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  • NYFA Movie Musical “Start-Up.Com” Earns Laurel of Excellence Award

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    start-upEach year, the New York Film Academy produces movie musicals as the culmination to its 2-Year Musical Theatre Conservatory. These films consist of entirely original material (story and music) and are produced by industry professionals who come onboard and create a story and musical platform that is tailored around the 2-Year students featured in the film. This year’s film, Start-Up.Com, was written by NYFA Screenwriting Chair Melanie Oram and NYFA Musical Theatre Chair Mark Olsen, who also directed the film. Additionally, NYFA alumnus Sean Robinson was the producer, NYFA Cinematography Instructor Piero Basso was the Director of Photography, and NYFA Musical Theatre Instructor Bobby Cronin wrote the original music, which is a seminal part to the movie musical apparatus.

    In the film, a small but inventive start-up company named Big Apple Orchard develops a program using facial recognition software that they hope can find missing children and aide in the fight against human trafficking.

    Given the talent and hard work that went into the production, it came as no surprise when a Laurel of Excellence Award was presented to Start-Up.Com. The accolade came from the Tampa Bay Arts & Education Network, which will be broadcasting the film on-air August 6th from 9pm-Midnight on Brighthouse Network 635 and Frontier FiOs 32 to an audience of 1.3 million viewers in the Tampa Bay area.

    START-UP.COM_TRAILER (NYFA MOVIE MUSICAL) from SEAN ROBINSON on Vimeo.

    “The accolade was awarded to everyone at NYFA involved in making the film — students and crew alike,” said producer, Sean Robinson. “It takes a village to make a film of this caliber and everyone’s role is an integral part in the process and should be equally celebrated. The students are fortunate to have a team of veteran filmmakers spearheading this level of exposure for them in the professional arena.”

    The team is already making plans for their next movie musical, which will focus on “freedom of expression.” Blanche Baker, a senior instructor in the Acting and Musical Theatre Programs, is directing and Robinson will be producing once again. The new movie musical, which has social and political undertones and features Musical Theatre’s 2-Year Summer 2015 students, puts an emphasis on examining graffiti as an art, as opposed to vandalism.

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    June 28, 2016 • Musical Theatre, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4249

  • Filmmaking Grad Sean Robinson’s “Indigo Grey: The Passage” Features Hammerstep and Soundtrack by Amy Lee

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    In addition to the New York Film Academy’s intensive curriculum, which provides artists the opportunity to explore their craft in a hands-on environment, students are strongly encouraged to network both inside and outside of their programs. One of our filmmaking graduates, Sean Robinson, was introduced to the popular, modern Irish step-dance team Hammerstep through NYFA Musical Theatre alumnus Conor McIntyre. Following the introduction, the Brooklyn based award-winning director was hired to direct and edit a film—with cinematography from NYFA grad Esteban Robles—to promote their dance troupe. After Robinson had the trailer ready to go, it caught the eye of Amy Lee, the famous lead singer of Evanescence. She was so impressed with the film that she came on board to compose the original score, along with Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer.

    “Amy’s involvement is what really catapulted the project, lending its visibility in mainstream platforms,” said Robinson.

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    Sean Robinson at the LA Shorts Film Festival

    The completed short, Indigo Grey: The Passage is a seven-minute audio-visual experience that premiered at the 2015 Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and has so far been officially selected to screen at 19 International film festivals and has won 4 awards, including best original score. The film has already garnered praise from publications like ABC and the Huffington Post.

    “Whisking you away with its sweeping cinematography, the film was well edited, elegantly directed, and hypnotically choreographed to a riveting soundtrack. Indigo Grey: The Passage is a truly one-of-a-kind project that merges the worlds of film, dance, sci-fi, art and music. With its lack of dialogue, the young Lok’s budding acting performance is extremely impactful as he relies solely on his emotional expression and movement to carry the narrative. A lavish feast of sensory stimulation, this short film has successfully captured the attention of its viewers by transporting them to another dimension and most impressively, all within its humble seven minutes.” — Huffington Post

    Robinson is now working on developing Indigo Grey: The Passage into a feature, in collaboration with Jason Oremus and Garrett Coleman.

    “My filmmaking knowledge derives from training and working with instructors at NYFA—namely Paul Warner, who is my biggest mentor,” said Robinson. “It sounds cliche, but NYFA has definitely changed my life.”

    Additionally, Robinson is in the middle of editing a third feature, The Independents, with cinematography by NYFA Cinematography Instructor Piero Basso and line-produced by NYFA Producing Instructor Dorottya Mathe.

    As you may be able to tell, Robinson’s NYFA roots go deep and his networking has paid off ten fold.

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    October 21, 2015 • Filmmaking, Musical Theatre, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 6654

  • 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