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  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Producing Students Get Hands-On Film Set Experience

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    One of the great things about studying Producing at New York Film Academy New York (NYFA-NY) is the variety of exciting locations available in New York City. The diverse and sometimes iconic locations lend themselves well to all sorts of projects for Producing students, from commercials to web videos to short films.
    Producing February 2020 PW
    Recently, NYFA’s 1-Year Producing conservatory students shot their “Producing Commercials” project at The Wagner, one of Manhattan’s most glamorous downtown hotels. With glorious views of the New York harbor and the Statue of Liberty, this is an incredible spot (and, conveniently, just one block away from NYFA-NY’s Battery Park campus.)
    Producing February 2020 PW
    In addition to their individual and group production projects, all NYFA 1-Year Producing conservatory students participate in a one-day Production Workshop (PW). The students assume crew positions under their instructors who act as heads of departments–director, Filmmaking and Producing instructor Brad Sample; cinematographer, camera and lighting instructor Arsenio Assin; first assistant director, Producing instructor Richard D’Angelo; production designer, Producing and Filmmaking instructor Debbie DeVilla; and sound mixer, sound instructor Jonathan Appell.
    Producing February 2020 PW

    From left to right: Joey Hindersman, Vivian Wang, Camille Rao, Christine Aberyuf, Richard Payne, Idil Canli, Alice Shy, Caspian Khonigh, Nikki Soo

    This most recent PW was written by Brad Sample, and told the story of two office workers caught in a deadly situation in their company’s storage closet during an office holiday party. Students built a claustrophobic yet effective “storage closet” set, dressed by NYFA Producing student members of the art department. The production workshop, appropriately titled Blood On Our Hands, offers students hands-on insight into how a professional set is run.

    And not a drop of fake stage blood was wasted!
    Producing February 2020 PW

    Fall 2019 1-Year Producing students Christine, Aberyug, VIvian Yang, Richard Payne, Idil Canli, Camille Rao, Nima Khonigh

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    March 19, 2020 • Producing • Views: 1010

  • Award-Winning Director & Cinematographer Liz Hinlein Joins New York Film Academy (NYFA) As Creative Director of Filmmaking & Cinematography

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    New York Film Academy (NYFA) is delighted to announce the addition of award-winning director and cinematographer Liz Hinlein to our faculty as the new Creative Director of Filmmaking & Cinematography. Over the course of her career, Hinlein has made a name for herself in a traditionally male-dominated industry as a passionate, talented filmmaker and director of photography whose work has spanned the fields of feature film, advertising, music video and VR/AR/XR.

    Born in Philadelphia and educated in the Quaker school system, Hinlein earned her MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute and her BFA in Film & Television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Hinlein’s debut feature film, Other People’s Children, earned several awards on the film festival circuit—including Best of the Fest at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival and Best Director at the NYLA International Film Festival—and is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime and iTunes.

    Liz Hinlein

    NYFA Filmmaking & Cinematography Creative Director Liz Hinlein

    Hinlein’s wealth of experience and passion for innovation makes her a perfect fit for New York Film Academy, which boasts a diverse and international student body from over 120 countries. With the film industry hungrier than ever for filmmakers and visual artists from every background, Hinlein will be an invaluable asset to NYFA Filmmaking and Cinematography students looking to express the world their stories in their own ways.

    “Stepping in to my new role as Creative Director of the Film and Cinematography departments at New York Film Academy is an exciting new challenge,” says Hinlein. “My vision is to elevate the departments and expand their reach as a dynamic creative hub for creators, filmmakers, and visionary thinkers in New York. We’re building a meeting ground where students and the creative community can nurture ideas, collaborate, and learn from one another. NYFA’s Film and Cinematography departments are a refreshing win-win for students and the industry alike.”

    Hinlein has been at the forefront of a rapidly-evolving visual medium. Recently, her VR film for Byton Auto was nominated for Best Branded Entertainment/Commercial at the 2019 CES VR Fest. In 2018 she directed Accenture’s VR film, Behind the Style, winning that same award. Most recently, Hinlein spent time China writing and directing The Dream Factory, a series of seven epic branding films for the prestigious Sichuan Film and Television University, using Google Translate to navigate her way through the country. Currently Liz is in pre-production on OSAGE ’85, a groundbreaking immersive documentary experience. 

