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  • NYFA South Beach Open House with Ralph Gibson and Col. Jacobs

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    Ralph Gibson with editor of Nuestro Magazine, Alida Hernandez

    In a full room of prospective students, the New York Film Academy South Beach hosted an Open House with award-winning photographer Ralph Gibson and Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Jack Jacobs. Both Mr. Gibson and Colonel Jacobs have recently joined NYFA — Gibson as Chair of its Department of Contemporary Photography and Colonel Jacobs as Chair of Veteran’s Advancement Program.

    Mr. Gibson spoke intimately, offering his advice and beliefs on photography as an art form, as a career and as a philosophy on how it relates to society and culture. He commanded the room for two hours while taking questions from students who were looking for insight and opinions from the prolific Mr. Gibson. He also spoke candidly about trends in photography like the popularity of instagram and shooting from your iPhone. In his own charismatic way, Mr. Gibson provided a fresh prospective on the techniques and style that will last as long as still photography remains a popular form of expression.

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    Colonel Jacobs with Mr. Scoleri, Veterans Service Officer

    “It was great to have Mr. Gibson speak so candidly to prospective students about the world of photography and how our programs here at NYFA teach you in an immersive and practical environment — as oppose to the traditional, sit, listen and watch approach,” said NYFA Photography Enrollment Advisor, Evan Leone.

    Colonel Jacobs, who spoke one-on-one with prospective veteran students, emphasized his belief that military men and women are the most competent and hard-working individuals in society, and that hiring a veteran is not an act of charity, as many feel, but a benefit to the employer. Colonel Jacobs was able to provide each student with his own first-hand experience of transitioning from the military to a career in the media. This was Jacobs’ third NYFA campus visit, as he previously spoke at NYFA’s Los Angeles and New York City locations.

    Next on the Open House tour for Gibson are Los Angeles and New York City. Ralph Gibson will be conducting his special “Natural Light Portraits” Workshop at NYFA Los Angeles on June 20th from 1:00pm-2:30pm. Following that will be a New York Open House on July 11th at NYFA Battery Park, located at 17 Battery Place in Manhattan, from 12:00pm – 2:00pm.

    June 9, 2015 • Academic Programs, Community Highlights • Views: 461

  • FILM: To Keep Kids on Drugs?

    After the overwhelming response from the New York Film Academy’s infographic on gender inequality in film, we decided to touch on another film related topic that deserves a similar debate. Do movies and television influence drug use? Through a narrated videographic, the New York Film Academy brings viewers on a journey through the years, analyzing how film and television has shaped our perception of drugs, as well as its possible effects on the viewing audience.

    Enjoy our video below and let us know what you think in the comments below!

     

    June 5, 2015 • Community Highlights, Infographics • Views: 257

  • NYFA to Create Promo for Teens Take the Met

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    New York Film Academy will send a crew of top graduates to the Metropolitan Museum tomorrow to create a documentary/promo of their signature teen event, TEENS TAKE THE MET.

    The event, which starts tomorrow, Friday, June 5th and runs from 5:00-8:00pm, is sponsored by dozens of arts-related non-profits, and of course the New York Film Academy. The evening is expected to draw at least 4,000 local teens from all around the New York City area.

    Teens Take the Met is free and open to all teens 13+ with a middle or high school ID. No RSVP—just show up!

    And while you’re there, be sure to look out for our talented documentary filmmaking students!

  • New York Film Academy Photo Shoot at Bloomingdale’s Miami

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    The New York Film Academy South Beach Photography department, led by Photography Co-Chair Paul Sunday, held a “Movie Madness” event with Bloomingdale’s Miami in The Falls. The photography event created a movie-like atmosphere in the cosmetics department, giving ladies the opportunity to feel what it’s like to be prepped before a photo shoot. Many of the people we met were naturals and shined behind the camera!

    “I’ve collaborated with Bloomingdale’s many times over the years.  It’s always been fun and inspiring,” said Co-Chair of NYFA’s Photography Program, Paul Sunday. “The Hollywood makeup event at the Falls was no exception. The beauty team at Bloomies was stellar. They embodied what we teach our photography students; vision, style and professionalism are ingredients for success.”

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    Since 2013, the 10,000 square ft. South Beach location, with facilities on the second floor and in the Penthouse Suite of 420 Lincoln Road, has quickly become a desired home for aspiring photographers, actors and filmmakers to truly hone their craft in a hands-on learning environment.

    Catered to all levels of expertise, the NYFA South Beach Photography program offers short-term, long-term and degree programs. Each curriculum is designed to allow students to develop their own unique voice so that they can build a photography portfolio that is immediately recognizable as their own.

    If you’re interested in learning more about the New York Film Academy South Beach Photography School, visit https://miami.nyfa.edu/photography/.

    To view more photos from our event, please visit our Facebook Album by clicking here.

