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  • New York Film Academy Gold Coast Holds September Acting for Film Mid Year Showcase

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    In December 2017, the New York Film Academy Australia held the September 2017 Acting for Film student’s mid year performance showcase at its Gold Coast campus in bustling Southport.

    Featuring the work of the September 2017 cohort of Acting for Film candidates, the performance was entitled, “That American Vibe.” Senior Acting Lecturer Mr. Rob Horton directed the event. The performance was held at the Southport Campus Creative Space, an intimate setting where the audience were close enough to feel like it was a part of the the outstanding performances.

    “This showcase included some of the most famous scenes from popular American movies and TV series that influenced a generation of performing artists,” said the event’s director, Rob Horton. “Interpreting them in our own unique ways, there are some strong and memorable moments in this production we called ‘That American Vibe.’ For some of our diploma actors, this is their first time to create and perform on stage in front of a life audience. Bravo to every single one of them!”

    “That American Vibe” exhibited the versatile range of this group of diverse acting students. The New York Film Academy Australia would like to congratulate it’s September 2017 Acting for Film cohort on their wonderful work!

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  • Mid-Year Acting Showcase Wraps Up 2017 for New York Film Academy Gold Coast

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    This December, the September ’17 Advanced Acting for Film cohort wrapped up their semester — and 2017 — with a Mid Year Performance Showcase. Directed by Acting Lecturer Stuart Lumsden, the students showed off both their classical training and their comedic chops with “Comedic Shakespeare.”

    “Comedic Shakespeare” focused more on the humor than the tragedy of Shakespeare’s work — a lighthearted but energetic exhibition that allowed the Acting students to let loose but also show off their wittier, sillier side — which many thespians find even more difficult than dramatic acting.

    “Comedic Shakespeare”

    Using twisted takes on Shakespearean classics, the students had the audience roaring with laughter from start to finish. Performed at the Southport Campus creative space — an intimate setting — friends and family were able to catch every detail of the play up close and revel in jokes both subtle and broad.

    Acting Coordinator Louise Lee-Mei said of the showcase, “Congratulations for such a well-rehearsed show!  They demonstrated a great range of character types and genres and handled the scenes very well for their first live performance.” Mei continued, “The team are proud of their diligence and professionalism in creating such an entertaining production.”

    "Comedic Shakespeare"

    “Comedic Shakespeare”

    The showcase earned a well-received, warm response from the faculty and crowd that served as a testament to the hard work and dedication the students showed throughout the last semester. New York Film Academy Australia Advanced Acting for Film Diploma students receive vigorous training from day one to prepare them for a tough but rewarding industry, with hands-on training both in front of and behind the camera. Courses on their schedule include Acting Techniques, Voice and Speech, The Business of Acting, Film and Video Production, among others. More information on programs offered by New York Film Academy Gold Coast can be found here.

    “Comedic Shakespeare” was the perfect outlet to finish the semester. The New York Film Academy congratulates the September ’17 Advanced Acting for Film students and thanks them for the high-brow laughs!

    Mid-Year Acting Showcase Wraps Up 2017 for New York Film Academy Gold Coast

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    December 15, 2017 • Acting • Views: 388

  • “Mindhunter” Screening with Guest Speaker Happy Anderson at New York Film Academy

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    David Fincher’s critically-acclaimed Netflix series “Mindhunter” has been described by Slant Magazine as “addictive and resonant,” and features the work of two New York Film Academy (NYFA) instructors.

    In the wake of David Berkowitz (aka “Son of Sam”), Charles Manson and others, a new team within the FBI was formed to psychologically analyze the minds of killers. “Mindhunters” focuses on the early days of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) as its members struggle to understand the minds of serial killers, a term which had not yet been coined. The series stars New York Film Academy Musical Theatre Master Class lecturer Jonathan Groff, while veteran actor and NYFA instructor Happy Anderson is featured in two episodes of Season 1 in the chilling role of imprisoned killer Jerry Brudos.

    Jonathan Groff and Happy Anderson in a still from “Mindhunters,” via IMDB.

    This week, Anderson will return to NYFA’s New York City campus as a special guest in the New York Film Academy’s Guest Speaker Series, to share insights with students and discuss his career — which has included roles on acclaimed shows such “The Knick,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “The Deuce.” He will also be featured in “Bright” alongside Will Smith, which will be released December 22nd, 2017. Episode 7 of “Mindhunter,” in which Anderson guest stars, will be screened for students prior to a Q&A. NYFA Chair of Acting in New York City Peter Stone will be moderating the Q&A.

