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Boris Tsessarsky teaches in the First-Year writing program at MSU and Rutgers-Newark. He is a writer and a filmmaker. Boris's first film, "King's Highway: the Story of Malcolm Fairfield," is a documentary about a theater ghost that premiered at the 2016 NYC Independent Film Festival. It subsequently screened at the 2017 Grove Film Fest, the 2017 Long Island International Film Expo, and the 2017 Chain NYC Film Festival where Boris was awarded Best Director of a Short Documentary. In 2018 he directed a short film version of Shakespeare's Sonnet 78, as part of the Shakespeare Sonnet series. In 2019, he co-founded with PaulA Neves, Parkway North Productions. Currently he is directing and co-producing his first full-length film, a hip-hop documentary set in Northern New Jersey. Boris received his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.