CCNY Student Makes Short Film About America’s First Supermodel, Buried in Oswego County – Oswego County Today

Still from “Dear Audrey”

OSWEGO COUNTY — Nehir Onay is a Turkish filmmaker who moved to New York to pursue her education and career aspirations in 2019, a century after Audrey Munson.

Dear Audrey, Short Documentary Poster

Audrey Munson was the first American model, the first actress to appear nude in a major motion picture, and an advocate for the rights of women artists who published a series of newspaper articles in the 1920s titled “Queen of the Artists’ Studio “. No wonder Nehir came across many Audrey Munson sculptures in New York, such as on top of the Municipal Building, MET Museum, Straus Park and many more, during his thesis research for the Film MFA program of the CCNY.

She was struck by Audrey, an artist ahead of her time and long forgotten, now buried in Oswego. The filmmaker was impressed with the relevance of certain aspects of Audrey’s story to today’s world of art and entertainment and immediately began researching her life.

Contributing names include Andrea Geyer, multidisciplinary artist and author of the book “Queen of the Artists’ Studios” and Justin White, Oswego County historian.

Dear Audrey seeks to uncover who Audrey Munson really was – an actress, muse and writer who was lost to history but whose image honors and investigates the human desire to remember and leave a mark on the world through Arts. The documentary unfolds in a participatory manner, incorporating the filmmaker’s own experiences and emotional perspective on the subject into the film.

It is a combination of Audrey Munson’s own words and excerpts from her interviews. The film also features Audrey Munson’s only surviving film work “Purity (1916)”, a play considered scandalous at the time of its release. The journey ultimately leads the young filmmaker to the rediscovery of her artistic identity.

Dear Audrey had a private screening at CCNY’s Citivisions Showcase and jurors described the film as follows: “Dear Audrey is a beautifully thought-out love letter that rescues a woman who dared to push boundaries from obscurity. cultural. It elevates and celebrates contributions to New York art, architecture, and culture; and seamlessly integrates a treasure trove of archival material with the filmmaker’s first-person musings.

The film is currently in festival and will be available to the public in 2023.

Filmmaker Nehir Onay receives an award for Dear Audrey

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