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  • Film Festivals Success of the New York Film Academy (NYFA) Community

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    Each year, the New York Film Academy (NYFA) community–including our students, alumni, and faculty–find a great deal of success on the film festival circuit, including fests around the globe like the Venice Film Festival, Berlinale, and Sundance.

    Here are some of the proud achievements the NYFA community has made on the festival circuit:

    AFI LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL

    Elizabeth Grimaldo Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) – Los Angeles Alum Algo Azul 2021  Official Selection

    ALEXANDRA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Mohamed Maged 1-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alum Cricket Liu 2019  Jury Award Winner – Best Short Film

    AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (AmDocs)

    Julia Cheng 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Alum Cricket Liu 2019 Winner – Best International Short Documentary

    ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL

    Meshal Al Jaser BFA Screenwriting – LA Alum Arabian Alien 2020 Winner – Best Narrative

    ARIZONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Sara Seligman 2-Year Filmmaking – NYC Alum Kosnin 2017 Winner – Special Jury Award

    BARCELONA FILM FESTIVAL

    Sara Seligman 2-Year Filmmaking – NYC Alum Diego 2014 Golden Lion Award – Short Film Category

    BEIJING DOCUMENTARY WEEK

    Bill Einreinhofer Broadcast Journalism – NYC Faculty Chair Century Masters – Mei Lanfang 2021  Official Selection
    Zi Xiang & José Val Bal MFA Filmmaking – LA Alum A Dog Barking at the Moon 2019 Nominee – GWFF Best First Feature Award – Panorama

    BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

    Mollie Moore 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Alum A Word Away 2020 Official Selection

    BLACK STAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Felipe Araujo 8-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alum Glass Man 2019 Official Selection

    BUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Farkhat Sharipov 4-Week Filmmaking – LA Alum The Secret of a Leader 2019 World Premiere

    CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 

    Mollie Moore 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Alum A Word Away 2019 Official Selection

    CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – MARCHÉ DU FILM

    Bill Einreinhofer Broadcast Journalism – NYC Faculty Chair Invisible Love 2020 Official Selection

    CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – SHORT FILM PALME D’OR

    Marija Apcevska MA Film and Media Production – LA Alum Severen Pol (North Pole) 2021 Official Selection

    CINEMALAYA FILM FESTIVAL

    Tim Muñoz 1-Week Acting for Film Alum Don Filipo 2021 Official Selection

    COLUMBIA GORGE FILM FESTIVAL

    Galo Semblantes MFA Filmmaking Alum Oblivion 2011 Official Selection

    CYRUS INTERNATIONAL MONTHLY FESTIVAL OF TORONTO

    Kartik Venkatraman 1-Year Filmmaking – NYC Student Tehravin 2020 Official Selection

    DANCES WITH FILMS FESTIVAL

    Nick Venuti

    AFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Buffalo Scientists 2020 Official Selection

    DOC NYC

    Kuldeep Sah Gangola 1-Year Documentary NYC Alum Ghost Villages of the Himalayas 2019 Official Selection
    Serena Smith 1-Year Documentary NYC Alum My Dad Vernon 2019 Official Selection
    Lucia Florez MFA Documentary LA; 1-Year Documentary NYC Alum Mamá 2019 Official Selection
    Nancy Dionne 1-Year Documentary; 6-Week Documentary NYC Alum All I See Is the Future 2019 Official Selection
    Mollie Moore 1-Year Documentary NYC Alum A Word Away 2019 Official Selection
    Joe Cleary 1-Year Documentary NYC Alum Get It 2019 Official Selection
    Carolina Gonzales 1-Year Documentary; 6-Week Documentary NYC Alum B-city 2019 Official Selection
    Aya Hamdan 1-Year Documentary; 1-Week Filmmaking NYC Student Baladna 2019 Official Selection
    Anna Panova 1-Year Documentary NYC Alum Epiales 2019 Official Selection
    Nika Nikanava 1-Year Documentary NYC Alum Unloved; The Rhythms 2019 Official Selection
    Mollie Moore 1-Year Documentary NYC Alum A Word Away 2019 Official Selection

    DTLA FILM FESTIVAL

    Janek Ambros MFA Producing Alum Mondo Hollywoodland 2021 Best Director

    DUMBO FILM FESTIVAL

    Blanche Baker NYC  – Acting for Film Faculty Make America Safe 2020 Semi-Finalist

    FANTASTIC FEST

    Alberto Trezza NYFA-LA Screenwriting Faculty We Summon the Darkness 2019 Official Selection

    FFTG FILM FEST

    Themo Melikidze 1-Year Conservatory Acting for Film – NYC Alum Hamlet/Horatio 2020

    Jury Choice Award – Best Feature Film

    Andrew Burdette 2-Year Conservatory Acting for Film – NYC Alum Hamlet/Horatio 2020 Jury Choice Award – Best Feature Film
    Paul Warner Acting Instructor – NYC Instructor Hamlet/Horatio 2020 Jury Choice Award – Best Feature Film
    David Vando Former Acting Instructor – NYC Instructor Hamlet/Horatio 2020 Jury Choice Award – Best Feature Film

    GÄSSLI FILM FESTIVAL

    Giacun Caduff 8-Week Filmmaking NYC Alum n/a 2009 Founder

    GLOBAL IMPACT FILM FESTIVAL

    Blanche Baker NYC  – Acting for Film Faculty Make America Safe 2020 Official Selection – Social Relations Documentaries & Narratives

    HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL

    Prarthana Mohan NYFA-Los Angeles Faculty The MisEducation of Bindu 2019 Winner – Indiana Spotlight Award for Best Director
    Ed Timpe NYFA-LA Filmmaking Faculty The MisEducation of Bindu 2019 Official Selection

    HOLLYWOOD GOLD AWARDS

    Rajni Chamaraj MA Film & Media Production – LA Alum The Day I Met Joshua 202o Winner
    Israa Al-Kamali MFA Filmmaking LA Student Founder 2020 Founder
    Jameelah Rose Lineses 1 Year Filmmaking Conservatory – NYC Alumni Atareek 2019 Best Cinematography Award

    INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS

    Ling Zhu and Zhiyuan Duan MA Film and Media Production; BFA Acting for Film – LA Alumni Song of Love 2021 Gold Winner

    KANSAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Mohamed Maged 1-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alum Cricket Liu 2019  Official Selection

    KCET FINE CUT FESTIVAL OF FILMS

    Yueh-Tzu Sun BFA Filmmaking – Los Angeles Alum A-Tien 2020 Winner – Jack Larson Southern California Filmmaker Award

    LGBTQ TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL

    Miguel Ángel Parra 8-Week Screenwriting – NYC Alum The Pink House 2020 Winner – Screenplay Contest

    LOS ANGELES DIVERSITY FILM FESTIVAL

    Galo Semblantes MFA Filmmaking Alum Project Heaven 2014 Official Selection

    LULEA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Tim Muñoz 1-Week Acting for Film Alum Don Filipo 2021 Winner – Best LGBT Film

