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HCC filmmaker premieres “Dissonance” at Cannes

Houston director’s romance/thriller screens at international film festival

HOUSTON [July 5,2012] Natasha Fissiak, an alumni of the Houston Community College filmmaking program, recently debuted the film “Dissonance” at the 2012 Cannes March du Film. Fissiak, a Russian-American director, directed the film alongside many of her HCC classmates who served as cast and crew members.

“Dissonance” takes us into the dark world of Troy (Kevin Dowd) who meets Marina (Karina Junker) many years after the end of their romance. The encounter triggers a resurgence of strong chemistry between them and Troy’s obsession to rekindle the romance at any cost. He stalks Marina and plans to destroy her marriage.

Fissiak produced and directed “Dissonance” into a 35-minute featurette that was a winner of Best Short Competition and Official Selection at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.

“Dissonance” is Fissiak’s fifth featurette and twelfth production. Prior to narrative films, she directed and produced documentaries and music videos. Fissiak’s orginial career path, however, was not in film production. A graduate of Southern Methodist University (SMU), Fissiak holds bachelor degrees in business and foreign languages. She also studied piano performance and speaks Spanish, Russian, French and English.

After graduating from college, Fissiak worked as a Senior Consultant for Arthur Anderson, Deloitte and Touche and BMC Software, and in each position, she traveled internationally analyzing business systems. In 2007, Fissiak decided to open her heart and mind to her creative desires and began taking filmmaking classes at the HCC Spring Branch campus. Soon thereafter, Fissiak devoted herself full time to her film work.

Fissiak praises HCC faculty for their guidance their assistance with connections in the industry that led to her successful filmmaking career.

“You know what you want to do, but you don’t know how to get there,” Fissiak said about her initial exploration into filmmaking. “HCC taught me how to get into the business. I also learned all of the skills from directing, cinematography, lighting, editing and production management.”

Rick Harrington, HCC filmmaking faculty member, said that students learn every arm of the film production industry, giving them experience that will weigh heavily in their favor when looking for a job. “As much as you can stand, you can gain,” Harrington said. “In the movie business, the more you practice your craft, the better you will become at doing your job.”

Fissiak is thankful for the opportunity HCC provided for her. She will soon start pre-production on a feature film currently in development titled the “Empress of Texas.”

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“When you have a dream or seed inside of you, you don’t know if that dream will come true. You need someone to nurture and water it so it will become a beautiful green plant,” Fissiak said.

For more information about filmmaking at HCC, call 713.718.5620.

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Russian-American filmmaker Natasha Fissiak poses with her film’s poster at the Cannes Film Festival in France. An alumni of HCC’s filmmaking program, Fissiak’s film “Dissonance” was a winner of Best Short Competition and Official Selection at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.

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