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  • Tom Fontana Visits New York Film Academy as Special Guest Speaker

    This week, New York Film Academy welcomed producer Tom Fontana to its New York City campus as a part of the ongoing Producing Department Industry Speaker Series. As a part of the event, the full house of NYFA community attendees were treated to screenings of clips of Fontana’s work from police procedural Homicide: Life On the Street, HBO prison drama Oz, and BBC America drama Copper, a period piece set in the notorious 1860s New York City neighborhood of Five Points.

    During the talk, Fontana sat down with Producing Department instructor and Marcia Mule Productions founder Marcia Mule, each sharing their bond over the fact that they’re both from Buffalo, New York, with students. The producer went on to discuss his early career as a writer for theatre, which led to an opportunity to write for the influential medical drama St. Elsewhere. He wrote dozens of episodes between 1982-1988.

    Following St. Elsewhere, Fontana had a meandering path to his next job. Baltimore newspaper man David Simon (who would go on to create The Wire, The Corner, Treme, and The Deuce) sent his book Homicide: Life on the Killing Streets to fellow Baltimore-born director Barry Levinson, hoping it would become a film. Levinson suggested it was too dense with too many important characters, and instead pitched it as a TV show. This would ultimately become Homicide: Life on the Street, for which Fontana would go on to contribute to 67 episodes.

    While writing for Homicide, Fontana began to ponder what happened to the characters the writers would send off to prison. Fleshing out the stories for these forgotten offscreen characters became the inspiration for Oz, a master class in character building set in a fictional, experimental prison unit called Emerald City.

    HBO had never aired an original drama series and the timing for Oz — a gritty, realistic, brutal prison drama — was right.  Fontana told an interesting story about a discussion with Dick Wolf, who wanted to use the popular character John Munch (played by Richard Belzer) on his new show Law & Order. Fontana and the Homicide creators let Munch use the character for free and don’t get royalties for his presence in over 300 Law & Order episodes. He has also since appeared in The Wire and Arrested Development, among other shows.

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    Oz premiered in 1997 and went on for six seasons, and ended up inspiring later-renowned HBO dramas such as The Wire, The Sopranos, and Boardwalk Empire.

    Tom Fontana has written and produced many more groundbreaking television series, including The Philanthropist and Netflix’s Borgia. He has received, among other distinctions, three Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, three Writers’ Guild Awards, Four Television Critics Association Awards, the Cable Ace Award, the Humanitas Prize, a Special Edgar and the first prize at the Cinema Tout Ecran Festival in Geneva.

    Fontana co-founded the non-profit charity, Stockings with Care. He’s on the Boards of the WGAE Foundation, The NYPD Police Museum, The Creative Coalition, The Acting Company, The Williamstown Theatre Festival and The International Council of The Paley Media Center.

    The New York Film Academy thanks Tom Fontana for sharing his time and expertise with our student community.

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

    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:

  • NYFA South Beach to Host Panel at Spectrum Art Show

    Spectrum Miami

    New York Film Academy South Beach is honored to host an event during Discover Spectrum Miami on Friday, December 8 at 5pm. The event will take place during Miami’s annual, sprawling Art Basel festival, which draws a wide variety of art fans from all over the world to Florida’s southeast coast. The juried, contemporary art show takes place in Miami’s Arts & Entertainment District from December 6th until the 10th and features a diverse array of internationally renowned artists and galleries.

    Art Talk is one of a number of different events taking place during the five-day fine art event. Representing NYFA will be David Mager, Chair of Photography for NYFA NY, LA, and South Beach, Naomi White, Associate Chair of Photography NYFA LA, Angelika Rinnhofer, Photographer and NYFA Instructor, and Jon Henry, Photographer and NYFA alum.

    Inspiring Creativity
    Where does the inspiration come from?  What drives us as artists to pursue a thread of interest?  How do we know when we are onto something? How can we work toward finding the next project?

    Join New York Film Academy Faculty and Alumni in discussing how to inspire creativity, choose projects that are worth pursuing, and keep that creative inspiration alive.

