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  • Nova Fest Awards Best Musical & Best LGBT Film to New York Film Academy’s Plus One

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    The New York Film Academy (NYFA) Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre (PCMT) has snagged two film festival wins for its original movie musical Plus One. The epic short film utilizes original music as it follows three generations of women, two unexpected pregnancies, and a time-traveling secretary with the key to their futures.

    After a successful run at the NOVA Fest, Plus One went home with the top trophies for Best Musical and Best LGBT Film.

    Plus One’s trophies will be proudly displayed in the Musical Theatre office at the NYFA New York City campus. Stop by and check them out, and learn more about PCMT’s work!

    PLUS ONE – trailer from SEAN ROBINSON on Vimeo.

    Two-Year Conservatory students at PCMT have had the opportunity to perform in original movie musicals since the program began in 2012. The unique experience allows conservatory students to prepare for the film and television industry as well as the stage. Each PCMT original movie musical is created from scratch with original stories and scores, and executed through collaborations with working industry professionals. Past films have featured collaborators such as Tony Award-winner James Monroe Iglehart and Tony Award-nominee Charlotte D’amboise. Yet each PCMT movie musical maintains its focus on its student performers, allowing the next generation of artists to truly shine.

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  • The NOVA Fest: 7 nominations for Plus One & Alma Mater by New York Film Academy Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre

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    The New York Film Academy (NYFA) Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre’s original movie musicals Alma Mater and Plus One are Official Selections of the Fourth Annual Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival, and both films have received a number of award nominations.

    Plus One has been nominated for Best Musical, Best Director (Short Film), Best Screenplay (Short Film), Best LGBT Film, and Best Visual Effects, while Alma Mater is nominated for Best Musical and Best Acting Ensemble. Alma Mater will also screen at Soho International Film Festival on Saturday, June, 16th 2018 at 1:45pm in the Village East Cinema. Please click here for tickets.

    In addition to its honors at the Nova Fest, NYFA’s movie musical Plus One will also screen at the Manhattan Film Festival April 21, at 1-3 p.m.  Click here for program and ticket info. The Manhattan Film Festival will also screen NYFA movie musical Walk the Walk April 26, at 4-5 p.m. For those details and ticket info, click here.

    ALMA MATER – trailer from SEAN ROBINSON on Vimeo.

    That is not the only honor the Conservatory has received from the prominent festival. Two other NYFA musicals will be included in the Artist Circle: Food Like Love and Bang Boom Pow.

    As the festival explains, The Nova Fest “offers a fertile environment for distributors, sales agents, buyers, filmmakers, and writers to converge, negotiate and close film, series, and script deals on all media platforms.“ Films are screened from around the world, from countries including Canada, Australia, England, India, Pakistan, Japan, Mongolia, Russia, France, Kosovo, Albania, Spain, and the U.S.

    PLUS ONE – trailer from SEAN ROBINSON on Vimeo.

    The NYFA Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre has been creating original movie musicals since 2012, offering its second-year students the remarkable opportunity to perform in new stories, written for them, alongside industry professionals — including Tony Award-winner James Monroe Iglehart and Tony Award-nominee Charlotte D’amboise. Yet even with these high-profile ties to Broadway, each film is focused on the student performers.

    “We’re so excited by this program because of the quality of what the students experience in the classroom, and the quality of what they put on film,” NYFA Senior Executive Vice President David Klein told Variety. “There is so much opportunity for them.”

    For tickets and more information on the NYFA movie musicals screening at The NOVA Fest, check out the festival website. D.C. friends — you can catch a screening of Plus One (Weds. April 4) and Alma Mater (Sat. April 7) at Angelika Film Center in Fairfax, Virginia.

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  • Watch the Latest Movie Musical Trailers From New York Film Academy

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    Since 2011, the New York Film Academy (NYFA) has been leading the movie musical renaissance, with its 2-Year Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre creating fully-produced original movie musicals as a part of its curriculum. Each NYFA-produced film consists of original music and stories that feature collaborations between NYFA students, faculty, and Broadway professionals, including John Wesley Shipp, Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart (“Landed“) two-time Tony nominee Charlotte d’Amboise, and most recently, Okieriete Onaodowan of “Hamilton” and “The Great Comet.”

    “After touring film festivals internationally and garnering numerous awards, these films have received recognition in The Huffington Post, Variety and other notable media outlets,” says filmmaker Sean Robinson, who produces, edits and oversees the movie musical productions at NYFA. 

