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  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Partners With Tina Knowles-Lawson & Richard Lawson To Lift Up Angels and Warriors

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    Last month New York Film Academy (NYFA) partnered for the second time with the nonprofit WACO (Where Art Can Occur) Theater Center to instruct youth in acting and filmmaking. 

    The 1-Week Filmmaking camp was held in August at NYFA’s Los Angeles campus, the second part of a 2-Week summer intensive on-camera acting and filmmaking camp at Richard Lawson Studios. A graduation ceremony was held at NYFA at the end of the course.

    WACO 2019

    Tina’s Angels and Richard’s Warriors are two of WACO’s esteemed programs. Located in the NOHO Arts District, WACO is dedicated to the empowerment of people within the diverse communities of the greater Los Angeles area.

    Tina’s Angels is a mentorship program for young teenage girls, who are assigned a mentor hand-picked by Artistic Director, Tina Knowles-Lawson. Lawson is the mother of pop superstar Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Richard’s Warriors is a mentorship program for young teenage boys, who are assigned mentor hand-picked by Artistic Director, Richard Lawson. The mission of both programs is to help youth who have potential and desire to live a successful productive life but do not have the guidance, financial ability, or access to the road map to get there.

    NYFA partners with WACO to help the programs give these young teens the training and tools to fully actualize aspirations, and transcend limitations and borders to distribute their work in a variety of mediums and deliver their message to anyone, anywhere.

    WACO 2019

    After completing the intensive program, the students came away with more confidence and a passion for the arts. Here are what some of the graduates had to say:

    Ariel (Tina’s Angels): “I might get into filmmaking more because I like it. At first, I was unsure because I never did it before. but it is actually fun.”

    Carlos (Richard’s Warriors): “I’ve actually learned a lot. I didn’t think of this as a career but now I am, and I want to learn more about film directing and I hope maybe to become one.”

    Destiny (Tina’s Angels): “I’ve realized that I’m usually my own obstacle. I stop myself from being a more positive individual and thanks to the mentors who are really helpful, I’ve learned a lot more about myself and I’m really grateful for all you guys.”

    Steven Foley, WACO Director of Operations and Production, was also thrilled at the success of the camp. “I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and NYFA for being integral partners in ensuring that the students from our Angels and Warriors program who participated in our two-week film camp had an amazing experience,” Foley told Veronika Kurshinskaya, NYFA Community Outreach Manager. “The week that we spend at NYFA and the instruction and resources that you all provide are a great benefit to the students and to WACO.  We look forward to continuing our partnership with you all.”

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    September 24, 2019 • Diversity, Outreach • Views: 1356

  • Duke Youth Media Camp Class of 2019 Graduates at New York Film Academy (NYFA)

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    On Saturday, March 30, the New York Film Academy hosted the graduation of the Duke Youth Media Camp class of 2019. The Media Camp—which kicked off its collaboration with NYFA on January 26 at our Los Angeles campus—is sponsored by the Duke Media Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Bill Duke in 2010.

    2019 Bill Duke Camp Graduation

    Bill Duke, a filmmaking instructor at NYFA, is a veteran director and actor, known for high-profile roles in several television series and films, including American Gigolo, Black Lightning, Mandy, Predator, and X-Men: The Last Stand. He’ll also set to appear in the upcoming Steven Soderbergh film, High Flying Bird. At the 1991 Cannes Film Festival, Duke was nominated for the Palme d’Or for his film, A Rage in Harlem.

    The partnership between the Duke Media Foundation and New York Film Academy began in 2016, and their joint-effort Duke Youth Media Camp seeks to train and empower teens through hands-on instruction and by teaching students the tools and skills needed in a constantly evolving media environment. The Duke Media Foundation and NYFA aim to help inner-city youth become more competitive with those who’ve typically had greater access to the education and equipment needed in a television, film, and digital media landscape.

    The 2019 graduation ceremony was the largest ever with 16 graduates instead of the usual 12. When Duke Media instructor Lee Davis spoke to the students and their proud parents, he shared that this was the most talented group of students he had ever seen in the program.

