NEWS ABOUT OUR PAST AND PRESENT
LOS ANGELES CITY COLLEGE CINEMA STUDENTS
The following is a descriptive list of the jobs, contributions and achievements of students, both past and present, of the LACC Cinema program. E-mail Tom Stempel if you have news for us to post here. Some recent activities.
KATHRIN EDER has gotten into film production design and has designed several films, including Life Happens, which will be released in 2011. You can check out her credits at IMDB.
TONI ANN JOHNSON reports that in 2008 she wrote the feature filmStep Up 2: The Streets .
JEFF MANTOR is now the owner of the legendary Larry Edmunds Bookshop in Hollywood. It is the premier bookstore for film books and has been in business since 1938. It is at 6644 Hollywood Boulevard, just a couple of blocks east of Hollywood and Highland. Jeff also runs author screenings, usually in connection with the American Cinematheque. You can check the store out at www.larryedmunds.com.
MICHAEL EDELSTEIN picked up a Silver Telly Award for Fortress of Wisdom, his fall 2010 Cinema 2 documentary on the LA Central Library.
ERIC DE CASTRO’s feature Federal was the highest grossing independently released feature in Brazil in 2010. In early 2011 he helped the Brazilian publisher of Tom Stempel’s last book Understanding Screenwriting with the Portuguese translation to make sure it contained Tom’s voice. And at least one of the lines in the book turns out to be funnier in Portuguese than in English. Eric also helped sell the book by mentioning it when he was out promoting the DVD and Blue-Ray release of Federal.
LLOYD F. REESE was involved from 2000 - 2005 with his own Public Access Show Lloyd's Perspective, and produced a multitude of various television and video projects. From 2006 to the present, he has been involved with theatre productions, which he found very rewarding, successful, and gratifying. He is a L.A Weekly & NAACP Theatre Award Winner. He also served as the Technical Producer for 20Th (2010) & 19Th (2009) NAACP Theatre Awards Programs, held at the Director Guild of America. He is also involved with various mentoring programs.
LINDA HARRIS is now Vice President of the Alex Film Society in Glendale, which puts on all kinds of interesting screenings.
ANNETTE MARTINEZ’s World War II student short, Rhine Maidens, which was filmed in Professor Varner's class, was accepted into the Jay Sanders Film Festival and it screened at the International Student Film Festival Hollywood in October.
MARCELO ALVAREZ has been working as a freelance producer/director/editor for the past 2 years and has approx: 53 commercials to his credit for both regional and national television. He tells us “I have hired Charles Haine (who teaches Cinema 7 at LACC) to serve as DP on 10 of the spots. I primarily work with ieproduction and UNIVSION on a list of commercial campaigns that include: Carl's Jr., Master Card, Verizon Wireless, Got Milk, Colgate, Pizza Hut, and Ford.”
STEVEN BANKS reports that in November 2010, the New York Times broke as news what everybody else in the civilized world has known for years: beneath Steve’s good looks and gentlemanly airs, he is also the notorious Billy the Mime, noted for such pieces as The Priest and the Altar Boy, Anna Nichole: A Life, Dinner With Jeffrey Daumer, and his new one Arnold and the Maid
STEVE RUDOLPH’s music documentary Good Ear premiered at the Kansas City Film Festival in their CinemaJAZZ section. The film is about local LA promoter Rocco Somazzi and his inaugural Angel City Jazz Festival, which took place in September of 2008 at Barnsdall Park in Los Feliz, and has grown every year since.
JULIE DOVE , whose feature documentary My McDiet some students may remember from Cinema Four, is at work on a feature documentary about the county music business in Nashville.
TONYA PINKINS was one of number of Broadway stars who entertained the President and the First Lady at White House in a celebration of Broadway. She sang “Gonna Make Me a Law” from the show Caroline, or Change, for which she was nominated for a Tony. The show was broadcast in October on PBS.
SHARON ORECK has written a book about her years as an Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning film and music video producer. You’re going to love the title: Video Slut: How I Shoved Madonna Off an Olympic High Dive, Gor Prince into a Pair of Tiny Purple Woolen Underpants, Ran Away From Michael Jackson’s Dad…So I Could Bring Rock Videos to the Masses. How can you resist that?
VICTOR DU BOIS is the primary film editor on the new FX series Justified.
TONI ANN JOHNSON reports that in 2008 she wrote the feature filmStep Up 2: The Streets .
LOUIS MITCHELL catches us up to date: “I dropped out of LACC ('71?) because of what turned out to be cancer and I went back to Maine ostensibly to Die but the Man upstairs had other plans for me. After two years in and out of the Hospital enduring Five Major Operations and dozens of procedures to save my life, I restarted my Life in a small community theater in Ellsworth, Maine. Of all things I started a film program and was the Booker, Projectionist, Ticket Taker and Janitor. Thanks to [what I learned at LACC] I was able to pick successful films and with the second round of programming I picked a personal favorite Mon Uncle by Jacques Tati. Two people showed up, myself to project the Film and Noel Paul Stookey, of Peter, Paul and Mary. He had just moved to Maine with his Family and it was his favorite film as well! We became friends and that fall we started a Media Company called Neworld Media. We produced Noel's (Paul) Solo Album's and other Artists (David Mallett, Paul Winter Consort, etc.) and an Animation Company with the help of Doug Trumbull (2001, Brainstorm), I went from there to producing concerts and tours ('80/'81) for Dan Fogelberg, Peter, Paul & Mary and Johnny Cash. But in 1982, I knew that I had to come back to Los Angeles to forfill my Dream to Produce Films. Since then I have be involved I almost every aspect of Film Production, except Producing? Post Production, Studio Management and Content Acquisition. In the last 7 years I have represented independent filmmakers in securing Financing, Distribution and Production Consulting.
DENISE NEAL is currently working as a consultant and Independent Business Developer with a South Asian film company.
RON EASTMAN is the District Video Producer for UPS (United Parcel Service) in Southern California, overseeing all District internal corporate video production.
JAY BLUEMKE has a whole pile of credits as producer, director, and /or editor. Check his profile on IMDB.
REGINA KIMBELL produced and directed the documentary My Nappy Roots.
CATHERINE CASTRO’sfirst feature Dreamkiller played for several weeks at the Beverly Center Cineplex.
ERIC DE CASTRO is still working on getting a release for his first fiction feature film Federal. In the meanwhile he is making a documentary about the Brazilian Navy in World War II as a companion piece to Senta a Pua , his excellent film about the Brazilian Air Force.
CAMI KIDDER, a current student, made a video of LACC Cinema students protesting budget cuts that ran on Youtube.
JOE SNELSON’s URL is www.snelson.tv. He was honored in 2009 to be the Chairman of the National Association of Broadcaster's 2009 Broadcast Engineering Conference Committee. This is the committee that selects the technical papers for the NAB engineering conference held in April at Las Vegas.
TONY KANDAH is now president and CEO of Hollywood Wizard. His company is currently producing a feature film. The website is http://www.hollywoodwizard.com.
DANA KELLER's Cinema 15 film Repetitive Strain ran at the Los Angeles Shorts Film Festival in August.
LINDSAY SEYFFERT's first full length professional credit as both a Sound Designer and Foley Artist is The New Twenty. You can check the trailer out online at http://www.thenewtwentymovie.com/ .
JAMES TRENT's short film Hungry, which he wrote and directed was selected to screen at the Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival (www.bciff.com) August 7-9 in Houston, Texas.
IKUO SAITO's film Fistful of Love was an Official Selection to this year's 10th Annual Best Fest America Student Film Festival
MIMI LEDER is finishing up her first feature in several years, Thick as Thieves, starring Morgan Freeman and Antonio Banderas. Her next film as both producer and director will be Remember Their Names. The film will be an adaptation by Mimi's brother Reuben of Jim Longhi's book Woody, Cisco & Me, which is about Longhi's experiences serving in the Merchant Marine with Woody Guthrie. Oh, that Woody.
ALBERT and ALLEN HUGHES are revisiting the settings and themes of their 1999 documentary American Pimp with Gentlemen of Leisure, a drama series project for HBO.
JAMES RUTHERFORD and NANCY LATHROP RUTHERFORD, in between their duties as, respectively, a projectionist for UCLA and a high school teacher, have created their own blog. It is From Cult to Classic. You can go to it and from there get to their lively and entertaining podcasts, in which they include short reviews, general discussions, and a feature called “The Islander,” in which a guest will discuss the movies he or she would take with him or her to a desert island.
GREGORY EVERETT, who was a student in the first years the building opened, is now a film editor and director of music videos. He is currently directing a documentary entitled 41st and Central: the Untold Story of the Los Angeles Black Panthers. On May 27th he screened the two-hour Part I, “High Potential” for Tom Stempel’s History of Documentary Film class. It is a stunning film and those who saw it are looking forward to Part II.
ARMANDO LERMA, a current student, co-created and produced the reality show Las Modelos for KNLA, Channel 27.
ERIK DEUTSCHMAN’s film work is on Youtube.
