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  • “Unsettled History: America, China, and the Doolittle Tokyo Raid” by Broadcast Journalism Chair Emeritus Bill Einreinhofer Premieres at the NYFA New York City Campus Theater

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    On May 18, New York Film Academy Broadcast Journalism Chair Emeritus Bill Einreinhofer premiered his new documentary Unsettled History: America, China, and the Doolittle Tokyo Raid at the NYFA New York City Campus Theater. The documentary examines a key moment in American/Chinese history, exploring how the two sides remember this shared event in different ways, the reasons for this divergence and what lessons it may hold today. Recounted by children of the Raiders and their Chinese rescuers, the documentary offers emotional insights that only family members can provide.

    Chinese Consul General Huang Ping from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, along with Ms. Chen Chunmei, Cultural Counselor, and other members of the Cultural Section at the Consulate General attended the screening. Michael Young, NYFA President; Dr. Joy Zhu, NYFA Executive Vice President, China Region; Bill Einreinhofer; NYFA faculty; and crew members of Unsettled History also attended the event. In his speech, Ambassador Huang Ping said:

    “History is a very good mirror. I think we need to draw [on] a few experiences and lessons from history. By telling the story of Flying Tigers and the Doolittle Raid, I believe we know that by working together, China and the US, we can do a lot of incredible things, big things. You know, working together. And by revealing the story, we know the friendships between our two countries and peoples are deeply rooted in the hearts of both sides.”

    Michael Young, President of the New York Film Academy, recalled the nearly 15 years of collaboration between the New York Film Academy and Chinese universities and media groups and expressed his willingness to carry out more collaborative projects in the future. Director and producer, Bill Einreinhofer, recalled some of the touching stories that occurred during the years of filming between China and the United States. He said the eighty American pilots who risked their lives to go on the mission are deserving heroes; the people of Jiangxi and Zhejiang, who sacrificed their lives to help the American pilots, are equally heroic. An estimated 250,000 Chinese civilians were killed by the Japanese during their search for Doolittle’s men.

    On the same day, the Chinese Consulate General in New York also handed over more than 20 classic Chinese films from the 1980s to NYFA as teaching materials.

    Unsettled History: America, China, and the Doolittle Tokyo Raid has now been aired on more than 40 local channels in the United States and is scheduled to be aired on WORLD Channel on May 30 in 190 U.S. stations as a part of Memorial Day weekend special programming.

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    May 26, 2022 • Broadcast Journalism, China, Community Highlights • Views: 345

  • New York Film Academy & Sichuan University of Media and Communications Launch New Degree in Filmmaking

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    In a virtual ceremony on December 14th, 2021, the New York Film Academy (NYFA) and the Sichuan University of Media and Communications (SUMC) celebrated the launch of a collaborative bachelor’s degree in filmmaking.

    New York Film Academy & Sichuan University of Media and Communications Launch New Degree in Filmmaking

    New York Film Academy and the Sichuan University of Media and Communications (SUMC) celebrated the launch of a collaborative filmmaking degree

    Jean Sherlock (NYFA’s Principal), Michael Young (NYFA’s President), Dan Mackler (Dean of NYFA’s Los Angeles campus), Joy Zhu (NYFA Executive Vice President of the China Region), and other NYFA faculty and staff attended the ceremony.

    Zhang Shuyu (SUMC’s Chairwoman), Zhang Yingjiang (SUMC’s President), Zuo Xuzhou (SUMC’s Vice President), and other SUMC professors also attended the event, as well as an outstanding alum from both institutions.

    Zhang Yingjiang opened the event crediting the success of the program launch to the hard work and long-term partnership between NYFA and SUMC. “This collaborative program is a milestone, marking a new period of collaboration between the two institutions,” said Zhang Yingjiang, SUMC’s President.

