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New York Film Academy Guest Speakers

New York Film Academy Guest Speakers

Wlliam Friedkin



Legendary director William Friedkin commanded the audience of New York Film Academy students from the moment he walked in the door. He spoke with students at the Los Angeles campus in November 2011, following a screening of The French Connection. He talked about the film, which won 5 Academy Awards, and confessed he never did a storyboard for the infamous car chase scene, adding that none of the collisions were planned. He also discussed his acclaimed films The Exorcist and To Live and Die in L.A. When asked what advice he had for aspiring filmmakers, Friedkin simply replied, “Watch Kubrick. Watch Hitchcock. Watch Almodovar.”

Notable Credits
The French Connection, The Exorcist, Cruising, To Live and Die in L.A.

William Friedkin

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