CREATIVE ARTISTS AGENCY SPONSORS ICF STUDENTS TO ATTEND THE 2016 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
CAA | 2016 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
or the 16th year in a row, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) is sponsoring Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF) students to attend the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Fred Heinrich, ICF Founder, and Mike Boggio, Mentor, and an ICF 1993 Alumnus, will lead a team of seven select students from January 22 – 27, 2016. They will be seeing three or more films a day, meeting stars, filmmakers, and industry executives, which will inspire, inform and empower our diverse filmmakers. This year, Cesar Cervantes, an ICF 2010 alumnus, is attending Sundance as one of 12 artists selected for the Sundance Writers Lab. He is the first recipient of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program Latino Fellowship. Justin Floyd, an ICF 2012 alumnus, is attending Sundance as one of the 5 winners selected for the Sundance Ignite Fellows program, supported by Adobe – through its project 1324. Familiarize yourself with what the Sundance Film Festival is all about. Visit: www.sundance.org On behalf of all our students we thank CAA for their ongoing friendship and generous support. We welcome your support, too! Visit: www.innercityfilmmakers.com
FRED HEINRICH | STEPHANIA LIPNER Inner-City Filmmakers, Founders
FRED HEINRICH - is a graduate of the School of Cinema at USC. Born to immigrant parents, by age 22 he was a
leading editor. Fred’s 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. He has also produced ad campaigns with multi-million dollar budgets, difficult 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. Shortly thereafter, they established Inner-City Filmmakers to educate, empower, and find employment for diverse low income youth. Fred has been recognized by news service agencies that include: ABC-Television Network, CBS-Television, Directors Guild of America magazine, Producers Guild of America magazine, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, The Hollywood Reporter, KTLA, Los Angeles Times, NBC-TV, Newsweek magazine, Reuters News Agency, Shoot Magazine, Time Magazine, Variety, and VIBE Magazine. 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. In 2015, Fred was selected as a CNN Hero!
STEPHANIA LIPNER - is a producer of TV commercials, documentaries and live theatre. Originally from New York
City, at age 15 she became the youngest dancer ever to be discovered and accepted into the American Ballet Theatre by Lucia Chase, ballet director and co-founder. Traveling the world with ABT and later the Joffrey Ballet, Stephania advanced to principal roles. During hiatus, she appeared as a dancer in the original films, BYE BYE BIRDIE and HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, which is where she became interested in production. Stephania moved into advertising, became a producer, and at age 26, 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, energy and work ethic are infused in Inner-City Filmmakers students.
PAULA AGUILAR PAULA AGUILAR Cinematographer Cinematographer
I was born in Whittier, CA. I am 18 years of age and currently live in Rosemead. Both of my parents are from Guayaquil, I was born and in Whittier, I am 18 years of were age and currently liveI in Both ofmymy parents are frommy Guayaquil, Ecuador moved toCA. California when they in their twenties. liveRosemead. with my mother, mom’s boyfriend, 16-year-old Ecuador to California when were their twenties. I live with mother, boyfriend, my one 16-year-old sister, and my moved 8-year-old brother and mythey 6-year oldinsister. We all live in an oldmy and small my two mom’s bedroom house with bathroom; sister, brotherimagine and mythe 6-year old sister. We allwe live in an oldthe and small two housediscovered with one bathroom; I’m my sure8-year-old you can already quotidian arguments have over restroom. 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I usedthat to work minimum wage job,my butmom’s as soon as I completed Inner-City Filmmakers Summer I realized 8 hours ONE minimum wage retail but asI soon as Itocompleted Inner-City I realizedshoe thatstores, 8 hoursand a week is definitely not job, enough. decided tackle THREE jobs.Filmmakers I spend 162015 hoursSummer a weekProgram, at two different a week is definitely decidedJuice. to tackle jobs.from I spend 16 hours a week at(to two stores, and another 23 hours ofnot myenough. week atI Jamba SomeTHREE days I drive Rosemead to Pasadena getdifferent to Jambashoe Juice), Rosemead another 23 hours of my week Jamba Juice.and Some I drive to from Rosemead to Pasadena (to getI give to Jamba Juice),amount Rosemead to Arcadia (to get to the firstat shoe store), fromdays Rosemead Citadel (the second shoe store). a generous of my to Arcadia getmom to the shoe store),asand from Citadel (the store). I givewith a generous money to(tomy andfirst save as much I can forRosemead my prized to possession; mysecond camera,shoe which I bought my ownamount money!of my money to my mom and save as much as I can for my prized possession; my camera, which I bought with my own money! I recently left my job at Jamba Juice to work at the Landmark Theatre on Pico Blvd., which is extremely far from where I live. I recently job atisJamba Juice to work thenot Landmark Theatre on Pico which is extremely far fromALWAYS where I live. But hey,left mymy dream to make movies, so at why work where movies are Blvd., screened? Besides, the Landmark hosts ButQ&A's hey, my is toand make movies, soI why not work where are screened? Landmark