IKUO SAITO’s short entitled Fistful of Love took second place at Jay Sanders Film Festival! (College competition). Check it out at Jay Sanders Film Festival.
GUSTAVO BRUM won an Emmy for his cinematography for the 2007 Rose Parade.
JAMES TRENT, a current student, entered his films in a bunch of festivals. Hungry was in the Best Silent Film, Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival in Houston, Texas; an Official Selection, Utopia Film Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland; an Official Selection, Non Violence International Film Festival in Ontario, Canada; an Official Selection, Frederick Film Festival in Frederick, Maryland; won an Honorable Mention, BestFest America Student Film Festival in San Diego, CA; and won an Honorable Mention, Annual Student Film and Video Festival in San Marcos, CA. The Smelly Janitor copped 3rd Place, Short Film Category, Annual Student Film and Video Festival in San Marcos, CA; and was an Official Selection, Frederick Film Festival in Frederick, Maryland.
JULIA RADOCHIA and JEREMY WARD (“Sarge” to those who knew him here) got married in May 2008 and had a baby girl, Linnea Hepburn Ward, in May 2009. No the Hepburn is not for Kate or Audrey, but a family name.
MALISSA STRONG’s Cinema 15 short My Mother's Keeper ran on the Black Entertainment Television (BET) program Lens on Talent. She is currently working on a feature documentary Black Magic: A History of African-American Magicians www.blackmagicthemovie.com.
LUPE DE LOS ANGELES is now working for a company called Genius in Motion (www.geniusinmotion.com) which is collecting interviews and material about minorities in film. The interviews go up on the group’s website. Lupe interviewed Tom Stempel to provide some historical perspective.
TONYA PINKINS guest starred in the “Split Ends” episode of The Closer on September lst.
ROBERT ELSWIT, who was a student in the very early days of the program, won the Academy Award for Cinematography this year for his work on There Will Be Blood. His more recent credits include Michael Clayton, Syriana, Good Night and Good Luck, Heist, Magnolia, Tomorrow Never Dies, Boogie Nights, and The River Wild. Credits.
JENNIE NA's 35mm short film, made in the advanced production course, This Solace Eternal won a Panavision New Filmmaker 35mm Grant from Eastman Kodak. At the 30th Asian American International Film Festival in New York City in July 2007, the film was a nominee for Excellence In Short Filmmaking Award. It also was shown at New York Korean Film Festival in August 2007, the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival in September 2007, the San Diego Asian Film Festival in October 2007, the NewFilmmakers screenings in Los Angeles in October 2007, the Film Independent Cinema Lounge in Los Angeles in January 2008, the Reel Women International Film Festival in Los Angeles in March 2008, the Women's International Film Festival in South Florida in April 2008, and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in May 2008.
LAURA SOMERS recently won a Remi Award for her short film Las Perdidas (The Lost Ones) at the WorldFest Houston Film Festival.
HERB TRIPP was honored in 2008 at the Action on Film Festival with the world premiere of his film.
CAMI KIDDER's film Store was named "Best Documentary" by the Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival www.vifvf.com in February of 2007.
STEPHEN BARIL was a finalist at the 2007 SoCal Independent Movie Festival in their short script category for Red Flag, a script he wrote as a student.
RAY BUSSIEN has gone back to Switzerland in 2000 and his now Technical Director of the Sports Department of Swiss Television. He worked the Americas Cup in Valencia, Spain, and is going to cover the Beijing Olympics in 2008
SALVADOR MORALES is producing and directing the reality show Las Morales for KNLA, Channel 27.
CARYN HAYES won the Original TV Pilot award in the Organization of Black Screenwriters' recent competition.
SCOTT ROTRAMEL's student film A Woman in WWII was chosen as one of the final 15 entrants in the First Annual Community College Film Festival in 2007, and a copy was requested by the 250,000 member Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation for placement in their permanent archive.
DJAMEL BEN NECIB has written and directed for an episodic online comedy series called The Great L.A. Pretenders. The series is about Hollywood wannabes. The first six episodes will be available at www.thegreatlapretenders.com.
MARYANNE RAPHAEL's new book on her experiences with Mother Teresa, What Mother Teresa Taught Me, was published in 2007 by St. Anthony Messenger Press.
RICHARD NARANJO started a new job November 19th as producer and director of television commercials of Liberman Broadcast Media.
RAHJESH BHAVNANI is one of the founders of the South Bay Film Festival in Torrance. The first one was held in November.
CAMI KIDDER and KRISTINE NAMKUNG, both current students, are finalists in the ConocoPhillips My 76 Video Scholarship Contest. Cami has two films entered, Life is Always Happening and Life Happens Every Day. Kristine's entry is 76 for a New Generation. Her film has subsequently played on television.
SPIROS STATHOULOPOULUS was signed by the Endeavor agency as a result of his first feature, the 85-minute, single-take film PVC-1, which was the hit of the Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2007.
LESTER and LAVANIEL GRIFFIN just recently shot a music video for Amanda Dumas and a commercial for Puma shoe company. The music video and commercial can be seen on the Sony Crackle web page and MTV.
DINO DIMURO, who was a student in the seventies, has been a sound effects editor and sound designer on a whole pile of films, most recently Bourne Ultimatum, American Gangster, and Things We Lost in the Fire. Profile
ROBERT PHARES's Cinema 2 film Bird Dog played at the Valley Film Festival.
TOM JEWETT has moved up, or down, depending on how you look at it, from being a cinematographer to being a producer. He has been the producer of two nighttime soaps on My Network TV, American Heiress and Watch Over Me. Profile
TIM GIBBONS is one of the producers of the HBO show Curb Your Enthusiasm. He was a student at LACC in the early seventies and later became a production coordinator for Dick Clark and his assorted shows. He also has directing credits on The Jamie Kennedy Experiment. Profile
JENNY LEWIS and her band Rilo Kiley have a new CD out, Under the Backlight. Jenny and the group were the subject of a long piece in the Los Angeles Times in August.
VITO DINATOLO's short film John played at the Los Angeles Short Festival in September.
BETH SPIEGEL's editing of the new National Geographic theatrical documentary Arctic Tale was particularly praised in the Variety review of the film. Profile
SCOTT ROTRAMEL's student film A Woman in WWII was chosen as one of the final 15 entrants in the First Annual Community College Film Festival in 2007, and a copy was requested by the 250,000 member Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation for placement in their permanent archive.
CAMI KIDDER's film Store was named "Best Documentary" by the Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival www.vifvf.com in February of 2007.
ALBERT HUGHES and his brother Allen have been signed to direct The Book of Eli, a postapocalyptic western for producer Joel Silver and Warner Brothers. More information
JIMMY SARIYA's LACC film 208 has been chosen as the DVD to launch the Horror Cinema Club in the United Kingdom.
HANEEF BHATTI's short film Faceless was shown in the Damah Film Festival in May.
ROBERT PHARES and IKUO SAITO, two of our current students, are Finalists in the Economic and Workforce Development Media Arts Competition (sponsored by the California Community Colleges). Robert's film is Trigger and Ikuo's is Bite of the Dead.
OLENA KUHTARYEVAwas the editor of Caroline Crossing and Two Nights, two AFI Thesis films that were shown in March at the AFI Festival at the Archlight Theatre.
MARYANNE RAPHAEL's new book Garden of Hope: Autobiography of a Marriage was published in 2006.
ROY WOOD directed the animated feature Disaster! After a theatrical run, it came out on DVD in February. More Information
LIZ ADAMS was the producer, NICK LIGONIS the director, DON CUNINGHAM the DP, SHIN KITANI a gaffer, and ERIC ESTRADA worked camera on the short feature Big Slick, premiering in February.
GUSTAVO BRUM worked as gaffer on the Al Pacino film Salomaybe.
GAMMY SINGER has turned author. Her new book, Hard Luck and Trouble: A Landlord's Tale was published in February. It is the third book in her Landlord's Tale series. The first one, A Landlord's Tale, is under option by Laurence Fishburne's Gypsy Cinema Productions (Laurence also attended the LACC Cinema-TV Department). The second is Down and Dirty: A Landlord's Tale. You can learn more at her website www.gammysinger.net.
KAREN MONCRIEFF's second feature The Dead Girl played at the AFI Fest in November and opens in theatres December 29th. The film was already been nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Director. Karen's all-star cast includes Toni Collette, Brittany Murphy, James Franco, Marcia Gay Harden, Giovanni Ribisi, Mary Beth Hurt, Mary Steenburgen, and of course the co-star of Carrie, Piper Laurie.
AKIHIRO KITAMURA'S feature film I'll Be There with You has been in a number of festivals including the FAIF International Film Festival, Beverly Hills Fine Arts Theatre Industry Showcase and Outstanding Director Debut Award at LA Indies
KRISTIAN ALLEN directed a feature Seasons of Life that is now available on DVD through major retailers everywhere. Kristian has produced over 200 commercial videos since he left LACC. Revelation Pictures
JOE REYNOLDS' very hip M BAR and Restaurant is a well-known L.A. hangout featuring great Italian food.. Comedy every night at 8:00 p.m. and short film shows are a regular event.
