'One Tree Hill' Director To Join Youth Film Academy Board Of Directors

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Hollywood Director of Film and Television, John Asher Will Use Youth Film Academy Students For Next Film

I'm excited to help teach the craft of filmmaking to children and teenagers outside of Hollywood in cities such as Washington D.C. It feels really good.

Youth Film Academy Founder and President, George Caceres announced today that Hollywood director, John Asher will be joining the prestigious Youth Film Academy Board of Directors. John Asher has been teaching directing seminars at the Washington D.C. based directing academy for children and teenagers and has developed an impressive following with students, staff and founding members. George Caceres and John Asher had been discussing more involvement at the school and agreed that becoming a board member was the next natural step. During his tenure John Asher will oversee production on a feature length film and will staff the film crew from the Youth Film Academy roster.

"John Asher is a talented professional who brings a tremendous amount of insight and art to his directing and producing craft and we're thrilled he is going to be part of the Youth Film Academy family," said George Caceres. "Our goal here is to introduce and train children in the fine craft of television and filmmaking and John Asher will contribute significantly to this goal. We're ecstatic that he is on board," concluded Caceres.

John Asher comes from a legacy of Hollywood icons whose talents for directing and producing flow richly in their bloodline. John's grandfather Efrem Asher produced the original Dracula from 1931 and The Bride of Frankenstein. His father, William Asher directed one hundred and five episodes of the classic television show I Love Lucy and went on to direct one of Hollywood's favorite television shows Bewitched and soon after Dukes of Hazzard and the film Foul Play.

John Asher is known to many in Hollywood; perhaps most notably for his role on the popular television series Weird Science playing Gary Wallace. He's also been on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS Naval Criminal Investigation Service, Who's the Boss, Designing Women among others. He directed the film Diamonds with Lauren Bacall, Kirk Douglas, Dan Aykroyd and Jenny McCarthy as well as Dirty Love with Carmen Electra, Counterfeit with Hilary Swank and Corbin Bernsen, The Policy, Going to California and the soon to be released film Wreckage which he also produced. John Asher regularly directs One Tree Hill for the CW and is currently in negotiations to direct upcoming episodes of Gossip Girl.    

"The first step for any young kid who wants to get into the film business is to study and film as much as you can. The Youth Film Academy provides this opportunity and gives the necessary tools to accomplish any kid's goal to break into Hollywood," said John Asher. "I'm excited to help teach the craft of filmmaking to children and teenagers outside of Hollywood in cities such as Washington D.C. It feels really good."

Other Youth Film Academy board members have had vital roles in directing, producing, financing and casting some of today's most successful Hollywood entertainment projects including Disney Channel television shows like Hannah Montana, High School Musical, Corey in the House, That's So Raven, Wizards of Waverly Place, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and Camp Rock. Youth Film Academy founders are also responsible for hit movies like The Matrix, What Women Want, Mystic Pizza, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Material Girls and Bratz.

The Youth Film Academy teaches teenagers and young adults the craft of television and filmmaking. YFA students are taught specialized techniques, skills and cutting edge film technology from a curriculum that has been specifically designed by top Hollywood film industry professionals. The Youth Film Academy's objective is to create artists who will revolutionize the quality and the integrity of future multi-media entertainment.

Youth Film Academy directing students are taken through rigorous programs. Students are taught to scout for locations, shoot their own films, edit their films in YFA's technologically advanced editing bay and present their finished product to YFA's other student body, faculty and visiting Hollywood industry teachers.

Youth Film Academy is the only film school created for teenagers and young adults.    The Youth Film Academy was developed with one goal in mind, to foster a positive learning environment for teenagers and young adults who want to develop careers in film and television. The academy is intent on establishing a powerful link between the Washington D.C. area and Hollywood.

For more information on the Youth Film Academy please go to http://www.youthfilmacademy.com or call 703-891-7888


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