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  • New York Film Academy Welcomes Newest Incoming Veteran Student Class

    The New York Film Academy College of Visual and Performing Arts (NYFA) is proud to welcome a new group of veteran students, many of which are transitioning from the military and into higher education for the first time. All new veterans were greeted in their first week with veteran-specific orientations conducted by the NYFA Veteran Services Offices at each of the three US campuses (New York City, Los Angeles, and South Beach) that are designed specifically to accommodate their diverse set of needs and help to set them up for success. Several Veteran Service Organizations (VSO’s) from the local areas sent representatives to educate the new cohort of veteran students on the benefits, resources, and programs available to them at NYFA and in the external veteran community.

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    New York: New veteran students in New York are excited to begin their academic journey.

    In New York, representatives from The Mission Continues, American Corporate Partners, and Black Veterans for Social Justice provided important information to the veterans about initiatives that are offered by their organizations. These services include professional development assistance, emergency housing and legal assistance, as well as volunteer opportunities for those looking to give back to their communities.

    Veteran Services Coordinator, Christopher Paparis announced some new additions for veterans on campus, including the recent opening of the on-campus Veterans Lounge, and a new Fellowship position exclusively available to NYFA veterans with the NYC Department of Veteran Services and NYC City Service Corps.

    In Los Angeles and South Beach, Veteran Services Coordinators spoke to new NYFA veteran students about the many services and resources that the NYFA Veteran Services Offices provide, such as military benefits advising, transitioning information, the School’s Veterans Advancement Program and essentials of student life on campus. A representative from the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) came to speak about the various WWP programs and extended an invitation for the veterans to join the organization.

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    Los Angeles: New veteran students at the Los Angeles campus pose for a group photo at the veteran orientation

    Army veteran and One-Year Filmmaking student, Corey Bourque said, “The LA Veterans team were very helpful in the orientation. They went above and beyond to make us feel welcomed and helped with questions. I also enjoyed learning about all of the programs and resources available from the Wounded Warrior Project. I was unaware that they offered so much. I am proud to be a veteran attending the New York Film Academy and look forward to my time here.”

    NYFA is honored to serve our nations heroes and are happy to assist them as they begin their academic journey and their careers within the film industry.

    February 16, 2017 • Community Highlights • Views: 1790

  • NYFA Producing Department Students Tour NBC Studios At 30 Rock

    A group of One Year Producing students recently toured the NBC studios at legendary 30 Rockefeller Plaza led by NBC and MSNBC on air talent and editorial consultant Col. Jack Jacobs. Colonel Jacobs is the Chair of the NYFA Veterans Advancement Program, and is one of our nation’s most decorated military servicemembers—including being a recipient of the Medal of Honor, which is the nation’s highest military award.

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    photo by Marc Frattini

    NYFA producers and Department Chair Neal Weisman got a behind the scenes look at the various newsroom and studio sets for such iconic television shows as the “Today Show,” “NBC Nightly News,” “Morning Joe,” “AM Joy,” “The Rachel Maddow Show,” and a glimpse of the famed “Saturday Night Live” studios. Already familiar with multi-camera studio broadcast techniques from their television production classes at NYFA’s New York City Battery Park campus, students got up front and personal with the state-of-the-art professional control rooms, switchers, robotic cameras, and other equipment that bring NBC shows into the nation’s living rooms every day.

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    photo by Marc Frattini

    Mr. Weisman stated, “in keeping with the Producing Department’s philosophy of emphasizing practical and pragmatic knowledge, skills, and tools — nothing beats observing world class professionals at work. This has been an invaluable experience for our producers as they get ready to enter the Industry.”

    January 18, 2017 • Community Highlights, Producing • Views: 825

  • LA Rams Welcome New York Film Academy Veterans

    On Sunday, December 11, the New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts Veteran Students enjoyed an afternoon at the LA Memorial Coliseum to watch the Los Angeles Rams host the Atlanta Falcons. This opportunity was made possible by a generous ticket donation from the LA Rams organization, which is a proud supporter of military servicemembers and veterans.

