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  • Congratulations MFA, AFA, MA & BFA Graduates in Los Angeles!

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    It was a bright and sunny California day on Saturday, January 30th when New York Film Academy students receiving their MFA, AFA, MA and BFA degrees in Filmmaking, Acting, Producing, Screenwriting, Photography, Game Design, Documentary, Cinematography and Feature Track studies, gathered at the Harmony Gold Preview house in West Hollywood for their degree program commencement ceremonies. Graduations at 10:00am, 2:00pm, and 6:00pm were packed with family and friends of the graduating students showing their support.

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    Commencement speakers actress Heather Hemmens (Hellcats, The Vampire Diaries, The Dukes of Hazard, etc.), writer Courtney Lilly (Black-ish, The Cleveland Show, I’m Through with White Girls, etc.) and writer/director/actress Cathryn Michon (A Dog’s Purpose, Muffintop: A Love Story, etc.) as well as NYFA department chairs and deans gave encouraging words of advice for navigating the entertainment industry and life in general.

    Congratulations to all of NYFA Los Angeles 2016 degree program graduates!

    10:00am Graduation

    MFA in Acting

    Logan Arneson
    Darrell Bernard Bailey
    Amy Burzak
    Cristina Castano Brunet
    Carla D’Errico
    Rishi Das
    Feifei Di
    Jose Antonio Gil Vigna
    Xavier Keither Hatten
    Timothy Hildebrand
    Zane Shah Kanampuram
    Tin-Yu Lien
    Israel James Lister
    Patricia Luiza Coeli Medeiros de Carvalho Peixoto Diego Medellin
    Meghan Modrovsky
    Lauren Mosley
    Anthony Mottola
    Quentin L. Murphy
    Sabrina Pecario
    Jennifer Michelle Scruggs
    S. Alicia Seecharan
    Jazmine Wilson
    Yuqing Wu
    Qiner Zhang
    Nila Zojaji

    BFA in Acting

    Joseline Angulo
    David Bradberry
    Alberto Coutinho Aguiar
    Schuyler Dalenberg
    Kaitlyn Hill
    Katie Mejia
    Joshua Moore
    Christin Muuli
    Mara Topic

    AFA in Acting

    Sigfrido Bobonis Jr.
    Avik Bose
    Raiyah Jane Brown
    Katarina Czabafy
    Shaundel Davis
    Jens Engels
    Ahmad Wais Feroogh
    Jazmin Hamilton
    Robert Hughes
    Sarah Lea
    Phoebe Munford
    Daniel L. Nordling
    Gabriella Pretto
    Grecia Salamon Rodriguez
    Kyler Charles Sawyer
    Maisie Grace
    Alvarez Seavill
    Sofia Steen
    Oliver Villeta

    MFA in Screenwriting

    Louis Cooley
    Brittany Crawley
    Korbinian Hegele
    John Leary
    Sisan McNeil
    Aleksandra Milanova
    José Abel
    Rangel Osorio
    Beatriz Irene Romero Cuellar
    Julian Santos
    Nil Simsek
    Nidheya Suresh
    Peter Szaraz
    Yue Xu

    BFA in Screenwriting

    David Castillo
    Axel Ruelas
    Shari Thakar

    MFA in Photography

    Hadeel Ali B Alahmari
    Hongbin Dai
    Zhuoqun Jiang
    Khulud Muath
    Parth Sutaria

