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  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Brings Fashion Photography Workshop to Kazakhstan

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    On October 16, in Astana, Kazakhstan, New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography instructor Kristina Varaksina provided visual art and filmmaking students at the Kazakh National University of Arts (KazNUA) with a stimulating hands-on fashion photography workshop. KazNUA Photography Workshop

    NYFA Professor Varaksina is an award-winning photographer; she is the recipient of multiple prestigious photography awards, including the Prix de la Photographie, Communications Arts Photography Annual, Int’l Photography Awards, PDN Faces, and more. 

    The KazNUA students explored the technical side of lighting and working with professional equipment, as well as the principles of working with ideas, creative teams, and models. Working with Profoto equipment, this workshop was a unique opportunity to learn about working with simple and complex lighting set-ups, learn to solve problems on set, and create outstanding fashion images.

    As stated by David Mager, Chair of NYFA’s Photography school, “Kristina never fails to amaze me. She has the incredible combined ability to teach the technical, while being amazingly creative.”

    Mager added, “Students always walk away with new knowledge that is easily implemented in their own photographic practice.”

    New York Film Academy and Kazakh National University of Arts have a close affiliation under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was rendered earlier this year.

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    October 23, 2018 • International Diversity, Photography • Views: 91

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Hosts Fulbright Foreign Student Welcome Dinner

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    The tradition of hosting a welcome dinner for the incoming cohort of New York Film Academy Foreign Fulbright Grantees continued at the New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts in Los Angeles (NYFA-LA) last week.

    Fulbright Grantees with Dan Mackler, NYFA’s LA Campus Director, Amy Ellenberger, Miguel Cruz, NYFA´s Director of Fulbright Initiatives and Marcus Louis Fien

    Fulbright Grantees with Dan Mackler, NYFA’s LA Campus Director, Amy Ellenberger, Miguel Cruz, NYFA´s Director of Fulbright Initiatives and Marcus Louis Fien

    NYFA-LA Campus Director Dan Mackler, and NYFA Director of Fulbright Initiatives Miguel Cruz hosted the six Fulbright students who are on campus for the 2018/2019 Academic Year.  They include four grantees in the MFA Filmmaking Program, one grantee in MFA Documentary Filmmaking, and one grantee in the 1-Year Acting for Film Program. Represented countries are Spain (3), Paraguay, Peru, and Bahrain. NYFA is pleased to recognize a Fulbright finalist from Estonia as part of the group as well. 

    In recent years, NYFA has welcomed nearly 60 Fulbrighters to our campuses in Los Angeles and New York City. NYFA Fulbrighters have hailed from more than 30 countries. 

    Dr. José Siles, President of the Fulbright Alumni Association of Los Angeles, joined the celebration, as did Amy Ellenberger, NYFA Director of Recruitment, and NYFA Admissions Specialist Marcus Fien. Dr. Siles invited the Fulbrighters for a tour of NASA Space facilities where he is engaged in research.

    Fulbright grantee Maya Riquelme, with Amy Ellenberger, NYFA Director of Recruitment

    Fulbright grantee Maya Riquelme, with Amy Ellenberger, NYFA Director of Recruitment

    NYFA-LA Campus Director Dan Mackler enthusiastically stated, “For me, meeting the extraordinarily talented Fulbright students that come to study at NYFA-LA is one of the highlights of the start of every academic year.”

    Mackler continued, “In these global creators of visual and performing storytelling, I am provided hope for a future that will be both exciting and impactful. They connect us with a greater humanity.”

    The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government through the U.S. Department of State.  The Program operates in more than 140 countries and offers opportunities for students and young professionals, as well as for post-doctoral teachers and researchers to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching.  

    The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. Roughly 1,900 are to U.S. students, 4,000 to foreign students, 1,200 to U.S. scholars, and 900 to visiting scholars. In addition, several hundred teachers and professionals receive awards.

    NYFA is proud to be the school of choice for so many inspired and creative minds and to participate in numerous Fulbright initiatives, including producing two TEDxFULBRIGHT events and conducting documentary filmmaking workshops at the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program Conferences. 

