In the spirit of this year’s Academy Awards, ABC’s Good Morning America held an Instagram competition for users to send in 15 second “InstaShorts” which spoof one of this year’s Oscar Nominees for Best Picture. Well, our team at the New York Film Academy put together this short parody of Academy Award winner Spike Jonze’s film, Her. The short was chosen from all of the top film schools across the country to air live on Good Morning America! Now, you can check it out above. It seems that even dating smartphones can be complicated.
New York Film Academy students, faculty and alumni are invited to a phenomenal star-studded event called Haiti Optimiste this Thursday, February 20th at the Florence Gould Hall on 55 East 59th Street, NYC. Haiti Optimiste is an annual benefit organized by Ciné Institute and L’Alliance Francaise, celebrating new Haitian cinema with the purpose of raising funds for the film and media education of young Haitians.
Ciné Institute provides desperately needed free college education and employment opportunities to underprivileged Haitian youth. It is the only college of its kind in Haiti, where just 1% of high school graduates can afford to attend university.
The evening will include a screening of films from the Institute, followed by the announcement of the new Brioni film fund and a Q&A with Ciné Institute supporters, fashion designer Donna Karan, Arcade Fire video director Vincent Morisset, and actors Michael Kenneth Williams (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) and Jamie Hector (HBO’s The Wire). Members of the Grammy Award-winning rock band Arcade Fire will also be present for the evening.
This is for a great cause and could be a great networking opportunity for young filmmakers in the New York City area. If you’re interested in $25 discounted tickets (down from $60-$300), send an email RSVP to Ihuoma Mambo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, and Larry David were spotted at Tom’s Restaurant, which served as the exterior shot for “Monk’s Diner” on the hit series Seinfeld. Since the sighting, there has been much speculation as to what the old gang had up their sleeves. It wasn’t long before the sighting that Jerry admitted on a Reddit AMA that he and Larry were writing something together, and it was something really “huge.”
Now, Jerry has admitted that there is, in fact, something in the works and we will all be privy to it very soon. Rumors are swirling with the most obvious choice being the upcoming Super Bowl, which takes place in New York City. Okay, so it’s a Super Bowl commercial, right? Well, not necessarily. According to another statement from Jerry, it’s longer than 60 seconds.
That leaves us with a few options. Is it a Super Bowl segment? Is it a Seinfeld reunion episode? Perhaps it’s a brand new, original pilot series (one can only hope). For all we know it could just be nothing, like the theme of the show.
We want to hear from you. What do you think it is? Leave your comments below or tweet us @NYFA.
Former New York Film Academy student, Julie Pacino, is looking for creative interns for her Production Company, Poverty Row Entertainment. Poverty Row produces feature films, music videos and commercials from their location in New York City.
“We are a serious, legit, and very busy producer team in need of an intern who can support us in the day to day, both logistically and creatively,” says Julia.
Tasks include: management of schedules, running errands, and thinking creatively as they prepare to release their feature film and enter into pre-production on their next.
A candidate is potentially, but not limited to, someone who is interested in and/or currently studying Marketing and Business Communications.
Skills preferred: Photoshop, Adobe, Excel, blogging sites like Tumblr and WordPress.
Logging receipts and some book keeping will be necessary, as well.
It is important to understand that the work will not always be exciting, but it will be a fun environment as the company is for innovative independent filmmakers with a true passion for the business.
The office is located in Chinatown, New York City and they are looking for someone with an open schedule that they can count on. There is no pay, but student credit can be discussed.
If you’re interested, send your resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
On Sunday, October 13, dozens of staff, faculty and students from New York Film Academy joined a crowd of 25,000 for the 10K LA AIDS Walk. Since its inception in 1985, AIDS Walk Los Angeles has benefited AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), a service organization dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by HIV disease, reducing the incidence of HIV infection and advocating for fair and effective HIV–related public policy.
This year, Drew Carey and the always-resplendent Richard Simmons helped rally the troops as thousands took to the streets and proved that people really do walk in LA. (And, in the process, raised more than $2 Million for APLA!)
Braving early morning shuttles, road closures and the overwhelming desire to sleep in, Team NYFA made its presence known at AIDS Walk. Team co-captain Sara Blindauer led the charge while two-year-old Judah Conner pushed co-captain Eric Conner to reach the finish line. Thankfully, AIDS Walk’s volunteers enabled the team to go strong via water, snack bars, popsicles and Cheetos!