    Watch the latest movie musical trailers below, featuring the 2017 NYFA Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre students. 

    “PLUS ONE” (dir: T.J. Mannix)

    PLUS ONE – trailer from SEAN ROBINSON on Vimeo.

    “FOOD LIKE LOVE” (dir: Johanna Pinzler)

    FOOD LIKE LOVE – trailer from SEAN ROBINSON on Vimeo.

    “readyMA MATER” (dir: Nathan Brewer)

    ALMA MATER – trailer from SEAN ROBINSON on Vimeo.

    “Alma Mater” director Nathan Brewer is currently in post production on his third movie musical, entitled “Hold Your Peace.”

    Upcoming movie musicals include “KAYA: Taste Of Paradise,” directed by Paul Warner, written by Jerome A. Parker, and with music and lyrics by Anna K Jacobs. This ‘70’s disco-era film has already ignited interest from Playbill and Broadwayworld.

    “KAYA,” co-starring “Hamilton” alum Okieriete Onaodowan, provides NYFA’s students with a direct pipeline to working industry professionals, such as costume designer David Withrow, choreographer Michelle Potterf, hair and makeup artist Makayla Benedict, music director Anna Ebbesen, and Nyfa’s own Till Neumann as director of photography. 

    Still from NYFA movie musical “Kaya”

    “You can expect a trailer for ‘Kaya’ this spring” says Robinson. “This film not only showcases exceptional music, storytelling, and directionbut it also celebrates a significant socio-political era in pursuit of civil rights. The gift of song should never be wasted and NYFA is providing an avenue for these students’ voices to be heard.”

    Still from NYFA movie musical “Kaya”

    The New York Film Academy Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre’s highlight reel can be watched here.

    For more information, release dates and upcoming screenings visit nyfa.edu.

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  • Here’s What Happened at The 89th Academy Awards

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    The New York Film Academy followed the 89th Academy Awards ever so closely last night on social media, even through the confusion. Heading into the evening, NYFA was firmly rooting for two of its alumni, Jean de Meuron and Raphaela Neihausen, both having been involved with nominated short films. Neihausen’s short documentary film, “Joe’s Violin,” which she produced, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. Alumnus Jean de Meuron was executive producer on “La femme et le TGV,” which was up for Best Live Action Short. While the former students didn’t end up winning for their respective categories, their monumental achievement speaks for itself.

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    Of course the most talked about moment from last night’s awards event, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, was the “Steve Harvey-like” gaffe during the Best Picture announcement. After accidentally awarding Best Picture to the movie musical, “La La Land,” the actual winner was revealed to be “Moonlight,” which iconic actor and director, Warren Beatty, clearly rectified by pointing out the winning card that was supposed to have been read.

    So while that was not exactly a shining moment for the gracious team behind “La La Land,” the film still notched a record-tying 14 nominations. “Moonlight” and “Arrival” followed with a very respectable eight wins each. It should also be worth nothing that two of our teacher’s assistants from New York Film Academy South Beach, Robert Colom and Danniel Rodriguez, had the privilege of working on set of “Moonlight” as Production Assistants.

    One of the more controversial topics of last year’s awards was the fact that there were no people of color nominated for an Oscar. However, this year offered the most diverse list of nominees, with a total of seven actors of color nominated — six black and one Indian. Some of the winners included Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali from “Moonlight,” and Best Supporting Actress Viola Davis from “Fences.”

    NYFA also recognized a few of its former guest speakers like Kenneth Lonergan, who won Best Original Screenplay for his work on “Manchester by the Sea,” and Linus Sandgren, who won Best Cinematography for his capturing of “La La Land.”

    Additionally, in the world of animation, “Zootopia” won Best Animated Feature Film. Last year, before the film’s release, 3D Animation students at NYFA had an inside look from “Zootopia” animator, Darrin Butters, who broke down scenes and the development process that went into the Disney film.

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    Finally, on a humorous note, NYFA guest speaker Seth Rogen brought us back to the future after emerging from a DeLorean with Michael J. Fox. Mr. Rogen was at NYFA Los Angeles last year to screen his R-rated animated comedy, “Sausage Party,” which was an absolute blast for those students and alumni fortunate enough to attend.

    While the snafu at the end of the evening will be talked about for days to follow, the winners will always remember when they received Hollywood’s most coveted prize.