ALWAYS hosts withdream directors actors, which can actually attend formovies free because I will be Besides, working the events! Q&A's with directors and actors, which I can actually attend for free because I will be working the events! My goal is to work in the film industry. I am willing to do anything as long as it is a stepping stone towards a career. But without Mya goal is to in thegoal filmand industry. to do anything asI have long as it is a stepping stone towards a career. withoutand doubt, mywork ultimate dream Iisam to willing be a Cinematographer. also recently discovered a passion for artBut direction, a doubt, my ultimate and dream is to a Cinematographer. havetime alsoworking, recentlybut discovered a passion for art WRITING. I work goal diligently towards mybegoals! I spend most ofI my as soon as I have time offdirection, I write asand much WRITING. I workasdiligently towards my goals! I spend most of myfriends, time working, but as soon as for I have timefilm off Iinternships. write as much as I can, watch many films as possible, make short films with and consistently apply unpaid as I can, watch as many films as possible, make short films with friends, and consistently apply for unpaid film internships. I am attending Santa Monica College (as a full time student) because I know that I need to graduate from college in order to be I am attendinginSanta Monicaand College (asworld. a full Itime because I knowexperience that I neednew to graduate from college in order to be successful the industry in this wantstudent) to be more informed, things, and meet talented and creative successful in the and goals in thisare world. I want to be more informed, meet talented andmy creative individuals. Myindustry short term to turn my screenplays into short experience films, and Inew wantthings, to buyand a telephoto lens for camera. individuals. Mycollaborating short term goals turn my screenplays shortlike, films, and I want to buy myme camera. I have been a lot are withtoInner-City Filmmakersinto alumni Jonathan Hurtado. He aistelephoto a directorlens and for askes to shoot I have been collaborating a lot with Inner-City alumni like, Jonathan his projects. We just recently finished one ofFilmmakers the short films called, “When I’m Hurtado. Ready”. He is a director and askes me to shoot his projects. We just recently finished one of the short films called, “When I’m Ready”. Inner-City Filmmakers has changed my life. Not only has Inner-City Filmmakers shown me the ins and outs of filmmaking and Inner-City Filmmakers changed mybut life.it Not has Inner-City Filmmakers me the and outs of filmmaking and what it TAKES to behas a filmmaker, has only also made me a more confident shown individual andins helped me develop qualities of a what it TAKES to be filmmaker, but it, it and has at also me a more individual andtohelped develop qualities of a leader. I feel like mya family has seen mymade workplace peopleconfident have definitely started notice me a positive shift in my overall leader. I feel and like my family has seenFilmmakers it, and at myhas workplace people have definitelyand started to notice a positive shift in my overall character drive. Inner-City made me more meticulous down-to-earth. Most importantly, the ICF character drive.me Inner-City made meInner-City more meticulous andtaught down-to-earth. importantly, thea reality, ICF Programand inspired and gave Filmmakers me hope as ahas filmmaker. Filmmakers me that myMost dreams can become Program inspired me andtowards gave me as and a filmmaker. Inner-City Filmmakers taughtdefine me that dreams can become ahelped reality,fuel if I incessantly work myhope goals, that my financial situation does NOT me.my Inner-City Filmmakers if Imy incessantly work towards goals, and that situation NOTI am define me. Inner-City Filmmakers helped passion for film, and it my is what helped keepmy mefinancial going toward mydoes dreams. incredibly appreciative and blessed forfuel being myable passion film,ofand is what helped keep me going toward my dreams. I am incredibly appreciative and blessed for being to befor a part the it Inner-City Filmmakers program. able to be a part of the Inner-City Filmmakers program. I am honored to have been selected to attend the 2016 Sundance Film Festival - to learn how a prestigious film festival works, to I am honored to haveindependent been selected to attend 2016 Sundance Film Festival - to learn how feel a prestigious film festival works, to watch top-notch films, and tothemingle with the various filmmakers. I truly that attending the Sundance Film watch top-notch independent and to mingle with the bring various I truly feel that my attending theIt Sundance Festival will change my lifefilms, as a filmmaker because it will mefilmmakers. one-step closer to achieving dreams. has alwaysFilm been a Festival change my lifethe as Sundance a filmmaker because it will bringa film me one-step closeron to screened achievingthere. my dreams. It has always been a dreamwill of mine to attend Film Festival or have that I worked dream of mine to attend the Sundance Film Festival or have a film that I worked on screened there. I would like to thank Creative Artists Agency and Inner-City Filmmakers for this amazing opportunity to attend the 2016 I would like Film to thank Creative Artists Agency andI Inner-City Filmmakers for this amazing to proud. attend Thank the 2016 Sundance Festival; it means the world to me. promise that I will continue to work hard toopportunity make you all you! Sundance Film Festival; it means the world to me. I promise that I will continue to work hard to make you all proud. Thank you!
