NYFA Instructor Lanre Olabisi
New York Film Academy instructor Lanre Olabisi has been selected for a collaborative program between The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) called Emerging Visions. Olabisi, one of the 25 filmmakers nominated for the program, will have the opportunity to meet some of the most prolific directors and producers in the industry at an event scheduled to run concurrently with the New York Film Festival. The list includes NYFA graduate Lisa Cortes (exec prod. Precious), Jon Kilik (long-time Spike Lee producer); Brian Koppelman (writer, Ocean’s Thirteen); actor Philip Seymour Hoffman; Doug Liman (dir. The Bourne Identity); Shari Springer Berman (dir. American Splendor); Alex Orlovsky (prod. Blue Valentine).
Joana Vicente, Executive Director, IFP, and Rose Kuo, Executive Director, Film Society of Lincoln Center comment that the filmmakers selected for the program are “a group of hardworking, talented, and visionary emerging artists.” Olabisi is the director and co-writer of feature film August the First, which took home the Best Feature Film award at the Birmingham Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival and the Audience Award at the Urbanworld Film Festival. The film also earned an IFP Gotham Award nomination, as well as prizes at six international film festivals including top prizes at The Milwaukee International Film Festival and The San Francisco Black Film Festival. In addition, Olabisi’s script for Highway to Nowhere was the winning screenplay in the 2009 Atlanta Film Festival. Olabisi has been on the faculty for three years and currently teaches in five departments at New York Film Academy.
New York Film Academy also extends a congratulations to recent NYFA guest speaker Alrick Brown, director of Sundance Film Festival Audience Choice winner Kinyarwanda, who will also be part of Emerging Visions.