• New York Film Academy (NYFA) Acting for Film Alum Manuel Garcia-Rulfo Stars in Michael Bay’s ‘6 Underground’ on Netflix


    New York Film Academy (NYFA) Acting for Film alum Manuel Garcia-Rulfo is co-starring as one of the titular 6 Underground in a highly-anticipated new Netflix original film by Michael Bay. 

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    6 Underground is the latest blockbuster movie to feature NYFA Acting for Film alum Garcia-Rulfo, who attended NYFA’s 4-Week Filmmaking workshop as well as the 1-Year Acting for Film conservatory at our Burbank-based campus. Since graduating in 2004, the Mexican-born actor has starred in hit films including, Cake, Murder on the Orient Express, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, and Widows, as well as the television series From Dusk til Dawn and Goliath.

    Garcia-Rulfo also appeared alongside an A-list cast in The Magnificent Seven remake directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Peter Sarsgaard. In 2017, Garcia-Rulfo spoke with students in a Q&A at our Los Angeles campus following a screening of the film. Next year, he will be co-starring with Tom Hanks in Greyhound, an upcoming World War II submarine thriller written by Hanks.

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    His latest project, 6 Underground, is the first film by action auteur Michael Bay since the third sequel to his Transformers franchise, The Last Knight. Ryan Reynolds leads the cast of the the R-rated comedic action-thriller about six vigilantes who’ve faked their deaths and go by numbers instead of names (One through Six, naturally.) Garcia-Rulfo co-stars as Three, while Reynolds plays One. They are joined by Mélanie Laurent, Adria Arjona, Corey Hawkins, and Ben Hardy as Two, Four, Five, and Six, respectively. The movie also co-stars Dave Franco and Peter Stormare.

    6 Underground is the second-most expensive original film ever produced by Netflix, and is set to premiere Friday, December 13. In a video promoting the film, star Ryan Reynolds promises nonstop action and special effects, telling viewers, “Don’t miss the most Michael Bay movie that Michael Bay has ever Michael Bayed.”

    New York Film Academy congratulates Acting for Film alum Manuel Garcia-Rulfo on his latest high-profile role, and is excited to see his star continue to rise in Hollywood!

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    The Cast of ‘6 Underground’


    December 5, 2019 • Acting, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 3616

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Acting for Film Alum Carlos Bolio Recording New Music


    New York Film Academy (NYFA) Acting for Film alum Carlos Bolio has traveled the world making music, and will soon be recording a new project in Los Angeles.

    It’s not Bolio’s first time in Hollywood—in the summer of 2013, he attended the 4-Week Acting for Film workshop at NYFA’s Burbank-based campus. There, he strengthened his skills in the craft and worked hands-on with state-of-the-art equipment, learning better techniques for interviews and producing video clips to help boost his career.

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    Bolio originally hails from Mexico and has performed in his home country as well Spain, singing in front of thousands of people. He plays piano and guitar as well as producing and composing original music, and has worked for Warner Music Group.

    Additionally, Bolio is aspiring to act in both Hollywood and on Broadway. New York Film Academy congratulates Acting for Film alum Carlos Bolio on his success so far and looks forward to seeing where his talents take him next!


    November 22, 2019 • Acting, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 2915

  • Latin Club Celebrates Dia de Los Muertos


    On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, the Latin Club led a celebration of the Mexican holiday, Dia de Los Muertos, at the New York Film Academy Los Angeles campus. The entire student body was invited to the event to learn the cultural significance of the holiday. “It’s important for me because it is a huge celebration in Mexico, and the idea was to share our Latin culture with others and to also welcome our new club members,” Latin Club Leader, Vanesa Prieto, said.

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    An altar was built with candles, flowers, and revered Mexican artists. Tables were lined with traditional food like chicken mole, horchata, tres leches cake, and sugar skull cookies. There was also a bevy of entertainment including a DJ and two poetry readings.

    NYFA worked with the Make-Up Designory to bring in artists to apply the “sugar skull” make-up. When make-up artist Michelle Cruz was asked why she wanted to participate, she said, “I’m a Latina. I wanted to represent my culture and this make-up properly. This day is about experiencing the beauty of death and not the tragedy.” She continued, “I’m excited to see everyone with their faces done up and walking around the party.”

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    NYFA student, Yang Chen, stumbled into the party as she was leaving class. When asked why she wanted to join the event, she exclaimed, “I’ve never joined a school event. I know the sugar skulls but not much else about the culture. I’m excited to learn and get my face painted.”