VALENTINA ARGUETA Cinematographer
As long as I can remember, I have always lived with seven or eight people in a small two room house. I have always had to share a room with my mother and brother, so the only privacy I would get is when no one was home. I guess you can say, it’s a Hispanic thing…to live within a large family. It can be fun at times, but sometimes you just want to have your own space. My family emigrated from El Salvador in pursuit of a better life and to be able to provide for those who stayed behind. My father was part of the military during the Salvadorian Civil War in the ‘80s, after losing his left index finger and recovering from battle wounds, he left his home country. My mother 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. When I was eight, my parents separated. I was really close to my dad; so that impacted my life a lot, I closed up. I did not want to go to school and I just threw tantrums. But after a while, and a few therapy sessions, I learned how to cope; I used my creative side to help my emotional side. Drawing, listening to music, and reading books were what really helped. My mom’s strength to overcome obstacles has made her my role model. Her perseverance to come out of tough situations is amazing; stubbornness and toughness is something I admire. She has never stopped working a day in her life since she moved to America. I currently attend CSULA after graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School and Inner-City Filmmakers in 2015. School is the only thing that I have had to worry about. My mom never really wanted to put other pressures on me and my brother. She just wanted us to get a higher education than she did and to become something more. My older brother and I share a love for art, though I’m more into the realistic type of drawings whereas he’s into graffiti. He’s supportive and gives me advice. My short term goals are to graduate college, travel to different countries, and develop my filmmaking | cinematography skills. Inner-City Filmmakers is a great way to learn professional filmmaking skills and how to network with people who can help me. I know I also have to get out on my own and continue to meet people. 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 and artistic 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 didn’t 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. Inner-City Filmmakers Summer Program helped me mature a lot. Having to create, direct and edit my own short film and work in various crew positions on four other team member films at the same time, had me face real industry situations; like working with actors, making sure they’re pleased, and making sure the crew is doing everything you need and on time. Losing footage, and losing a location at the last minute, was hectic, but in a sense it was a test. It was helping 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, and I enjoyed every second of it. The Sundance Film Festival will help me expand my network of people in the industry and learn from and about their experiences. I feel that Inner-City Filmmakers has given me a great deal of knowledge and self-confidence, which will enable me to communicate with the filmmakers at the festival. Being present and watching the quality of the films will help me keep in mind what I have to do in order to get my films screened at the festival one day. I will also be making myself known as a Hispanic woman taking an interest in film and showing that more people like me can also have a future in this industry. The opportunity to attend the 2016 Sundance Film Festival is beyond what I could have ever imagined. I am truly grateful! I want to thank Creative Artists Agency for their generous support and for working together with Inner-City Filmmakers to help young diverse filmmakers get a shot at being something in this industry. You are little by little helping create change; change that one day will help impact the entire world. Thank you for believing in us so much, your genuine hard work is very much appreciated.
