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Meet the team


We're a band of young filmmakers who believe in the power of digital media to change the world.

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Meet the team


We're a band of young filmmakers who believe in the power of digital media to change the world.

ZANDER COWEN

CO-FOUNDER

Zander Cowen likes to tell real stories through documentary films that explore the world around him. He strives to find the emotion in everyday life, and his passion for good design has influenced the creative process at Pelham Island Pictures. Cowen loves speaking with his local community to find the most compelling stories. He is studying film and political science at Bard College in New York.

JACOB SUSSMAN

CO-FOUNDER

Jacob Sussman is a Film Studies major at Wesleyan University (CT) who is passionate about digital media, interactive arts, and the potential of storytelling to accomplish social impact.  At Wesleyan, he founded and serves as Creative Director of Cardinal Pictures, a student-run production house that receives $8,000 in annual funding and supports nearly 20 student works each year.  His work has been recognised three years concurrently in the Arlington International Film Festival, where he has received Best Narrative film and Honorable Mention awards in the student category.  In the summer of 2015, he was awarded a $4,000 Summer Experience Grant by Wesleyan University to support the production of a documentary film at Parque Ambue Ari in Bolivia.

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How we started


Pelham Island Pictures was founded in a journalism class by two high school seniors.

How we started


Pelham Island Pictures was founded in a journalism class by two high school seniors.

OUR STORY

In the spring of 2013, Pelham Island Pictures was birthed in a high school journalism class between two multimedia focused seniors.

As classmates, the two students began collaborating on documentary-style videos for their high school's online news publication, the Wayland Student Press Network. Their work drew the principal's attention, who asked them to prepare a short film about the high school to be screened on 8th Grade Parents Night. The production brought the two filmmakers closer together, and confirmed their collaborative potential.

After screening the film to much acclaim, Jacob and Zander were contacted by the SuRAB Athletics Corporation to produce a film about Phillip Schoening's cross country bike ride across America. So began the first official Pelham Island Pictures production. 

Since their first collaborations together as high school students, Pelham Island Pictures has expanded rapidly. The company has completed work for corporations and universities, received press in local newspapers, and garnered hundreds of views on their online portfolio. 

Phillip Schoening mounts his bicycle before heading off for a bike ride.

Jacob and Zander at their high school graduation. 

Shooting for their short film "The Cyclist".