    LUNAFEST

    Crickett Rumley NYFA – Los Angeles Director, Film Festivals n/a 2019 Moderator

    KEY WEST FILM FESTIVAL

    Steven Wieclaw  MFA Filmmaking – South Beach Alum Nonstop 2020 Official Selection – World Comedy Shorts

    MABIG FILM FESTIVAL

    Tim Muñoz 1-Week Acting for Film Alum Don Filipo 2021 Winner – Best LGBT Film

    MADRID INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Miguel Ángel Parra 8-Week Screenwriting – NYC Alum The Pink House 2020 Winner – Screenplay Contest

    MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (MANIFF)

    Mark O’Connor 6-Week Filmmaking Workshop – NYC Alum Cardboard Gangsters 2017 Winner – Best Feature Film; Film of the Festival; Best Actor; Outstanding Director; Outstanding Screenplay; Outstanding Cinematography

    MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL

    Anastasia Kochetkova BFA Acting for Film & MFA Filmmaking – South Beach Alum Late Again Ana 2019 Official Selection – Cinemaslam
    Braulio Jatar & Anaïs Michel 6-Week Documentary Filmmaking Workshop – NYC
    1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC
    Alum Where Chaos Reigns 2019 Honorable Mention – HBO Ibero-American Award

    MIAMI INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

    Yulia Korotkova MFA Acting for Film – SoBe Alum Waters 2020 Official Selection
    Elaine Minionis 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Alum

    Uncanny: The Dolls of Mariana Monteagudo

    2019 Winner – Best Documentary

    MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Farkhat Sharipov 4-Week Filmmaking – LA Alum The Secret of a Leader 2019 Grand Prix

    NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Miguel Ángel Parra 8-Week Screenwriting – NYC Alum The Pink House 2020 Semifinalist – Screenwriting

    NATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR TALENTED YOUTH

    Catalina Loret  BFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Flores Dentro 2020 Official Selection
    Matthew Avery Berg  Teen Filmmaking – LA Alum Accomplice 2020 Official Selection

    NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL

    Mark O’Connor 6-Week Filmmaking Workshop – NYC Alum Cardboard Gangsters 2017 Winner – Best Foreign Film

    NEW WAVE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

    Samantha Soule 4-Week Filmmaking & Cinematography Workshop – Online Alum Shed 2021 Women Empowerment Best Film Special Jury Selection

    NEW YORK FESTIVAL RADIO AWARDS

    Jean de Meuron 1-Year Cinematography – NYC Alum Blockbuster 2020 Winner – Best Mini Series
    Winner – Best Biography/Profile

    NEW YORK INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL

    Aakash Prabhakar 4-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alum Freddie’s Piano 2020 Official Selection

    NEW YORK LATINO FILM FESTIVAL

    Sara Seligman 2-Year Filmmaking – NYC Alum Coyote Lake 2019 Official Selection

    NEW YORK LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL

    Kartik Venkatraman 1-Year Filmmaking – NYC Student Tehravin 2020 Official Selection
    Jia Wertz 6-Week Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Alum Conviction 2020 Official Selection

    NFMLA ANNUAL LATINX AND HISPANIC EVENT

    Maria Fernanda Belmar MFA Filmmaking – Los Angeles Student Undocumented 2020 Official Selection

    NORDIC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (NIFF)

    Linnea Larsdotter & Johan Matton 2-Year Musical Theatre – NYC & Alum: 2-Year Acting for Film; 2-Day Line Producing – NYC Alum n/a 2015 – Present Founders
    Michael Young NYFA President n/a 2019 Award Presenter

    NÒT FILM FESTIVAL

    Silvia Susanna 8-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alum Normality 2020 Official Selection

    PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Meshal Al Jaser BFA Screenwriting – LA Alum Arabian Alien 2020 Official Selection

    PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

    Edrei Hutson MFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Sisters 2020 Official Selection

    PARIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Bill Einreinhofer Broadcast Journalism – NYC Faculty Chair Invisible Love 2021 Winner – Best Narrative Feature Film

    PEMBROKE TAPARELLI FILM FESTIVAL

    Blanche Baker NYC  – Acting for Film Faculty Make America Safe 2020 Official Selection

    PBS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

    Drama del Rosario MFA Documentary Filmmaking Alum In This Family 2020 Official Selection; Juried Prize

    PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

    Cleavandor Vandorn Wright BFA Acting for Film – South Beach Student True Romance Revamped 2017 Offical Selection

    RAINBOW CINEMA AWARDS LGBT FILM FESTIVAL

    Kai Kaldro 1-Year Filmmaking – NYC Student Sinner’s lullaby 2020 Semi-Finalist

    RINCON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Dr. Ariel Lopez 1-Week Acting for Film Workshop – LA Alum 2ḦOOM 2020 Official Selection

    RIVER TO RIVER FLORENCE INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL

    Aastha Verma MFA Filmmaking – LA Alum The Last Rights 2020 Official Selection

    SAN DIEGO ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 

    Eleonora Privitera 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Alum Queenz of The Night 2019 Official Selection
    Eleonora Privitera 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Alum Rebirth 2020 Silver Award

    SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Drama del Rosario MFA Documentary Filmmaking Alum In This Family 2020 Jury Winner – Golden Gate Award for Best Short Documentary

    SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL NEW CONCEPT FESTIVAL

    Mohamed Maged 1-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alum Cricket Liu 2019  Official Selection

    SAN LUIS OBISPO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Meital Cohen Navarro MFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Over My Dead Body 2021  Winner – George Sidney Independent Film Competition for Best Narrative Short Film

    SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL 

    Pedro Peira MFA Documentary – LA Alum Camí Lliure (Free Way) 2020 Official Selection

    SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL

    Orso Miyakawa & Andrey Nuzhnyy BFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Easy Living 2019 Official Selection

    SCOTTSDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Somasekhar Kovvuri  4-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alum Freddie’s Piano 2020 Official Selection
    Aakash Prabhakar 4-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alum Freddie’s Piano 2020 Official Selection

    SHANGHAI Film Festival FILM FESTIVAL

    Janek Ambros MA Producing Alum Since August 2022 Competed – Golden Goblet

    ShorTS International Film Festival

    Bob Ahmed Filmmaking Alum Tikkun Olam 2021 Winner – Best Short Film 

    SOUTHERN SHORTS AWARDS

    Ling Zhu and Zhiyuan Duan MA Film and Media Production; BFA Acting for Film – LA Alumni Song of Love 2021 Winner – Winter 2021 Southern Shorts Award

    STOCKHOLM CITY FILM FESTIVAL

    Tim Muñoz 1-Week Acting for Film Alum Don Filipo 2021 Winner – Best LGBT Film

    STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS

    Phyllis Tam  MFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Fragile Moon 2020 Finalist – Narrative (Domestic Schools)
    Kaiyi Niu BFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Way Out 2021 Semi-finalist

    SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

    Meshal Al Jaser BFA Screenwriting – LA Alum Arabian Alien 2020 Nominated – Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film
    Aya Hamdan 1-Week Filmmaking & 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking – NYC Student Dunya’s Day 2019 Winner – Short Film Jury Award for International Fiction
    Anna Solano & Qianying Zhou 1-Year Cinematography NYC & BFA Filmmaking LA Alumni The Farewell 2019 Nominated – Grand Jury Prize Drama
    Akinola Davies Jr. 8-Week Filmmaking – NYC Alum Lizard 2019 Winner – Short Film Grand Jury Prize

    TAMPA BAY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

    Yulia Korotkova MFA Acting for Film – SoBe Alum Waters 2020 Official Selection

    TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

    Orso Miyakawa & Andrey Nuzhnyy BFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Easy Living 2019 Official Selection

    TORONTO INTERNATIONAL NOLLYWOOD FESTIVAL

    Donald A. Eferere (EAD, the Creator) 1-Year Filmmaking – NYC Alum Dari Ji Mi 2020 Best Short Film

    TRIESTE SCIENCE+FICTION FESTIVAL

    Alessandro Marcon 1-Year Filmmaking – LA Alum Anemone 2020 Official Selection

    UK JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

    Leroy Button Diploma of Screen and Media – Filmmaking Alum Sense 2015 Best Student Film, Runner Up; Best Film; Winner – Audience Choice Award

    UNDERSTORY FILM FESTIVAL

    Meital Cohen Navarro

    MFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Over My Dead Body 2020 Official Selection

    URUVATTI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Tim Muñoz 1-Week Acting for Film Alum Don Filipo 2021 Winner – Best International Feature Film

    VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

    Craig Caton 3D Animation & VFX – Los Angeles Faculty Chair n/a 2019 Taught Master Classes as part of the fest
    Shahad Ameen 1-Year Screenwriting – New York Alum Scales 2019 Nominated – Critics Week Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Debut Film
    Li Cheng 4-Week Filmmaking – New York Alum José 2018 Winner – Queer Lion Award

    VENICE SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL

    Kai Kaldro  1-Year Filmmaking – NYC Student Sinner’s Lullaby 2020 Official Selection
    Kartik Venkatraman  1-Year Filmmaking – NYC Student Tehravin 2020 Official Selection

    VISIONS DU RÉEL FILM FESTIVAL

    Francesca Mazzoleni 4-Week Music Video Workshop Alum Puntasacra 2020 ‘Sesterce d’or la Mobilière’ (Best Feature Film)

    X WORLD FILM FESTIVAL

    Blanche Baker NYC  – Acting for Film Faculty Make America Safe 2019 Winner – Best International Short Winner – Best Original Music

    YELLOWKNIFE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

    Rajni Chamaraj

    MA Film and Media Production – LA

    Alum Let’s Pretend I’m Talking About You 2020 Winner – Audience Choice Award

    YONKERS FILM FESTIVAL

    Daniel Pradilla De Bedout

    1-Year Cinematography – LA

    Alum The Day I Met Joshua 2020 Official Selection

    ZED FEST FILM FESTIVAL

    Jessica Coro

    BFA Filmmaking – LA Alum Planet I.X. 2020 Official Selection

     

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    October 18, 2019 • Community Highlights, Film Festivals • Views: 2965

  • Photo Arts Conservatory at New York Film Academy Los Angeles (PAC at NYFA-LA) Faculty Updates

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    Here are the latest updates from faculty members of the Photo Arts Conservatory at New York Film Academy Los Angeles (PAC at NYFA-LA):

    Naomi White, Co-Char of the PAC at NYFA-LA will be appearing in the group show, XPOSED: Humans vs. Planet Earth at the Knox Contemporary gallery in Canada this month. She will be featuring her new work, “Time Capsules from the Anthropocene.”

    Of the work, White says, “Laws, societal norms, and culture in the Anthropocene view nature only in relation to how it serves humanity. Today, animals and their environments have no legal rights of their own, unless the extinction of animals, forests or oceans affects humans. The effects of our species are written into the rocks. Rocks are the black boxes, databases, cameras, recording our maniacal drive towards extinction. These pictures are visual constructions of what data might look like and say about this moment on earth … This work calls for consideration of new approaches, new perceptions, new ways of talking about and meeting the challenges of our time.”

    Amanda Rowan, Full Time Faculty and FAYN Editor of PAC at NYFA-LA has won the PDN (Photo District News) Fine Art Photographer of the Year award for her work in Still Life. Four of her images will be appearing as part of the PDN Awards opening at the Canoe Studios in Chelsea, NYC on October 21 to kick off the Photo + Expo.

    About the project, Rowan says, Ritual is a body of work that examines womanhood at the intersection of seduction and mysticism within the realm of traditional mating rituals. Working within the genres of still life and self-portraiture, I am shifting the gaze from voyeur to muse in an amalgamation of symbolism that explores notions of performance, power, and the act of vulnerability. I have constructed the moments using inherited clothing and objects from my late maternal grandmother. By pairing these pieces with symbolic organic matter, I am examining the history of conception, domesticity, and matriarchy within my personal and family narrative.”

    Kristine Tomaro, Photography Supervisor of PAC at NYFA-LA, is part of a group show and award fundraiser for the Los Angeles organization Las Foto Projects this month. The Foto Awards are presented by Las Fotos Project, a community-based nonprofit organization that inspires teenage girls through photography, mentorship, and self-expression; encouraging them to explore their identity, advocate for their community and create their future career.

    New York Film Academy congratulates the PAC at NYFA-LA faculty on their success and is proud to have such talented artists instructing the next generation of professional photographers!

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    October 10, 2019 • Faculty Highlights, Photography • Views: 1049

  • New York Film Academy Documentary Filmmaking Instructor Claudia Raschke & Alum Todd Leatherman Work on Nat Geo’s Activate

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    Activate: The Global Citizen Movement, a new six-part documentary series from National Geographic, features cinematography from New York Film Academy (NYFA) Documentary Filmmaking instructor Claudia Raschke; NYFA Documentary alum Todd Leatherman also served as assistant camera on three episodes. The series will air its finale on Thursday, October 10.

    Activate was developed by National Geographic and co-produced by Global Citizen and RadicalMedia LLC, and includes celebrity activists like Pharrell Williams, Common, Hugh Jackman, Uzo Aduba, Darren Criss, and Rachel Brosnahan. The series showcases the Global Citizen movement, which strives to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030, and focuses on a different poverty-related issue with each episode.

    Nat Geo Activate RaschkeClaudia Raschke teaches cinematography for the NYFA Documentary Filmmaking program at our New York campus. Her previous credits as director of photography include Mad Hot Ballroom, My Architect, and Small Wonders. Raschke recently shot the feature doc RBG, about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, which became a box office hit and has won numerous major awards and nominations.

