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  • NYFA Movie Musical “Streetwrite” Premieres at The Cutting Room

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    On Sunday, March 12, one of the New York Film Academy’s newest movie musicals, “Streetwrite,” held a very well attended premiere screening at The Cutting Room in Manhattan. The film was written and directed by Blanche Baker, an Emmy Award winning actress and Senior Faculty member of the New York Film Academy, and shot by Piero Basso, an award-winning Director of Photography. The performers in the film consisted of an international cast of talented Musical Theatre students working alongside NYFA’s faculty and staff of professional artists.
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    Using street art as a focal point, Baker’s film examines the various ways people struggle to express themselves in situations where free speech is curtailed or suppressed. It also explores how certain kinds of expression can be repressive to individuals.

    Following The Cutting Room screening, there was an engaging panel discussion, which included David Klein, NYFA’s Senior Executive Vice President; Issues of freedom of expression in film, journalism and the world of academia were explored by J. R. Brandstrader, a veteran print and broadcast journalist; Deborah Carroll, executive producer at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs; Blaze Coyle, filmmaker, focused on women and social justice; and Christa Salamander, Syrian media specialist and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Lehman College whose current book project is on the Syrian TV drama industry.

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    For those who were unable to attend The Cutting Room premiere, there are a few more festival screenings to come.

    The RiverRun Festival, based in Winston-Salem, NC, will be holding a screening on Saturday, April 1. After the screening there will be a talkback moderated by the producer, Dale Pollack.

    Cinemonde, the private film series at the Roger Smith Hotel, will be screening the film on April 5 at 7pm.

    “Streetwrite” will then screen at the Manhattan Film Festival on FridayApril 21 at Cinema Village and at the NYC Indie Film Festival on Friday, May 5 at The Producer’s Club.

    For a look at more photos from The Cutting Room premiere, visit our Official Facebook Album.

    As reported in Broadway World, “Streetwrite” will also screen at 13 New York Public Library locations the summer of 2017.

    “Young Adult Librarians at the New York Public Library are very much looking forward to screening ‘Streetwrite’ at the Library. Films like this speak to many of the real-life issues facing our young patrons and are a perfect entry point into thought-provoking conversations,” says The New York Public Library Manager of Young Adult Educational Programming Caitlyn Colman-McGaw.

    For those in the New York City area interested in attending a screening of “Streetwrite,” check your local New York Public Library listing for showtimes.

    “Streetwrite” will also screen in New York City at the Producer’s Club on September 2, 2017 as a part of the Cinema New York City Festival.“Streetwrite” will also have a West Coast Premiere at the Awareness Festival at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 6 at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live 1000 West Olympic Blvd, LA. A special Q&A will be held with NYFA Los Angeles Chair of Acting for Film Lynda Goodfriend. The festival is presented by Heal One World, a non-profit charity promoting positive change throughout the world. On March 9, 2018, “Streetwrite” will screen as a part of the Global Cinema Festival of Boston.Also, The Chautauqua International Film Festival will be presenting “Streetwrite” with the 1st Place Trophy award for the film in July 2018.

    “Streetwrite” had its final screening at the International New York Film Festival on Saturday, June 16 @ 6:30 p.m. at the Producers Club, 358 West 44th, where it took home the top award of the festival.
    Recent NYFA Acting for Film graduates Fabian Vega, David DeCicco, and Ketih Shrill, and production designer Nancy Maloy were there to help celebrate. They are all onboard to crew and act in the next movie musical!
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    March 22, 2017 • Acting, Community Highlights, Musical Theatre • Views: 3849

  • Musical Theatre Kicks off 2014 with a Bang

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    Jeff Sullivan Musical Theatre

    photo by Chase Heilman

    It is a crisp chilly day in New York and things are definitely heating up within the Musical Theatre Program. We completed a very well attended and expertly presented first semester showcase for our current September group. It was presented a block away from Lincoln Center at the beautiful Marjorie S. Deane theatre.

    The second year students, currently in their 4th and last semester, wrapped a very intense and successful seven-day shoot of their original movie musical. Script and lyrics by yours truly and the music provided by the hugely talented Bobby Cronin, we have what looks to be both a touching and hilarious movie on our hands. We have entered the editing process and will see a rough-cut screening during their final graduation. They will, of course, all receive the final copy when the fine edit is completed.

    Other classes are working diligently as well, pursuing their dance, acting, and singing training in an environment of other artists who are focused on musical theatre and also want to learn about film and television acting.

    While many of our alumni are gaining traction out in the greater marketplaces of both the United States and abroad, we are excited and proud to announce that recent graduate, Jeff Sullivan, won a 2013 BroadwayWorld New Jersey Award for “Best Actor in a Professional Musical” for his portrayal of Tony Brockhurst in a production of The Boy Friend at Surflight Theatre. This will no doubt be a big boost for his aspirations and a nice reflection of the efforts and investment made through his training in the New York Film Academy’s Musical Theatre Program.

    -Mark Olsen, Chair of NYFA Musical Theatre Program

    Jeff Sullivan NYFA

    photo by Chase Heilman

     

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    January 30, 2014 • Musical Theatre, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 3941

  • An Update From Musical Theatre Chair Mark Olsen

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    I have finally come up for air and have some time to write a few words to share more of the amazing whirlwind of joy that we have experienced this summer. Many of the faculty who were away on summer professional gigs have now begun to return, while others in pre-Broadway tryouts are beginning new rounds of rehearsals. The second year students are in the early planning stages for their Movie Musical and are continuing to hone their audition, vocal performance, acting, and dance skills. The second semester group, growing by leaps and bounds, will take a break from their intense schedule to see the Broadway musical Kinky Boots tomorrow. (As a side note, one of my former students, Caroline Bowman, was in the show until recently when she left to play Evita in the national tour.) Soon, the second semester students will be preparing to put together the materials for their end of semester showcase that will be performed at the June Havoc Theatre in September.

    Our summer high school group was the biggest and the most talented group we have seen in a long time. Their final showcase, directed by faculty member Chad Larabee, with music directed by Kevin White, was a wonderful celebration. In this photo you can sense the joy and authentic exuberance.

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    Our four-week adult intensive was an extraordinary collection of talented performers from around the world. They all recognized early on that they were a special group capable of creating memorable moments of excellence and making life long friends. Their work ethic was infectious and the whole academy could feel their focus and dedication. Their end of term performance, directed by D.J. Salisbury and music directed by Daniel Lincoln, was also an extraordinary celebration that allowed for an amazing display of talent and growth. This photo, taken moments after they received their diplomas, captures their uninhibited spirit.

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    Joining us once again was our much-anticipated Pastudio group from Buenas Aires, Argentina. Their leader, Cris Hansen, has reason to be proud since they continue the tradition of bringing serious, open, and receptive students. The group worked hard for a full week and on the eighth day presented a very enjoyable “open class.” They are pictured here with Mr. Hansen, and their Musical Theatre teachers Frank Lindquist, Sara Antkowiak, and Neva Rae Powers who also directed their showing.

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    All in all, a very successful summer filled with great memories, good times, excellent performances, and the simple joy of doing what we love and loving what we do.

    Cheers,

    Mark Olsen, New York Film Acdemy Musical Theatre Chair

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    August 14, 2013 • Musical Theatre • Views: 3871