Join us in Union Square July 9th at 7:30pm for a screening of a new documentary filmed in Cuba! The film, Alumbrones, was directed and produced by New York Film Academy student, Bruce Donnelly. Bruce teamed up with fellow students (co-producer) Paulo Adorni, (Director of Photography) Esteban Malpica, and (Second Unit Photographer) Albert Oh.
The team has just started their festival run, having already been accepted to the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival!
Students, alumni, and faculty are invited to a sneak preview Tuesday, July 9th!
Given his passion for film and television production, Cody Broadway sought out the New York Film Academy in 2009 to decide what specifically he wanted to do in the field. “NYFA helped me with the skills and knowledge I needed to have in the real world.”
After film school, Cody set his search for a career in either film or television. After coming across a position in FOX, Cody sent in his NYFA work for consideration. “They were very impressed with my work and brought me on at first as a host and producer of a show called FOX Live,” said Cody. “After about a month, they had an opening for a Promotions and Production Manager. They offered me the position and I took it.”
Cody is currently the Promotions and Production Director for KIDY FOX San Angelo, as well as KXVA FOX Abilene. In the position, Cody oversees the production and promotions for FOX in both Texas markets. He has also helped create and host a show called FOX Live, which airs every Saturday in both markets. “Overall, I have been with FOX for 2 years now and believe that without the academy none of this would be possible.”
Cody’s week consists of shooting and hosting the show, weekly production meetings, and working on promotional projects. For example, he is currently working on a local American Idol contest. Cody hopes to continue working at FOX with a major role in the company.
A new original series Inside Man, from New York Film Academy Documentary Department instructor Matthew Galkin and partner Morgan Spurlock, debuted Sunday on CNN. Matthew and Morgan are on the leading edge of a new movement for CNN to be the home for true documentary series. Inside Man gives viewers an insider’s view of diverse sectors of American life, diving deep into hard-hitting issues like medical marijuana, the elder care industry, migrant farm workers, gun ownership, union workers, bankruptcy, education, and more.
Elin Grönblom and a friend had written a song called “Goldfish Love.” They liked it so much, they decided to adapt it into a short film. Since then the 14-minute piece has been winning over audiences at festivals worldwide, recently winningBest Comedy in the student shorts category at the International Family Film Festival.
Though she had already received a BA in Film and Television in her home country of Finland, Elin says she “wanted more hands-on experience in filmmaking.” A quick Google search led her to New York Film Academy’s MFA Filmmaking program. She finished her first year at the school’s New York City campus, and her second year at the Los Angeles campus. During her time at NYFA, she worked on what would become Goldfish Love. The film is about a goldfish named Gandhi who longs to swim in the ocean. His owner is a struggling musician who longs to make it big. The two develop a special friendship along the way.
The film has played the Toronto Short & Sweet Festival and H2K Festival, and was chosen as Official Selection at ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival, The Finnish Tampere Film Festival, HollyShorts Festival, The UK Film Festival, Providence Children’s Film Festival, and the prestigious Newport Beach Film Festival.
Since her graduation, Elin has been working in London, working on film sets and music videos, and doing a lot of writing. “If you can write, it’s a good way to stay busy and creative,” she says. “But do something that’s you, that you like, and that you can be proud of two years later.” Elin is currently working on a feature length black comedy she hopes to get made soon.
Check out Goldfish Love when it plays at the WMM Fest on Thursday, June 27, as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Also check out the trailer below!
Be sure to check out The Empress Dowager going on now at the Theater For The New City! The play was adapted and directed by Joanna Chan and includes a cast of New York Film Academy alumni. Among them are Xiren Wang, who studied in the 1-Year Acting for Film Conservatory and Musical Theatre in the Summer of 2010, ZiLong Pu and Andrew Hsu.
“Director Chan has fashioned her chronicle of CiXi for the large, Mandarin speaking company of the Yangtze Repertory Theatre, a theatre group she helped found twenty years ago in New York City, and the actors give their all.” – Eugene Paul, TheaterScene.net
The Empress Dowager (through June 23, 2013) Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, East Village at 10th Street, in Manhattan Tickets: call 212-254-1109 or visit http://www.theaterforthenewcity.net
BFA Filmmaking student Enrique Pedraza with Oscar-winning ‘Amour’ writer/director Michael Haneke
If you are looking for BFA Filmmaking student Enrique Pedraza this week, you will find him on the red carpet at the Los Angeles Film Festival, interviewing acclaimed writer/director Pedro Almodóvar. While finishing his last year at New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, Enrique has also been interning for Film Independent, working as their main editor.
