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  • J.K. Simmons Finds a Navy SEALS Role More His Tempo


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    Fresh off his Oscar win for his incredible performance in Whiplash, J.K. Simmons is filling his dance card with an upcoming slate of high-profile movies. He’s already signed on for Skull Island, the epic sequel to Peter Jackson’s King Kong starring The Avengers’ Tom Hiddleston and Birdman’s Michael Keaton, set for release in 2017.

    This week, Simmons added another role, that of a Navy SEAL commanding officer giving his troops a hard time—a part he was seemingly born to play. The film is The Lake, a thriller about the aforementioned SEALs searching for sunken treasure in Serbia.

    The Lake is being co-written and produced by prolific French filmmaker Luc Besson, director of La Femme Nikita, León, The Fifth Element and Lucy and creator of The Transporter and Taken series. Steven Quale, director of Final Destination 5 and Into the Storm and a long-time collaborator of James Cameron, will be helming The Lake. Quale is a fitting choice, considering his work with Cameron on other water-based adventures The Abyss and the 3D IMAX documentary Aliens of the Deep.

    Simmons recently spoke with New York Film Academy students about his well-lauded roles in Spider-Man, Portal 2, The Legend of Korra, The Closer, and, of course, Whiplash. There’s no doubt he will bring his trademark talent and passion to The Lake.






    March 25, 2015 • Acting, Entertainment News, Guest Speakers • Views: 5101

  • Oscar Winning Actor J.K. Simmons Visits NYFA

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    Academy-Award Winning Actor J.K. Simmons

    New York Film Academy students gathered in a theater at Warner Bros. Studios this past week for a special screening of Whiplash followed by a Q&A with this year’s Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor J.K. Simmons. Jonathan Kimble (“J. K.” Simmons) is known for his roles as Dr. Emil Skoda on the NBC series Law & Order (and other Law & Order franchise series), neo-Nazi Vernon Schillinger on the HBO prison drama series Oz, Assistant Police Chief Will Pope on the TNT series The Closer, J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, and the voices of Cave Johnson in the 2011 puzzle game Portal 2 and Tenzin in The Legend of Korra. Simmons’s performance as music instructor Terence Fletcher in Whiplash (2014) received universal acclaim and earned him more than 30 accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award. Producer Tova Laiter moderated the discussion.

    To anyone who’s seen Whiplash, the memory of J.K. Simmons’ role as Fletcher, the music conservatory instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a promising young drummer’s potential, is burned into their memory. Soon after the credits finished rolling, and the man who had just captured the students’ attention so intensely on screen appeared in the flesh and took the stage, the whole theater immediately erupted into cheers and applause during a standing ovation. It was interesting to see how much of a contrast the terrifyingly sadistic Fletcher was to the real man behind the role. J.K. was upbeat, jovial, and having the students laughing in stitches with his endless stream of quips. He was as appreciative to be there as the student’s were to see him and even though the line of students waiting to ask questions stretched to the back of the theater and nearly out the door, J.K. stayed until every last question was answered.

    J.K. talked about the incredibly fateful circumstances surrounding the Whiplash feature. Director Damien Chazelle wrote the part of the student drummer Andrew for Miles Teller not knowing at all the the actor had been a drummer since the age of 15. What’s more, when Damien first approached J.K. about playing the part of music instructor Fletcher, he assured him that there would be a music technical advisor on set and that they could use a body double for difficult orchestral scenes. As it turned out, however, Mr. Simmons studied music in college. “I thought I was going to be Leonard Bernstein when I grew up, but I took a few left turns…” J.K. jokingly said. “It was just all meant to be.”

    Elaborating more on the making of the film that changed his life forever, Mr. Simmons explained that when he first met Damien Chazelle the director was only 26 years old. However, despite Damien’s lack of experience, the two immediately clicked as J.K. saw the genius within the young director. Within 10 minutes of working together on the Whiplash short film, Simmon’s and Chazella knew they would be working together on the feature version. Simmon’s also had a comfortable, creatively exciting relationship with actor Miles Teller on set. Even though the tension between them was high on screen, the two would joke around together between takes on set. This was also due to the relaxed environment Damien created on set which allowed for experimentation from the actors. An interesting fact about the young music students from the various college bands in the film was that, aside from a few, they were composed of real student musicians, not actors. And during the filming the bands were actually creating real music!

