YOUNG FILMMAKERS ACADEMY
ALUMNI SUCCESS STORIES
In our 7 years in operation we have worked with some truly amazing kids. Here are some of our alumni who have gone on to pursue film at the next level.
CARLSON JONES | YFA 2020
Carlson grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and attends Emerson College as a Visual Media Arts (film) major. She is also a member of the college's tennis team. Carlson is a filmmaker and published writer. She is a film purist and enjoys shooting on her vintage 8mm and 16mm cameras. Her main career goal is to write or direct a feature film for a major production company.
LINDSAY O'KEEFE | 2017-2019
Lindsay is a sophomore at New York University majoring in Film & Television at the Tisch School of the Arts. Her documentary titled “Alive Day” tells the story of a Paralympic swimmer and was accepted in over a dozen film festivals, including the Oscar-qualifying Seattle International Film Festival and the Cleveland International Film Festival. It also won the Best Local Documentary Award at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival. She has also worked as an editor and a production assistant on a variety of projects.
MARSHALL VARGAS | 2019 -2022
Marshall attended the Young Filmmakers Academy for four years as a student, and one year as a staff member. Before I started there, I had no idea what I wanted to do for a living. But once a got a taste of on-camera acting, I realized I had found my calling. I’ve been acting professionally for a little over two years now, signed with two agencies, and worked on upwards of 30 projects, including work that is on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu. I currently attend SUNY Purchase in New York as a freshman, and I’m studying acting. I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for YFA, and I can’t wait to see what’s next!
LILY "BEETS" BARLOW
Lily attended YFA for 2 years, lending her incredible talents as a special effects makeup arts to the 8 Week Film School program and the Advanced Summer workshop. She is currently attending world renowned special effects makeup legend Tom Savini's Special Effects Makeup Program in Pennsylvania.