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The reel world Brooklyn: New film school opens at Steiner Studios

First act: “The Fighter” director Darren Aronofsky was on hand at the opening of the Brooklyn College Barry R. Fierstein Graduate School of Cinema.
Photo by Jason Speakman

And they’re rolling!

Brooklyn College called “action!” on its new graduate film school at Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Tuesday.

The school is the first motion-picture-making academy in the country housed in a working film lot, which means students will get first-hand experience in showbiz and a foot in the door of the city’s movie and television industry while they’re studying, officials said.

“They get the opportunity to see the work being done and to do it themselves hands-on,” said Mayor DeBlasio, who helped cut the ribbon for the new school alongside local pols and college officials. “This is what’s going to make them so able to go right into this extraordinary job market around film and TV.”

The school also boasts a star-studded cast — “Repo Man” director Jonathan Wacks will be the institution’s new director, while Boerum Hill actor Ethan Hawke, “Magic Mike” director Steven Soderbergh, “Black Swan” director and Manhattan Beach native Darren Aronofsky, and Dumbo actor Fisher Stevens will serve on its advisory panel.

The inaugural class of 69 students will start studying at the school in the fall, and at least one local pol is already making awards-season predictions.

“I look forward to seeing the Emmys, Oscars, and other awards that this school’s future grads will amass,” said Borough President Adams.

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Reach reporter Harry MacCormack at hmaccormack@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow him on Twitter @HMacBKPaper.

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