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  • Veterans Photography Workshop Held at New York Film Academy

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    The New York Film Academy (NYFA)’s New York City campus recently hosted nearly 50 veterans, active-duty military personnel, and dependents for an evening master class in the application and principles of light in digital photography.

    Chair of the NYFA Photography Program David Mager facilitated the three-hour workshop.

    Professor Mager’s lecture Principles of Light served as a great introduction to the laws and active principles behind the lighting of any scene. Attendees learned to approach a shoot with a pre-visualized idea of what story they want the light to tell.  

    Both the lecture and hands-on exercises guided attendees to see what different types of light look like, and how to think about lighting as an essential tool in image creation. See more photos from the day here.

    NYFA’s Chair of the Veterans Advancement Program, The Honorable Colonel Jack Jacobs, treated the participants to welcome remarks.

    NYFA provided this photography workshop at no charge to the veteran participants as part of the institution’s support of service members residing in the communities where NYFA has U.S. campuses: Los AngelesNew York City, and South Beach (Miami). In the past two years, NYFA’s Division of Veteran Services has provided more than a dozen such free masterclasses in various filmmaking related disciplines including Acting, ScreenwritingFilmmaking, and Acting for Film.

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  • New York Film Academy Highlighted at New Taipei City Film Industry Exchange Conference

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    The New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA) was honored to participate in a high-level New Taipei City media event, the New Taipei City Film Industry Exchange Conference.

    NYFA Executive Vice President for the China Region Dr. Joy Zhu was a panelist at a segment of the event that focused on the cultivation of talent. Dr. Zhu offered an experienced American and Chinese perspective to the conference delegates, which included members of the Taiwan media.  

    NYFA Executive Vice President for the China Region Dr. Joy Zhu.

    The conference saw film industry professionals from around the globe converge to explore the new Linkou International Media Park, the largest film park in northern Taiwan. Under the guidance of the city government policy, the film industry in New Taipei City has cumulatively developed nearly 130 hectares of industrial land, not only attracting famous TV stations like TVBS and FTV, but also 597 film companies, including Vieshow Cinemas of Banciao Mega City, Showtime Cinema of HiMall, Ambassador Theatre’s Crown Plaza and the upcoming Showtime Live Shulin Store.

    The opening ceremony was presided over by the mayor of New Taipei City, the Honorable Zhu Liwen. In his speech, Mayor Zhu Liwen commended NYFA, and stated, “NYFA’s involvement will bring opportunities of high-level film and media education to the media park.”

    Along with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the National Taiwan University of Arts (NTUA), the event marked an exciting opportunity for NYFA to forge a new and lasting partnership aimed at fostering talent and cultivating rising stars in New Taipei City.

    An Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing between NYFA and NTUA was a highlight that captured a great deal of media attention. The agreement is expected to yield a rich collaboration on future culture exchanges, academic partnerships, research, trainings, and more, as the institutions work together to develop new courses and programs attuned to the exciting opportunities developing in New Taipei City.

    As New Taipei City opens its state-of-the-art film park up to the world, the New York Film Academy is honored to partner with the city’s government, National Taiwan University of Arts, Linkou International Media Park, and the American Institute in Taiwan, to cultivate rising professionals in the media and entertainment industry.

    NYFA is very grateful to the Commercial Specialist Department of the American Institute in Taiwan for this opportunity.

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  • New York Film Academy Supports House of Artists Foundation

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    This spring, on a lovely-weather day in Atlanta, Georgia, a very special benefit charitable run took place: The Fantastic Movie Run 10k! The New York Film Academy (NYFA) was proud to be a sponsor of the event.

    Ashley Drayton, the remarkable founder and president of House of Artists Foundation (HoAF), a 501 (c)(3) non- profit that serves the Autistic community, in particular, Artists with Autism, is a graduate (’12) of the New York Film Academy MFA Acting Program.

    The Atlanta run raised crucial funds needed to support the House of Artists Foundation’s mission and work, which is to continue to bring light to the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), especially with regard to individuals in entertainment sector who — despite their struggles with ASD— contribute to the industry in so many valuable ways.

    Every runner/walker and volunteer received a NYFA race t-shirt adorned with the HoAF logo and slogan: “Where Autistic Artists Thrive!”