    MFA in Game Design

    Yimeng Du
    Anand Menon
    Edward William Penn
    Yuanyuan Zhu

    MFA in Documentary

    Michelle Flores
    Raed Salagoor
    Alejandro Talens

    2:00pm Graduation

    BFA in Filmmaking

    Rakan AlJabr
    Aman Anand
    Arthur Baptista Galvão
    Maan Binabdulrahman
    Juliana Isa Biondi Gomes
    Santiago Caicedo Valencia
    Jaime Carbajal
    Lucas Diercouff
    Pedro Jose Duran Fernandez
    Tammy-Anne Fortuin
    Renato Gontijo
    Kayd Hildebrandt
    Atinuke Ilupeju
    Jeremy Jimenez
    Keline Kanoui
    Ryan Kenny
    Joshua King
    Yassein Koptane
    Chenyang Li
    Seng Jee Low
    Yulia Melnikova
    Kamila Razykova
    Ilya Rozhkov
    Ruperto Sanchez
    Nicholas Seeley
    Maria Florencia Serrao
    Medet Shayakhmetov
    Jiaojiao Wang
    Mengfei Wang
    Haifeng Wang
    Li Wei
    John Willment-Knowles
    Jarod Dean Winchester

    AFA in Filmmaking

    Matheus Ronn Leite
    Xing Li
    Shantanu Paranji
    Louis-Edouard Tete

    MFA in Producing

    María Lea Aevarsdóttir
    Apurva Agarwal
    Zainab Abdullah
    Alzori Kristel Boulos
    Yue Duan
    Abraham Dunmeyer
    Laura Gutiérrez Rozo Paul-Felix Heinisch
    Laura Hurtado Gomez
    Karina Ibragimova
    Lu Jia
    Ontonio Karam
    Matthew Daniel Koss
    Qi Liu
    Yijian Lou
    Yu Meng
    Tarilate Owei
    Sean Parker
    Katja Lucie Sophie Reventlow-Grinling Takamasa Saito
    Christina Sawyer
    Jiajun Song
    Maria Teresa Velez Pinto
    Lin Wang
    Kristopher Welcome
    Yan Yan
    Gang Yang
    Sile Zhang

    MFA in Producing – Feature Track

    Abdullah Kurashi

    BFA in Producing

    Barbara dos Santos
    Ribeiro Vitor Faria Hage

    AFA in Producing

    Guillermo Padilla
    Raza Servia
    Paige Elizabeth White

    MFA in Cinematography

    Maram Al Jaoser
    Belal Albadr
    Joseph Bornilla
    Marvin Geovanny Dubon
    Liu Han
    Giovanni Andres Hernandez
    Dhruv Jayant Lapsia
    Ernesto Pletsch
    Haozhe Zhang

    6:00pm Graduation

    MFA in Filmmaking

    Dina Abdel Aziz
    Mohamad Al Yamani
    Tariq Abdullah Almoqati
    Hiroshi Azuma
    Sonia Bajaj
    Erik Carlson
    Simon Grinde Drivdal
    Shagun Goel
    Mengxue Hu
    David Johnson
    Dennis Larkin
    Alexandra Lebona
    Dong Lei
    Bowen Li
    Xiaoxiao Li
    Xi Ling
    Qi Lu
    Xiaoyun Luo
    Hyunjung Moon
    Ibrahim Nada
    Li Niu
    Yufei Qiao
    Minghao Shen
    Ruowei Wang
    Shuhe Wang
    Xinyi Wang
    Zhengduo Wang
    Konrad Weixelbraun
    Jun Xia
    Hui Yuan
    Li Yuan
    Yi Zhang
    ZhiHua Zhong
    Yuqing Zhu

    MFA in Filmmaking – Feature Track

    Michael James Dominguez
    Yul Gatewood
    Adam Marson
    Gehan Naber
    Aloaye Omoake
    Assaad Yacoub

    MA in Film & Media Production

    Cyndell Addison
    Omoladun Adenuga
    Ruslan Baitenov
    Chelsea Blaire Charles
    Maytus Chernpipat
    Raymond Lenny Kiston Clarisse
    Anthony Charles A. Coralejo
    Sara Maria Duque Restrepo
    Sherando Ferril Cupid
    Julio García Escames
    Daniel Gomez
    Sudesh Kumar Jayaraj
    David Khodzhamiryan
    Georgy Khodzhamiryan
    Ekaterina Kostina
    Thirati Kulyingwattanavit
    Adriana Ledesma
    Xi Li
    Binyue Liu
    Jiping Liu
    Dingmaomao Ma
    Vasha Narace
    Jose Diego Nava Moreno
    Cheuk Yan Ng
    Zolbayar Odkhuu
    Mema Ojukwu
    Joana Prata Pereira de Mattos
    Grazielle Simoes
    Ronda Suder
    Kehao Sun
    Arvind Venugopal
    Zexia Wang
    Shang Wu
    Weiwei Xie
    Yue Yang
    Zichao Yang
    Uzma Zakaria

