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  • The Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre at the New York Film Academy Sets Precedent in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

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    Cast of NYFA's "Merrily We Roll Along"

    NYFA’s “Merrily We Roll Along”


    NYFA’s Musical Theatre production of “Merrily We Roll Along” was a huge success in more ways than one. After each performance, NYFA students and cast members collected money in the signature red buckets from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the nonprofit that’s been raising funds for people living with HIV and other life-threatening illnesses for nearly thirty years.

    It has become a proud tradition for Broadway shows to address their audiences directly for this incredibly worthwhile cause. Since its inception, Broadway Cares has raised over $285 million—money that has been awarded as grants to social service organizations in all 50 states.

    It is not uncommon to see our Broadway faculty with the red buckets on the Broadway stage raising money for Broadway Cares.  And now our students are passing on this legacy.

    Cast of NYFA's "Merrily We Roll Along"

    NYFA’s “Merrily We Roll Along”

    With the cast and crew of “Merrily We Roll Along” supporting this fundraising effort, the New York Film Academy became the very first conservatory to join Broadway with the red bucket appeal. In just one weekend of performances from our 100-seat theatre, our students and community were able to raise $1,050 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS!

    Needless to say, we are very proud of the Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre program for their fantastic effort and we are thrilled to be aligned with the great work of Broadway Cares. We will continue these efforts with the red buckets during our main stage productions and proudly stand as the leading conservatory in the fight to help provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals, and emergency assistance to those who need them most.

    NYFA’s “Merrily We Roll Along”
    Director:  Robert W. Schneider (Assistant Director to filmmaker Lonny Price on the acclaimed “Merrily We Roll Along” documentary “Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened.”)
    Musical Director: Kevin David Thomas (2009 Broadway revival of “A Little Night Music.”)

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    October 16, 2017 • Community Highlights, Musical Theatre • Views: 2250

  • NYFA Documentary Instructor Editor on HBO’s ‘Larry Kramer’ Doc

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    Larry KramerNew York Film Academy Documentary Master Class Instructor and Curriculum Adviser, Geof Bartz’s latest documentary, Larry Kramer: In Love and Anger, airs tonight on HBO!

    As Supervising Editor of HBO Documentary Films, Bartz says this film is “about one of the true heroes — and great characters — of the 20th Century.”

    Larry Kramer is an author, playwright and activist who gave voice to the outrage and grief that inspired a whole generation of gay men and lesbians to fight for their lives. As co-founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), Kramer’s activism forever changed the public health policy pertaining to AIDS.

    Directed by Jean Carlomusto, the documentary originally premiered at Sundance in January 2015, and will have its TV opening tonight on HBO at 9 pm EST. From there, Larry Kramer: In Love and Anger will be available at HBO ON DEMAND and HBO GO.

    We hope you have a chance to check it out!

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    June 29, 2015 • Documentary Filmmaking • Views: 3589

  • NYFA Grad Tackles the Struggles of Adopting Children in New Documentary

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    Kids RightsMichael Dudko, a graduate of the New York Film Academy, has worked for over 10 years as an independent film producer and director working in various formats – from animated 3-D, narrative, and documentary films to television products, programs, commercials, infomercials, and music videos. In 2013, he completed his first documentary feature, Kids’ Rights: The Business of Adoption, which was acquired by Cinema Libre Studio.

    The documentary dissects the trials and tribulations of today’s adoptions process. Adopting a child means undergoing rigorous assessment marked by bureaucracy, paperwork and often, an outlay of cash. After personally witnessing Sir Elton John and David Furnish’s failure to adopt, filmmakers Michael Dudko and Olga Rudnieva ask themselves if they are fit for parenthood. Their investigation of the regulations, cultural prejudices, and child trafficking policies behind the process takes them from the slums of Ukraine, through China, and the US. They speak with prospective parents, social workers, lawyers, psychologists, and adoption agencies to find a flawed system that allows millions of orphans to languish in foster care and learn that children lack the most basic human rights.

    Olga had been working as the executive director of the Elena Pinchuk AntiAIDS Foundation, where she was in charge of launching and managing major project of the Foundation. One project was Sir Elton John’s charitable concert devoted to HIV/AIDs in cooperation with the Elton John AIDS Foundation. A few years later, Sir Elton and his partner David Furnish returned to Ukraine to observe the progress being made in the fight against AIDS. They had never considered having children until they visited Makeevka Orphanage, which is dedicated to children born to HIV positive mothers, and met a young boy named Lev. They were prepared to adopt Lev and his older brother Artyom, but the Ukranian government said no, claiming that homosexuals have no right to become parents.

    “Our main inspiration for making the film is our strong desire to build a new society where the children’s rights would be considered before anything thing else,” says Dudko. “By making this film we hope to fight against this injustice and draw the public’s attention to what children really need: parents.”

    Kids’ Rights: The Business of Adoption will be available on DVD starting May 20th, 2014 with Streaming Video and Download-to-Own options starting June 20, 2014.

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    April 23, 2014 • Documentary Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4132