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  • A ‘Second Wind’ For NYFA Grad Sarah Choi

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    As most of us know, going through a breakup can be a very difficult and tumultuous time. And while some of us tend to get down, struggling to get through the days, artists often find inspiration from the ordeal. This was the case for New York Film Academy documentary graduate, Sarah Choi. Sarah’s recent music video Second Wind captures the breakups of three young women through a choreographed dance number set to the tune of Arcade Fire’s Afterlife.

    “What helped me get through the first few months after the breakup was renewing my commitment to telling stories through my films; and also taking dance classes,” said Sarah. “I found it therapeutic to let loose and try to communicate my feelings through movement and music.”

    Sarah teamed up with a number of NYFA filmmakers from all over the world to create the film, which was shot in a very short period of time due to conflicting schedules. Her Director of Photography, Tomas Velasquez (from Colombia), Assistant Camera, Mihyun Park (from South Korea), and Gaffer, Aleksandra Miasnikova (from Belarus), have great chemistry founded upon respect and friendship. “We met while studying at the New York Film Academy, and I would love to continue working on projects with them!”

    The video has already garnished praise across the web including a mention on The Huffington Post called Dealing with Love.

    You can watch the video in its entirety below. Enjoy!

    Credits:
    Director of Photography: Tomas Velasquez
    Assistant Camera: Mihyun Park
    Gaffer: Aleksandra Miasnikova
    Production Coordinator: Leslie Stanfield
    Colorist: Jared Melman
    Cast: Breton Tyner-Bryan, Leigh Schanfein, Sarah Choi
    Key Make-up Artist: Mallory Passione
    Hairstylists: Zachary Hart, Mallory Pace, Marykate Osick

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  • Haiti Optimiste Benefit with Arcade Fire and Donna Karan

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    Haiti Event NYFA

    New York Film Academy students, faculty and alumni are invited to a phenomenal star-studded event called Haiti Optimiste this Thursday, February 20th at the Florence Gould Hall on 55 East 59th Street, NYC. Haiti Optimiste is an annual benefit organized by Ciné Institute and L’Alliance Francaise, celebrating new Haitian cinema with the purpose of raising funds for the film and media education of young Haitians.

    Ciné Institute provides desperately needed free college education and employment opportunities to underprivileged Haitian youth. It is the only college of its kind in Haiti, where just 1% of high school graduates can afford to attend university.

    The evening will include a screening of films from the Institute, followed by the announcement of the new Brioni film fund and a Q&A with Ciné Institute supporters, fashion designer Donna Karan, Arcade Fire video director Vincent Morisset, and actors Michael Kenneth Williams (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) and Jamie Hector (HBO’s The Wire). Members of the Grammy Award-winning rock band Arcade Fire will also be present for the evening.

    This is for a great cause and could be a great networking opportunity for young filmmakers in the New York City area. If you’re interested in $25 discounted tickets (down from $60-$300), send an email RSVP to Ihuoma Mambo at ihuoma@cineinstitute.com.

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    February 18, 2014 • Community Highlights, Guest Speakers • Views: 4639