DARRIN MONROE and LISA NEAL of Bandit Films been very active in the production of music videos for some time now. Profile
JP KANESHIDA (formerly Jeff Park) He's been promoting independent film. He writes and speaks on independent filmmaking outside the studio system. Profile
KRISTIAN X. ALLEN, a student in 1998-2000, recently produced a feature film, Seasons of Life, which is available from Blockbuster, Amazon, Best Buy, etc.
HYRUM FEDJE and NICOLE STRANZ had their films shown in the 2006 Los Angeles International Film Festival.
MARK GERARD is continuing direct and shoot numerous music videos along with other projects. Profile
RANDALL VON BLOOMBERG documentary short Service was in the Westwood International Film Festival in October 2006.
RANDI WOXLAND, a current student, had her short film September 30, 1955 in the International Student Film Festival Hollywood in November.
GASTON BIRABEN's feature Cautiva was released in the United States in the fall.
TAMRA DAVIS directed the October 20th episode of the new TV series Men in Trees.
RICHARD BROOKS got a "Cheers" from TV Guide in October for playing a "lowlife mixed up in the murder of a suburban family" in Close to Home and followed that with a reprisal of his role of lawyer Paul Robinette in Law & Order. Of course, there are those who might consider lawyers "lowlifes mixed up in murder," but hey…
SHIRA DUBROVNER directed a stage production in Los Angeles of Arthur Miller's play Broken Glass. The Los Angeles Times called it "ably directed."
BILL FERNANDEZ and OSCAR ARCE have formed a DVD releasing company. They are specializing in the films of Luis Bunuel. They have already released Un Chien Andalou and are preparing to release Bunuel's classic 1933 surrealist documentary Las Hurdes. The latter will have a commentary track by, ahem, Tom Stempel.
EDGAR ARELLANO produced and directed the feature Hoodrats , which is now available from Maverick on DVD. Hoodrats
TAMRA DAVIS's 1986 short interview film A Conversation with Jean-Michel Basquiat ran at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art as part of a retrospective show of the late artist's work. In August the Los Angeles Times had a story on the film and Tamra's friendship with Basquiat. Here's a blurb from the Tornonto International Film Festival.
JENNY LEWIS wrote the song I Never, which she and her band Rilo Kiley sing on the sound track of the film Must Love Dogs. Must Love Dogs
ROSA ALEXANDER has been very busy on the Board of American Federation of Television and Radio Arts (AFTRA) and for three years has served as the EEOC AFTRA Chair. She's appeared in several films including Homeland Security (NBC/Paramount) and recently The District. She's finishing up her BA at CSUN in Film Production.
JENNIE NA is directing a short film This Solace Eternal which can be seen at ThisSolaceEternal.com.
JUN OSOZAWA is working on the film What Love Is. Another alum, JOY CZERWONKY, is the Line Producer. What Love Is.
MALISSA STRONG is now the Production Manager for a 10-part, ½ hour series The Freedom Files for Brave New Films for LinkTV. Profile
STEVE BANKS appears briefly in the comedy documentary The Aristocrats. That's where hanging out with Penn Jillette will lead you to. Profile
FELIPE SILVA was interviewed on NPR about the Novela writing program he is participating in.
STEPHEN WENMAN'S film One For the Road was a finalist in a number of film festivals including LA Short Film Festival, Hollywood International Short Film Festival, Alameda Film Festival and others.
ALEX HINTON's feature documentary Pick Up the Mic (mic as in microphone) played in September at the Toronto Film Festival. It is about the world of queer hip-hop artists. Alex shot 300 hours of footage, which after a year and a half of editing he eventually cut down to 95 minutes. He says, "I used everything I've learned from my time at LACC during the process." Pick Up the Mic and review
STEVE BANKS is currently the co-producer of the animated TV series Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius on Nickelodeon. He was nominated for a Writers Guild award for best animation writing in 2004. His book SpongeBob's Big Halloween Scare was published by Simon and Schuster and showed up on the New York Time bestseller list. Under non-fiction, presumably. His novel King of the Creeps will be published by Random House in 2006. More about Steve Banks
TONI ANN JOHNSON and Michael D'Antonio won a $10,000 Humanitas prize for Crown Heights, a Showtime movie about an effort to heal wounds from the riots that broke out after a car driven by a Jewish man struck and killed a black child.
KEVIN TENT edited Sideways, one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year. If you want to hear Kevin talk about his work on another film, he has his own commentary track on the DVD of The Clearing, now in your finer video stores. For more information about Kevin see Kevin Tent's Credits
EARL BARRET, whose LACC days pre-date the Cinema/TV program, considers himself an honorary alumnus. His television writing credits include Too Close for Comfort, Viva Valdez, Welcome Back Kotter, The Bob Newhart Show, Sanford and Son, Julia, Batman, Get Smart, My Mother the Car, My Favorite Martian, and The Andy Griffith Show. Let's see you youngsters top that resume. Earl Barret's Credits
JENNY LEWIS, now the lead singer of the band Rilo Kiley, speaking of music, popped up in Entertainment Weekly's Listen 2 This section a few months back, saying it was her wish to meet actor Mark Ruffalo, "A babe for sure." When asked what she would do if she met him, she said, "Turn to dust. I'd be a pile of clothes." She's also doing her first solo album for Omaha's Saddle Creek Records Jenny Lewis Credits
ANGELA DE JOSEPH will be one of the producers of Nappily Ever After, which will star Halle Berry as an advertising executive who shaves off her long, processed, straight hair.
MARIANNA HARRISON, a more recent alumna (she was here in 97-98), worked as a PA on the TV show Elimidate and on the film MVP, which was at Sundance in 2004. She was also a PA and Wardrobe Assistant on the Eminem film 8 Mile.
TONYA PINKINS recreated her Tony-nominated performance in Caroline, or Change at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in November and December. There were standing ovations every night. The production moves to San Francisco in January for several weeks. Tonya is also finishing up her self-help book, which will have the wonderful title Get Over Yourself. And she is shooting what she hopes will be the last footage she needs for her documentary on child custody cases. Tonya Pinkins' Credits
KASEY ARNOLD-INCE is now the Director of Communications for PAX Scientific. She manages "all marketing, corporate, and technical materials, web sites, video production, PR, and any other activities that help people understand what we do. (Which is?) The company is an industrial design firm that employs design geometrics found in nature to solve technology." Well, you wanted to know.
MARIANNA HARRISON has been working on the shows Elimidate, Fox Television's The Swan and the independent feature MVP.
WENDELL SCOT GREENE was the cinematographer for LEON TREY HALEY who directed Sweet Oranges released on DVD Sweet Oranges. Wendel is concentrating now his efforts on shooting music videos after spending time as a camera assistant for Daniel C. Pearl and Malik Hassan Sayeed.
LAURENCE WALSH and her writing partner Ildy Modrovich are now story editors on the CBS television show CSI: MiamiCredits
VICTOR DUBOIS co-edited the feature The Last Samurai. Credits
HEBER MOURA TRIGUERO and ERIK DE CASTRO are preparing to shoot their first fiction feature, Federal, in Brazil. Erik wrote and will direct, and Heber is producing. They recently were in Hollywood to sign Forest Whitaker to play a DEA agent. Their documentary Senta A Pua! will be released shortly on DVD.
Meanwhile, in Argentina, GASTON BIRABEN has written and directed his first feature, Cautiva (Captive will be the English title). Variety's review called it a "gripping drama," and said, "first-time helmer Gaston Biraben catches the viewer up in a paradoxical tale." Film was judged best film in the Horizons sidebar at the San Sebastian Film Festival. The film tells the story of a young girl brought up in a middle class home only to find out she is the real daughter of activists who were "disappeared" in the 70s. Credits
KAI SOREMEKUN has taken an acting gig, showing up in Love, Sex, and Eating the Bones, a Canadian film that played the Toronto Film Festival. Credits
TONYA PINKINS has returned to the New York stage. She plays Caroline in Tony Kushner's new play, Caroline, or Change. It is currently at the Public Theatre but will move to Broadway in May, making her elgible for what could be her second Tony. Reviewers thought she was the best thing in the show. Tonya Pinkins Credits
TOM EVERETT played the juicy role of the sleazy kidnapper in the CBS November sweeps movie The Elizabeth Smart Story. Credits
YASMIN ORTIZ (RIOS) was invited to the Berlinale Talent Campus at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2004.
RUPERT NADEAU was the assistant sound editor on Something's Gotta Give. Credits
CAROLE KRAVETZ edited the new Carl Franklin film Out of Time. Credits
KEVIN TENT selected a series of cuts in Apocalypse Now for his contribution to the "Cuts We Love" column in the Spring 2003 CinemaEditor, the official journal of the American Cinema Editors. The issue, by the way, is on Film Schools, and LACC gets mentioned, although not nearly enough, of course. Credits
KAI SOREMEKUN's 2001 short film Maple won the best director award at the Reel Black Awards in Toronto, and the film played at the Reel World Film Festival in Toronto and at other Canadian film festivals. Her 2003 short film Lock Her Room played on Showcase in February 2003 as part of their Black Filmmakers Showcase.
