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  • NYFA’s Paul Warner to Direct OUTMusic Awards

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    As a school that wholeheartedly embraces diversity, the New York Film Academy is honored to have of two of its faculty members, Paul Warner and Sean Robinson, as an integral part of both the 9th Annual OUTMusic Awards and the documentary For Which We Stand. Esteemed Filmmaking Instructor Paul Warner, an award-winning film and stage director, will direct the awards, which are hosted by Lea DeLaria of Orange is the New Black and recording artist Ari Gold.

    Held at The Town Hall Theater in Manhattan on January 19, 2015, the Awards will be the centerpiece of For Which WE Stand (One Queer Music Nation In The Visible) directed by award-winning Director Sean Robinson, and produced by Warner. The film spotlights the rise of LGBT music, culture & entertainment and it’s influence in mainstream culture. The January 19th OUTMusic Awards gala is the last event of the three-day city wide celebration, which also includes a Pre-OMA Benefit Concert for the Brooklyn Community Pride Center on Friday, and the OUTMusic Awards VIP Women’s Event presented by Curve Magazine and Lexus at Marquee NY on Saturday.

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    Paul Warner directing Liev Schreiber with Alison Pill and David Michalek Photo Credit Mark Kornbluth

    The 9th Annual OUTMusic Awards is the biggest night in LGBT music & entertainment and celebrates the year’s best recordings, artists and industry contributions with a message of inclusion and equality.

    Tony Award Winner Billy Porter (actor, director and star of Kinky Boots) will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Award-winning Deborah Cox will receive the Pillar Award. R&B recording artist Monifah Carter, who is nominated for two OUTMusic Awards, will be on hand to accept the Vanguard Award. Carter stars on TV One’s reality show R&B Divas Atlanta that featured the first African-American celebrity same-sex wedding to air on national television.

    Porter, Carter and Cox join a lineup of legendary honorees and nominees including celebrated artist and activist Holly Near, award-winning country rock band Antigone Rising, Grammy nominated duo Tegan & Sara and Producer of the documentary How Do I Look Wolfgang Busch.

    “I am honored to both direct the 9th Annual OUTmusic Awards and produce For Which WE Stand as I feel strongly that the LGBTQ Academy of Recording Arts’ mission is essential to the LGBTQ equality movement,” says Warner. “While experiencing considerable gains, there has also been an escalation of bullying and continued discrimination, so the pursuit of equality is far from over. Of equal importance, I am excited to collaborate with music and media artists from all disciplines whose passion for and undying dedication to their craft will shape our future cultural and political landscape.”

    The film will feature live performances from the OUTmusic Awards with behind the scenes footage, interviews with pioneers, recording artists, activists, industry executives and various creative industry professionals.

    “I am equally honored to have Sean Robinson and Paul Warner on board,” says Diedra Meredith, Chairwoman/CEO of LARA. “This film and the live production of the OUTmusic Awards is integral to the Academy’s mission to document and archive our movement and history. Our goal is to create more opportunities for LGBTQ recording artists and ensure that Queer Music Culture will continue to be included as an integral platform in music and media history.”

    The LGBT Academy of Recording Arts (LARA) was founded in 1990 to promote the advancement and appreciation of underrepresented LGBT music, culture & heritage. LARA seeks to create opportunities to support the development of young aspiring LGBT artists, increase the visibility of the LGBT music & entertainment platform, as well as honor, document and archive the contributions of underrepresented out & proud LGBT music artists into music history.

    To learn more or purchase ticket to the OUTMusic Awards, please visit www.outmusicawards.com and LARA at www.thelara.org.

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    January 15, 2015 • Acting, Documentary Filmmaking • Views: 4999

  • Filmmaking Graduates & Brothers to Screen at Italian American Museum

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    Andrea and Matteo Cossi

    Andrea and Matteo Cossi

    In the industry, we use the term “elevator pitch” to refer to a summary of an idea that should be delivered in the hypothetical time span of an elevator ride. The hope is to have your pitch coherent and concise while keeping the listener entertained. A successful conversation could lead to an all important meeting with an agent or a producer. Such is the basis for One-Year Filmmaking students and brothers Andrea and Matteo Cossi’s film The Pitch. The short film is a comedy about Ben, a 20-year-old guy who wants to make a living in the filmmaking business. As storekeeper of Broadway Studios and an aspiring screenwriter, he decides with the help of a friend to pitch his film to the famous producer Mr. Bethorn in the elevator of Broadway Studios. The project was the brothers’ thesis film made with the intention of serving as a promo for a web-series.

    “Our goal with this short movie is to not only entertain the audience, but also express the idea that if you really want to realize your dreams, you have to create your own opportunities,” said Matteo Cossi. “The filmmaking industry is a very dynamic field — thus you always need to be proactive and you always have to consider the ups and downs that come with this career.”

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    The brothers, originally from Italy, have already had success with the film, as it will be screening at the Italian American Museum in New York City on December 20th, 2014 at 7:30pm along with their first semester film, Colors. The first semester short is a drama that explores the theme of blindness with a tacit referral to organ donation. It also focuses on the parental love of a grandfather for his blind grandson.