    “Mindhunter” has recently been renewed by Netflix for a second season which was announced in a tweet by the show’s official account:

    Watch the trailer for season one below:

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  • Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros” Produced by New York Film Academy South Beach at Miami Theatre Center’s Sandbox Series

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    In the midst of Art Basel and Miami’s busiest art season of the year, the New York Film Academy (NYFA) South Beach will contribute to the thriving international celebration of art and culture through Art Talks at SPECTRUM, a partnership with PULSE — and a thought-provoking production of Eugene Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros” at the Miami Theatre Center’s Sandbox Series.

    With artists visiting Miami from around the world to examine the meaning and state of contemporary art, revisiting this classic existential play could not come at a more perfect time.

    “Rhinoceros” explores the apathetic Berenger’s metamorphosis from a disconnected, depressed and isolated individual to a hero motivated by unconditional love and responsibility for his fellow man, in the midst of an epidemic where weak-willed people are inexplicably turning into rhinos.

    Ionesco wrote the play as a response to WWII, examining not only the psychology behind Fascism and Nazism but also the human need to imbue life with meaning by following a cause.

    The surrealist piece is to be mounted by the New York Film Academy South Beach’s Fall 2015 class of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting for Film program as an end-of-semester production that includes each and every student from the cohort. The cohort includes:

    Diana Urbano

    Azarias Daniels

    Domonic Licciardello

    Jeremiah Rivas

    Michaela Downes

    Miguel Lara

    George Fernandez

    Andre Morrissette

    Cassandra Rosado

    Christopher Croley

    Jhaneal Hector

    Nothando Palesa Xulu

    Directed by veteran NYFA instructor Paul Tei, known for his work in a dozen TV shows including Netflix’s “Bloodline,” “American Horror Story,” and “Burn Notice,” this adaptation of “Rhinoceros” exposes how relevant Ionesco’s questions on man’s search for meaning and the nature of interpersonal responsibility and connection are still extremely vital to contemporary art, and beyond.

    Paul Tei received his MFA in directing from the prestigious Theatre School at De Paul University, and his BA in theatre from Barry University. He is the artistic director and founder of The Mad Cat Theatre Company, where he has directed numerous productions and world premiers. Paul’s directorial work outside the company has been seen in New York, where his production of “BUMP” had a sold-out run at The Henry Street Settlement, as well as in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New Hampshire, Vermont, and across the pond in Manchester and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for Mad Cat Theatre Company’s premier production of “Going Green the Wrong Way.”

    The New York Film Academy South Beach, like all NYFA locations, focuses its programs on the philosophy of learning by doing. Acting for Film students learn to act for film by actually performing in films, while also training in the essential acting techniques and skills rooted in theatre. The end-of-semester performance of “Rhinoceros” is a part of their Play Production Workshop, a course focused on developing the skills and techniques of live performance as a foundation for their craft.

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  • New York Film Academy Acting Alumni Dr. Ariel Orama López Stars in Award-Winning “Cielos Negros”

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    Photo courtesy of Dr. Ariel Orama López.

    NYFA Acting for Film Dr. Ariel Orama López (AG Orloz) is already both an actor and a psychologist, but he added cover model to his impressive list of job titles recently when he was featured on the cover of Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Día newspaper, along with his fellow cast and crew of “Cielos Negros.” The surreal short film, which was produced and created in López’s native Puerto Rico, has screened and won festival prizes worldwide — from winning Best Foreign Short Film in Marbella, Spain to screening at the GeoFilm Festival in Padova, Italy.

    López is an associate producer of the film and also plays the lead character, Larry, a man whose life is transformed after the inexplicable disappearance and mysterious reappearance of his new love, Angel, at la Laguna del Condado. Directed by Alexis Aguirre, “Cielos Negros” was selected out of 6,000 submissions from 90 nations for the GeoFilm Festival in Italy and has received distinctions and laurels in several international festivals — including the Martinique International Film Festival, Puerto Rico Horror Film Fest and Puerto Rico Queer Film Fest. “Cielos Negros” was also a finalist at DirecTV Cinema Plus, winning third prize.