    In television, Hinlein was selected for the DGA DDI TV Directing Program, the Sony Diversity Program and the Viacom Diversity Program. Her visual expertise comes from a background of directing commercials and music videos for top brands, including Dove, Lifetime, Revlon, Gillette, Maybelline, A&E, and MAC Cosmetics. Additionally, Hinlein has created films for superstar musicians such as Mary J. Blige and Britney Spears, and has been commissioned to photograph Quincy Jones, Incubus, and Fishbone. 

    Hinlein’s success in multiple fields also reflects NYFA’s commitment to combating gender inequality in the entertainment/media industry by educating and training more women to fill important roles on film and television sets. With a student body that is nearly 50% women, one of Hinlein’s first initiatives as Creative Director will be to form a NYFA Film Femme Club, where students can come together to inspire genuine conversation, encourage self-confidence, collaborate to create healthy media, and establish platforms that empower women to generate a positive impact on the entertainment industry.

    New York Film Academy looks forward to the exciting energy and ideas filmmaker Liz Hinlein will share with our Filmmaking and Cinematography students!

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  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography Alum Jon Henry Wins Film Photo Award from Kodak

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    New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography alum Jon Henry has won one of photography’s most prestigious honors—the Film Photo Award.

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    NYFA Photography alum Jon Henry

    The Film Photo Award is sponsored by Kodak Alaris and Kodak Professional and is awarded twice a year, providing three distinct grants of Kodak Professional Film and complimentary film processing by Griffin Editions to photographers who demonstrate a serious commitment to the art and who are motivated to continue the development of still, film-based photography in the 21st century.

    During each Spring and Fall award cycle, two Visionary Project Awards and one Student Project award are granted to winners selected from emerging, established, and student photographers worldwide, who are 18 years old or older.

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    The Fall 2019 Film Photo Award Winners have been announced! A big congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to those that submitted their work along the way. It was an honor to be apart of this award and we're very excited for the amazing work to come! Congratulations to… New Project Award: Guanyu Xu for his project titled "Resident Alien" ⁠⠀ Continuing Project Award: Jon Henry for the projected titled "Stranger Fruit⁠" ⁠⠀ Student Project Award: Leah Schretenthaler for her project titled "The Invasive Species of the Built Environment" #kodakprofessional #filmphotoaward #griffineditions #standcardcameras #filmisalive #analog #analoglove #35mm #120 #4×5 #colorfilm #colorfilmphotography #c41 #blackandwhitephotography #grainisgood #filmcommunity #analogcommunity #filmforever #fineart #fineartphotography

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    Henry enrolled in the 1-Year Photography conservatory at NYFA’s New York campus in Fall 2010. In his visual artwork, he focuses primarily on the American black family and the community at large, as well as the representation of athletes in fine art. His work has been featured in in ArtExpo New York, Smack Mellon’s Hot Picks 2017, and Miami’s Spectrum Art Show, as well as on the covers of Jungle and PDN magazines.

    The Film Photo Award was awarded to Henry for his series Stranger Fruit, using the imagery of Michelangelo’s Pietà as a response to the ongoing, senseless murders of African American men by police officers across the United States. To capture the haunting images, Henry travelled across the country for five years and plans to continue for at least another two years through various additional locations, including New Orleans, Nashville, and throughout Texas in 2020.

    New York Film Academy congratulates Photography alum Jon Henry on winning the prestigious Film Photo Award from Kodak and looks forward to seeing his continued work in the field!

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    NYFA Photography alum Jon Henry

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    February 25, 2020 • Photography, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 979

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Hosts Chinese Lunar New Year Dinner

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    On January 28, New York Film Academy’s New York campus, located in downtown Manhattan across the street from Battery Park, hosted a dinner party to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year—the Year of the Rat—in the student lounge.

    More than fifty students from across the globe joined the dinner to taste a variety of traditional Chinese dishes and celebrate the Year of the Rat together. Additionally, several representatives from New York Film Academy recently celebrated the Lunar New Year at the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York.

    New York Film Academy wishes everyone a warm and happy Lunar New Year!