    Panelists
    David Mager, Moderator
    Photographer
    Chair of Photography, NYFA NYC, LA, and SoBe
    David Mager is currently the Chair of the Photography Department at the New York Film Academy for the New York, Los Angeles, and South Beach campuses, where he has been providing a focused, hands on approach to students of photography. David is an award-winning photographer with over 20 years of experience in the publishing, editorial, and advertising industries.  Clients have included Disney, DK, Scholastic, Der Speigel, McGraw Hill, Penguin, Time Out NY, Parents Magazine, Paper, Flair, American Baby, and Park Place Magazine and many more. David received a Masters of Professional Studies in Digital Photography from The School of Visual Arts, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from New York University. He is also an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom.

    Naomi White, Panelist
    Associate Chair of Photography, NYFA LA campus
    Naomi White is a feminist, visual artist, and educator, working in Los Angeles. She is the winner of PDN’s Objects of Desire award and has exhibited throughout North America and Europe, including bG gallery Bergamot Station, Tobey Fine Arts, Christopher Henry Gallery, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, GE World Headquarters, Saatchi Art Gallery, NAA Festival Novas Artes Associadas in Portugal, Scope Art Basel, Miami, and Photo LA. Her work has been published in PDN, The Brooklyn Rail, Uncertain States in the UK, and On Art & Aesthetics.

    White holds an MFA in Photography and Related Media from SVA in New York, and a BA in English Literature from San Francisco State. White investigates themes of consumerism and identity construction in our camera-bound world, focusing on the transformative power of photography to affect desire and change.

    Angelika Rinnhofer’s “a priori”

    Angelika Rinnhofer, Panelist
    Photographer
    NYFA Instructor South Beach campus
    Angelika Rinnhofer is an artist and an art educator. She works primarily in photography, video, dance and performance, but sometimes adopts non-traditional art media in her practice such as baking, gaming, and trace making. In her work, Rinnhofer reflects on the feeling of belonging and the effect of memory on her sense of affinity. For her current project “a priori”, Rinnhofer examines the impact that the discovery of a family secret may carry on a person’s sense of identity.

    Rinnhofer is the recipient of several grants and two fellowships, and the New York Foundation for the Arts/ARTSPIRE granted fiscal sponsorship to “a priori”. She has had a number of national and international exhibitions and her images have been featured in various professional publications. Her art has been shown in solo exhibitions at Miami Beach Urban Studios, the Jewish Community Center in Dresden, Germany, the New Britain Museum of Art in New Britain, CT, at Light Work in Syracuse, NY, at the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery in Miami, and the Paul Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles.

    In 2010 Rinnhofer received her Master’s degree in Fine Arts in New Media from Transart Institute in Berlin.

    Jon Henry, Panelist
    Photographer
    NYFA Photography Alumni
    Jon Henry is an artist who was born and raised in Queens, NY. He studied at CUNY Queens College and New York Film Academy.  He is a visual artist who primarily works with photography. His practice focuses on two main areas: the black family, his own and the community at large. In specifically, looking at the mother/son relationship in the wake of the murders of African American men due to police violence.  His work also focuses on athletes and their representation in a fine art context. Stranger Fruit was recently selected by Smack Mellon for Hot Picks 2017 and the project was also on the short list for the Lucie Foundation grant.

    NYFA alum Jon Henry

    NYFA alum Jon Henry

    November 27, 2017 • Photography, South Beach • Views: 755

  • A Closer Look at NYFA’s Graphic Design Program

    New York Film Academy’s Graphic Design program utilizes contemporary design thinking within the context of the school’s film program. This unique curriculum offers special focus on areas of design practice relating to communication, narrative structure, storytelling, motion graphics, and the integration of design and film. Emphasis is placed on acquiring design fundamentals, understanding client design briefs, generating ideas, sketching, refining, prototyping, and production. Guided by a world-class faculty of respected and active professional graphic designers, 1-Year students develop a diverse design portfolio, professional fluency in industry standard software, and in-depth knowledge of graphic design.

