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  • NYFA Alum Cody Broadway Snags a Heartland Emmy

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    New York Film Academy alumnus Cody Broadway has been quite productive since taking the One Year Filmmaking program at our New York City campus. In addition to directing the dramatic short film “She Rides Bulls,” Broadway has also put in multiple years at FOX television affiliates in both San Angelo and Abilene, Texas.

    Since then, he’s worked at KUSA 9NEWS, a major NBC station based in Denver, Colorado. It’s there that Broadway worked as Visual Producer for their heartbreaking yet important continuing coverage of the city’s drug plight. That effort paid off when KUSA’s “Mile High Heroin: Denver’s Struggle with Addiction” earned the team a Heartland Emmy Award.

    The Heartland Emmys Awards are an official chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, who famously distribute the Daytime Emmys and Sports Emmys, among several other prestigious ceremonies.

    A significant portion of the midwest, including large regions in Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Colorado, is covered by the Heartland Emmys, and the competition each year to win one of the golden statues is always tough.

    After his win, Broadway excitedly remarked “None of this would have been possible without NYFA!”

    New York Film Academy congratulates the KUSA team and Visual Producer Cody Broadway on their award and applaud their invaluable reporting on Denver’s tragic addiction crisis.

    2018 Update: Cody Broadway won two more Heartland Emmy Awards. This year, he took home two awards for Storyteller and Photographer/Editor. Congratulations, Cody!

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    October 18, 2017 • Diversity, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 1716

  • NYFA Grad’s “4 Quarters of Silence” Doc to Premiere at ReelAbilities Film Festival

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    4 quarters of silenceUnder his label of Broadway Productions, New York Film Academy Filmmaking alumnus Cody Broadway will be premiering his new documentary short film, “4 Quarters of Silence,” at the ReelAbilities Film Festival in New York City, which takes place March 2-8 2017. The ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to presenting films made by and about people with different disabilities whether physical, developmental or psychological.

    “4 Quarters of Silence” chronicles the day-to-day lives of student athletes enrolled at the Texas School for the Deaf. The school is located in the heart of Texas, Austin which is also home to one of the largest deaf communities in the nation. This compelling story highlights the raw emotion and unique challenges faced by players, parents and coaches as they take part in one of the biggest sports in Texas, high school football. From practice to the Friday Night Lights, the shear grit and faith that embodies these players is showcased in striking form.

    “I’m honored and excited that the film has gotten great reviews and I want to thank Cody and his team for the great work they’ve done,” said Texas School of the Deaf, Head Football coach, John Moore Jr.

    “Our football team is so proud to be featured in this film, it is a wonderful showcase of what deaf people can do,” added The Texas School for The Deaf.

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    Mr. Broadway has received numerous awards and accolades for his work in short films and television. His web series, “I Have a Voice” was awarded the prestigious Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Jury Prize and also the Best International Web Series Short from the Wendy’s.

    “Learning from these athletes has been an eye opening experience for me,” says Broadway. “As a filmmaker I sought to gain a greater understanding of their day-to-day lives, but what I was able to capture was a story that transcends age, ability and personal background. It has been my honor to root for this team both on and off the field.”

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    January 19, 2017 • Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 2930

  • NYFA Grad Cody Broadway to Direct Documentary on Texas School for the Deaf Football Team

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    New York Film Academy Filmmaking alumnus Cody Broadway is set to direct a new documentary that will follow the Texas School for the Deaf football team. The film will showcase a team that faces a life challenge but overcomes it each week while competing against several high schools throughout Texas. Even though the whole team and coaching staff may be deaf, they still have a winning tradition that dates years back.

    Joining Broadway on the documentary will be Director of Photography Michael Lukasjewskyj, a 7-time Emmy award winner. Production for the film will begin in April and will continue through the fall of 2016, with a release date in 2017.

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    “This will be a new experience for me, but who would I be if I wasn’t challenging myself to learn more about life,” says Broadway. “The goal is to tell a touching story that will speak and inspire people.”

    footballBroadway is currently directing an award-winning web series I Have A Voice, and has already directed the award-winning film She Rides Bulls, as well as the award-winning documentary A Cup of Coffee.

    In addition to his filmmaking, Broadway was brought on as host and producer of a show called FOX Live after FOX reviewed a NYFA work of his. Within a month, Cody became Promotions and Production Manager, a position where he oversaw the production and promotions for FOX in both Texas markets. He currently works in San Antonio for KENS 5 TV where he has been nominated for 3 total Emmys (as Editor/Director/Single Spot).

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    March 29, 2016 • Documentary Filmmaking, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 3989

  • Former Student Cody Broadway Directs ‘She Rides Bulls’

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    At a gala sponsored by the San Angelo Library, former New York Film Academy student Cody Broadway, director of the film She Rides Bulls, pulled back the curtains on his new dramatic short film, to a crowd of over 200 well wishers, crew members and public. The film was produced in and around San Angelo with a cast and crew from all over Texas, including seasoned professionals and amateurs all drawn to the project by its unique, thrilling story and the dynamic will power of its director.

