Che’Nelle, a Malaysian Australian recording artist, signed with Universal Music Japan with her 2015 hit single “Fierce,” and is now giving back to the community by working with the Nashville based organization Soles4Souls. The non-profit global social enterprise is committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing.
Recently, the New York Film Academy’s Industry Lab filmed Che’Nelle’s charitable cause, donating from her own closet with the help of Los Angeles based celebrity stylist from NBC’s Fashion Star and Eva Longoria’s Ready for Love, Daniel Musto, a current member of E! Style Collective and the Costumer Designers Guild.
The concept for the video was written by New York Film Academy alumnus Todd Lien and directed by alumna and Director of Les Femmes du Ciné (New York Film Academy’s Women’s Club) Mariana Thome.
Other notable crew members from New York Film Academy’s Industry Lab are alumnus producer, Davin Tjen, cinematographer Alejandro Talens, and sound mixer Steve Johnson. Along with current students, gaffer Jiaqing “Vince” Ge and sound mixer Anastasia Reinhard.
California native, Latrice Royale, an American drag performer and reality television personality, best known for her appearances in RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season 4), RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, and RuPaul’s Drag U, filmed her latest music video, Here’s To Life in collaboration with New York Film Academy’s Industry Lab current students and alumni.
Assaad Yacoub, a recent graduate from the New York Film Academy’s MFA Filmmaking feature track, and a current industry lab member, directed the music video and is well known for working with drag performers in his short turned feature Cherry Pop.
He is also well known for tackling social issues in his films that he made at his time at the New York Film Academy such as The Wing, which recently earned an humanitarian award for outstanding achievement from the 2015 Best Shorts Competition.
Other notable crewmembers from New York Film Academy’s Industry Lab were current students: Bogdan Yansen (DP and Editor) Vanness Hughes (1st Assistant Director), Olamide Oladimeji (Key Grip), and Joann Wong (Grip), along with alumni: Alex Lampsos (Producer), Star Li (1st Assistant Camera), Alex Tobias (Grip), and Allyson Manno (Behind-the-Scenes Photographer).
In celebration of Black History month, the New York Film Academy Industry Lab partnered with the Diversity department with the 24th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) in Los Angeles from February 4th -15th. Established in 1992, PAFF is a non-profit 501 (c)(b) corporation dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding among people of African descent and is dedicated to racial tolerance through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression.
Ardrian Newell, a current documentary student at New York Film Academy, Maram Al Joaser, a recent graduate from the Masters of Cinematography program, and Allyson Manno, a graduate from New York Film Academy’s Masters in Filmmaking program, all industry lab members, got the opportunity to work three of the screenings and panels.
The first panel was a conversation with Nate Parker about his directorial debut feature film The Birth of a Nation. In addition to directing, Nate played the starring role in this Biopic about Nat Turner and his famous slave revolt in Northern Virginia. The film garnered much buzz at this year’s Sundance Film Festival before being purchased by Fox Searchlight.
The second panel followed a screening of Oscar nominated film Creed director/screenwriter Ryan Coogler and screenwriter Aaron Covington. They discussed at length their motivations and inspirations for making the film and Coogler’s quick rise as a powerful voice in Hollywood as an acclaimed filmmaker.
The third panel followed a screening of the documentary feature by Abby Ginzber and Frank Dawson, Agents of Change, which tells the story of the unrecognized individuals whose commitment to justice and equality paved the way for the student activists of today. The film, which is the centerpiece of this year’s PAFF, acts as a reminder of all that was done to achieve equality, dignity, and equity on education campuses as well as paving the way for societal reform in America, during the 1960’s and beyond.
The New York Film Academy is proud to collaborate with this year’s PAFF in bringing diverse voices to the public conversation and look to expand our collaboration in the future.
The New York Film Academy’s Industry Lab serves as a professional starting point for its student members, providing real world experience while preparing them for life after graduation.
Industry Lab members, Maram Al Jaoser, a recent graduate from New York Film Academy’s Masters in Cinematography program, Yiqing Yong, an international student from China, current filmmaking student, Ana Reinhard, and alumna from the Master’s in Filmmaking program, Allyson Manno, had the opportunity to interview international artists and attend music workshops at the Goethe-Institut L.A., the Ace Hotel, Bold Space DTLA, and the Standard Downtown during the two-day event From Berlin to LA.
The theme of this event is bringing these artists together to discuss their connection and influence that both Los Angeles and Berlin have on the artists and the electronic dance music scene.
Topics and panels included: digital production, synthesizer customization, digital vocal production, and treatment. The panels featured music industry leaders such as: Native Instruments, Amoeba Records, and Discogs, along with XLR8R and she.said.so hosted a special panel at Bold Space DTLA to discuss with the artists the influences of each city on their sound and the cultural lifestyles.
Zernell spins underground parties and clubs around Los Angeles and runs the internationally acclaimed Grimy Edits label.
The event also hosted an all-day digital production workshop for teens and young adults who learned from current professionals in the industry about the electronic dance music culture.
Friday night, there was projection of Walther Ruttmann 1927 city symphony film Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt (Berlin: Symphony of a Great City) with live improvisation by Lucky Paul & Friends at the Goethe-Institut auditorium.
Carlos Oblivion & Black Replica watching as 19th Moon DJs
Concerts, after shows, and club nights featuring DJ sets by Anna Cavazos, Katie Otro, Mor Elian, Perera Elsewhere, Masha and Dersu featuring 19th Moon live vox.
From Berlin to LA brought in artists such as Anna Cavazos (NYC/L.A./Berlin), Carlos Oblivion & Black Replica (Detroit/Berlin/L.A.), Dersu (Berlin/L.A., Vice), Katie Otro (L.A./Berlin/Ibiza), Lucky Paul (Auckland/Berlin/L.A.). Masha (L.A., Dig Deeper), Mor Elian (Tel Aviv/L.A./Berlin, Prime Numbers), Perera Elsewhere (London/Berlin, L.A. label FoF), Robot Koch (Berlin/L.A., Monkeytown), Simonne Jones (L.A./Berlin), Zernell & Son (L.A., Grimy), and 19th Moon (Berlin/L.A.).