    Todd Leatherman attended the 1-Year Documentary Filmmaking conservatory at NYFA’s New York campus in January 2011. Since then, he’s worked in the camera department for numerous projects, including Obvious Child, The Freedom to Marry, and Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics.

    Nat Geo Activate LeathermanLeatherman worked as AC on three episodes of Nat Geo’s new series, Activate: The Global Citizen Movement, including its premiere, “Eradicating Extreme Poverty,” which was shot by Raschke. 

    The premiere episode, “Eradicating Extreme Poverty,” which was worked on by both Raschke and Leatherman, features Hugh Jackman, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Becky G as they join Global Citizen in campaigns to push world leaders into enacting policies that would end global extreme poverty.

    The second episode of the series, “Ending Cash Bail,” showcases Common and Usher as they support the fight for criminal justice reform; episode three, “Education Cannot Wait,” features actress Rachel Brosnahan as she mobilizes global citizens to fund education for displaced children.

    “Keeping Girls in School,” the fourth episode, focuses on the movement to break down barriers to girls’ education, and features Priyanka Chopra Jonas. “Ending Plastic Pollution” shows Darren Criss and Pharrell Williams calling for the flow of plastic into the oceans to cease, while the finale, “Clean Water”—which airs Thursday, October 10—features Uzo Aduba and the push for clean drinking water and proper sanitation for the world’s most vulnerable people.

    New York Film Academy congratulates Documentary Filmmaking instructor Claudia Raschke and alum Todd Leatherman on their work for a vitally important series, and encourages everyone to check out Nat Geo’s Activate: The Global Citizen Movement.

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  • New York Film Academy Instructor Bob Eisenhardt & NYFA Community Win Big At 2019 Creative Arts Emmys

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    The New York Film Academy (NYFA) community came away with numerous statuettes this weekend at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, including NYFA Documentary Filmmaking instructor Bob Eisenhardt’s Outstanding Achievement in Editing win for his work on critically-acclaimed Free Solo.

    The Creative Arts Emmys are awarded by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), typically a week before the more well-known televised Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, and recognize technical and other similar achievements in television programming as well as more obscure categories. This year’s Creative Arts Emmys were held at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

    Two big winners of the evening were the rock climbing documentary Free Solo and HBO’s juggernaut fantasy series Game of Thrones.

    NYFA Documentary instructor Bob Eisenhardt, ACE, won Outstanding Achievement in Editing (Nonfiction) for cutting Free Solo, which has won multiple awards over the last year, including the Academy Award for Best Documentary. Eisenhardt has also won several other awards for his work on the film, including the editing industry’s highest honor, the Eddie Award.

    Free Solo Creative Arts Emmys 2019

    Free Solo won an impressive six additional awards in addition to the Editing Emmy: Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Underscore), Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media Within An Unscripted Program, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction Program (Single or Multi-Camera), and Outstanding Cinematography For A Nonfiction Program.

    Game of Thrones also picked up an abundance of trophies, which is no surprise considering it’s now the most Emmy-nominated television show of all time. Creative Arts Emmy Award wins included Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes and Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour), among many others.

    The series also won Outstanding Special Visual Effects for its penultimate episode, “The Bells.” NYFA 3D Animation & VFX alum Alexandra LoRusso worked on the special visual effects team for that episode, as well as the Game of Thrones finale, “The Iron Throne.”
    Free Solo Creative Arts Emmys 2019

    Emmy wins for the NYFA community continued throughout the two-day ceremony. Netflix original series Russian Doll also came away with three Creative Arts Emmys: Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour), Outstanding Contemporary Costumes, and Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour). NYFA Cinematography alum Rebecca Rajadnya worked on Russian Doll’s cinematography team as first assistant camera.

    HBO’s hit comedy Barry won Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation. The show was created by and stars NYFA alum Bill Hader, who has already won Primetime Emmys for his work on the show. 

    Netflix’s nature documentary Our Planet notably picked up Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series. The docuseries became event television last spring, with an early Hollywood screening in February moderated by NYFA Acting for Film alum Lana Condor giving Our Planet some early buzz.

    RBG, the wildly popular documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, won for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. The film was shot by Documentary Filmmaking cinematography instructor Claudia Raschke.

    Rachel Bloom, creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, recently spoke with NYFA students as a guest speaker. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend won Outstanding Choreography For Scripted Programming this weekend.

    New York Film Academy congratulates NYFA instructor Bob Eisenhardt and all of the winners at this year’s Creative Arts Emmys, and looks forward to the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony this Sunday, September 22!

    Free Solo Creative Arts Emmys 2019

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  • WNYC Interviews New York Film Academy (NYFA) Chair of Screenwriting Randall Dottin

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    Fevah, the short film by award-winning filmmaker and New York Film Academy (NYFA) Chair of Screenwriting Randall Dottin, screened at the Latino Film Festival last month. Shortly before the screening, Dottin was interviewed on WNYC by cultural critic Rebecca Carroll.

    Fevah is a 12-minute-long short about a single Latinx mother named Indira, who deals with emotional and psychological angst while navigating her feelings about the two black men she loves. The film, which stars Melissa Jackson, Russell Hornsby, and LaRoyce Hawkins, was written and directed by Dottin.

    Dottin is currently the Chair of NYFA’s Screenwriting department at its New York City campus. His thesis film, A-Alike, won a Gold Medal at the Student Academy Awards for Best Narrative Film and the Director’s Guild of America Award for Best African American Student Filmmaker, as well as earning other awards and a two-year broadcast run on HBO. His feature doc The Chicago Franchise was accepted into IFP Week’s Spotlight on Documentaries.

    Dottin recently won a grant from the Sundance Institute to complete his six-part documentary series The House I Never Knew, which focuses on the struggle with and against the negative effects of housing segregation policy, including social ills like gun violence and educational failure—especially in Boston, Houston, and Chicago—as well as the personal lives affected by them.

    Randall DottinOn air with WNYC, New York’s public broadcast network, Dottin went into the making of Fevah, as well as what helped inspire the film. “I think one of the things that makes New York so special is just the fact that it’s the most diverse city in the world,” Dottin told Carroll during his interview. “It’s crowded. But it’s also so much culture. It’s also so many different kinds of people.”

    Fevah screened on August 17 at the Julia de Burgos Art Center as part of the New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF). The fest was founded in 1999, aims to build audiences for Latinx cinema, support the film community with professional development, and foster relationships for Latino talent.

    New York Film Academy congratulates Chair of Screenwriting Randall Dottin on his NYLFF screening and encourages everyone to listen to his enlightening WNYC interview.

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    September 9, 2019 • Film Festivals, Screenwriting, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 1856

  • New York Film Academy Los Angeles (NYFA-LA) Filmmaking Instructors Keep Busy Outside of Class

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    New York Film Academy (NYFA) prides itself on its faculty of professionals working in the film and television industry, who then pass on their first-hand knowledge and experience to their students.