    2019 Bill Duke Camp Graduation

    Michael Sandoval, a NYFA instructor involved in the program, added, “It was a pleasure to work with this group of students,” and said that the only time the students were ever told to quiet down was when they were laughing too loudly because they were having such a good time.

    Echoing Davis and Sandoval, Media Camp co-founder Carl Gilliard said, “I am so full today.” He continued, “Build a name that commands something [but] don’t forget to give back.”

    Paul Caruso from Lost Kids of Los Angeles Inc., one of the sponsors of the program, gave some advice to the graduates: “Make sure the world is a better place tomorrow than it was today … pay it forward.” After some words of wisdom, Caruso surprised the graduates with brand new Dell laptops—a gift from DHL, one of LKLA’s partners. Caruso shared that he wanted to make sure the students had the tools to help them be as successful as possible in the internet age.

    2019 Bill Duke Camp Graduation

    The students were then asked to speak about what they learned from the camp; many spoke about how much they enjoyed trying out every aspect of filmmaking and about the friends they made. One student, Lexi Sherwood, spoke to one of the deeper aspects of the program: “If we don’t tell our stories, who will?”

    At the end of the ceremony, Bill Duke spoke to the students, saying, “I cannot tell you how proud I am of you. You’re part of our family forever.” Following one of the themes of the afternoon, he added, “Don’t forget those that didn’t have the same opportunities that you did.”

    The New York Film Academy would like to congratulate this year’s Duke Youth Media Camp graduates and thanks the Duke Media Foundation for creating this wonderful opportunity for these aspiring storytellers.

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    April 2, 2019 • Film School, Filmmaking, Outreach, Progressive & Social Causes • Views: 2084

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Filmmaking Camp Alum David Murillo Racks Up Awards

    FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailDavid Murillo, a 17-year-old filmmaker who attended the 6-Week Filmmaking camp at New York Film Academy (NYFA), has won more awards before his 18th birthday than most filmmakers do in their first decade of making movies. His independent short, Credit 1, has been crushing the festival circuit since its premiere.

    Murillo originally hails from Chile and attended the 6-Week Filmmaking camp at NYFA’s New York campus in the summer of 2017. When he returned to Chile, he took the skills he learned at NYFA and wrote, directed, and edited Credit 1 with a very low budget.

    David Murillo Credit 1
    Since then, the film has been showcased at over 23 international film festivals (both for young and adult filmmakers) and has won four international awards, and has been a finalist and semifinalist in five festivals. Murillo is making his mark, having already been interviewed by several magazines and two newspapers.

    “I just wanted to thank NYFA, because without them, none of this could have happened. My short film couldn’t have been made without the summer camp, that is why I thank the Academy in every interview I’ve had,” says Murillo.

    Here are some of the accolades Murillo and Credit 1 has picked up to date:

    • D.C. Independent Film Festival (Awarded)
    • Ecozine Environmental Film Festival (Awarded)
    • Slum International Film Festival (Awarded)
    • Eugene International Film Festival (Awarded)
    • Scampia International Film Festival (Finalist)
    • Asa Humanitarian Film Festival (Semifinalist)
    • Newark IFF Youth Festival (Semifinalist)
    • Just Be You Film Festival (Semifinalist)
    • Caselle Film Festival (Official Selection)
    • Ojo de Pescado (Official Selection)
    • International Nature Film Festival Godollo (Official Selection)
    • Sylhet International Film Festival (Official Selection)
    • Super International Teenager Film Festival (Official Selection)
    • VIVA Film Festival (Official Selection)
    • The Lovett School Film Festival (Official Selection)
    • Global Youth Film Festival Bangladesh (Official Selection)
    • INPUT Documentary Festival (Official Selection)
    • Josiah Media Festival (Official Selection)
    • Faith Family Academy Film Festival (Official Selection)
    • IndieCapitol Awards (Official Selection)
    • Anyang International Youth Film Festival (Official Selection)
    • Global Youth Film Festival Rangpur (Official Selection)
    • Gold Coast International Film Festival Young Filmmakers Program (Official Selection)

    New York Film Academy congratulates 6-Week Filmmaking camp alum David Murillo on the success of Credit 1 and encourages everyone to check out the film today!