KEVIN TENT did his usual brilliant job of editing on About Schmidt . The American Cinema Editors thought so too, and nominated it for one of the year's best editing jobs. (Typical Hollywood story: when the film was completed and previewed, the audience reaction was not up to the studio's liking. So they recut it. And their version tested worse. We could have told them you can't schmuck around with Kevin's editing.)
LAURENCE WALSH and her writing partner Ildy Modrovich have been signed by CAA. They have credits on two episodes of the hit TV series CSI: Miami. Their February10th episode was praised in a Close-Up feature in TV Guide as a "well-crafted whodunit," and indeed it was. (Although Professor Stempel's wife, a former research scientist, had a couple of scientific quibbles about it, but she's like that.)
JACK GERLACH's feature Love Philosophy was released in nationwide in Germany.
MAGGIE GREENWALD directed two TV movies: Tempted and Get a Clue . Maggie Greenwald's credits
JOY CZERWONKY produced the features King of the Ants, Leave No Trace and Lava Lounge . Joy Czerwonky's credits
KAREN MONCRIEF directed Blue Car (2002), starring Agnes Bruckner, David Strathairn, Margaret Colin and Frances Fisher. It was picked up by Miramax after the Sundance Film Festival and released nationwide to excellent reviews. Karen began writing Blue Car while at LACC in 1998 and the script won the AMPAS Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. More info on Blue Car including reviews. Other Blue Car Info. Other Credits
TAMRA DAVIS directed the feature sports documentary Keep Your Eyes Open (2002), starring Mike D (Michael Diamond of the Beastie Boys), Sunny Garcia, Matt Hoffman, Spike Jonze, Seth Morrison and Travis Pastrana. Her other film this year was Crossroads with Britney Spears, Aston Mount, Zoe Saldana and Dan Akroyd. Tamra Davis' credits
DAVID VASSAR, one of the first students ever in the LACC Cinema program back in the late sixties, has a new film called The Spirit of Yosemite , which will surprise no one who saw his student film, Yosemite Incident . You cannot catch The Spirit of Yosemite at your local theatre or drive-in. The 23-minute film is being shown only in the 131-seat theatre in the visitor's center at Yosemite National Park. In between his first Yosemite film and the second one, David won a Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival for his multimedia production Replenish the Earth and an Oscar nomination for his feature documentary Generation on the Wind . More recent students may remember the one-page ad for the latter in the Former Student Bulletin Board.
JENNY LEWIS is the vocalist for the band Rilo Kiley, whose first album Take Offs and Landings came out in 2001.
TONYA PINKINS has returned to the stage, this time in Los Angeles. She is appearing in Joe Louis Blues at the Tiffany Theatre.
MALISSA STRONG came up with an Honorable Mention in the African-American category of the Directors Guild of America Student Film Awards for her film, VWB(Voting While Black) . Credits
DAN AND BETH BOOTZIN's Life/Drawing played at the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival in Birmingham where it won the top award, Best Feature.
FRANCESCA FUENAZLIDA's film Trauco's Daughter has been chosen to be shown this March in the prestigious San Diego Latino Film Festival.
LESTER and LAVANIEL GRIFFIN are currently shooting a feature length documentary Voices featuring R&B singer Kenny Laqttimore. Their next project is Addison Square. You can contact them at LstrGrf@aol.com.
CAROLE KRAVETZ was the editor on Terry Zwigof's film Ghost World.
JUDY KWON appeared on the cover and in a photo essay in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, November 11, 2001.
Congratulations to MICHELE LEE who won the LACC Foundation 2000-01 Joseph Dyer Scholarship.
SHIRLEY PLACE and FRANCESCA FUENAZLIDA were recipiants of Women in Film scholarships in June, 2001. Congratulations.
MASLISSA STRONG came up with an Honorable Mention in the African-American category of the Directors Guild of America Student Film Awards for her short, VWB - Voting While Black.
SIERRA SWEET is an associate producer for the BET Network.
HANS SWETS is producing documentaries through his company, Bigfoot Productions. He's currently shooting a documentary on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. Click here for his website.
ROY BEDFORD has completed principal photography on his DV feature Gothic/Claustrophobia.
RACHEL CAILLIACH works for a film production and distribution company that sent her to Paris to work with the French office of the company. She was there during the aftermath of the Presidential election here and started telling strangers and cab drivers she was British so she did not have to try to explain our electoral system to them.
JOY CZERWONKY is actively producing feature films, commericals, and shorts. She's currently producing the 35mm feature Lava Lounge for Ovenbird Films, Inc.
JUAN DE LA TORRE has been busy as associate producer and cameraman with the National Geographic Explorers in Costa Rica. He produced his first indie DV feature this year. Currently he's with US Films marketing Soderberg's new film Traffic.
ERIC DEUTSCHMAN produced and directed this year's theater trailer's for the Sundance Film Festival.
RELAH ECKSTEIN had a a showing in New York of 8 of her films at the Dahlonega International Film Festival at the Maya Deren Theatre in New York on March 17.
TOM EVERETT returned to playing government officials in movies with a role as the FBI agent who gives Kevin Costner the file on "Papa Spy" in Thirteen Days.
MARK GIRARD is now the Chief Technology Office at High Technology Video. He was quoted in a recent article in American Cinematographer.
KULANI JACKSON has been working for four years at SONY. He now is an Associate with Screen Gems.
TOM JENSEN is currently writing the update for the ASC manual.
MICHELLE LEE has been awarded the Independent Feature Project West's Project: Involve Barbara Boyle Scholarship.
SEAN MENZIES is the Apprentice Film Editor on Save the Last Dance.
TOM MERINO is very busy shooting promo videos and doing A.D. work on commercials and music videos.
JOE SNELSON is currently Vice President of Engineering for the Meredith Broadcasting Group. Seewww.snelson.tv.
TONYA PINKINS followed up her role in The Wild Party with an off-Broadway stint in The Vagina Monologues.
MARISE SAMITIER's new short film, Return to Reason played at the Los Angeles International Latino Film Festival in July. Marise also has been awarded the William Froug Scholarship in Screenwritig at UCLA.
WILLIAM SAVAGE co-produced a feature entitled Living The Life, directed by Alex Muoz. It will be released at the beginning of 2001. For more information, see the Living The Life website.
TARSEM SINGH just released his first feature, The Cell. It opened on August 18, 2000 and was the top-grossing film of the weekend. Tarsem was the subject of an article in the Los Angeles Times on August 19th, the day after the film opened. He is quoted in the article as having received inspiration as a film student at LACC. The article also stated that Tarsem is "one of the highest paid and celebrated commercial and music video directors." For more information on The Cell.
SIERRA SWEET is currently working on her documentary Strawberries - Women of the Night. She's been getting a lot of press on it. See her website
HEBER MOURA TRIGUERO and ERIK DE CASTRO have completed a feature documentary on the Brazilian Air Force in World War II entitled Senta A Pua!. It played for a week in April at the Pioneer Theatre in New York City. The guys were told there was no way they could get a Brazillian documentary into a run in New York, but the did. It will play on double bills with such classics of the WWII Italian campaign as Rome Open City, Paisan, and San Pietro Learn more about this great film (highly recommended by Dr. Stempel) at Senta A Pua!.
LAURENCE WALSH is still John Woo's assistant and received a "story by" credit on a half-hour sitcom last February and is now writing a feature.
BILL COE was the lst AC for the James Mangold film Girl Interrupted (Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Whoopi Goldberg and Vennessa Redgrave) for SONY . He also was the 1st on In Dreams directed by Neil Jordan. Bill Coe's Credits
ERIC DEUTSCHMAN's advanced film Split was on the Sundance Channel in October.
RELAH ECKSTEIN'S Oat-Meal has been a film festival hit with over forty different festivals accepting it for screening including Edinburg, Berlin, and Ann Arbor. She has won a number of awards too. Her latest film, Lucy's Dream, is currently making its way on the film festival curcuit.
JOSE HERMOSILLO's film My Brother was in the Mediaone Film Festival.
Honoree MICHELLE LEE had Michael Lehman as her Project: Involve mentor this year.
KEERIE LYNNE was a visual effects assistant with Filmwerks Digital on The Wrecking Crew directed by Albert Pyun.
THEODORE MCCLENDON'S book: How to Find a Good Black Man: Find Yourself. is still doing well. You can see it on Amazon.com. Theodore is now attending the Communicatons Department at Purdue.
SHERRIE ROBERTSON has a successful business producing surfing films in Hawaii. See her company's website at www.islegroove.com.
MONTE RUSSELL has been moved up to co-starring status for his recurring role on the series ER.