    Here’s a look at some of the latest projects from NYFA-Los Angeles filmmaking instructors:

    Steve Morris
    Steve Morris has been making The Cine-Files Podcast since 2016. Each week, The Cine-Files takes deep a dive into a single great film, exploring its themes, history, filmmaking, and the influence it has on us today. Its goal is to explore films from every era and every genre. 

    So far, Morris and his podcast has tackled over 100 films and explored everything from Citizen Kane and Lawrence of Arabia to The Big Lebowski, Star Wars, Fight Club and Ken Burns’ Civil War. 

    With approximately 20,000 downloads a week, The Cine-Files is a must listen for any serious film fan. The podcast is available on iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Sticher, and Spotify.

    Mark Sawicki
    Cinematography instructor Mark Sawicki played the role of Sultan Karim in the latest Asylum film Adventures of Aladdin, directed by Emmy-winning VFX Artist Glenn Campbell. Campbell is a previous NYFA guest speaker; Sawicki held a Q&A with him and interviewed him about the Sharknado franchise.

    Sawicki also did do a project for Disney as technical director, with Sofia Carson, utilizing the latest technology in motion capture and live compositing with game engines. Sawicki is hoping this exposure will lead to new opportunities for teaching current technology and practice in VRARMR.

     

    David Martin-Porras
    David’s most recent feature (Chain of Death) opened on July 19 at the Laemmle Music Hall and will be released shortly on home release and video on demand. The cast includes NYFA alum Nicolás Montesinos; NYFA alum Pablo Gómez Castro served as 1st assistant director. The screenplay was co-written by Martin-Porras and NYFA instructor Andrés Rosende.

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    July 30, 2019 • Faculty Highlights, Filmmaking • Views: 1846

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Cinematography Instructor Suki Medencevic Interviewed By ‘American Cinematographer’

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    Professional director of photography and New York Film Academy (NYFA) Cinematography instructor Suki Medencevic, ASC, ASBiH, SAS was recently profiled by American Cinematographer magazine.

    In 2010, Medencevic joined the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), the cultural, educational, and professional organization founded in Hollywood in 1919 to bring together professional cinematographers for advancements and advocation of the medium. In 1920 the ASC founded the magazine publication American Cinematographer, which focuses on art and cinematography and in its first 100 years has evolved to cover everything from foreign films to music videos. In their June 2019 issue, American Cinematographer showcased Medencevic in its Close-Up feature, interviewing him in a comprehensive Q&A format.

    Medencevic has worked steadily in the film industry since his first feature film job in 1994, both shooting and working in the camera department for numerous features, television shows, commercials, made-for-TV films, and documentaries. While still working professionally, he currently teaches cinematography students at New York Film Academy’s Burbank-based campus.

    Medencevic’s colleagues in NYFA’s cinematography department are thrilled to see ASC profile the talented artist, and weren’t at all surprised he was chosen for their Close-Up feature.

    Suki Medencevic
    “Suki is incredibly versatile as an instructor,” says Mike Williamson, Associate Chair of Cinematography at NYFA-Los Angeles. “He brings a high level of technical sophistication to the program, no doubt informed by his role as a member of the ASC Technology Committee. Recently he’s helped us develop the curriculum and integrate new material into some of our lighting classes.”

    Williamson adds, “Suki has a strong connection with his students, and we’re pleased to have him as a member of our faculty.”

    The Q&A in American Cinematographer covered several topics. Medencevic spoke about first studying the art form in Belgrade, Serbia from renowned European cinematographers, before delving into his transition to working professionally in the American film industry.

    Additionally, Medencevic cites Jaroslav Kučera, Vittorio Storaro, Chivo, and Roger Deakins as his favorite cinematographers, and the films Apocalypse Now and Enter the Dragon as two films that made strong impressions on him as a child. He also relayed some advice he once received from another professional cinematographer: “‘If you want to be a cinematographer, don’t waste your time doing anything else.’”

    New York Film Academy congratulates Cinematography instructor Suki Medencevic on his recent profile in American Cinematographer Magazine and encourages everyone to read the full interview here.

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    July 22, 2019 • Cinematography, Faculty Highlights • Views: 1942

  • Meet the Faculty of the New York Film Academy (NYFA) 3D Animation & Visual Effects Department

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    Part of what makes the 3D Animation & Visual Effects department at New York Film Academy (NYFA) one of the best animation schools in the world is its experienced, professional, award-winning faculty. 

    These working animators and visual artists are the perfect instructors to NYFA Animation student, able to share a wealth of industry secrets and practical knowledge to prepare students for professional careers in a competitive industry after graduation. By showing students first-hand how they’ve applied their skills on well-known projects like Star Wars and The Last of Us, these exceptional instructors help embody NYFA’s mission to teach the practical, technical and artistic skills necessary for a career in the visual arts.

    Here is a closer look at some of the esteemed faculty of the NYFA 3D Animation & Visual Effects department. Click each image for a detailed, fullscreen look at each faculty member’s achievements!

    You can find more information on the programs offered by the New York Film Academy 3D Animation & Visual Effects department here!

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    July 9, 2019 • 3D Animation, Faculty Highlights • Views: 2358

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Celebrates Teen Choice Awards Nominations for NYFA Community 

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    It’s not just the voters of the Golden Globes and Oscars that appreciate the work of the New York Film Academy (NYFA) community— if this year’s Teen Choice Awards nominees are any indication, NYFA alumni and guest speakers are also being recognized by younger audiences as well.

    The annual ceremony for the Teen Choice Awards has been held since 1999. This year, the awards show will take place in Hermosa Beach, California, though the performers and host have not been finalized yet. The ceremony will be held on August 11, 2019, with the late summer being the typical time of year winners receive their surfboards.

    The Teen Choice Awards don’t just honor actors and films—they cover a wide variety of talents including musicians, athletes, and fashionistas. Winners of the Teen Choice Awards receive a full-sized surfboard as their prize.

    Teen Choice Awards
    This year’s nominations were recently announced, with “Old Town Road” breakthrough artist Lil Nas X topping the list with five nominations and Post Malone right behind him with four.

    New York Film Academy alum Lana Condor scored a nomination for Choice Drama Movie Actress for her role in Netflix original film To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. The film is also up for Choice Drama Movie. Additionally, Condor is up for Choice Ship with romantic co-lead Noah Centineo; the two recently won Best Kiss at the MTV Movie & TV Awards.

    Lana CondorAmong the nominees for Choice Comedy Movie were Little, starring NYFA alum Issa Rae, and Crazy Rich Asians. The cast of Crazy Rich Asians were photographed by NYFA Filmmaking Workshop alum Rozette Rago while the film was at its buzziest. 

    Underwater superhero flick Aquaman was also nominated as a Choice Movie in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category. Much of the film was shot at Village Roadshow Studios, where NYFA Gold Coast students can film their projects.