    New York Film Academy & Sichuan University of Media and Communications Launch New Degree in Filmmaking

    Zhang Yingjiang, SUMC’s President (above)

    “Sichuan University of Media and Communications is one of our most trusted partners. Over the years, we have successfully developed collaborative projects and enhanced our relationship,” said Michael Young, NYFA’s President.

    New York Film Academy & Sichuan University of Media and Communications Launch New Degree in Filmmaking

    Michael Young, NYFA’s President (above)

    Zhang Shuyu (SUMC’s Chairwoman) said in her speech that the New York Film Academy is an old friend of SUMC and as the collaboration grows, there will be more and more outstanding students, rising into the forefront of the international film industry.

    Zhang Shuyu, SUMC’s Chairwoman (above)

    Jean Sherlock (NYFA’s Principal) congratulated the official launch of the program. He appreciated the high quality of students from SUMC and hoped that the program would bring the partnership between the two institutions to the next level.

    New York Film Academy & Sichuan University of Media and Communications Launch New Degree in Filmmaking

    Jean Sherlock, NYFA’s Principal (above)

    NYFA and SUMC believe that the new collaborative bachelor’s degree in filmmaking will further enrich academic and educational exchanges between the United States and China, and cultivate more young storytellers with a global vision.

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    December 20, 2021 • China, Filmmaking • Views: 654

  • NYFA Chair Bill Einreinhofer’s Episode of ‘Century Masters’ Screening at 2021 Beijing Documentary Week

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    Mei Lanfang, the subject of an episode of Century Masters, will have his legacy showcased in a screening at the 2021 Beijing Documentary Week. The program, Century Masters is a 15-part cultural history TV program that focuses on a different historical subject each airing. This particular episode was written and hosted by NYFA’s very own Chair of Broadcast Journalism, Bill Einreinhofer. 

    The Beijing Documentary Week is a film festival that attracts leading documentary producers and production companies from across China. This year’s circuit was held between August 14th and August 21st, 2021. 

    Einreinhofer’s Century Masters episode featuring the subject Mei Lanfang follows the story of his upbringing, influence, and global recognition as a great master of Chinese Peking Opera. Mei Lanfang’s untraditional adaptation to historic stories reinvented them for new audiences and modern times. Fun fact, it would take you a calendar year to watch every Chinese Peking Opera if you watched one per day. That’s how many productions the theatre group created over its 100-year history. You can watch the full episode of Century Masters featuring Mei Lanfang, written and hosted by Bill Einreinhofer here

    Bill Einreinhofer with the camera team of Century Masters filming in ChinaMei Lanfang’s story begins as a young child, growing up in a tumultuous, war-torn China in the early 1900s. Born into a family of privilege and Opera talent, Mei Lanfang’s grandfather is one of the originators of Peking Opera theatre. His father and uncle, both top performers and musicians of the Opera, had high expectations for their son and nephew. Unfortunately for Mei Lanfang, his youth and happy personality were a deterrent for teachers of the art. 

    Considered lazy and untalented, Mei Lanfang’s family extinguished their hopes the child could continue their family trade. After experiencing financial hardship, Mei Lanfang received help and support from a family friend. Very grateful even until his last day, he paid this generosity forward by treating his family’s Opera troupe with dignity and flexibility during economic hardships. 

    Mei Lanfang became an apprentice to this family friend and his talent blossomed into the internationally recognized art we know him for today. 

    Peking Opera, now a popular subject for study in many Chinese theatre schools, has four subjects for which its young student population, between the ages of 11 and 12, must master. These subjects include singing, monologues, acting, and martial arts. For young students, training for Peking Opera is a six-year-long endeavor. 

    Bill Einreinhofer being filmed for the Mei Lanfang episode of Century Masters

    Mei Lanfang is most famous for his adaptation of the popular Opera, Spring of the Jade Hall, the story of a prostitute falsely accused and charged with murder. His performance on Broadway in 1930s New York won him acclaim across the United States. Now recognized on an international stage as a great writer and performer, Mei Lanfang earned an Honorary Doctorate in literature from the University of Southern California. 

