Since 2011, the New York Film Academy (NYFA) has been leading the movie musical renaissance, with its 2-Year Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre creating fully-produced original movie musicals as a part of its curriculum. Each NYFA-produced film consists of original music and stories that feature collaborations between NYFA students, faculty, and Broadway professionals, including John Wesley Shipp, Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart (“Landed“) two-time Tony nominee Charlotte d’Amboise, and most recently, Okieriete Onaodowan of “Hamilton” and “The Great Comet.”
“After touring film festivals internationally and garnering numerous awards, these films have received recognition in The Huffington Post, Variety and other notable media outlets,” says filmmaker Sean Robinson, who produces, edits and oversees the movie musical productions at NYFA.
Watch the latest movie musical trailers below, featuring the 2017 NYFA Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre students.
“PLUS ONE” (dir: T.J. Mannix)
“FOOD LIKE LOVE” (dir: Johanna Pinzler)
“readyMA MATER” (dir: Nathan Brewer)
“Alma Mater” director Nathan Brewer is currently in post production on his third movie musical, entitled “Hold Your Peace.”
“KAYA,” co-starring “Hamilton” alum Okieriete Onaodowan, provides NYFA’s students with a direct pipeline to working industry professionals, such as costume designer David Withrow, choreographer Michelle Potterf, hair and makeup artist Makayla Benedict, music director Anna Ebbesen, and Nyfa’s own Till Neumann as director of photography.
“You can expect a trailer for ‘Kaya’ this spring” says Robinson. “This film not only showcases exceptional music, storytelling, and direction, but it also celebrates a significant socio-political era in pursuit of civil rights. The gift of song should never be wasted and NYFA is providing an avenue for these students’ voices to be heard.”
The New York Film Academy Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre’s highlight reel can be watched here.
For more information, release dates and upcoming screenings visit nyfa.edu.