    Along with our alumni, NYFA guest speakers had cause to celebrate when the nominations were announced. Archie update Riverdale was nominated for Choice Drama TV Show. Riverdale stars Ashleigh Murray and Casey Cott spoke at our New York campus last year.Issa Rae

    The final season of Batman-prequel Gotham earned a nod for Choice Action TV Show. One of the castmembers, film and television star Michael Chiklis, was recently a guest speaker at NYFA’s Burbank-based campus. Dr. Spiros Michalakis, another recent NYFA-LA guest speaker, is the science consultant for several Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbusters, including Ant-Man and the Wasp, which was nominated for Choice Action Movie. NYFA 3D Animation & VFX alum Francesco Panzieri has worked on multiple MCU films as well, in the special effects department.

    New York Film Academy congratulates the nominees of this year’s Teen Choice Awards and looks forward to seeing who brings home a surfboard later this summer!

    Here is the full list of nominees:

     

    MOVIES

    Choice Action Movie
    Ant-Man and the Wasp
    Avengers: Endgame – WINNER
    Bumblebee
    Captain Marvel
    Men in Black: International
    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Choice Action Movie Actor
    Chris Evans, Avengers: Endgame
    Chris Hemsworth, Avengers: EndgameMen in Black: International
    John Cena, Bumblebee
    Paul Rudd, Ant-Man and the WaspAvengers: Endgame
    Robert Downey Jr., Avengers: Endgame – WINNER
    Samuel L. Jackson, Captain Marvel

    Choice Action Movie Actress
    Brie Larson, Captain MarvelAvengers: Endgame
    Evangeline Lilly, Ant-Man and the Wasp
    Hailee Steinfeld, Bumblebee
    Scarlett Johansson, Avengers: Endgame – WINNER
    Tessa Thompson, Men in Black: International
    Zoe Saldana, Avengers: Endgame

    Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie
    Aladdin – WINNER
    Aquaman
    Dark Phoenix
    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
    Mary Poppins Returns
    Shazam!

    Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actor
    James McAvoy, Dark Phoenix
    Jason Momoa, Aquaman
    Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns
    Mena Massoud, Aladdin
    Will Smith, Aladdin – WINNER
    Zachary Levi, Shazam!

    Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actress
    Amber Heard, Aquaman
    Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
    Katherine Waterston, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
    Keira Knightley, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
    Naomi Scott, Aladdin – WINNER
    Sophie Turner, Dark Phoenix

    Choice Drama Movie
    After – WINNER
    Bohemian Rhapsody
    Breakthrough
    Five Feet Apart
    The Hate U Give
    To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

    Choice Drama Movie Actor
    Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
    Cole Sprouse, Five Feet Apart
    Hero Fiennes Tiffin, After – WINNER
    Noah Centineo, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
    Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
    Taron Egerton, Rocketman

    Choice Drama Movie Actress
    Amandla Stenberg, The Hate U Give
    Chrissy Metz, Breakthrough
    Haley Lu Richardson, Five Feet Apart
    Josephine Langford, After – WINNER
    Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
    Lana Condor, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

    Choice Comedy Movie
    Crazy Rich Asians – WINNER
    Instant Family
    Isn’t It Romantic
    Little
    Pokémon Detective Pikachu
    The Perfect Date

    Choice Comedy Movie Actor
    Henry Golding, Crazy Rich Asians
    Kevin Hart, Night School
    Liam Hemsworth, Isn’t It Romantic
    Mark Wahlberg, Instant Family
    Noah Centineo, The Perfect Date – WINNER
    Ryan Reynolds, Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    Choice Comedy Movie Actress
    Awkwafina, Crazy Rich Asians
    Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians
    Laura Marano, The Perfect Date – WINNER
    Marsai Martin, Little
    Rebel Wilson, Isn’t It Romantic
    Tiffany Haddish, Night School

    Choice Movie Villain
    Johnny Depp, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
    Josh Brolin, Avengers: Endgame – WINNER
    Jude Law, Captain Marvel
    Mark Strong, Shazam!
    Marwan Kenzari, Aladdin
    Patrick Wilson, Aquaman

    Choice Summer Movie
    Late Night
    Murder Mystery
    Spider-Man: Far From Home – WINNER
    The Last Summer
    Toy Story 4
    Yesterday

    Choice Summer Movie Actor
    KJ Apa, The Last Summer
    Corey Fogelmanis, Ma
    Tom Holland, Spider-Man: Far From Home – WINNER
    Charles Melton, The Sun Is Also a Star
    Himesh Patel, Yesterday
    Adam Sandler, Murder Mystery

    Choice Summer Movie Actress
    Jennifer Aniston, Muder Mystery
    Selena Gomez, The Dead Don’t Die
    Zendaya, Spider-Man: Far From Home – WINNER
    Mindy Kaling, Late Night
    Maia Mitchell, The Last Summer
    Yara Shahidi, The Sun Is Also a Star

     

     

    TV

    Choice Drama TV Show
    Good Trouble
    Marvel’s Runaways
    Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists
    Riverdale – WINNER
    Star
    The Resident

    Choice Drama TV Actor
    Adam Huber, Dynasty
    Cole Sprouse, Riverdale – WINNER
    Justin Hartley, This Is Us
    K.J. Apa, Riverdale
    Oliver Stark, 9-1-1
    Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

    Choice Drama TV Actress
    Camila Mendes, Riverdale
    Cierra Ramirez, Good Trouble
    Lili Reinhart, Riverdale – WINNER
    Maia Mitchell, Good Trouble
    Ryan Destiny, Star
    Sofia Carson, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists

    Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show
    Charmed
    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
    Legacies
    Shadowhunters – WINNER
    Supernatural
    The 100

    Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor
    Aubrey Joseph, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger
    Bob Morley, The 100
    Dominic Sherwood, Shadowhunters
    Harry Shum Jr., Shadowhunters
    Jared Padalecki, Supernatural – WINNER
    Ross Lynch, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

    Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress
    Danielle Rose Russell, Legacies
    Ellen Page, The Umbrella Academy
    Katherine McNamara, Shadowhunters – WINNER
    Kiernan Shipka, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
    Melonie Diaz, Charmed
    Olivia Holt, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger

    Choice Action TV Show
    Arrow
    DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
    Gotham
    MacGyver – WINNER
    Supergirl
    The Flash

    Choice Action TV Actor
    Ben McKenzie, Gotham
    Brandon Routh, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
    Brenton Thwaites, Titans
    Grant Gustin, The Flash
    Lucas Till, MacGyver
    Stephen Amell, Arrow – WINNER

    Choice Action TV Actress
    Candice Patton, The Flash
    Danielle Panabaker, The Flash
    Emily Bett Rickards, Arrow
    Gabrielle Union, L.A.’s Finest – WINNER
    Jessica Alba, L.A.’s Finest
    Melissa Benoist, Supergirl

