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  • New York Film Academy Photography Students Shoot German Currents: 7th Annual Film Festival of German FIlm

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    NYFA Photography

    photo by Andrew Linga

    Photography students from the Los Angeles campus were on hand as the exclusive event photographers for the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles German Currents 7th Annual Film Festival, held last weekend at the Egyptian Theatre in the heart of Hollywood. Students shot the opening night event, workshops and screenings over the weekend. A sample of their images are below or checkout the link here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/goethe-institut_los_angeles/

    Thanks to July 2013 1YR students: Andrew Linga, Aric Coppola and Jimmy Rhodes; January 2013 MFA students: Nicole Campbell and Joseph Bornilla; January 2013 2YR student: Liam Hayes; and January 2013 One Year graduate Luc-Richard Elie. Great job everyone!

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    photo by Joseph Bornilla

    Andrew Linga

    photo by Andrew Linga

     

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    October 10, 2013 • Photography, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4101

  • ‘Sun Flower’ a Festival Favorite

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    [Director's Photo 2] Sun Flower - Taeho Kang

    New York Film Academy student, Taeho Kang’s short film, Sun Flower, has gained recognition at a number of film festivals this past year. Which festivals you ask? Here are a few where Kang has screened or will be screening at soon:

    • 2013 (4th) Cincinnati Film Festival (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
    • 2013 (13th) Nevada City Film Festival (Nevada City, California, USA)
    • 2013 (37th) Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
    • 2013 (9th) Action On Film International Film Festival (Monrovia, California, USA)
    • 2013 (6th) Interrobang Film Festival – Des Moines Arts Festival (Des Moines, Iowa, USA)
    • 2013 (6th) Treasure Coast International Film Festival (Port St Lucie, Florida, USA)

    Sun Flower - Taeho Kang credits

    The sixteen minute short revolves around, Young-Hwa Kim, a single lady in her late twenties who arrives at a sanatorium five months pregnant. She does’t have any relationships with people, even with family or friends, and she does’t want to meet any new people. Also, due to motor aphasia, she has lost her speech. To sum it up, she loses her sense of reality and faith in herself. Therefore, she lives with addictive habits, and is careless and ignorant of her pregnancy before she experiences the baby move in her belly. “Sun Flower is a kind of ‘poetic narrative film,'” says Kang. “Most of the symbolism in the story is based on The Bible.”

    Kang is an MFA student, currently studying filmmaking at the New York Film Academy, Los Angeles. He says, “The hands-on experience at New York Film Academy helped me communicate with our crew to create a specific visual concept.” His next project is called Made in Trovia, which he hopes to film soon.

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    August 22, 2013 • Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5252

  • New York Film Academy’s Alumni Spotlight: Jesse Bernal

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    Jesse Bernal

    Acting for Film graduate Jesse Bernal is one of many military veterans who chose to attend New York Film Academy after leaving the military. The San Antonio native followed in the footsteps of his father and other brother who both served their country. Jesse spent 7 years in the US Air Force, working as a calibration technician and electronics specialist. His service took him to New Mexico, South Korea, and South Carolina.

    Though Jesse had started taking some acting classes while serving in the military, and booked some television roles (including Lifetime’s Army Wives, and the film The New Daughter with Kevin Costner), he decided to attend New York Film Academy at Universal Studios to further develop his talent.

    “The GI Bill paid my full tuition and living expenses. Without having to worry about [the money], I was able to put my best foot forward,” he explained. “The military gave me structure and helped me with time management. When we were doing scenes, I would think that it’s not just working, but working with my team.”

    Jesse landed a manager after participating in an actors’ showcase put on by New York Film Academy. Soon after his graduation in June 2011, he booked a role in a promo for HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher. He also joined the staff of the New York Film Academy to stay busy between auditions and performances. “Everyone on the staff believes in me and my talent,” says Jesse. He adds, “It’s amazing to see new students as they come in. I get to see their passion. It’s uplifting.” He also thanks his family for their support and inspiration.

    You can catch Jesse in a starring role in A Few Good Men at the Sky Lounge in the North Hollywood Arts District. The play was written by Aaron Sorkin, who later adapted the script for the film. The production with Rise Above Theatre Movement has just been extended and runs through April 22. In between work and evening performances, Jesse also squeezed in a modeling job for a national print advertising campaign. He is also producing a short film called The Secretary, a slapstick comedy about a couple and their infidelities. He is gearing up to direct a stage production of Reasons to be Pretty at the end of the summer.

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    April 4, 2012 • Acting, Diversity, Student & Alumni Spotlights, Veterans • Views: 4765

  • New York Film Academy’s Student Spotlight: Aldo Filiberto

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    MFA Film student Aldo Filiberto recently finished work on his thesis film, The Fortune Theory. Originally from Palermo, Italy, Aldo first came to NYFA in 2006 for an 8-Week Filmmaking program. He liked it so much, he decided to return in September 2009 for the masters program.

    Aldo describes the film, The Fortune Theory, as a coming-of-age drama. He explains, “It’s the story of an emotionally disconnected millionaire, who drifts through a systematic routine of job interviews, searching for an understanding of life and his workaholic father.”
The character, Morris, is ultimately forced to take a job writing fortunes in a fortune cookie factory, where he will have to face his own inadequacy in order to ultimately accept himself, those around him, and defy his father.

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    “I worked on the script for 8 months,” says Aldo. “After several table readings, the script was ready and we jumped into production. It was ambitious for the budget we had, but our excitement overcame our fears.”

    Aldo cast John Terry in a supporting role in the film. The celebrated actor is best known for his roles on Lost, ER, 24, and in Full Metal Jacket. Says Aldo, “He has tons of experience and worked with Kubrick! On the set he was very nice, hard working, and loved his job. He was great.” The project will also feature a score by Goya-nominated composer Pablo Cervantes.

    The film’s crew included a number of New York Film Academy students and alumni. Says Aldo, “Making a movie is a collaborative experience. You need to relate to other people to help you shape your vision, and school is a good place to create a network of people you can trust.”

    He also credits NYFA staff for their help, saying, “Instructors like Adam Nimoy, Crickett Rumley, James Rowe, and Lydia Cedrone have always been helpful. The school has been supporting me. The greenlight procedure helps you set up a schedule and deadlines. They really make sure that you’re ready to do it so you don’t end up wasting your money, or even worse, someone else’s money.”

    The Fortune Theory is currently in post-production. Aldo is in discussions with sales agencies and plans to hit the festival circuit in the next year. He explains, “This is the exciting part. Shooting it is just the beginning.”

    Actor John Terry with Aldo Filiberto

    Actor John Terry with Aldo Filiberto

    Aldo Filiberto directing a scene

    Aldo Filiberto directing a scene

    Aldo Filiberto talking with an actor

    Aldo Filiberto talking with an actor

    Aldo Filiberto with his crew

    Aldo Filiberto with his crew

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    March 6, 2012 • Filmmaking, International Diversity, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5126