    “Cielos Negros” film poster via IMDB.

    The success of “Cielos Negros” has taken on special significance in the wake of hurricane Maria, coming as a clear reminder of the resilience and inspiration alive in the work of Puerto Rico’s artists. In the midst of this busy season of rebuilding in Puerto Rico, Ariel took the time to correspond with the NYFA Blog about his journey with “Cielos Negros” and beyond.

    NYFA: First, can you tell us a little bit about your background and what brought you to NYFA?

    AOL: In terms of my background, I was blessed with the privilege of combining two fascinating professional roles. I am a Puerto Rican professional actor and media (clinical) psychologist. In terms of my artistic role, I have had the opportunity to work and collaborate in commercials, theatre, short films, indie films, documentaries, series, television programs, media writing, and voice-overs, combining to more than 200 projects in the arts.

    In 2010 I became a member of the Colegio de Actores de Puerto Rico as a collegiate professional actor. I am also a certified Executive Coach (specialized in Crëative Life Coaching) from TISOC, Barcelona, Spain and a licensed clinical psychologist with the Academia (Assistant Professor – University of Puerto Rico in Humacao).

    One of my unforgettable moments of inspiration that motivated me to continue developing as an actor was my selection as a finalist of “Taller Telemundo: Actores,” in Miami, directed by the well-known actress nominated for an Oscar in the movie “Babel (2006): the distinguished Mexican actress and professor Adriana Barraza.

    After all this wonderful creative experience that include laurels from Spain, California, Puerto Rico and Orlando, I decided to move to Los Angeles in the Summer of 2011 for an intensive course, performing in 14 short films in California during my NYFA Los Angeles training in Acting for the Film.

    A still from “Cielos Negros” via IMDB.

    After NYFA, I had the privilege to work as the creative coach and consultant for the television program “Idol Kids Puerto Rico” (from the recognized English franchise Idol ©), and offered courses at the Colegio de Actores de Puerto Rico and other relevant forums about Psychology of Character. I currently work at UPRH as an Assistant Professor of Psychology.

    NYFA: Do you have any favorite NYFA moments from your time studying with us?

    AOL: I have wonderful memories of every NYFA and Universal Studios corner in LA, magical contexts where we performed for most of our projects. I can remember all the experiences and knowledge acquired in the courses with the excellent professor Denis McCourt, who inspired me to continue developing both as an actor and in other roles — for example, as as a singer — in order to enrich my level of performance.

    I studied in the adult program at Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico: during this time, I won a prize as a composer in Miami and participated as a baritone in several choruses and concerts. Definitely, NYFA inspired me to reach new dreams and to believe in myself.

    NYFA: What initially drew you to “Cielos Negros”? What is the film about?

    AOL: “Cielos Negros” is an experimental LGBT short film based on a Puerto Rican story story by writer David Caleb. Larry, the main character, is “a insecure man who found the reason of his freedom after the disappearance of Angel (his new love) in an unexplained event at la Laguna del Condado in Puerto Rico.”

    The director is Alexis Aguirre, who invited me to participate initially as the lead actor and then as an associate producer. When I read the script, I connected immediately with the surrealism of the story and also with the sublime ending that distinguishes this creative masterpiece in contrast with other diversity films that still have predominant and subjective elements of heteronormativity: Here the love without gender wins, without tragedy. I must say that I am really surprised with all the laurels received and we are very excited to our new Official Selection on GeoFilm Italy, that include more than 6,000 participants from 90 countries around the World.

    A still from “Cielos Negros” via IMDB.

    NYFA: Have you been able to be present at any of the festivals where “Cielos Negros” has played?

    AOL: During the last year I was working hard on the publication of a book and had to observe all the success of “Cielos Negros” from the distance: considering that Italy is one of my world contexts of inspiration as an “Uomo Universale” apprentice, I am willing to be part of this wonderful presentation of our short film at GeoFilm in Italy. Definitely, we have reasons to celebrate and I hope to be part of it!

    NYFA: For our students, do you have any advice about transitioning from life as a student to working in the business as a professional?

    AOL: The best lesson I have learnt is that an actor who develops the capacity to transform literally for the director’s eyes and vision without any doubts, the one that has no fear to explore the diversity that coexists in all our dimensions — intellectual, spiritual and physical — is the actor that will succeed.