    “The idea that led to the birth of Colors is right in the title. Colors are an interpretation of the reality that surrounds us by the response of our eye to the light. Light determines the colors, and colors create an image. What better choice to make a short film that represents us as filmmakers if not talking about colors? Cinema is light, after all. For those who live in the light, for those who can see, the color does not need much explanation. It is something that is there and always has been. But for those who live in the dark, for those who can not see, there is no color.”

    The goal with the short film Colors is to sensitize the audience to the theme of organ donation and show how love has the power to connect worlds that may seem far apart.

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    The brothers are currently working on two new projects. The first one is a fantasy horror feature about love, family and forgiveness. The second is a fictional, historical drama that shows the vicissitudes of an Italian family who moves to an early twentieth century New York City. The brothers intend to underline the difficulties that Italian immigrants had to face when coming to America. The stories enable us to witness their sacrifice, their love for family and their ability to integrate with a different culture.

    “We had a life-changing experience at NYFA. We perfected our filmmaking craft while getting to know people from all around the world. We’d like to thank our teachers, in particular: Paul Warner, our directing teacher; Arsenio Assin, our cinematography teacher; and Liz Foley, our producing teacher, who all taught us to work as a group, a real crew, instead of as ‘singular heads’ before, during and after any shoot.”

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    December 18, 2014 • Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4532

  • NYFA Instructor Paul Warner to Direct 9th Annual OUTmusic Awards

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    Paul Warner directing Liev Schreiber with Alison Pill and David Michalek Photo Credit Mark Kornbluth

    Award-winning film and stage director Paul Warner has been commissioned to direct the 9th Annual OUTmusic Awards, as well as to produce the Academy’s music documentary film For Which WE Stand (One Queer Music Nation In The Visible).

    The Academy has launched a campaign to back the completion of the film For Which WE Stand and live production of the 9th Annual OUTmusic Awards slated to take place MLK weekend January 16th – 20th in Las Vegas, NV.

    Warner has directed more than fifty stage productions and numerous films, including the award-winning In the Name of the Father as well as his feature Fall Time, starring Mickey Rourke, Stephen Baldwin, and David Arquette, which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for The Grand Jury Prize. In the Name of the Father also premiered at Sundance and garnered the Cine Golden Eagle, the Gold Hugo Award from the Chicago International Film Festival, first place at The British International Film and Video Festival, and best cinematography at The Atlanta Film and Video Festival. Warner has directed Fall Time, with “sadistic relish,” says the Hollywood Reporter. TV Guide refers to Warner’s work as “more repellently scary than most horror films.” Most recently, he directed the world premiere of a new dance-theatre opera, Women: The War Within, composed by Du Yun with a libretto by Matthew Maguire, at The Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City featuring the Chinese Opera Star Qian Yi and New York City Principal ballerina Wendy Whelan. He produced the film The Puritans, directed by Robinson, which has been the recipient of numerous honors on the festival circuit.

    In 2011, Warner directed the actors and served as Executive Creative Consultant for acclaimed photographer and visual artist David Michalek’s Portraits in Dramatic Time–a series of slow motion cinematic shorts featuring seminal performers of stage and screen, including: Holly Hunter, Patti Lupone, Lily Taylor, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, Wendy Whelan, and William H. Macy, as well as seminal multi-disciplinary international artists. Portraits premiered at The Lincoln Center Theatre Festival. The LA Weekly has referred to Warner’s direction of Nelson Rodriques’ The Wedding Dress as “A phantasmagorical odyssey–a nonstop, mind-bending roller-coaster ride that is as haunting as a nightmare, while also being a touching affirmation of life.”

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    Paul Warner with Alan Rickman on Portraits In Dramatic Time

    Next, Warner will direct a new feature film, Reclaiming Eden, co-written with Sean Robinson, which is to begin principal photography in the summer of 2014. Warner has won numerous awards and fellowships including a Statue Award and a Works in Process Grant from the Princess Grace Foundation, which enabled him to serve as The Artistic Associate/Resident Director of New York’s Second Stage Theatre and The Baryshnikov Arts Center, as well as a directing fellowship from the Drama League of New York. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has an MFA in filmmaking from The American Film Institute. Paul currently teaches directing courses at the New York Film Academy.

    Paul is thrilled to be working alongside his longtime creative colleague, Sean Robinson, who will direct the documentary as well as Chairwoman/CEO Diedra Meredith, whose exceptional leadership at LARA has brought about enormous changes for LGBTQ artists that will be felt for decades to come.

    Warner says: “I am honored to both direct the 9th Annual OUTmusic Awards and produce For Which WE Stand as I feel strongly that the LGBTQ Academy of Recording Arts’ mission is essential to the LGBTQ equality movement,” says Warner. “While experiencing considerable gains, there has also been an escalation of bullying and continued discrimination, so the pursuit of equality is far from over. Of equal importance, I am excited to collaborate with music and media artists from all disciplines whose passion for and undying dedication to their craft will shape our future cultural and political landscape.”