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    While reminiscing on the long road that took him to where he is now J.K. said, “When I look back it almost seems like I had a plan. But I just kept putting one foot in front of the other, and doing what I really enjoy doing… When I was scrapping by and making ends meet, I didn’t have a wife and kids and any responsibilities… In my case, the level of success, acclaim, attention I’ve gotten more and more of in the last decade or so, if that had happened when I was 25 years old I would not have been prepared creatively, personally in any way.”






    March 23, 2015 • Acting, Guest Speakers, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 10837

  • 2015 Oscars Winners Recap


    2015 Oscars Winners Recap

    The Academy Awards, the annual ceremony that celebrates all things film, were held yesterday. The winners have taken home their golden Oscar statues, and we have a recap of the nightly events for you.

    Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel led the pack with four Oscars each. However, Birdman came away with the wins in the bigger categories, including best picture, best director, original screenplay, and achievement in cinematographyThe Grand Budapest Hotel took home wins in best original score, best production design, achievement in makeup and hairstyling, and achievement in costume design.

    On the acting front, the big winners included best actress Julianne Moore for her roll in Still Alice, best actor Eddie Redmayne for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, best supporting actress Patricia Arquette for Boyhood (who made waves during her victory speech), and best supporting actor JK Simmons for Whiplash.

    The complete list of winners and nominees is below:


    Best supporting actor:

    WINNER: JK Simmons for Whiplash

    Robert Duvall for The Judge

    Ethan Hawke for Boyhood

    Edward Norton for Birdman

    Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher


    Achievement in costume design:

    WINNER: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero

    Inherent Vice – Mark Bridges

    Into the Woods – Colleen Atwood

    Maleficent – Anna B Sheppard

    Mr Turner – Jacqueline Durran


    Achievement in makeup and hairstyling:

    WINNER: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier

    Foxcatcher – Bill Corso, Dennis Liddiard

    Guardians of the Galaxy – Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, David White


    Best foreign-language film:

    WINNER: Ida – Paweł Pawlikowski

    Tangerines – Zaza Urushadze

    Leviathan – Andrey Zvyagintsev

    Wild Tales – Damián Szifrón

    Timbuktu – Abderrahmane Sissako


    Best live-action short film:

    WINNER: The Phone Call – Mat Kirkby, James Lucas

    Aya – Oded Binnun, Mihal Brezis

    Boogaloo and Graham – Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney

    Butter Lamp – Wei Hu, Julien Féret

    Parvaneh – Talkhon Hamzavi, Stefan Eichenberger


    Best documentary short subject:

    WINNER: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Dana Perry

    Joanna – Aneta Kopacz

    Our Curse – Tomasz Sliwinski, Maciej Slesicki

    The Reaper – Gabriel Serra

    White Earth – Christian Jensen


    Achievement in sound mixing:

    WINNER: Whiplash – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, Thomas Curley

    American Sniper – John T Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, Walt Martin

    Birdman – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Thomas Varga

    Interstellar – Gary Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, Mark Weingarten

    Unbroken – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, David Lee


    Achievement in sound editing:

    WINNER: American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman

    Birdman – Aaron Glascock, Martín Hernández

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Brent Burge, Jason Canovas

    Interstellar – Richard King

    Unbroken – Becky Sullivan, Andrew DeCristofaro


    Best supporting actress:

    WINNER: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood

    Laura Dern for Wild

    Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game

    Emma Stone for Birdman

    Meryl Streep for Into the Woods


    Achievement in visual effects:

    WINNER: Interstellar – Paul J Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, Scott R Fisher

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Dan Deleeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill, Daniel Sudick

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Erik Winquist

    Guardians of the Galaxy – Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner, Paul Corbould

    X-Men: Days of Future Past – Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie, Cameron Waldbauer


    Best animated short film:

    WINNER: Feast – Patrick Osborne, Kristina Reed

    The Bigger Picture – Daisy Jacobs, Chris Hees

    The Dam Keeper – Robert Kondo, Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi

    Me and My Moulton – Torill Kove

    A Single Life – Joris Oprins


    Best animated feature film:

    WINNER: Big Hero 6

    The Boxtrolls

    How to Train Your Dragon 2

    Song of the Sea

    The Tale of the Princess Kaguya


    Best production design:

    WINNER: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock

    The Imitation Game – Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald

    Interstellar – Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis

    Into the Woods – Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock

    Mr Turner – Suzie Davies, Charlotte Watts


    Achievement in cinematography:

    WINNER: Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki

    The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert D Yeoman

    Ida – Lukasz Zal, Ryszard Lenczewski

    Mr Turner – Dick Pope

    Unbroken – Roger Deakins


    Achievement in film editing:

