Knights in Newark


Sloan Grant Won: 
2017, Production, Columbia University

Project Type: Short Film
Genre: Magical Realism, Adventure
Length: 15 minutes
Field of Science: Engineering
Stage: Post-Production


Armed with her vivid imagination, a young girl completes a secret project on the roof of her apartment building to protect her family from a dreaded curse brought upon by the Knights in Newark.


Knights in Newark is a dystopic fable that addresses the current immigration crisis affecting families across the United States, resulting in an entire generation of legally born children being separated from their illegal immigrant families. Since her parents are under threat of deportation and only emerge from their apartment at night to work minimum wage jobs, 8-year-old Marta, a natural born U.S. citizen, is tasked with running errands during the day. At the same time, and being a resourceful child, she manages to assemble a machine that she thinks will protect her parents from the evil forces that exist beyond.


Christopher Abeel holds a Bachelors Degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey and is completing an MFA in Columbia University’s Film program. Christopher’s stories focus on characters that deviate from the norm and whose predicaments challenge social conventions.He currently resides in New York City with his wife and two shih-tzus.

Nic Yulo is based in New York, and is currently pursuing an MFA at Columbia University’s Film Program. She is the recipient of a Breaking Barriers Grant for Female Directors, a New York Women in Film & Television Scholarship Awardee, and winner of an Adobe Design Achievement Award.