• NYFA Docs’ “Freya” Selected to Screen at G2 Earth Film Festival


    New York Film Academy Documentary Department is proud to announce that Freya is an Official Selection of the G2 Green Earth Film Festival. Last November, the film premiered with four other NYFA student documentaries at the prestigious DOC NYC at the IFC Center in New York City.

    Filmed by seven students during a NYFA filmmaking expedition to Belize, Freya follows the story of an endangered loggerhead sea turtle fighting to survive a shark attack against the odds.

    The students who worked on Freya spent a week filming and helping the local volunteers. The expedition focused on the imperiled Mesoamerican Reef including coral reef conservation, endangered sea turtles and manatees.

    “Following Freya’s story has been the opportunity of a lifetime,” says director, Rachael Peltzer.

    On the expeditions, young filmmakers explore threatened ocean worlds and raise a call to activism through the power of documentary storytelling—all in collaboration with some of the top marine conservation organizations. Expedition collaborators include Mission Blue, Healthy Reefs for Healthy People, Oceanic Society, Ecomar, Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association, Sea to Shore Alliance & Coastal Zone Management of Belize, Hawksbill Hope, and the Belize Fisheries Department.

    “It’s exciting to see the expeditions spark a deep love for the oceans in young filmmakers; and a passion to tell stories that can help save them,” says Andrea Swift, Chair of the Documentary Department at NYFA.

    “The ocean is in great danger,” says producer and former student, Gary Bencheghib, who is currently working on another documentary called Recycled Mississippi. “We are hopeful that stories like Freya’s will help increase awareness of such critical environmental issues.”


    July 8, 2016 • Documentary Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4287

  • NYFA Documentary Grads to Premiere at DOC NYC


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    America’s largest documentary film festival, DOC NYC, will be held from November 12-19th in New York City. The New York Film Academy Documentary Department is proud to announce that five of its graduates will be screening at this year’s prestigious festival on Friday, November 13th at 10:30am.

    “Every NYFA film here absolutely deserves to premiere at such an important festival,” says NYFA’s Documentary Chair Andrea Swift. “At once entertaining and important, each of the five tells a surprising story in a voice all to its own.”

    The New York Film Academy films include:


    In addition to our graduates’ films, we encourage students to check out the following screenings at DOC NYC:

    • DYING OF THE LIGHT unpacks the debated transition to digital projection, ending the reign of film after more than a century. As the technology has changed, moving obsolete film projectors into the realm of the odd collector, the skills of seasoned film projectionists are also in danger of being lost forever. (7:15 PM, Wednesday November 18 at Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas)
    • HAROLD AND LILLIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY chronicles a remarkable sixty-year partnership and pays tribute to the unsung talents behind a staggering number of cinema classics from storyboard artist Harold Michelson and film researcher Lillian Michelson. Though largely uncredited, they left an indelible impression on films like The Birds, The Graduate and Rosemary’s Baby. (9:30 PM, Tuesday November 17, and 2:45 PM, Wednesday November 18 at IFC Center)
    • WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED tells the story of the Oscar-winning costume designer Orry-Kelly. Drawing upon clips from his work in Hollywood classics – Some Like It Hot, An American in Paris, Irma la Douce – Armstrong captures Kelly’s on-screen genius. (9:15 PM, Sunday November 15 at SVA Theatre)
    • CLAUDE LANZMANN: SPECTRES OF THE SHOAH reflects on French journalist Claude Lanzmann’s journey to make a documentary about the Holocaust. (7:30 PM, Thursday November 19 at SVA Theatre), and Reel in the Closet, which projects the viewer back in time through home movies, opening a fascinating window into the surprising vibrancy of unheralded LGBT lives. (2:15 PM, Saturday November 14 at IFC Center)
    • RAIDERS!: THE STORY OF THE GREATEST FAN FILM EVER MADE is the story of three Mississippi preteens set out to pay tribute to their favorite film in 1982. Committed to making their own version of Raiders of the Lost Ark, they spent seven eventful summers recreating the epic adventure, shot for shot – with the exception of one scene beyond their scope. When footage of their project surfaces decades later, becoming a sensation, it reignites their drive to finally finish their low-budget masterpiece, no matter what

    The festival is offering an eight-day series of talks, panels, masterclasses, and professional development workshops called DOC NYC Pro, which is perfect for students interested in diving deeper into the filmmaking process. We hope to see you all there!