch School of the Arts where he satisfied his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree requirement with the making of “Here to Stay.” The film is a 30-minute documentary chronicling the grassroots election campaign of a political novice, Giselle Martinez, a 23-year-old Mexican American woman who went on to win a seat on the Newburgh City Council earlier this year.

Jared was understandably thrilled about hearing his film is up for an Oscar. “It’s an honor to be recognized by the Academy and to be among such an inspiring lineup of student work,” said the 22-year-old filmmaker.

The Student Academy Awards competition received a total of 1,796 entries from 614 colleges and universities around the world. Jared and the other 2022 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award winners as Patricia Cardoso, Pete Docter, Spike Lee, Patricia Riggen and Robert Zemeckis.

“Here to Stay” will premiere at the Woodstock Community Center Friday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m. as part of the five-day celebration of the 23rd annual Woodstock Film Festival (WFF). Immediately following the screening of his film, Jared will conduct a Q/A. Tickets are available for purchase through the WFF website.

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