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Conrad & The Steamplant

WINTER FILM AWARDS 2016 NOMINEE - NY PERSPECTIVES AWARD

  • 2015
  • United States
  • 8 mins
  • English

Documentary Film Competition

Dustin Cohen
Greencard Pictures
Conrad Milster

Conrad Milster, Pratt Institute’s chief engineer, has worked in the Brooklyn power plant nearly his entire adult life. Starting as a mechanic in 1958, he later became one of only four chief engineers in the plant’s 127-year history, taking over the official duties in 1965. He’s been there ever since. For the last six decades, Milster (now 79 years old) has lovingly maintained the nineteenth century steam engines that provide heat and hot water to Pratt’s campus. “We have our hands full,” says Milster. “If the plant stops in the winter, Pratt stops.” In addition, Conrad is the person behind the infamous “Pratt Cats,” responsible for the 12-14 felines that wander the campus and call the steam plant home.

Born and raised in California, Dustin Cohen moved to New York 10 years ago to pursue filmmaking and photography, and now calls Brooklyn home. His curiosity for people and stories has him shooting for Rolling Stone, ESPN, Stella Artois, Canon, and his films have been recognized by the International Motion Arts Awards, and have screened at Cinequest and the Brooklyn Film Festivals amongst others.

About Winter Film Awards

Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated celebration of the diversity of local and international film-making. Our Mission is to recognize excellence in cinema and to promote learning and artistic expression for people at all stages of their artistic careers with a focus on nurturing emerging filmmakers and helping them gain recognition and contacts to break into this difficult industry. We pride ourselves on our diverse collection of Festival selections, allowing our audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn’t think to seek out. WFA is a minority- and women-owned registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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