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    Veterans enjoyed the afternoon experiencing the game — and simply being with their fellow veterans. A few of the NYFA veteran students stated that this was the first live NFL game that they’ve ever attended. Veteran Services Coordinator Michael Kunselman, a U.S. Navy veteran, stated, “It feels great to be able to provide these social opportunities to our veteran students… and seeing how much they enjoyed the game feels great. The NYFA courses are intensive and require a huge amount of focus, time, and energy; this is a great way for everyone to blow off steam and relax together.”

    The LA Rams fell to the Atlanta Falcons with a final score of 42-14.

    The New York Film Academy is extremely grateful for the support that the Los Angeles Rams organization provided to our military, and to the veteran students at NYFA.

    December 20, 2016 • Community Highlights • Views: 1467

  • Student Veterans at NYFA Receive an Early Holiday Gift

    On December 10th, 2016, Colonel Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor Recipient, Chair of NYFA’s Veteran Advancement Program, and on-air Military Strategist for NBC and MSNBC, led a group of veteran students from the New York Film Academy on a behind-the-scenes tour of NBC studios.

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    Attendees visited the sets of The Today Show and NBC Nightly News and gained deeper insight into how a major news network provides content for its viewership.

    “Every time I set foot on a professional set, I get chills! This is why I came to NYFA! I want to be on television!” exclaimed U.S. Navy veteran, Julia Velasquez, Acting for Film graduate, upon seeing the giant production set as the group walked into the MSNBC studio.

    After touring the sets, students were brought to the MSNBC control room where they were treated with a very interesting situation occurring in real-time: A scheduled interviewee was late for their interview spot and the control room personnel were involved in a whirlwind of action trying to fill air space while the person made there way through heavy cross-town traffic!

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    Colonel Jacobs used the opportunity to provide a learning experience for the NYFA students, explaining the demanding conditions they must navigate through to provide a seamless broadcast to audiences at home.

    The veterans soaked up the lesson Colonel Jacobs was instilling: Every position at the network is specialized and translates into the creation of a product that is greater than the sum of its parts when the team works together.

    “Television is a collaborative production — just like filmmaking. People work together and pool their talents to create art,” mused Army Veteran and NYFA Filmmaking and Photography Conservatory graduate, Anthony Floyd.

    December 19, 2016 • Community Highlights • Views: 1250

  • NYFA Veteran Students March in Veterans Day Parades

    Veterans Day 2016 was a very special occasion for the New York Film Academy (NYFA) as dozens of veteran students and their families marched in Veterans Day Parades in the three major cities where NYFA has campuses— Los Angeles, New York City and Miami.

    The NYFA student veterans in New York City marched along with nearly 20,000 participants in the 97th annual parade, which is the largest Veterans Day Parade in the country. The grand marshals of the parade were military servicemembers who also worked at Ground Zero following the 9/11 attacks.

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    New York Film Academy Veterans and Their Families Marching in the Largest Veterans Day Parade in the Country

    Mayor Bill de Blasio, the 109th Mayor of New York City, also marched in the parade alongside representatives from the newly formed NYC Department of Veterans Services (DVS), including Brigadier General (ret.) Loree Sutton, MD, the Commissioner for DVS. NYFA vet students were invited by Commissioner Sutton to march with the DVS contingency and the Mayor.

    Students in Los Angeles joined the inaugural parade in Los Angeles, which was held on the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus and was led by former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda. The event featured live entertainment, a car show, children’s play area and games for the entire family.

    In South Florida, communities honored veterans with events in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Student veterans marched in the 19th annual Veterans Day Parade in Coconut Grove. These events also featured a community gathering, live music and food.

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    New York Film Academy Veterans and Their Families Marching in the Largest Veterans Day Parade in the Country

    “The parade was a great opportunity for NYFA veterans to come together to honor those whom they served with as well as veterans from all generations,” said NYFA Veterans Outreach Coordinator, Eric Brown, US Navy. “They were also able to feel the support from their communities for their service.”

    NYFA is thankful to support these annual events and is proud to serve military veterans and service members in their pursuit of a world-class education in filmmaking—and related disciplines—through its Veterans Advancement Program, which is Chaired by Colonel Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor recipient.

    November 18, 2016 • Community Highlights • Views: 747

  • NYFA Veteran Students’ Sports Nights: Veterans Week

    The Veterans Day “Week” of celebrations in honor of the Nation’s Servicemembers began last week at the LA campus of the New York Film Academy College of Visual and Performing Arts (NYFA).