With the help of star fundraising students like Amanda Vanucchi & Arndt Werling and the generosity of the school’s faculty & staff, New York Film Academy is one of the AIDS Walk’s top five fundraising Universities… and rising.
To donate to our team (till Nov 8) or learn more about AIDS Walk, visit: http://awla2013.kintera.org/
By Eric Conner, Dean of Students
Recently, the New York Film Academy volunteered to produce a video for the “Save A Suit Foundation” at the Met’s Citi Field. The nonprofit organization provides military veterans with professional business attire and the confidence needed to succeed in the work force. Several NYFA alumni were also invited to the event, as the New York Film Academy is the school of choice for many veterans. “This is such a wonderful job networking event for the men and women who deserve it most,” said Evan Leone, NYFA Director of Veterans Admissions in NY. “I didn’t hesitate in inviting several of my Veteran students.”
NYFA has also developed a partnership with The Soldiers Project, a nonprofit that provides free, confidential counseling to military service members and veterans. A clinician from the Soldiers Project visits the LA based campus every Wednesday and Thursday to provide counseling support. The organization has also provided training for faculty and staff on the common readjustment issues many veterans face as they return home. The film they shot here is intended to help Colleges to develop support programs for veterans, and how to best help them.
NYFA, a school synonymous with its hands-on intensive approach to learning, is honored to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs and participate in the post – 9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon tuition assistance programs at both New York City and Los Angeles campuses. Recently, MilitaryFriendlySchools.com listed NYFA as a Top Military Friendly School.
“If I can succeed at serving my country during a time of war, I can succeed at following my dreams at attending film school,” says NAVY Veteran and NYFA graduate, Paquita Hughes. If you served time in the military, you too can follow your dreams by pursuing an education in the arts at the New York Film Academy.
If you have any questions about financial aid and military benefits at New York Film Academy, please contact the Office of Veterans Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (818) 733-2600.
This past Thursday, the New York Film Academy, in collaboration with the Soldiers Project, a non-profit which provides confidential readjustment counseling to veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, held a screening of Where Soldiers Come From. The screening was immediately followed by a Q&A with currently enrolled veteran students at NYFA.
The film is based on a four year journey of childhood friends whose lives are forever changed by war. Where Soldiers Come From, provides a glimpse beyond the guns, glamour, and politics of war, and highlights family, friendship, community and the impact of war on our returning service members and veterans.
The Q&A allowed currently enrolled civilian students, faculty, and staff to ask the panel of veteran students about their experiences, while in the military, after the military, and now as a college students. The panel consisted of a former special operations service member (BFA Screenwriter), a Marine who deployed to Afghanistan (BFA Filmmaking), and two Army veterans (BFA Acting/MFA Acting), including a woman veteran who served as an MP (Military Police).
“The event brought together not only our veteran student population, but our entire campus community as a whole to learn about the experiences of our veterans,” says John Powers, Director Office of Veterans Services at NYFA. “With more than 200 veterans on campus, we are focused on providing services to ensure that NYFA veterans are meeting their educational and artistic goals while bridging the civilian, military gap.”
Ever experience a film live-edited by a computer? How about a program of shorts on experimenting with nature? Next week, Imagine Science Films will hold its 6th annual film festival in venues spanning Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and New Jersey, October 11-18, 2013. Films will range from documentary to experimental and will explore the theme of data visualization.
On Saturday, October 12th at 8pm The Museum of the Moving Image will host a unique screening whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir, a film live-edited by a computer, followed by a conversation with the director Eve Sussman. Please RSVP for complementary tickets using the login information below.
We will close the festival on October 18th at 7pm in collaboration with the Tribeca Film Institute with a series of shorts titled Experimental Nature. Films range from a documentary on the Gowanas Canal to a film on genetically archived plants. Following the screening will be a panel discussion with the filmmakers moderated by TED Fellow Ellen Jorgensen. Please RSVP for complementary tickets using the login information below.
For a full schedule of screenings, please visit: http://www.imaginesciencefilms.org/festival/2013-showtimes/
If you’re addicted to Instagram like the rest of us, then we have the perfect contest for you! The New York Film Academy will be hand picking the best photos and posting the winners on NYFA’s Instagram and Facebook page, providing major exposure to aspiring photographers. Plus, winners will receive a New York Film Academy T-shirt in the mail! So, put your creativity to good use and start snapping away.
