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Loyola University New Orleans Alumnus Makes Directorial Debut with The Cage Fighter

Loyola press release - October 11, 2017

Loyola University New Orleans alumnus and award-winning artist Jeff Unay ’00 makes his directorial debut with The Cage Fighter, feature film about an aging MMA competitor struggling to stay in the game. In town for the New Orleans Film Festival, Unay will celebrate with the Loyola University New Orleans community by hosting a free screening of the much buzzed-about documentary at Loyola on Friday evening, followed by a Q and A session in which he discusses his four years of work on the film and what he learned.

The free screening of The Cage Fighter starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13 in Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall at Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, La. 70118. The event is free and open to the Loyola community – faculty, staff, and students. Digital filmmaking, design, and counseling students are especially encouraged to attend.

A 2000 graduate of the Loyola University New Orleans School of Mass Communication, Unay is a director cinematographer and an award-winning artist whose post-production credits include Visual Effects Academy Award winners Avatar and King Kong. His work on creating the leading character, Neytiri, for the film Avatar earned him a Visual Effects Society Award in 2010.

Unay’s 12-year background in creating faces for leading digital actors has provided a unique toolset for capturing the emotional honesty of his subjects in nonfiction and narrative work.

Unay received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising with a minor in Visual Arts/Graphic Design at Loyola University New Orleans in 2000. After working for several years as a graphic designer for the Louisiana Lottery, he returned to school in 2001 to study Computer Animation at Full Sail University.

In 2015, Jeff was inducted into the Full Sail University Hall of Fame for his contributions to the entertainment industry as an artist and filmmaker. The Cage Fighter is his feature directorial debut.

Click here for a film review by Variety magazine.

Click here for an article by IndieWire.

Click here for a film synopsis by Michelle Devereux of the San Francisco Film Society.