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    February 9, 2016 • Community Highlights, Guest Speakers, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 6182

  • New York Film Academy Celebrates its Graduating Class on May 30th

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    nyfa la graduation

    On Saturday, May 30th, New York Film Academy Los Angeles students from the Filmmaking, Acting, Producing, Screenwriting, Photography, Cinematography, Game Design, and 3D Animation and Visual Effects disciplines gathered to receive their degrees during two commencement ceremonies at the Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood, California. Deans Louis Fantasia, Eric Conner, and Mike Civille as well as Department Chairs Lynda Goodfriend (Acting), Tony Schwartz (Producing), Nunzio DeFilippis (Screenwriting), Mark Sawicki (3D Animation and Visual Effects), Michelle Kirk (Photography) and Associate Chairs Mike Williamson (Cinematography), Adam Finer (Screenwriting), and Julia Raz (Game Design) addressed the students, congratulating them and giving personal fair wells and final advice for the future. School Director Dan Mackler and Dean Louis Fantasia presented diplomas.

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    actor Manish Dayal

    Manish Dayal, film and television actor known for his recurring role as Raj Kher in the hit TV show 90210 and starring in a leading role in the film The Hundred Foot Journey, was the Commencement Speaker for the Acting and Screenwriting graduates. Mr. Dayal relayed the importance of having a positive perspective of “failing” in life as every success he’s experienced would not have been possible with the failures that led him there.

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    David A. Permut, television and movie producer known for creating Richard Pryor: Live in Concert and Dragnet, which was an early example of remaking a television series into a motion picture, was the Commencement Speaker for the Film, Producing, Cinematography, Photography, Game Design, and 3D Animation and Visual Effects Graduates. Mr. Permut stressed the importance of remaining positive and having patience in the film industry as the average time it takes an idea to debut on the screen from conception is seven years, and the time it’s taken for many of his projects to come to fruition has well exceeded that.

    Los Angeles grad

    After the commencement ceremonies, graduates and their family and friends celebrated at the Riot House Restaurant in West Hollywood’s Andaz Hotel on the Sunset Strip. Congratulations to all of NYFA’s 2015 degree program graduates!

    MFA in Filmmaking
    Paul Dees
    Simeon Flores
    Ryan Lopez
    Eduardo Michel Piza
    Eljazz Rakhimbekov
    Alexander Rodriguez
    Daniel Zagaevschi

    MA in Film & Media
    Ahmed Farouk Ibrahim Al Ayooti
    Abdullah Bin Kulaib
    Paulo Erico Claridades
    Ali Farshchi
    Krid Krongyuth
    Huimin Mao
    Andrei Mindru
    Varun Verma
    Manal Elias

    BFA in Filmmaking
    Tyrone Breaux
    Noe Miguel Obregon Escobar
    Joelle Kahn

    MFA in Acting
    Kankana Chakraborty
    David Dasilma
    Ricardo Diaz Guillen
    Omar-Farouq Ayorinde Edu
    Marthe Einseth
    David Epstein
    Yara Ferreyra
    Brandon James Gailliard
    Ivonne Garcia Asimbaya
    William Justice
    Jong Man Kim
    Ivona Kustudic
    Nenad Nikolovski
    Nozipho Jamilah Profit-Mclean
    Danielle RowLee
    Fernando Quintana Lasso
    Chris Ferera
    Emre Pala
    Dian Yu
    Zhen Wang