    Choice Comedy TV Show
    Black-ish
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    Fuller House
    Jane the Virgin
    One Day at a Time
    The Big Bang Theory – WINNER

    Choice Comedy TV Actor
    Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    Anthony Anderson, black-ish
    Daniel Radcliffe, Miracle Workers
    Jaime Camil, Jane the Virgin – WINNER
    Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
    Marcel Ruiz, One Day at a Time

    Choice Comedy TV Actress
    Candace Cameron Bure, Fuller House
    Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
    Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory
    Nina Dobrev, Fam – WINNER
    Sarah Hyland, Modern Family
    Yara Shahidi, black-ish

    Choice TV Villain
    Adam Scott, The Good Place
    Cameron Monaghan, Gotham – WINNER
    Jon Cryer, Supergirl
    Luke Baines, Shadowhunters
    Sarah Carter, The Flash
    Sea Shimooka, Arrow

    Choice Reality TV Show
    America’s Got Talent – WINNER
    Keeping Up with the Kardashians
    Lip Sync Battle
    Queer Eye
    The Masked Singer
    The Voice

    Choice Throwback TV Show
    All That
    Beverly Hills, 90210
    Friends – WINNER
    Moesha
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
    The Office

    Choice Summer TV Show
    Cobra Kai
    Nailed It!
    So You Think You Can Dance
    Stranger Things – WINNER
    The Bold Type
    Younger

    Choice Summer TV Actor
    Gaten Matarazzo, Stranger Things
    Caleb McLaughlin, Stranger Things
    Luka Sabbat, Grown-ish
    Noah Schnapp, Stranger Things – WINNER
    Diego Tinoco, On My Block
    Finn Wolfhard, Stranger Things

    Choice Summer TV Actress
    Chloe Bennet, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
    Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things – WINNER
    Hilary Duff, Younger
    Jessica Marie Garcia, On My Block
    Rose McIver, iZombie
    Yara Shahidi, Grown-ish

     

     

    MUSIC

    Choice Male Artist
    Ed Sheeran
    Khalid
    Lil Nas X
    Post Malone
    Shawn Mendes – WINNER

    Choice Female Artist
    Ariana Grande
    Billie Eilish – WINNER
    Cardi B
    Halsey
    Lauren Jauregui
    Taylor Swift

    Choice Music Group
    5 Seconds of Summer
    Jonas Brothers
    Panic! At The Disco
    PRETTYMUCH
    The Chainsmokers
    Why Don’t We – WINNER

    Choice Country Artist
    Brett Young
    Dan + Shay – WINNER
    Kacey Musgraves
    Kane Brown
    Kelsea Ballerini
    Thomas Rhett

    Choice Latin Artist
    Bad Bunny
    Becky G.
    CNCO – WINNER
    Daddy Yankee
    J Balvin
    Maluma

    Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist
    Cardi B – WINNER
    Drake
    Nicki Minaj
    Normani
    Post Malone
    Travis Scott

    Choice Rock Artist
    AJR
    Cage the Elephant
    Imagine Dragons
    lovelytheband
    Panic! At The Disco – WINNER
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    Choice Song: Female Artist
    Ariana Grande, “7 rings”
    Billie Eilish, “bad guy”
    Lauren Jauregui, “Expectations” – WINNER
    Taylor Swift (feat. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco), “ME!”
    Katy Perry, “Never Really Over”
    Halsey, “Nightmare”

    Choice Song: Male Artist
    Khalid, “Better”
    Shawn Mendes, “If I Can’t Have You”
    Lil Nas X, “Old Town Road”
    Travis Scott, “SICKO MODE”
    Louis Tomlinson, “Two of Us” – WINNER
    Post Malone, “Wow”

    Choice Song: Group
    Imagine Dragons, “Bad Liar”
    Blackpink, “DDU-DU DDU-DU” – WINNER
    5 Seconds of Summer, “Easier”
    Panic! At The Disco, “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”
    Jonas Brothers, “Sucker”
    Why Don’t We,  “8 Letters”

    Choice Pop Song
    Sam Smith & Normani, “Dancing With A Stranger”
    Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber, “I Don’t Care”
    Taylor Swift (feat. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco), “ME!”
    Jonas Brothers, “Sucker”
    Ava Max, “Sweet but Psycho”
    Ariana Grande, “thank u, next” – WINNER

    Choice Country Song
    Maren Morris, “Girl”
    Kane Brown, “Good as You”
    Thomas Rhett, “Look What God Gave Her”
    Kelsea Ballerini, “Miss Me More”
    Kacey Musgraves, “Rainbow”
    Dan + Shay, “Speechless” – WINNER

    Choice Electronic/Dance Song
    Zedd & Katy Perry, “365”
    The Chainsmokers & Bebe Rexha, “Call You Mine”
    Ellie Goulding, Diplo, & Red Velvet, “Close to Me (Red Velvet Remix)” – WINNER
    Mark Ronson (feat. Camila Cabello), “Find U Again”
    Marshmello & Bastille, “Happier”
    The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds of Summer, “Who Do You Love”

    Choice Latin Song
    Ozuna, Daddy Yankee & J Balvin (feat. Farruko, Anuel AA) [Remix], “Baila Baila Baila”
    ROSALÍA, J Balvin & El Guincho, “Con Altura”
    Daddy Yankee & Katy Perry, “Con Calma (feat. Snow)”
    Bad Bunny (feat. Drake), “MIA”
    CNCO, “Pretend” – WINNER
    Nicky Jam & Ozuna, “Te Robaré”

    Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song
    Meek Mill (feat. Drake), “Going Bad”
    Lil Nas X (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus), “Old Town Road [Remix]” – WINNER
    Mustard & Migos, “Pure Water”
    Post Malone & Swae Lee, “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)”
    Khalid, “Talk”
    Post Malone, “Wow”

    Choice Rock Song
    AJR, “100 Bad Days”
    Panic! At The Disco, “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” – WINNER
    Bastille, “Joy”
    Imagine Dragons, “Natural”
    Cage The Elephant, “Ready To Let Go”
    lovelytheband, “These Are My Friends”

    Choice Breakout Artist
    Billie Eilish – WINNER
    HRVY
    Juice WRLD
    Lil Nas X
    Lizzo
    ROSALÍA

    Choice International Artist
    Blackpink
    BTS – WINNER
    CNCO
    EXO
    Little Mix
    NCT 127

    Choice Collaboration
    BTS (feat. Halsey), “Boy With Luv” – WINNER
    Sam Smith & Normani, “Dancing With A Stranger”
    Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber, “I Don’t Care”
    Lil Nas X (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus), “Old Town Road [Remix]”
    Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, “Shallow”
    Julia Michaels (feat. Niall Horan), “What A Time”

     

