In what should be declared “Pacino Day” at the New York Film Academy, this past December, we had the honor of not only having iconic actor Al Pacino screen his latest film, but also had his daughter, and former NYFA Union Square student Julie Pacino, screen her feature film, Billy Bates, which she produced.
Al Pacino Speaks at the New York Film Academy
After a screening of Barry Levinson’s upcoming erotic comedy, The Humbling, Al Pacino spoke to a packed theater of ecstatic film and acting students from our NYFA Los Angeles campus. Even students at NYFA Australia's Sydney and Gold Coast locations were able to view the Q&A via Skype from halfway around the world. Not only has Pacino won an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony Award, his iconic roles throughout the years have become legendary and arguably some of the best of all-time. Many actors and filmmakers chose to go into this industry after watching performances like Michael Corleone in The Godfather or Sonny from Dog Day Afternoon. So, to everyone in the audience, this was truly an unforgettable experience.
Ironically, the day marked a proud moment for Mr. Pacino as well, knowing his daughter was making waves of her own as she continued her cross-country tour of Billy Bates with a special screening at NYFA Union Square.
With the awe of the whole experience aside, what remained most noteworthy was just how humble Al Pacino and his daughter were to our students and faculty. It just goes to show how treating others with respect is a winning ingredient for success.