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Future filmmaker at home on campus

Senior Alexandra Levashvili is at her happiest while editing film. When she gets “in the zone,” she said, she’ll work for four or five hours at a stretch and feel as though mere minutes have passed.

Levashvili, who came to the United States from Belarus with her family at the age of 12, planned to be a chemistry major. She fell in love with film as a freshman and will graduate this month with a double major in cinema and art history.

She has devoted much of the semester to a three-screen art installation that will be her senior thesis. It focuses on the human body and she filmed herself nude for the project.

Levashvili, now 21, plans to take some time off to work as a volunteer in Europe before attending film school. She hopes to visit with her extended family, now sprinkled across the continent.

Andrew Walkling, dean’s lecturer in English, theatre and art history, said Levashvili is fascinated with learning and eager to take on new information.

“She’s an incredibly creative person and very hard working,” he said. “She is really deeply committed to intellectual endeavor.”

Levashvili said she has always been interested in art and art history, especially different architectural styles. She believes one can understand history better through learning about art. “It’s an interesting way of approaching the world,” she said.

At this point, Levashvili feels like something of an outsider both in the United States and back in Minsk. But she said she has found a sense of community in Binghamton with people in her majors.

“I think it’s such a friendly environment,” she said of the campus.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08