White House

  • NYFA Doc Grad’s “Legacy” Wins Award at the White House


    The tradition of cowboying is alive and well—in Brooklyn. In former New York Film Academy Documentary student Amy Wright‘s film, Legacy, which premiered at DOC NYC in 2015, Wright takes a glimpse into the lives of the men and women who comprise The Federation of Black Cowboys. From trail riding in Virginia, to giving riding lessons to kids back in Brooklyn, The Federation ensures that the legacy of America’s forgotten black cowboys will live on for generations to come.

    amy wright award

    This Wednesday, July 20, Wright’s film was recognized and awarded Best Short by the March on Washington Film Festival, which was held at the White House. The March on Washington FF strives to increase awareness of the events and heroes of the Civil Rights Era and inspire renewed passion for activism. The festival uses the power of film, music, and the arts to share these important stories.

    “I accept this award in honor of my late grandfather, who was the inspiration for the film,” said Wright. “I’m so glad to have been able to share the legacy of black Cowboys with the world.”

    In her film, Brooklyn’s own Federation of Black Cowboys ride the trails, transport inner city kids off the streets and onto horses, and work to preserve and celebrate the legacy of the forgotten 1/3 of old west cowboys who were Black. Wright shines a light on the lesser-known aspects of Black history. Her journey with the Federation of Black Cowboys, from urban Brooklyn to rural Virginia, reveals the nuanced intersection of Black culture and American iconography.

    “The making of Legacy has been a whirlwind experience, from pitching it in the one year NYFA doc program to its screening today at the White House,” added Wright.

    “These cowboys have character in every sense of the word, from their quiet integrity to their colorful personalities,” says Andrea Swift, Chair of the Documentary Department, New York. “Seen through the lens of Amy Wright’s camera, scions of the American West like Captain Lee, Rabbit, Momma, Bug, Magic and Mountain Man fill the screen and the imagination with an unconventional vision of life on the range—if the range was Brooklyn.”

    Wright’s film is yet another shining example of the high quality, award-winning films that haven been produced with the New York Film Academy’s Documentary Program.

  • NYFA Broadcast Journalism Students to Cover NATO Summit


    One of the biggest global stories this week is the biennial heads-of-state NATO conference taking place in Poland. With Britain’s pending exit from the European Union, and continuing tensions between NATO members and Russia, this summit has taken on added significance.

    And NYFA News is there!

    Yesterday Alisa Rajkitkul and Urvashi Barua left for Warsaw. Earlier this year, Urvashi and Alisa—thanks to hard work, superior reporting skills, and a bit of luck—were able to become accredited White House reporters. (That’s right, just like the correspondents from ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC.)

    They were invited by the White House Press Office to travel to the NATO Summit, along with a Presidential visit to Spain on the way back to the United States.

    nyfa news

    Alisa Rajkitkul and Urvashi Barua

    As far as I know, this is the first time student journalists have ever traveled with the President of the United States as accredited reporters. It’s evidence of just how far the skills students learn in the New York Film Academy Broadcast Journalism program can take them…

  • Broadcast Journalism Students Cover White House Press Conference


    Part of what makes the New York Film Academy’s Broadcast Journalism School one of the leading programs in its field is the hands-on approach to its curriculum. Last Tuesday, May 31, 2016 two Broadcast Journalism students, Alisa Rajkitkul and Urvashi Barua, headed south from New York City to Washington D.C. to cover a press conference at the White House and other Washington D.C. media events as credentialed journalists.

    The events in focus were President Barack Obama’s meeting with the NCAA Champion Villanova University Men’s Basketball team and President Obama at the Arlington Cemetery to pay his respects on Memorial Day.

    The two esteemed students didn’t just randomly show up. After all, this is the White House. They were required to submit an application which was vetted by the Secret Service and, on Thursday evening, they were notified that they could attend the afternoon press conference in the Palm Room of the White House.

    It wasn’t always a glamorous assignment. In fact, the bus they were traveling on from New York to Washington broke down in the middle of the night. The two students and the other passengers had to stand on the side of road waiting for another bus. But they got to Washington, and they got their story!

    “This opportunity wasn’t a matter of luck,” said NYFA Broadcast Journalism Chair Bill Einreinhofer. “Rather, it is an example of being in the right place, at the right time, with the right skills.”

    This level of high profile coverage attests to the quality of a NYFA education, as well as the tenacity and determination of our students.

    Congratulations to two outstanding students, and now accomplished Broadcast Journalists!


    June 6, 2016 • Broadcast Journalism, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 3750