    And when I define success, I refer to the great responsibility of creating a vivid performance, and an artistic project, that can be appreciated in different countries — and in your own country — as something different, creative, universal and valuable, with its own individual life that is superior to each component (the actors, the producers, the director), and with a quality and fingerprint that transcends frontiers. When we have the privilege of touching other cultures virtually with our art and performance, and it is received with enthusiasm, we have received the best prize: the one that is superior to any economical benefit.

    NYFA: What’s next for you? Can you share any upcoming projects, or what you’re working on now?

    AOL: I am one of the leading actors of the Puerto Rican film “Etreum” (Vicente Juarbe, Idalia Perez Garay), that is in postproduction. We are waiting for this creative newborn with great expectations for 2018.

    Also, I will be working on new creative projects that recently are touching my soul that combine music, writing, and acting. It will be an eternal adventure!

    One of my dreams is to be part of NYFA faculty and offer courses in Psychology of Character and Creative Coaching for Latin American Actors. Also, to develop new courses in Spanish related to acting.

    I love my heritage and I want to pay it forward to my beloved NYFA, hopefully soon. Thanks for believing on us, NYFA Alumni!

    ¡Un abrazote desde Puerto Rico!

    The New York Film Academy would like to thank Dr. Ariel Orama López for sharing part of his story with our community.

     

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  • NYFA Acting for Film Alumna Elena Wang Takes “Allegiance” From Broadway to LA

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    New York Film Academy (NYFA) alumna Elena Wang is seeing her name in Broadway lights. Wang is no stranger to the stage. She has performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall with Daniel Dae Kim in “The King and I.” She worked alongside Tori Kelly in “Oz” and has also worked with Shaquille O’Neal through NYFA and Taylor Swift through Sony. Having performed in Australia, Singapore, and England Wang will make her LA stage debut in “Allegiance,” a new musical inspired by the true story of writer George Takei’s time spent in an internment camp on American soil.

    NYFA: When did you realize you wanted to be an actress?

    Wang: I was born in Singapore but I was raised in Australia. I was blessed to have attended a school (St. Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls) that’s very strong in the arts.  When I was 12, they put on the production of “The Wizard of Oz.” I was cast as Dorothy.  I realize now how big of a leap they took to cast a little Asian girl for that role, but it was also an eye-opening experience for me. Acting and singing was something I really loved and it was a thrill to bring a character to life regardless of my race. That process was the very first spark of understanding that this could be something I could do for the rest of my life.

    NYFA: What was your first acting gig?

    Wang: I had to move back to Singapore for my family after high school. As luck would have it, I was able to get into a theater program I had had my eye on. During my graduation show of “Once on this Island,” where I played Asaka, a leading theatre company discovered me. Wild Rice is known for their large-scale production of “Beauty World.” They needed a leading lady and they entrusted me with the role. It was the role that got me ELLE’s ‘Breakout star of the year award’ and opened several doors for me. I was incredibly blessed that it was my first.

    NYFA: What brought you to NYFA?

    Wang: I grew up loving film. A year after my big break in Singapore, I landed a role in “The King and I” that was to be staged at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London starring Daniel Dae Kim (“Lost,” “Hawaii Five-O”). After performing for 5000 people every night, I realized that film was still something I wanted to try. So I took the leap, left London, and started fresh in Los Angeles at NYFA. I read that NYFA was hands-on and more practical-based, which was something I wanted.

    NYFA: Do you have a favorite class or moment from your history at NYFA?

    Wang: Singing has been a huge part of my career. I am an actor first and foremost. I would have to say my favorite class was Meisner class. We really got to dig deep. The class allowed us to be in front of the camera and experience what it was really like to be on set. In the two years that I attended NYFA, there were plenty of similar opportunities for which I am grateful.

    NYFA: What did you learn at NYFA that helped you most in your career?

    Wang: That’s a big question because we covered so many things. I would have to say learning how to be in an audition room, how to cold read, how to break scripts down and how to do it in a short amount of time. They were able to teach me what it is like in the “real world,” so even if it was daunting post-graduation, I still felt confident and prepared.

    NYFA: What was the audition process for “Allegiance” like?

    Wang: I didn’t have to audition for the cast that will be coming to LA in 2018. I made my Broadway debut in 2015 with “Allegiance.” However, for the Broadway audition, it was intimidating, to say the least. I stumbled upon the open call auditions via a friend whom I haven’t seen in years. This was just two years after graduating from NYFA. At the time, I was mainly focused on my VISA applications to be able to stay and continue working.  

