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  • A Look at Art Basel 2017 by New York Film Academy South Beach

    Miami: home of bikinis, sunshine, and Art Basel.  Sure, Art Basel happens in other cities around the world, but nothing beats the annual event that takes over the city of Miami each winter, drawing artists and visitors from around the world to explore new themes and cutting-edge creations in contemporary art. Up-and-coming artists, celebrities, and everyone in between make their way to Miami in order to take part in the numerous events, private showings and parties, the VIP after parties and more every December.

    This year New York Film Academy (NYFA) South Beach was proud to collaborate with two of the biggest Art Basel events, Spectrum and PULSE.

    During the Spectrum event, NYFA South Beach had the privilege to showcase some alumni and faculty work. We also hosted an incredible panel with featured artists Naomi White, Angelika Rinnhofer, and Jon Henry, which was lead by New York Film Academy Chair of Photography David Mager. The panel and photography showcase created a buzz throughout the Spectrum/Red Dot event for the rest of the week.

    NYFA South Beach also partnered with Pulse,  creating visual work for their Perspectives project, featuring private interviews with this year’s presenting artists Mindy Solomon (owner of the Mindy Solomon Gallery), Carolina García Jayaram (CEO of the National YoungArts Foundation) and Donna Ruff.

    NYFA South Beach’s Perspectives video spotlights were a part of an installment at the entrance of the Pulse VIP area. Viewers were able to enjoy the video one at a time, creating an exclusive experience while still channeling the fun and artwork that surrounded the venue.

    Celebrity sightings were another exciting feature of Art Basel this year, with Jonathan Cheban, Scott Disick, Alec Monopoly, and Owen Wilson winding their way through the exhibits. New York Film Academy’s very own Sally Nieves was also interviewed by a local television show called Vibes and Views Miami!

    Between Spectrum, Pulse, Art Basel and New York Film Academy, social media was buzzing all week long. If you missed out, make sure to stay tuned for next year’s Art Basel events, which we hope will be even bigger and better!

    NYFA South Beach is proud to participate in PULSE and Spectrum, and looks forward to next year’s Art Basel festivities.

  • Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros” Produced by New York Film Academy South Beach at Miami Theatre Center’s Sandbox Series

    In the midst of Art Basel and Miami’s busiest art season of the year, the New York Film Academy (NYFA) South Beach will contribute to the thriving international celebration of art and culture through Art Talks at SPECTRUM, a partnership with PULSE — and a thought-provoking production of Eugene Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros” at the Miami Theatre Center’s Sandbox Series.

    With artists visiting Miami from around the world to examine the meaning and state of contemporary art, revisiting this classic existential play could not come at a more perfect time.

    “Rhinoceros” explores the apathetic Berenger’s metamorphosis from a disconnected, depressed and isolated individual to a hero motivated by unconditional love and responsibility for his fellow man, in the midst of an epidemic where weak-willed people are inexplicably turning into rhinos.

    Ionesco wrote the play as a response to WWII, examining not only the psychology behind Fascism and Nazism but also the human need to imbue life with meaning by following a cause.

    The surrealist piece is to be mounted by the New York Film Academy South Beach’s Fall 2015 class of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting for Film program as an end-of-semester production that includes each and every student from the cohort. The cohort includes:

    Diana Urbano

    Azarias Daniels

    Domonic Licciardello

    Jeremiah Rivas

    Michaela Downes

    Miguel Lara

    George Fernandez

    Andre Morrissette

    Cassandra Rosado

    Christopher Croley

    Jhaneal Hector

    Nothando Palesa Xulu

    Directed by veteran NYFA instructor Paul Tei, known for his work in a dozen TV shows including Netflix’s “Bloodline,” “American Horror Story,” and “Burn Notice,” this adaptation of “Rhinoceros” exposes how relevant Ionesco’s questions on man’s search for meaning and the nature of interpersonal responsibility and connection are still extremely vital to contemporary art, and beyond.

    Paul Tei received his MFA in directing from the prestigious Theatre School at De Paul University, and his BA in theatre from Barry University. He is the artistic director and founder of The Mad Cat Theatre Company, where he has directed numerous productions and world premiers. Paul’s directorial work outside the company has been seen in New York, where his production of “BUMP” had a sold-out run at The Henry Street Settlement, as well as in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New Hampshire, Vermont, and across the pond in Manchester and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for Mad Cat Theatre Company’s premier production of “Going Green the Wrong Way.”

