Friday, August 10, 2012

Reaction to letter from President


  1. Business & Art

    I love business and I love art. But, I don't make movies and docs because of the money. I do it, because my heart and my brain function with passion and love when am writing, pre-producing, shooting, and editing my projects. If its well executed and done, it will give you money. If thats what you want!

    Even though, I had very good discussions with some members of the faculty, as a grown man and business man, I always took it maturely and with respect.

    I learned what I needed to learn from instructors that I consider essential and very important in my school experience. I worked on many sets and productions out in the real world. If it wasn't for them, I would not be doing what am doing right now.

    I had Eve's support when I asked for it. I had the opportunity to sit down and talk to my professors when I needed to. Its very sad and disappointing, that because the men and women who DO HAVE THE MONEY to pay for the rent for extra space in Manhattan, don't want to expose and risk the millions of dollars they have made in the past years, helping the kids who love this program. The kids who made them RICH!

    I can bet with my right hand on the bible, that they even have money to BUY a building. But they won't do it, because as always, millionaires don't care.

    I feel very sorry and it saddens me, that AI Headquarters decided to do this. Decided to KILL & DESTROY dreams because of money.

    I am a huge fan of business and a friend of entrepreneurship. But this BUSINESS move from the AI wealthy, its a push and an injections of motivation, to those who are willing to make the chair, the faculty, the students, the graduates, and everybody involved in these programs, PROUD.


    Francisco Sosa

  2. I'm shocked and saddened by this news.
    Two years ago I chose Ai to help me start my journey into film, and along the way I've learned so many things and met so many wonderful instructors and fellow students. I feel so lucky to be a part of the last Digital Filmmaking graduation and I look forward to my future career in production. I will always think back fondly of my time here at Ai.

    - Melissa Fortunatti

  3. As a graduate of the Art Institute of New York CIty, I am shock and upset of the sad news that EDMC is ending the film program. I’m honor and graciously appreciated to be apart of an elite group of filmmakers. AiNYC open the door for me in the film world. I’m glad that professional instructors show me the inspiration and passion of the art of film. WIth out AiNYC, I would never be living in the greatest city in the world. I hope some day I will be working a feature film with my classmates.

    - Daniel C. Arena

  4. Art Institute which claims to provide the creative needs of a talented community must work to provide that community with a strong foundation in which students to stand on. The world just collapsed. Nonetheless, for those pursuing their dreams, like Eve said, use this time to produce some amazing footage, short films, and scripts.

    As much money we pay, its still NOT enough. Its GRIND TIME. Ironically, the graduation rate of Digital Filmmaking Program will increase due to this tragic circumstances. I will continue to pursue excellence and attempt to create a short film and reel as soon as possible in the best quality. Period.

  5. "Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today."
    --Malcolm X

    Now with this bombshell, our future as Film students are very dim. I don't know if Conrad Hall can illuminate THIS.