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  • Congratulations to the Winter Class of 2020 at New York Film Academy Los Angeles (NYFA-LA)!

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    The end of January was an exciting time at New York Film Academy (NYFA), as students and instructors witnessed the culmination of their hard work over multiple days of final screenings, presentations, pitches, and of course, graduation ceremonies. 

    Students were able to invite family, friends, and industry professionals and present their work; Filmmaking, Producing, and Acting for Film students held their final screenings at Warner Bros. Studios; Photography students had their work displayed in art galleries; Screenwriting and Producing students pitched ideas to entertainment professionals; and Game Design students presented their creations at a showcase. The excitement concluded with a full day of graduation ceremonies with family and faculty cheering on their graduates.

    The January 2020 graduation ceremony was held at the Harmony Gold Theater in West Hollywood. Throughout three ceremonies, family and friends from all over the world gathered to celebrate as NYFA graduates proudly accepted their diplomas and tossed their caps in the air.

    Guest speaker and NYFA Board Member Matthew Modine encouraged graduates to be actively present in the moment, instructing students and guests to take a deep breath, while stating, “Conscious breathing reminds us that we are alive, in the moment, and that the moment–this moment–is all there really is. No one has ever existed in the past or the future, there’s only now. You must always remember to breathe.” 


    Modine continued his commencement speech by motivating students to hone in on their creativity and open their minds, proclaiming, “Being an artist requires you to think. It demands you to reason, collaborate, and develop a worldview. Your creativity will only be as vast as your imagination. Your talent will manifest in the choices that you make.” 

    He added, “Today, you graduated from this Academy and you must now enroll in the school of thought. The cost for this next investment is simply being present and aware of each and every moment.” Modine’s message garnered a positive response from the hopeful graduates, excited to share their creativity with the world. 

    New York Film Academy congratulates all of the incredible students who have dedicated so much time and hard work into completing their training here. We look forward to celebrating all their wonderful achievements to come! 

     