    The film will feature live performances from the OUTmusic Awards with behind the scenes footage, interviews with pioneers, recording artists, activists, industry executives and various creative industry professionals.

    Diedra Meredith, Chairwoman/CEO of LARA says, “I am equally honored to have Sean Robinson and Paul Warner on board. This film and the live production of the OUTmusic Awards is integral to the Academy’s mission to document and archive our movement and history. Our goal is to create more opportunities for LGBTQ recording artists and ensure that Queer Music Culture will continue to be included as an integral platform in music and media history.”

    Women: The War Within a new dance-theatre opera by Du Yun, Matthew Maguire, and Paul Warner from Paul Warner on Vimeo.

     

     

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    September 30, 2013 • Community Highlights, Film School, Filmmaking, Musical Theatre • Views: 6318

  • NYFA’s Paul Warner Directing at The Baryshnikov Arts Center

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    NYFA Directing Instructor, Paul Warner

    NYFA Directing Instructor, Paul Warner

    New York Film Academy Directing Instructor, Paul Warner is directing a new contemporary multi-media dance theatre opera with a group of iconographic international performers at The Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City. WOMEN: THE WAR WITHIN will be a Princess Grace Foundation-USA Works-in-Progress residency that will culminate in work-in-progress showings on: June 26th at 2pm, June 27th at 6:30pm and June 28th at 3pm.

    Warner has directed more than fifty stage productions and numerous films, including the award-winning short In the Name of the Father, as well as the feature, Fall Time (Lionsgate/Artisan) starring Mickey Rourke, Stephen Baldwin, Sheryl Lee, David Arquette, and Jason London, which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival (and subsequently, Outfest) where it was nominated for The Grand Jury Prize.

    His newest project, Women: The War Within poses these questions: How does a woman in love wield her power? How does a woman in power balance her love for another with her responsibilities to her people? Can female rulers alter history’s cycle of testosterone-driven destruction? Women: The War Within will dramatize the parallel stories of four of history’s most influential women: two from the distant past, who seduced and murdered their way to absolute power, and two contemporary women who have chosen to lead on a non-violent path to political revolution. These female icons are: Wu Zetian, the first Empress of China, Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh of Egypt, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winning opposition leader of Myanmar, and Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State of the United States. Women’s journey explores an evolution and rise of female consciousness in the pursuit of power, starting with the use of sex as a strategic weapon in campaigns of violence, and ends with the arrival of a non-sexual, non-violent wielding of might. The climax erupts in a display of awakenings through song, dance, text, and swirling projections that propel all four women to the precipice of spiritual transcendence.

    Colloborating with Warner are a team of talented professionals, including: Wendy Whelan (New York City Ballet, who is considered the premiere ballerina in The United States), Stephen Petronio, the choreographer, Matthew Maguire, the obie winning librettist, and the composer, Du Yun, who is one of the most famous young new Chinese composers. Not only that, New York Film Academy graduate and current Producing Instructor, Dorottya Mathe, is on board as producer.

    Developmental Residency begins May 13th-15th, followed by June 3rd-28th, 2013. Presentations will be held on June 26th, 27th, and 28th, 2013.

    For more information visit: http://www.bacnyc.org/residencies/resident/paul-warner.

     

     

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    April 22, 2013 • Film School, Filmmaking • Views: 6241

  • Michael Staininger on Directing His First Feature

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    Imagine being in charge of a 2 million dollar feature film, written and produced by the same guy who wrote The Crow. Your only experience is from directing a student film at the New York Film Academy. That is exactly what director, Michael Staininger was going through when he was thrown in front of 150 crew members on set of The Tomb. Luckily, he had the hands-on training from NYFA to prepare him for the real world. “Diving into filmmaking from day one, being thrown into the cold water with very little previous experience, that is what prepares you for the real world; and the madness which will await when you step onto your first feature film set. The ability to make one hundred plus mini and big decisions per day, mostly based on instinct and preparation, is what will set you apart from the competition.”

    Michael was born in Vienna, Austria to an upper middle class family who expected him to pursue a career in business. But, like most creative filmmakers, he gradually began seeking adventure, searching for the unexpected, rather than pushing for the obvious. Michael used his imagination to open horizons and create new worlds through the moving image. From there, and a few viewings of Braveheart, Michael’s fascination with the magic of film was born. Directing became his path in life.

    So, how does a boy from Vienna end up directing a $2 million film in Los Angeles with producers George Furla and Randall Emmett? 

    George Furla was one of my first producer acquaintances in the first year I moved to LA. We understood each other right away and tried to put something into the pipeline. It took several efforts (4 projects didn’t happen) and a little more than a year until the first draft of the “Ligeia” script, which distributors later renamed The Tomb, went through the Emmett/Furla Films office. They started my career. The main reason I signed on to do the film was because I’m such a big fan of The Crow, which “Ligeia” screenwriter John Shirley also wrote. John Shirley really understands darkness and mysticism.

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