MIKE BOGGIO - BIO – REVISED 1-4-16 MIKE BOGGIO - BIO – REVISED 1-4-16
MIKE BOGGIO MIKE BOGGIO Mentor Mentor
MikeMike Boggio, an Inner City Filmmakers ClassClass of 1993 Alumnus, has worked as anas actor, film editor, musician, producer, martial Boggio, an Inner City Filmmakers of 1993 Alumnus, has worked an actor, film editor, musician, producer, martial arts instructor, and real investor. arts instructor, andestate real estate investor. Mike's entertainment careercareer beganbegan at ageattwelve performing in films for NBC, AFI, AFI, and LAUSD whilewhile studying dancedance and drama Mike's entertainment age twelve performing in films for NBC, and LAUSD studying and drama at Bancroft Performing Arts Magnet in Hollywood ('87-'89). Trained in TVinproduction and music at Van Performing Arts Arts at Bancroft Performing Arts Magnet in Hollywood ('87-'89). Trained TV production and music at Nuys Van Nuys Performing Magnet ('90-'93), Mike was voted "Best Instrumentalist" by the student body. While earning his Bachelor of Music degree in in Magnet ('90-'93), Mike was voted "Best Instrumentalist" by the student body. While earning his Bachelor of Music degree Jazz Jazz Studies from from Cal State LA ('93-'97), MikeMike worked as a production assistant for the HARD COPY (Paramount Studies Cal State LA ('93-'97), worked as a production assistant forTV thetabloid TV tabloid HARD COPY (Paramount Studios '94-'97) and as editorial internintern on DANGEROUS MINDS (Hollywood Pictures '94-'95). AfterAfter graduating with with honors, Studios '94-'97) and as editorial on DANGEROUS MINDS (Hollywood Pictures '94-'95). graduating honors, MikeMike was awas lead actor in SUCKERS, a low-budget 16mm feature, which he also edited and co-produced. In 1998, MikeMike a lead actor in SUCKERS, a low-budget 16mm feature, which he also edited and co-produced. In 1998, launched his own post-production company, Almighty Post, Post, whichwhich handled digital editing, FX, sound design, voice-over, and and launched his own post-production company, Almighty handled digital editing, FX, sound design, voice-over, musicmusic for film & television. Editorial feature credits include ROAD DOGZ (HBO/Cinemax), COME AND TAKE IT DAY for film & television. Editorial feature credits include ROAD DOGZ (HBO/Cinemax), COME AND TAKE IT DAY (PBS), and FOOD STAMPS. His comedy shortsshorts have have won numerous national awards including a College Emmy. (PBS), and FOOD STAMPS. His comedy won numerous national awards including a College Emmy. As a As professional drummer with with over 20 years of stage and studio experience, MikeMike has toured Europe, Japan,Japan, and most of North a professional drummer over 20 years of stage and studio experience, has toured Europe, and most of North America with various artists of diverse musical influences. Performance highlights include the North Sea, Montreux, and America with various artists of diverse musical influences. Performance highlights include the North Sea, Montreux,Detroit and Detroit Jazz Festivals, MGMMGM GrandGrand ArenaArena in LasinVegas, and the House in Washington D.C. D.C. Jazz Festivals, Las Vegas, andWhite the White House in Washington MikeMike is also Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist. Growing up inup theingang-heavy corridor between Downtown LA and in in is aalso a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist. Growing the gang-heavy corridor between Downtown LAHollywood and Hollywood the 1980s and early '90s, '90s, wherewhere gunfire and street crimecrime were were commonplace, MikeMike was compelled to learn self-defense but but the 1980s and early gunfire and street commonplace, was compelled to learn self-defense couldn't affordafford classes until until after after college. He began training in 1999 at theatGracie Jiu Jitsu Academy in Torrance, CA and couldn't classes college. He began training in 1999 the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy in Torrance, CA has and has sincesince instructed classes for the Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks, UCLA, and Caique Jiu Jitsu Academy in Lomita, CA, CA, instructed classes for the Los Angeles Dept. of Recreation and Parks, UCLA, and Caique Jiu Jitsu Academy in Lomita, wherewhere he currently trains.trains. he currently In 2007, MikeMike beganbegan buying, renovating, and renting real estate, whichwhich has proven to be to hisbemost lucrative careercareer - allowing him him In 2007, buying, renovating, and renting real estate, has proven his most lucrative - allowing to become a major financial supporter of Inner-City Filmmakers. to become a major financial supporter of Inner-City Filmmakers. "As a"As member of ICF's first class in 1993, I am Igrateful to have witnessed the program's growth and evolution. Fred Fred and Steph's a member of ICF's first class in 1993, am grateful to have witnessed the program's growth and evolution. and Steph's care,care, persistence, and leadership have inspired me to develop these same qualities in my own life." persistence, and leadership have inspired me to develop these same qualities in my own life." MikeMike editededited “thank you” you” videos for the and 2002 Creative Artists Agency (CAA) sponsored trips to SUNDANCE, but 2016 “thank videos for2001 the 2001 and 2002 Creative Artists Agency (CAA) sponsored trips to SUNDANCE, but 2016 marksmarks his first to Park City, City, Utah Utah as a team mentor with Inner-City Filmmakers. his time first traveling time traveling to Park as a team mentor with Inner-City Filmmakers. “We “We are grateful for the of CAA, whichwhich provides greatgreat learning opportunities and encourages Inner-City Filmmakers are grateful forsupport the support of CAA, provides learning opportunities and encourages Inner-City Filmmakers students to step their comfort zone zone so they successful in college, jobs, jobs, life, and community leaders.” students to out stepofout of their comfort so can theybecome can become successful in college, life,as and as community leaders.”
