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  • New York Film Academy & Kazakh National University of Arts (KazNUA) Sign Cooperative Agreement

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    An ancient Kazakh proverb declares, “People’s smiles are hotter than the sun” — and this was made evident earlier this month by the visit to New York Film Academy’s (NYFA) New York City campus of a delegation from the  Kazakh National University of Arts (KazNUA) and the Kazakhstan Consulate.

    Mr. Talgat Taishanov, KazNUA director of the visual arts department, represented KazNUA Rector Ms. Ayman Musahadzhayeva, for the ceremony of a signing of a formal cooperative agreement (MoU) between New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts and Kazakh National University of Arts.

    NYFA Senior Executive Vice President David Klein rendered the agreement and presented an official certificate of appreciation to the distinguished guests from Kazakhstan. In turn, Mr. Taishanov presented Mr. Klein with a traditional stately robe from his country.

    The association between our two creative institutions of higher learning has already yielded productive outcomes, with NYFA supporting “Ushkyn,” KazNUA’s first festival of student films. Additionally, this month NYFA’s LA campus hosted a graduate filmmaking student who is the Head of the Young Section of National Academy of Cinematography at KazNUA.

    The partnership was recently featured on the Kazakh National News station.

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    In New York was held a ceremony of signing a memorandum of cooperation between the famous New York Film Academy and the Kazakh National University of Arts. Last year such an agreement was concluded with the branch of the Academy in Los Angeles, thanks to such cooperation, the teachers of Kazakh National University of Arts Meirambek Abdukarimov and Talgat Taishanov passed an internship in the USA. Currently, a second-year undergraduate Ayan Nayzabekov [is] passing the practice in Los Angeles. And today such cooperation between the two film schools is expanding. On behalf of the rector of the Kazakh National University of Arts Ayman Musahadzhayeva, the head of the Cinema and Television department, Taishanov Talgat, took part in the ceremony of signing the memorandum. From the American side the document was signed by the vice president of New York Film Academy David Klein. Thus, a new stage of cooperation between the leading educational institutions of Kazakhstan and the USA is coming, which will contribute to the further development of relations between our countries in the field of culture, art and cinema.

    David Klein: – After signing a memorandum of understanding, we expect more meaningful cooperation. We gladly welcome students at the Kazakh National Academy of Arts at the New York Film Academy. We can share our experience and introduce our experts in the film coffers. We look forward to our future cooperation and film festival, which is scheduled for July and will contribute to our successful partnership.

    Talgat Taishanov: – On behalf of the rector of the Kazakh National University of Arts Ayman Musahadzhayeva, today we signed a memorandum of cooperation with the New York Film Academy. Last year we signed the same contract with the New York Film Academy of Los Angeles. We hope that this signing of the agreements gives us an opportunity to exchange students for academic mobility and also to exchange teachers for conducting master classes. For us, this is a very large area of our activity, in the department of cinema and TV. We hope that in the future our students will be free to work in the world cinema space.

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  • Senior Executive Vice President David Klein Tours India With New York Film Academy Mumbai

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    The New York Film Academy (NYFA) Mumbai campus celebrated its approaching second year since opening with a special tour by NYFA Senior Executive Vice President David Klein, who toured four cities in India offering NYFA master classes and interviews with numerous media outlets.

    During Klein’s visit to Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, and Kochi, the executive taught his signature master classes on film direction and storytelling, while also answering questions about New York Film Academy and its Mumbai location for cultural and media institutions, from radio and television to print and in-person events.

    “In 2017, we hosted 190 students from India at our Los Angeles and New York campuses,” Klein told Forbes India. “We are sure that there are a lot more students who would want to study at NYFA, but cannot make it to the U.S. for the courses. So we decided to come to them. We go where the demand is.”

    Following a successful year of hands-on short-term programs in Filmmaking and Acting for Film for adults, NYFA Mumbai has expanded its academic programs to offer workshops for teens in film, acting, and photography.

    David Klein told Indiantelevision.com, “The New York Film Academy is very excited to be in India. There is immense creative talent amongst the youth. We look forward to working with bright and creative young minds and fostering their talents in the new-age, digital world. The media and entertainment landscape is rapidly evolving and calls for several new skill sets which we are well placed to teach.”


    As those who have taken a workshop with NYFA know, the workload is considered intensive, meaning students must be prepared to live and breathe the program during their enrollment. The success of this model of education is evidenced by NYFA Mumbai’s alumni — including Warina Hussain, the leading lady of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s Loverati.

    Yet of all Klein’s teaching and interviews throughout his time in India, perhaps the most important message he offered to aspiring Indian visual and performing artists is this, from his interview in FilmCompanion:

    “If you have any thoughts that you want to do it, reach out to us, is what I would say to any student. Just by communicating with us doesn’t mean you’re making a commitment to do it. I don’t want anybody to just jump in without properly thinking about it and planning it. If you think this is something you want to do, don’t wait. People are scared sometimes to say ‘I am going to go into the film industry’. Here’s the thing, you don’t have to make a three year commitment. Start small! Do a workshop and then when you love it, decide to go on.”