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    New York Film Academy students enjoying the Los Angeles Clippers game supported by the Clipper’s ‘Military Mondays’ Program.

    Thanks to a generous donation by the Los Angeles Clippers to NYFA veteran students, approximately 25 students enjoyed an evening of veteran camaraderie and fun, while watching the Clippers defeat the Detroit Pistons by a score of 114-82.

    ‘Military Mondays’ are held on the first Monday game of every month during the regular season. The games are a small way for the Clippers organization to say ‘thank you’ to the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Services, and to offer appreciation for their sacrifices in serving the country. During the game, they pay recognition to a ‘Hero of the Game’ in which they honor a servicemember on the court and share their story.

    NYFA student and U.S. Army veteran, Maurice Roberson had the honor and privilege of singing the National Anthem in front of approximately 19,000 fans on Monday night. Maurice is currently pursuing his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Acting for Film.

    The following evening, the Los Angeles Lakers hosted 20 NYFA veteran students for their “Salute to Our Troops” to enjoy the matchup between the LA Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks. At the start of the 2nd quarter the LA Lakers spotlighted the NYFA veterans on the jumbo tron, as the crowd cheered and applauded our veterans for their service.

    Retired Army veteran and Photography Department student Vance Pritchett had this to say about the event; “Being at the game surrounded by my fellow veterans and classmates made me feel greatly appreciated. Being publicly recognized for my time in service let me know that the time that I was serving my country away from home is very much appreciated.”

    The New York Film Academy is extremely grateful for the opportunity that the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers have provided to our veteran students. The NYFA Offices of Veteran Services will continue to provide professional and social opportunities to the NYFA veteran students.

    November 15, 2016 • Community Highlights • Views: 1344

  • NYFA Films Special Veterans Day Message with Col. Jacobs and DVS Commissioner, Brigadier General (ret.) Loree Sutton

    Members of New York City Department of Veteran Services (DVS), including the DVS Commissioner, Brigadier General (ret.) Loree Sutton, gathered at the New York Film Academy’s (NYFA) state-of-the-art facilities at 17 Battery Park to film a special Veterans Day message to salute, and thank those veterans who have served in our Armed Forces. The message marks the first official Veterans Day message from the City of New York’s newly created Department of Veterans Services.

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    Colonel Jack Jacobs chats with NYFA veteran student, Joshua Flashman, in between takes.

    Commissioner Sutton was joined by Colonel Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor recipient and Chair of the New York Film Academy’s Veterans Advancement Program (VAP) to send a message to both New York City veterans and the civilians who support them. They both spoke about how important the NYC community is to veterans, and how the strengths of the City’s nearly 250,000 veterans adds tremendous value to the NYC communities. Both retired servicemembers asked that— on this 2016 Veterans Day— citizens do more than simply thank veterans for their service, but also to let veterans know what a powerful asset they are as they continue to make invaluable contributions to making this the greatest city— in the greatest country— on earth.

    “There’s nobody more creative than veterans,” said Col. Jacobs. “They’re the one’s who bring life experience and creativity to a profession that requires both of those attributes.”

    “To see these students working at the New York Film Academy is really a thrill and an affirmation of the strengths we know our veterans have,” added Brigadier General, Sutton.

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    NYC Department of Veteran Services Commissioner, Loree Sutton Brigadier General (ret.) and Colonel Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor recipient and Chair of the NYFA’s Veterans Advancement Program (VAP) during taping of the 2016 Veterans’ Day Message.

    “It means a lot to know we’re appreciated in our community,” said NYFA Acting for Film student and veteran, Labrena Ware.

    “It feels great to have a sense of brotherhood,” added NYFA student and veteran, Pavlos Plakakis, who found his acting calling in the military after being told he had a talent for boosting morale amongst the troops.

    Veterans from nearly all branches of service had the opportunity to meet and speak with Commissioner Sutton and Colonel Jacobs during the filming. Those in attendance reflected about the diversity and spirit of the “Big Apple,” and also symbolized the passing of the torch from one generation of American service members to the next.

    November 9, 2016 • Acting, Community Highlights, Faculty Highlights • Views: 1321

  • NYFA South Beach Sponsors Miami Web Fest & Vet Fest

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    New York Film Academy Veteran Services Coordinator, Juan Duenas on the red carpet at the Miami Vet Fest.