  • New York Film Academy Celebrates its Graduating Class on May 30th

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    On Saturday, May 30th, New York Film Academy Los Angeles students from the Filmmaking, Acting, Producing, Screenwriting, Photography, Cinematography, Game Design, and 3D Animation and Visual Effects disciplines gathered to receive their degrees during two commencement ceremonies at the Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood, California. Deans Louis Fantasia, Eric Conner, and Mike Civille as well as Department Chairs Lynda Goodfriend (Acting), Tony Schwartz (Producing), Nunzio DeFilippis (Screenwriting), Mark Sawicki (3D Animation and Visual Effects), Michelle Kirk (Photography) and Associate Chairs Mike Williamson (Cinematography), Adam Finer (Screenwriting), and Julia Raz (Game Design) addressed the students, congratulating them and giving personal fair wells and final advice for the future. School Director Dan Mackler and Dean Louis Fantasia presented diplomas.

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    actor Manish Dayal

    Manish Dayal, film and television actor known for his recurring role as Raj Kher in the hit TV show 90210 and starring in a leading role in the film The Hundred Foot Journey, was the Commencement Speaker for the Acting and Screenwriting graduates. Mr. Dayal relayed the importance of having a positive perspective of “failing” in life as every success he’s experienced would not have been possible with the failures that led him there.

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    David A. Permut, television and movie producer known for creating Richard Pryor: Live in Concert and Dragnet, which was an early example of remaking a television series into a motion picture, was the Commencement Speaker for the Film, Producing, Cinematography, Photography, Game Design, and 3D Animation and Visual Effects Graduates. Mr. Permut stressed the importance of remaining positive and having patience in the film industry as the average time it takes an idea to debut on the screen from conception is seven years, and the time it’s taken for many of his projects to come to fruition has well exceeded that.

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    After the commencement ceremonies, graduates and their family and friends celebrated at the Riot House Restaurant in West Hollywood’s Andaz Hotel on the Sunset Strip. Congratulations to all of NYFA’s 2015 degree program graduates!

    MFA in Filmmaking
    Paul Dees
    Simeon Flores
    Ryan Lopez
    Eduardo Michel Piza
    Eljazz Rakhimbekov
    Alexander Rodriguez
    Daniel Zagaevschi

    MA in Film & Media
    Ahmed Farouk Ibrahim Al Ayooti
    Abdullah Bin Kulaib
    Paulo Erico Claridades
    Ali Farshchi
    Krid Krongyuth
    Huimin Mao
    Andrei Mindru
    Varun Verma
    Manal Elias

    BFA in Filmmaking
    Tyrone Breaux
    Noe Miguel Obregon Escobar
    Joelle Kahn

    MFA in Acting
    Kankana Chakraborty
    David Dasilma
    Ricardo Diaz Guillen
    Omar-Farouq Ayorinde Edu
    Marthe Einseth
    David Epstein
    Yara Ferreyra
    Brandon James Gailliard
    Ivonne Garcia Asimbaya
    William Justice
    Jong Man Kim
    Ivona Kustudic
    Nenad Nikolovski
    Nozipho Jamilah Profit-Mclean
    Danielle RowLee
    Fernando Quintana Lasso
    Chris Ferera
    Emre Pala
    Dian Yu
    Zhen Wang

    BFA in Acting
    Andras Farago-Szabo
    Rebecca Hamilton
    Anthony Hubbard
    Anthony Kiser
    Kristoffer McMillan
    Eboni Osteen
    William Stavrakos
    Diana Valencia Medina

    AFA in Acting
    Susannah Almer
    Blake Altman
    Carlos Rodrigo Chavez
    Leonardo Diaz
    Karen Flores Kauffman
    Ryan Harrington
    Dylan Jackson
    Benjamin Jooste
    Michael Brandon Lamkins
    Hadas Sima Lev
    Kamali Martin
    Lucero Rodriguez
    Dulce Sosa
    Ellinor Taflin
    Alexis Taylor

    MFA in Producing
    Ismelda Cruz Mojica
    Marisela de Los Angeles Delgado Fuentes
    Carlos Eguiagaray
    Melinda Graves
    Ana Pou Valeriano
    Tripp Townsend III
    Meng An
    Luoting Jin
    Pengchen Li
    Phillip Simon
    Arthur Smith
    Anna Tveritina
    Xu Yang
    Shijie Zhang

    AFA in Producing
    Tyler Scheff
    Davin Tjen

    MFA in Screenwriting
    Ray Cadiz
    David Ephraim Cantor
    Yanwen Guo
    Christopher Hayes
    Dakota Klaes
    Xiaoxiu Li
    Thomas Saetveit Jensen
    Agosto Silveira
    Angelina Tala
    Pallavi Vaidya

    AFA in Screenwriting
    Quintin Allen Bell
    Tevin Knight
    Daria Leshchenko
    Jamaul Phillips

