Summer Program

2017 Staff

TRISTAN AGHAJANIAN — CINEMATOGRAPHY TA

"I was born in Glendale, California and raised in Sunland, California, where I graduated from Verdugo Hills High School in 2014. My parents were both born in Iran and decided to come to the United States to escape the politically fueled civil war. I am currently the first person in my family to be attending college at California State University, Northridge and have a 3.8 GPA. Since I graduated from Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF) in 2014, I have been a production

assistant on many film productions; an ICF Team Captain; I was accepted into the CSUN film production program; and I have interned at Panavision, a world-renowned camera house and optics manufacturer.

My short-term goals include - continuing to work on my creative portfolio, interning in production, and becoming a part of a camera crew on film productions. My long-term goal is to be a cinematographer on a feature length film.

Inner-City Filmmakers has given me the tools and the contacts to achieve what I have done so far on my journey as a filmmaker. Inner-City Filmmakers has also taught me how to value my skills so that I can continue that journey. By next year, I will be in pre-production on my thesis film.


VALENTINA ARGUETA — OFFICE MANAGER | EDITING ASSISTANT

"I was born February 24th 1997 and was mainly raised in the Northeast side of Los Angeles. My family emigrated from El Salvador in pursuit of a better life and in hopes to provide for those who stayed behind. My dad was part of the military during the Salvadorian Civil War in the 1980's, after losing his left index nger and recovering from battle wounds, he left his home country. My mom followed her older brother to the U.S. leaving her younger sisters and brothers behind with my grandparents, all to get a shot at getting her family out of poverty back home. My parents met here in the United States through family and few years later they had my older brother and me.

In 2015, Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF) taught me a lot about the real world while also learning about filmmaking. ICF helped me mature a lot over that summer. Having to face real industry situations like working with actors and making sure they're pleased, making sure the crew is doing everything on time, losing footage, and losing a location was hectic but in a sense it was a test. It helped me see if I could actually handle this and make smart and fast critical decisions. It helped me understand that filmmaking is serious work and not as easy as people think. Inner-City Filmmakers made me picture myself really working in the industry. I enjoyed every second of it!!

My short term goals are to graduate college, travel to different countries, and develop my filmmaking and cinematography skills. Inner-City Filmmakers is a great way to learn professional filmmaking skills and how to network with people who can help me. In the long run, I want to be able to give back to my high school and Inner-City Filmmakers; to the people who have helped me and motivated me to keep pursuing my dreams. I want to inspire people to never give up on their creative pursuits. I want to tell them that anything is possible as long as you are doing what you truly love. I want to be able to become something big for my mom, to show her that her hard work did not go unappreciated. I want to be working in the film industry and be involved in creating features that make an impact on people's lives. I want to be able to do what I want whenever I want without restrictions because of my gender or ethnic background. Spending this summer as Inner-City Filmmakers Of ce Manager has been quite an experience. It isn't an easy job but being able to work with the new students in the Class of 2016 made my job fun. ICF has been the best decision I've ever made; Fred, Steph and ICF are truly blessings sent my way."


CRISTHIAN ARIAS —


NATALIE ARMENT —


MARK BROWN — TEAM "D" MENTOR

Mark Alton Brown most recently worked as a Consulting Producer on INSTANT MOM on Nickelodeon and TV Land. He also currently has several television pilots in development. He and his writing partner Dee LaDuke served for eight years as Writer/Executive Producers on the CW's hit series, GIRLFRIENDS. Mark created and Executive Produced REUNITED, a comedy series starring Julie Hagerty with Castle Rock for UPN. His produced pilots include NBC: DANGEROUS WOMEN WITH BAD ATTITUDES and GABBY. He has worked as writer/producer on multiple half-hour series, most notably as Supervising Producer on the long-running DESIGNING WOMEN.

Mark co-wrote and produced the cult classic, comic mock-documentary film, JACKIE'S BACK for Lifetime. His features MOUNTAINHEART, LIFE OF THE PARTY and VENTURA BLVD. are currently in pre-production. He has also written BEFORE AND AFTER for USA Network and the original features THE WHOLE TRUTH, TOO HIP and LIFERS. He also wrote and produced the YouTube web-series sensation, JENIFER LEWIS AND SHANGELA.

Brown and LaDuke are also the authors of "Writing and Producing Television". They conduct seminars based on the book worldwide, most recently in Rio de Janeiro. They are on the faculty of the Global Shift Film Festival and developed an online course for its af liated Institute. Mark is also on the faculty of Inner-City Filmmakers. He and Ms. LaDuke are recipients of a Shine Award, GLAAD Media Award and the BET Comedy Award.


LEE DAVIS — TEAM "C" MENTOR

Lee Davis' love of filmmaking was born out of summer trips with his father to the movies. "When I saw people's faces transfixed on the screen, I said, 'That's what I want to do!'" Davis celebrates a decade as an instructor/mentor with Inner-City Filmmakers. His latest film, Mother of The Week, is an official selection at the 2016 New Filmmakers New York Festival, marking its tenth festival. The comedy short has won seven awards including the Audience Award at the Northeast Film Festival.

Lee Davis is a screenwriter and director who has written over thirty screenplays including his directorial debut, the Sundance developed Showtime Original film 3AM, a dark tale of NYC cab-drivers, for which Pam Grier was nominated for a BET Image Award. Davis earned two Black Reel nominations including Best Director, and was named as one of Variety Magazine's Top Ten Screenwriters To Watch. Davis' screenplay At The End of The Tunnel is the inspirational tale based on actual events of a family surviving in the aftermath of the molestation of their son by his youth pastor. Davis' e-book Bespoke: A Collection of Short Stories for The Solitary Traveler is available on Amazon, I-tunes, and Barnes & Noble, and has met with acclaim for its stark portraits of the human condition in its many forms. Lee Davis' noir aesthetic is apparent in stirring music videos Don't Gain The World for Sunny Dilinger, West Side Girl for Grammy-nominated R&B artist Bilal, and the debut song Free for rock artist Freemoor. Davis' film Romance Is Served won Best Documentary at the Belize Film Festival.

A graduate of Fordham University, Davis worked at Tower Records in the village where a chance encounter with Spike Lee grew into the opportunity of a lifetime. Davis apprenticed at 40 Acres & A Mule on the films Mo' Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, and Crooklyn. "Those years working with Spike Lee, that was my film school." Davis' short noir A Gut Feeling aired nationwide on The Sci-Fi Channel, starred Saul Williams and Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and was executive produced by Spike Lee and produced by Shan Browning and John Murchison. The film premiered at the Noosa Film Festival in Australia, Urban-world Film Festival in New York. Sci-Fi enlisted Davis to write and direct Flicker a long-form original short film for the network. Davis has served as a screenwriting advisor at the prestigious Oaxaca (formerly Sundance) Screenwriting Lab in Mexico, to Latin American screenwriters.


JESSICA DECENA —


RYAN FOX — TEAM "B" MENTOR

Every generation conjures up its own envelope-pushing filmmaker, and Ryan Fox is no exception. Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and educated in film at the University of Dayton, Fox strives to create compelling, challenging and inspiring work. This was evident in his award-winning first feature film, RAILED, which garnered cult recognition for its uniquely experimental style. Fox continued this success with his second award-winning feature film WHITE DWARF, which examines the culture of Hollywood when shooting stars eventually lose their luster.

It was Fox's extensive documentation of the Los Angeles homelessness epidemic that brought much needed attention to the cause, earning him honorable mention from LA Family Housing. Fox is also founding partner of 24p Media Group, which produced EMPIRE STATE starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Liam Hemsworth and Emma Roberts. Currently, Fox is in pre-production on his next film GENRX which will shoot this fall. It is Ryan Fox's combination of irresistible charm and undeniable talent that makes him one of Hollywood's hottest new directors.


LUIS GARCIA —


CHRISTOPHER GRANADOS — SCREENWRITING TA

Christopher Granados was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. His mother and father moved to the United States from Guatemala and El Salvador, respectively. As a young boy, he grew up around books, music and movies. In other words, he was de nitely NOT an athlete, much to the chagrin of his parents. After watching the movie Fight Club, at the age of 12, he realized he had a strong love for film (how cliché) but didn't start pursuing his passion until his senior year of high school, when he co-wrote a one-act play that was produced and directed by theater professionals. In May of 2015, he graduated from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Film Theory and now wonders if that was a smart decision. He completed Inner-City Filmmakers Summer Program in 2012 and still attends their classes and seminars on a regular basis. Since completing the Inner-City Filmmakers Summer Program, he has interned and worked at various production companies that include: Mythology Entertainment (White House Down), Madchance Productions (American Sniper) and Good Universe (50/50, Juno). He actively seeks opportunities in the industry where he can work hard, grow and try to make people laugh.

"I sincerely thank Fred and Steph for giving him the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful and life-changing program as Inner-City Filmmakers and for never forgetting about me, even amongst a sea of much more successful alumni. I thank all the current and former ICF students, as well as the mentors, instructors, guest speakers and anyone else who has given me any help or advice. Finally, I'd like to thank my mom and dad for being the hardest working people I know and for instilling in me a strong work ethic that has helped me reach my goals. I fantasize about being a comedy writer for film and television; my passion for film is surpassed ONLY by my love of pizza!!"


JONATHAN GUTIERREZ — TEAM "A" CAPTAIN | DIRECTING TA

"My name is Jonathan Gutierrez, I'm 18 years old and a 2015 graduate of Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF). I have lived in the valley my whole life. Filmmaking has always been an interest of mine and now it is my career. I got my first camera when I was 8 years old. I would gather friends and make small home movies. I would record any birthday or family party. I fell in love with shooting and when I nally reached high school I immediately signed up for the film program. I knew I had to work harder than others to stand out; and I did from day one. I tried to be a sponge and absorb as much knowledge as I could and apply what I learned to be successful. I took what I learned with me to Inner-City Filmmakers. Once I joined ICF, it changed my life. That is NOT an exaggeration! I am a different person after the program. I'm more driven, responsible and knowledgeable. I learned and experienced more than I could have ever imagined. In 2015, I was awarded 1st Place from the Friars Charitable Foundation Martin Roth Student Screenwriting Scholarship for my short film FATHER TIME. I have since been attending college where I hold a strong GPA and hope to graduate from CSUN in a few years.

