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  • NYFA LA Graduation at Harmony Gold Preview House

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    Over the long weekend, the Los Angeles campus of the New York Film Academy saw two hundred students turn into graduates as they crossed the stage of the Harmony Gold Preview House to collect their degrees.

    Three separate ceremonies were held to accommodate the large student body and their families. Mike Seville, Anne Moore, and Rich Thorne each presented an Address to the Graduates sending messages of pride and hope one last time to their students.

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    World-renowned talent came to NYFA to give the commencement speech to the graduates. The woman responsible for the “Murder House” finale of “American Horror Story,” Jessica Sharzer, gave one of the speeches. Sharzer won a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Screenplay for the episode entitled “Afterbirth.” Sharzer, a former NYFA student, spoke highly of her time with NYFA where she also taught at its Princeton, New York, and Paris locations. She encouraged students to have a value system in place. Know what’s working and what stakes are worth risking.

    Joshua Bitton gave the first commencement speech of the day. A common thread throughout his speech was having the confidence to pursue one’s dream. Bitton is perhaps best known for his role as Sgt. J.P. Morgan in “The Pacific” on HBO, but many outside of the industry might be surprised to learn Bitton is also a sought after acting coach.

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    Bitton ended his speech by saying, “An MFA program is tough. I’ve been there. But it’s also an artist’s dream. You wake up and every day you create. You focus on furthering your expression. Out there it’s a business. You must learn how to play that game or get a team around you that can do it for you. But always remember what drew you to this — the desire to express yourself and create. It is brave and it is beautiful. It is you and you are enough.”

    The final Commencement Speaker was Martha Coolidge. The pioneering director of “Valley Girl” and “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” shared her pioneering experience of breaking into the industry stating, “Although there was no working female directors in Hollywood or anywhere I could name in this country. I did have women in my classes and the world was changing. All of us filmmakers were very excited about that and felt it would be very quick. We’re still talking about what it’s like to be a woman director. So it wasn’t quite as quick as we’d hoped.”

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    The speed was slow but Coolidge was not content to conquer just the silver screen. She’s been dominating the television screen, as well as having directed stand out episodes of “Angie Tribeca,” “The Night Shift,” “Madam Secretary,” and “Sex and the City.” She advised students to strengthen their relationships, never be afraid to ask questions, and embrace competition. “You can’t just sit and wait. You have to be a self-starter or it will never happen.”

    The New York Film Academy would like to congratulate all the graduates who crossed the stage over the weekend. As you enter the phase of your professional career we hope you come back to the place where it all began and that you share your knowledge with the next generation. Good luck in all your future endeavors.

    Graduating Class of 2017

    MFA in Acting

    Areg Antonyan, Youn Hee Cho, Claire Xuewei Cui, Roberto Jadue, Zijing Ke, Yulia Konashevich, Kensiwe Mathebula, Paul McKenna Jr, Daniella Mendoza, Jonathan Neal, Anastasiya Serada, Alina Smolyar, Yifan Xu, Zheyu Zhang, Zandi Zim

    BFA in Acting

    Maria Fernandez Arras Salvoch, Christina Barron, Kiara Beltran, Kassie Bey, AnnaLuisa Capasa, Calvin Ripley Chelberg, Tiffany Alexis Clare, Daniel Colt, Kevin Dary, Chiara Sofia Ferarro Brenner, Atli Fjalarsson, Ximena García Gonzalez, Miranda Guzman, Kira Hagi, Alessandra Hajaj, Alston Huff, Pilar Irigoyen, Dominique Jeswal, Finoa Ketter, Alvin Lee, Kylar Miranda, Stefanie Morosini, Ella Mun-Gavin, Jonas Olsen, Masato Di Santo, Stephanie Quintero, Micaela Reis, Juan Felipe Restrepo Salamanca, Eric Ronn, Jose Francisco Saldaña, Bianca Schrader, Josephine Marie Siwko, Dulce Sosa, Jahnessa Vasquez, Justin Michael Vasquez, Victoria Watlington, Tyler Williams, Casey Wohlgemuth, Jazell Young, Damir Zharkimbekov,

    AFA in Acting

    Daniel Annerl, Mack Bates, Kate Bolshakova, Corinna Marianna Camero Gonzalez, Selma Cisneros, Camila Echeverri Duarte, Nicole Fahel, Kevin Flores, María José García, Lika Idrisova, Newton Benjamin Kitaura, Joao Pedro Lopes Paneguini, Damon McKinnis, Emily Morrison, Kyle Promisson, Cam Rafidison, Victoria Ribeiro, Nuria Roca, Marie Senghore, Qusay Sultan, Shantell Woods, Alissa Ylitalo,

    MFA in Producing

    Amari Agee, Batool Hassan Alarfah, Mujahed Aljumaiaah, Larissa de Rosa Beck, Xiangrong Du, Thomas Freeman, Yizhen Hou, Ah Reum Jung, Jiagyue Lin, Junhao Ma, Zoé Pelloux, Nikita Sapronov, Yoselin Solorzano, Huidi Sun, Sventlanova Natalia, Zhikun Yu, Jihan Zhang, Ziyi Zhao.