    MFA in Photography
    Sultan Al Rubayq
    Khulud Albati
    Mihaela Belichovska
    Walla Jarallah
    Yisen Li
    Pavlinka Popovska
    Elli Tashkandi
    Qian Zhe

    MFA in Cinematography
    Peng Ding
    Nelson Javier Flores
    Kevin Gillingham
    Leandro Moura

    MFA in Game Design
    Omar Ahmedien
    Ohoud Ali
    Kevin Newton
    Zheng Qin
    Chad Robinson
    I-Chieh Shen
    Yufei Zhao
    Ziyi Zou

    BFA in 3D Animation & Visual Effects
    Arjun Nair

  • NYFA South Beach Open House with Ralph Gibson & Col. Jacobs

    This upcoming Saturday, May 30th, 2015 the New York Film Academy South Beach will be hosting an Open House with special guests: award-winning photographer Ralph Gibson, Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Jack Jacobs, as well as Director of Performing Arts Enrollment, Roger Del Pozo and NYFA South Beach Filmmaking Instructor, George E. Fernandez.

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    Ralph Gibson, who was recently appointed to Chair of the Department of Contemporary Photography at the New York Film Academy, is that rare artist who has touched the masters of the past half century—from the Beat Generation in San Francisco to the vigor of yesterday’s born-digital, cross-media creations. He began his professional career as an assistant to Dorothea Lange and, to date, has published over 40 photography monographs and his photographs are included in over 170 museum collections around the world. Gibson’s awards include fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Leica Medal of Excellence, the Lucie Lifetime Award and the Silver Plumb Award.

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    photography by Ralph Gibson

    Colonel Jack Jacobs, the Chair of the New York Film Academy’s Veterans Advancement Program, served in the U.S. Military for more than 20 years and his gallantry in Vietnam earned him the Medal of Honor — the nation’s highest combat honor — two Silver Stars and three Bronze Stars. Colonel Jacobs is currently a military strategist and on-air analyst for NBC and MSNBC News.

    In addition to his work at NYFA, Roger Del Pozo has also been a casting director in New York for the last 12 years. In that time, he has cast over a thousand television commercials, as well as films, plays, voice overs, video games, music videos and industrials for many of the top Casting Companies and Advertising Agencies in New York. Some projects Mr. Del Pozo has cast include national campaigns for Apple, Microsoft, Dunkin’ Donuts, Sony, General Electric, AT&T, Fisher Price, Nickelodeon, Cheerios, Verizon, Ikea, Nintendo, Toyota, Mercedes and Heineken, just to name a few.

    G.E. Fernandez started out as a writer. His play, Vietnam Trilogy, was a major hit at the Veteran’s Theater in Los Angeles, winning the Drama-logue award of Best Actor for Richard Chavez. His first feature film, Cease Fire, starring Don Johnson, Lisa Blount, went on to become a critical success. Through the 1990’s he started to make entry into the Television World, by creating and producing the European TV Series Pilot Night Screams. Mr. Fernandez has now moved back to South Florida and has created Magic City Distribution & Production, a marketing and distribution company for Indie Films.

    The Open House is open to prospective students and members of the press. If you’re interested in attending or have questions, please email southbeach@nyfa.edu.

    May 26, 2015 • Academic Programs, Community Highlights • Views: 404

  • NYFA Representing at Cannes Short Film Corner

    cannes 2015This year, we have a number of filmmakers representing the New York Film Academy at the Cannes Film Festival. These students and alumni have the incredible opportunity of networking and screening their short films at the Cannes Short Film Corner, which offers industry meets, workshops and conferences that deal with strategic issues.

    Our filmmakers benefit from all the advantages of being a Festival de Cannes accredited attendee, from being able to access the Marché du Film exhibitors or those in the Village International. With the festival officially underway, we’ve been hearing from a number of NYFA filmmakers!

    Below is a list of some of these students and their films. We want to wish them all the best of luck in showcasing their films at Cannes!

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    Francesco Mazza at Cannes

    Francesco Mazza, Frankie

    Richard Selvi, Datin’ Marvin

    Diego Londono, Medley

    Denis Kulikov, Nadezhda

    Ilya Rozhkov, Sabre Dance

    Aditya Patwardhan, Red House by the Crossroads

    Luis Christian Dilorenzi, Sináptica

    Shantal Freedman, Ticketed

    Raquel Bordin, Tip Toe

    Ricardo Lopez-Franco, Binary Stars

    Gabe Chavez, More than Words

    Victor Olea, The Miracle Archives

     

  • Korean Artist Jun Yong-Bok Offers Painting for NYFA

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    NYFA Founder Jerry Sherlock with Jun Yong-bok

    This Friday, the New York Film Academy welcomed famous Korean artist Jun Yong-bok, who presented NYFA Founder Jerry Sherlock and President Michael Young with an original piece of art entitled “Mountain.”