I continue to pursue my passion by writing and directing films as often as I can. I also found much success working with local companies and businesses to produce content. I am currently in a position where I can pick and choose projects I want to work on and don't have to rely on one source of income. I'm being rewarded for doing what I love. What more could I ask for? Without a doubt I can say this is thanks to Inner-City Filmmakers, Fred and Steph, and everyone who supports them, for helping me become the person I want to be. I'm just getting started and I still have a lot to learn. The future looks bright and I'm ready to see what it brings."


FRED HEINRICH — EDITOR | ICF FOUNDER

Fred is a graduate of the School of Cinema at USC. Born to immigrant parents, by age 22 he was a leading Editor. His work earned two Clio Awards. In 1973, Fred started one of the first independent commercial editorial companies, Wildwood Films. Over thirty years he has worked on thousands of high quality commercial projects as an Editor. He has also produced ad campaigns with multi-million dollar budgets, dif cult clients, and complex logistics on distant locations.

In 1992, the Los Angeles Riots swept Southern California leaving chaos and devastation in its wake. It also left an indelible mark on Fred and his producer wife, Stephania Lipner. They established Inner-City Filmmakers as a non-pro t organization to empower, educate, and nd employment for diverse disadvantaged youth.

Fred has been recognized by Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, VARIETY, The Hollywood Reporter, LA Weekly, VIBE, SHOOT, American Cinema Editors, Directors Guild of America, and Producers Guild of America Magazines, as well as ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and Reuters television news. In 2009, Fred was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of Independent Creative Editors (AICE), an international association representing independent creative editorial companies and their editors. He was recently selected as a CNN Hero.


DANIEL HENRIQUEZ — POST-PRODUCTION | POST SOUND TA

"I was born in Burbank, CA and grew up in Sun Valley, CA. In 2014, I graduated from Verdugo Hills High School in Tujunga. My parents were born and raised in El Salvador, but had to ee due to a civil war that was taking place during their teens. They went to New York before coming to California. When they arrived in California, they settled and started a family which consists of me, and my two sisters.

Before Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF), I wanted to do Animation. I grew up making ipbook cartoons, and computer animations. I always loved making things move. But when I graduated from ICF in 2014, I had a newfound love for Sound Design. The attention to detail between these two disciplines is very similar. Ultimately, my career goal is to be a Sound Designer. Film and TV are made watchable because of sound. I really enjoy recording and placing sounds into whatever is on the screen.

Inner-City Filmmakers has taught me so much, and probably the most important thing; understanding the whole filmmaking process. Before ICF, I didn't really know how professionals did any of the things they did. Now, I have a good grasp on how things play out on set, and the ethics of filmmaking. I don't think I could have learned any of this anywhere else, or at least in a very short amount of time. I treasure the experiences I've had while participating in ICF as a student as well as a teaching assistant."


RICK HINSON, MPSE — POST-PRODUCTION SOUND EDITOR

One of the industry's most preeminent Sound Editors, Rick Hinson was an avid film enthusiast in high school. He earned his Bachelor's of Arts degree at the University of Southern California School of Cinema/Television. After film school, he took a job as a driver for a post-production house. The owner saw Hinson's potential and hired him as an Assistant Sound Editor. Within a year, he was assigned the duties and responsibilities of a full- edged Sound Editor. Over the next 25 years, Rick has edited over two hundred television movies, shows and specials, as well as a couple independent feature films. His work has run the gamut from the X-FILES and THE SOPRANOS to the groundbreaking children's programs, DUCK TALES, CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG, and DINOSAUR TRAIN.

For his work, he has won four Emmy Awards and nine Golden Reel Awards for Sound Editing. In addition, Hinson served six years as President of the Motion Picture Sound Editors and now serves as President Emeritus.

Married with two children, Rick enjoys working with young people. Both his children have learned sound editing under his tutelage and each year he looks forward to working with a new generation of young film students at Inner-City Filmmakers.


JAXON IRAHETA —


GIB JAFFE —


SHERRI JAMES — PRODUCER

Sherri James is an entrepreneur, film producer, writer and minister from Houston, TX. Currently based in Los Angeles, she is the Senior Minister of Understanding Principles for Better Living Church, a thriving spiritual community that blends metaphysical Bible training with practical tools for living a better life.

Prior to entering the ministry, Rev. Sherri worked in the entertainment industry as VP, Rock Capital Entertainment and VP, Christopher Brian Films. Production credits include the urban horror film SOMEBODY HELP ME.

Rev. Sherri began her career in the Hollywood Pictures Story Department and was later promoted to Creative Associate in the Walt Disney Pictures Creative Group. She holds an MFA from USC's Peter Stark Motion Picture Producing Program and a BFA with honors from the University of Pennsylvania.


STEPHANIA LIPNER — PRODUCER | ICF FOUNDER

Stephania has produced documentaries and TV commercials through her own production company, SL Productions. Originally from New York City, at age 15 she was discovered by Lucia Chase, ballet director and co-founder of American Ballet Theatre. Stephania became the youngest dancer ever to be accepted into the company. Traveling the world with ABT and later the Joffrey Ballet, she advanced to principal roles. During hiatus, Stephania appeared as a dancer in the original films BYE BYE BIRDIE, starring Ann-Margret and HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, starring Robert Morse, which is where she became interested in production.

Stephania moved into advertising, became a producer, and at age 26, was promoted to Vice President, Head of Broadcast Production for McCann-Erickson, one of the world's premier advertising agencies, where she won Clio and Belding Awards for her work. She later produced an ABC-Television Network Special, THE MYSTERIOUS POWERS OF MAN, before becoming Vice President of Development for Telepictures, an American television and film production company, currently operating as a label of Warner Bros. Television. As a producer of live theatre in Los Angeles, Stephania has worked with many Hollywood notables including Jack Lemmon in David Mamet's, LIFE IN THE THEATER.

Since 1992, Stephania has shared the vision and worked tirelessly side-by-side with her husband, Fred Heinrich, to build Inner-City Filmmakers into the successful organization that it is today. Her motivation, determination and work ethic is infused in ICF students.


REYNA LOPEZ —


JAY NEW — DIRECTOR

Jay is currently an adjunct professor at Azusa Paci c University and at USC's School of Cinematic Arts' Summer Program, where he specializes in teaching aesthetics, directing, and general production courses. Teaching eases his insatiable appetite to better understand how things work and to have a reason to talk about film with a captive audience.

Jay New has worked on numerous features, commercials, music videos, corporate content, and TV shows in various departments from Special FX to 1st AD, and as writer, producer, and director. However, his students' usual favorite claim-to-fame is that he was one of the guys who worked on Katy Perry's whip-cream-shooting bra for CALIFORNIA GURLS. Jay's films and projects have screened at the Short Corner de Cannes (producer) and Washington D.C. Deaf Film Fest (Audience award and best short film - writer). He has multiple KCACTF Regional acting honors, and was a USC's Sloan Directing Grant nalist. Jay received his MFA in Production from USC School of Cinematic Arts.


QUYEN NGUYEN-LE —


JESSICA ROCK TEAM "D" CAPTAIN | SCREENWRITING TA | OFFICE ASSOCIATE | CASTING TA

"I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and graduated from Van Nuys High School. From there I was accepted into Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF) and became a 2014 alumna. I went into the ICF program wanting to learn all aspects of film to become a director and writer; I see film as a powerful art medium. With excessive planning, I could bring a great emotional response to the viewer, which is what many films have done for me.

After Inner-City Filmmakers' summer program, I went straight into college at Cal State Northridge. Although I learned so much about directing and writing through ICF, I decided to major in filmmaking and further my education. However, since then, I've come to realize that I do not need to major in those elds. Instead, I've decided to utilize my artistic talents and peruse something in the Art Department because even though I do plan on becoming my own writer and director, I do have a passion for set design. I now continue on, in hopes to become a great Art Director and or Production Designer. So, as of now, I have completed two years of a college education but I am also taking a semester off to explore what it is I can major in. I continue to stay connected to Inner-City Filmmakers to meet people who are making films and need someone who can use and Art Director so that I can practice my skills. So far, I've met with many ICF alumni, mentors, instructors who are all working as well as the newer students. Everyone has projects lined up; hopefully they will go into production. I have met so many talented people at ICF who have as great a passion as mine. I hope to succeed in my career as a filmmaker with them by my side."


DAMIAN RODRIGUEZ —


EDWARD ROSALES —


ANGEL SALINAS — TEAM "B" CAPTAIN | SCREENWRITING TA

"I was born in South East Los Angeles and I have lived all my life in a small city called Bell. I was first introduced to movies by my older siblings, although I didn't get a deeper appreciation for film until my junior year of high school. At that time, I was at a point in my life where I didn't know who or what I wanted to be. That all changed when I decided to choose film as my elective for the semester. I always liked movies but I couldn't ever see myself making them. My film teacher, Mr. Lansdown, was the first person in my life to tell me I could do whatever I set my mind to. I set my mind to film that year, and every year since then!

