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Cinematography Department

Piero Basso, Aic Piero Basso, AIC-IMAGO
Chair of Cinematography

Born in northern Italy, Piero Basso graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Cinema, from the University of Turin. During his career, exceeding two decades, Basso has photographed 16 feature films, TV series, along with numerous documentaries, short films, and commercials.

His work has been honored at some of the most prestigious film festival around the globe, including Venice (Una Famiglia, competition), Locarno (Seven Acts of Mercy, competition), Cannes (Darker than Midnight, Semaine de la Critique), Berlin (Dafne, Panorama - Fipresci Award as Best Feature Film), Turin (Santina, competition), Oberhausen (Zakaria, competition), Clermont-Ferrant, Busan, Huesca, Marrakech, Santa Barbara, and several others. In 2009, he was invited to join the AIC, the exclusive Italian Association of Cinematographers.

Luigi Benvisto Liz Hinlein
Creative Director of Filmmaking and Cinematography

Liz Hinlein is an award-winning filmmaker, creative director, and cinematographer. She is the curator and moderator of The 20/20 Series (produced by NYFA), a weekly live, online series with creative visionaries that has garnered thousands of views. Hinlein is currently the Creative Director of Filmmaking and Cinematography at New York Film Academy.

Her work has been commissioned globally by top international brands, including Dove, Lifetime, Revlon, Gillette, Maybelline, A&E, Wella, NARS Cosmetics, Bare Minerals, Clairol, and MAC Cosmetics. Additionally, Hinlein has created films and photo campaigns for many superstar musicians including Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears, Quincy Jones, Incubus, and Fishbone. She has participated in numerous TV Diversity shadowing programs including Sony Television, Viacom, and the DGA. Among those programs, Hinlein has shadowed many well-known TV directors such as Marcos Siega, Jennifer Lynch, and Bethany Rooney.

Her debut feature film, Other People’s Children, was awarded the Panavision New Filmmakers Grant and screened at multiple film festivals earned several awards including ‘Best Director,’ ‘Best Feature Film,’ and ‘Audience Award.’ Her VR film for Byton Auto was nominated for Best Branded Entertainment/Commercial at the 2019 CES VR Fest and she won the same award in 2018 for Accenture’s VR film, Behind the Style. Most recently, Hinlein is in pre-production on Osage ’85; a groundbreaking immersive documentary experience that transports you back to the 1985 Move Crisis in Philadelphia.

Arsenio Assin Lanre Olabisi

Lanre Olabisi is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has played on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon.

His feature films include August The First and Somewhere in The Middle; both are distributed by Film Movement and have played in over 70 film festivals worldwide including SXSW and Karlovy Vary. He has been nominated for an IFP Gotham Award as well as a Black Reel Award.

Most recently, Olabisi was selected to be a part of the HBOAccess Directing Fellowship with his short film, A Storybook Ending, which is set to premiere in the summer of 2020. It is based on a feature film of the same name that is currently in development.

Federica Gianni Federica Gianni

Federica Gianni is an Italian screenwriter, director, and editor. Her two short films Primo (2017) and The Friend from Tel Aviv (2015) have been shown in international film festivals including Palm Springs International ShortFest, Cinemed, Frameline, Outfest, and have received awards from the Director's Guild of America, the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, IFP, and Vimeo. She is currently in development for her first feature film Karaoke King, selected for the Torino Film Lab, the 2019 IFP Film Week, and is a finalist for the highly prestigious SFFILM Rainin Grant. As an editor, Gianni has worked for clients such as Google and Youtube and has worked in post-production on feature documentaries for PBS, Budweiser, and YOU42. Gianni holds an MFA from Columbia University and has taught Film at Columbia University and NHSI at Northwestern University.As a Director of Photography for film and video, John Foster has shot eighteen feature films. He has been nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards, and the films he has shot have won many awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award.

Aside from his work as a cinematographer, John also received filmmaking grants from the American Film Institute and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

John Foster John Foster

As a Director of Photography for film and video, John Foster has shot eighteen feature films. He has been nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards, and the films he has shot have won many awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award.

Aside from his work as a cinematographer, John also received filmmaking grants from the American Film Institute and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Daniele Napolitano Daniele Napolitano

Daniele Napolitano is a working cinematographer. After craduating from the D.A.M.S. film school in Bologna, he moved to New York City and launched his professional career after attending NYFA's Filmmaking and Cinematography programs. Daniele's works include numerous award-winning shorts; five independent narrative feature films that received worldwide distribution; music videos with artists of the caliber of Busta Rhymes and Eros Ramazzotti that totaled multi-million views on Youtube and social media channels; and commercial work for clients like Weight Watchers, Fujifilm, L'Officiel, and Ermanno Scervino, among others. Currently, Daniele is in pre-production for a feature film in France ("Online Billie") and a drama based on the real-life story of Vincent Smothers ("Made in Detroit").

Daniele Napolitano Brad Sample

Brad Sample is an award-winning writer/director for film, television, and the web. He holds an MFA in Film Directing from U.C.L.A.'s School of Theater, Film and Television. His film credits include Stuck, a dark comedy short, and the Iraq War film Attention, which aired on the Showtime Network. Sample's television work includes pilots ¡YO! Television, including the hip-hop dance battle show, Crunkiao, and the celebrity profile show, Mi Barrio. The highlight of his online work is Stand Up, a promotional video for the United Nations Millennium Campaign. Sample currently teaches directing at the New York Film Academy and is working on his next screenplay.

Till Neumann Till Neumann

Till N. Neumann was born and raised in Munich, Germany. He worked in Film Production before coming to New York City where he worked as a hands-on cinematographer. Neumann has compiled an impressive resume, shooting over thirty short films, numerous commercials, music videos, and over ten feature films, as well as directing numerous commercials, shorts, and a feature film. He spent three years living and working in Los Angeles but decided his home and inspiration was, and always has been, New York.

Neumann’s work on El Camino received great reviews from Roger Ebert. He received awards for Best Cinematography for his film The Bakery at the Intrepet Film Festival, as well as a special award for his cinematography at the CineVegas Film Festival for his work on the movie 5up 2down, along with Best Short Film awards for The Strange Case Of Marie France at the Newport International Film Festival and the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Ray Preziosi Ray Preziosi

Primarily a feature film director of photography, Ray Preziosi’s film credits include: “Topsy and Bunker” with Kathy Najimi; “Italian Movie” with James Gandolfini; "Frog and Wombat" featuring Ronny Cox and Lindsay Wagner; "Big Packages"; and the Victorian era period film "Family Secrets." Working with Saul and Elaine Bass, Ray Preziosi shot title sequences for "A River Runs Through It," directed by Robert Redford, and "Casino," directed by Martin Scorsese. Besides feature film experience, Ray Preziosi has also photographed many short films.

Ray’s documentary credits include "NY TV by the People Who Made It," for which he received an Emmy nomination. A few of Ray’s nationally airing documentaries include "The Music of Ireland" series; History Channel's Mega-Movers "Intrepid: On the Move"; "Francis Scott Key and the Song that Built America"; and "FS Key, After the Song," among others.

Ray Preziosi Richard D’Angelo

Richard D’Angelo is an award-winning line producer and production manager in film and television. A lifelong film devotee, he received both his BFA in Film Production and Master of Arts in Theater and Film Studies from Long Island University. He produced and directed his graduate thesis screenplay, First Person, into an award-winning feature film. D’Angelo's two decades plus of experience in the entertainment industry have run the gamut from feature films to live event productions as well many industrial and commercial projects working as a producer, director, and editor.

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