THALIA CARDONA THALIA Editor CARDONA Editor
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My mom cleans houses for a living. She wanted to do her our life, but step-dad a few after thefirst. divorce. My mom cleans houses for us. a living. She wanted to dohelp much her to life, always putsmonths everyone else She makes so many sacrifices My step-dad is a huge andmore great with support ourbut family. always everyone else first. Shefor makes so many sacrifices for us. My step-dad is a huge help and great support to our family. Heputs works as a delivery driver a school. He works as a delivery driver for a school. Now, to get much more personal, who am I? Wow, one would think since you know yourself best this question would be easy to Now,answer, to get much more who am one self-image would thinkI hold sinceabout you know yourself this question be easy but it’s the personal, most difficult oneI?forWow, me. The myself is verybest poor. I’ve alwayswould struggled withtoliking answer, it’s Ithe most difficult for me. 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One thing I struggle with every day is living with anxiety. Because of it, I am not a social person. Anxiety makes me feel like a One thing I struggle with mind everyand daybody is living withitanxiety. ofdoing it, I am not athings socialthat person. Anxiety like prisoner in my own because preventsBecause me from many I would like tomakes do in me life.feel This is awhere prisoner in myself-image own mindofand because it prevents meoffrom many Ithings that I will would doeither. in life.I don’t This islike where the poor mebody fits in. Because of the lack love doing for myself, fear people notlike liketome to be the the poor self-image of me fits in.that Because lack of for myself, not like me to either. I don’t like be that, the but center of attention because opensofa the window forlove judgment. I try Itofear be people perfect will because I want be likeable. Not to only centersocial of attention because that opens window for judgment. I try getting to be perfect because to be likeable. Not that, butis my situations tend to give me apanic attacks. I try to avoid those as much Iaswant possible. The result of only my anxiety socialthinking situations tend toI am giveconstantly me panicover-thinking attacks. I try things, to avoidwhich getting thoseinas much as possible. result of situations. my anxietyOne is my process. results forming false beliefs The about social positive thinking process. I am constantly things, which results forming false beliefs about social situations. One positive thing about my anxiety is thatover-thinking it has made me a hard worker and in a dedicated person. thing about my anxiety is that it has made me a hard worker and a dedicated person. I have to admit though, my anxiety was pretty bad a couple years ago but I have been taking baby steps to overcome it. And, in I have2015, to admit though, anxiety was to pretty bad a couple years ago I have worked been taking steps to overcome it. And, I took a hugemy leap; I applied Inner-City Filmmakers, wasbut accepted, hard,baby and completed my summer withinthem. 2015,Inner-City I took a huge leap; I applied Inner-City was accepted, worked completed my summer with them. Filmmakers did nottoonly teach meFilmmakers, about filmmaking, but it taught mehard, aboutand myself. Inner-City Filmmakers did not only teach me about filmmaking, but it taught me about myself. I have grown so much this past summer and continue to do so. ICF allowed me to go beyond my comfort zone. Before ICF, I have grown so much thisroutine past summer continue to do so. ICF allowed go something beyond mynew comfort zone. Before I lived a boring daily becauseand I don’t like uncertainty. Every singleme daytowas and different. I wasICF, not used I lived boring dailyit routine because I don’t like know uncertainty. single day In was new and different. I was not used just to athat, in fact scared me because I didn’t how toEvery handle change. thesomething past, when something went wrong, I would to that, in fact scared me something because I didn’t know to handle change. Inon themy past, something wentICF wrong, I would justand it panic. Butitnow, when does not go how as planned, I try to think feetwhen and find a solution. taught me that; panic.has But now,a when somethingindoes as planned, I try to think my feet and findpeople a solution. taught mehow that; it made huge difference my not life.go Because of ICF, I have met on so many incredible and IICF am learning to and socialize. has made a huge difference in my life. Because of ICF, I have met so many incredible people and I am learning how to socialize. An opportunity to attend the Sundance Film Festival does not come around very often. That is why I am so grateful. I know the An opportunity to attend the Sundance Filma new Festival does notabout comethe around often.I look That forward is why I to ammeeting so grateful. know the and Sundance Film Festival will give me perspective film very industry. new Ifilmmakers Sundance Film Festival willwith givethem. me aInew thetheir filmstories; industry. I look forward to their meeting new filmmakers experiencing their art lookperspective forward to about hearing their successes and failures. Above all, Iand hope to experiencing their art with them. to hearing their stories; successes andtotheir all, I hope learn more about myself and Itolook growforward as a person. An experience like their this will push me be a failures. bit more Above independent, for ittowould learn be more myself andontomy grow as Ita person. Anme experience likemyself this will push of mehiding to be abehind bit more it would my about first time being own. will force to speak for instead my independent, friends, like Ifor usually do. be my first time being on my own. It will force me to speak for myself instead of hiding behind my friends, like I usually do. I thank Creative Artists Agency and Inner-City Filmmakers for this tremendous opportunity to attend the Sundance Film Festival. I thank Creative Artists Agency Inner-City Filmmakers for this tremendous opportunity to attend the Sundance Festival. I feel blessed to have been and chosen to be a part of the 2016 Sundance team because I know how much you wantFilm us all to succeed. 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HANSON ESCOBAR Writer | Director