PAUL SBRIZZI's film It Dwells in Mirrors has been a big hit at film festivals. It has been now be seen at over 30, including Slamdance, Edinburg International, and MIX/New York.
BILL SHAFFER is a staff 1st assistant editor for Disney Animation in Burbank.
JAMIE STERN is directing music videos in New York. He recently did several in Austrailia.
HANS SWETS is producing documentaries through his company, Bigfoot Productions. Click here for his website
KEVIN TENT did a terrific job cutting Girl Interrupted (Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Whoopi Goldberg and Vennessa Redgrave) for SONY . He also edited Election with Johnny Depp. He's now cutting Blow, directed by Ted Denne and starring Johnny Depp. Kevin Tent's Credits
LITO TORRES had his film A Box of Cookies screened at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival.
DINO ANDRADE was working as a first assistant director on a friend's shoot when somebody on the crew told him he'd seen his name on this list on the Net. So Dino looked himself up and realized we hadn't anything more recent about him than 1990, so he updated us. Math Murder, the indie feature he was going to produce, never materialized, but he has done a lot of other jobs, including First A.D. , editor, and writer, the latter most recently on the award-winning Holloween special Pumpkin Man, He has also just completed his first indie feature as director/co-writer. It's called Bob's Video and is made by his own company Klaxon Filmworks. The co-writer, by the way, is another LACC alumus, J.M. BELL. Click here for more about Dino
DAN and BETH BOOTZIN'S first feature, Life/Drawing played at the Taos Film Festival in April and got a very nice review in Variety. The reviewer called it a "funny pic…wholly original" and said that Dan's direction "pulls off the trick of balancing our sympathies between characters who have little idea what they're doing, while also commenting on the elusiveness of the creative process itself." Click here for information about the film
PAULA CANTU is still director Robert Altman's "executive/personal/everything assistant" and has a credit on his charming new movie Cookie's Fortune. She says, "It has been the most amazing time of my life."
TIMOTHY FOLSOME has directed a new feature starring Wanya Morris and Mekhi Phifer. Click here for other info about the movie.
NERSES GEZALYAN did the Foley mixing on Election as well.
NANCY HERARD-BROWN can be seen in the supporting role of Rose in Showtime's orginal movie, Blind Faith which world premiered in January 1998 at Sundance and has aired on Showtime since then.
SHAUN HILL is one of the producers of the indie feature Pariah, which opened in Los Angeles in May (1999) to good reviews.
Second-year cinema student TONI ANN JOHNSON was awarded the 1998 Humanitas Prize for the screenplay she wrote for the TV movIe Ruby Bridges which aired on ABC and was produced by The Wonderful World of Disney. The Humanitas prize is given to writers who have written scripts that communicate enriching human values. Click here for more about Toni
DAVID KOENIGSBERG is now the Director of Budgeting and Estimating at 20th Century-Fox. He went there a couple of years ago in his consultant status to look at their animation program and Rupert Murdoch liked his work so much he now oversees budgets for the whole studio, including TV animation, feature animation, television production, and feature production. He's the guy who, when a director asks for forty more horses than they have budgeted for, tells the director he can have them but they will be paid for out of the director's salary. What a fun job!
CAROLE KRAVETZ did a terrific job editing the Meryl Streep starrer One True Thing, giving the film a fluidity and grace most features cut on the throw-all-the-dailies-into-ablender-and-see-what-happens approach do not have. It's not her fault the film runs long in the last twenty minutes; who would dare cut Meryl Streep's death scenes? Carol Kravetz's Credits.
SUSAN MCWILLIAMS appeared in an October episode of The New Love Boat. Look for it on re-runs. It's the one with the cast of the original Love Boat as guest stars. Susan is the only one in the cast without a bad eye job.
MIMI LEDER received a Distinguished Alumna Award from the California Community College League in November at a ceremony attended by Vaughn Obem and Tom Stempel, as well as the president of LACC, Dr. Mary Spangler.
SAUNDRA SHARP'S videotape, It's O.K to Peek: Gynecological Self-Exam, is now distributed by Woman Make Movies in New York. Valerie Boyd in Health Quest: The Publication of Black Wellness calls it "Useful to health professionals and health educators."
KEVIN TENT did a terrific job editing the new feature Election. He had previously cut the same director's Citizen Ruth.
OZZIE ZORNIZER is continually active with his animation and special effects company, NEW HOLLYWOOD. See his website for details.
SUSAN TUAN's student film Omnibus was shown at the 13th annual Los Angeles Asia Pacific Film and Video Festival in May.
MONTE RUSSELL shows up as the heroine's boy friend in Ice Cube's film The Players Club. He also shows up early on for a line or two in Godzilla.
LESLIE LIBMAN and her husband Larry Williams co-directed the NBC TV-movie Brave New World, which ran in April.
LAURENCE WALSH is now working as a personal assistant to director John Woo. She worked on the rewrites on Woo's Face/Off. She even did one scene as an actress in the film, which was cut, but still got her her SAG card. She also did rewrites on a script for a TV pilot Woo was connected with. As she told Tom Stempel, "It still sucked, but it sucked less."
LOIS SHELTON's 1986 film Ernie Andrews: Blues for Central Avenue has become the inspiration for a new book. Steven Isoardi wrote a review of the film when it first came out and got interested in the subject. He has now done extensive oral history inteviews with the jazz musicians who were part of Central Avenue in the forties. The book was excerpted in the LA Weekly in March and is published by the University of California Press. It is called Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles, and made the Los Angeles Times Best Seller list.
SKYLAIRE ALFVEGREN, now a freelancing writer, has started doing movie reviews of the freeby LA weekly New Times.
PAULA CANTU was Robert Altman's assistant on The Gingerbread Man.
RUPERT NADEAU was the Assistant Music Editor on As Good As It Gets.
IRENE TSU gave a terrific performance as Aunt Rosie in the much-honored Hong Kong film Comrades: Almost a Love Story.
SHIRA DUBROVNER's film Muriel was given a CINE Eagle Award, and won an award at the Humboldt Film Festival.
RICHARD LIUKIS is now working for Cinesite as a 3D animator.
GUSTAVO BRUN's student film Statue of Limitations was shown at the Festival of Fantastic Cinema in Brussels, Belgium.
SHAUN HILL's film Pariah played at the Hollywood Film Festival in October.
LISA MONCURE's short film Drought played at the AFIFEST in October. She also appears in Pretty Village, Pretty Flame, which played at the Anthology Film Archives in New York. She plays an American television journalist in Bosnia. Click here for more about Lisa
RENEE TRAVIS and OLIVIA URBAN both worked on the low-budge feature Plan B.
TAMRA DAVIS, while awaiting the release of Best Men, has directed another feature, the comedy Half Baked.
TOM EVERETT continues his government service in films (having played a Secret Service agent in My Fellow Americans--see below) and has been promoted to National Security Advisor in the summer hit Air Force One. Of course he gets shot in the head by Gary Oldman... Click here for more about Tom.
Speaking of Air Force One, NERSES GEYZALYAN was one of the Foley mixers on the film.
JAKE HUGHES is a producer of video games at the Ionstorm company in Dallas.
MIMI LEDER is directing her second theatrical feature, Deep Impact, starring Thea Leoni and Elijah Wood (now there's a romantic combination). Among the people who show up in the producing credits are Steve Spielberg, Richard Zanuck, and David Brown. Nothing like hanging out with the swells, eh?
LESLIE LIBMAN co-directed the June 1997 HBO film Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing. Her co-director was her husband Larry Williams (who was also her co-director on the Homicide episode she did in May). According to a p.r. story on the film in the LA Times, they have directed rock videos, commercials, and MTV's dramatic film series Out of Order.
TAMRA DAVIS is directing the theatrical film Best Men, starring Drew Barrymore and Dean Cain. Tamra was one of several music-video-to-theatrical-film directors discussed in an article in the LA Times Sunday Calendar in June 1997.
KEVIN TENT was the film editor on the black comedy Citizen Ruth, and LISA DENKER was the set decorator on the same film. Click here for more about Lisa
BILL COE was 1st Assistant Camera on Evita, and is going to have the same position on Speed 2.
RACHEL CAILLIACH is now have of the special effects company Gray Rat Technologies.
AKOS GUYLAS was a camera intern on Evita and will be working on the camera crew of Aliens 4.
ANNIE MCGREEVY is making a mint on her appearance in the Nyquil commercial running nationally during the flu season. It's remake of a commercial she did several years ago.
And in the same vein, JENNY LEWIS appears in a Toys 'R' Us commercial that is a sequel to a commercial she did as a kid. You can see that she has not aged a bit.
TOM EVERETT has a nice role as one of the Secret Service guys chasing James Garner and Jack Lemmon in My Fellow Americans.
BILL SHAFFER is now working for Disney animation in Florida. He is first assistant editor on the film Mulan. Click here for more about Bill
CANDACE HOUSTON gave a knockout performance as a junkie mom on the December 10th episode of NYPD Blue.
RELAH ECKSTEIN was one of three recipients of the 1996 James D. Phelan Art Awards in Film making sponsored by the San Francisco Foundation.