    Professionally, I’d already performed in music videos, commercials and a pilot. But, I had not sung for four years. I had to wait six hours among hundreds of other hopeful actors because I was not Equity. It felt alien to include singing with my acting audition, but I guess something clicked that day. I got through the first three rounds of auditions, which required me to sing and dance for the panel.  

    They then gave me two days to learn some material for the lead role. Lea Salonga had set dates off for other commitments, and they needed someone to take over when she was away for those dates. The rest of the cast flew into LA from New York. There is a video online that shows the last round of the audition process, “Trek to Broadway – Episode 2 – ‘All We Need is the Girl.'” It is George Takei’s documentary on their road to Broadway with Allegiance. I’m lucky that I get to look back on the moment they offered me the position. Till this day it still feels like a dream, but now I get to say that it’s my life.

    NYFA: Have you had an opportunity to meet George Takei? What was that like?

    Wang: I love George and we have known each other for two years now. He was so wonderful, and nominated me for the Paul Green Award 2016 for the most promising young actor. I received the award in front of artistic directors and founders of theaters across the nation. George won the Person of the Year Award in 2016.  I have also played the role of Kei several times on Broadway and acted alongside him every day and night across 2015/2016.

    It has been nothing but an absolute dream. He is the grandfather I never had and the most loving and sincere person I have ever known. If I were to say something to him, now, it would be “I love you very much.” Five days after I return from Singapore I will be doing a press/promo tour in Hawaii and Japan with George and our producer/writer Lorenzo Thione. It also coincides with my birthday and I can’t think of anyone else better to spend it with!

    NYFA: What, if anything, does this play mean to you on a personal level?

    Wang: On a broad level, this show is about how Japanese Americans were captured and placed in internment camps after Pearl Harbor. As long as you looked like the enemy, you were considered the enemy. It is also loosely based on George Takei’s life, as he was interned as a child.  

    This story is important for all to see. Generalization of race is still an ongoing issue today.  Having grown up in western countries, being the minority has always been a part of my life. I absolutely relate to the themes within the show of family and endurance.  

    The character Kei whom I’ll be playing in LA in 2018 finds herself through turmoil and stands up for what she believes. Together with her family and her community, they find strength in faith and love. So much of this within my own life has been true. Through my travels, I’ve had to find a deep inner belief that I do belong, regardless of my race. I intend to fight for my dreams. Breaking convention and showing the world that I belong in this industry has been an ongoing theme in my career so I am so happy to be able to continue to find myself within this show.

    NYFA: Tell us a little about the character you play.

    Wang: I believe through our troubles and failure, we find ourselves on a level we never knew before. [My character] Kei Kimura had to grow up without a mother. She drowns in her responsibilities, which includes looking after her younger brother, Sammy. But after facing turmoil, she finally finds her vulnerability, falls in love, and gains the strength to fight for her rights. She becomes a new person and a renewed daughter and sister.

    NYFA: What has the rehearsal process for “Allegiance” been like?

    Wang: For the Broadway show, it was an entirely new experience. I had never been to New York City. The moment I moved, it was press events and rehearsals for both the lead and my feature role as Nan Goto. Lea Salonga was not available until the second week.  The show had been in the works for eight years prior but it was all new to me.

    After four days of rehearsals, taking on a double track immediately felt like boot camp.  The rest was amazing. During previews, we would make changes in the day and perform it to a paying crowd that night. It was hard work but also a dream come true.

    NYFA: What’s up next for you?

    Wang: There are lots of exciting new projects coming up within the Broadway community. We just had the world premiere of “Bastard Jones” Off-Broadway, and due to amazing reviews, I am looking forward to the next exciting phase of the show. It is the one show that the writers Marc Acito (“Allegiance”) and Amy Engelhardt (“The Bobs”) entrusted me to play what was originally an English comedic ingénue. They wanted the casting to represent “real” America. I love being a part of “colorblind” casting.

    We also just went through the first industry showing of “Tiananmen.” It follows the journey of Xirui (whom I play), a young college girl who leads the hunger strike during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. I adore this show so I am excited about its next steps.  