Born in the small town of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, I had big dreams; but no means to achieving them. With the help of Inner-City Filmmakers and Creative Artists Agency, I now feel that I have a chance! I am extremely grateful! When I was born, both my parents left me for reasons still unknown. My grandparents in Guatemala raised me for the first six years of my life, and as far as I was concerned, they were my parents. They gave me everything I needed to be happy as a child, which in a way was both a good and bad thing. I became a little spoiled, but I was happy, and that’s all they wanted. However, at the start of 2003, my mother showed up, unannounced. She was there to take me with her, to the United States. All this confused me, especially when I saw her arguing with my grandparents. The next thing I knew, I’m on a plane, leaving everything behind; all my friends, family, everything I loved was left in Guatemala. It was my “mother” and me on a plane. I was truly frightened, but awed as I felt this was the start of a new adventure. The thing was, I wasn’t really on a plane to California. My mother wasn’t a citizen; she was an immigrant, which meant that in order for me to reach California, where my mother’s family lived, we had to cross the border. It felt straight out of a movie: waking up at dawn, sneaking around under highways, moving only when it was dark, and hitching a ride on the back of a pickup truck alongside many other faceless people. Nobody knew one another, but we were all in the same boat - or pick-up truck to be precise - scared of being caught and separated from our families. I remember staying in many different places, many people opening the doors of their home to us so we could continue our journey. All was going smoothly until one fateful day. The person who was guiding us, known as the coyote, suddenly left us under a highway. Lost, we wandered under the thick trees until we accidentally came faceto-face with immigration. Soon, we were split up. I was put in an orphanage/detention center while my mother was whisked away. Those days in the detention center were definitely the worst. For starters, the crying of all the other kids was incessant. I’m not much of a crier, but even I broke down once. Then there were the showers. They, meaning the workers there, would stuff 20 of us kids into the shower, spray us with cold water, then passed around a bar of soap, telling us to lather ourselves and pass it on. Then came another douse of cold water. It was the same routine every day. Days and days passed in a blur, and we encountered many other hardships. After months of planning, I was able to come to America. My first few months that I lived in the U.S. were the hardest. I did not speak a single word of English. I was a loner at school. I felt every kid was making fun of me. Kids are cruel! My only friends were my teachers who told me that they saw something special in me. I believe that it was this positive reinforcement early on that led me to overcome those few early obstacles at school. Outside of school, I didn’t have friends, only books and toys. This is where my love for storytelling started; I would re-enact scenes from my books with my action figures. I wasn’t allowed to play video games or watch TV, so books were my only escape. I fell in love with books. Nights were filled with books under my covers and a flashlight in my hand. I would wake up early in the morning just to continue reading. I was alone, but I had my books to keep me company and to me that was enough to make life happy. In 2006, I met one of the loves of my life: my little brother, Alan. I still love him, more than ever, and I was truly happy to be a big brother. In 2009, I received news that made that happiness revisited. My mother was pregnant, again. That feeling was short-lived this time around, as my mother had a miscarriage. That has been the hardest time in my entire life. However, around this time is where I learned about my love for movies. They were the only things that consoled me because they provided the hope I needed to believe that things were going to get better. From then on, I knew what I wanted to do with my life. Time heals all wounds, and it sure did in 2012 when Iker, my youngest brother was born. So why am I telling you all of this? What does my life have to do with anything? Well, it’s because I want to show you that I have stories to tell. I enjoy not only hearing, but also telling a good story, especially if that story is told through film. Many of us live hardships, and I feel that film is a great way to escape, to go on someone else’s journey and forget about yours for a moment. Film gives us heroes to root for and role models to look up to; it opens our imagination. I have a massive debt to Inner-City Filmmakers and Creative Artists Agency - they have given me so much, that there is almost no way to repay them. Through knowledge and hands-on experience, they have made me feel confident that I am competent enough to work in the industry. This trip to the Sundance Film Festival will further help me. Thank you!