    Special thanks to the many Indian media outlets and collaborators for their interviews and coverage of David Klein’s visit, including:

    Radio One, Mumbai Choufer, Prahaar – Relax, FilmCampanion, Newshublilve, ETC Bollywood Business, IndianTelevision.com, Indiaeducationdiary.in, Startupsuccessstories.in, The Times of India, New Indian Express, The Hans India, Andhra Jyothi, Telangana Today, Eenadu, Sakshi, Andhra Prabha, Manam, Deshabhimani, Madhyaman, Keralabhooshanam, Varthamanam, Janmabhumi, Future Kerala, Kerala Kaumadi, Keralabhooshanam, Mathrubhumi, Veekshanam, Chadrika, Mangalam, and Suprapradham.


    NYFA Mumbai workshops are held at the Urmi Estate (95 Ganpatrao Kadam Marg, Lower Parel [West] Mumbai, Maharashtra 400 013, India). The Urmi Estate is a modern 41 story skyscraper located in the heart of the city, which is itself the heart of the world’s largest film industry and is the home of Bollywood.

    For those interested in studying in Mumbai, please visit http://www.nyfa.edu/mumbai for more information.

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  • President’s Tea at the New York Film Academy

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    The New York Film Academy New York welcomed students from each department to its inaugural President’s Tea with NYFA President, Michael Young and Senior Executive Vice President, David Klein. Held on the 5th floor of 17 Battery Place, the event provided breathtaking views of the New York Harbor, which includes the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and various ships, yachts and ferries passing through.

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    NYFA President, Michael Young and Senior Executive Vice President, David Klein

    “It’s always one of my favorite times when I get the opportunity to meet our incredible students from across the world, and what a perfect place and event over looking New York harbor to share a cup of tea with the future artists of this generation,” said David Klein.

    The catered event provided students with the opportunity to not only meet the President and Sr. Executive VP, but also allowed them to socialize with peers who they will undoubtedly be working together with in the near future—and hopefully beyond. Students discussed how they ended up at the Academy and what they’re currently working on both inside and outside of the classroom. Once the conversations began to open up a bit, students began discussing movies and industry topics that could only be expected from a gathering of film buffs.

    president tea

    “We hope the President’s Tea helped students break the ice and will enable them to develop a community outside of the classroom as well,” said Student Life Coordinator, Carlye Bowers.

    Given the overall success of the event, you can be sure there will be more President’s Tea mixers in the future.

    You may also check out the photo gallery on our facebook page, by clicking HERE.

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    June 9, 2016 • Community Highlights • Views: 4908

  • Julie Pacino Brings ‘Billy Bates’ to Her Alma Mater

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    Julie Pacino

    Producer Julie Pacino with writer & director Jennifer DeLia

    Following a summer run of the play Phoenix at the Cherry Lane Theatre in the West Village, Poverty Row Entertainment, founded by New York Film Academy Filmmaking graduate Julie Pacino, and Jennifer DeLia, went on a cross-country tour with their feature film Billy Bates. The tour held screenings at cities across the country and will conclude this upcoming week with screenings at the Quad Cinema in New York City. Prior to the Quad Cinema premiere tonight, we were privileged to have Julie return to her alma mater with writer / director Jennifer DeLia. Jen and Julie played gracious guest speakers as they presented their film along with moderator and NYFA Senior Director David Klein.

    The film dives deep into the mind of an enigmatic artist and the arduous, psychological madness that goes into his creative approach. Bates, played by actor James Wirt, faces some rather disturbing inner-demons. While this is not your standard narrative, the film serves its purpose through its kaleidoscopic cinematography and provocative documentary style.

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    This was Julie Pacino’s debut as a producer, with her only previous experience from her short film, Abracadabra. She attached herself to the film about two-thirds of the way into the project after being taken by Jennifer’s footage. With Julie’s filmmaking background and training, she figured why not get the full experience of producing a film by tackling the project head on. From there on, Julie was one of the few leading forces in getting this film completed and distributed — a task that could be very daunting for an independent production.

    “It’s essential to know all aspects of filmmaking,” said Julie Pacino. “I learned that in the short I directed. It’s just as important to know the business side as it is to knowing your actors and crew.”

    Indeed it was clear that the success of a production, especially with this particular one, has to do with collaboration and respect for the entire cast and crew.

    “As a director, it was important that I relate to all of the departments,” said writer and director Jennifer DeLia. “You realize that everyone, from actors to PA’s, should be treated the same — be humble — realize it’s a collaboration from everyone.”

    As a result of the team’s humble and ambitious efforts, independent film lovers across the country and around the world are able to see this film in theaters, as well as online distributors iTunes and Google Play.

    Poverty Row is now working on a feature based on the life of female silent film pioneer Mary Pickford, starring Lily Rabe, Julia Stiles, and Michael Pitt.

     

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    December 5, 2014 • Filmmaking, Guest Speakers, Producing, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 9361

  • NYFA Hosts Successful Open House in South Beach

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    Miami NYFA

    The New York Film Academy hosted an Open House over the weekend at its new South Beach location in the Penthouse Suite of 420 Lincoln Road. The new facility, with ocean views all around, was filled to the brim with prospective students excited about studying Filmmaking, Acting, and Photography.

    “It was a terrific open house,” said NYFA Senior Director, David Klein. “We had a full crowd of interested people, many of whom have already enrolled in the programs, and we are looking forward to helping all of them achieve their goals.”

    NYFA’s hands-on programs in South Beach begin January 2014. If you have any questions about our new South Beach location, please email film@nyfa.edu or call 1-212-674-4300 or 1-800-611-3456.

    NYFA South Beach

    NYFA South Beach

     

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    November 4, 2013 • Film School • Views: 4066