    I am enjoying the flow of my Broadway dreams but I am still very much in love with film. Any support, however, NYFA can give (even this blog) is the support I am grateful of.

    The New York Film Academy would like to congratulate Wang on all of her success. Be sure to check out “Allegiance” when it comes to the East West Players beginning February 22. Tickets are available here.

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  • New York Film Academy Alumna Kellyanne Chippendale Talks “Meisnered” at NYFA Los Angeles

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    On Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, director and comedian Kellyanne Chippendale brought her short documentary “Meisnered” to the New York Film Academy. The film chronicles her experiences studying the Meisner Technique, and how it changed her life. The documentary also includes the short film “Getting Meisnered.” Director of the Q&A Series Tova Laiter and Chair of Acting for Film Anne Moore hosted the evening.

    Kellyanne Chippendale had an unconventional path into the entertainment industry. She began the same way as many, with a passion for watching movies that was passed down from her parents. But by the time she was in college, her focus had shifted. She went to school for broadcast journalism, focused on becoming an educator, and thought about having a family.

    “I taught every single subject and every single grade except math,” Chippendale said. But something was missing. She wanted to try acting, but the audition process never seemed to go her way. “I’d prepare so well and then once I got into the room…” So she did what any rational adult would do: She joined a stand-up comedy class. When they asked her to come back the following season she knew she was on to something.

    Her continued hard work led her to wear many hats for the company. “I started producing my own shows because that’s the only way you can make money in comedy when you’re first starting out.” She began with dinner shows, where patrons would pay $50 a table to have dinner and a show. Through this she began to form relationships with other comedians, getting invited to perform at other shows, and building a roster for her own performances.

    Her film “Getting Meisnered” is about this process of becoming an actress and, more specifically, about her instructor, Wolfgang, who helped her have a major breakthrough in acting through the Meisner technique. She says this experience changed her life. The idea of working off an actor’s true essence and building a scene with a partner was a philosophy she was able to take into her real life.

    Moore and Chippendale gave a short demonstration of one of the Meisner exercises. One actor makes an observation about the other. Then the statement is acknowledged and repeated as the actors search for the truth in the moment.

    One student asked which books would be best to read if they were interested in studying the Meisner technique independently. The answer they received was “Meisner on Acting” and Larry Silverberg’s four-part series “The Sanford Meisner Approach: An Actor’s Workbook.”

    The New York Film Academy would like to thank Chippendale for taking the time to speak with our students. Check out her short film “Getting Meisnered” on IMDB by clicking here.

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    November 16, 2017 • Academic Programs, Acting, Film School, Filmmaking, Guest Speakers • Views: 801

  • NYFA Gold Coast Advanced Diploma April ’17 Students Hold Graduation Showcase

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    The April ’17 Graduates with Acting Coordinator Louise Lee Mei

    On November 9th, the New York Film Academy Gold Coast campus held its Advanced April ’17 Actors End of Year Showcase and Graduation. Graduating students were joined by family and friends at Event Cinemas at Pacific Fair to celebrate their achievements and the body of work they accomplished throughout the year.

    New York Film Academy Australia delivers the nationally recognized Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media, with chosen coursework focused on the craft and business of acting for film. Students who enroll with the program commit a tremendous amount of time and effort, which paid off handsomely with a much-anticipated screening at the April ’17 graduation.

    Acting Coordinator, Louise Lee Mei, opened the event by welcoming guests and congratulating the four graduating students: Christopher Gillham, Esther Crane, Marc Johnson and Sherry Kawecki.

    “The Advanced April Actors are a group of very hard workers who we are extremely proud of,” said Mei. “We are excited to present these great actors to the industry.”

    The screening included Acting for Film scenes and the group’s pilot episode “Eternity”, concerning a jilted lover turning her hand to black magic and threatening the delicate balance between good and evil.

    The New York Film Academy congratulates our NYFA Gold Coast Advanced April ’17 Actors!

     

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    November 14, 2017 • Acting, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 1434

  • NYFA to Screen Sneak Preview of “Porto” With Gabe Klinger and Larry Gross

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    The New York Film Academy is excited to host an early screening of the film “Porto,” starring Lucie Lucas and the late Anton Yelchin. The event will take place at NYFA’s New York City campus on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

    Set in the ancient Portuguese city of the same name, “Porto” tells the story of an American loner, Jake (Anton Yelchin) and a French student, Mati (Lucie Lucas) who “embark on a night of carefree intimacy.” As the official plot describes it, “This romantic encounter is viewed from years later, both characters still haunted by the powerful connection they shared. Using a mix of film stocks and art direction that evokes a bygone era of European cinema, ‘Porto’ delivers a cinematic form of saudade – a Portuguese word that describes an emotional state of nostalgic longing for a person or place that one has loved.”