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    January 2020 Graduates  

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    Mahmoud Abul Burghul

    Meshaal Al Jaser

    Sura Aldakhil

    Elton Alexander

    Khaled Algrainees

    Seda Anbarci

    Nida Arif

    Alina Averianova

    Veronica Badell

    Branden Bailey

    Ryan Barnes

    Catalina Barragan Castano

    Frederick Scott Basnight II

    Alexander Bethea

    Zhishen Bi

    Lyndsay Bianco

    Jaime Blanson

    David Bockenkamp

    Jaden Tyler Boland

    Ekaterina Bolshakova

    Trey Bond

    Cole Ryan Brewer

    Sarah Brine

    Troy Brown

    Amara Brown

    Nathaniel Bryan

    Samuel Buckner

    Zhiyin Cai

    Lissette Camacho

    Matthew Relyea Capron

    Federica Carlino

    Andrei Carmona Linhares

    Yu-Fang (Annie) Chang

    Chin-Wei Chang

    Lingjuan Chang

    Kritika Chawla

    Suimeng Chen

    Yanqing Chen

    Haolin Chen

    Yufei Chen

    Lan-Chi Chien

    Sungho Chun

    JaToris Combs

    Paige Conroy

    Alexis Cruz

    Keren Dekterov

    Brianna Dickens

    Francisca Emma Dolha

    Lialdon Donovan-Green

    Yuwei Du

    Zhiyuan Duan

    Daniel Morgan Duddy

    Murat Dugan

    India Edwards

    Theresa Katharina Eschbacher

    Jose Escorcia

    Anthony Alexander Esparza

    Boise Badilla Esquerra

    Liujin Fang

    Chloe Feller

    Aaron J. Field

    Devan Ford

    Hunter Fox

    Huanting Gao

    Daniel Garza

    Steve Grigdesby

    Haining Gu

    Abdulrahman Haddadi

    Erin Lynnette Hall

    Paiten Hamilton

    Woonyea Han

    Ziwei Han

    Wahijadeen Harrison

    Jingya He

    Skye Hendon

    Herbert Antonio Hidalgo

    Chia-Yu Hsieh

    Xuemao Hu

    Xin Huang

    Sean Jackson

    Sebastian Jaimes

    Julianna James

    Tian Jin

    Bobby LaMont Johnson II

    Senka Joti

    Shreya Karunakaram

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    Sanaya Gautam Khatri

    Mina Khouzam

    Shreya Kotian

    Anton Krasavin

    Brandon Lattman

    Nicholas Lehman

    Yinghao Li

    Junke Li

    Yilin Li

    Dong Huk Lim

    Doudou Lin

    Shiyu Liu

    Gong Liu

    Kameshia Logan

    Chenxin Lou

    Pedro Louis

    Yi Lu

    Gabriel Lugo

    Chi Ma

    Megan Ressa Mann

    Yasmine Mazboudi

    Jack McKeever

    Ryan Mechling

    Siyuan Miao

    Jaasir Omar Minor

    Nicolai Ndambo

    Joseph Neibich

    Rialene Nel

    Nolan Nelson

    Zhuoran Ni

    Dylan Nuttall

    Mudiwa Kennedy Simbai Nyamande

    Ashley Oge

    Romelia Osorio

    Botagoz Ospanova

    Caglan Ozdogan

    Caterina Piccardo

    Justin Piehler

    Muhammad Rehan

    Jason Dale Rhodes

    Kameron Donnel Rory

    Alexandra Maria Roth-Rosenthal

    Aaron Rowe

    Gulshan Salamli

    Sharwin Sandesh Samant

    Juan Martín Sánchez

    Brenda Serrano

    Jia Shi

    Agnes Shinozaki

    Ilan Siegal Berner

    Thorunn Sigurdardottir

    Chul Hyeon Son

    Noelle Soulier

    Cristopher Spagna

    Athena Stamakinley

    Jonathan Stroughter

    Jeremy Suarez

    Edward Suh

    Keping Sun

    Yueh-Tzu Sun

    Rongkang Sun

    Jared Swift

    Phyllis Tam

    Yuchi Tian

    Diego Toussaint

    Joaquin Trapero

    Szabina Hanna Tutor

    Rachel Vaswani

    Vitoria Mitsuyo Wada

    Jiayu Wang

    Yu-Tzu Wang

    Shiran Wang

    Joshua Weyers

    Daniel Wheatley

    Anthony White

    Banghao Xiao

    Jingrui Xin

    Zehao Xu

    Chuanzhuan Xue

    Vladyslav Yuriyovich Yaremov

    Chen Yu

    Yazeed Zailaee

    Miaoling Zhao

    Muyun Zhou

    Sainan Zhu

    Adilet Zhumabek

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    March 2, 2020 • Community Highlights, Student Life • Views: 567

  • African Black American Film Society Kicks Off 2020

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    On Thursday, February 13, the African Black American Film Society kicked off their first meeting of the year by setting the initiative of the club in motion as several New York Film Academy (NYFA) students as well as alumni from various departments gathered to discuss the way forward. 

    ABA Club Feb 2020

    Members showed a keen interest in organizing and hosting events that would build morale, as well as establish and solidify relations amongst individuals. During the event, new members also had the pleasure of meeting the ABA advisor, NYFA Producing instructor Kim Ogletree. 

    Ogletree spoke about the Industry Lab and how it is beneficial in assisting creatives in developing their projects. The club has a lot in store for current and potential members this year in terms of numerous networking and collaborative opportunities that will benefit students in their respective fields.

    Four days later, on February 17, the ABA hosted an African Heritage Day presentation and screening. ABA members Lethabo Mokgatle and Thembelihle Nkosi provided a presentation about South Africa and some of the things that make their home country special to them. They screened Sarafina!, the 1992 South African musical film about the 1976 Soweto uprising against apartheid that stars Whoopi Goldberg. 

    Before the screening, all the attendees got into an engaging discussion about both South African and African American history, violence, injustice, and how there are so many similarities between the two. At the end of the screening, not only were people exposed to a new movie they’d never seen before, but had learned from each other’s experiences. 

    Though the attendees came from different geographical locations around the world, this did not limit the ABA meeting as everyone was able to connect, respect, listen and engage with others’ points of view and grow our overall understanding.

    Written by ABA members Thembelihle Nkosi and Rhema Boston

     

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  • 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: 518

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Celebrates International Education Week with Food, Culture, and More!

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    Did you know that New York Film Academy (NYFA) has welcomed students from 140 countries?! 

    NYFA offers a unique experience for artists to blend their education and talents with a diverse range of international culture. The Academy has had the privilege of teaching students from all over the world in a creative space of acceptance, community and teamwork.

    Recently, NYFA celebrated International Education Week, an entire week dedicated to recognizing students from around the globe through music, food, education, and storytelling.

    International Education Week 2019
    One of the most popular events of the week was the Food from Around the World & International Map Pinning Party, where delicious Latin American, Mediterranean, European, and Asian foods were brought together under one roof for all to enjoy. 