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  • 2018 New York Film Academy (NYFA) Summer Camps Were An “Incredible Experience”

    FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailAnother school year beginning means another summer must come to an end, but for many young students, it was a summer they’ll never forget. These students spent their summer break at New York Film Academy’s various camp programs, getting to meet new people from around the globe and studying fun, artistic skills that may lead them (eventually, no rush!) to exciting, prosperous careers!

    New York Film Academy (NYFA) offers summer camps to both kids and teenagers in a variety of fields. Teen camps are located around the world, including New York City, Miami, Harvard University, Paris, Australia, and Florence, Italy. Los Angeles Summer Camps 2018

    Each teen camp is built around a challenging and intensive curriculum that combines in-class instruction with faculty-supervised workshops using the same state-of-the-art equipment professionals and NYFA’s adult students use. In between these rigorous but fun exercises, students bond over exciting, supervised activities.

    This year, at NYFA’s Los Angeles campus, located in the heart of Hollywood, over 600 students attended the kids and teens camps offered. Students arrived from all over the world, many of them returning for their second, third, and even fourth summers running! Camps that ran included Filmmaking, Acting for Film, Screenwriting, 3D Animation, Music Video, Photography, Documentary, and Game Design.

    One of the perks of NYFA’s Los Angeles campus includes unique access to the Backlot of Universal Studios, where campers could shoot and act in their film projects. The backlot includes famous sets of Mexico, Western, Colonial St, Elm St., Log Cabin, Europe, Courthouse Square — featured in blockbuster movies like Back to the Future and Nightmare on Elm Street.Los Angeles Summer Camps 2018

    At the end of each camp, which ranged from one to eight weeks, students screened or presented their work at NYFA’s main school building, along with popcorn and a red carpet step-and-repeat photo session.

    “Teaching with the summer program is the best!” remarked instructor Jason Crossman. 

    Fellow camp instructor Bruce MacWilliams agreed, adding “I really enjoyed teaching the kids and teens this summer! It was a lot of work, but very rewarding!”

    Students that stayed overnight during the camps stayed at Toluca Hills, where NYFA faculty, counselors, and RAs supervised pool parties and game nights. Other activities the students participated in between workshop classes included going to theme parks like Universal Studios, Six Flags, and Disneyland. 

    Campers also visited Santa Monica, The Grove, The Americana, and Universal CityWalk. Other activities included laser tag, bowling, mini golf, video arcades, karaoke, dance classes, and tie-dye sessions.

    Los Angeles Summer Camps 2018

    Photography Campers Exhibit Their Work

    New York Film Academy, famous for its guest speakers and Q&As with industry leaders and professionals, had two such events specifically for the teen campers. The award-winning documentary High School 9-1-1 was screened, followed by a Q&A with director Tim Warren and producer Kelli Joan Bennett. And John Altschuler, co-creator of the HBO hit comedy Silicon Valley, spoke with students as well.

    Many students couldn’t hold back their gratitude for their summer to remember. “Thank you so much for everything,” said camper Gemma Penglase, continuing, “the camp has been the most incredible experience, and I loved every moment of it and I will definitely be back.”

    Jade Klacko, another camper, shared a similar sentiment, adding, “On a personal note, I wanted to express my gratitude to you and to everyone responsible at NYFA for making my time so memorable.” Klacko went on, “I wanted to say that it was one of the best experiences of my life and I was so sad to leave to go back to Florida and say goodbye. You run such an amazing program and I am so thankful that I got to experience this three-week summer program at NYFA.”

    Interested in attending New York Film Academy’s kids & teen camps next summer? You can check out more information here!