JACKIE DADON is line producing the Royal Oaks Communications production of Time Under Fire.
DELLE CHATMAN was busy at the University Film and Video Association Conference in August 1996. Delle presented a paper at one session, was a moderator of another session, and had a film shown as well.
RUPERT NADEAU was the Assistant Music Editor on Twister
VICTOR DU BOIS edited the April 1996 HBO film Soul of the Game. Variety's reviewer called his editing "swift and sweet."
RELAH ECKSTEIN and ERIK DEUTSCHMAN were co-curators of screenings of rare puppet animation and Dadist films on April 27th at Beyond Baroque. Beyond Baroque is of course run by TOSH BERMAN, who hustled himself a "presented by" credit on this screening. Relah's film Oatmeal and Erik's film Left Alone With the Night are being shown in the 1995 University Film and Video Association Student Film and Video Festival, which played by the American Cinematheque at the Directors Guild in late May.
ANGELA DE JOSEPH's stage play The Chest had a two-month run in March and April in Hollywood.
STEVE BANKS showed up playing an assistant director on the NBC sitcom Caroline in the City on April 4th.
LESLIE LIBMAN co-directed an episode of NBC's cop series, Homicide: Life on the Street, that was shown April 5th.
NICK PERRY made a 20 minute short film in 35mm called Music Be the Music. It played this year at Sundance and is writing a feature screenplay that Gus Van Sant will produce and Nick will direct.
JIM KELTY has been making historical documentaries and language learning educational films. He made the award winning PBS documentary of last year, American the Bountiful.
JENNY LEWIS co-starred in the TV movie Sweet Temptation on March 6th on CBS, and two nights later on the same network KAREN MONCRIEFF guest starred on Diagnosis Murder.
TAMRA DAVIS was one of the women directors pictured in this year's Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair. Perhaps in comment on last year's Hollywood issue, which was criticized for showing powerful and talented women in their underwear, Tamra was photographed in a large parka.
CARLA SANDERS has now been promoted to Program Administrator of the AFIFEST.
RELAH ECKSTEIN's Oat-Meal was shown at the AFI Film Fest in October. She was not the only LACC former Cinema student there.
CARLA SANDERS was both a Program Advisor and the editor of the catalog.
LISA MONCURE was the Guest Office Coordinator.
ROY WOOD has sold a pile (oh, all right, a package) of his animated shorts to Bravo. They will be screened on the Independent Film Channel.
MARISE SAMITIER's film The Ring was shown at film festivals in Brno (that's in the Czech Republic) and Barcelona. It was also a finalist in the Women's Division of the DGA student film contest.
BRIGET SWEET's film Cramps was also a finalist in the DGA competition, in the African American Division.
KAREN MONCRIEFF, KAI SOREMEKUN and ZED FRIZELLE are only current students, but they are also busy acting. Karen appeared in an October 1995 episode of the UPN series Nowhere Man, Kai has a nice scene as a doomed hooker in the De Niro/Pacino film Heat, and Zed is the dorky slacker John Travolta has put the travel bag in locker C-17 in Get Shorty.
CAROLE KRAVETIZ got good reviews for her editing of the feature Devil in a Blue Dress.
MIMI LEDER won the Emmy in September 1995 she so richly deserved. She won for directing, specifically her episode "Love's Labor Lost" of E.R..
And speaking of E.R., LACC seems to be taking over the show. In addition to Mimi as producer and director, current student GIORGY TARJAN has a recurring role as Nurse Hathaway's mother, and ANGELICA GIANGREGORIO occasionally works as a Second Assistant Camerperson on the show. Angelica works primarily for the Warner Brothers Camera Department, and is the Second Assistant Camera every week on the sitcom Hope and Gloria. She also occasionally does the job when they shoot the action scenes for Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
And we may be taking over Chicago Hope as well. KAZ TAKEUCHI works as a grip on that show. Kaz also won a Silver Medal for Mixed Media for his piece Shimon at the New York Film Festival back in 1989-90.
NERSES GEYZALAN recorded Foley on Waterworld and The Net.
LUCIA LUDOVICO was promoted to executive vice president, creative advertising, for the Motion Picture Group of Paramount Pictures. She will be responsible for all motion picture-related creative advertising, as well as overseeing the entire print department of Paramount's in-house ad agency, 5555 Communications.
VERONICA KO has had a busy time since she transferred to UCLA. Her film Brief Exhange was screened at the Hawaii International Film Festival, the Los Angeles Asian PacificAmerican Film Festival and was selected for People's Choice Night at Humboldt International Film Festival. Her film Stomping on Fallen Leaves appearedat the Korean Americans in the Arts Festival in Oakland. Her next short film Aloha Gym screened at the Asian Pacific American Coalition of Theater, Film and Television "Fresh Voices, New Works" festival in May 1995.
ALBERT HUGHES, TAMRA DAVIS, DAVID KOENIGSBERG, KEVIN TENT, and DAN BOOTZIN were participants in our Third Occasional "Is There Life After Film School?" Seminar in March 1995. They played to a packed and appreciative house. The seminar was written about in the Los Angeles Independent and the Los Angeles Times.
DAVID KOENIGSBERG only just got back in town in time for the seminar. He had spent the previous months supervising the animation in the Disney Paris studios for The Goofy Movie. He was as surprised as anyone that it made its release date.
ANGELA DE JOSEPH's IIt's in the Bag ran on Show time in February 1995. Masking Over Women's Lives, The PBS Life and Times documentary on Angela and her film, was nominated for a local Emmy. Angela is now producing inferentially. Hey, somebody's got to do it.
VICTOR DU BOIS is one of the many editors on Mel Gibson's three-hour film Braveheart. Hey, somebody had to look at all that footage.
MIMI LEADER has directed several episodes of E.R. during its first season, including "Love's Labor Lost," the most talked about episode of the season.
TAMRA DAVIS' short documentaryNo Alternative Girls ran first on MTV, then was one of the films in the first program of films of the Cicerones organization in November 1994.
MARTIN AVAILABLE's first feature, Moon dance, starring another LACC alum, LISA MONCURE, played a one-week run at the Laetrile Sunset 5.
ERIC DEUTSCHMAN's Emphaedra was one of several short films screening at the Lou de Cris Cafe in L.A. on September 28th.
VICTOR DUBOIS directed the excellent "Zit" episode of the highly acclaimed new television series My So-Called Life. The episode ran on September 22nd.
MIMI LEDER is a Supervising Producer and a Director on the new television series E.R. She directed the episode that ran on September 22nd. Hey, LACC Cinema's own . Mimi also directed the television movie The Innocent, which was broadcast on September 25th. It starred Kelsey Grammar, fresh from his winning the Emmy, in a decidedly non-Frazier sort of role. Her sister GERALDINE did the casting for the film. She also directed the E.R.episode on October 6th.
TOM EVERETT co-starred in the season opened of Picket Fences on September 23rd, and then appeared in the television movie A Friend to Die For on September 26th.
GUILLERMINA ZABALA is finishing directing her first 35mm film, a short entitled Copper Women. The production was written about in the Los Angeles Times in August 1994. The film was made under the aegis of the Independent Feature Project/West and will industry help solicited in the an ad in Entertainment Weekly. Guillermina can also be glimpsed in the background of the nightclub scene in the feature Mi Vida Loca.
CARLA WEBER did some of the set decoration onMi Vida Loca, speaking of that film.
ALBERT and ALLEN HUGHES directed one of the "Peace: Live It or Rest in It" anti-gun TV spots that have run on MTV, HBO and other cable channels. Their spot follows a bullet through glass walls and a TV set right up to a baby in a high chair.
TAMRA DAVIS was dropped as the director of the feature Bad Girls, but several reviews pointed out that the completed film would have been much better if she had directed it. Meanwhile, she got to exercise her directorial muscles doing the "I've Got You, Babe" video with Cher, Beavis and Butthead, and The Lemonheads' "It's About Time." Both were produced at SHARON ORECK's O Pictures.
STEVEN BANKS had the honor of having his The Steven Banks Show being the first sitcom ever run on PBS. It began its run in July 1994, and its producer was no less than Brandon Tartikoff.
ANGELA DEJOSEPH was the subject of an episode of KCET's series Life and Times. The episode featured clips from her film It's in the Bag and compared the fictional beauty makeover in that film to real beauty makeovers given to homeless women.
GASTON BIRABEN was one of several sound editors on Ace Ventura, Pet Detective.
RAND VOSSLER is the co-producer of the new Oliver Stone film Natural Born Killers.
RELAH ECKSTEIN had a screening of her complete works at the Raleigh Studio in July 1994 that attracted favorable critical attention from the local papers.
ERIK DEUTCHMAN's Left Alone With Night was screened at the Big Muddy Film Festival.
RELAH ECKSTEIN's The Room was screened at the Cleveland Film Festival, and also selected for the Short-Circuit Festival in Monaco.