    The New York Film Academy South Beach, like all NYFA locations, focuses its programs on the philosophy of learning by doing. Acting for Film students learn to act for film by actually performing in films, while also training in the essential acting techniques and skills rooted in theatre. The end-of-semester performance of “Rhinoceros” is a part of their Play Production Workshop, a course focused on developing the skills and techniques of live performance as a foundation for their craft.

  • New York Film Academy Partners With PULSE Miami Beach Arts Fair

    At this year’s PULSE Miami Beach art fair, the New York Film Academy (NYFA) South Beach will join forces with a global contemporary art community as the official supporter of one of the art fair’s key events: PERSPECTIVES. PULSE Miami Beach is one of the Miami art scene’s premier annual events, providing an exciting and dynamic venue for today’s thrilling contemporary art.

    The New York Film Academy South Beach is very excited to partner with PULSE Art Fair for the production of PERSPECTIVES,” said NYFA South Beach Director Elli Ventouras. “We feel that this is a natural collaboration of art and culture. Filming with PERSPECTIVES allowed us to develop a relationship with artists within the Miami art scene, and working in partnership with PULSE Art Fair will provide our students with real-world exposure to today’s contemporary artists and artwork in a truly rich and exciting context. We hope that this is the beginning of a long collaboration with PULSE Art Fair for many years to come.”

    PULSE Miami Beach 2017 PERSPECTIVES with Donna Ruff from PULSE Contemporary Art Fair on Vimeo.

    Throughout PULSE Miami Beach 2017, NYFA South Beach will have two photographers live on the scene to capture the action at PULSE Miami Beach, as the public interacts with emerging and established galleries from an international community of artists.

    PULSE Miami Beach 2017 PERSPECTIVES with Mindy Solomon from PULSE Contemporary Art Fair on Vimeo.

    In addition, NYFA South Beach has partnered with PERSPECTIVES to create three original video profiles of 2017 exhibiting artists Donna Ruff, Mindy Solomon, and National YoungArts Foundation President Carolina García Jayaram. As the fair’s opening approaches, the films will be released on the PULSE Miami Beach website, and then screened as an installation for audiences at PERSPECTIVES.

    PULSE Miami Beach 2017 PERSPECTIVES with Carolina Garcia Jayaram from PULSE Contemporary Art Fair on Vimeo.

    PULSE began in New York in 2005, but organizers were inspired to shift their center of operations entirely to the city of Miami in 2016 to become PULSE Miami Beach. Since then, the arts fair has launched PULSE 360, a year-round events initiative focused on fostering community and engagement, and forged this new partnership with the New York Film Academy’s South Beach campus.

    PULSE Miami Beach will run Dec. 7-10 in Miami. As a part of the partnership between PULSE Miami Beach and New York Film Academy, complimentary day passes are available for all NYFA South Beach students.

     

    December 1, 2017 • Community Highlights, Entertainment News, South Beach • Views: 1074

  • NYFA South Beach to Host Panel at Spectrum Art Show

    Spectrum Miami

    New York Film Academy South Beach is honored to host an event during Discover Spectrum Miami on Friday, December 8 at 5pm. The event will take place during Miami’s annual, sprawling Art Basel festival, which draws a wide variety of art fans from all over the world to Florida’s southeast coast. The juried, contemporary art show takes place in Miami’s Arts & Entertainment District from December 6th until the 10th and features a diverse array of internationally renowned artists and galleries.

    Art Talk is one of a number of different events taking place during the five-day fine art event. Representing NYFA will be David Mager, Chair of Photography for NYFA NY, LA, and South Beach, Naomi White, Associate Chair of Photography NYFA LA, Angelika Rinnhofer, Photographer and NYFA Instructor, and Jon Henry, Photographer and NYFA alum.

    Inspiring Creativity
    Where does the inspiration come from?  What drives us as artists to pursue a thread of interest?  How do we know when we are onto something? How can we work toward finding the next project?

    Join New York Film Academy Faculty and Alumni in discussing how to inspire creativity, choose projects that are worth pursuing, and keep that creative inspiration alive.