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    September 20, 2018 • Community Highlights, Summer Camps • Views: 1847

  • Martin Scorsese Drops by the New York Film Academy

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    NYFA Provost Michael Young (left), Martin Scorsese (center), and NYFA Senior Director David Klein (right)

    This Summer we had the privilege of teaching Oscar Winning Director, Martin Scorsese’s daughter. The Goodfellas director must’ve passed on his love for filmmaking, as his young daughter decided to attend New York Film Academy‘s Summer Camp to hone her inherited filmmaking skills. We were thrilled when her biggest supporter and fan, Martin Scorsese, showed up to the graduation screening at the New York Film Academy. Marty was very impressed with all of the young talent on hand, especially given the fact that each student had only one week to shoot and edit the film. Scorsese mentioned he will be filming his upcoming movie, The Wolf of Wall Street in New York City very soon. You can bet we’ll be attending a screening of his next film, once it’s in the theaters.Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    July 20, 2012 • Acting • Views: 6861

  • New York Film Academy Graduate Appears on Ellen DeGeneres Show!

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    NYFA Graduate Mazey Aud appears in pop star Greyson Chance’s video “Waiting Outside the Lines”

    New York Film Academy graduate Mazey Aud says a recent appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show has been a great highlight of her young and budding career in the entertainment industry. The teen was featured in pop star Greyson Chance’s debut video “Waiting Outside of the Lines” last year and appeared onstage with Greyson when he performed live on the Ellen show. “[Ellen] gave me a hug and said she liked my perfume,” gushes Aud, 15. “Justin Bieber was there that day too and he came backstage.”

    Mazey did a one-week high school program at NYFA Disney during which time she produced and directed her own short film. Her other body of work includes an adopted children PSA entitled, “Angel Arms,” an appearance on the Nickelodeon show “Brainsurge,” and starring in a video series entitled “Children First.” In addition, the ambitious teen will release a book next fall of original monologues. “I love to write,” she said. “I noticed when I was trying to pick out a monologue for my auditions, I had a hard time finding one that sounded like something a teenager would really say. I started writing my own, and then I really started getting into it and I have ended up with a collection of them.” We look forward to seeing more of Mazey’s televised appearances!Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

    November 7, 2011 • Acting • Views: 4132

  • New York Film Academy Graduate Aubrey Plaza Working with Seth Rogen and Amy Poehler

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    Actress Aubrey Plaza has hit it big since taking a New York Film Academy High School Hands-On Summer Workshop. In the past three months, Aubrey has been a featured guest (with hilarious interviews) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Lopez Tonight with George Lopez. Her list of costars has grown to include Amy Poehler, Seth Rogen, Adam Sandler, Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, Jonah Hill, and Jason Schwartzman. Aubrey is currently filming Safety Not Guaranteed with Kristen Bell and has signed on to film The Hand Job with Christopher Mintz-Plasse (more commonly known as “McLovin” from Superbad) and Andy Samberg (of SNL favorite’s comedy troupe the Lonely Island).

    Aubrey Plaza stars on NBC’s Parks and Recreation with SNL star Amy Poehler 

    So what makes this NYFA graduate a star? Jarrett Wieselman of New York Post comments, “Aubrey isn’t a bubbly, gum-chewing 20-something who tacks a giggle on the end of her sentences and dots her I’s with hearts. She’s smart, dry and totally sarcastic…Aubrey is one of the most disarmingly hilarious people I’ve ever had the chance to interview.”

     

    Aubrey Plaza in Scott Pilgrim vs The World

    Aubrey Plaza stars as Julie Powers in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

    Aubrey stars as April Ludgate on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, recognized as one of the top ten TV shows in TIME, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and People Magazine. Her feature film career includes playing Seth Rogen’s love interest in Funny People and Julie Powers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. This May, Aubrey beat actresses Christina Ricci, Ellen Page, Janeane Garofalo, Liz Lee, Zooey Deschanel, and Thora Birch in a MTV poll of who viewers would hope to be cast as Daria in a live action movie. So what comes next for Aubrey Plaza? Follow nyfa on twitter @nyfa for the latest updates.

     

     

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    June 3, 2011 • Acting • Views: 7187