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  • NYFA Documentary Alumni Highlights

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    Muhammad Hamdy NYFA The Square

    The Academy Award nomination of Director of Photography and Co-Producer Muhammed Hamdy‘s (’12) The Square is just the tip of the iceberg of Documentary Dept. Alumni success stories.

    Two more noteworthy graduates are giving back to their alma mater by investigating how their fellow alumni are making use of their New York Film Academy educations. So far, the resulting online series by award-winning Producer/Director, Maria Stanisheva (’12) and globetrotting Cinematographer, Marco Vitale (’11) features stories about Louis Mole (ʼ12), who produced and shot the television series, “Serial Swindlers,” a year after graduating; Todd Leatherman (ʼ12) who worked on two of this yearʼs Sundance selections; Susanne Dollnig (ʼ12) of Austria, who was promoted to Editor at The House of Trim only seven months after graduating and Louisa Merino (ʼ11) currently Senior Editor and Director at David Lynch Foundation.

    Note: By clicking on the students’ names above you can watch short interview pieces (like the one below) created by Maria Stanisheva.

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    February 4, 2014 • Documentary Filmmaking • Views: 4451

  • NYFA Grad’s Documentary ‘The Square’ Nominated for an Oscar

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    A scene from THE SQUARE, a feature documentary by Jehane Noujaim. Ahmed Hassan in Tahrir Square.

    A scene from THE SQUARE, a feature documentary by Jehane Noujaim.
    Ahmed Hassan in Tahrir Square.

    Today, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released their nominations for Best Documentary Feature. We were thrilled to find the documentary film The Square, shot by New York Film Academy graduate Muhammad Hamdy, has been announced as one of the 5 nominees at the 86th Oscars.

    Congratulations to Muhammad as well as Director Jehane Noujaim and Producer Karim Amer!

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    January 16, 2014 • Documentary Filmmaking • Views: 4081

  • NYFA Documentary Dept. Well Represented at Sundance

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    The Sundance Film Festival is one of the premier film festivals that takes place annually in Utah. If you’re a documentary filmmaker, this is where you want to premiere and showcase your film. The New York Film Academy is proud to announce that several members of the Documentary department — including faculty and students — will be representing NYFA this winter at Sundance!

    • Starting off with NYFA graduate, Muhammed Hamdy, who will be premiering We Are The Giant, in which he was the cinematographer. Hamdy accepted the Audience Award last year for his work on The Square, which is now on the Oscar’s short list for Best Documentary Feature.
    • Master Class Faculty professor, Tony Gerber will be showcasing his film, The Notorious Mr. Bout (in competition).
    • (Credited Graduates:  Camera Operator and Production Coordinator, Todd Leatherman; Production Coordinator, Ilaria Polsonetti; and Production Assistants, Lena Vasiliou, JR Cronheim, Daphne Yaeger-Ostendorf, Katarina Strazdig, Mark Craig and Gaby Lozada)
    • Master Class Faculty professor, Hilla Medalia is also in the mix with her film, Web Junkie (in competition).
    • (Credited grads: Francesca Pagani, Production Assistant and Andrea Blake, Production Intern) Graduate, Andrea Blake, is credited as Production Coordinator on CHICAGOLAND, an 8-part CNN Documentary series Executive Produced by Robert Redford. She is also credited as Production Intern on Life Itself, a film about Roger Ebert, directed by Steve James (Hoop Dreams).
    • Finally, graduate Todd Leatherman crewed on the fiction feature, Obvious Child, which was selected for Sundance’s NEXT section.

    Best of luck to all of our NYFA members representing us at Sundance!

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    December 23, 2013 • Documentary Filmmaking • Views: 5799

  • The Square Premieres at Sundance

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    Congratulations to Mohamed Hamdy, New York Film Academy Documentary graduate and Cinematographer of the much anticipated, The Square, which premiered at The Sundance Film FestivalThe Square, a new film by Jehane Noujaim, looks at the hard realities faced day-to-day by people working to build Egypt’s new democracy. Catapulting us into the action spread across 2011 and 2012, the film provides a kaleidoscopic, visceral experience of the struggle. Cairo’s Tahrir Square is the heart and soul of the film, which follows several young activists. Armed with values, determination, music, humor, an abundance of social media, and sheer obstinacy, they know that the thorny path to democracy only began with Hosni Mubarek’s fall. The life-and-death struggle between the people and the power of the state is still playing out.

    In February 2011, Egyptian, particularly young one, showed the world the way people demanding change can drive an entire nation to transformation. The result was a profound movement toward democracy that is still evolving across the Arab world.

    Hamdy shot over 500 hours of the Tahir Square revolution as he lived it, and ended up the Cinematographer of Jehane Noujaim’s new documentary made from inside the Tahir Square revolution by young Egyptians who were (and still are) part of it.

    “Aside from Hamdy’s excellent cinematography, my favorite thing about The Square is that it is about and by people who lived it – and are still living – the revolution,” said NYFA Documentary Chair, Andrea Swift. “Hearing their voices, rather than that of third party reporters, makes this the most immediate and important accounting of the one seminal events of our century. Not to mention, it’s the best.”

     

     

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