    Check out the photos below from our successful Chinese Lunar New Year celebration:

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    January 31, 2020 • China, Community Highlights, International Diversity, Student Life • Views: 859

  • Shanghai Theater Academy Students Graduate New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography Workshop

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    On January 28, New York Film Academy (NYFA) held a graduation ceremony for twenty students from Shanghai Theater Academy, who successfully completed a 1-Week Photography workshop at NYFA’s New York campus, located in downtown Manhattan.

    Shanghai Theater Academy 2020

    Shanghai Theater Academy is one of NYFA’s many partner schools in China. Michael Young, NYFA President and CEO; Dr. Joy Zhu, Executive Vice President for the China Region; David Mager, NYFA-NY Chair of Photography; Liu Zhixin, Shanghai Theater Academy Vice President; and Shanghai Theater Academy Professor Yang Qingqing attended the ceremony and gave speeches to the graduates.

    At the ceremony, Vice President Liu Zhixin of Shanghai Theater Academy congratulated the graduates and thanked New York Film Academy for providing such a wonderful study opportunity for students. NYFA President and CEO Michael Young told the graduates that the program demonstrated NYFA’s core philosophy of providing hands-on experience while encouraging students to take an active role in every aspect of filmmaking and to tell their stories through the visual arts. 

    NYFA Vice President Dr. Joy Zhu mentioned that Shanghai Theater Academy and New York Film Academy have a long-term and deep partnership and welcomed all the graduates to study further at NYFA in the future.

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    January 28, 2020 • China, Photography • Views: 822

  • Colonel Jack Jacobs Announces BFA Programs for Veterans at New York Film Academy (NYFA)

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    In a broadcast studio at the New York campus of New York Film Academy (NYFA) last week, Colonel Jack Jacobs joined NYFA’s President, Michael J. Young, and Myrta Vida, a recent graduate of NYFA’s Screenwriting program, to film a very special announcement to the veteran and military communities. Together, Colonel Jacobs, Mr. Young, and Ms. Vida announced that the NYFA’s New York City campus recently joined the NYFA’s Los Angeles and South Beach, Miami campuses in offering Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Filmmaking and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Acting for Film.

    (from L to R): Colonel Jack Jacobs, NYFA President Michael J. Young, NYFA Alum Myrta Vida

    Veterans may now use their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to study in these BFA degree programs at the NYFA-NY campus located off Battery Park in the historic and vibrant downtown Financial District of New York City.

    In many cases, veterans and their eligible dependents looking to use the Post-911 GI Bill may have their tuition and fees covered in full by the Yellow Ribbon Program.

    In addition to NYFA’s bachelor’s degree programs, veterans may also apply their GI Bill Benefits to the college’s 1-Year and 2-Year Conservatory Programs and graduate degree programs in 10 distinct areas of visual and performing arts study.

    In the public announcement video, which will be released in coming weeks, Mr. Young states, “Veterans who have the passion and commitment to become creative professionals excel in our many degree and certificate programs, which all share a philosophy of hands-on intensive learning.”

    The video features Colonel Jacobs, Chair of NYFA’s Veteran Advancement Program.  Col. Jacobs is a is an Army veteran who received the nation’s highest military honor—the Congressional Medal of Honor—for his exceptional acts of bravery during the Vietnam War; he is one of only 71 living Medal of Honor recipients. Col. Jacobs is also a media personality who can be seen regularly on NBC and MSNBC, and is often on shows including Morning Joe, Stephen Colbert, Rachel Maddow, and Bill Maher.

    US Military Servicemembers and their dependents can visit www.nyfa.edu/veterans to learn more about our programs. For questions and to apply, please contact veteran@nyfa.edu or call Christopher Paparis at (212) 966-3488.

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    December 19, 2019 • Acting, Film School, Filmmaking, Veterans • Views: 1262

  • New York Film Academy Producing Alum Federico Guarascio Coproduces Festival Hit ‘The Fourth Kingdom’

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    The Fourth Kingdom, a documentary directed by Adán Aliaga and Alex Lora and coproduced by New York Film Academy (NYFA) Producing alum Federico Guarascio has been storming the festival circuit since its premiere earlier this year.

    The film documents a redemption center in Brooklyn founded by a Spanish ex-missionary where cans and plastic bottles are exchanged for cash—a “Fourth Kingdom” of plastics, and a hub for immigrants and underdogs who desperately believe in the American Dream.