    BFA in Producing

    Magnea Helgadóttir, Davin Tjen, Lok Kwan Woo

    MFA in Screenwriting

    David Castillo, Zenana Coombs, Lindsey Hall, Anna Kriegel, Antonina Kshanovska, Tiffany Lewis, Queenian Nneka Okagu, Rachna Sukuru,

    BFA in Screenwriting

    Jordan Chyzowski, Elias Kofoed-Hansen, Michael Levin, Zara Lewes, Daniela Mayorca, Anastasia Mezikaeva Cermeño, Michael Sweeney, Doug Terra

    AFA in Screenwriting

    Audrey Cornett, Sergio Cox, Eric Obaro, Adam Zagri

    MFA in Photography

    Sara Al Sahaly, Ebtehal Farhat, Chun-Hsun Huang, Alejandro Ibarra, Silvia Catalina Quintero Torres, Seham Sultan,

    BFA in Photography

    Kivansh Choksi, Edward Vincent Rubia, Mengmeng Lu

    MFA in Game Design

    Zhongpeng Shao

    BFA in Game Design

    Junliang Zhang

    MFA in Filmmaking (Feature Track)

    Yesser Laham, Rafael Nani Pires

    MFA in Filmmaking

    Musab Omair Alamri, Gabriela Bueno, Yue Chen, Valéria Costa, Yiheng Guo,

    Hu Yiduo, Hawar Karim, Kuan Wen Wei, Yu Liu, Chiyuan Ma, Joshua Tre Van, Tianze Wang, Xiao Zi Jun, Yao Yu, Yuehan Zhang, Dulat Zhumagazin

    MFA in Film and Media

    Joud Al-Rashid, Syed Ahsen Ali, Qiuyu Chen, Jasmine Chiswell, Carlos De Anda, Jiufang Ding, Victoria Gagieva, Ashley Hargrove, Fang He, Yanzhu Li, Christina Nijim, Farid Rasul, Sommer Saqr, Twisha Thakar, Yuheng Tong, Nataliya Tsvetkova, Cheng Yang, Yumeng Zhang

     BFA in Filmmaking

    Jaquece Jamaar Abraham, Edoardo Achilli, Issa Al-Zadjali, Khalid Alahmari, Fernando Amarante Ibarra, Bakyt Angsabay, Talha Bin Abdulrahman, Shu-Chieh Chu, Fady Elmankabady, Trokon Victor George, Rochel Goldsmith, Anatole Lardeyret, Brandon Lee, Matheus Ronn Leite, Xuejiao Liu, Emmanuel Maldonado, Bruno Paolucci, Chang Hyun Park, Dominic Polito, Aysha Radwan, Alejandro Seri, Tianzuo Zhang

    AFA in Filmmaking

    Peter Farquhar, Brooke Marshal Hagen

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    June 2, 2017 • Community Highlights, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 3151

  • Congratulations to our NYFA LA Graduates

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    NYFA Degrees

    Degrees were bestowed upon students by their Department Chairs.

    Congratulations to the MFA, BFA, and Two-Year Program graduates of Film, Photography, and Acting disciplines at New York Film Academy Los Angeles who received their degrees this past Saturday, May 24th. An audience of family and friends gathered in a Warner Bros. Studios theater for the momentous occasion. Chairs from each of the graduating students’ departments including Mike Civille (Filmmaking), Bobbi Fabian (Photography), and Lynda Goodfriend (Acting) addressed the students, applauding their achievement and offering words of advice for the future. Commencement Speaker Julie Ann Larson (Producer of The Drew Carey Show and Last Man Standing with Tim Allen, and Executive Producer of the Chelsea Handler written Are You There, Chelsea?) gave a humorous and profound speech in which she emphasized the value of higher education having come from a family in which nobody, including herself, had the opportunity to attend college.

    In a happy twist, the Dean of Students (Eric Conner), before giving the Closing Remarks, presented a deeply touched Mrs. Larson with an Honorary Degree in the Discipline of Producing for her extraordinary accomplishments. We are extremely proud of NYFA LA’s most recent graduates and wish them the very best in their upcoming endeavors!

    GRADUATING STUDENTS:
    BFA in Filmmaking
    Amro Helmy Abdulrahman
    Claudia Kristiansen
    Elaine Xia
    Two Year Photography
    Liam Hayes
    Patrick Owens
    Christopher Tandoc
    BFA in Acting
    Ragnhild Bjørge
    Fernanda Chaves Sevilla
    Alessandra Cocozzella
    Balys Kulikauskas
    Shelby Rosile

    BFA Acting

    Acting Chair, Lynda Goodfriend, and Dean of Students, Eric Conner, present Balys Kulikauskas with his BFA in Acting.

    Master's Degree

    Commencement Speaker Julie Ann Larson was thrilled to receive a Master’s Degree in Producing.

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    May 30, 2014 • Film School • Views: 4869