    Panelists
    David Mager, Moderator
    Photographer
    Chair of Photography, NYFA NYC, LA, and SoBe
    David Mager is currently the Chair of the Photography Department at the New York Film Academy for the New York, Los Angeles, and South Beach campuses, where he has been providing a focused, hands on approach to students of photography. David is an award-winning photographer with over 20 years of experience in the publishing, editorial, and advertising industries.  Clients have included Disney, DK, Scholastic, Der Speigel, McGraw Hill, Penguin, Time Out NY, Parents Magazine, Paper, Flair, American Baby, and Park Place Magazine and many more. David received a Masters of Professional Studies in Digital Photography from The School of Visual Arts, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from New York University. He is also an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom.

    Naomi White, Panelist
    Associate Chair of Photography, NYFA LA campus
    Naomi White is a feminist, visual artist, and educator, working in Los Angeles. She is the winner of PDN’s Objects of Desire award and has exhibited throughout North America and Europe, including bG gallery Bergamot Station, Tobey Fine Arts, Christopher Henry Gallery, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, GE World Headquarters, Saatchi Art Gallery, NAA Festival Novas Artes Associadas in Portugal, Scope Art Basel, Miami, and Photo LA. Her work has been published in PDN, The Brooklyn Rail, Uncertain States in the UK, and On Art & Aesthetics.

    White holds an MFA in Photography and Related Media from SVA in New York, and a BA in English Literature from San Francisco State. White investigates themes of consumerism and identity construction in our camera-bound world, focusing on the transformative power of photography to affect desire and change.

    Angelika Rinnhofer’s “a priori”

    Angelika Rinnhofer, Panelist
    Photographer
    NYFA Instructor South Beach campus
    Angelika Rinnhofer is an artist and an art educator. She works primarily in photography, video, dance and performance, but sometimes adopts non-traditional art media in her practice such as baking, gaming, and trace making. In her work, Rinnhofer reflects on the feeling of belonging and the effect of memory on her sense of affinity. For her current project “a priori”, Rinnhofer examines the impact that the discovery of a family secret may carry on a person’s sense of identity.

    Rinnhofer is the recipient of several grants and two fellowships, and the New York Foundation for the Arts/ARTSPIRE granted fiscal sponsorship to “a priori”. She has had a number of national and international exhibitions and her images have been featured in various professional publications. Her art has been shown in solo exhibitions at Miami Beach Urban Studios, the Jewish Community Center in Dresden, Germany, the New Britain Museum of Art in New Britain, CT, at Light Work in Syracuse, NY, at the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery in Miami, and the Paul Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles.

    In 2010 Rinnhofer received her Master’s degree in Fine Arts in New Media from Transart Institute in Berlin.

    Jon Henry, Panelist
    Photographer
    NYFA Photography Alumni
    Jon Henry is an artist who was born and raised in Queens, NY. He studied at CUNY Queens College and New York Film Academy.  He is a visual artist who primarily works with photography. His practice focuses on two main areas: the black family, his own and the community at large. In specifically, looking at the mother/son relationship in the wake of the murders of African American men due to police violence.  His work also focuses on athletes and their representation in a fine art context. Stranger Fruit was recently selected by Smack Mellon for Hot Picks 2017 and the project was also on the short list for the Lucie Foundation grant.

    NYFA alum Jon Henry

    NYFA alum Jon Henry

    November 27, 2017 • Photography, South Beach • Views: 758

  • NYFA South Beach Attends Supercon in Fort Lauderdale

    The Broward Convention Center played host for the 2017 edition of Supercon. Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, it was the ideal midpoint for people from the tri-county area. New York Film Academy South Beach was fortunate to be joined by Adam Nimoy, director, former NYFA Filmmaking instructor, and the son of Leonard Nimoy — AKA Spock from “Star Trek.”

    We were honored to be a part of Adam’s promotion for his documentary “For The Love of Spock.” Star Trek fans from all over excitedly came to meet Adam and learn more about his journey as the beloved son of Spock.

    Adam Nimoy Spock NYFA

    During the 4-day event, film buffs, comic book lovers, and anyone who loves a good excuse to play dress-up swarmed the convention center. Our NYFA South Beach booth was located in celebrity row, where fans swarmed Adam’s booth for autographs and personal pictures.

    NYFA got a first row seat to see how passionate the Star Trek fanbase is. There were Star Trek tables dedicated to the franchise, which also included a life-size captain’s chair that Adam couldn’t help but sit in and reminisce.