    The South Beach, Miami campus of the New York Film Academy College of Visual and Performing Arts (NYFA) was a key sponsor of the 3rd Annual Miami Web Festival, and Miami VET Festival, which were simultaneously held recently in the “Magic City.”

    The Miami Web Fest is a four-day event showcasing the hottest new web series content from around the world. The festival is designed to create a work-play environment, attracting Miami’s vast and multicultural community of arts enthusiasts.

    During the Miami Web Fest, NYFA Filmmaking instructor Herschel Faber taught an exclusive Master Class for interested filmmakers. The workshop provided an overview of the importance of the screenplay, tips and tricks for making filmmaking dollars go further, shot framing, cinematography, and working with talent. The session provided a great overview of filmmaking with a concentration on utilizing storytelling in a visual and dynamic way. Professor Faber, who teaches Filmmaking at NYFA South Beach, brought a wealth of experience as he has spent the last 16 years working as a writer, director and producer of film and TV.

    The event also featured the VET Fest, which is a division of the Miami Web Fest designed to showcase films and web series with military themes or films created by military filmmakers. Bryan Thompson, a US Army Veteran and award-winning filmmaker created the VET Fest. Veteran filmmakers from across the country met at the event to showcase their films. As part of the support of the Vet Fest, NYFA’s Veteran Service Division provided a Filmmaking Program Scholarship, which was awarded to the veteran who was selected in the category of the “Best Film in the Festival.” The winner has the opportunity to use the scholarship at any of NYFAs domestic campuses.

    New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts, and the NYFA Veterans Service Division, are proud supporters of the Miami Web Fest and the VET Fest, which brought together hundreds of aspiring filmmakers including many service members.

    For more information on NYFA’s South Beach campus, please see miami.nyfa.edu.

    October 21, 2016 • Community Highlights, Faculty Highlights • Views: 1465

  • Burbank VFW Ship 8310 Welcomes Student Veterans

    vfwOn Sunday, September 25, 2016 the Burbank VFW Ship 8310 welcomed New York Film Academy (NYFA) veterans for an afternoon of camaraderie. Veterans had the opportunity to network with each other, watch football, and share a meal, which was generously provided by the VFW.

    The event was spearheaded by NYFA MFA Acting for Film student and VFW member Paul McKenna (E-7 Sergeant First Class US Army), along with help from the New York Film Academy Veterans Services team. The purpose of the event was to welcome veterans to the Burbank military community, and promote networking among veteran students.

    VFW Ship 8310 promotes solidarity among the ranks, much like an enlisted club on any military base. Eric Brown, Veterans Coordinator stated, “What better way to cultivate a relationship between veterans of various eras, than setting the stage at this local VFW. We are a band of brothers and sisters who dedicated our lives not to just serve for this great nation, but ultimately each other”.

    Juan Guillen, Captain of the VFW Ship 8310, generously offered their location and services to the New York Film Academy veterans for any future events that they would like to hold at the club.

    The mission of the VFW is to ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices that they and their loved ones have made on behalf of the Nation.

    October 5, 2016 • Community Highlights • Views: 1517

  • NYFA Welcomes Incoming Student Veterans

    The New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts recently welcomed its newest incoming class of military veterans and dependents to the Los Angeles, New York, and South Beach campuses.

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    In an effort to continuously support veterans, the Veterans Services team at each campus hosted a specific orientation for incoming veteran students. The orientation focused on helping veterans to acclimate to the campus community. The Vet team staff members provided an overview of the services they provide including assisting with GI bill benefits, housing, VA healthcare and also invited community partners that serve veterans to speak to the group.

    Several of community partners included the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Soldiers Project and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Each of the representatives spoke about how the organizations support veterans and the unique services that they provide. Freddie Basnight, Army Veteran and Acting student stated, “The veteran orientation was a very informative and supportive event for military veterans. It was great to meet fellow veterans and know that the College truly supports veterans.”

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    A representative from the VA healthcare system briefed the group about VA healthcare benefits and veterans were able to enroll in the VA healthcare system on the spot. Many of the veterans stayed after the orientation to network amongst each other and speak with NYFA representatives and veteran community partners. We would like to welcome all of the newest military veterans and dependents to the New York Film Academy campus community.

    October 3, 2016 • Community Highlights • Views: 1693