Twin Brothers Pursue Passion for Filmmaking; Earn Award for Best Feature

Adrian and Andrew Nuno

Twins Adrian and Andrew Nuno started filmmaking since they were five years old. They enjoyed going to the movies with their parents and afterwards, the two of them re-enacted their favorite scene at home.

Over the years, their collaboration has grown and they honed their skills by watching YouTube videos, other filmmakers’ content and just trial and error. They made several films on their own, recruiting their friends as actors. Their most recent film, “Before I Go,” won Best Feature in the 2016 Lucent Film Festival. The film is about a college-age man who learns he has cancer as a result from the Hepatitis B virus and in the found footage format, follows his life through an emotional rollercoaster as he copes with his treatments and eventual surgery.

“(Winning the award) was a little bit surreal, but reaffirming for our confidence at the same time, that films are a passion we can pursue,” Andrew said, referring to their plan to graduate with associate degrees from MCC in May and transfer to DePaul University in Chicago in the fall to pursue cinema production and advertising.

The twins came up with the idea to produce “Before I Go” based on portions of actual events. They researched the topic immensely to accurately portray how an individual reacts to a cancer diagnosis. Working as a team, Adrian and Andrew wrote the script as well as edited, directed and produced the film together.

“Our weaknesses are covered by each other's strengths,” said Adrian.

This semester, the twins are both taking Advanced Film Analysis together and are members of the MCC Forensics Team and Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

“Coming to MCC is a good way to hit the ground running as far as education,” Andrew said. “All the instructors truly care about you and want you to succeed.”

“As a senior in high school, I didn’t know what my career would be,” Adrian said. “Coming to MCC allowed me to take classes that interested me and gave me time to decide what I want to do. I have a lot more confidence now.”

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