    Choice Song From A Movie

    A Whole New World (End Title) (from Aladdin),  ZAYN & Zhavia Ward – WINNER
    Broken & Beautiful (from UglyDolls), Kelly Clarkson
    Carry On (from Pokémon Detective Pikachu), Kygo & Rita Ora
    Don’t Give Up on Me (from Five Feet Apart), Andy Grammer
    Shallow (from A Star Is Born), Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga
    Sunflower (from Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse), Post Malone & Swae Lee

     

    MISCELLANEOUS

    Choice Fandom
    Ariana Grande, Arianators
    Blackpink, Blinks
    BTS, BTSArmy
    CNCO, CNCOwners
    Selena Gomez, Selenators
    Taylor Swift, Swifties

    Choice Ship
    Katherine McNamara & Dominic Sherwood, Shadowhunters
    Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
    Lana Condor & Noah Centineo, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
    Laura Marano & Noah Centineo, The Perfect Date
    Lili Reinhart & Cole Sprouse, Riverdale – WINNER
    Madelaine Petsch & Vanessa Morgan, Riverdale

    Choice Comedian
    Ellen DeGeneres
    Ethan & Grayson Dolan – WINNER
    James Corden
    Kevin Hart
    Lilly Singh
    Tiffany Haddish

    Choice Male Athlete
    AJ Styles
    James Harden
    Lionel Messi
    Patrick Mahomes
    Stephen Curry – WINNER
    Tiger Woods

    Choice Female Athlete
    Katelyn Ohashi
    Serena Williams – WINNER
    Simone Biles
    Sky Brown
    The Bella Twins
    Tobin Heath

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    July 5, 2019 • Community Highlights • Views: 2455

  • Q&A with New York Film Academy (NYFA) Screenwriting Instructor Terah Jackson

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    Washington, DC is about as far away culturally from Hollywood as one can get in this country. However, for New York Film Academy (NYFA) Screenwriting and Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) instructor Terah Jackson, his hometown (DC, not Hollywood) provides a wealth of experience to draw upon. Terah Jackson

    Jackson doesn’t just write politically-minded movies, but also mixes genres such as science fiction to—as he says—“add some Hollywood flair.” A director and writer of both stage and screen, Jackson has trained at Lincoln Center and worked off-Broadway. He’s also won awards and garnered attention from the WGAW, Nicholls, Film Independent, and Sundance.

    Currently, Jackson teaches NYFA classes such as Playwriting and Great Playwrights as well as courses like Genre Studies and Writing the Feature Film. He took some time from his busy schedule to discuss Washington, DC, his career, and his civic responsibility as an artist—based on his ties to the civil rights movement. 

    New York Film Academy (NYFA): How did you discover theatre?

    Terah Jackson (TJ): You mean outside of holiday kindergarten pageants, where I was an outstanding Tree #3? 

    I’d say it began with my mother. She’s a master storyteller and as a child I’d follow her around to different storytelling gigs like Three Stories Tall, the first show on NBC4’s 1980s Saturday Morning lineup. She would ask me how she did, and I would give her my notes on her performance and story structure. In time she grew to appreciate it—I think! Those experiences shaped who I am as an artist and storyteller today.

    NYFA: How did your experiences in Washington, DC influence your writing? Do politics—local or national—inform the themes and issues you explore? 

    TJ: Growing up in Washington, DC was, for me, a tale of two cities. There’s Washington—the stuff of The West Wing—then there’s DC, which at times resembles The Wire (which is set in Baltimore). While my neighborhood had its own international gangs, I took the E2 bus line to schools that daughters of diplomats might attend. It was a good life, but confusing crisscrossing cultural and class divides. My sci-fi thrillers, political period pieces, and comedies speak to these experiences. 

    But if you mean more directly “does working in the Pentagon and youth detention centers show up on the page?” Yes, absolutely. To me, working in Hollywood is like DC, but with flair. Take what I did in the DC government, working on adult education and special needs services, dress it up with a little flair like invading aliens posing as lobbyists, and there you g—that’s my sci-fi thriller, Primrose. The customs are different, but the work, the negotiations, and the characters are strikingly similar. There has to be a demand to make a deal. 

    NYFA: Your parents were in the civil rights movement. Can you talk about that—and how that also influenced and shaped you?

    Terah Jackson Rustin

    Civil Rights Activist Bayard Rustin

    TJ: Yes, both my parents were civil rights activists at Howard University and in the city at-large. As the child of civil rights activists, it’s important to me that my work carries forward the spirit of what they fought for—even if it is sci-fi or comedic—that it carries a sense of human dignity. Their work is unfinished. The struggle continues. 

    As an artist I have a civic responsibility to amplify or envision the kind of future we all deserve. It’s an important role to reflect and shape culture as well as one’s sense of self within society. We don’t often discuss it, but Harry Belafonte, Maya Angelou, Sammy Davis Jr., Lorraine Hansberry, and Marlon Brando in their own ways and to varying degrees were influential to making events like the March on Washington what they were. When you look at their artwork they often speak to human dignity and the betterment of society.

    NYFA: Any projects of yours you’d like to highlight?

    Rustin, a feature, probably is the project that honors my parents and their generation the most. It started at AFI as my thesis and was developed further at Film Independent and with support from the WGAW. It’s about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s strategic advisor Bayard Rustin, who is pushed out of the civil rights movement because he’s gay. But when he returns, he organizes the March on Washington of 1963. It honors the work of Bayard and the civil rights movement and hopefully reminds us to keep on working for a truly inclusive and equitable society. 

    NYFA: What are you currently working on?

    TJ: Quite a few projects, but today it’s all about Displaced, a sci-fi pilot, about a lowly janitor who finds he’s receiving pranks calls from inside his bedroom wall from a phone on his own dead body—or at least someone who looks identical to him. Without giving too much away it’s a bit of a doppelganger thriller that I’ve been developing over the past year or so alongside a few other concepts for TV that I can’t talk about yet. Displaced definitely draws on my experience growing up asking those “What if” questions. 

    NYFA: What are your favorite classes to teach at NYFA and why?Terah Jackson

    TJ: My favorite class to teach at NYFA are the ones when a good mix of students from across the world—from various ages, ethnicities, classes, and those with military experience and those without—are all in the same room together investigating a deep tenet of writing or film that reflects what we are up to in life. In that moment we all learn from each other. It’s dynamic, electric, and enriches everyone.

    NYFA: What advice do you have for students looking to get into playwriting?

    Take risks that you wouldn’t in film and television. Read and see lots of plays. Act in plays. Seek to understand the mechanics of how they are structured. And write, write, write. Develop your writing routine. Connect with other playwrights. Go outside and listen to people and how they speak. Jot down moments of striking human interaction. Piece them together. Theatre often calls for you to dig deep into yourself. So take care of your relationships, spirit, and your health as you do all this. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

    New York Film Academy thanks Screenwriting and LAS instructor Terah Jackson for taking the time to speak with us and wishes him the best in all his creative endeavors.

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    June 26, 2019 • Faculty Highlights, Screenwriting • Views: 2040