We previouslyshared his accomplishments on our blog, including when his short film, Yellow Card, won Best Student Documentary at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival. Since then, he shot and co-produced a music video for schoolmate Nayantara Roy called Free, which has been making the festival circuit, recently playing the Kashish International Film Festival.
After completing a 4-Week Acting Workshop at the school’s New York City campus, Enrique decided it was the place for him, and that he wanted to learn more. He chose the BFA Filmmaking program because it would give him the chance to learn about all aspects of film craft, including directing and writing. He says, “Writing is what comes easiest.” And he does quite a bit of it. He writes almost daily for a film blog called “The Rolling Can.”
Since beginning his internship at Film Independent, Enrique has been brought on as their main editor. He has also worked on the Film Independent at LACMA screening series, worked the red carpet at the Spirit Awards, and will now be the key editor and main shooter for the Los Angeles Film Festival.The festival opens with the North American premiere of Pedro Almodóvar’s newest comedy, I’m So Excited.
“The most important thing in film school is finding your voice as a filmmaker,” says Enrique. “The more you work, the better. It’s essential to finding people you trust.”
The short film La Migala, directed by New York Film Academy graduate Jaime Dezcallar, has become a favorite among the festivals. His film manages to capture suspense and emotion all within the confines of a simple apartment. La Migala was an official selection at the New York Film Festival, Palm Springs, Seattle International Film Festival, Zinebi, SHNIT, Brussels International Short Film Festival, and many more. It won Best Short Film at Boston Film Festival, The Mélies d’Argent in Strasbourg, and was even a Vimeo Staff Pick!
Based on the short story by Mexican magical realism author Juan José Arreola, the film was shot on a RED Epic in Madrid City after Jaime graduated from NYFA. “I read the short a long time ago and it got stuck in my head forever,” said Dezcallar. ”It’s a great story and the family of Juan José Arreola was very kind to me when I contacted them.”
Jaime came to NYFA from Spain, where he had studied law and was working as a P.A. on a Spanish TV show called Camera Cafe. On set, Jaime befriended the director and became really interested in experimenting with the camera. After a family tragedy, Jaime realized life is too short not to pursue his dreams. “New York City seemed like the perfect city for its energy and recent history. It’s the ‘super-city,’ and one should live there at least once in his or her life.” Jaime took up the One-Year Filmmaking Program where he shot his first short film, The Last Moments of Leopoldo Berenguer. ”I learned so much from creating that short film. The most important thing that I learned is that it’s not about the visuals, it’s about creating an emotion for the audience. I learned by trial and error – I learned by doing.”
Bro Code recently premiered at the Cannes Court Metrage. The short film was written, produced, and starred New York Film Academy Acting student, Roope Olenius. Bro Code is a movie about a Finnish alpha male who decides to help his “artist friend” get laid. The short was produced via endless Skype calls between two different continents, filmed in Finland, and finally premiered in France.
Roope will be graduating at NYFA’s LA campus in August 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Acting for Film. He plans to submit the film to several festivals this year, and is simultaneously in pre-production on his next movie with the same crew. “The film was done with a really small budget,” said Olenius. “So, a big thank you goes out to our sponsors and the people who really wanted to make the film work.”
Originally from Harbin, China, Tong was attending the prestigious Central Academy of Drama, but said she was becoming frustrated and wanted to find a more hands-on program. She went for a tour of New York Film Academy and was immediately sold. “I really liked it!” she says. “After two years, I quit school in China and moved to New York.” She spent her first year in New York and loved the energy in the city. She shot her thesis film, A Celebration…, in New York City and upstate New York. Beautifully-shot by fellow NYFA student Thrinnanon Samrej,the drama follows Daniel and his complicated relationships in the lead-up to his eighteenth birthday.
Tong is finishing her degree at New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles campus, and is developing a feature screenplay with 2 screenwriters. She plans to shoot the dramedy before the end of the year.
Just because the Cannes Film Festival is over, doesn’t mean Cannes is finished with its awards season. FashionTV hosted its very own photographer and model awards ceremonies at the exclusive Red Carpet Lounge in Cannes. We’re proud to announce the winner of the Best Photographer in Advertising and Commercial Work, New York Film Academy Photography student, Maul Gohel. Congrats to Maul!