    At another end of the convention center, you could find a life-size version of the space station set where all the Star Trek characters would be found in a typical episode. Fans lined up to take photos with their family and friends, pretending to play the role of their favorite Star Trek character.

    NYFA Booth Supercon

    Adam’s Q&A on Saturday, which was moderated by South Beach Acting for Film Chair Mark Mocahbee, engaged fans that genuinely loved his documentary and were interested to learn his journey and process while making it.

    Adam ended his Q&A with a special surprise for everyone by premiering the teaser trailer of his newest project, “What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Deep Space Nine.” The crowd of about 200 people that filled the Q&A room was overwhelmed by excitement to be the very first to see his new trailer.

    Moments after the Q&A, the NYFA booth filled with fans that had just been at Adam’s panel hoping to speak to Adam directly and get an autograph.

    Adam Nimoy Signing Supercon

    For particularly impressive costumes, Mr. Nimoy would request photos with fans, which served as memorable moments for Trekkies.

    All in all, NYFA South Beach’s takeover at Supercon in Fort Lauderdale was a tremendous success and the Academy hopes to play a part again next year.

    Post written by: Sally Nieves

    August 8, 2017 • South Beach • Views: 1113

  • NYFA Supports New Film Incentives in Miami-Dade County

    South Beach’s star is rising. Miami-Dade County’s reputation as an excellent filmmaking location has been cemented once again with a new announcement by the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources. A new local TV/film and digital entertainment production incentive program will soon boost and support film and entertainment projects and help improve the local economy and industry workforce.

    New York Film Academy in South Beach has followed the intense process and attended numerous meetings — including the first, at the Commission Chamber of Miami-Dade County on April 26, for incentives for the City of Miami Beach. Following were county-wide meetings on June 23, July 13, and July 18, all of which saw NYFA South Beach students and faculty attend to express their support.

    What does this mean for students & future film graduates of Florida?

    Students in South Florida will greatly benefit from the incentives as they reward filmmakers and production companies for hiring students or recent grads. Monetary breaks and rewards will also be available to hand-picked films that keep production local and meet specific criteria. This will help keep production in Miami and give more job opportunities to those who study or have studied film. The aforementioned criteria is included below.

    • At least $1 million must be spent during production in Miami-Dade County on payroll (for Miami-Dade County residents only) and other expenditures.
    • 70% (or more) of the entire production must be produced in Miami-Dade County.
    • Each production project is required to hire a minimum of 50 main cast and crew (employees) that are Miami-Dade County residents and must include at least one student/recent graduate who is enrolled at or recently graduated from a local college or university. Students do not have to be residents to qualify.
    • Salaries for Miami-Dade County residents hired must be a minimum of the current living wage as defined by County law.
    • A minimum of 80% of vendors used on the production project must be Miami-Dade County-based registered businesses.

    NYFA_Film_Incentives_Meeting
    More Job Opportunities for Film Graduates from Miami-Dade

    These factors will help ensure film production, when possible, will remain local, in beautiful Miami. Students and alums of schools such as NYFA will have more opportunities to get hands-on experience as the new law will incentivize filmmakers who hire at least one student or recent graduate.

    New York Film Academy anticipates effects from the announcement tremendously benefiting the South Beach location: “The New York Film Academy South Beach is very happy that the efforts of support of our staff and students for the Miami Dade Film Initiatives have helped in pushing the incentives through to become a reality,” Director & Senior Vice President Elli Ventouras said. “Being the only college in Miami to offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting for Film, in addition to our Bachelor of Fine Arts in Filmmaking, we feel that this initiative may help to open the doors for our students in the film industry in Miami Dade.”


    Up to $100,000 per project will be the rebate for qualifying productions. Eligible projects will be decided on an individual basis, and each project and grant agreement will require approval by the Board of County Commissioners.

    Miami has served as the primary location for many notable films, including such classics as “Scarface,” “Caddyshack,” “The Godfather II,” and the Oscar-winning critical and box office smash “Moonlight.” With the recent vote, many more filmmaking luminaries are sure to choose Miami as a production destination.

    Map of Miami-Dade County

    For more information on the TV/film and digital entertainment production incentive program, visit the Office of Film and Entertainment. For more information about New York Film Academy South Beach, visit our website.

    August 1, 2017 • South Beach • Views: 862