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Independence Day Inspiration

This Independence Day we were really inspired by immigration activist Therese Patricia Okoumou. She is forty-four years old, an immigrant from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who lives in Staten Island and works as a personal trainer. On July 4th, Okoumou arrived at Liberty Island and scaled the base of the Statue of Liberty to protest the current administration’s separation of migrant families at the border. She cited former First Lady Michelle Obama as the inspiration for her protest climb: “When they go low, we go high. And I went as high as I could.” Okoumou was arrested for trespassing, interfering in an agency function and disorderly conduct. The next day, at her arraignment hearing, the courtroom erupted in applause when she plead not guilty to the charges. While her case remains to be made before a judge, it’s clear that Therese Patricia Okoumou has won people over to a just cause by disrupting norms and amplifying her voice. Using the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of freedom, compassion, and strength to stand for the voiceless is bad-ass and we’re inspired by that. Happy Independence Day, 2018!

 

 

Therese Patricia Okoumou Climbed the Statue of Liberty on July 4th to Protest of Trump's Immigration Policies

 

She refused to leave until "all the children are released."

By Nerisha Penrose

Jul 5, 2018

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What did you do on the Fourth? Eat some BBQ? Post a 'gram?

Therese Patricia Okoumo spent her holiday scaling the base of the Statue of Liberty in protest of President Trump's immigration policies, which included separating migrant parents from their children at the US-Mexico border.

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Okoumo is reportedly part of a group called Rise and Resist who journeyed to the historic landmark to protest migrant family separations. Okoumo refused to come down from the statue unless "all the children are released," a source from the New York Police Department told CNN. She climbed the statue around 3 p.m and continued to climb (even resting at the feet of Lady Liberty at one point) for about three hours until law enforcement arrived and carefully helped her down.

Okoumo's demonstration wasn't the only protest at the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday. Rise and Resist, an organization dedicated to fighting for "equality, justice, and human rights" unfurled a banner that read "Abolish I.C.E," calling for the Trump administration to put an end to immigration policies.

Okoumo was arrested and could possibly be charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct, among other charges. Rise and Resist took to Twitter to share that they support Okoumo's display of resistance.

"Rise and Resist will be doing jail support for Patricia, and is arranging great legal representation for her," a rep for the group wrote on Twitter. "We will let everyone know how they can further support her as soon as we find out more info."

Okoumo also garnered praise from several activists including Shaun King and Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King, who shared a photo of Okoumo along with a quote from the late MLK.

I'LL BE TEACHING VR NARRATIVE AT THE NEW YORK FILM ACADEMY

The New York Film Academy is launching its VR Narrative & VR Game Design program in January 😎 🎞 🎉

I’ll be heading up the VR Narrative program in NYC teaching storytelling and directing. We have some amazing individuals on board who will teach everything else from post to spatial sound recording, and we will have specialized guest speakers giving workshops throughout the course. The course is tailored to reflect and teach practices applicable to the current working environment so our students are ready to enter into the professional field after the course. Because of this The New York Film Academy only employees teacher who are actively working in their field while teaching the course. 

There are still some spots available, so sign up if you are interested or send it along to anyone else interested. Happy to answer any questions and looking forward to teaching the future of VR content creators very soon! 

https://www.nyfa.edu/vr/workshops/8-week-vr-filmmaking.php



PRESS RELEASE: New York Film Academy Launches Virtual Reality Workshops

via PRWEB DECEMBER 07, 2016

Virtual Reality (VR) is one the fastest-growing areas of creative expression and technical innovation, making it the new frontier in storytelling. With more and more storytellers looking to break into this new medium, the New York Film Academy is now offering three distinct hands-on VR programs, beginning February 6, 2017.

New York Film Academy is hosting an Interactive VR Open House, Saturday Dec. 10, 2016 at the New York City campus.

In a medium where the rules have not yet been written, VR presents such a unique opportunity for the storytellers of tomorrow as our students will be able to blaze new trails and quickly become leaders of the industry, Virtual Reality (VR) is one the fastest-growing areas of creative expression and technical innovation, making it the new frontier in storytelling.

“VR is unlike any other audio-visual storytelling platform because it immerses users inside an experience and gives them agency — thereby invoking a depth of emotion and interactivity comparable to real life,” says Phoebe Elefante, Chair of Animation.

With more and more storytellers looking to break into this new medium, the New York Film Academy is now offering three distinct hands-on VR programs, beginning February 6, 2017.

The three NYFA VR programs will be broken down into the following: 

  • Intro to Interactive VR: This program is designed for anyone who wants a practical foundation in the production of interactive VR, including: 3D Modeling & Animation for asset creation, Coding in C#, and implementation in the Unity 3D game engine.
  • VR Game Design: This program builds on the Intro’s foundation and focuses on game design techniques applied in the VR space. Students are required to complete the Intro course, or submit a portfolio demonstrating equivalent skills in 3D Modeling/Animation and/or development in Unity.
  • Narrative VR Filmmaking: NYFA’s Filmmaking Department has brought together industry leading VR storytellers for the purpose of designing a hands-on, intensive and comprehensive 360 degree video production workshop. Narrative VR Filmmaking provides an in-depth introduction to the world of 360 degree video production including: writing for VR, directing the actors and audience in 360, multi-lens cinematography and VR post production.

An Interactive Open House and Information Session about the New York Film Academy’s Virtual Reality programs will be held at 17 Battery Place in New York City on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, from 2-4 p.m. EST. You can RSVP to attend at vr@nyfa.edu

Chair of Animation & Game Design Phoebe Elefante and Chair of Short-Term Filmmaking Jonathan Whittaker will present an overview of the 360/VR landscape, the incredible creative and financial opportunities, and the hands-on, intensive workshops designed to build the conceptual and practical foundations for those interested in using 360 video and interactive VR to express their creative visions.

“In a medium where the rules have not yet been written, VR presents such a unique opportunity for the storytellers of tomorrow as our students will be able to blaze new trails and quickly become leaders of the industry,” said Whittaker.

Following the presentation, guests are invited to experience the 360 video and interactive VR content created by NYFA’s slate of VR Instructors, all of whom are working professionals leading the revolution of content in this new medium.

More About the New York Film Academy VR Programs

The New York Film Academy’s hands-on short-term virtual reality programs, guide students in concept development, design, and production of their own interactive VR experiences, games and 360-degree films. By utilizing industry-standard VR techniques under the guidance of experts in the ever-growing VR industry, our eight-week programs aim to provide students with a practical foundation in VR production.

VR brings together computer-generated images, animation, programming, user experience design, game design, live action 360 video, non-linear screenwriting, and transmedia narrative design to create a holistic experience. The uses of VR are also seemingly endless. Virtual, augmented, and mixed realities have applications across industries, from games, documentary, narrative filmmaking and other entertainment, to mental health, journalism, architecture, and weight loss.

For questions and additional information about the Virtual Reality programs at the New York Film Academy, or to RSVP for the Interactive VR Open House event, please email vr@nyfa.edu