    The event not only allowed students to discover new and exciting tastes—it gave them an opportunity to reconnect with home. A world map displayed during the event was surrounded by proud students eager to represent their cities with colorful pins.

    When asked what they like most about studying at NYFA, here’s some of our students had to say:

    “It’s always nice finding people from all over the world and experiencing different ways of thinking.”
    – Alessio Giurgola (Italy)

    “Learning about different cultures helps me build my characters.”
    – Max Abadilla (USA)

    “I’ve lived all over the world—Nigeria, Ghana and Dubai. I like that I’m not basic, there is so much to talk about as an international student.”
    – Sushi Kohli (India)

    “I was born in China and have lived in New Zealand for eight years. Had I not come to NYFA, I would not have met so many people from different counties. I have the opportunity to expand my horizons!”
    – Qiao Qiao (China)

    There is no doubt that NYFA is a special place, one filled with creative, colorful, expressive, and committed individuals! Cheers to oneness, togetherness, and to celebrating diversity every day!

    written by Lena Purtu

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    December 23, 2019 • International Diversity, Student Life • Views: 485

  • New York Film Academy Los Angeles (NYFA-LA) Celebrates Pride Month

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    The New York Film Academy Los Angeles (NYFA-LA) campus had a lively Pride Month with six opportunities for engagement, including two socials, a trivia night, a film screening, a workshop, and a raffle. Many of the events were hosted by the LGBTQI+ club as well as Student Life.

    Pride Month kicked off with a lunchtime social with doughnuts, a photo booth, and a music playlist with all LGBTQI+ artists curated by the LGBTQI+ club. Students, faculty, and staff all came together to meet each other and show their pride with custom photo booth props designed by LGBTQI+ club.

    LA Pride Month 2019
    LGBTQI+ Club president Hakam Kharraz shared, “Everyone was happy and proud. I wanted people to socialize with others that they don’t know, and for them to be able to celebrate themselves with others that don’t identify as LGBTQIA+, and I think that was successful. The event promoted acceptance and safety, and was networking for people which is good for this industry.” A closing social was also held so that community members in both buildings, Riverside and Barham, can participate in Pride Month.

    LGBTQI+ club also hosted a trivia night, where students competed for prizes donated by Hamburger Mary’s. The trivia questions ranged from LGBTQI+ history, to films and pop culture. “It was educational in a fun way. Everyone said they learned a lot, whether about Queer history or Queer representation in media, said a student.

    The learning continued at the Why It Matters: Gender & Sexuality workshop led by Director of Student Life Missy Dominguez and Chair of NYFA Photo Arts Conservatory Kean O’Brien. Students, staff, and faculty came together during lunch to learn about the difference between gender and sexuality, transgender and gender non-conforming inclusion, pronouns, and all-gender restrooms. “It was one of, if not the most, informative, insightful, and organized NYFA presentations I’ve been to,” expressed NYFA faculty Terah Jackson. Due to its success and popularity, another workshop will be held August 1st in Barham.

    Pride Month ended with a screening of The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a film about a teen sent to gay conversion therapy. LGBTQI+ president Hakam Kharraz expressed, “It was very important to show a movie about such an important topic, because this topic is relevant all around the world.” After the film, students had a discussion both about the topic at hand, gay conversion therapy, and the technical filmmaking. “Cinematically it’s beautiful. The story is relevant,” expressed a student.

    LA Pride Month 2019

    At the end of the screening, the Pride Raffle winners were announced. New York Film Academy held a Pride Raffle at all campuses where $1 raffle tickets could be purchased for a chance to win a special edition NYFA Pride shirt and bag. Each dollar is matched by New York Film Academy and all proceeds donated to GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network). As a result, the Los Angeles campus will be contributing a $254 donation to support LGBTQ youth and foster safe schools.

    If you did not get to participate in Pride Month, Kharraz has a message: “If I could reach people who didn’t come, I’d say NYFA itself is a safe environment for everyone and our LGBTQI+ club is very inclusive of people both who identify as LGBT and who do not. We are all friends. We don’t judge. We’re our own community within a community.” 

    “If you are not out, you can always anonymously send a message to the club at lgbtq.clubla@nyfa.edu or request a meeting with the president. There is also Jackie (Jackie.Rabinowitz@nyfa.edu) and Kathia (Kathia.Rabelo@nyfa.edu), the therapists on campus, who have an LGBTQ support group every week to create a safe space for students to talk.”