    BFA in Acting
    Andras Farago-Szabo
    Rebecca Hamilton
    Anthony Hubbard
    Anthony Kiser
    Kristoffer McMillan
    Eboni Osteen
    William Stavrakos
    Diana Valencia Medina

    AFA in Acting
    Susannah Almer
    Blake Altman
    Carlos Rodrigo Chavez
    Leonardo Diaz
    Karen Flores Kauffman
    Ryan Harrington
    Dylan Jackson
    Benjamin Jooste
    Michael Brandon Lamkins
    Hadas Sima Lev
    Kamali Martin
    Lucero Rodriguez
    Dulce Sosa
    Ellinor Taflin
    Alexis Taylor

    MFA in Producing
    Ismelda Cruz Mojica
    Marisela de Los Angeles Delgado Fuentes
    Carlos Eguiagaray
    Melinda Graves
    Ana Pou Valeriano
    Tripp Townsend III
    Meng An
    Luoting Jin
    Pengchen Li
    Phillip Simon
    Arthur Smith
    Anna Tveritina
    Xu Yang
    Shijie Zhang

    AFA in Producing
    Tyler Scheff
    Davin Tjen

    MFA in Screenwriting
    Ray Cadiz
    David Ephraim Cantor
    Yanwen Guo
    Christopher Hayes
    Dakota Klaes
    Xiaoxiu Li
    Thomas Saetveit Jensen
    Agosto Silveira
    Angelina Tala
    Pallavi Vaidya

    AFA in Screenwriting
    Quintin Allen Bell
    Tevin Knight
    Daria Leshchenko
    Jamaul Phillips

    MFA in Photography
    Sultan Al Rubayq
    Khulud Albati
    Mihaela Belichovska
    Walla Jarallah
    Yisen Li
    Pavlinka Popovska
    Elli Tashkandi
    Qian Zhe

    MFA in Cinematography
    Peng Ding
    Nelson Javier Flores
    Kevin Gillingham
    Leandro Moura

    MFA in Game Design
    Omar Ahmedien
    Ohoud Ali
    Kevin Newton
    Zheng Qin
    Chad Robinson
    I-Chieh Shen
    Yufei Zhao
    Ziyi Zou

    BFA in 3D Animation & Visual Effects
    Arjun Nair

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  • Congrats to our Degree Program Graduates in Los Angeles!

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    September 2012 MFA and AFA Filmmaking Graduates

    New York Film Academy Los Angeles September 2012 MFA and AFA Film Graduates gathered at the Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood, California dressed in cap and gown and walked on stage to receive their diplomas. Art Helterbran (Chair of the Filmmaking Department), Mike Civille (Dean of Academic Advising), Adam Finer (Chair of Industry Outreach and Professional Development), and Eric Conner (Dean of Students) spoke to the graduates, offering moving words of encouragement for the future. The Commencement Speaker, Harley Peyton (Producer and writer for television shows Twin Peaks and Dracula and feature films Bandits and Friends with Benefits), inspired the graduates with very practical advice for navigating the entertainment industry. Mr. Peyton was extremely surprised and touched when Eric Conner presented him with an Honorary MFA Degree in Producing from the New York Film Academy. Graduates and their family and friends assembled at Bugatta Supper Club afterwards for a fun celebration.

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    BFA, AFA, and MA Filmmaking and Acting Graduation in Los Angeles

    NYFA graduates from the September 2012 BFA Film and Acting, September 2012 MA Film, and March 2013 AFA Acting programs received their degrees during an exciting commencement ceremony at the Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood California. Dan Mackler (NYFA Los Angeles Director), Lynda Goodfriend (Acting Department Chair), Art Helterbran (Filmmaking Department Chair), and Adam Finer (Chair of Industry Outreach and Professional Development) presided on stage and spoke to the graduates, reminiscing of their time together and encouraging them to pursue their future careers with as much enthusiasm as they did their degrees. The Commencement Speaker, Yuri Lowenthal (one of the most prolific voice over actors in Hollywood and the voice of famed cartoon character Ben Ten), gave a rousing and entertaining address to graduates about the importance of constantly producing work and always finishing what you started. Family and friends in attendance erupted in applause and cheers when degrees were officially conferred upon the graduates and they threw their caps in the air.

