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Director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte Back In Albany With 'As You Are'

Miles Joris-Peyrafitte in WAMC's studio March 3, 2017.
Ian Pickus
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Miles Joris-Peyrafitte in WAMC's studio March 3, 2017.

I’ve been following the story of the independent film As You Are for many months now, and now that I’ve finally seen the movie, I’m thrilled to have the chance to ask its director and co-screenwriter about it. The film is based in and around the Capital Region, with references to Washington Park and another local radio station. But it’s not merely a fun game of Albany geography. With a backdrop of violence, it’s a serious, sober coming of age story about two emotional teens, their friends and their volatile families.

The movie won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Tonight marks its Albany premiere — at 7 p.m. at the Spectrum. It’s a benefit for the Youth FX program, which gave Miles Joris-Peyrafitte his start.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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