Entries should be sent to email@example.com. Please include your name, address, and any information about the photo in the email.
We look forward to seeing your work and don’t forget to follow us on INSTAGRAM!
photos submitted may be used exclusively by NYFA with photographer credit
Award-winning film and stage director Paul Warner has been commissioned to direct the 9th Annual OUTmusic Awards, as well as to produce the Academy’s music documentary film For Which WE Stand (One Queer Music Nation In The Visible).
The Academy has launched a campaign to back the completion of the film For Which WE Stand and live production of the 9th Annual OUTmusic Awards slated to take place MLK weekend January 16th – 20th in Las Vegas, NV.
Warner has directed more than fifty stage productions and numerous films, including the award-winning In the Name of the Father as well as his feature Fall Time, starring Mickey Rourke, Stephen Baldwin, and David Arquette, which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for The Grand Jury Prize. In the Name of the Father also premiered at Sundance and garnered the Cine Golden Eagle, the Gold Hugo Award from the Chicago International Film Festival, first place at The British International Film and Video Festival, and best cinematography at The Atlanta Film and Video Festival. Warner has directed Fall Time, with “sadistic relish,” says the Hollywood Reporter. TV Guide refers to Warner’s work as “more repellently scary than most horror films.” Most recently, he directed the world premiere of a new dance-theatre opera, Women: The War Within, composed by Du Yun with a libretto by Matthew Maguire, at The Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City featuring the Chinese Opera Star Qian Yi and New York City Principal ballerina Wendy Whelan. He produced the film The Puritans, directed by Robinson, which has been the recipient of numerous honors on the festival circuit.
In 2011, Warner directed the actors and served as Executive Creative Consultant for acclaimed photographer and visual artist David Michalek’s Portraits in Dramatic Time–a series of slow motion cinematic shorts featuring seminal performers of stage and screen, including: Holly Hunter, Patti Lupone, Lily Taylor, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, Wendy Whelan, and William H. Macy, as well as seminal multi-disciplinary international artists. Portraits premiered at The Lincoln Center Theatre Festival. The LA Weekly has referred to Warner’s direction of Nelson Rodriques’ The Wedding Dress as “A phantasmagorical odyssey–a nonstop, mind-bending roller-coaster ride that is as haunting as a nightmare, while also being a touching affirmation of life.”
Next, Warner will direct a new feature film, Reclaiming Eden, co-written with Sean Robinson, which is to begin principal photography in the summer of 2014. Warner has won numerous awards and fellowships including a Statue Award and a Works in Process Grant from the Princess Grace Foundation, which enabled him to serve as The Artistic Associate/Resident Director of New York’s Second Stage Theatre and The Baryshnikov Arts Center, as well as a directing fellowship from the Drama League of New York. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has an MFA in filmmaking from The American Film Institute. Paul currently teaches directing courses at the New York Film Academy.
Paul is thrilled to be working alongside his longtime creative colleague, Sean Robinson, who will direct the documentary as well as Chairwoman/CEO Diedra Meredith, whose exceptional leadership at LARA has brought about enormous changes for LGBTQ artists that will be felt for decades to come.
Warner says: “I am honored to both direct the 9th Annual OUTmusic Awards and produce For Which WE Stand as I feel strongly that the LGBTQ Academy of Recording Arts’ mission is essential to the LGBTQ equality movement,” says Warner. “While experiencing considerable gains, there has also been an escalation of bullying and continued discrimination, so the pursuit of equality is far from over. Of equal importance, I am excited to collaborate with music and media artists from all disciplines whose passion for and undying dedication to their craft will shape our future cultural and political landscape.”
The film will feature live performances from the OUTmusic Awards with behind the scenes footage, interviews with pioneers, recording artists, activists, industry executives and various creative industry professionals.
Diedra Meredith, Chairwoman/CEO of LARA says, “I am equally honored to have Sean Robinson and Paul Warner on board. This film and the live production of the OUTmusic Awards is integral to the Academy’s mission to document and archive our movement and history. Our goal is to create more opportunities for LGBTQ recording artists and ensure that Queer Music Culture will continue to be included as an integral platform in music and media history.”