    His success while in the United States was of great national pride for China and contributed to his long-lasting legacy. 

    This episode of Century Masters aired in China during the Lunar New Year celebration (also known as the Chinese New Year), where the country witnessed its highest TV viewings. 

    Bill Einreinhofer in the studio filming his episode of Century Masters

    The episode also aired throughout the Middle East. With time, influential figures like Mei Lanfang will have their legacies broadcasted around the globe. Their influence and impact continue to live on, thanks to filmmakers and documentary journalists like Bill Einreinhofer. 

    New York Film Academy congratulates Faculty Chair, Bill Einreinhofer for his well-deserved recognition. 

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    September 17, 2021 • China, Faculty Highlights • Views: 955

  • NYFA 2020 Summer Teen Camps for Asia Went Virtual and Stayed Interactive

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    This year, New York Film Academy’s top-ranked summer camps went virtual and campers in countries across Asia had the opportunity to make films, learn to act, and create animations under the umbrella of knowledgeable Los Angeles campus instructors who have worked in the industry for years, in interactive live classes, from the comfort of their home!

    Campers finished hands-on projects, and socialized (virtually) with their fellow campers. In addition, NYFA’s camps team had designed after-class social activities that would occur two to three times per week to allow campers to get to know one another and just have some fun!

    NYFA’s unique Filmmaking, Acting, and 3D Animation teen courses have become a dynamic new standard in visual and performing arts distance education. During the summer of 2020, more than 40 students from China, Japan, Singapore, India and so on attended the teen camps online offered from NYFA’s Los Angeles campus, located in the heart of Hollywood.

    At their home, the campers could shoot, participate, and edit in film, acting, or animation projects using their smartphones and laptops. Students screened or displayed their final works at NYFA’s virtual graduation ceremony at the end of each program, varying from one to four weeks, along with popcorn at home and a virtual gathering of friends and family members.

    NYFA Summer Camps 2019 (On Campus)

    Danny, a camper in China, share: “I wanted to say it was one of the best experiences of my life. You run such an awesome program and I am so grateful that I got to experience this summer program at home. I would like to experience NYFA’s in-person programs soon.”

    To learn more about future programs for China or Asia time zones, please click here to learn more about our summer camp programs or contact us through WeChat: nyfabeijing
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    August 19, 2020 • China, Summer Camps • Views: 1350

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Hosts Chinese Lunar New Year Dinner

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    On January 28, New York Film Academy’s New York campus, located in downtown Manhattan across the street from Battery Park, hosted a dinner party to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year—the Year of the Rat—in the student lounge.

    More than fifty students from across the globe joined the dinner to taste a variety of traditional Chinese dishes and celebrate the Year of the Rat together. Additionally, several representatives from New York Film Academy recently celebrated the Lunar New Year at the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York.

    New York Film Academy wishes everyone a warm and happy Lunar New Year!

    Check out the photos below from our successful Chinese Lunar New Year celebration:

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    January 31, 2020 • China, Community Highlights, International Diversity, Student Life • Views: 2022

  • Shanghai Theater Academy Students Graduate New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography Workshop

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    On January 28, New York Film Academy (NYFA) held a graduation ceremony for twenty students from Shanghai Theater Academy, who successfully completed a 1-Week Photography workshop at NYFA’s New York campus, located in downtown Manhattan.

    Shanghai Theater Academy 2020

    Shanghai Theater Academy is one of NYFA’s many partner schools in China. Michael Young, NYFA President and CEO; Dr. Joy Zhu, Executive Vice President for the China Region; David Mager, NYFA-NY Chair of Photography; Liu Zhixin, Shanghai Theater Academy Vice President; and Shanghai Theater Academy Professor Yang Qingqing attended the ceremony and gave speeches to the graduates.