ANGELA DE JOSEPH's It's in the Bag won the $2000 second prize in the Black American Cinema Society's 12th annual African American independent filmmakers' competition.
GASTON BIRABEN was the assistant editor on The Fugitive.
DELLE CHATMAN is now the head of the screenwriting program at Northwestern University.
ELIZABETH PHANEUF was the second assistant editor on Father Hood.
SUSAN MCWILLIAMS appeared on General Hospital in November.
BETH SPIEGEL did additional editing on Campus Culture Wars: Five Stories about Political Correctness, which was broadcast by PBS in September.
GUILLERMINA ZABALA's film A Voice From the Edge was shown at the 9th Chicago Latino Film Festival.
ERIK DEUTSCHMAN's Ego Diminutive Experiment no. 1 and RELAH ECKSTEIN's The Room were shown as part of a program on new experimental films at the Film Forum in December.
TAMARA DAVIS' CB4 opened to good reviews shortly after the Nuart run of her previous film Gun Crazy. In the summer of 93, Tamra was scheduled to direct a western with a semi-feminist slant, Bad Girls, but the producers pulled the rug out from under her and replaced her with Jonathan Kaplan.
NERSES GEZALYAN , a student at LACC in the early eighties, was one of the people doing Foley on the Stallone film Cliffhanger.
The HUGHES BROTHERS' photographic essay on the 1993 Cannes Film Festival appeared in the August 1993 issue of Premiere Magazine. Their film Menace II Society not only opened to rave reviews, but exceeded industry expectations at the box office.
SIAVASH TAVAKOLI and MOHAMMAD ANVARIZADEH teamed up and with another Iranian filmmaker got a week's run of their LACC films at the Monica in July 1993. Sia's The Black Wagon and Mohammad's Growing Again were the two films.
ALBERT and ALLEN HUGHES had their first feature, Menace II Society, selected as one of only 16 films to be shown in the prestigious Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1993. In addition, the Hughes brothers will be reporting on the Festival for Premiere Magazine. Premiere Editor Susan Lyne was quoted in Variety as saying she had given each of them a camera and sent them to Cannes to try to "get a different take on the same story this year."
MARK GERARD has directed and photographed on music video for Apache and two others for Eazy-E.
VICTOR DUBOIS directed two episodes of the new television series Sirens.
UDITH ROBERTS appeared in a Sirens episode (not one of Victor's) as a woman judge who turned out to have once been a man. Those of us who remember Judith found it very disconcerting how believable she was in the part.
In your local video store, you can look for three films involving former students: CHRIS WALAS directed The Vagrant, a wonderfully weird black comedy about a yuppie who buys a house and gets paranoid about the homeless person across the way. But even paranoids have enemies. If MGM had been solvent, it would have released this one to theaters and it could have become a cult hit...
KEVIN TENT got a co-director credit on the Roger Corman production Ultra Warrior, and you can see why they wanted an editor of Kevin's experience: only half the film is new footage, and the rest is stuff from an incredible number of old Corman films, which comes on as the characters in the new footage talk about the way things were...
TOM JEWETT's cinematography is one of the more pleasant things about Mikey, a horror movie about a bad little boy who is really bad.
HENRY G. SANDERS recurring role in the new television series, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.
GASTON BIRABEN was one of the sound editors on The Distinguished Gentleman.
MARTIN AGUILAR had the film he wrote, produced, and directed, Moondance, in the AFI/LA Film Fest in June 92.
ERIK ANDERSEN was an Assistant Film Editor on Madonna: Truth or Dare.
VIVO BENNETT produces a magazine show Kaleidoscope for Public Access television.
TED BUCHANAN was a background artist for the Disney feature Newsies.
PAM DEN HARTOG executive produces commercials, both live action and animated.
ANGELICA GIANGREGORIO works in the camera department at Warner Brothers.
RICHARD KILROY worked on the special effects on Batman Returns.
DAVID KOENIGSBERG has been in Thailand overseeing the completion of Tom and Jerry: The Movie.
OZZIE ZORNIZER, meanwhile, bought out David Koenigsberg's interest in their New Hollywood Inc. and assumed full control. He is also directing his first music video for the band The Titanic s.
ELIZABETH PHANEUF works for Touchstone synching dailies for executive screenings.
NICK STAMOS was line producer on the feature Crazy Joe.
MEL GARCIA wrote music videos for Pat Benatar and Twisted Sister and has been doing the cable show Night Flight.
SANDY LEVINE is currently the coordinator for park locations for Los Angeles City's Department of Parks and Recreation.
THOM MAGANA worked as a set dresser on Batman Returns, as well as Ghostbusters II, War of the Roses, JJoe Vs. the Volcano, The Doors, and the television series Cop Rock.
LES NORDHAUSER produces several weekly programs for the Jewish Television Network.
LOIS SHELTON has won an LA area Emmy for best public cable program for her 30-minute documentary, On Common Ground. It was also nominated for an ACE award. She produced the program for the City of Long Beach, which has one of the most culturally diverse populations in the country. She is now producing a video about Northwest stonecarver Molly Greist. Her 1986 film Ernie Andrews: Blues for Central Avenue, which began as an LACC student project, was screened at the Hollywood Jazz Festival and at the New York Film Forum in the Spring of 1992.
ALLEN and ALBERT HUGHES have been hired to direct the feature Menace to Society for New Line Cinema. They have directed 30 rap music videos.
TAMRA DAVIS has directed the new remake of the 1949 cult film Gun Crazy, and it was shown at the London Film Festival in November 1992. It also played on the Showtime channel, which made it eligble for the Golden Globe awards. The film's star, Drew Barrymore, was nominated for a Golden Globe. The film also got a theatrical release in January 1993. The reviews were excellent, and the Los Angeles Times even did an interview article on Tamra. The editor on the film, by the way, was our own KEVIN TENT.
LISA DENKER and CARLA WEBER were the co-art directors on the critically acclaimed independent feature Gas, Food, Lodging. An exhibition of Carla's "Mothers and Daughters" photographs took place in May at the Ken Edwards Center in Santa Monica.
CAROLE KRAVETZ edited the critically acclaimed feature One False Move, and was the second unit director on Poison Ivy and Stripped to Kill II.
VICTOR DUBOIS edited the Ed Zwick feature Leaving Normal, and the pilot episode of the new television series Class of '96.
ALICE ARTHUR's short film Cocaine: The Cold Hearted Bitch won third place in the Black Filmmakers screening.
MIMI LEDER was nominated for an Emmy for her direction of the "Rewind" episode of China Beach. Mimi also directed the television movie A Little Piece of Heaven, which was broadcast in December 1991. It starred Kirk Cameron. What versatility Mimi must have to go from directing Dana Delaney to directing Kirk Cameron.
SHARON ROSEWOMAN (formerly Sharon Grossman) has been producing radio dramas for LA station KPFK under the umbrella title Playhouse 90.7. Among her productions was "Bricktop," written and starring another LACC Cinema alumna, GAMMY SINGER. It was broadcast the day after Thanksgiving, 1991.
JAMES STRONGhas produced and directed a video documentary The Liberation of KZ Dachau, which is available from his Strong Communications Company in Cary, North Carolina. The documentary includes interviews with former American soldiers who liberated Dachau. Wilson Library Bulletin says the tape is "executed with great eloquence." Jim is going to be writing a book on Dachau and another LACC Cinema alumni, RON BOONE, will be doing the photographs.
RICK RAFANOVIC's LACC film The La Brea Woman was screened at the Cafe Cinema just in time for Halloween 1991.
RELAH ECKSTEIN's film Eggy Time played the Filmforums First Sight Scene and her film Eye Creature won the Golden Reel Award from the Motion Picture Sound Editors. Both films were done at LACC.
THERESA SALDANA is one of the stars of the new ABC series The Commish.
TOSH BERMAN is the film curator of Beyond Baroque, the Venice Literary Center, which ran a series of early Peter Greenaway films in September 1991.
HEDY SONTAG produces plays at the Strasberg Creative Center. In September 1991, she produced Yoko Narahashi's The Winds of God.
ERIK DEUTSCHMAN's short film Adrift was screened as part of a program at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporaty Exhibitions) in September 1991.
MIMI LEDER was nominated for an Emmy for her direction of the "You, Babe" episode of China Beach.
ANGELICA GIANGREGORIO had a John H. Mitchell Internship from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to work at the Tiffen Technical Center in 1990.
TARSEM won the MTV Music Award for Best Direction of a Video in September 1991 for his direction of the R.E.M. video "Losing my Religion."
KING WILDER was the co-producer of the feature Puppet Master II.
DAN BOOTZIN's short film Xix Point Nine, which was the hit of the January screenings at LACC was a hit elsewhere as well. It was the first place Golden Bear at the 1991 Berlin Film Festival for Best Short Film.
CHRIS WALAS was signed in January 1991 to direct The Vagrant, a black comedy being made by Brooksfilms and MGM/Pathe. Chris directed The Fly II a few years back. The new film stars Michael Ironside, Colleen Camp and Patrika Darbo.
