Faculty

NYFA Summer Camp Faculty Michael J. Young Michael J. Young
President
BA, Harvard University, magna cum laude; MFA, NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. Student Academy Award finalist. Award-winning film McJew screened at festivals internationally, including Oberhausen, Cinema Du Reel, Clermont-Ferrand, Tel-Aviv, Ann Arbor, et al. NEA grant. Scorsese post-production award. Founding faculty of NYFA.
New York Film Academy Summer Camp Faculty David Klein David Klein
Senior Executive Vice President
Klein is the Senior Executive Vice President at the New York Film Academy. Klein received his Master of Fine Arts in Film Directing at New York University’s Graduate School of Film and Television in 1995. He has worked closely with NBC News, the Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York City public schools to create innovative media arts programs. In his current position at the Academy, he oversees the operations, development, and delivery of programs in the various disciplines taught, including Acting for Film, Filmmaking, Musical Theatre, Broadcast Journalism, and Cinematography, at the Academy’s locations across the globe. As a film director and producer, Klein is a recipient of the Tisch Excellence in Producing Award for producing several short films, including Gone With the Moon and Butterfly Dance starring Vera Farmiga. He was awarded the Warner Brothers Post-Production Award for a film he wrote and directed titled To Dye For.
New York Film Academy Summer Camp Faculty Elli Ventouras Elli Ventouras
Director and Senior Vice President, South Beach
MFA, Parsons School of Design. M.A., New York Institute of Technology – summa cum laude. Award-winning film Voices screened internationally at Golden Gate Documentary Film Festival in San Francisco, Miami Short Film Festival, Barcelona Short Film Festival, and Festival Du Cinema de Bruxelles. Voices was also Semifinalist at Boston Motion Picture Awards and requested to be screened as part of the activities planned in Athens, Greece for the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
NYFA Summer Camp Faculty Dr. Joy Zhu Dr. Joy Zhu
Dean of Asian Students
PhD., in Business Administration, CAU. BA and MA in English Language and Literature. In China, professor at Harbin Institute of Technology, visiting professor at Shanghai Normal University, Hangzhou University of Science and Technology, Harbin Normal University. Dr. Zhu is the President of U.S.-China Economic & Cultural Development Association, which aims to advance the cooperation of U.S and Chinese educational institutions.
NYFA Summer Camp Faculty Dr. Bob Arnot Dr. Bob Arnot
Dean of International Education
B.A. Dartmouth College; M.D. McGill University, Chief Medical Editor and Special Foreign Correspondent for NBC News, Board of Directors Save the Children, UN High Commission for Refugees.
NYFA Summer Camp Faculty James S. Miller III James S. Miller III
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Jim Miller was a fashion industry entrepreneur before beginning his career in higher education at the Institute of International Education (IIE), where he served in various leadership capacities. Miller was the executive director of the Scholar Rescue Fund © (IIE-SRF), which has saved the lives and careers of over 600 threatened and persecuted scholars from 51 countries. Miller directed the Iraq Scholar Rescue Project, a public/private partnership of more than $28M, and was the architect of numerous innovative higher education and refugee programs including Camps to Campuses, the Artists Protection Fund (APF), and the Women’s International Network (WIN).
For a decade, Miller was the senior executive of Studio Art Centers International (SACI), an art and archeology college in Florence, Italy. Jim serves on numerous boards and is the founder of the Medhen Orphan Relief Effort (MORE), and served as a founding member of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). Jim Miller has been a keynote presenter at numerous international academic conferences and has published articles — including in peer-reviewed journals.

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