    At the ceremony, Vice President Liu Zhixin of Shanghai Theater Academy congratulated the graduates and thanked New York Film Academy for providing such a wonderful study opportunity for students. NYFA President and CEO Michael Young told the graduates that the program demonstrated NYFA’s core philosophy of providing hands-on experience while encouraging students to take an active role in every aspect of filmmaking and to tell their stories through the visual arts. 

    NYFA Vice President Dr. Joy Zhu mentioned that Shanghai Theater Academy and New York Film Academy have a long-term and deep partnership and welcomed all the graduates to study further at NYFA in the future.

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    January 28, 2020 • China, Photography • Views: 2243

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Invited to 2020 Lunar New Year Reception Celebrating Year of the Rat

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    On the evening of January 23, New York Film Academy’s Principal Jean Sherlock, President and CEO Michael Young, and Greater China Region Vice President Joy Zhu attended the 2020 Lunar New Year Reception to celebrate the Year of the Rat at the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York. Consul General Huang Ping and his wife Zhang Aiping hosted the event and welcomed more than 300 guests from various institutions and industries. 

    Decorated with an array of lanterns and streamers, the reception was held an atmosphere of joy, peace, and harmony. Huang Ping gave an impassioned speech, sending holiday greetings and best wishes to guests, the vast number of overseas Chinese in the eastern United States, international students, and personnel of Chinese enterprises.

    At the reception, a theatre group from the High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China put on a wonderful dance. Young artist Baicheng Wu gave performances including the singing of Auld Lang Syne, pianist Haochen Zhang performed one of Claude Debussy’s Préludes and other classical songs. Guests exchanged greetings and conversed with each other in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

    Around 8:15 p.m., the highly anticipated Lunar New Year fireworks show started. The Manhattan night sky shined with colorful, majestic fireworks. The consulate hall was full of cheers and happiness. The background music for the fireworks show included traditional Chinese songs that reflect the Silk Road spirit and Dunhuang culture. Large crowds watched the show from both sides of the Hudson River.

    New York Film Academy wishes everyone a warm and happy Lunar New Year!

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    January 24, 2020 • China, International Diversity • Views: 2208

  • New York Film Academy-Los Angeles (NYFA-LA) Chair of Cinematography Anthony B. Richmond Visits Guangzhou and Shenzhen

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    On December 7, Anthony B. Richmond, ASC, BSC, New York Film Academy-Los Angeles (NYFA-LA) Chair of Cinematography, was invited to the second International (Guangzhou) Film, Television and Animation Education Forum at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in Guangzhou. 

    tony richmond china
    In addition to working closely with talented, hard-working students as Cinematography Chair, Tony Richmond is a London-born, BAFTA-winning cinematographer who has shot numerous productions, including The Man Who Fell to Earth, Don’t Look Now, The Sandlot, Legally Blonde, and Sympathy for the Devil.

    As the guest speaker of the forum in Guangzhou, Richmond was able to share his decades of experience in cinematography, highlighting his skills in visual storytelling through clips from many of the critically-acclaimed films he’s worked on. Richmond was also able to take questions and interact with the audience.

    Two days later, on December 9, Richmond conducted a storyboard workshop at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, where he worked with students, designing storyboards and shot lists. They then discussed what they had done and how they would shoot their projects. Students really enjoyed the workshop and had done some impressive work on the storyboard designs. 

    tony richmond china
    On December 10, Anthony had a meeting in Shenzhen with Mr. Huang, Lin Ma, Xinning Wang and other senior filmmakers in Shenzhen. Mr. Huang is a director and the chief executive officer of Oriental Legend; Lin Ma is a producer; and Xinning Wang is the representative of Shenzhen Kingmouse Pictures Corporation. During the meeting, they exchanged ideas on the differences in filmmaking between China and America as well as the development of today’s movie market in China. 