ROGELIO “RONNIE” GONZALEZ Photographer | Cinematographer
My parents came to the United States not knowing how to speak English. They came to this country with a dream, to help their families by sending money back to their homeland in Oaxaca, Mexico. They faced countless struggles such as jobs that paid less than minimum wage and adjusting to a new culture with a new language. However, that did not stop them from accomplishing what they came for, to make a better life for themselves and their children. My mother and father work in the dry cleaning business as pressers. Two of my older brothers Abraham and Osvaldo both graduated from Cal State LA University. Abraham works as a telemarketer and Osvaldo works as a music teacher. My little sister Priscilla and I are still in college. At the age of 9, I was introduced to my first instrument, the trumpet, and continued to pick up other instruments such as the guitar, drums, and piano. Music has been a big part of life especially growing up in a family with pure musicians. My father Wilfrido and mother Elena were both singers. My two older brothers Abraham and Osvaldo play instruments such as the clarinet, saxophone, and guitar. My little sister Priscilla also played the saxophone. I knew that music was going to be a great passion of mine once I fell in love in creating it. I graduated from Hamilton High School. When I started my second year at Los Angeles City College, I took a few art and business classes but they were not keeping me interested. Luckily, I stumble upon a photographer’s blog by the name of Van Styles and got into photography after I started to see and admire the creativity of these photographers. With the money I had saved up, I bought a camera and learned how to take photographs. I learned by trial and error. As my work progressed, I got interested in making videos after saw videos on YouTube channels such as, “Hypebeast”, “The Hundreds”, “Vice”, and “Audiotree”. What I love about these channels is the creativity and differences that these channels had towards each other such as the mechanics in how they were filmed and the story behind it. In 2015, I was accepted into Inner-City Filmmakers; it was an honor and a life-changer. I met so many people and learned so many things and skills about filmmaking. Nothing in this line of work is impossible unless I make myself think that it is. My short-term goal is to finish LACC and get a job as a full-time photographer or cinematographer. My long-term goal is to make my own feature films and create a film production company that can help up and coming businesses, artists, and musicians to grow and get the right recognition that they deserve. The step that I’m taking to get closer to my goal is putting in all my effort and creativity into every film project that I am involved in. Being chosen to attend the Sundance Film Festival, as a young filmmaker, I will be able to learn and experience new fundamentals of filmmaking and build new connections at the same time. I hope to learn new techniques and other ways of telling great stories through visuals by other filmmakers at this festival. Going to this festival means to me that I will have the privilege to be up-close and personal with new film directors and their expertise. I really appreciate all the love and support that Creative Artists Agency and Inner-City Filmmakers has given me throughout the year including this great opportunity to attend Sundance to meet other passionate filmmakers like me. Thank you everyone for your support!
DANIEL HENRIQUEZ DANIEL HENRIQUEZ Sound Editor Sound Editor
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And, the same buy more audioaudio recording equipment and other thingsthings I needI need to practice my craft. I’m recording and studying techniques. I create buy more recording equipment and other to practice my craft. I’m recording and studying techniques. I create environments usingusing manymany layerslayers of separate soundsound clips clips in aninattempt to make themthem feel real. I’m studying whatever I canIfind environments of separate an attempt to make feel real. I’m studying whatever can find onlineonline and inand movies, videovideo games, and music. I’m looking at, and to every aspectaspect I canItocan gettoa get sense of what to make, in movies, games, and music. I’m looking at,listening and listening to every a sense of what to make, how to make it, and implement it intoit whatever I’m working on. 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Whatever may expect Sundance, I know will benefit one or way the other. endless possibilities I mayI get Sundance, I willI grow as a person and as a filmmaker. possibilities mayfrom get from Sundance, will grow as a person and as a filmmaker. I haveI have ICF and to thank so much. As I was yeara year ago, and I willI be forever indebted to you for every gift you ICFCAA and CAA to thank so much. As I awas ago,today, and today, will be forever indebted to both you both for every gift you have have givengiven to alltoofallusofstudents. It goes without saying, you are in ourin careers, professional relationships, and our us students. It goes without saying, yousignificant are significant our careers, professional relationships, and our lives.lives. Thank you for support. Thank youyour for your support.
