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Kunga Choephel ’23 Selected For Competitive Apprenticeship

The inaugural apprenticeship program piloted by Storyline offers a full-time paid position.

Filmmaker Kunga Choephel ’23 was selected for the inaugural Storyline Apprenticeship program—one of two from a pool of more than 230 candidates.

See Kunga Choephel in Storyline’s video.

The ten-month, full-time apprenticeship program is a paid job opportunity combining customized mentorship, hands-on instruction, workshops, and on-the-job training with the Storyline team working as an entry-level producer.

Storyline piloted the program to fill a critical career development gap existing for emerging artists traditionally underrepresented in the fields of nonfiction storytelling.

“Courtney and Kunga were selected from an extremely competitive pool of 236 candidates who applied through our open call,” writes Storyline.

“We were blown away by the caliber of the applications we received. The level of interest affirms the need for a program like this.”

Storyline is a non-profit, artist-led, collaborative production company.

Hailing from Queens, NY, Choephel is a director/cinematographer whose work carries strong undercurrents of identity and family. By pulling inspiration from his hyper-specific and unique experiences as a Tibetan immigrant living in America, he hopes to explore the universal lows and highs that everyone faces.

Choephel is part of ARE WE THERE YET?a full-service film production company based in Queens with a team of filmmakers including Tobiáš Nikl ’23 (Film), Blake Albano ’23 (New Media), and Desta Mutisya ’23 (Film).

Choephel’s work previously screened at the NFFTY Festival and the TIDE Film Fest.