    All in all, Tony Richmond’s trip was an informative and enlightening one that strengthened the continued relationship between New York Film Academy and the visual arts students and institutions of China.

    tony richmond china

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    December 24, 2019 • China, Cinematography • Views: 2362

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) President Michael Young Tours Taiwan Art Institutes

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    Michael Young, president of New York Film Academy (NYFA), and Dr. Joy Zhu, NYFA Executive Vice President for the China Region, recently visited various art institutions across Taiwan over the course of eight days. The tour included multiple cities and meetings with several important officials.

    Taiwan 2019 Michael Young

    In the capital of Taipei, the NYFA representatives met with Taiwan’s Screenwriting Association and had a Q&A section. This meeting culminated in the preparation of a 15-Week Online Screenwriting workshop.

    On October 25, the opening ceremony of the 2019 Hsinchu Chuang International Cultural Season invited to serve as VIPs. The cultural event is hosted by Hsinchu Chuang University, and includes lectures and exhibitions on international education. Michael Young and Joy Zhu also had the chance to have an extended conversation with Hsinchu Chuang University President Jian Shaoqi.

    Following their visit to Hsinchu Chuang University, the NYFA representatives visited the National Taiwan University of Arts (NTUA), celebrating its 64th anniversary. NTUA is a top national school that have many famous alumni, including Oscar-winning director Ang Lee. Young had a great, in-depth conversation with the NTUA president, where he shared stories about time he spent in Taiwan as a young child, which was well-received by an audience of over 1500. Also discussed was the potential cooperation between the two schools in the future.

    Taiwan 2019 Michael Young

    Young and Zhu then arrived in Shenzhen and met with the Governor of Guangming District and Director of Dapeng District, as well as Shenzhen University’s President and the Dean of their art school, where cooperation between the two schools was also discussed. The NYFA representatives also had the chance to speak with students and their parents and had a wonderful time hearing their input about art education.

    Finally, the visit culminated with a trip to Zhuhai, where Young and Zhu met with the Deputy Mayor of Education, Public Health, and Tourism. The meeting in Zhuhai, like the visits across the rest of Taiwan, were very positive indeed, and bodes well for NYFA’s cooperation with the art institutes around the island.

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    November 6, 2019 • China, Film School, International Diversity, Screenwriting • Views: 2378

  • Representatives from the Chinese Consulate General in New York Visits New York Film Academy (NYFA)

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    On July 31, Counsellor Jun Yang and Consul Wenhua Wang from the education section of the Chinese Consulate General in New York visited New York Film Academy (NYFA).

    Chinese Consulate General Visit

    During their visit, the esteemed officials first took a look around the New York campus of New York Film Academy, located at Battery Park with breathtaking views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. After their tour, Counsellor Jun Yang and Consul Wenhua Wang exchanged ideas with NYFA President, Michael Young; Executive Vice President for the China Region, Dr. Joy Zhu; and Principal and Owner, Jean Sherlock. By the end of the day, they had come away with a better understanding of NYFA. A week earlier, senior members of New York Film Academy visited the Chinese Consulate General.

    The Chinese Consulate General in New York has highly praised New York Film Academy for the achievement it has made in terms of film and TV art education, and has thanked the institution for its outstanding contribution to cultural and artistic communication between China and America.

    There was an in-depth discussion on educational communication and cooperation between China and the United States as well as development of international art education. Counsellor Jun Yang shared some advanced experience from schools on educational cooperation between China and America and made many valuable suggestions for further cooperation and international art education development for New York Film Academy.

    Chinese Consulate General Visit

    The visit of Counsellor Jun Yang and Consul Wenhua Wang has encouraged Chinese students at New York Film Academy and is an affirmation of what NYFA has done for film and TV art education.

    New York Film Academy thanks Counsellor Jun Yang and Consul Wenhua Wang from the Chinese Consulate General in New York for taking the time to see our campus and share their ideas on education.

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    August 16, 2019 • China, Film School, International Diversity • Views: 2312