    Graphic Design Student Work

    Graphic Design Student Work

    The Graphic Design Program at NYFA, located in New York City — the epicenter of all things design — afforded the recently graduated students many opportunities to visit museums, attend lectures, participate in design discussions with world famous graphic designers, and attend design show openings. Students got to see first hand how design studios run, what design work environments are like, and to hear how the vision and design philosophy of the studios is conveyed through the work. A few notable events, museums and lectures include:

    • Studio visit and discussion with Milton Glaser
    • Studio visit and discussion with Mirko Ilic
    • Studio visit and discussion with the Creative Director of Penguin Books, Paul Buckley
    • Design Opening: The Type Directors Club/TCD63/The World’s Best Typography
    • AIGA/American Institute for Graphic Arts/The Hillary for America Design Team
    • Posters and Patriotism and Propaganda by Design/The Museum of the City of New York/Lecture and exhibition
    • Art Deco Walking Tour of Lower Manhattan with NYFA Design Historian Keith Godard
    Type Directors Club Event

    Type Directors Club Event

    Student Success Stories

    Elle Hasanli uses her art as a tool for social justice. The self-proclaimed human rights activist is inspired by abstract patterns in everyday life and uses many of these elements in her design work. The Graphic Design alum has already landed an internship with Mirko Ilić Corp., an internationally recognized designer in NYC. “The mentors at NYFA made sure to provide us with practical skills so that we could enter the world of design,” Hasanli said. “In 8.5 months, I learned how to use InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects.” Because these programs are essential skills to get work, Hasanli felt more than equipped to enter the job market and learning them has clearly already paid off for her. She sums up the program as such: “I needed the basic skills and I needed the inspiration. I got both of them. The course promised to be very intensive and it was just what it promised. The program taught me how to communicate my ideas effectively through graphic design.”

    Baskerville Book Couple

    Baskerville Book Couple

    Graphic Design includes numerous feature projects including Motion Graphics: Personal Visual Identity, which involves a personal visual identity that reflects aspects of the student designer (i.e. Kevin Zhang’s love of music and dance). The Design for Interaction: Cross Platform Publication also deals with students’ personal areas of interest. For example, Elle Hasanli chose to focus on the symbiotic relationship between art and fashion, both past and present. Madrid Light City: Poster Competition (pictured below) invited all graphic designers to take part in an open poster exhibition supported by the Business Forum for Madrid, DIMAD, and the Madrid City Council.

    Madrid Light City

    November 14, 2017 • Academic Programs, Graphic Design • Views: 701

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

    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:

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

    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

    When tagging DOC NYC on social media platforms, use @DOCNYC and #docnyc or #docnycpro

    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
    Buy Tickets

    November 8, 2017 • Acting • Views: 896

  • NYFA Graphic Design Alum Elle Hasanli Discusses Her Work

    New York Film Academy’s Graphic Design program in New York City combines in-class instruction, hands-on education, and extensive coursework, resulting in a challenging and rewarding experience with plenty of real-world application. Students enrolled in the program have intensive classes five days a week, with many evenings and weekends spent working on original projects. Talented alum Elle Hasanli, who recently completed the 1 Year Graphic Design program at NYFA, has been successful both in and out of the classroom.
     Elle Hasanli Evoke

    Elle (short for Günel) uses her art as a tool for social justice. The self-proclaimed human rights activist is inspired by abstract patterns in everyday life and uses many of these elements in her design work. The Graphic Design alum has already landed an internship with Mirko Ilić Corp., an internationally recognized designer in NYC. “The mentors at NYFA made sure to provide us with practical skills so that we could enter the world of design,” Hasanli says. “In 8.5 months, I learned how to use InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and AfterEffects.” Because these programs are “essential skills to get a job,” Hasanli felt more than equipped to enter the job market and learning them has clearly already paid off. She continues, “Faculty dedicated time and energy to work on our resumes, explained to us how to carry ourselves at a job interview, and gave us tips on how to build a professional network.” Hasanli also came out of the program equipped with a portfolio and website, two tools absolutely necessary for any designer in the field. Guests from the design world to attend portfolio reviews daily so students have opportunities to make valuable connections.

    In addition to skills necessary for securing a good job after school, Hasanli learned things such as typography which she had no familiarity with previously, “now I can instantly recognize good typography. “NYFA worked on my existing talent and taught me how to start implementing it in practice.” This is evident in work such as “Virgin” which ties in her passion for social justice with the skills she acquired in her classes at NYFA. She also designed posters for Climate Week NYC and has worked on packaging and art for various other brands.