    NYFA is extremely pleased to count Ashley as part of our alum community. Learn more about the organization here: www.HouseOfArtistsFoundation.org

     

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  • New York Film Academy & Kazakh National University of Arts (KazNUA) Sign Cooperative Agreement

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    An ancient Kazakh proverb declares, “People’s smiles are hotter than the sun” — and this was made evident earlier this month by the visit to New York Film Academy’s (NYFA) New York City campus of a delegation from the  Kazakh National University of Arts (KazNUA) and the Kazakhstan Consulate.

    Mr. Talgat Taishanov, KazNUA director of the visual arts department, represented KazNUA Rector Ms. Ayman Musahadzhayeva, for the ceremony of a signing of a formal cooperative agreement (MoU) between New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts and Kazakh National University of Arts.

    NYFA Senior Executive Vice President David Klein rendered the agreement and presented an official certificate of appreciation to the distinguished guests from Kazakhstan. In turn, Mr. Taishanov presented Mr. Klein with a traditional stately robe from his country.

    The association between our two creative institutions of higher learning has already yielded productive outcomes, with NYFA supporting “Ushkyn,” KazNUA’s first festival of student films. Additionally, this month NYFA’s LA campus hosted a graduate filmmaking student who is the Head of the Young Section of National Academy of Cinematography at KazNUA.

    The partnership was recently featured on the Kazakh National News station.

    Click here to see the raw transcript, in English translation.

    In New York was held a ceremony of signing a memorandum of cooperation between the famous New York Film Academy and the Kazakh National University of Arts. Last year such an agreement was concluded with the branch of the Academy in Los Angeles, thanks to such cooperation, the teachers of Kazakh National University of Arts Meirambek Abdukarimov and Talgat Taishanov passed an internship in the USA. Currently, a second-year undergraduate Ayan Nayzabekov [is] passing the practice in Los Angeles. And today such cooperation between the two film schools is expanding. On behalf of the rector of the Kazakh National University of Arts Ayman Musahadzhayeva, the head of the Cinema and Television department, Taishanov Talgat, took part in the ceremony of signing the memorandum. From the American side the document was signed by the vice president of New York Film Academy David Klein. Thus, a new stage of cooperation between the leading educational institutions of Kazakhstan and the USA is coming, which will contribute to the further development of relations between our countries in the field of culture, art and cinema.

    David Klein: – After signing a memorandum of understanding, we expect more meaningful cooperation. We gladly welcome students at the Kazakh National Academy of Arts at the New York Film Academy. We can share our experience and introduce our experts in the film coffers. We look forward to our future cooperation and film festival, which is scheduled for July and will contribute to our successful partnership.

    Talgat Taishanov: – On behalf of the rector of the Kazakh National University of Arts Ayman Musahadzhayeva, today we signed a memorandum of cooperation with the New York Film Academy. Last year we signed the same contract with the New York Film Academy of Los Angeles. We hope that this signing of the agreements gives us an opportunity to exchange students for academic mobility and also to exchange teachers for conducting master classes. For us, this is a very large area of our activity, in the department of cinema and TV. We hope that in the future our students will be free to work in the world cinema space.

     

     

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  • New York Film Academy Joins the Red Carpet at Millburn Film Festival

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    The “not so sleepy” town of Millburn, New Jersey, enjoyed a Hollywood-style red carpet film festival this April, with the stars of the evening being the creative young filmmakers from Millburn Middle School and Millburn High School.

    The New York Film Academy (NYFA) was once again a proud sponsor of this annual event, which highlights original short films made by Millburn students. NYFA provides a tuition scholarship for a NYFA program at the school’s New York City campus at Battery Place. The scholarship is awarded to the young filmmaker judged to have created the best short film.

    The winning filmmaker for the 2018 event is Carli Platt, now in 7th grade, for her outstanding film In Plain Sight: A Hidden Child of the Holocaust.

    The Millburn Film Festival, now in its seventh year, raises funds for the Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills, a non-profit organization that provides equipment, technology, and programming to Millburn schools.