SHARON ORECK was nominated in January 1991 for a Grammy as the producer of the Paula Abdul music video, "Opposites Attract."
STEVEN BANKS's pilot for his own series on Showtime was telecast in January 1991.
KASEY ARNOLD-INCE, after working as an assistant to the executive producer on the Lindsay Wagner series Peaceable Kingdom, wrote the story and was co-screenwriter on "The Final Mission" episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which was broadcast in November 1990.
JON HUCK was the Sound Mixer and Music Consultant on David Lynch's Wild At Heart, and was the Production Sound Mixer on The Big Picture, which includes funny parodies of student films. We know several of our former students who could have sued the latter film for libel, especially over Jennifer Jason Leigh's performance.
DELLE CHATMAN was the Executive Story Consultant on the short-lived series Snoops.
MARGARET GOLDSMITH did the Set Decoration for the film noir After Dark, My Sweet.
CAROLE KRAVETZ was the Production Coordinator on the Emilio Estevez film Men at Work.
RICK SLOANE wrote, produced, and directed the feature Marked For Murder.
LUCIA LUDOVICO, who had been Vice President in Charge of Print Advertising at Paramount, was in May 1990 moved up to Senior Vice President of Creative Advertising at the studio.
MAGGIE GREENWALD was signed to write and direct an adaptation of Jim Thompson's 1953 novel Savage Night for Laurel Entertainment. Her earlier film, The Kill-Off, also based on a Thompson novel, was released in Los Angeles in the fall of 1990. When the reviewer in the Los Angeles Times took her to task for her adaptation, she wrote a lengthy reply that was printed in the Times in January 1991.
WES ARCHER's animation was used in Back to the Future II. Wes is also one of the scheduled participants at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Museum of Broadcasting's tribute to The Simpsons on March 7th.
MIMI LEDER is now supervising producer on China Beach and continues to direct.
MIMI LEDER adding producing to her directing chores on China Beach this year. Fortunately she continued to direct as well, most noticeably the "Skin Deep" and "Magic" episodes. She was on the cover of the Los Angeles Times Sunday Calendar as part of a story on women in television. She also appeared on the China Beach panel at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's 7th Annual Festival of Television in March.
MAGGIE GREENWALD's independent feature The Kill Off, based on a novel by Jim Thompson, has been playing the festival circuit. Maggie herself appeared on panels at the London Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. She also appeared at the Independent Feature Project West's Independents Forum at UCLA to accompany a screening.
DAVID VASSAR wrote and produced "To the Edge of the Earth," an episode of The Infinite Voyage series on PBS.
The GOLDSMITH sisters are busy. MARGARET had a set decorator credit on two of the better films of the past year, the indie feature Drugstore Cowboy and the Walter Matthau television movie The Incident. Sister JANE was the script supervisor on Drugstore Cowboy.
SHARIS MITCHELL, after years in development hell as an executive(she insists she likes the development process), for her first screen credit on the PBS American Playhouse production of "Zora is My Name."
RAND VOSSLER is in charge of Feature Development at Lewis Chessler Productions and works on the television series The Hitchiker.
DINO ANDRADE, after playing the role of "Little Dog" in the indie feature Streetwar, is producing an indie feature himself entitled Math Murder.
TONI SMITHSON has left the Hollywood Reporter Blu-Book and is now working for American Film Locations and doing freelance writing.
Sharon Oreck now runs her own production company O Pictures, which produces music videos. She has produced music videos for Madonna, Prince, Toto, Chaka Khan, B-52's, and the Eurythmics. Sharon's company is also producing our May 11th Benefit Screening of the best student films of the last three to four years, which we are sure you heard about or attended. And if you did not attend, why not?
Chris Walas, who won the Academy Award in 1987 for Best Makeup for The Fly, directed the 1989 sequel The Fly II.
Mimi Leder has directed three episodes of the television series China Beach this season.
Victor Du Bois won an American Cinema Editors "Eddie" award in March 1989 for his editing of an episode of the television series thirtysomething. He alternates between being film editor and associate producer on thirtysomething. He was nominated for an Emmy last year for editing on the series.
Geoff Everts did the animation on the award-winning "Mad Scientist" commercials.
Most of Roger Corman's productions these days seem to have been edited by former LACC students. Working for Corman are Kevin Tent, Robbie Kunovitz, Annie Goldsmith, and Carole Kravetz. Dance of the Damned, the film Carole cut, was shown at this year's AFI Festival.
Saundra Sharp's short film Picking Tribes was the first prixe winner at this year's Black Talkies on Parade Festival.
Tamra Davis directed Tone-Luc's video Wild Thing.
Nick Stamos' short film Loose Ends was screened at the Vancouver Film festival.
Rupert Nadeau's short film Tracks was shown at the United States Film Festival and it received an Honorable Mention at the San Francisco Film Festival.
King Wilder cut the low budget film Intruder.
Rick Sloane's low budget feature (he not only produced, he wrote, directed and edited it) Vice Academy was reviewed by Variety. Unfortunately, the reviewer said the "effort was generally purile."
Patricia Niedzialek co-wrote the January 19th episode of Cheers.
Dorothy Blackshear was working in the legal department at Tri-Star as well as getting a few acting assignments.
William Shaffer edited the film Nightwish which was written and directed by LACC Cinema instructor Bruce Cook. Other LACC Cinema students, past and present, who worked on the film include Monique Le Bleu, Martin Aguilar, Bill Fiege, Edgar Arellano, Randy Simpson, and Sean Moor.
John Graves is the Technical Director at Calico Productions.
Toni Smithson continues as the editor of The Hollywood Reporter Studio Blu-Book Directory.
Brozzi Lunetta and John Ventantonio worked on the 1989 Directory with her.
Ron Ellis won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 1980 for his film Board and Care, which was begun as an advanced student project at LACC. Other students assisting on the film were Sharis Mitchell(production), Frankie Barreraz(still photography), and Jeff Childs(editing).
David Vassar's student film Yosemite is distributed by Budget Films. His film Festival of American Life won a local Emmy in Washington D.C. in 1977, and his Generation on the Wind was nominated for an Academy Award in 1980 as Best Feature documentary.
Sharon Oreck was the co-producer of Tales of Meeting and Parting, which was nominated in 1985 for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. She was previously the assistant film editor on Below the Belt.
Jim Whittaker wrote the screenplay for the 1978 Universal release Gray Lady Down in the screenwriting class at LACC. He subsequently wrote the 1981 Twentieth Century-Fox release Megaforce.
Mary M. Lind, the co-producer of the feature documentary Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Party, was the Film Control Coordinator on Star Wars.
David Koenigsberg and Ozzie Zornizer are the co-founders of New Hollywood Inc, an animation camera/negative cutting company. David has also been the organizer of a number of Filmex Marathons.
Maggie Greenwald wrote and directed the low-budget feature Home Remedy, which received a good review in Variety. Tom Jewett was the cinematographer on the film.
Sam Frank produced a 13-week series of radio programs on the career of Ronald Colman on KPFK in 1980. His book Sex in the Movies was published by Citadel Press in 1986. He also authored three entries in the American Screenwriters volume of The Dictionary of Literary Biography, published in l984.
Lois Shelton, after working as production assistant on the feature Under Fire, completed the feature documentary Ernie Andrews: Blues for Central Avenue, which now available on video cassette from Rhapsody Films in New York.
Gail Kaszynski was a production assistant on Wolfen and was a casting assistant on Heaven's Gate and Raging Bull.
Celeste Hammond and Michael Sonyewrote the screenplay for the low-budget horror film Frozen Scream. They taught screenwriting at the Oakwood School in Los Angeles, and in June 1981 they ran a seminar in writing horror films at the Hollywood Scriptwriting Institute. Michael subsequently appeared as Joseph Mengele in the camp classic Surf Nazis Must Die and Celeste worked as a director's assistant at Filmation Studios.
Jon Huck and Peter Weiss took sound on Penelope Spheeris's 1984 film Suburbia.
Paul Chavez, after going through the Directors Guild training program, was the assistant director on features such as Raise the Titanic and television series such as The Duck Factory.
Wes Archer worked on the animation for Fox Broadcasting's series The Tracey Ullman Show.
Leslie Libman has directed music videos for Kim Carnes and Rod Stewart, among others.
Performers who have attended classes in the LACC Cinema program have gone on to appear in such films as Alambrista!, The Other Side of Midnight, Stardust Memories, Bound For Glory, Paternity, Lifeguard, Missouri Breaks, Below the Belt, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Endangered Species, Under Fire, Bull Durham and many others. LACC Cinema students have worked or appeared in the following television programs: Hawaii Five-O, Rockford Files, Quincy, Busting Loose, Emergency, Marcus Welby, Kojack, The Immigrants, Happy Days, Cheers and many others.
LACC Cinema Animation students have found jobs at Stephen Bosustow Productions, Peter Aries Productions, Hanna-Barbera, Title House, and other companies.
Short student films have been shown on both network and cable television.