    Lucie Lucas & Anton Yelchin in "Porto"

    Lucie Lucas & Anton Yelchin in “Porto”

    The film was shot on 35mm, 16mm, and 8mm film stocks to represent the three different time periods — the one-night stand, the days surrounding it, and present day — represented in the story.

    Lead actor Anton Yelchin tragically passed away in an accident in 2016, and “Porto” is one of the final films he shot before his death.

    Lucie Lucas in "Porto"

    Lucie Lucas in “Porto”

    Director Gabe Klinger and co-writer Larry Gross will attend the NYFA screening and take part in a Q&A following the film. The Brazilian-born director previously directed the documentary “Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater.” Attendees will include NYFA Filmmaking, Acting, and Cinematography students.

    The film opens Friday, Nov. 17 in New York City at Sunshine Cinema and Friday, Nov. 24 in Los Angeles at Nuart Theatre. Watch the trailer for the film below:

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  • NYFA to Screen Student & Faculty Work at DOC NYC Film Festival

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    The New York Film Academy Documentary Department is excited to announce a special NYFA Showcase at the renowned DOC NYC Film Festival this Friday, November 10th, at 11:45 AM at IFC Center, 323 6th Ave, New York, NY. Tickets for the Showcase can be purchased here.

    DOC NYC has been voted one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “five coolest documentary film festivals in the world.”  It’s also one of the most respected, and America’s largest. Based at the West Village’s IFC Center, Chelsea’s SVA Theater and Bow Tie Chelsea Cinema, the eight-day festival showcases new achievements in documentary film along with panels and conversations.  This is third consecutive year NYFA students will premiere projects at the festival.

    “DOC NYC is one of the most important documentary film festivals in the world. It’s a huge honor to be included in their showcase for the third year in a row.  Luckily, our students are up to the challenge,” said Andrea Swift, Chair, NYFA Documentary Department. “These five films are as accomplished as they are diverse, which is representative of the majority of NYFA documentaries.”

    "Jatar" by Braulio Jatar

    “Jatar” by Braulio Jatar

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    The NYFA films that will screen are below:

    Atomic Love (USA, 17 min., Yusaku Kanagawa) A Hiroshima orphan begins a tentative friendship with an enemy soldier.

    Home Free (USA, 15 min., Marie Vanderrusten) Jack the bubble man, who has lived in Central Park for years believes himself more home-free, not homeless.

    Little Red Lie (USA, 13 min., Mariko Ide) Battling the fable of the Big Bad Wolf, Rebecca struggles to release young Mexican Gray wolves back into the wild.

    Jatar (USA, 10 min., Braulio Jatar) The “capture order” on a young journalist’s head stands between him and his father, a high-profile dissident dying in a Venezuelan prison.

    Jaguaribara (USA, 17 min., Lucas M. Dantas). When the ruins of the submerged city, Jaguaribara begin to reappear after a drought, the filmmaker’s family search for their lost ancestral home.

    Jaguaribara by NYFA student Lucas Dantas

    Three faculty films are also premiering at DOC NYC. Information about those is included below:

    Saturday Nov 11, 2017, 3:45 PM SVA Theatre, Tickets
    Scotty Bowers and the Secret History of Hollywood (US premiere), featuring Editing Master Course prof and Oscar nominee / multiple Emmy Award Winner and editor, Bob Eisenhardt

    Sun Nov 12, 2017, 4:45 PMIFC Center. Tickets
    Hot Grease, (world premiere) directed and produced by NYFA Documentary Department Producing professor, Jessica Wolfson
    Wed Nov 15, 2017, 9:15 PMIFC Center. Tickets
    Atomic Homefront, (NYC premiere) NYFA Documentary Department Cinematography prof and 4 x Oscar Nominee and cinematographer, Claudia Raschke
    This film is co-presented by Human Rights Watch.

    DOC NYC U – New York Film Academy Showcase
    Fri Nov 10, 2017, 11:45 AM IFC Center
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