My goal is to become a director. I always loved writing, so I ended up writing AND directing my own films for the next two years. After high school, I applied and was accepted into Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF) Class of 2012 where I learned the fundamentals of filmmaking from award winning professionals as well as getting exposed to the film industry for the first time. Now, I can't see myself doing anything but writing and directing films for the rest of my life. I want to be a director in order to be a voice for the voiceless; the people of color, the minorities, and the underrepresented. They are the ones who I want to make films about. I love film with all my heart but I don't see much diversity in film today. Because of where I live, where I work, and where I go to school, all I see are diverse individuals. Even so, these individuals and their stories are seldom told. I want to make films that make people think, cry, laugh; all in the same sitting. I want to make films that stay with you long after you leave the movie theater. It is a dream I will be chasing my entire life...until I reach it. - I am deeply grateful to Inner-City Filmmakers for incredible opportunities they provide, year-round. I thank you and everyone who supports us for believing in us. I am working hard and look forward to reaching my goals to make you ALL proud!"


JAMIE "JT" TRENT, SOC
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY, PRODUCER & DIGITAL INTERMEDIATE COLORIST

JT is an Australian born Cinematographer who spent his early years in Sydney Australia, cutting his teeth in the film industry. Widely known for being involved in the commercial side of films, he soon found his way to Los Angeles where he pursued his passion in making (PSA) public service announcements, commercials, music videos, short films and feature films.

In the latest 2 films, "The Algerian" & "Halloweed" JT has been credited for Cinematography, Producer and Colorist and both films gained theatrical releases. The international political thriller "The Algerian" had an official screening at CANNES film festival this year and throughout its film festival run, it was the winner of 33 festival awards. Finally it gained a full theatrical release in 22 cities in the USA. The second film "Halloweed" did not do the festival route and instead gained distribution and had a Red Carpet Premier Screening at the world famous Chinese Theater.

As a Cinematographer, JT has also achieved a highly pro cient level as a Digital Intermediate Colorist. This is a complex skill that has enabled him to do the Colorist work on 95% of the projects he has done the Cinematography for. Both of these skills are rarely achieved together by the same person on the same film.

JT also has a new perspective with his teaching skills for students. His unique instruction of cinematography for the students at Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF) uses motivational tools and life experiences that the students can relate to. This helps students learn about film, while at the same time preparing them to step out into the world with eyes wide open. He injects students with a new and exciting view on how to move into life with a more prepared and realistic approach. By demystifying and proving how success and failure are both needed to succeed, JT helps ICF students to realize that they, too, can achieve great things. No matter what adversities a student has experienced, it does not de ne who they are now, but instead helps them to decide what they can choose to be. The emphasis is based around consistency, continuity of efforts and the combined hard work with other like-minded people.

JT is an ACS (Australian Cinematographers Society) fully accredited member, a member of the ICG (International Cinematographers Guild) as a Director of Photography as well as a fully active member of the SOC (Society of Camera Operators).


EDGAR-VILCHIS —


CHRIS WEBB — SCREENWRITER

Chris Webb's professional credits include the screenplay for TOY STORY II for Pixar Animation Studios, BRUNO THE KID: THE ANIMATED MOVIE, and episodes of the television series DUCKMAN. He has also written screenplays for Steven Spielberg, Barry Levinson, Ron Howard & Brian Grazer and others.

An alumnus of The Second City in Chicago, Mr. Webb has won numerous awards for his satirical short films, which include: THE CIVIL WAR PARODY, a satire of the Ken Burns PBS series THE CIVIL WAR, and CAMCORDER BLUES, a parody of home videos.

Chris Webb is a Screenwriting Instructor at UCLA Extension. He teaches advanced Screenwriting and Sketch Comedy Writing.


2017 Guest Speakers

ERIC AMADIO — WRITER | PRODUCER


EBER BENITEZ — ICF 2012 | CAA

"I was born and raised in Mid-City Los Angeles. My parents, escaping the Civil War in El Salvador, migrated to the United States in the eighties. The violence, to this day, breaks global records and their escape was fueled by a desire to create a new life, not just for themselves but, for the children they would eventually have. My mother is currently a chef at an organic food store and my father works in construction. They have been working at their jobs for nearly twenty years and I am happy to admit they have mastered their respected crafts. I anticipate doing the same as a professional filmmaker; but first things first.

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont with a major in English and a minor in history. I aim to put those degrees to use by telling stories that study the past to better our future. I aim to make honest films that ask our audience not only to study their community and its aws, but to study themselves and accept themselves for whom they are, and to use that acceptance to ful ll their duties and responsibilities to the community that molded them.

If there is one thing I have learned at Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF) it is the responsibility one has to give back. In life, every decision we make is imperative to the days that follow and the decisions that are made then. I want to tap into that reality and develop stories that can provide insight to the human condition. By the time I was in high school I knew, and people knew, that I wanted to be a filmmaker. My teachers introduced me to camera equipment, my friends always asked me for movie recommendations, and I was always on IMDB. Not a day goes by where I am not thankful for having been surrounded by such in uential people.

Film and family nurtured my sanity, and Inner-City Filmmakers taught me that hard work pays off. Making films is a dif cult task and you can kiss sleep good-bye, but upon seeing your name on the big screen you quickly realize that sleep is dispensable when you are actually living your dream. I have interned at River Road Entertainment (12 YEARS A SLAVE, TREE OF LIFE, and BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN), Endgame Entertainment (JOBS, LOOPER, and HOTEL RWANDA). Since graduating in 2012 from Inner-City Filmmakers, I have returned to Los Angeles and ICF every summer as a Team Captain or Assistant to help the new students. Since graduating college in 2016, I have been writing, writing, writing and preparing films! - Inner-City Filmmakers taught me that any worthwhile artistic endeavor will require a logistical counterpart. Always!!"


MIKE BOGGIO — MENTOR | DONOR

Mike Boggio, (ICF class of 1993), has worked as an actor, film editor, musician, producer, martial arts instructor, and real estate investor.

Mike's entertainment career began at age twelve performing in films for NBC, AFI, and LAUSD while studying dance and drama at Bancroft Performing Arts Magnet in Hollywood ('87-'89). Trained in TV production and music at Van Nuys Performing Arts Magnet ('90-'93), Mike was voted "Best Instrumentalist" by the student body. While earning his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from CSULA ('93-'97), Mike worked as a production assistant for the TV tabloid HARD COPY (Paramount Studios '94-'97) and as editorial intern on DANGEROUS MINDS (Hollywood Pictures '94-'95). After graduating with honors, Mike was a lead actor in SUCKERS, a low-budget 16mm feature, which he also edited and co-produced. In 1998 Mike launched his own post-production company, Almighty Post, which handled digital editing, FX, sound design, voice-over, and music for film & television. Editorial feature credits include ROAD DOGZ (HBO/Cinemax), COME AND TAKE IT DAY (PBS), and FOOD STAMPS. His comedy shorts have won numerous national awards including a College Emmy.

As a professional drummer with over 20 years of stage and studio experience, Mike has toured Europe, Japan, and most of North America with various artists of diverse musical in uences. Performance highlights include the North Sea, Montreux, and Detroit Jazz Festivals, MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, and the White House in Washington D.C.

Mike is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist. Growing up in the gang-heavy corridor between Downtown and Hollywood in the 1980s and early '90s, where gun re and street crime were commonplace, Mike was compelled to learn self-defense but couldn't afford classes until after college. He began training in 1999 at the Gracie Academy in Torrance, CA and has since instructed classes for the Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks, UCLA, and Caique Jiu Jitsu Academy in Lomita, CA, where he currently trains.

In 2007, Mike began buying, renovating, and renting real estate, which has proven to be his most lucrative career - allowing him to become a major financial supporter of Inner-City Filmmakers.

"As a member of ICF's first class in 1993, I am grateful to have witnessed the program's growth and evolution. Fred and Steph's care, persistence, and leadership have inspired me to develop these same qualities in my own life."


JR BOURNE — ACTOR

Canadian actor JR Bourne was born on April 8, 1970. Known for playing Martouf in Stargate SG-1, he started acting in the late 1990s and appeared in movies like Jungleground and Past Perfect. He was also in shows like The Sentinel, Side Effects, Madison, and Viper. Soon, he found himself appearing on series like The Outer Limits and Godiva's. He also became known for his roles in CSI, CSI: Miami, 24, NCIS, The Mentalist and Fringe. On the big screen, he rose to fame for roles in The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Butterfly Effect 2, and Thir13en Ghosts. In 2010, he appeared on Smallville and later landed the recurring role of Chris Argent in MTV's Teen Wolf. He next appeared in Suits and The Secret Circle.


REINA HARDESTY — ACTRESS


PAUL HELLER — PRODUCER | BAFTA, LA


RICK HESS — FOUNDER | PARNER, EMC


AMBER HORN — CASTING DIRECTOR


STEPHEN LOVEJOY — ACE | EDITOR


BILL MEADOW — MPSE | NBCUNI


SHYREE MEZICK — CASTING DIRECTOR


FRANK MONTAÑO — MPSE | NBCUNI


IRENA REEDY — ACTRESS


JOHN JACK RODGERS — EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
STELLA-ADLER ACADEMY OF ACTING, LA

John Jack Rodgers is known for The Sound of Spying (2014), Hollywood Acting Academy (2009) and Absolutely Modern (2013). The world renowned acting school is located in the heart of Hollywood, CA offering extensive training for the serious actor in theatre, film, and television. The Technique grew out of Stella Adler's work with Stanislavski, the father of modern acting and has been studied by many of the world's most notable actors, directors, and writers including: Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro, Salma Hayek, Benicio Del Toro, Holland Taylor, Gary Ross, Eric Stoltz and Mark Ruffalo, and more.


LISSA ROTH HARRISON — FCF TRUSTEE


CAMILLE SPIRLIN — ICF 2016 | ACTRESS


LOU ZIGMAN — FCF TRUSTEE


2016 Instructors

ANDREW AVERY — TEAM "A" MENTOR

Andrew Avery moved to Los Angeles to go to film school and received an MFA from USC Cinema-TV in film production. He directed the indie feature FREE starring Corin Nemec and Ione Skye, which aired on Showtime. As a protégé of David Milch, he worked as a Writing Fellow for Redboard Productions, making various contributions to the HBO series DEADWOOD. He continues to write in various forms: dramatic, prose ction, and poetry.

