KNIGHTS IN NEWARK, a new film making its online premiere on Sloan Science & Film, stars a young girl (Lily Resto) with a vivid imagination. She secretly constructs a rooftop fort to protect her immigrant parents from an increasingly hostile neighborhood.

Directed by Nic Yulo, and written and produced by Christopher Abeel, the 12-minute film made its theatrical premiere at the 2018 Columbia University Film Festival. In addition to Lily Resto, KNIGHTS IN NEWARK stars Tony Award-winning actress LaChanze (THE HELP and THE COLOR PURPLE), and Martín Solá (Baz Luhrmann’s LA BOHEME).The film was made with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation through its partnership with Columbia University.

For some behind-the-scenes photographs, Science & Film visited the team as they were shooting in Harlem in July 2017.