    Elle Climate Week
    She sums up the program as such: “I needed the basic skills and I needed the inspiration. I got both of them. The course promised to be very intensive and it was just what it promised. The program taught me how to communicate my ideas effectively through graphic design.”
    Hasanli is inspired by a variety of current and historic artists, experimental and otherwise: Alexei Brodovich for editorial design, Milton Glaser, Ai Weiwei and the performance art of Marina Abramovich. In addition to graphic design, she practices conceptual and documentary photography. She also wrote a script for an animation film which is a world she would like to further explore.

    October 20, 2017 • Graphic Design • Views: 843

  • NYFA Alum Releases New Short Film “Kaashi”

    New York Film Academy alum Tushar Tyagi has a new short film that was recently released entitled “Kaashi.” Tushar graduated from NYFA in New York City in 2013 after completing the 1-Year Filmmaking program.

    “Kaashi” focuses on a widespread but oft-overlooked humanitarian issue in India. A chronic problem country-wide is that 1.2 billion of households do not have convenient access to toilets. The consequences for women, in particular, are huge. “Kaashi” tells just one of these many stories of a teenage girl living in a poverty in an Indian village. The main character is insistent on getting simple but necessary toilet built in her house. The film shows the hardships to get something as simple as a bathroom necessity constructed in a home. The content of the film is supported by the Indian  government.

    Kaashi Tushar Tyagi

    “The subject comes from my personal experiences and observations,” Tyagi told Tribune India. Having been born in Muradabad, Uttar Pradesh, Tushar has lived around the environment he depicts in his new 11-minute short. Urvashi Singh was cast to play the lead role of Kaashi and Ishrat Khan also stars as the lead’s mother.

    Tyagi studied computer engineering from the College of Engineering, Roorkee in India before switching gears at NYFA. “I’m so blessed to have done my film studies at NYFA,” Tyagi beamed. “Back in 2012 I had just got graduated as engineer, I wanted to be a filmmaker, and from my online research I found out that NYFA is one of the most hands-on film schools, which I found to be the absolute truth, I ended up working in 4 projects films by the first week into the course at NYFA.” He goes on to describe NYFA as a “learning temple” and “a big stepping stone” in his career. The school’s hands-on style has proven to be a boon to burgeoning filmmakers trying to get into the industry immediately after graduation.

    The Indian-born filmmaker also recently released a short film entitled “A Broken Egg,” which was shot in Los Angeles. He is known for past works including “Rose,” “Hari,” and “Midnight.” His first film “Gulabee” was made as his thesis film at NYFA and won 24 awards.

    October 16, 2017 • Filmmaking • Views: 1117

  • NYFA Shows Early Screening of “The Florida Project” with Darren Dean

    On Wednesday, October 4th, New York Film Academy hosted an early screening of the already critically acclaimed “The Florida Project,” as part of the Producing Department’s Industry Speaker Series.  NYFA Instructor and Producer of the film Darren Dean was on hand to introduce the film and participate in a Q&A session following the screening. Produced by Sean Baker, “The Florida Project” focuses on Florida motel residents who live in the shadow of Disney World in and around Celebration, Florida (Kool & The Gang’s post-disco smash “Celebration” blares during the credits). We previously wrote about the film’s premiere at the prestigious Director’s Fortnight at Cannes. The film is being distributed by A24 which has positioned itself as a curator of excellent cinema with recent releases such as “Good Time,” and last year’s excellent, Academy Award-winning “Moonlight.”

    Darren Dean at NYFA

    Producer Darren Dean discusses “The Florida Project” with NYFA Producing Chair Neal Weisman

    Neal Weisman, Chair of Producing at NYFA, introduced the film and moderated the Q&A with his colleague. Dean described his entry into the film industry as such: “I started making films when I was 40. I was working marketing. I worked with Sean, went back to school to complete my degree, and ended up shooting a film he liked.” He continued,”I know no other world. I don’t know the ‘let’s go from the paper, let’s strictly follow the rules’ world.” His unique vantage point was valuable to students who may eventually try to marry traditional methods with experimental filmmaking styles such as Baker and Dean.

    “[Sean] likes to get involved with the families that live in the motels, for example, or, in ‘Prince of Broadway’, the West African street hustlers, or, in ‘Tangerine’, the trans sex workers.” As Mr. Weisman put it, this lends an authenticity and honesty to all of Baker’s work. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned to trust, it’s his instinct.” “Create this pastiche of ‘The Little Rascals. This is Sean’s tribute to ‘The Little Rascals.'”