Recently, he obtained a masters degree in Spiritual Psychology and completed a certi cate program in Soul-Centered Personal Coaching, both from the University of Santa Monica. He has begun a career in coaching, focused in the areas of creativity, adult ADHD, and nancial planning.


MIKE BOGGIO — MENTOR | DONOR

Mike Boggio, (ICF class of 1993), has worked as an actor, film editor, musician, producer, martial arts instructor, and real estate investor.

Mike's entertainment career began at age twelve performing in films for NBC, AFI, and LAUSD while studying dance and drama at Bancroft Performing Arts Magnet in Hollywood ('87-'89). Trained in TV production and music at Van Nuys Performing Arts Magnet ('90-'93), Mike was voted "Best Instrumentalist" by the student body. While earning his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from CSULA ('93-'97), Mike worked as a production assistant for the TV tabloid HARD COPY (Paramount Studios '94-'97) and as editorial intern on DANGEROUS MINDS (Hollywood Pictures '94-'95). After graduating with honors, Mike was a lead actor in SUCKERS, a low-budget 16mm feature, which he also edited and co-produced. In 1998 Mike launched his own post-production company, Almighty Post, which handled digital editing, FX, sound design, voice-over, and music for film & television. Editorial feature credits include ROAD DOGZ (HBO/Cinemax), COME AND TAKE IT DAY (PBS), and FOOD STAMPS. His comedy shorts have won numerous national awards including a College Emmy.

As a professional drummer with over 20 years of stage and studio experience, Mike has toured Europe, Japan, and most of North America with various artists of diverse musical in uences. Performance highlights include the North Sea, Montreux, and Detroit Jazz Festivals, MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, and the White House in Washington D.C.

Mike is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist. Growing up in the gang-heavy corridor between Downtown and Hollywood in the 1980s and early '90s, where gun re and street crime were commonplace, Mike was compelled to learn self-defense but couldn't afford classes until after college. He began training in 1999 at the Gracie Academy in Torrance, CA and has since instructed classes for the Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks, UCLA, and Caique Jiu Jitsu Academy in Lomita, CA, where he currently trains.

In 2007, Mike began buying, renovating, and renting real estate, which has proven to be his most lucrative career - allowing him to become a major financial supporter of Inner-City Filmmakers.

"As a member of ICF's first class in 1993, I am grateful to have witnessed the program's growth and evolution. Fred and Steph's care, persistence, and leadership have inspired me to develop these same qualities in my own life."


JR BOURNE — ACTOR

Canadian actor JR Bourne was born on April 8, 1970. Known for playing Martouf in Stargate SG-1, he started acting in the late 1990s and appeared in movies like Jungleground and Past Perfect. He was also in shows like The Sentinel, Side Effects, Madison, and Viper. Soon, he found himself appearing on series like The Outer Limits and Godiva's. He also became known for his roles in CSI, CSI: Miami, 24, NCIS, The Mentalist and Fringe. On the big screen, he rose to fame for roles in The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Butterfly Effect 2, and Thir13en Ghosts. In 2010, he appeared on Smallville and later landed the recurring role of Chris Argent in MTV's Teen Wolf. He next appeared in Suits and The Secret Circle.


ANNA BOWEN — ACTRESS | AUTHOR

Anna Bowen has appeared on screen in multiple commercials (including national spots for Chevy, Disney Theme Parks, Olive Garden and Nescafé). TV shows include: As The World Turns, Castle, Law and Order and Mixology. She is primarily a theatre actress and has appeared onstage in 101 Dalmations (Broadway, 1st national tour), RENT, Aladdin, Little Shop of Horrors, In The Heights, Les Miserables, Wanda's World, Classic M: The Music of Motown, DoubleTime, The Ballad of Rom and Julz, Godspell, Cinderella, Once on This Island, Evita, and Aida. She is a vocalist for many bands in and around Los Angeles including: The Overstreets New Orleans Jazz Band, The Melodies, gen8, The Beverly Belles, Velvet Mood, The Crystal Belles and is a vocalist for the eclectic singer Lawrence Rothman.

Anna is also a writer. In her book "Me and You", she examines the trials and tribulations that go along with saying the words "I do," as well as the inspiring and heartfelt explanations of why two individuals decide to spend their lives together: www.meandyouthebook.com. Her next book, "Being Biracial", explores how biracial people identify themselves in a society that tries to pigeonhole them to one specific race (https://www.facebook.com/beingbiracial). All other information can be found on her website: www.annabowen.com


MARK BROWN — TEAM "D" MENTOR

Mark Alton Brown most recently worked as a Consulting Producer on INSTANT MOM on Nickelodeon and TV Land. He also currently has several television pilots in development. He and his writing partner Dee LaDuke served for eight years as Writer/Executive Producers on the CW's hit series, GIRLFRIENDS. Mark created and Executive Produced REUNITED, a comedy series starring Julie Hagerty with Castle Rock for UPN. His produced pilots include NBC: DANGEROUS WOMEN WITH BAD ATTITUDES and GABBY. He has worked as writer/producer on multiple half-hour series, most notably as Supervising Producer on the long-running DESIGNING WOMEN.

Mark co-wrote and produced the cult classic, comic mock-documentary film, JACKIE'S BACK for Lifetime. His features MOUNTAINHEART, LIFE OF THE PARTY and VENTURA BLVD. are currently in pre-production. He has also written BEFORE AND AFTER for USA Network and the original features THE WHOLE TRUTH, TOO HIP and LIFERS. He also wrote and produced the YouTube web-series sensation, JENIFER LEWIS AND SHANGELA.

Brown and LaDuke are also the authors of "Writing and Producing Television". They conduct seminars based on the book worldwide, most recently in Rio de Janeiro. They are on the faculty of the Global Shift Film Festival and developed an online course for its af liated Institute. Mark is also on the faculty of Inner-City Filmmakers. He and Ms. LaDuke are recipients of a Shine Award, GLAAD Media Award and the BET Comedy Award.


JOSEPH D'AGOSTA — CASTING DIRECTOR | ACTOR

Joseph "Joe" D'Agosta was the casting director of Star Trek: The Original Series during its entire three-season run, starting with the second pilot, Where No Man Has Gone Before (after producer Herb Solow decided to hire a professional casting director, feeling that several parts had been miscast in The Cage). He was also the casting director of Mission: Impossible and The Lucy Show at the same time, which were all produced by Desilu. D'Agosta started out as an actor, but very soon turned to casting. During his career in casting, spanning more than four decades, D'Agosta worked on both television and film. His credits include Gene Roddenberry's series, The Lieutenant, which starred Gary Lockwood, Mannix and The Brady Bunch, and films such as Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986). D'Agosta is the husband of actress Barbara Baldavin, whom he cast as Angela Martine in Balance of Terror, Shore Leave, and Space Seed, and as Lisa in Turnabout Intruder. Sean Morgan, a regular bit player on Star Trek, was a college friend of D'Agosta, which lead to him being cast in smaller roles on the series. He was also a classmate of Ralph Maurer at acting school, and cast him in two episodes of Star Trek.


RAÚL DÁVALOS, ACE — EDITOR

Raul Davalos, ACE, was born in Havana, Cuba and grew up in Key Biscayne, Florida. He attended Loyola University in New Orleans and, upon graduation, attended the London Film School. Davalos edited commercials and documentaries in Florida before moving to Los Angeles and his first job assisting Academy Award winning editor Richard Chew, ACE, on Ivan Passar's CREATOR, starring Peter O'Toole. Raul edited Guillermo del Toro's first feature film, CRONOS, and veteran cinematographer, John Bailey's VIA DOLOROSA, playwright David Hare's adaptation of his one-man play about the Middle East conflict.

Lawrence Kasdan's DREAMCATCHER was Davalos' eighth collaboration with Academy Award nominated film editor Carol Littleton, ACE. Their twenty-year collaboration began in 1985 on Lawrence Kasdan's acclaimed western, SILVERADO. Davalos also worked with Littleton on Ken Kwapis' VIBES, Kasdan's, THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST, Luis Mandoki's WHITE PALACE and John Bailey's film-noir thriller, CHINA MOON, and became associate editor on Jeremiah Chechik's BENNY AND JOON starring Johnny Depp followed by Kasdan's WYATT EARP headlined by Kevin Costner.

Emilio Estevez's latest film THE WAY (2011), starring Martin Sheen, and edited by Davalos, was an audience and critic's favorite at the Toronto Film Festival and in world release. Raul's work on Estevez's THE WAY followed a long schedule on PERSONS UNKNOWN, the mini-series created by Academy Award winner Christopher McQuarrie and Executive Producer Remi Aubuchon, which aired on NBC. Before he edited the first season on the historical drama, REIGN, currently on the CW network, Davalos completed work with long time collaborator Writer/Producer/Director Amy Sherman-Palladino on the pilot and first season of her acclaimed series, BUNHEADS. Davalos had previously edited the successful, fast talking television series GILMORE GIRLS for Sherman- Palladino from its first season to its last, alternating with the feature films DREAMCATCHER for director Lawrence Kasdan and THE AMATEURS, the charming Jeff Bridges comedy directed by Michael Traeger. He is currently an editor on the hit TV Series, EMPIRE.


LEE DAVIS — TEAM "C" MENTOR

Lee Davis' love of filmmaking was born out of summer trips with his father to the movies. "When I saw people's faces transfixed on the screen, I said, 'That's what I want to do!'" Davis celebrates a decade as an instructor/mentor with Inner-City Filmmakers. His latest film, Mother of The Week, is an official selection at the 2016 New Filmmakers New York Festival, marking its tenth festival. The comedy short has won seven awards including the Audience Award at the Northeast Film Festival.