    With approximately 500 in attendance at Millburn High School’s auditorium, NYFA’s Associate Director of Outreach Maria Culbertson joined Lynn Farscht and Alyssa Russo (photographed), the Film Festival’s founders and co-chairs, to walk the red carpet and watch the screening of the films.  

    With such generous, engaged, and creative residents, it is no wonder that Millburn is ranked as one of the “Best Places To Live” in New Jersey!

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  • Mayor of Austin Honors NYFA Declaring April 14 “New York Film Academy Day”

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    Last week, the New York Film Academy (NYFA) proudly teamed up with the Texas Veterans Commission, Texas Film Commission and the City of Austin to facilitate a truly exciting NYFA Filmmaking Master Class, which was provided free for veterans and their dependents.

    The Austin Convention Center housed the daylong event and featured a six-hour interactive instructional seminar, titled Anatomy of a Scene, presented by NYFA New York City Chair of Short Term Programs Jonathan Whittaker. The seminar included lecture, screening, and group participation, to coach on writing, breaking down, and directing a scene. The seminar explored all aspects of filmmaking, including cinematography, producing, editing, acting, and screenwriting.

    From left to right: Stephanie Whallon, Incentive Program Manager, Texas Film Commission; Cruz Montemayor, Deputy Executive Director, Texas Veterans Commission; Colonel Jack Jacobs, Chair, NYFA Veterans Advancement Program; Allen Bergeron, Veterans Program Administrator, City of Austin; John Powers, Director, NYFA Division of Veterans Services

    On hand to greet the nearly 70 military participants were the honorable Colonel Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor recipient and on-air military strategist for NBC/MSNBC and Chair of the NYFA Veterans Advancement Program; Cruz Montemayor, Deputy Executive Director, Texas Veterans Commission; Allen Bergeron, Military Veterans Program Manager, City of Austin; Minhu Vu, Senior Marketing Coordinator, Texas Film Commission; and Stephanie Whallon, Incentive Program Manager, Texas Film Commission.

    A highlight for NYFA was the presentation to Colonel Jacobs of a Special Proclamation by Austin’s Mayor, Steve Adler, declaring April 14 as “NYFA DAY” in the City of Austin!

    In part, the Proclamation reads:

    Be it known that

    Whereas,

    The New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA) seeks to promote and advance the art of visual storytelling through film and related media including staged performance as a transformational and ennobling vehicle to both the creator and audience; and

    Whereas,

    This art has a profound impact on the individuals, communities and global society and therefor NYFA seeks to make visual storytelling education accessible to the most diverse, international, and broadest possible spectrum of people from all backgrounds who one day will serve the visual storytelling arts as industry leaders; and

    Whereas,

    We appreciate NYFA for their innovative efforts in the film and arts industry and for supporting members of the Military who are currently serving and have served our country along with their families. Austin is proud to be called home to many of the brave men and women who serve(d) in the Military and to have the opportunity to explore various aspects of filmmaking through NYFA; and

    Now, Therefore,

    I, Steve Adler, Mayor of the City of Austin, Texas,

    do hereby proclaim

    April 14, 2018

    as

    NYFA Day

    NYFA’s President Michael Young expressed gratitude to Mayor Adler, stating, “We are incredibly honored and humbled to receive this proclamation from a city that does so much veterans, for film, and for the arts. The New York Film Academy hopes return to Austin frequently to partner on these efforts.

    NYFA’s Division of Veterans Services has been privileged to enroll and support more than 1,500 veteran students and military dependents at its U.S. campuses since 2009. Many NYFA programs are approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits, and the Los Angeles and South Beach campuses also participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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    April 27, 2018 • Academic Programs, Community Highlights, Film School, Filmmaking, Veterans • Views: 824

  • Double Duty in Austin: New York Film Academy’s Colonel Jack Jacobs

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    From left to right: Stephanie Whallon, Incentive Program Manager, Texas Film Commission; Cruz Montemayor, Deputy Executive Director, Texas Veterans Commission; Colonel Jack Jacobs, Chair, NYFA Veterans Advancement Program; Allen Bergeron, Veterans Program Administrator, City of Austin; John Powers, Director, NYFA Division of Veterans Services

    There was very little sleep for Colonel Jack Jacobs this past weekend when he traveled to Austin, Texas to deliver a keynote address at a special New York Film Academy (NYFA) filmmaking master class. The workshop was held for Texas military veterans, and their family members, on Saturday, April 14.

