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    NYFA Named Top Film School in North America in 2022 by Variety

    Every year, Variety magazine compiles a comprehensive list of the best film schools in the industry. This year, the New York Film Academy (NYFA) was named among the Top 30 Film Schools in North America by Variety for the 6th year in a row. Read more…


    New York Film Academy Community Shines at 2022 Tribeca Film Festival

    The Tribeca Film Festival is back for its 20th year and the legendary festival shows no signs of letting us down with their line-up filled with eclectic stories and diverse talent. The New York Film Academy community is represented strongly in this year’s line-up. Read more…


    NYFA Documentary Professor Claudia Raschke is the Cinematographer for Peabody Award-Winning Doc “My Name is Pauli Murray”

    The Peabody Awards shine a light on the ‘Stories That Matter’ and are a testament to the power of art and reportage in the push for truth, social justice, and equity.” Amongst those ‘Stories That Matter’ is NYFA Documentary instructor Claudia Raschke’s documentary, My Name is Pauli Murray (2021). Read more…

    Marvel’s first Arab director may be new to Hollywood filmmaking, but Mohamed Diab has an internationally-acclaimed body of work to his name. NYFA 1-Year Screenwriting alum Mohamed Diab is an award-winning Egyptian screenwriter and director Read more…

    Tommy Maddox-Upshaw, ASC has worked on ground-breaking shows like Empire, On My Block, worked for commercial clients like Ford, Allstate, HBO and collaborated with visionary giants like Spike Lee and Matthew Libatique, ASC. Most recently, Maddox-Upshaw worked on FX’s Snowfall as Director of Photography. Read more … 


    Q&A with ‘Station Eleven’ Showrunner Patrick Sommerville

    Patrick Somerville is a successful novelist and screenwriter with a television deal at Paramount Television Studios. His most recent work includes the hit mini-series, Station Eleven. Read more…

    NYFA Acting Alum Lana Condor is no stranger to rom-coms and was more than prepared to head to Mars with Cole Sprouse in Moonshot for HBOmax. Read more …

    NYFA Alum Bill Hader's Barry Season 3 Is Still Killer

    There’s a new Lincoln Lawyer in town: NYFA One-Year Acting for Film alum Manuel Garcia-Rulfo. Rulfo is Mickey Haller in the Netflix Original Series The Lincoln Lawyer. Read more…

    NYFA MFA Filmmaking alum Kane Senes is an award-winning filmmaker from Sydney, Australia. This year, his horror venture, Sissy, is premiering at South by Southwest (SXSW) tomorrow, March 11th at the Alamo Lamar Theater in Austin, Texas. Read more … 

    NYFA Cinematography instructor Suki Medencevic studied cinematography in Prague, Czech Republic. There, he studied under the guidance of renowned cinematographers and artists from around Europe. His latest work Shining Vale, starring Courtney Cox, Mira Sorvino and Greg Kinnear is currently streaming on Starz. Read more … 


    October 27, 2020 • Community Highlights, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 1968

  • The 10 Best Super Bowl Commercials of All Time


    Super Bowl Sunday is that magical day during the football season when sports fans and media nuts join forces for an evening of advertising heaven and often it’s the Super Bowl commercials that are better remembered than the games themselves. After all, you might not remember who won the 1995 Super Bowl, but you probably can recall a certain commercial with three frogs uttering the iconic syllables “Bud,” “Weis,” and “Er.”

    Whether they’re funny, emotional, or simply just bizarre, watching Super Bowl ads has become almost as popular of a pastime as the game itself and many reputable filmmakers have used an amazing Super Bowl ad as a career launching pad. And this year, NYFA is getting in the game with two entries amongst the ten finalists of Doritos’ “Crash the Super Bowl” contest; tune in this weekend to see if their ads get chosen!

    So in honor of Super Bowl XLIX taking place between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks this weekend, we decided to take a look at those Super Bowl commercials that are still impossible to forget. And let us know in the comments what your favorite Super Bowl commercials are!

    Apple – “1984”

    One of the most ambitious and successful Super Bowl ads of all time, this Ridley Scott-directed commercial from 1984 took George Orwell’s 1984 novel as its inspiration for announcing the new Macintosh computer. While most Super Bowl ads go for goofiness over gravitas, Scott’s miniature epic shows just how powerful an ad can be when all the elements come together perfectly.