Lee Davis is a screenwriter and director who has written over thirty screenplays including his directorial debut, the Sundance developed Showtime Original film 3AM, a dark tale of NYC cab-drivers, for which Pam Grier was nominated for a BET Image Award. Davis earned two Black Reel nominations including Best Director, and was named as one of Variety Magazine's Top Ten Screenwriters To Watch. Davis' screenplay At The End of The Tunnel is the inspirational tale based on actual events of a family surviving in the aftermath of the molestation of their son by his youth pastor. Davis' e-book Bespoke: A Collection of Short Stories for The Solitary Traveler is available on Amazon, I-tunes, and Barnes & Noble, and has met with acclaim for its stark portraits of the human condition in its many forms. Lee Davis' noir aesthetic is apparent in stirring music videos Don't Gain The World for Sunny Dilinger, West Side Girl for Grammy-nominated R&B artist Bilal, and the debut song Free for rock artist Freemoor. Davis' film Romance Is Served won Best Documentary at the Belize Film Festival.

A graduate of Fordham University, Davis worked at Tower Records in the village where a chance encounter with Spike Lee grew into the opportunity of a lifetime. Davis apprenticed at 40 Acres & A Mule on the films Mo' Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, and Crooklyn. "Those years working with Spike Lee, that was my film school." Davis' short noir A Gut Feeling aired nationwide on The Sci-Fi Channel, starred Saul Williams and Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and was executive produced by Spike Lee and produced by Shan Browning and John Murchison. The film premiered at the Noosa Film Festival in Australia, Urban-world Film Festival in New York. Sci-Fi enlisted Davis to write and direct Flicker a long-form original short film for the network. Davis has served as a screenwriting advisor at the prestigious Oaxaca (formerly Sundance) Screenwriting Lab in Mexico, to Latin American screenwriters.


RYAN FOX — TEAM "B" MENTOR

Every generation conjures up its own envelope-pushing filmmaker, and Ryan Fox is no exception. Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and educated in film at the University of Dayton, Fox strives to create compelling, challenging and inspiring work. This was evident in his award-winning first feature film, RAILED, which garnered cult recognition for its uniquely experimental style. Fox continued this success with his second award-winning feature film WHITE DWARF, which examines the culture of Hollywood when shooting stars eventually lose their luster.

It was Fox's extensive documentation of the Los Angeles homelessness epidemic that brought much needed attention to the cause, earning him honorable mention from LA Family Housing. Fox is also founding partner of 24p Media Group, which produced EMPIRE STATE starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Liam Hemsworth and Emma Roberts. Currently, Fox is in pre-production on his next film GENRX which will shoot this fall. It is Ryan Fox's combination of irresistible charm and undeniable talent that makes him one of Hollywood's hottest new directors.


BRUCE GREEN, ACE — EDITOR

From Tina Fey's Baby Mama to Martin Laurence's Big Momma's House, Bruce Green's editing has helped "give birth" to some of Hollywood's most memorable comedies. His career began as an assistant editor on the seminal adventure films Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Star Wars: Episode lV - A New Hope. The longtime Garry Marshall collaborator edited both movies in The Princess Diaries series and Valentine's Day, Runaway Bride and The Other Sister. He has collaborated with director Mark Waters on the films Freaky Friday, Just Like Heaven, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, and Mr. Popper's Penguins.

Additionally, Green has edited such comedies and comedy/dramas as Punchline, Cool Runnings, Phenomenon, Home Alone 3, While You Were Sleeping, and The Doctor. He also edited action-thrillers like The Vanishing and Young Guns II and, early on in his career, the Friday the 13th horror films. For television he has edited the Golden Globe winning Jane the Virgin, The Witches of East End and Franklin & Bash. Most recently he, once again, joined up with Garry Marshall for Mother's Day with Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Shay Mitchell, and Timothy Olyphant.

Green is a past vice president of the Motion Picture Editors Guild and a former faculty member of the American Film Institute. A Graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, he is married to Janet Keller Green and is the father of four daughters. "The truth is there is a lack of diversity in Hollywood. Having an ICF student work in my editing room not only helps the student but the film. It assures a nal movie that touches as broad an audience as possible."


FRED HEINRICH — EDITOR | ICF FOUNDER

Fred is a graduate of the School of Cinema at USC. Born to immigrant parents, by age 22 he was a leading Editor. His work earned two Clio Awards. In 1973, Fred started one of the first independent commercial editorial companies, Wildwood Films. Over thirty years he has worked on thousands of high quality commercial projects as an Editor. He has also produced ad campaigns with multi-million dollar budgets, dif cult clients, and complex logistics on distant locations.

In 1992, the Los Angeles Riots swept Southern California leaving chaos and devastation in its wake. It also left an indelible mark on Fred and his producer wife, Stephania Lipner. They established Inner-City Filmmakers as a non-pro t organization to empower, educate, and nd employment for diverse disadvantaged youth.

Fred has been recognized by Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, VARIETY, The Hollywood Reporter, LA Weekly, VIBE, SHOOT, American Cinema Editors, Directors Guild of America, and Producers Guild of America Magazines, as well as ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and Reuters television news. In 2009, Fred was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of Independent Creative Editors (AICE), an international association representing independent creative editorial companies and their editors. He was recently selected as a CNN Hero.


RICK HINSON, MPSE — POST-PRODUCTION SOUND EDITOR

One of the industry's most preeminent Sound Editors, Rick Hinson was an avid film enthusiast in high school. He earned his Bachelor's of Arts degree at the University of Southern California School of Cinema/Television. After film school, he took a job as a driver for a post-production house. The owner saw Hinson's potential and hired him as an Assistant Sound Editor. Within a year, he was assigned the duties and responsibilities of a full- edged Sound Editor. Over the next 25 years, Rick has edited over two hundred television movies, shows and specials, as well as a couple independent feature films. His work has run the gamut from the X-FILES and THE SOPRANOS to the groundbreaking children's programs, DUCK TALES, CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG, and DINOSAUR TRAIN.

For his work, he has won four Emmy Awards and nine Golden Reel Awards for Sound Editing. In addition, Hinson served six years as President of the Motion Picture Sound Editors and now serves as President Emeritus.

Married with two children, Rick enjoys working with young people. Both his children have learned sound editing under his tutelage and each year he looks forward to working with a new generation of young film students at Inner-City Filmmakers.


SHERRI JAMES — PRODUCER

Sherri James is an entrepreneur, film producer, writer and minister from Houston, TX. Currently based in Los Angeles, she is the Senior Minister of Understanding Principles for Better Living Church, a thriving spiritual community that blends metaphysical Bible training with practical tools for living a better life.

Prior to entering the ministry, Rev. Sherri worked in the entertainment industry as VP, Rock Capital Entertainment and VP, Christopher Brian Films. Production credits include the urban horror film SOMEBODY HELP ME.

Rev. Sherri began her career in the Hollywood Pictures Story Department and was later promoted to Creative Associate in the Walt Disney Pictures Creative Group. She holds an MFA from USC's Peter Stark Motion Picture Producing Program and a BFA with honors from the University of Pennsylvania.


STEPHANIA LIPNER — PRODUCER | ICF FOUNDER

Stephania has produced documentaries and TV commercials through her own production company, SL Productions. Originally from New York City, at age 15 she was discovered by Lucia Chase, ballet director and co-founder of American Ballet Theatre. Stephania became the youngest dancer ever to be accepted into the company. Traveling the world with ABT and later the Joffrey Ballet, she advanced to principal roles. During hiatus, Stephania appeared as a dancer in the original films BYE BYE BIRDIE, starring Ann-Margret and HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, starring Robert Morse, which is where she became interested in production.

Stephania moved into advertising, became a producer, and at age 26, was promoted to Vice President, Head of Broadcast Production for McCann-Erickson, one of the world's premier advertising agencies, where she won Clio and Belding Awards for her work. She later produced an ABC-Television Network Special, THE MYSTERIOUS POWERS OF MAN, before becoming Vice President of Development for Telepictures, an American television and film production company, currently operating as a label of Warner Bros. Television. As a producer of live theatre in Los Angeles, Stephania has worked with many Hollywood notables including Jack Lemmon in David Mamet's, LIFE IN THE THEATER.

Since 1992, Stephania has shared the vision and worked tirelessly side-by-side with her husband, Fred Heinrich, to build Inner-City Filmmakers into the successful organization that it is today. Her motivation, determination and work ethic is infused in ICF students.


JAY NEW — DIRECTOR

Jay is currently an adjunct professor at Azusa Paci c University and at USC's School of Cinematic Arts' Summer Program, where he specializes in teaching aesthetics, directing, and general production courses. Teaching eases his insatiable appetite to better understand how things work and to have a reason to talk about film with a captive audience.

Jay New has worked on numerous features, commercials, music videos, corporate content, and TV shows in various departments from Special FX to 1st AD, and as writer, producer, and director. However, his students' usual favorite claim-to-fame is that he was one of the guys who worked on Katy Perry's whip-cream-shooting bra for CALIFORNIA GURLS. Jay's films and projects have screened at the Short Corner de Cannes (producer) and Washington D.C. Deaf Film Fest (Audience award and best short film - writer). He has multiple KCACTF Regional acting honors, and was a USC's Sloan Directing Grant nalist. Jay received his MFA in Production from USC School of Cinematic Arts.


TOMMY OLIVER — PRODUCER | CINEMATOGRAPHER | EDITOR

Tommy Oliver, producer of the Sony thriller THE PERFECT GUY starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut, which opened as the #1 film in the country to $26M+ also produced the Sundance Audience Award winner KINYARWANDA, a film Roger Ebert ranked number six on his top ten films of 2011. His directorial debut, 1982, starring Hill Harper, Sharon Leal, La La Anthony, Ruby Dee and Wayne Brady, premiered at the Toronto International Festival to critical acclaim and was distributed by Lionsgate Entertainment.