    LGBTQI+ Club can be reached at lgbtq.clubla@nyfa.edu. Staff and faculty interested in forming an LGBTQI+ faculty and staff affinity group can contact any member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programming committee, including Susan Ashe, Christine Daniels, Missy Dominguez, Art Helterbran Jr., Prarthana Mohan, Jenni Powell, and Barbara Weintraub.

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    July 11, 2019 • Student Life • Views: 916

  • The Broadcast Club at New York Film Academy (NYFA) Visits 2019 National Geographic Contenders Showcase

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    On June 2, members of the Broadcast Club at New York Film Academy (NYFA) attended the 2019 National Geographic Contenders Showcase. The club is one of many co-curricular activities available to students at our Burbank-based Los Angeles campus.

    NYFA Broadcast Club NatGeo
    The 2019 National Geographic Contenders Showcase is a one-of-a-kind event held outside, featuring concerts, screenings, and other fascinating, interactive events. This year’s Showcase was held at the Greek Theatre.

    The Showcase began with a picnic in the early evening. Additionally, it featured a VR experience and photo exhibit to bring people up close and personal with the animals of NatGeo’s Hostile Planet, as well as puppies up for adoption.

    Also offered was a unique cryo-spa with ice cold facials to show off the NatGeo production Life Below Zero. The Broadcast Club students and other attendees were also able to get henna tattoos and create their own charms as they spoke with the producers of The Story of God, featuring Morgan Freeman. For 90s arcades fans there were nostalgia-inducing games inspired by NatGeo’s Valley of the Boom.

    Along with a behind-the-scenes look at hit Julianna Margulies medical thriller The Hot Zone was a picture and sound editing demo of Academy Award-winning documentary Free Solo. Attendees could feel what it was like first hand when New York Film Academy editing instructor for the Documentary department Bob Eisenhardt sat down and put the film together. Additionally, Free Solo subject and record-breaking rock climber Alex Honnold was on hand to meet everyone and sign his book.

    The night ended with a final live concert event hosted by Morgan Freeman and featuring footage from Free Solo; Hostile Planet; and The Flood, narrated by Angela Bassett.

    Check out photos of the Broadcast Club taking in the Showcase below!

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    June 26, 2019 • Student Life • Views: 832

  • New York Film Academy Chinese Students and Scholars Association (NYFA-CSSA) Awarded ‘Excellent Student Home’

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    On May 19, the New York Film Academy Chinese Students and Scholars Association (NYFA-CSSA) was presented a Certificate of Appreciation and awarded the title of Excellent Student Home for outstanding contributions to the Southwestern Chinese Students and Scholars Association.

    The Southwestern Chinese Students and Scholars Association is an organization under the management from the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles. The group organizes clubs for students from China studying in the United States—the Chinese Students and Scholars Association—around college campuses nationwide.

    NYFA-CSSA Award
    NYFA-CSSA is based at the NYFA-Los Angeles campus and boasts around 30 students. The club has hosted two events so far this year, including the Chinese Spring Festival Gala in February. The Gala involved different shows and an authentic Chinese dinner for guests.

    In May, NYFA-CSSA hosted the LA Chinese Student Film Screening. The event showcased films from Chinese students—not only from NYFA but also from other distinguished schools in the area, including Chapman, AFI, and USC—making NYFA and NYFA-CSSA a central hub for Chinese students in the greater Los Angeles area. The LA Chinese Student Film Screening also invited the film directors to have a Q&A with the audience, and was a very well-received event by all.

    Because of these two events as well as other contributions by NYFA-CSSA, the Southwestern Chinese Students and Scholars Association awarded the club the Certificate of Appreciation. New York Film Academy congratulates the members of NYFA-CSSA on the terrific achievement!

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    May 31, 2019 • China, Community Highlights, Student Life • Views: 906

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Celebrate Diversity Month Events a Huge Hit

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    New York Film Academy (NYFA) recently held two events for Celebrate Diversity Month that attracted over 100 participants and was a huge hit with everyone involved.

    Diversity Month, also called Celebrate Diversity Month, is traditionally held in April of every year, and is a time to recognize and celebrate cultures and populations other than your own. Diversity Month is especially celebrated at New York Film Academy, which attracts students from all walks of life across the globe.

    On April 17, 35 people, including alumni, students, staff, faculty, and even one community member who had never been to NYFA before went to Open Mic Night 4/17. They learned how to communicate with people different than themselves and felt more connected to the NYFA community. 

    Performances ranged from poetry to truth speaking, singing, beatboxing, rapping, and comedy. The last act was a spontaneous collaborative song with the audience that included singing, rapping, and beatboxing, and was indeed a powerful moment!