    While Yong-bok’s art is rooted in traditional Korean lacquer art, he also developed his own unique techniques through his experience of different cultures and their art.

    Yong-bok offered the painting, made with pieces of mother of pearl, for NYFA’s New York new 26 Broadway location in the financial district of Manhattan. He hopes to continue see the Academy grow as his son Hyunmin Jun attends a 1 year screenwriting course. From there, his son plans on heading to Los Angeles for an MFA in Screenwriting.

    We’d like to whole-heartedly thank Jun Yong-bok for this impressive gift, and wish his son the best of luck as he begins his career as a screenwriter!

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    May 15, 2015 • Community Highlights • Views: 694

  • NYFA Appoints Celina Clarich Polanco to VP of Global Admissions and Enrollment

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    NYFA Vice President of Global Admissions and Enrollment, Celina Polanco

    The New York Film Academy is delighted to announce the return of Celina Clarich Polanco to its Admissions Team. Ms. Polanco, NYFA’s newly appointed Vice President of Global Admissions and Enrollment, is eager to begin working with New York Film Academy’s sizeable and diverse student body.

    “During the past few years that I’ve been absent from the New York Film Academy, it has grown exponentially in more ways than one,” Ms. Polanco states. She continues, “Not only has NYFA continued to position itself as a premier performing arts school on a global scale, offering students one-of-a-kind education, it has also expanded rapidly in student body as well as opening numerous new locations, both domestically and internationally.”

    Ms. Polanco has over a decade of experience aiding students’ enrollment in tertiary education. She is a former Director of Admissions at numerous performing arts and filmmaking schools, such as New York Film Academy (New York and Los Angeles campuses), New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, School for Film & Television and TVI Acting Studios and was a founding member of the Executive Team of Relativity School.

    As a clinician, Ms. Polanco has taught Audition Technique and The Business of the Business seminars in 30 states and 6 countries. She has also cast projects in New York and Los Angeles for MTV, ABC, FOX, Broadway and hundreds of commercials. As an actor, her favorite roles include “Camila” in the 2nd National Tour of Tony-Award Winning Musical In The Heights, and touring with the USO of Metropolitan NY, opening for Lee Greenwood and Joan Rivers.

    “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to cultivate an admissions philosophy of generosity and thoughtful guidance to a new generation of NYFA students. With over 60 programs in over 15 countries and many new disciplines to offer, at the New York Film Academy I truly believe there is a program for everyone hoping to learn more about this creative world,” concludes Ms. Polanco.

    May 15, 2015 • Academic Programs, Community Highlights • Views: 1445

  • NYFA Hosts Wounded Warrior Event with Guest Tom Sizemore

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    The New York Film Academy had the unique opportunity to host injured service members and their families from the Wounded Warrior Project for a daylong event at its state-of-art Burbank facilities. The events featured a tour of the New York Film Academy’s campus, a filmmaking and acting workshop taught by the Film Academy’s esteemed faculty. In addition to the workshops, NYFA screened True Romance followed by a Q&A with award-winning actor Tom Sizemore. In addition to his role on True Romance, Sizemore has appeared in such films as Heat, Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down and more.

    The warriors and their families had the opportunity to participate in an acting or filmmaking workshop. Those interested in the acting were put in front of a camera, and directed by a NYFA instructor on simple scenes while learning the fundamentals of acting. Many of them shared personal stories, which applied to being emotionally available in their work. They learned essential tools of the industry and how to translate their life experiences within their craft.

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    Warriors interested in filmmaking learned about the aspects of a film set, the qualities that make a good director and employment in the film industry. They also had the opportunity for intensive hands-on experience working with state-of-the-art cameras and equipment. They were asked to work as a team to direct, operate cameras, act, and shoot a scene from an existing film.

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    Actor Tom Sizemore at the New York Film Academy

    After the workshop, NYFA screened True Romance followed by a Q&A with award-winning actor Tom Sizemore. During the Q&A, Mr. Sizemore spoke to the more than 70 NYFA veterans and wounded warriors in attendance about his upbringing, the importance of his family, and military service as he has two brothers currently serving in the military. He was open and honest about his experiences as an actor, and the personal struggles he has endured throughout his career. Veterans in audience were able to ask Mr. Sizemore questions as well as those students attending classes at the New York and Australian campuses as it was live streamed. Mr. Sizemore stayed afterwards to take photos with many of the veterans and their families. They were extremely excited to meet him, and expressed their sincere gratitude for his attendance and his support shown to the veteran community.

    The New York Film Academy is appreciative of the Wounded Warrior Project and Tom Sizemore for collaborating on this event to support injured service members and their families.

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    May 8, 2015 • Acting, Community Highlights, Guest Speakers • Views: 898