His films have earned dozens of accolades and awards, including grants from the San Francisco Film Society, Cinereach and Tribeca Film Institute and awards including the Marquee Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival and the World Audience Award at AFI fest. Oliver also recently produced Qasim Basir's DESTINED starring Cory Hardrict and Jesse Metcalfe, which premiered at LAFF. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, a Microsoft alum and repped by CAA.


ALEX RICH — ACTOR

ALEX RICH is quickly making his name as a fresh, new face in film and TV. His small-screen debut came last year when he was cast as "Tyler" in the second season of HBO's TRUE DETECTIVE, opposite Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn. Since then, he has won roles in the History Channel/Maker Studios Emmy-nominated comedy, CROSSROADS OF HISTORY, and the upcoming Net ix indie feature film, XOXO.

While Alex is just breaking into the Los Angeles market, his introduction to entertainment came when he was scouted for the Chinese version of POP lDOL. The show took him to Changsha, where he began a career in Chinese entertainment that included a variety of television shows and a self- penned Mandarin EP, recorded in collaboration with Universal Beijing. Alex's English-language single "Look What You Did" is currently receiving international radio play.

Armed with a love for storytelling, an iron will, and an unrivaled affability, Alex ghts for light and depth in all of his work. His dedication is quickly paying off as the industry takes note of his exciting and inspiring talent.


JOHN JACK RODGERS — EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
STELLA-ADLER ACADEMY OF ACTING, LA

John Jack Rodgers is known for The Sound of Spying (2014), Hollywood Acting Academy (2009) and Absolutely Modern (2013). The world renowned acting school is located in the heart of Hollywood, CA offering extensive training for the serious actor in theatre, film, and television. The Technique grew out of Stella Adler's work with Stanislavski, the father of modern acting and has been studied by many of the world's most notable actors, directors, and writers including: Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro, Salma Hayek, Benicio Del Toro, Holland Taylor, Gary Ross, Eric Stoltz and Mark Ruffalo, and more.


AARON SCHNEIDER — CINEMATOGRAPHER | DIRECTOR

Halfway through his undergraduate studies at Iowa State University, AARON SCHNEIDER transferred out of Mechanical Engineering into the production program at USC's School of Cinema- Television. Inspired by the work of guest-lecturing cinematographers, he soon gravitated to the visual craft of storytelling embodied in the role of cinematographer. Upon graduation, he began a decade- long career working in commercials and music videos, encompassing such clients and artists as Nike, Mercedes, L'Oreal, Whitney Houston, Beyonce and Michael Jackson.

In 1995, Schneider was invited to photograph the ground-breaking legal drama, MURDER ONE for producer Steven Bochco for which Schneider earned an Emmy nomination and was twice awarded the American Society of Cinematographers Award. In addition to numerous television pilots, Schneider went on to photograph feature films including KISS THE GIRLS, SIMON BIRCH and 2nd Unit on James Cameron's TITANIC.

Schneider began his directing career in episodic television and as a Director/Cameraman in television commercials and in 1994, he won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film for his adaptation of William Faulkner's TWO SOLDIERS. His feature film debut GET LOW, premiered at the Toronto Film festival to high critical praise and was released in 2010. GET LOW starred Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray and won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature Film. It also garnered Robert Duvall a SAG nomination and Bill Murray a Spirit Award nomination. Schneider is currently in pre-production on the independent drama, THE LONG HAUL, starring Edward Norton.


MANDY SHERMAN, CSA — CASTING DIRECTOR

A Los Angeles native, Mandy Sherman has been working in and around the entertainment business since she was a child. Originally an actress, she appeared in plays, films, sitcoms, dramas and MOW's and performed with an improv group at local comedy clubs for a number of years. Ms. Sherman graduated ‘cum laude' with a BA from the UCLA Theater Department and then began to explore different avenues within the business until she nally landed in casting. Early credits include ABC's ALIAS for ve seasons (earning her 3 nominations for the CSA Artios award for best episodic casting of a dramatic series), ABC's LOST for two seasons (for which she won an Emmy for Outstanding Casting of a Drama Series) and ABC's WHAT ABOUT BRIAN. Some recent credits include the Vh-1 series HIT THE FLOOR, the CW pilot/series BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Sony/NBC pilot BRENDA FOREVER, and feature films THE EVIL DEAD, SO UNDERCOVER and SOMETHING BORROWED. Mandy is so proud to be involved in such a great organization as Inner-City Filmmakers.


JAMIE "JT" TRENT, SOC
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY, PRODUCER & DIGITAL INTERMEDIATE COLORIST

JT is an Australian born Cinematographer who spent his early years in Sydney Australia, cutting his teeth in the film industry. Widely known for being involved in the commercial side of films, he soon found his way to Los Angeles where he pursued his passion in making (PSA) public service announcements, commercials, music videos, short films and feature films.

In the latest 2 films, "The Algerian" & "Halloweed" JT has been credited for Cinematography, Producer and Colorist and both films gained theatrical releases. The international political thriller "The Algerian" had an official screening at CANNES film festival this year and throughout its film festival run, it was the winner of 33 festival awards. Finally it gained a full theatrical release in 22 cities in the USA. The second film "Halloweed" did not do the festival route and instead gained distribution and had a Red Carpet Premier Screening at the world famous Chinese Theater.

As a Cinematographer, JT has also achieved a highly pro cient level as a Digital Intermediate Colorist. This is a complex skill that has enabled him to do the Colorist work on 95% of the projects he has done the Cinematography for. Both of these skills are rarely achieved together by the same person on the same film.

JT also has a new perspective with his teaching skills for students. His unique instruction of cinematography for the students at Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF) uses motivational tools and life experiences that the students can relate to. This helps students learn about film, while at the same time preparing them to step out into the world with eyes wide open. He injects students with a new and exciting view on how to move into life with a more prepared and realistic approach. By demystifying and proving how success and failure are both needed to succeed, JT helps ICF students to realize that they, too, can achieve great things. No matter what adversities a student has experienced, it does not de ne who they are now, but instead helps them to decide what they can choose to be. The emphasis is based around consistency, continuity of efforts and the combined hard work with other like-minded people.

JT is an ACS (Australian Cinematographers Society) fully accredited member, a member of the ICG (International Cinematographers Guild) as a Director of Photography as well as a fully active member of the SOC (Society of Camera Operators).


VANESSA VASQUEZ — ACTRESS

Vanessa Vasquez's family is from Monterrey, Mexico, but she was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She began acting at the age of 6, performing skits for her family. In sixth grade, she read for the role of Becky in the play The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Vasquez studied theater and psychology at the University of Houston, graduating with a B.A. in Social Sciences and Liberal Arts. She then received a scholarship to the Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles. She began her career by working with singer-songwriter Frankie J on the reggae ton mix of his Billboard Hot 100 hit "Obsessions (No Es Amor)". She was the lead actress in the independent horror and thriller film "Sorrow", as well as an associate producer. She starred as Magdalena Cruz in "Sins of a Call Girl" and as Esperanza in "Narca", directed by R. Ellis Frazier. She co-starred as Gracie in the action film, "Mis re", alongside Gary Daniels.

In 2014, Vasquez became one of the lead actresses in Hulu's East Los High series, the first English- language Hulu series with an all-Latino cast. She plays Camila Barrios, a Mexican teenager dealing with the trials and tribulations of growing up in East Los Angeles.

Vasquez has appeared on the 102.7 KISS FM radio show On Air with Ryan Seacrest and on Noches con Platanito, a popular Spanish talk show on Estrella TV, where she discussed her role on East Los High and participated in a Spanish-language game.


CHRIS WEBB — SCREENWRITER

Chris Webb's professional credits include the screenplay for TOY STORY II for Pixar Animation Studios, BRUNO THE KID: THE ANIMATED MOVIE, and episodes of the television series DUCKMAN. He has also written screenplays for Steven Spielberg, Barry Levinson, Ron Howard & Brian Grazer and others.

An alumnus of The Second City in Chicago, Mr. Webb has won numerous awards for his satirical short films, which include: THE CIVIL WAR PARODY, a satire of the Ken Burns PBS series THE CIVIL WAR, and CAMCORDER BLUES, a parody of home videos.

Chris Webb is a Screenwriting Instructor at UCLA Extension. He teaches advanced Screenwriting and Sketch Comedy Writing.


2016 Instructors

TRISTAN AGHAJANIAN — CINEMATOGRAPHY TA

"I was born in Glendale, California and raised in Sunland, California, where I graduated from Verdugo Hills High School in 2014. My parents were both born in Iran and decided to come to the United States to escape the politically fueled civil war. I am currently the first person in my family to be attending college at California State University, Northridge and have a 3.8 GPA. Since I graduated from Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF) in 2014, I have been a production

assistant on many film productions; an ICF Team Captain; I was accepted into the CSUN film production program; and I have interned at Panavision, a world-renowned camera house and optics manufacturer.

My short-term goals include - continuing to work on my creative portfolio, interning in production, and becoming a part of a camera crew on film productions. My long-term goal is to be a cinematographer on a feature length film.

Inner-City Filmmakers has given me the tools and the contacts to achieve what I have done so far on my journey as a filmmaker. Inner-City Filmmakers has also taught me how to value my skills so that I can continue that journey. By next year, I will be in pre-production on my thesis film.


VALENTINA ARGUETA — OFFICE MANAGER | EDITING ASSISTANT

"I was born February 24th 1997 and was mainly raised in the Northeast side of Los Angeles. My family emigrated from El Salvador in pursuit of a better life and in hopes to provide for those who stayed behind. My dad was part of the military during the Salvadorian Civil War in the 1980's, after losing his left index nger and recovering from battle wounds, he left his home country. My mom followed her older brother to the U.S. leaving her younger sisters and brothers behind with my grandparents, all to get a shot at getting her family out of poverty back home. My parents met here in the United States through family and few years later they had my older brother and me.