    Federico Guarascio

    Since its premiere last February at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Short Film, The Fourth Kingdom has been selected in 20 film festivals—eight of them Oscars-qualifying—and has won two of them, including the Brooklyn Film Festival, which allows the short film to be considered for the Academy Awards. 

    It has additionally screened at the Rooftop Summer Series, the Americas Film Festivals, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, DOC NYC, and opened at the United Kingdom’s prestigious Sheffield Doc Fest.

    Federico Guarascio originally hails from Italy and first came to New York Film Academy through the Torno Subito program, a joint public/private sector work study initiative that supports new talent development in the Italian film and television industry and is based in Italy’s Lazio region. New York Film Academy provides the “study” element of the program, with students enrolling in short-term workshops across various NYFA disciplines. Once their program is completed, graduates return to pre-arranged film and television internships in Italy.

    Alex Lora & Federico Guarascio

    Alex Lora & Federico Guarascio

    Guarascio first attended the 4-Week Producing workshop at NYFA’s New York campus, and was so impressed that he subsequently returned to enroll in the 1-Year Conservatory in Producing. Upon graduation, Federico has remained in New York City to work on a variety of film projects, including The Fourth Kingdom.

    “[NYFA] proved to be essential during my journey with this doc,” says Guarascio, “and it would not have been possible for me to get this far without the skills I learned in your classes and, for that, I am immensely grateful.”

    Guarascio’s talent as a producer was evident early on. “As a student, Federico showed all the hallmarks of a fiercely independent producer,” recalls NYFA-NY Chair of Producing Neal Weisman. “He consistently demonstrated a great passion for the process and a curiosity which inevitably led to to interesting projects. It is no surprise that Federico has moved on to find success with films moving onto the festival circuit. We are very proud.”

    New York Film Academy congratulates Producing alum Federico Guarascio on the success of The Fourth Kingdom and encourages everyone to check out the film’s trailer, available on Vimeo. 

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    December 16, 2019 • Film Festivals, Producing, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 1789

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography Alum Denice Flores Exhibits ‘Naked Cowboy: The Backstory’

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    Most New Yorkers and countless tourists to the city have seen the Naked Cowboy, but probably never outside of Times Square; New York Film Academy (NYFA) Photography Alum Denice Flores is changing that with her new exhibition, Naked Cowboy: The Backstory.

    The body of work is the latest from Flores, who hails from Honduras and graduated from NYFA’s 8-Week Photography Workshop at our New York campus in 2014. Naked Cowboy: The Backstory is Flores’s first at the Soho Photo Gallery in Tribeca and opened on December 3. 

    Denice Flores naked cowboy

    Portrait of Robert Burck at home painting his underwear. Queens, NY. February, 2019. ©Denice Flores Almendares

    Naked Cowboy: The Backstory includes an installation as well as a slideshow that follows the life of Robert Burck, who has made himself a New York icon by performing as the Naked Cowboy in Times Square for years. Included in the exhibition will be some of his personal belongings, which will be on display in a recreated version of his living room. 

    Flores mixed traditional photographic methods with audio to create a digital presentation for Naked Cowboy, that together with the installation, gives a look into the subject’s life as an ordinary man, as well as his life as a performer and all that goes into it. The project continues the documentation of people’s inner lives that she has provided in her work since studying at NYFA.

    Flores’s work will be displayed until December 21, and is her second exhibition in the US; her first, The Last Italians, was showcased at New York’s International Center of Photography in 2016. 

    New York FIlm Academy congratulates Photography alum Denice Flores on her latest exhibition and encourages everyone to check out Naked Cowboy: The Backstory at the Soho Photo Gallery.

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    December 6, 2019 • Photography, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 1369

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism Update – December 2019

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    While workplace events are starting to give way for holiday events, there is still a lot happening in the New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism department.

    We start off with good news from NYFA grad Clyde Gunter, who is starting a 13-month paid internship program next month at ESPN. Clyde will spend time assigned to various departments across the company, learning how this sports media giant works. At the conclusion, he’ll be given an opportunity to join the ESPN staff. Of course, this means moving to Connecticut where the ESPN “mothership” is located in Bristol. Congratulations, Clyde!

