CITY COLLEGE–The Russian attack on Ukraine became personal for the City College of New York community in March. Brent Renaud, 51, an American documentary filmmaker and photojournalist, a City College master’s student, was killed on March 13, while covering the refugee crisis in Irpin, Ukraine for Time Studios.
Renaud was a student in the MFA Creative Writing Program at City College. While studying in the MFA program, he continued his work as a filmmaker and photojournalist. “As accomplished and celebrated as Brent was while he was alive, he was humble and generous. He was engaged in professional endeavors of the highest caliber, and yet, he brought absolutely no ego or superiority to his presence in the class,” said Marc Palmieri, the professor for the MFA Workshop in Screenwriting course, which Renaud was enrolled in last Fall.