In 2015, Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF) taught me a lot about the real world while also learning about filmmaking. ICF helped me mature a lot over that summer. Having to face real industry situations like working with actors and making sure they're pleased, making sure the crew is doing everything on time, losing footage, and losing a location was hectic but in a sense it was a test. It helped me see if I could actually handle this and make smart and fast critical decisions. It helped me understand that filmmaking is serious work and not as easy as people think. Inner-City Filmmakers made me picture myself really working in the industry. I enjoyed every second of it!!

My short term goals are to graduate college, travel to different countries, and develop my filmmaking and cinematography skills. Inner-City Filmmakers is a great way to learn professional filmmaking skills and how to network with people who can help me. In the long run, I want to be able to give back to my high school and Inner-City Filmmakers; to the people who have helped me and motivated me to keep pursuing my dreams. I want to inspire people to never give up on their creative pursuits. I want to tell them that anything is possible as long as you are doing what you truly love. I want to be able to become something big for my mom, to show her that her hard work did not go unappreciated. I want to be working in the film industry and be involved in creating features that make an impact on people's lives. I want to be able to do what I want whenever I want without restrictions because of my gender or ethnic background. Spending this summer as Inner-City Filmmakers Of ce Manager has been quite an experience. It isn't an easy job but being able to work with the new students in the Class of 2016 made my job fun. ICF has been the best decision I've ever made; Fred, Steph and ICF are truly blessings sent my way."


EBER BENITEZ — OFFICE & TEAM ASSISTANT

"I was born and raised in Mid-City Los Angeles. My parents, escaping the Civil War in El Salvador, migrated to the United States in the eighties. The violence, to this day, breaks global records and their escape was fueled by a desire to create a new life, not just for themselves but, for the children they would eventually have. My mother is currently a chef at an organic food store and my father works in construction. They have been working at their jobs for nearly twenty years and I am happy to admit they have mastered their respected crafts. I anticipate doing the same as a professional filmmaker; but first things first.

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Vermont with a major in English and a minor in history. I aim to put those degrees to use by telling stories that study the past to better our future. I aim to make honest films that ask our audience not only to study their community and its aws, but to study themselves and accept themselves for whom they are, and to use that acceptance to ful ll their duties and responsibilities to the community that molded them.

If there is one thing I have learned at Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF) it is the responsibility one has to give back. In life, every decision we make is imperative to the days that follow and the decisions that are made then. I want to tap into that reality and develop stories that can provide insight to the human condition. By the time I was in high school I knew, and people knew, that I wanted to be a filmmaker. My teachers introduced me to camera equipment, my friends always asked me for movie recommendations, and I was always on IMDB. Not a day goes by where I am not thankful for having been surrounded by such in uential people.

Film and family nurtured my sanity, and Inner-City Filmmakers taught me that hard work pays off. Making films is a dif cult task and you can kiss sleep good-bye, but upon seeing your name on the big screen you quickly realize that sleep is dispensable when you are actually living your dream. I have interned at River Road Entertainment (12 YEARS A SLAVE, TREE OF LIFE, and BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN), Endgame Entertainment (JOBS, LOOPER, and HOTEL RWANDA). Since graduating in 2012 from Inner-City Filmmakers, I have returned to Los Angeles and ICF every summer as a Team Captain or Assistant to help the new students. Since graduating college in 2016, I have been writing, writing, writing and preparing films! - Inner-City Filmmakers taught me that any worthwhile artistic endeavor will require a logistical counterpart. Always!!"


ENRIQUE GARCIA — CINEMATOGRAPHY TA

"I was born in San Diego and raised in South Central Los Angeles. I want to stress that I was raised by a strong and loving single mother. My coming of age was not the best, nor the worst. I'm grateful for what I do have and plan to work hard to better my situation. Movies, TV shows, and documentaries have made a huge positive impact for me and my pass-time, and I plan to contribute my share of film work to the community to continue the positive impact. Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF) has strengthened my filmmaking skills and pointed me in the right direction.

After graduating Inner-City Filmmakers in 2012, I returned to California State University Dominguez Hills where I majored in Digital Media Arts and Graduated in 2015. While in college I kept in contact with Inner-City Filmmakers and they have continued to help me build skills and my career. They matched me to Production PA jobs on the feature films, LOVE & MERCY and ENDLESS LOVE, and as a Camera PA on the TV Series AQUARIUS. My goal is to become a Director of Cinematography. I plan to continue my path in film and look forward to making a new film family on each job. None of this would have been possible without the help of the Inner-City Filmmakers family. I thank Fred and Stephania for the impact they have had in my life, and I can only imagine the impact they have had over their 23 years of outstanding contributions to the community and to diverse low-income youth. Thanks, again, Inner-City Filmmakers and to all of our supporters. Thank you, Fred and Steph."


CHRISTOPHER GRANADOS — SCREENWRITING TA

Christopher Granados was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. His mother and father moved to the United States from Guatemala and El Salvador, respectively. As a young boy, he grew up around books, music and movies. In other words, he was de nitely NOT an athlete, much to the chagrin of his parents. After watching the movie Fight Club, at the age of 12, he realized he had a strong love for film (how cliché) but didn't start pursuing his passion until his senior year of high school, when he co-wrote a one-act play that was produced and directed by theater professionals. In May of 2015, he graduated from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Film Theory and now wonders if that was a smart decision. He completed Inner-City Filmmakers Summer Program in 2012 and still attends their classes and seminars on a regular basis. Since completing the Inner-City Filmmakers Summer Program, he has interned and worked at various production companies that include: Mythology Entertainment (White House Down), Madchance Productions (American Sniper) and Good Universe (50/50, Juno). He actively seeks opportunities in the industry where he can work hard, grow and try to make people laugh.

"I sincerely thank Fred and Steph for giving him the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful and life-changing program as Inner-City Filmmakers and for never forgetting about me, even amongst a sea of much more successful alumni. I thank all the current and former ICF students, as well as the mentors, instructors, guest speakers and anyone else who has given me any help or advice. Finally, I'd like to thank my mom and dad for being the hardest working people I know and for instilling in me a strong work ethic that has helped me reach my goals. I fantasize about being a comedy writer for film and television; my passion for film is surpassed ONLY by my love of pizza!!"


JONATHAN GUTIERREZ — TEAM "A" CAPTAIN | DIRECTING TA

"My name is Jonathan Gutierrez, I'm 18 years old and a 2015 graduate of Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF). I have lived in the valley my whole life. Filmmaking has always been an interest of mine and now it is my career. I got my first camera when I was 8 years old. I would gather friends and make small home movies. I would record any birthday or family party. I fell in love with shooting and when I nally reached high school I immediately signed up for the film program. I knew I had to work harder than others to stand out; and I did from day one. I tried to be a sponge and absorb as much knowledge as I could and apply what I learned to be successful. I took what I learned with me to Inner-City Filmmakers. Once I joined ICF, it changed my life. That is NOT an exaggeration! I am a different person after the program. I'm more driven, responsible and knowledgeable. I learned and experienced more than I could have ever imagined. In 2015, I was awarded 1st Place from the Friars Charitable Foundation Martin Roth Student Screenwriting Scholarship for my short film FATHER TIME. I have since been attending college where I hold a strong GPA and hope to graduate from CSUN in a few years.

I continue to pursue my passion by writing and directing films as often as I can. I also found much success working with local companies and businesses to produce content. I am currently in a position where I can pick and choose projects I want to work on and don't have to rely on one source of income. I'm being rewarded for doing what I love. What more could I ask for? Without a doubt I can say this is thanks to Inner-City Filmmakers, Fred and Steph, and everyone who supports them, for helping me become the person I want to be. I'm just getting started and I still have a lot to learn. The future looks bright and I'm ready to see what it brings."


DANIEL HENRIQUEZ — POST-PRODUCTION | POST SOUND TA

"I was born in Burbank, CA and grew up in Sun Valley, CA. In 2014, I graduated from Verdugo Hills High School in Tujunga. My parents were born and raised in El Salvador, but had to ee due to a civil war that was taking place during their teens. They went to New York before coming to California. When they arrived in California, they settled and started a family which consists of me, and my two sisters.

Before Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF), I wanted to do Animation. I grew up making ipbook cartoons, and computer animations. I always loved making things move. But when I graduated from ICF in 2014, I had a newfound love for Sound Design. The attention to detail between these two disciplines is very similar. Ultimately, my career goal is to be a Sound Designer. Film and TV are made watchable because of sound. I really enjoy recording and placing sounds into whatever is on the screen.

Inner-City Filmmakers has taught me so much, and probably the most important thing; understanding the whole filmmaking process. Before ICF, I didn't really know how professionals did any of the things they did. Now, I have a good grasp on how things play out on set, and the ethics of filmmaking. I don't think I could have learned any of this anywhere else, or at least in a very short amount of time. I treasure the experiences I've had while participating in ICF as a student as well as a teaching assistant."


MIGUEL OROZCO — TEAM "C" ASSISTANT | POST-PRODUCTION TA

"I am a 19-year old student born to two Mexican parents in Lynwood, CA but raised in Bell, CA where I attended Bell High School. I grew up in a very small family which consists of my two parents and three siblings. Both my parents left their entire families behind in search of a better life, which meant growing up with no uncles, aunts, or grandparents to seek advice from. I am an Inner-City Filmmakers Class of 2015 alumnus and I decided to attend Chico State University, which is located about 8 hours North of Los Angeles because I've always enjoyed meeting new people and trying new things.