    WINNER: Whiplash – Tom Cross

    Boyhood – Sandra Adair

    The Imitation Game – William Goldenberg

    The Grand Budapest Hotel – Barney Pilling

    American Sniper – Joel Cox, Gary Roach


    Best documentary feature:

    WINNER: Citizenfour – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky

    Finding Vivian Maier – John Maloof, Charlie Siskel

    Last Days in Vietnam – Rory Kennedy, Keven McAlester

    The Salt of the Earth – Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, David Rosier

    Virunga – Orlando von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara


    Best original song:

    WINNER: Selma – Lonnie Lynn (Common), John Stephens (John Legend) (“Glory”)

    The Lego Movie – Shawn Patterson (“Everything Is Awesome”)

    Beyond the Lights – Diane Warren (“Grateful”)

    Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me – Glen Campbell, Julian Raymond (“I’m Not Gonna Miss You”)

    Begin Again – Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois (“Lost Stars”)


    Best original score:

    WINNER: Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game

    Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

    Jóhann Jóhannsson– The Theory of Everything

    Gary Yershon – Mr Turner


    Original screenplay:

    WINNER: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman

    Richard Linklater – Boyhood

    E Max Frye, Dan Futterman – Foxcatcher

    Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness – The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler


    Adapted screenplay:

    WINNER: Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

    Jason Hall – American Sniper

    Paul Thomas Anderson – Inherent Vice

    Anthony McCarten – The Theory of Everything

    Damien Chazelle – Whiplash


    Best director:

    WINNER: Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman

    Richard Linklater – Boyhood

    Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher

    Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game


    Best actor:

    WINNER: Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything

    Steve Carell – Foxcatcher

    Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game

    Bradley Cooper – American Sniper

    Michael Keaton – Birdman


    Best actress:

    WINNER: Julianne Moore for Still Alice

    Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night

    Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything

    Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

    Reese Witherspoon – Wild


    Best picture:

    WINNER: Birdman

    American Sniper


    The Imitation Game

    The Grand Budapest Hotel


    The Theory of Everything





    February 23, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 6099

  • This Year’s Golden Globes Points to Likely Oscar Winners

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    Photo: Paul Drinkwater, AP

    With last night’s 72nd annual Golden Globes taking place in Los Angeles, the ceremony continued to cement its reputation as the best indicator of who will likely be taking the top awards at this year’s Academy Awards. And while co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler—hosting the awards for their third and final time—offered plenty of laughs and well-meaning digs, the winners of the night gave the best insight on how this awards season will likely play out.

    To that effect, Boyhood continued to clean up the awards circuit, nabbing the Best Picture, Drama award along with a Best Supporting Actress award for front-runner Patricia Arquette and the Best Director award for Richard Linklater. While Ava DuVernay is still widely believed to be receiving a nomination for Best Director on Thursday when the Academy Award nominees are announced, making her the first African-American woman to ever receive the honor, last night’s win for Linklater seems to indicate that it is his category to lose. However, with The Grand Hotel Budapest picking up the Best Picture, Comedy or Musical category, this dark horse seems more likely than ever to earn a few nominations on Thursday and add some intrigue to an increasingly predictable awards season.

    While Boyhood was widely believed to be a lock for those three awards, the other likely Oscar front runners also got their due last night with Julianne Moore winning the award for Best Actress, Drama for her turn in Still Alice while Michael Keaton picked up his award for Best Actor, Musical or Comedy. However, as the Globes breaks up the best picture and actor categories into Drama and Musical or Comedy, both Keaton’s and Moore’s main competitors also walked away with awards, with Amy Adams winning for Big Eyes and Eddie Redmayne picking up a Best Actor, Drama for his turn as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. However, both the Best Actor and Actress categories remain highly competitive with actors like Jennifer Anniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhall, and David Oyelowo making these categories the least predictable.

    The same cannot be said of the Best Supporting Actor category, with JK Simmons accepting the award for his terrifying turn in Whiplash. Simply put, at this point it seems hard to imagine any actors other than Arquette and Simmons cleaning up the Supporting categories when the Oscars air on February 22nd.

    What did you think of last night’s telecast and who would you like to see walking away with nominations on Thursday? What films do you think might end up giving Boyhood a run for its money?

    A full list of last night’s winners can be viewed here.


    January 12, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 5492

  • NYFA Covers Make-A-Film-Foundation’s Premiere of “The Black Ghiandola”


    This Saturday the New York Film Academy’s Red Carpet Team was invited to cover an exclusive event at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Filmmakers from every corner of the globe showed up for the premiere of “The Black Ghiandola,which was created by the Make-A-Film Foundation.