    Master's Degree

    Master of Arts Filmmaking Degrees Conferred Upon NYFA Graduates

    On a beautiful day in Hollywood, California, NYFA Los Angeles Master of Arts Film graduates sharply dressed in cap and gown, walked the stage at the Harmony Gold Theater and received their diplomas in front of an audience of proud family and friends looking on. Dan Mackler (NYFA Los Angeles Director), Eric Conner (Dean of Students), Mike Civille (Dean of Academic Advising), Adam Finer (Chair of Industry Outreach and Professional Development), and Louis Fantasia (Dean of Faculty) were in attendance and addressed the graduates, congratulating them on their significant accomplishment and giving sage advice for the future. The Commencement Speaker, Maureen Milligan (who has produced for television shows such as One Tree Hill, Reign, and Eastbound and Down), spoke to the graduates about the importance of pursuing work that incites a spark of inspiration inside them, which coined as “alchemy.” Congratulations to these New York Film Academy Master of Arts Film graduates and the best of luck pursuing your dreams!

    Below is a list of all of our graduates:

    MFA in Filmmaking

    • Khaliel S. Abdelrahim
    • Siddhant Adlakha
    • Ao Ni MGL
    • David Betran
    • Luca Brinciottimf
    • Sharice Nicole Bryant
    • Gabriel Alicto Chavez
    • Bruce Sze Han Chen
    • ChunYu Chu
    • Massiel Leonor Cordero Núñez
    • Christiano Dias
    • Corinna Elwood
    • Daniel Chinweze Enenta
    • Badr Farha
    • Abhijit Gajwani
    • Aurélien Heilbronn
    • Matt James Hielsberg
    • Kuei-Chieh Hsu
    • Zhifan Huang
    • Kirill Iakimetc
    • Denise Ntombikayise Khumalo
    • Ruchi Kishore
    • Ji Li
    • Jiayi Liang
    • Shangyuan Liao
    • Jiaqi Lin
    • Di Liu
    • Miao Liu
    • Ivan Sergeyevich Lopatkin
    • Yiting Lyu
    • Utku Macuncu
    • Andrew John Messersmith
    • Yusuke Nagasaki
    • Daria Nazarova
    • Nigina Niyazmatova
    • Batuhan Ozbek
    • Kyle David Pavlin
    • Jeremy Paul Pelsinki
    • Laura Elisa Pérez Rebullén
    • Lingling Ruan
    • Michelle Sainz Castro
    • Maral Servat
    • Shaik Nazrin Shah Bin Abdul Rahim
    • Muhan Shen
    • Nuo Shi
    • Nathália Pereira Guerra Simões
    • Song Song
    • Anvita Sudarshan
    • Suleyman Suleymanoglu
    • Huanglizi Sun
    • Yu Sun (Max)
    • Yu Sun
    • Nicci Thompson
    • Chia Ying, Tsai
    • Sevgi Tumen
    • Javier Urtasun
    • Arturo Alejandro Vargas
    • Heran Wang
    • Jing Wen
    • Beixi Wu
    • Shuai Yang
    • Xi Yang
    • Bo Yao
    • Oxana V. Yatsenko
    • Yuki Yoshimatsu
    • Liping Yu
    • An Zhang
    • Xiaoyu Zhang
    • Yating Zhang
    • Zhang Yi
    • Difei Zhou
    • Gabriela Zogall

    AFA in Filmmaking

    • Ikem Mfon Chukwudifu
    • Diana Maritza Guerrero
    • JayRex Hale
    • Alejandro Kahuam Lopez
    • Ryan Kenny
    • Roman Kolesov
    • Denis Kulikov
    • Euphrasie Leloup
    • Victor Olea
    • Paul Renna
    • Reghis Reginauld F. Romero V
    • Petros Skevis