Growing up, it would have been easy to go in the wrong direction because of negative in uences that surrounded me, but I did not. I have always been fascinated by technology and when I got to Middle School, my parents were able to make the sacri ce; they bought me a computer. Years later, they would go on to realize that this was one of the best decisions they could have ever made. While the average kid my age was out playing soccer, or in many cases getting into trouble, I would spend countless hours indoors on my computer browsing through YouTube videos. I grew very curious about how these videos were put together and it was not long before I would come across the abundance of tutorial videos where I learned about music and video production. I learned quickly and began making videos of my own. I took my first film class at Bell High School and after learning about the different components that actually make a film what it is, I considered taking on film as a career because of how much fun I had while working on these projects.

When I heard about Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF) through my film teacher, Mr. Lansdown, I saw a great opportunity to expand my knowledge in a eld that has always interested me and that could potentially be a career choice. Thanks to Fred, Steph and everyone involved with the ICF program, as cliché as this may sound, I have learned that through hard work and dedication, you can take on and succeed in anything you want in life. As I continue to apply the skills learned at ICF to real life situations, I realize there's no doubt this program will continue to help pave the way to success even after graduation. - Inner-City Filmmakers is not only a great program to learn filmmaking, but to give insight on how to survive in the real world."


EDSON REYES — TEAM "C" CAPTAIN | PRODUCING TA

"Sometimes you just have to let the waves go past you and ride the one that is just right!

Growing up in South Central, the atmosphere of drugs, violence, and gangs were a strong gravitational pull to the youngsters in the community. They still are, but not as much because I learned that is just the way life is, so letting the bad go past me; I ride on every good opportunity that comes my way. Of course, I am not able to achieve some of those opportunities without the help and unconditional love of my parents: Javier and Maria. They came from Mexico in the early 1990's in pursuit for a "better" life in the United States.

I was born in Inglewood, CA and I reside in Watts. I did most of my schooling just east of Watts where I attended Orchard Arts and Media Academy Middle School and Bell High School, which is just east of Watts. Throughout my years in those schools I discovered a passion for photography: the ability to capture moments worth telling. After my freshmen year at Bell I attended their film festival, which put filmmaking behind photography. By my senior year I learned how to merge my creativity and passion, but I would not have been able to stay motivated to create my short films without the help of Mr. Lansdown, my film teacher.

Towards the end of the ride I got accepted into Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF) in 2015. I am so very grateful and thankful to Fred Heinrich and Stephania Lipner for this opportunity. They have guided me towards new goals. Through ICF, I found a team I could rely on for future projects. After ICF, I attended UC Merced, which is a school in Northern California near Fresno. However, that did not stop me from creating new content, for my team and I participated in the ICF 48-hour Halloween Film Festival during the fall/winter semester. It was a brutal experience, but it is those moments that make dif cult events most memorable and learning ef cient.

This summer of 2016 at Inner-City Filmmakers, I am a Team Captain as well as a Producing TA. I am learning the roles of maturity, responsibility, and integrity through my team as well as those around me. This summer is getting me ready to take on my goals of being a Producer and Cinematographer. After ICF this summer, I will be attending Santa Monica College in pursuit of my goals.

Ultimately, through adversity, you will discover the real and future you, because of Inner-City Filmmakers."


JESSICA ROCK — TEAM "D" CAPTAIN | SCREENWRITING TA | OFFICE ASSOCIATE | CASTING TA

"I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and graduated from Van Nuys High School. From there I was accepted into Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF) and became a 2014 alumna. I went into the ICF program wanting to learn all aspects of film to become a director and writer; I see film as a powerful art medium. With excessive planning, I could bring a great emotional response to the viewer, which is what many films have done for me.

After Inner-City Filmmakers' summer program, I went straight into college at Cal State Northridge. Although I learned so much about directing and writing through ICF, I decided to major in filmmaking and further my education. However, since then, I've come to realize that I do not need to major in those elds. Instead, I've decided to utilize my artistic talents and peruse something in the Art Department because even though I do plan on becoming my own writer and director, I do have a passion for set design. I now continue on, in hopes to become a great Art Director and or Production Designer. So, as of now, I have completed two years of a college education but I am also taking a semester off to explore what it is I can major in. I continue to stay connected to Inner-City Filmmakers to meet people who are making films and need someone who can use and Art Director so that I can practice my skills. So far, I've met with many ICF alumni, mentors, instructors who are all working as well as the newer students. Everyone has projects lined up; hopefully they will go into production. I have met so many talented people at ICF who have as great a passion as mine. I hope to succeed in my career as a filmmaker with them by my side."


GABRIEL SALAZAR — CINEMATOGRAPHY TA | EQUIPMENT MANAGER BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEOGRAPHER | EDITOR

"My parents migrated from Mexico to America in search of greater opportunities and safer living conditions. As the son of hard working immigrants, I have learned that determination and perseverance can pay off. I am determined to work hard in order to reach my goals, but everything I do has to have some form of creativity. Ever since I was little, I have been passionately interested in being a part of the film industry: as an actor in the lights, a camera-operator capturing the moment, or in postproduction perfecting the project.

During high school I made sure to take as many creative classes as I could from photography to graphic design and even taking after school Film/Animation classes. After graduating from Pasadena High School, my Editing / Film Teacher at the Armory, motivated and helped me apply to Inner-City Filmmakers' (ICF) 2011 Summer Program. After being accepted and surviving their intense summer film boot camp, it really opened my eyes to what it takes to be in the film industry. In the ICF Fall/Winter session I continued with Intermediate Camera, Directing, Editing and Documentary classes. I enjoy hands-on learning! I take every opportunity that helps me gain more knowledge of any and every aspect of film.

Thanks to ICF, I was also fortunate enough to be sponsored by CAA to attend the Sundance Film Festival, immersed with nothing but independent films and filmmakers. I participated in the ACE Student Editing Competition. I was honored to be able to pay tribute to the late Lloyd Phillips, Executive Producer, MAN OF STEEL, by editing his memorial video. I am currently the ICF in- house Videographer, Editor, Camera and Editing TA. I am also a freelance videographer doing behind-the-scenes videos for clothing companies, events and musicians. I have worked for Foreign Films as an onset Production Assistant and as Sandrine Orabonas' Editing Assistant. I have also worked as Assistant Cameraman for Axis Live.

In 2013, I attended the Maine Media Workshop 1st Assistant Camera and Camera Operator courses with Doug Hart, Brad Edmiston, and Roberto Schaefer, thanks to Michael Dallatorre, Panavision, MMW, Inner-City Filmmakers, Rick Hess and Participant Media Foundation. I utilized those skills as worked as Camera and Editing Assistant to help the ICF Class of 2014 reach their goals. In 2015 and 2016, I freelanced as camera assistant and camera operator on shorts, indie films and music videos and also worked as a still photographer and behind-the- scenes videographer on various projects. In 2016, I was hired by the HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION to film the stars on the red carpet at the GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS. I looked forward to sharing my skills and knowledge this summer with the new students in the ICF Class of 2016."

"In Inner-City Filmmakers, you not only learn about screenwriting, producing, directing, camera, casting, editing and post sound techniques and how to work with a team; you also learn the importance of being on time and committing to all day, every day!"


ANGEL SALINAS — TEAM "B" CAPTAIN | SCREENWRITING TA

"I was born in South East Los Angeles and I have lived all my life in a small city called Bell. I was first introduced to movies by my older siblings, although I didn't get a deeper appreciation for film until my junior year of high school. At that time, I was at a point in my life where I didn't know who or what I wanted to be. That all changed when I decided to choose film as my elective for the semester. I always liked movies but I couldn't ever see myself making them. My film teacher, Mr. Lansdown, was the first person in my life to tell me I could do whatever I set my mind to. I set my mind to film that year, and every year since then!

My goal is to become a director. I always loved writing, so I ended up writing AND directing my own films for the next two years. After high school, I applied and was accepted into Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF) Class of 2012 where I learned the fundamentals of filmmaking from award winning professionals as well as getting exposed to the film industry for the first time. Now, I can't see myself doing anything but writing and directing films for the rest of my life. I want to be a director in order to be a voice for the voiceless; the people of color, the minorities, and the underrepresented. They are the ones who I want to make films about. I love film with all my heart but I don't see much diversity in film today. Because of where I live, where I work, and where I go to school, all I see are diverse individuals. Even so, these individuals and their stories are seldom told. I want to make films that make people think, cry, laugh; all in the same sitting. I want to make films that stay with you long after you leave the movie theater. It is a dream I will be chasing my entire life...until I reach it. - I am deeply grateful to Inner-City Filmmakers for incredible opportunities they provide, year-round. I thank you and everyone who supports us for believing in us. I am working hard and look forward to reaching my goals to make you ALL proud!"


CHRISTIAN VALLE — OFFICE ASSOCIATE | CINEMATOGRAPHY TA | EQUIPMENT MANAGER BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEOGRAPHER

"I fell in love with cameras at the age of seven. My father had a VHS camera, which I'd always love to get my hands on (without permission). After years of filming family parties and celebrations, I became enamored with video cameras. What pushed me to pursue filmmaking was watching the Quentin Tarantino film, KILL BILL. I wanted to entertain an audience and make them feel emotions with storytelling.

Since graduating from Inner-City Filmmakers Class of 2008, I have been given hands on training and professional guidance to become better behind the camera, but also, better in life. After showing tons of hard work and dedication, ICF hooked me up with a very generous scholarship to attend the Maine Media Workshop Advanced Cinematography and Camera Operating classes. When I received my first Camera Assistant job, I was prepared and ready! I have been working as a Camera Assistant ever since and look forward to giving back by helping and hiring the newer students.

I am extremely grateful to Inner-City Filmmakers for all the opportunities they have provided me and other alumni. I will always be there for Fred and Steph, as they have always been there for ALL OF US!"

 

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