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  • NYFA Presents “Stranger Than Fiction” at IFC Center


    New York Film Academy is excited to present the 2016 Spring Season of NYC’s cutting-edge documentary film series, Stranger Than Fiction, Starting April 12!

    Stranger Than Fiction, the weekly documentary film series hosted by Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen and presented by IFC Center and New York Film Academy, announces the Spring Season launch of its 11th year. Each screening features a conversation with the filmmaker(s) or other special guests, usually moderated by Toronto Film Festival documentary programmer, Thom Powers. An informal gathering with the guests generally follows.

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    The spring slate opens April 12, 2016 with the invitation only, DOCUMENTARY NOW! DECONSTRUCTED, a one of a kind night with directors Rhys Thomas and Alex Buono presenting episodes of their hit IFC TV series. Starring Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, the series parodies and pays homage to well-known documentaries. Season Pass holders are invited. There will be no individual tickets sold for this extraordinary special. See Season Pass information below.

    Other season highlights include the sneak preview of PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW, about a singer discovered on YouTube, with the film subject Princess Shaw in person; and THE WITNESS about the Kitty Genovese case with director James Solomon. The spring season is co-presented by New York Film Academy.

    “In honor of our 11th year, we’ve packed the spring season with extra films to take the line-up to 11 – just like the Spinal Tap amplifier,” said Artistic Director Thom Powers.

    Stranger Than Fiction generates some of the most important documentary programming anywhere. It provides a crucial hub, and integral grist for the mill of New York’s remarkable documentary community. Supporting Stranger Than Fiction is the best way New York Film Academy has found to thank and support all of the NYC documentary filmmakers who have contributed so much to our students’ educations,” said Andrea Swift, Chair, Documentary Department, New York Film Academy.

    This season’s memorable characters include US Senators navigating a Supreme Court confirmation in ADVISE & DISSENT; gay Orthodox Jews struggling for acceptance in TREMBLING BEFORE G-D (15th anniversary); train passengers in Albert Maysles’ final collaboration IN TRANSIT; kidnapped film stars in THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT; grandmothers living off radioactive land in THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL; and the legendary restaurateur in FLORENT: QUEEN OF THE MEAT MARKET. Additionally, the creators of the acclaimed the FIELD OF VISION film group will present a night of new shorts.

    The STF spring season takes place at the IFC Center every Tuesday night at 7:30 for eight weeks (plus special screenings Thursdays May 19 & 26). The spring season closes on May 31. The full season schedule appears below.

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    Stranger Than Fiction: Spring 2016 Season 7:30pm Tuesdays at IFC Center, Apr 12 – May 31

    Each show features a Q&A with the director or other special guests

    • Apr 12: Opening Night of Spring Season – DOCUMENTARY NOW! DECONSTRUCTED (2015, Q&A w/ dirs. Rhys Thomas & Alex Buono)
    • Apr 19: ADVISE & DISSENT (2012, Q&A w/ dir. David Van Taylor)
    • Apr 26: TREMBLING BEFORE G-D (2001, Q&A w/ dir. Sandi Simcha Dubowski)
    • May 3: IN TRANSIT (2015, Q&A w/ dir. Lynn True, prod Erika Dilday)
    • May 10: THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT (2016, Q&A w/ TBA)
    • May 17: THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL (2015, Q&A w/ dir. Holly Morris)
    • May 19: FLORENT: QUEEN OF THE MEAT MARKET (2010, Q&A w/ dir. David Sigal)
    • May 24: FIELD OF VISION (2016, Q&A w/ TBA)
    • May 26: Thursday Special – PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW (2015, Q&A w/ film subject Princess Shaw)
    • May 31: Closing Night – THE WITNESS (2015, Q&A w/ dir. James Solomon)

    Tickets for Stranger Than Fiction screenings are $16 for the general public and $13 for IFC Center members. A Spring Season Pass, good for admission to all 10 events from April 12-May 31, is available for $99 ($80 for IFC members).

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  • Q&A with Parks and Recreation Star and Former Student Aubrey Plaza


    aubrey plazaThere’s no prouder moment for the New York Film Academy than seeing our very own break through the walls of Hollywood to become a household name. Such is the case with Parks and Recreation star, Aubrey Plaza. At a young age, Aubrey has already had the privilege of working with incredible talent like Amy Poehler, Seth Rogen, Will Arnett, Fred Armisen, Nick Offerman, and many others. In addition to her breakout role as April on NBC’s Park and Recreation, Aubrey has worked on major productions, including Funny People, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Portlandia, and is currently in pre-production on a new series called Welcome to Sweden.

    While there is never a direct path to stardom, it’s always interesting to hear everyone’s unique path to success. Recently, NYFA had the opportunity to catch up with the former NYFA acting student through an exclusive Q&A, which can be read in its new Student Resources section.

    In the Q&A, Aubrey talks about being an actress, her affection for Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh, and which Parks & Rec star she thinks is an asshole. (Hint: it’s not Amy Poehler.)

    CLICK HERE to read the Q&A in its entirety.






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