    Pepsi – “Cindy Crawford”

    Though employing beautiful women to sell products has been a hallmark of the advertising industry seemingly forever, Pepsi managed to capture the 90s supermodel zeitgeist with this 1992 commercial showing a pair of young boys ogling legendary model Cindy Crawford. Pepsi offered up the commercial’s counterpoint a couple years later with their equally famous commercial featuring women admiring a shirtless construction worker.

    McDonald’s – “The Showdown”

    Who would have thought one of the most popular Super Bowl ads ever would be about basketball? However, when football fans saw NBA’s top stars Michael Jordan and Larry Bird taking their “rivalry” to the court in the most epic game of “HORSE” ever, advertising history was made.

    Coca Cola – “Mean Joe Greene”

    A commercial that helped pave the way for future athletes to poke fun at themselves via advertising, Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive tackle Greene starred in this heartwarming short in which his icy exterior is melted by a bottle of coke, offered up by a young fan, who he rewards with a jersey with the timeless line “Hey kid, catch!”

    Budweiser – “Bud” “Weis” “Er”

    While Budweiser has essentially “won” countless Super Bowl commercial breaks with their many iconic ads, this out-of-left-field spot showcases a trio of frogs harmonizing together to complete the company’s name. If you were able to get out of the mid-90s without hearing some random stranger utter this famous catchphrase, well, you probably didn’t live in the 90s.

    Reebok – “Terry Tate”

    While you can be forgiven for forgetting that this was in fact a Reebok commercial, the company was able to create a truly viral ad featuring the tough love dished out by “Terry Tate, Office Linebacker” who kept wayward office employees in line, no matter how brutally.

    Volkswagen – “The Force”

    Sometimes all you need is to evoke a solid “Awwww” to make your mark on the annals of Super Bowl ads and this 2011 commercial. Showcasing the foiled attempts of a toddler-sized Darth Vader attempting to use “the force” to move objects, by the time the commercial reaches its HaHa/Aw Shucks moment, you’ll have a hard time suppressing a genuine smile.

    Old Spice – “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like”

    Signaling the mainstream acceptance of advertising’s “odd” age as commercials started to siphon the surreal humor of internet videos as Old Spice created a new advertising star by lampooning the traditional machismo of men’s scent ads…and don’t forget there’s a horse!

    Doritos – “Goat 4 Sale”

    Continuing Super Bowl commercials’ penchant for the peculiar, this 2013 Doritos ad is arguably the best of the bunch as a man inexplicably purchases a goat who develops a very serious Doritos addiction.

    Wendy’s – “Where’s the Beef?”

    Hard to believe as it may be, 1984 featured not just one but two of the most memorable commercials of all time with this goofy ode to beef that features three extremely funny older women repeatedly saying the still-classic line, “Where’s the Beef?”



    January 30, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 8314

  • Top Ten Reasons Late Night Will Change in September


    Stephen Colbert10. CBS announced today Stephen Colbert will take over hosting duties of The Late Show for David Letterman on September 8, 2015

    9. It’s still unclear what Colbert’s take on late night will be, but rumors are he’s going to make it more of a variety show

    8. Colbert will follow primetime dramas Scorpion, NCIS: New Orleans, and Madam Secretary, all of which CBS has renewed for second seasons today

    7. Colbert will not be followed by Craig Ferguson, who ironically ended his stint on The Late Late Show the same week The Colbert Report ended

    6. Colbert’s spot will now be filled by The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, originally titled The Minority Report. The Nightly Show premieres next Monday, January 19

    5. English actor, comedian and writer James Corden will take over The Late Late Show on March 23, 2014. Ironically, his hiring was announced a year before Colbert’s premiere date—September 8, 2014

    4. Before Corden officially takes over, The Late Late Show is being guest hosted by a wide variety of celebrities—including Judd Apatow, Wayne Brady, Drew Carey, Kunal Nayyar, and Jim Gaffigan

    3. Jay Leno is happily retired and Conan O’Brien’s job is still safe

    2. David Letterman will have his last Late Show on May 20, 2015, ending an era for late night talk shows

    1. Colbert is not expected to do any Top Ten lists, probably because they would seem lazy and anyone making a Top Ten list would just look like they were ripping off the great David Letterman


    Do you have another reason? Share it in the comments below!


    January 12, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 4958