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    The Make-A-Film Foundation is an organization, founded by NYFA alumna Tamika Lamison, that gives terminally ill children an opportunity to make a movie. Their goal is to make 50 shorts a year with hospitals, 60 children short films, and two red carpets a year.

    This first red carpet of the year highlighted filmmaker Anthony Conti; a sixteen-year-old who was diagnosed with stage 4 Adrenal Cortical Cancer. Conti took his diagnose and turned it into art. The “Black Ghiandola” is a love story set amongst a zombie apocalypse. With his entire family gone the only thing he wants to do is save the love of his life. Conti passed before the screening, but he was able to see a final cut and approved of how his vision turned out.

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    It is no surprise the film was a huge success. Directors included Sam Raimi, Catherine Hardwicke, and Ted Melfi. Appearances by Johnny Depp, Penelope Ann Miller, Richard Chamberlin, Laura Dern, David Lynch, and former NYFA guest speaker J.K. Simmons elevated the film.

    NYFA LA Red Carpet Correspondent and current student Amari Agee had the opportunity to interview Hardwicke and Miller on the carpet. Agee said of the evening, “I had a blast. I can’t wait to do it again.”

    The New York Film Academy would like to thank Ms. Lamison for giving this incredible opportunity to our students. For the latest in red carpets and special events for all of NYFA’s campuses check us out on Snapchat.


    April 26, 2017 • Community Highlights • Views: 5777

  • NYFA Acting Grad Plays Boston Marathon Bomber in “Patriots Day”

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    Perhaps the most hyped film to open this weekend is Peter Berg’s “Patriots Day,” starring Mark Wahlberg. The film is based on accounts from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing search for the Tsarnaev brothers. The New York Film Academy is thrilled to recognize Acting for Film alumnus Themo Melikidze, who plays the role of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the two brothers responsible for the bombings.

    In addition to Boston native Mark Wahlberg, Melikidze acts alongside former NYFA guest speakers J.K. Simmons and Michelle Monaghan, as well as John Goodman and Kevin Bacon.

    His climb to acting in a major motion picture and the upcoming FOX TV series “24: Legacy” certainly wasn’t handed to him. After graduating from NYFA, Melikidze attained his OPT status and worked for a year with an Off-Broadway show (“The LiveInTheater”) in NYC. After that, he attained the O1 Artist Visa and moved to Los Angeles to further pursue acting for film and TV.

    “The first months [in LA] were probably the hardest times in my life, since I had no solid place to stay and had no car,” recalled Melikidze. “I was using my bicycle for four hours a day to get to any type of audition. I had one headshot and a few videos posted on LA Casting. One day a talent coordinator contacted me trough the website, stating that the Park Noack Agency wanted to meet with me. Later that week I sat down with the agency and, after a few auditions, I was signed for theatrical and commercial representation.”

    Two weeks later his agency gave him a call to audition for “Patriots Day.” After a self-tape and multiple callbacks, he was invited for the “director’s callback” with Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg.

    That audition completely changed his life, as two weeks after the “director’s callback,” he got the call from his agent that they wanted him for the role of Tamerlan.

    “A majority of young acting students take a course, only skimming the surface of acting, but few have the patience and dedication to hang in for the long haul as Themo has,” said Melikidze’s Acting for Film Instructor at NYFA, Paul Warner. “His passion for the craft, intelligence, and meticulousness in embracing all of its complexities made it clear then, that if Themo was given professional opportunities, that he would excel.”

    Melikidze’s role put him in the difficult situation of portraying a wanted terrorist, who was shot three days after the horrific bombings. While not easy to wrap his mind around the character, Melikidze stepped up to the challenge, adding, “The most challenging thing was certainly to get inside the head of this individual. Knowing his background of having a family, wife, little kid, a brother and friends, and still be able to commit such a horrible act is unthinkable. But I committed myself 100% to the character and really dove into his state of mind, by doing all the research that I could do on the web, watching horrible Jihadi videos that he used to watch, and also having to train with his boxing coach John Allen, who gave me incredible insight to his personal life and his characteristics. But, at the end of the day, what really drove me to portray this character was the absolute hate, disgust and anger that I had for this horrible individual. “

    Be sure to check him out in “Patriots Day,” which is out in US theaters Friday, Jan. 13!