    Below is a complete list of the 89th Academy Award nominees — winners are in bold:

    BEST PICTURE

    “Arrival”

    “Fences”

    “Hacksaw Ridge”

    “Hell or High Water”

    “Hidden Figures”

    “La La Land”

    “Lion”

    “Manchester by the Sea”

    “Moonlight” (WINNER)

     

    ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

    Casey Affleck in “Manchester by the Sea” (WINNER)

    Andrew Garfield in “Hacksaw Ridge”

    Ryan Gosling in “La La Land”

    Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic”

    Denzel Washington in “Fences”

     

    ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

    Jeff Bridges in “Hell or High Water”

    Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight” (WINNER)

    Lucas Hedges in “Manchester by the Sea”

    Dev Patel in “Lion”

    Michael Shannon in “Nocturnal Animals”

     

    ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

    Isabelle Huppert in “Elle”

    Ruth Negga in “Loving”

    Natalie Portman in “Jackie”

    Emma Stone in “La La Land” (WINNER)

    Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins”

     

    ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

    Nicole Kidman in “Lion”

    Viola Davis in “Fences”

    Naomie Harris in “Moonlight”

    Octavia Spencer in “Hidden Figures”

    Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea”

     

    ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

    “Kubo and the Two Strings”

    “Moana”

    “My Life as a Zucchini”

    “The Red Turtle”

    “Zootopia” (WINNER)

     

    CINEMATOGRAPHY

    “Arrival”

    “La La Land” (WINNER)

    “Lion”

    “Moonlight”

    “Silence”

     

    COSTUME DESIGN

    “Allied”

    “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (WINNER)

    “Florence Foster Jenkins”

    “Jackie”

    “La La Land”

    “Fantastic

     

    DIRECTING

    “Arrival” – Denis Villeneuve

    “Hacksaw Ridge” – Mel Gibson

    “La La Land” – Damien Chazelle (WINNER)

    “Manchester by the Sea” – Kenneth Lonergan

    “Moonlight” – Barry Jenkins

     

    DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

    “Fire at Sea”

    “I Am Not Your Negro”

    “Life, Animated”

    “O.J.: Made in America” (WINNER)

    “13th”

     

    DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

    “Extremis”

    “4.1 Miles”

    “Joe’s Violin”

    “Watani: My Homeland”

    “The White Helmets” (WINNER)

     

    FILM EDITING

    “Arrival”

    “Hacksaw Ridge” (WINNER)

    “Hell or High Water”

    “La La Land”

    “Moonlight”

     

    FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

    “Land of Mine”

    “A Man Called Ove”

    “The Salesman” (WINNER)

    “Tanna”

    “Toni Erdmann”

     

    MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

    “A Man Called Ove”

    “Star Trek Beyond”

    “Suicide Squad” (WINNER)

     

    MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

    “Jackie”

    “La La Land” (WINNER)

    “Lion”

    “Moonlight”

    “Passengers”

     

    MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

    “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from “La La Land”

    “Can’t Stop The Feeling” from “Trolls”

    “City Of Stars” from “La La Land” (WINNER)

    “The Empty Chair” from “Jim: The James Foley Story”

    “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”

     

    PRODUCTION DESIGN

    “Arrival”

    “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

    “Hail, Caesar!”

    “La La Land” (WINNER)

    “Passengers”

     

    ANIMATED SHORT FILM

    “Blind Vaysha”

    “Borrowed Time”

    “Pear Cider and Cigarettes”

    “Pearl”

    “Piper” (WINNER)

     

    LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

    “Ennemis Intérieurs”

    “La Femme et le TGV”

    “Silent Nights”

    “Sing” (WINNER)

    “Timecode”

     

    SOUND EDITING

    “Arrival” (WINNER)

    “Deepwater Horizon”

    “Hacksaw Ridge”

    “La La Land”

    “Sully”

     

    SOUND MIXING

    “Arrival”

    “Hacksaw Ridge” (WINNER)

    “La La Land”

    “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

    “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”

     

    VISUAL EFFECTS

    “Deepwater Horizon”

    “Doctor Strange”

    “The Jungle Book” (WINNER)

    “Kubo and the Two Strings”

    “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

     

    WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

    “Arrival”

    “Fences

    “Hidden Figures”

    “Lion”

    “Moonlight” (WINNER)

     

    WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

    “Hell or High Water”

    “La La Land”

    “The Lobster”

    “Manchester by the Sea” (WINNER)

    “20th Century Women”

     

     

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