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    The project began back in 2008, when the writer, Greg Mcgee, was a commercial producer at a San Angelo TV station (not coincidentally, where he met Cody Broadway).

    “I had always been a fan of the rodeo — especially the bull riding competitions,” said Mr. McGee. “I’d been looking for a script idea to sink my teeth into, and for some crazy reason I came up with the idea of a girl going toe to toe against all those macho cowboys in the PBRA. It was just outlandish enough…but not something I figured any sane woman would actually DO anytime soon. I sat down one Friday night and started writing. The words were leaping on to the page. I knew I was onto something, because the script was virtually writing itself.”

    The first person Greg showed it to was Cody. Greg was something of a mentor to Cody at the time, as this was Cody’s first industry job, and it was a “late career” job for Greg. “When I read the script, I literally BEGGED Greg to let me direct it,” said Cody. “It was such a great story. As a country boy from San Angelo, the rodeo setting and the strong family values in the story had a strong impact on me. It was something I knew I could do better than anybody else in the world, if I was given the chance.”

    “I couldn’t pass up commitment like that,” said Greg. “Of course I promised him he could direct it, with one caveat. He’d have to raise the money to get it done, because I was a writer, not a producer.” It took a few years, but Cody never forgot that promise, and never forgot the script She Rides Bulls. Flash forward to 2015. Cody was a producer at the CBS affiliate in San Antonio with all his ducks in a row to make a short promotional film for She Rides Bulls. He called in favors from cameramen and lighting professionals, make up artists, designers and props people. Everybody in San Angelo wanted go get involved, so before you knew it, Cody had a herd of bulls, some stunt cowboys and wranglers, horses, locations — everything fell into place perfectly.

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    “I have a fantastic amount of support from my friends and family. It was sort of like a snowball effect. First, they read the script. Then, they saw my determination in my eyes. And then, they were on board.”

    The film was shot over a long weekend in and around San Angelo, Texas. Working from a 20-page script provided by Greg McGee, based on the original screenplay, Cody used up to 4 simultaneous cameras to capture all the bull riding sequences. “We had some really talented riders from the local rodeo circuit. They were willing to do just about anything to get the shots we needed. It was really exciting to work with these guys,” said Broadway.

    Mr. Shawn Berryhill, who raises bulls and runs a bull riding school in San Angelo, furnished the bulls. “These weren’t amateur bulls,” says Mr. Berryhill. “They’re the same bulls I supply to rodeos all over Texas. They’re professionals, with over 100 years of breeding for one thing: to hate having a man on their back.

    The star of the movie is Melina Lyon, playing the role of Darlene, our bull riding diva. Melina is an accomplished horsewomen as well as a talented actress, but she’d never ridden a bull before. “This was a great role for me. Working with Cody and Michael (Lukaszewskyj, the Director of Photography) and the rest of the crew was an awesome experience. But, in real life, I think I’m going to stick to riding horses. Bulls are just too freakin’ crazy!”

    Cody was not only the director and the producer; he was also the movie’s editor. In less than 30 days, Cody had it finished and ready for the big screen. “We shot most of it on 4K video, which is a huge frame,” says Cody. “It gave me a lot of options in the editing room, such as cropping in on various parts of the picture to get the composition just right, and not sacrificing image quality. There was a lot of footage from multiple cameras, so it was a complicated editing job. It helped a lot to be the guy who shot it as well. I didn’t have to waste time figuring out where all the shots were. I already knew.”

    After a very successful first screening in San Angelo and San Antonio, Cody has entered the short movie in numerous festivals in the U.S. and Europe. “We’re hot on the trail of funding for the full feature film. There’s a lot of interest. I can’t say any more or I’d have to lock you in the stall with my favorite bull. Just kidding.”

    Announcements are forthcoming about major talent being attached to the project!

    She Rides Bulls Trailer #1 from MUSE studio + gallery on Vimeo.

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    June 22, 2015 • Film School, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5721

  • From NYFA to FOX

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    Cody Broadway

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    Given his passion for film and television production, Cody Broadway sought out the New York Film Academy in 2009 to decide what specifically he wanted to do in the field. “NYFA helped me with the skills and knowledge I needed to have in the real world.”

    After film school, Cody set his search for a career in either film or television. After coming across a position in FOX, Cody sent in his NYFA work for consideration. “They were very impressed with my work and brought me on at first as a host and producer of a show called FOX Live,” said Cody. “After about a month, they had an opening for a Promotions and Production Manager. They offered me the position and I took it.”

    Cody is currently the Promotions and Production Director for KIDY FOX San Angelo, as well as KXVA FOX Abilene. In the position, Cody oversees the production and promotions for FOX in both Texas markets. He has also helped create and host a show called FOX Live, which airs every Saturday in both markets. “Overall, I have been with FOX for 2 years now and believe that without the academy none of this would be possible.”

    Cody’s week consists of shooting and hosting the show, weekly production meetings, and working on promotional projects. For example, he is currently working on a local American Idol contest. Cody hopes to continue working at FOX with a major role in the company.

     

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    June 28, 2013 • Diversity, Film School, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 3964