    On April 3, 75 folks came to the Networking Cafe, and were eager to learn about each other and different aspects of culture that impact the workplace. The “Cafe Menu” that shows the exercise they did is below, which guided participants through understanding different aspects of culture.

    Celebrating Diversity Month

    There was also butcher paper with prompts for students to respond to, such as

    In Your Culture How Would You…
    Show respect?
    Greet a stranger?
    Gesture to get somebody’s attention?
    Be polite?
    Stand by someone when talking? How close or far?
    Gesture to show you understood what was told to you?

    What are common beliefs about…
    How to treat those older than you?
    Beauty and presentation?
    Professionalism in the workplace?
    Responsibilities of children and teens?

    New York Film Academy thanks all the participants who made this April the best Celebrate Diversity Month to date and looks forward to continuing the tradition next year!

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    May 1, 2019 • Diversity, Student Life • Views: 403

  • Broadcast Club at New York Film Academy (NYFA) Work the WGA Awards Red Carpet

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    Earlier this February, members of the Broadcast Club at New York Film Academy (NYFA) got to see some Hollywood stars up close and personal on the red carpet at the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards. Even better, they got to interview some of them!

    NYFA Broadcast Club WGA Awards 2019
    The Writers Guild of America is the largest guild for Hollywood and industry screenwriters. Along with other major guilds, like the Directors Guild, Producers Guild, and Screen Actors Guild, the WGA gives out a slate of awards during the height of Tinseltown’s Awards Season, with an obvious focus on the scripts and screenplays of the year’s top productions.

    In attendance at the WGA Awards were Broadcast Club president Derek Johnson, II; vice president Eric Alt; PR head Valeriya Mashynets; record keeper Chris Desiderio; and members Anatolii Panchenko and Skylar Duhe.

    The Broadcast Club members got to hone their chops by interviewing celebrities about their craft, including Ed Helms (The Hangover, The Office), as well some of the award winners. 

    New York Film Academy congratulates the Broadcast Club on a job well done! Check out some photos of the students hard at work below!

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    February 22, 2019 • Screenwriting, Student & Alumni Spotlights, Student Life • Views: 738

  • New York Film Academy South Beach Students Attend 8th Annual Recent Cinema From Spain

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    Earlier this November, students from New York Film Academy’s South Beach campus attended the opening night of the 8th Annual Recent Cinema From Spain film series in Miami, Florida.

    Recent Cinema From Spain is produced by EGEDA US and The Olympia Theater in collaboration with the ICAA and the Centro Cultural Español in Miami (CCEMiami), and has run for the past seven years. The aim of the festival is to celebrate Spanish culture, including everything from art to music to food, and of course, film.

    This year’s Recent Cinema From Spain showcased six films, including Carmen Y Lola, Petra, Everybody Knows, and the US premiere of The Realm, a political thriller by the producers of Secret in Their Eyes.

    The opening night was Thursday, November 8 and included a red carpet event at the Olympia Theater, a landmark institution built in 1926 that has been a frequent hub of activity for the South Florida arts community. It was attended by, among others, several Spanish film celebrities as well as EFE Agency and Hola TV.

    Recent Cinema from Spain

    Dir. Santiago Segura (Sin Rodeos)

    Roughly a dozen students from New York Film Academy (NYFA) attended. This included students from NYFA South Beach’s BFA Acting for Film program, BFA Filmmaking program, and MFA Filmmaking program. NYFA’s degree programs are offered to and designed for students who wish to integrate intensive professional training with a comprehensive liberal arts education, helping them to become fully prepared for their chosen career path in the performing and visual and entertainment arts. In addition to the students who attended, a crew of three were able to conduct interviews on the red carpet. This included Steven Fares as the interviewer, Florencia Portieri as camera operator, and Ramon Burki as still photographer.

    The NYFA South Beach students who attended Recent Cinema From Spain had a wonderful time, and were greatly appreciative of the exposure to the Spanish culture offered by the festival.Recent Cinema from Spain

    Maylen Dominguez, Campus Director and Chair of Filmmaking of NYFA South Beach, reinforced this point, saying, “The Recent Cinema From Spain Festival held in Miami was a fun and inspiring opportunity for our students to get to meet actors, see a different style of filmmaking, and watch their fellow peers on the red carpet doing press in a professional manner.”

    No doubt the NYFA students who attended were inspired to get back to their studies and work on their own films that may very well be screened at the next Recent Cinema From Spain fest!

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    November 15, 2018 • Community Highlights, Film Festivals, Filmmaking, South Beach, Student Life • Views: 1277