    January 12, 2017 • Acting, International Diversity, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 6623

  • MFA Filmmakers Bound for Greatness


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    As we all know, networking is an essential element in becoming a success in the entertainment business. But how do you begin networking when you have no connections or resources to begin with? That’s often where the New York Film Academy comes into play. Many of our students come from locations all around the world and end up establishing and maintaining lifelong relationships, both personally and professionally. Juan (JMR) Luna and Kane Senes met in their MFA Filmmaking program in 2008 and became very close friends. They began supporting each other’s writing and producing each other’s directorial works. Since graduating less than five years ago they have earned immense success. Their latest feature film, Echoes of War, starring Ethan Embry, William Forsythe, James Badge Dale and Maika Monroe will be released May 15, 2015. Their future is limitless.

    We had a chat with these two graduates about their film, and how they have successfully navigated the industry thus far.

    Can you tell me what Echoes of War is about?

    Kane: Echoes of War is about a soldier returning from the Civil War to his family in the remote Texan countryside. There he discovers that the neighbors have been stealing from his family while he’s been gone and so he takes matters in to his own hands, sparking another senseless and tragic war. It’s a film about loss, really.

    Where did the idea for Echoes of War come from?

    Kane: My thesis short film at NYFA in 2010 was called A Relative Stranger. Juan was the cinematographer and co-producer. Echoes of War began as a feature adaptation of that short and grew into something else. The short came from my own relationship to my family, coming home every now and then from living in the States and feeling like things have changed while I’ve been gone. Obviously coming home from war is a whole other matter that I have never experienced and would never pretend to understand, but we spoke to as many veterans as we could and tried to ground it in a universal, human story that we can all understand and relate to — no matter our experiences.

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    When did you two first start collaborating, and ultimately begin writing the script for Echoes of War?

    Kane: Our directing instructor was Adam Nimoy, who taught me everything I know. Juan directed some of his own stuff but gravitated towards cinematography, so he began shooting most of my projects, starting with my Year One Film and then my thesis. From there, we worked on each other’s films throughout school.

    The script I began writing with my writing and producing partner John Chriss, who produced my thesis. He didn’t go to NYFA but he was basically an honorary student as he worked on a lot of our films. I graduated NYFA at the end of 2010, and we were writing by mid-2011. A year later the script was done and Juan came onboard to help produce.

    Juan: My relationship with Kane can’t just be contained on Echoes of War. We have been friends all throughout, and we support each other constantly. When I was directing my movie Kane was there helping out too — emotionally and giving me notes and helping out with whatever he could.

    Can you tell me a little bit of how this film came together? Raising funds, attaching talent, etc.

    Kane: Juan and I were going door to door in Australia, meeting with film investors I knew there and trying to raise funds. It didn’t go as well as we were hoping, and Juan brought in some producers he knew from LA who graduated from AFI the same year we graduated NYFA. They had a connection to Emily Schweber, a wonderful casting director. A few weeks later, I was flying back to LA and meeting with actors every day for six months. We were fortunate enough to put together a great cast, which Juan was able to use to land the rest of the money we needed, and we shot the movie.

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    JMR Luna and Kane Senes

    Would you say your training and education at NYFA was useful in terms of writing / directing / producing this film?

    Kane: 100%. People often ask whether or not to go to film school. I always say the same thing: for me, I needed to know I could do this and school gave me the confidence by encouraging me to make films and seeing that they worked. They started bad and got better and I could see the pieces coming together. I could see I was improving and that was a direct result of film school: being in that environment, with good teachers and a great class room of participating students.

    Juan: I always felt that film school is what you want to make out of it. I feel being in class with Kane defined our careers. We both realize very early on that we had similar objectives, and the same passion for movies. I believe we always had a healthy competition going on. And it has been very stimulating and we both challenged and encouraged each other. We are better filmmakers because we both grew together. I feel film school gave us that safe environment and working structure to achieve it.

    Are you currently working together on another project?

    Kane: We’re always throwing ideas around but nothing is in place just yet. Maybe Juan thinks I’m one of those crazy directors he doesn’t want to work with again. You should ask him!

    Juan: I am working on different things right now. The Runaround, which will star Emile Hirsch and J.K. Simmons (two former NYFA Guest Speakers) was announced yesterday on The Hollywood Reporter, and it’s my next movie.

    We are currently working on THE SAME film together, as we have to distribute it still. People think that after you shoot the movie, you are done with it. But we are still working daily on it. The moment we are both done, I would love to find something else we could do together. I feel we both have grown a lot in the last three years, and our friendship has changed and evolved. So this movie would surely be very different from the first one and hopefully much better!


    JMR and Kane will be hosting a special “How to Make it in Hollywood” lecture at the New York Film Academy Los Angeles on May 14, 2015.