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  • MFA Acting for Film Grad Jongman Kim Appears in Judd Apatow’s “Love”

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    After being picked up for a third season on Netflix, Judd Apatow’s romantic comedy series, “Love,” continues to grow in popularity. The series reflects the complicated dating life of millennials living in Los Angeles. In the second season of the show, the main character, Gus, played by creator Paul Rust, winds up working on set with an erratic movie director from Korea, whose name is Victor. The actor, Jongman Kim, happens to be an alumnus from the New York Film Academy’s MFA Acting for Film Degree Program.

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    (left to right) Paul Rust, Jongman Kim, and Randall Park

    Kim has been in a few big studio films in South Korea and even had his own theatre company. However, he says it was when he saw Robert De Niro and Al Pacino‘s performances in film that he aspired to learn “true acting” in America. “People laughed at me because I couldn’t speak any English, and I said that I’m going to America to be an actor,” he said. “I had been acting for 15 years before I moved to NYC, but I couldn’t stand not knowing what true acting was.”

    Kim couldn’t speak English when he first moved to the city, so he first attended ESL school to learn the language.

    “I loved my experience at NYFA,” he said. “I had lots of beautiful teachers and actor friends in both NYC and LA. Meisner Technique changed my perspective of acting. Taking acting classes is really important to me. It’s like a gym for an actor to build his acting muscles.”

    Kim says he’s now being recognized for his work on the streets of LA. “It’s amazing that I started from not speaking any English and not knowing this country,” he said. “I broke my big Hollywood wall, so now I’m just going to keep moving forward.”

    Kim has acted in many short films and one independent feature film that will be released this year. One of his short films, “She Jang,” which he is a producer, co-writer and lead actor, was accepted into the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. Kim is currently repped by the Jenny Stricklin Talent Agency and the Clover Company in Korea. He’s hoping to act in both Korea and the US.

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  • NYFA Documentary Instructor Editor on HBO’s ‘Larry Kramer’ Doc

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    Larry KramerNew York Film Academy Documentary Master Class Instructor and Curriculum Adviser, Geof Bartz’s latest documentary, Larry Kramer: In Love and Anger, airs tonight on HBO!

    As Supervising Editor of HBO Documentary Films, Bartz says this film is “about one of the true heroes — and great characters — of the 20th Century.”

    Larry Kramer is an author, playwright and activist who gave voice to the outrage and grief that inspired a whole generation of gay men and lesbians to fight for their lives. As co-founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), Kramer’s activism forever changed the public health policy pertaining to AIDS.

    Directed by Jean Carlomusto, the documentary originally premiered at Sundance in January 2015, and will have its TV opening tonight on HBO at 9 pm EST. From there, Larry Kramer: In Love and Anger will be available at HBO ON DEMAND and HBO GO.

    We hope you have a chance to check it out!

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    June 29, 2015 • Documentary Filmmaking • Views: 3723

  • A ‘Second Wind’ For NYFA Grad Sarah Choi

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    As most of us know, going through a breakup can be a very difficult and tumultuous time. And while some of us tend to get down, struggling to get through the days, artists often find inspiration from the ordeal. This was the case for New York Film Academy documentary graduate, Sarah Choi. Sarah’s recent music video Second Wind captures the breakups of three young women through a choreographed dance number set to the tune of Arcade Fire’s Afterlife.

    “What helped me get through the first few months after the breakup was renewing my commitment to telling stories through my films; and also taking dance classes,” said Sarah. “I found it therapeutic to let loose and try to communicate my feelings through movement and music.”

    Sarah teamed up with a number of NYFA filmmakers from all over the world to create the film, which was shot in a very short period of time due to conflicting schedules. Her Director of Photography, Tomas Velasquez (from Colombia), Assistant Camera, Mihyun Park (from South Korea), and Gaffer, Aleksandra Miasnikova (from Belarus), have great chemistry founded upon respect and friendship. “We met while studying at the New York Film Academy, and I would love to continue working on projects with them!”

    The video has already garnished praise across the web including a mention on The Huffington Post called Dealing with Love.

    You can watch the video in its entirety below. Enjoy!

    Credits:
    Director of Photography: Tomas Velasquez
    Assistant Camera: Mihyun Park
    Gaffer: Aleksandra Miasnikova
    Production Coordinator: Leslie Stanfield
    Colorist: Jared Melman
    Cast: Breton Tyner-Bryan, Leigh Schanfein, Sarah Choi
    Key Make-up Artist: Mallory Passione
    Hairstylists: Zachary Hart, Mallory Pace, Marykate Osick

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  • Gingerbread House

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    Coming off the premiere of Lifeless at the Big Apple Film Festival, the Musical Theatre department at the New York Film Academy has announced its latest original movie musical short film, Gingerbread House. The musical film will be directed by VP Boyle and feature an original score with lyrics by Rob Rokicki.

    Originally from Colorado, Rob is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan and is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Actor’s Equity, and alum of the Tony award winning BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. As an actor, Rob was featured in the Evita 25th Anniversary Tour directed by Hal Prince & Larry Fuller. His musical, Love, NY (co-written with Mike Ruby) won the 2009 American Harmony Award and was presented at New World Stages. His latest album, I’m Ready: The Songs of Rob Rokicki is available on iTunes and Amazon.
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    November 26, 2012 • Musical Theatre • Views: 4776