The selected NYFA New York City campus students chosen to attend the premiere included Alice DeFilippi, Flint Royston, Lucrezi Bolfo, Kaitron Bryant, Miyeon Kang, Nathan Rosenberg, and Paris Yee. The lucky seven sat in Alice Tully Hall as guests of major film distributor A24 to watch the psychological drama directed by famed filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. The Whale opens across United States cinemas on December 9th, 2022.
The film stars Brendan Fraser (The Mummy, Crash, Blast from the Past, Bedazzled), Sadie Sink (Stranger Things, Dear Zoe, Eli), Hong Chau (Watchmen, Big Little Lies, Downsizing), and Ty Simpkins (Jurassic World, Iron Man 3, Avengers: End Game, Insidious). The feature film tells the story of a morbidly obese teacher and his attempt to reconnect with his estranged daughter.
Directed by Aronofsky, the screenplay was written by Samuel D. Hunter, adapted from his play, and screened internationally at the 79th Venice International Film Festival. The film received acclaim for its masterful use of prosthetic makeup in creating the character Charlie (played by Brendan Fraser).
Darren Aronofsky is best known for his work in film and television. His long list of Hollywood credits includes highly recognized tiles such as Pi, Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, The Wrestler, The Fountain, and Mother! Aronofsky worked as a writer, director, and producer throughout his long-spanning career in the entertainment industry.
The Lincoln Center premiere, attended by NYFA Producing Chair for the New York City campus, Neal Weisman, was a chance for NYFA students to gain a global experience. Weisman says, “Being in the middle of the action gives students attending NYFA an extra level of excitement and involvement. Our producing students attain real-world experience through our relationships with some of the greatest talent and industry professionals today. We value and appreciate our relationship with A24, one of the most dynamic distributors in North America.”