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    The idea of wanting to learn the culture was prevalent amongst the guests.

    New York Film Academy would like to thank the students who came out to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos with us.


    November 3, 2016 • Community Highlights • Views: 2952

  • Nuria Castro’s Dream Comes True in “Mirage”


    mirageThe idea for former New York Film Academy student Nuria Castro’s award-winning short, Mirage, initially came to her through a dream. The idea developed into a psychological thriller that leads the audience into the mind of Julian, played by Roberto Arrizon, a man who suffers the loss of his family. The Puebla, Mexico native’s film screened her film at the Mexican International Film Festival where she won the Bronze Palm Award in the Best Student Film Category.

    The film was also a finalist at the Just 4 Short Film Competition in 2015 and is still being considered for several festivals around the world.

    NYFA was responsible for introducing Castro to both Luciana Capela, her co-writer and co-editor, and Konstantin Frolov, her cinematographer. Both Luciana and Konstantin graduated with a MA degree in Film and Media Production.

    “NYFA was essential in helping me and Luciana structure the story properly and prepare the production,” said Capela. “With the guidance and lessons from Nils Taylor, my directing instructor, the whole experience of directing was great and the outcome couldn’t have been better.”

    Castro and her co-writer are currently developing the feature version of Mirage.

  • NYFA Grad Wins Best Director for ‘The Duck Diaries’


    Duck DiariesDigital Filmmaking Graduate, Matt Twomey, recently won the Best Director award at the NYC Independent Film Festival for his feature documentary, The Duck Diaries: A Cold War Quest for Friendship Across the Americas. The Duck Diaries is a true-life intercontinental adventure about the importance of intercultural outreach in a troubled world, and the astonishing power of a never-say-die spirit. The story is about a group of young American guys who, in 1961 at the height of the Cold War, took it upon themselves to spread Yankee goodwill in Central and South America. For the 27,000-mile journey, they acquired a surplus Army amphibian “Duck.” But the vehicle wasn’t quite up to the seafaring they intended to get them from Panama to Colombia, and they ended up marooned. Fortunately, President John F. Kennedy took an interest in their mission. “In making it, there were numerous times when I met dead ends, blind alleys, and technical catastrophes,” said Twomey. “I needed to take inspiration from the very story I was telling.”

    Matt grew up in West Virginia and set out for Tokyo, Japan after graduating college. After he came up with the idea for the documentary, Matt left Tokyo to come study at the New York Film Academy in Union Square, New York City. He wanted to be in New York, and NYFA offered an intensive workshop in digital filmmaking that he could squeeze in before his production. “Having had no background in film, my NYFA course was a good, hands-on primer in the basics of camera, lighting, sound and editing. Somehow my fellow students and I each managed to make three shorts, which is the best kind of learning.”

    Matt continues to showcase his film at a variety of film festivals. “It’s been extraordinarily gratifying to witness the crowd response to my film. I had an incredible turnout for the screening at the NYC Independent Film Festival, and I was floored to win Best Director — there was such great competition among both narrative and documentary films. In Mexico, at the Oaxaca Film Festival, I met so many great filmmakers.”

    Matt is now developing documentary shorts, one specifically focuses on the fossil fuel divestment movement that is growing across the country. He is also interested in partnering with other filmmakers in a collaboration or in a collective. “The best documentaries are truly more compelling than fiction, and watching them can change a person’s perspective or even spur him into action. I hope to keep discovering and telling such stories.”

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    December 13, 2013 • Documentary Filmmaking, Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5357

  • Pietro Schito on Cultivating Ideas


    Oscar-nominated actress Emily Watson with Pietro Schito on the set of Little Boy 

    “Ever since I learned what screenwriting was, I have always wanted to do that,” explains screenwriter Pietro Schito. “That’s the most important thing for any movie. That is where the message is.” While studying in his native Milan, Pietro’s first short film, Horror Kitchen, won a national contest at the Future Film Festival in Bologna. Shortly after, he left for Mexico to work for CSPC Filming the Ineffable, an international project working with young filmmakers. He was about ready to return to Italy when he received a scholarship from CSPC.

    Pietro decided to attend a 1-Year Screenwriting course at the Universal Studios campus in 2010. “The program was great and all the instructors were too,” he says. “I loved it. They push you to the limit. It was tough but worth it. The workshops and teachers are hands-on and thought provoking. [The instructors] have a real connection with the students. If we had problems or questions they were always available for consultation.”