    Colonel Jacobs left New York City Friday midday and upon arrival Austin was immediately whisked to the broadcast studio. He was in extremely high demand to provide live on-air commentary about the Friday launch of U.S. missiles into Syria — after all, Colonel Jacobs is the military strategist for NBC/MSNBC in addition to his role as the NYFA’s Chair of the Veterans Advancement Program.

    Long past midnight Saturday, Colonel Jacobs wrapped a final segment on the Brian Williams Show before being dropped off at his hotel. At 4 a.m., he was picked up again by the studio to prepare for additional live television coverage of the unfolding events in Syria and Washington, DC. At 8 a.m. he rushed to the Austin Convention Center, where he gave an impassioned talk to the crowd of veterans

    Minh Vu, Senior Marketing Coordinator, Texas Film Commission
    Stephanie Whallon, Incentive Program Manager, Texas Film Commission

    who were there to attend the NYFA master class workshop.

    “Having spent more than 20 years in the army, some of it during active combat duty, I honed the art of doing all that duty requires — no matter how little rest I have,” stated Colonel Jacobs.  “Going to a NYFA event, and talking with the outstanding men and women who have served in the military in defense of our nation, is energizing to me!”

    The April 14 NYFA workshop was held in collaboration with the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC), Texas Film Commission (TFC), and the City of Austin. The Mayor of Austin, Steve Adler, proclaimed April 14 as New York Film Academy Day, and a commemorative proclamation was presented to Colonel Jacobs, who accepted the honor on behalf of the New York Film Academy leadership.

     

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    April 18, 2018 • Acting • Views: 879

  • Veterans Day: NYFA Honors Veterans and Colonel Jack Jacobs

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    This week, our nation celebrates the men and women who have served our country in the US Military by paying special tribute to by honoring them on Veterans Day. Over the last seven years, nearly 1,500 military service members, veteran students, and military dependents, have selected the New York Film Academy (NYFA) to be the choice for their higher education.

    “Jerry Sherlock, who was a veteran of the US Air Force, founded the New York Film Academy 25 years ago and was always committed to making NYFA a welcoming learning environment for veterans who wanted to tell their own stories through the visual and performing arts,” stated Michael Young, NYFA’s President. “As a role model and leader to our veterans, we are honored to have, Colonel Jack Jacobs, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, as the Chair of the NYFA Veterans Advancement Program,” said President Young.

    NYFA in the Veteran's Parade

    NYFA in the Veteran’s Parade


    Colonel Jack Jacobs is an Army Veteran who received the Nation’s highest military honor for his heroism in Vietnam, the Medal of Honor. Colonel Jacobs, a media personality who can be seen regularly on MSNBC and NBC, and often on shows including Morning Joe, Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert and Rachel Maddow, is one of only 73 living Medal of Honor recipients.

    Colonel Jack Jacobs at NYFA


    Colonel Jacobs interacts with NYFA’s veteran students on a regular basis providing them with encouragement, advice, and opportunities while they are enrolled at NYFA, and also when they return to the school for the many activities that the NYFA Division of Veteran Services arranges for veteran students and alums.

    While Colonel Jacobs may best be known by the public for his television work, his greatest passion is supporting the military community by serving on the board of numerous veteran non-profit organizations, and speaking at many veteran events. Recently Colonel Jacob’s gave the keynote at the 21st annual Military Ball, attended by over 700 military leaders, which was hosted by the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation. In his speech, Colonel Jacobs noted, “There’s nothing like military service that gives young people authority and responsibility at an early age.” He continued,” People who serve time in a uniform can do anything… offering a job to veterans is not charity. These are ‘the’ best people.”

    The New York Film Academy Salutes the service of all US military Veterans This Veterans Day.

    Orientation with Jack Jacobs

    Orientation with Jack Jacobs

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    November 11, 2017 • Community Highlights, Veterans • Views: 1012