    “We are two straight, white men from New Jersey who happen to think straight white male filmmaking is boring,” Dean joked referencing his work, such as the acclaimed “Tangerine,” with Baker. The newest film focuses on another marginalized group, the “hidden homeless” people living week-to-week in motels outside of Orlando. A number of the bit parts were people who actually live in the motels with no prior acting experience. Like many actors and actresses in Baker’s previous films, the female lead, Bria Vinaite, was cast from Instagram. Veteran actor Willem Defoe is the “name” of the cast and delivers a powerful performance as the tough but empathetic manager of the motel. The main child character, Moonee, is played by Brooklynn Prince who is astounding and is sure to receive recognition come award season.

    New York Film Academy students from Filmmaking, Screenwriting, Acting for Film, and other disciplines were captivated by the harrowing drama and stuck around for questions afterward. Following the Q&A, Dean was gracious enough to sign posters given by A24 and chat with students and aspiring filmmakers.

    “The Florida Project” is released nationwide this Friday, October 6. Director Sean Baker will be attending a Q&A at AMC Lincoln Square in New York City following the 9pm showing of the film. See below for more info.

    The Florida Project NY Q&As

    UPDATE: “The Florida Project” has since been nominated for the following major awards, among others:

    • Golden Globe – Willem Dafoe for Best Supporting Actor
    • Independent Spirit Award – Sean Baker for Best Director
    • Satellite Award – Sean Baker for Best Director
    • Screen Actors Guild Award – Willem Dafoe for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
    • Gotham Independent Film Award – Brooklynn Prince for Breakthrough Actor

    October 6, 2017 • Acting, Filmmaking, Guest Speakers, Producing, Screenwriting • Views: 2434

  • NYFA to Host the NYC Premiere of “The Lost Tree”

    The New York Film Academy is proud and excited to play host to a new film directed by Brian A. Metcalf. “The Lost Tree” will be making its New York City premiere next week on October 12th at 4 p.m. at NYFA’s New York campus at 17 Battery Place. Thomas Ian Nicholas, who plays Noah, will be attending and take part in a Q&A after the film.

    The feature-length drama/thriller focuses on a man named Noah, played by Thomas Ian Nicholas, who moves out of the city to an isolated cabin after he is guilt-ridden by the death of his wife. Upon arriving to his new surroundings, he begins noticing supernatural occurrences that seem to be coming from his deceased wife. He soon discovers that the source of the unsettling occurrences is a mysterious and ominous tree. Despite his life being in danger, Noah becomes obsessed with contacting his wife and uncovering the tree’s secrets.

     The Lost Tree NYFA
    About the micro-budget film, Thomas Ian Nicholas said, “I had the privilege of creating it with my friends. It was my third film with Michael Madsen, second with Clare Kramer, and I worked with Lacey [Chabert] on a 9-episode arc of ‘Party of Five.’ Scott Grimes helped me get my first agent back in 1986.” In other words, it was a family affair of sorts. Chabert plays Jenna, Madsen plays John, and Grimes plays Alan.Nicholas describes Metcalf’s approach as “thorough” and says, “He has a distinct vision for each of his projects.” Having acted in four of the director’s projects, Nicholas is very familiar with his work. The director has also worked on “Little Gandhi,” “Strange Ones,” and “Living Among Us.”

    Actor Thomas Ian Nicholas

    Even though he is often known to audiences for a number of comedies since the 90s, Nicholas said drama has actually always been his strength. “Comedy was my weakness when I started acting classes. I’m happy to be returning to my roots.” Over the years, Nicholas has starred in “Rookie of the Year,” “American Pie,” “Party of Five,” “Walt Before Mickey,” and many other films and television shows over the years. He also fronts the Thomas Nicholas Band which has released four albums and toured extensively.

    Thomas Ian Nicholas and Anna Sophia Berglund, who plays Claudia in the film, will be in attendance at the premiere at NYFA on October 12th. After that, “The Lost Tree” is set to be released in 20 theaters nationwide on Friday the 13th of October. Nicholas and Metcalf’s next joint project, the aforementioned “Living Among Us,” was recently picked up and will be released by Vision Films in association with Sony.

    Check out the trailer below:

    October 5, 2017 • Acting • Views: 1519