    After graduating from New York Film Academy, Pietro found steady work as a script consultant. He also landed an internship with Metanoia Films. “One day, having lunch with the producer, I got to pitch my movie,” he explained. He shared his project 98.Vocho, a story he had developed while attending New York Film Academy. “As soon as he heard the story, he was really interested and asked if I was ready to pitch to directors. I got to pitch it several times in the Business of Screenwriting class, so I had some practice. They took me to [director] Alejandro Monteverde. He said I had an original plot, solid characters and structure. He also told me that my style of writing reminded him about Life is Beautiful, and I was really happy to hear that because Life is Beautiful is the movie that inspired me to become a filmmaker.” Pietro worked on a 20-page treatment and pitched it to another producer at Metanoia. The producer said, “If everything is like this, we’re going to produce your movie.” They asked him to stay on with the company to develop the project. But Pietro decided to follow his heart, and went back to Mexico to get married. “I thought I would lose the opportunity of my life,” he says.

    After returning to Mexico, Pietro wrote the pilot for an animated TV series called Maria Bambina. He also worked for a Spanish television series called Mi familia y yo, and has an animated feature called Lucha Rooster in development. He found out that Metanoia Films was working on a big-budget period film called Little Boy, and that they would be shooting in Baja California. Pietro was brought on as a writers’ assistant. He soon found himself assisting the director as well. Then he was  asked to film and direct a making-of documentary to be featured on the Blu-ray release.

    Inspired by the paintings of Norman Rockwell, Little Boy is a period piece about a boy who believes he can bring his father back from World War II. It stars Sean Astin, Tom Wilkinson, Kevin James, Emily Watson, and Michael Rapaport. “It was an amazing experience, being there and seeing the process,” says Pietro.”They were really happy about the work I did, helping with outlines and reviewing scripts and storyboards.”

    Since wrapping the film, Pietro has been offered a job with Metanoia Films. “They invited me here for a staff position in writing and development,” he says. “I’m really happy being back in LA with that company. I like the way they think and organize their team. It’s a huge accomplishment, and it’s just the beginning. They have a lot of projects in development.”

    Pietro offers the following advice for students thinking about New York Film Academy: “Have an idea. Come here with an idea. Work as much as you can. The story you have in your heart: cultivate it. And don’t be discouraged by Hollywood.”

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    Pietro Schito working with director Alejandro Monteverde and producer Eduardo Verastegui on the set of Little Boy

    May 30, 2012 • Film School, Screenwriting, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 6464

  • Showing The World Your Truth


    Fito Pardo graduated from New York Film Academy in the late 90’s. Since then, he has gone on to direct short films and music videos, has worked as cinematographer on over 30 projects, and has found success as a photographer for publications worldwide, including Marie Claire, Vogue Japan, and National Geographic.

    Though he had loved films since his youth, Fito got little support when he expressed an interest in learning filmmaking. At his father’s insistence, he postponed his dreams of studying filmmaking. “I studied Administration for probably 6 months in one of the best universities in Mexico, and after the first 2 months I just knew it wasn’t for me,” he says. Eventually Fito started writing to film schools for information. After winning a partial scholarship to New York Film Academy, Fito was on his way to Manhattan. “I studied in NYFA between 1995 and 1997,” he says.

    “My experience was amazing. I had no idea how to use a film camera, so the workshops helped me understand what I was getting myself into…. At NYFA I learned how to write a script, how to be a cinematographer, how to be a producer, and how to understand all aspects of film. After NYFA, I worked with some Mexican production companies, opened my own production company called La Alcachofa Films, and started directing some interesting videos in Mexico. I directed some music videos… and did a couple of commercials for BBDO, Lowe & Partners, and some other agencies.”

    Fito shot his first feature film, El Fuego Inolvidable, last year. The controversial project explores the complicated state of politics in Mexico. The film has played at festivals and college campuses, with great responses from audiences. They are currently working on a distribution deal.

    “I am still in pursuit of more goals,” says Fito. “When I was working for National Geographic, I knew I accomplished one of my goals, but knew that it wasn’t it. My first feature film got the award of Best Mexican Film at the 2011 Oaxaca Film Festival, but I want more. Since I was kid, I always wanted to move people…. I have a condition. I am a stutterer, and I have been watching the world with different eyes…. All my life I have been limited in expressing my mind. Sometimes people don’t get it and just can’t wait for me to talk, so they go away. I think I show the way I see the world through my eyes, without my mouth. I believe this is what moves me: To show the world what my mind sees.”

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