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New York Film Academy Alum Aubrey Plaza’s Ingrid Goes West Wins Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature New York Film Academy Alum Aubrey Plaza’s Ingrid Goes West Wins Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature

March 7, 2018

New York Film Academy alum Aubrey Plaza has won the prestigious Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, along with the cast and crew of Ingrid Goes West.


Plaza stars in the title role as Ingrid, a woman who moves herself to Hollywood in order to stalk her social media obsession, Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen). It’s a dark comedy that unabashedly dissects issues around social media, mental illness, and identity, navigating the satiric space between comedy and realism.



When accepting the Independent Spirit award, The Hollywood Reporter quotes Ingrid Goes West director Matt Spicer as saying, “All these people on stage made this movie happen. But rather than list a bunch of people, I just wanted to dedicate this award to one person in particular, and that is [star] Aubrey Plaza. Casting Aubrey in this movie was the best decision I ever made as a director."

Plaza was also one of 12 individual producers for Ingrid Goes West, making the film her fourth credit as a producer. The Parks and Recreation star has also won recent acclaim for her role in FX’s Legion, with Season 2 premiering in April 2018. She is a graduate of the New York Film Academy’s youth summer camp in Acting for Film.



Please note: NYFA does not represent that these are typical or guaranteed career outcomes. The success of our graduates in any chosen professional pathway depends on multiple factors, and the achievements of NYFA alumni are the result of their hard work, perseverance, talent and circumstances.



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