    Broadcast Journalism Update December 2019 Clyde Gunter ESPN

    Continuing with sports, alum Gillian Kemerer—after winning a fellowship to study Russian in Moscow—is now producing a new program for the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), which has 24 member clubs in Belarus, China, Finland, Kazakhstan, Latvia, and Russia. After leaving NYFA, Gillian became the American programming chief (as well as lead US anchor/presenter) for Asset TV. But sports were always her first love, and now she’s found a way to combine hockey and TV. (I wonder how you say “slap shot” in Russian?)

    Broadcast Journalism Update December 2019 Gillian Kemerer
    The Fall 2019 1-Year Broadcast Journalism students had a chance to go behind the scenes at NBC News recently. Thanks to Col. Jack Jacobs (USA, ret.), who is a contributor to MSNBC, they got to visit a network control room, go out onto the studio floor where a program was taking place, plus get their pictures taken on the set of NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. By the time our students graduate, they’ve already seen major production facilities.

    Finally, we said goodbye to our Fall 8-Week Broadcast Journalism workshop students. As always, they came to NYFA with a variety of personal goals. They left with a deep skillset, and the knowledge that they are now multimedia journalists.

    New York Film Academy wishes the recent grads the best of luck!

    Broadcast Journalism Update December 2019 8-Week Graduation

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    December 4, 2019 • Broadcast Journalism, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 886

  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism Update

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    When last we encountered New York Film Academy (NYFA) Broadcast Journalism grad Bryanna “Red Carpet” Reynolds, she was quitting a paying job in Australia to follow her dream to Los Angeles. And while she has only been there a matter of months, she seems to have settled in very well! But her big break came on a “black carpet.”

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    🎬RED CARPET REPORTING IN HOLLYWOOD! Dreams come true 😍 So happy to be reporting for @redcarpetreport I spoke to the stars of American Horror Story @ahsfx at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on the ‘black carpet’ celebration of AHS celebrating their 💯th episode ✔️ Still can’t believe this happened 😍 A year ago I was dressed up as a bird/pumpkin being boiled in a cauldron on a Kids’ show and this year I am interviewing on red carpets in Hollywood 🤣 Believe in yourself and chase your dreams! Thank you so much to @redcarpetreport for believing in me 👏 and allowing me this opportunity 🤩 Content will be available online soon! Stay tuned for more next week 💕 Thank you to my family, friends and colleagues who also believed in me and got me this far! I couldn’t have done it without you all 💕 . . . . #producer #believe #reporter #tv #dream #achieve #broadcast #aspire #journalist #goals #la #aimhigh #media #bryannareynolds #lovemylife #hollywood #losangeles #freespirit #positivevibes #aussiesinla #beyou #australian #australiansinfilm #americanhorrorstory #fx #redcarpet #ahs #hollywoodforevercemetry

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    Another alum who is doing well, this time in New York, is Nicole Abebe. Nicole is back from Lagos, and getting some NYC media experience. She writes, “I’m a commerce reporter at the Daily Mail. So I write articles on fashion, beauty and lifestyle products.”

    International students who complete the 1-Year Broadcast Journalism conservatory are eligible to remain and work in the United States for one year, in order to receive Optional Practical Training (OPT).

     

    Sometimes it takes a while for news to make its way from Tokyo to New York. So I just learned about a NYFA alumni event that took place in Japan a little while ago. Ryo Matsuo was there to represent the Broadcast Journalism department. (That’s him on the right, in the picture below.) Ryo is a busy multimedia journalist in Tokyo, putting into practice the skills he learned at NYFA.

    Ryo Matsuo Broadcast Journalism Update

    And speaking of graduates, congratulations to the September 2019 4-Week Broadcast Journalism students. Here they are on Graduation Day. I will leave it up to you to pick out the two faculty members in the picture. Here’s a hint…Daniel Hernandez and Fabiola Torres.


    Finally, I am not a NYFA grad. I have been at the school for 6+ years, and I still don’t have a certificate. (Obviously I am not applying myself…) However, I know enough to be heading back to Kazakhstan in early December to co-teach a 1-Week Journalism workshop sponsored by the US State Department. (I was there at a conference in April.) 

    Given that I don’t speak either Kazakh or Russian (the second national language), I am going to be relying a lot on NYFA faculty member Evgenia Vlasova. As all of our grads know, Genia’s Russian language skills are flawless!

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    November 14, 2019 • Broadcast Journalism, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 841