    BFA in Filmmaking

    • Abdullah Ahmed Badeeb
    • Ge Zhen
    • Yang Jin
    • Liu Jiaqi
    • Mukhomedzhan Ruslan
    • Vladislav Nikitin
    • Christopher Payne Medina
    • Natalia Sofia Raful Guzmán
    • Feiyang Sun
    • Lilian Teplan
    • Kuan Wang

    BFA in Acting

    • Xizi Chen
    • Kenneth Michael Huitt
    • Judith Morales Martinez
    • Gabriel Uzcategui
    • Maegan Christine Wilson

    AFA in Acting

    • Kelly W Auble
    • David Alanson Bradberry
    • Paulina Garcia Matar
    • Mario J. Lozano-Pacheco
    • Christin Muuli
    • Gabric Ramos
    • Samat Turgunbaev
    • Victoria Sage Watlington

    MA in Film & Media Production

    • Adeyemi Hafeez Adesoji
    • Meshari Abdullah B. Albarrak
    • Yiru Chen
    • Robin de Corbière
    • Alon Golan
    • Guanyu Hu
    • Yue Hu
    • Lili Huang
    • Sujith John
    • Veddaant P Joshi
    • Anqi Li
    • Xinyi Liu
    • Matias Azevedo Lovro
    • Khachatur Martirosyan
    • Takafumi Sakabe

    MA in Film & Media Production

    • Hagar Mostafa Ali
    • Abdullah Alrachid
    • Marija Apchevska
    • Emilio Sebastiano Caccetta
    • Valeriya Elenskaya
    • Mengxue Gu
    • Soraya Adeline Hajjaji
    • Eduardo Hidalgo Caballero
    • Yue Huang
    • Jin Ye
    • Zhen Li
    • Cunyang Liu
    • Adam Paul Marino
    • John McCain
    • Soni Mizrahi Tuvachi
    • Sandra Prieto Murcia
    • Carlos Rodriguez Izaguirre
    • Zhanbo Shang
    • Yichang Sun
    • Deniz Tokdemir
    • Wang Tian
    • Wang Ying
    • Zhixin Weng
    • Tianyi Wu
    • Liye Yan
    • Zijian Zhang
    • Yao Zhang
    • Yizhao Zhang
    • Ji Zhe

     

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    October 6, 2014 • Acting, Community Highlights, Filmmaking • Views: 6000

  • Screenwriting Grads Not Playing Around at LA Web Fest

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    just playing with jason

    As most of us are well aware by now, the best way to break into the industry and have your vision seen is via the web. Two New York Film Academy Screenwriting graduates, Talya Adams and Kareem Brown, felt like they had a winner on their hands with their comedy web series, Just Playing with Jason. After entering it into the LA Web Fest, their intuition was correct. The series awarded Talya the prize of Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Web Show. Even the actors got in on the awards. Maleek Griffith won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Web Show and AC Sanford won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Web Show.

    Originally from Clearwater, Florida, Talya Adams grew up with a fascination for all things surrounding storytelling. Her continued love of the craft inspired her relocation to Los Angeles, California. In the two years she’s lived on the West Coast, Talya created and produced two web shows, including the award-winning Just Playing With Jason.

    Kareem Brown was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey and moved to Los Angeles, where he received an AFA in screenwriting at the New York Film Academy. Kareem has proven to be talented not in just film production, but in vocal singing as well. Since Kareem has moved to LA, he has produced three web series, two of which he wrote and acted in.

    This fall, the pair will roll out more original content on their Youtube Channel, Miss Adams and Mr. Brown TV, in the hopes of becoming one of the premier channels on the website.

    For now, you can watch the LA Web Fest award-winning web series, Just Playing with Jason, on Youtube.

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    August 4, 2014 • Screenwriting, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 3820