JONATHAN HURTADO Writer | Director
I am a dreamer! Ever since I was a child, I had grand ideas for my future, whether it was planning a large business corporation that stemmed off the idea of selling candy and chips at school, or designing my future house with ridiculous, over the top designs that included a movie theatre and a room dedicated to video games. I have since outgrown most of these ideas, but I haven’t outgrown being a dreamer. In my junior year at San Gabriel High School, I saw a movie called, “Rushmore”, and in that moment I fell in love with cinema. I saved up, bought some equipment, went out and began shooting. I haven’t stopped! I live in Alhambra with my mother and two sisters. My mother is an anxiety attack on legs and my sisters are the reason. Alina, 15 and angry, is constantly bickering with Giselle, 9 and naive, over the most insignificant things. Before my parents split up, my father was the dictator. He was always in control of the house and he kept order. With the big man on campus gone, my mother, is a push over and no match for the girls. It is a world of estrogen and chaos. My mother works in Matriculation at ELAC (East Los Angeles College) and my father is a manager at Case Parts Company. I work at McDonald’s. The legacy lives on! I know I should be thankful that I have a job, as there are many individuals out there who can’t seem to find one, but I can’t stand it. Obviously, I am only working there for a bi-monthly paycheck. I will be attending Santa Monica College starting in February. In the meantime, I have been doing a lot of writing and shooting, but others see it as a hobby. A hobby is something you do for fun, but they don’t understand. Filmmaking IS my career! My short term goals are - to write; enter many short film festivals; write and continue to shoot short films; write and apply for internships; and write. My long term goal is to write and direct full-length features. In addition, I also like to: write and produce a play; write and produce a live action television show; write and produce a cartoon; start a record label and find unsigned talent; and write a novel. I plan to reach these goals by being persistent and to NEVER stop writing. Inner-City Filmmakers gave me the courage to follow my passion. I may be scared, but I am NOT willing to settle for an occupation or a life that is only tolerable. I want to make movies and it doesn’t matter to me that I will have to work hard, struggle, work hard and have patience, and work hard, to get to where I want to be. I’d just like to thank Inner-City Filmmakers for bringing out the courage in me and encouraging me to live the life I want…and was meant to live. I appreciate the opportunity to attend the Sundance Film Festival where I can watch and analyze new films, communicate with filmmakers and others in the business, and more importantly, expand my knowledge. As much as I love the “art of filmmaking”, I have to keep in mind that it is also a “business”. This trip will be one of the greatest learning opportunities, and I am very grateful to have been selected. I would like to thank Creative Artists Agency for caring about us, diverse young adults trying to make it in the film industry. Thank you for collaborating with Inner-City Filmmakers. I will soak in every moment of this trip. It will change my life forever!
Writer | Director 2016 Sundance Screenwriters Lab Winner Sundance Institute Selects 12 Projects for 2016 January Screenwriters Lab. Artists Will Be Supported From Script Development to Distribution Through Year-Round Customized System of Labs, Granting and Mentorship. The Screenwriters Lab is an immersive five-day writers’ workshop at the Sundance Resort in Utah, January 15-20. The lab is one of 25 residency Labs the Institute hosts each year for independent artists in theatre, film, new media and episodic content. Participating independent screenwriters will have the opportunity to develop their feature film scripts with the support of accomplished writers in an environment that encourages creative risk-taking and original storytelling. The filmmakers reflect a broad and diverse spectrum of independent storytelling from the U.S. and around the world, all bringing a personal and distinctive voice and aesthetic to the projects selected. Cesar Cervantes, an Inner-City Filmmakers 2010 alumnus, is one of the twelve winners selected and the first recipient of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program Latino Fellowship. Hot Clip (U.S.A.) / César Cervantes (Writer/Director) A week after their best friend’s fatal confrontation with a cop, three Southeast Los Angeles skaters spend 24 hours chasing dreams, making trouble and trying to survive in a community on the verge of exploding. This project is the recipient of the Feature Film Program Latino Fellowship. César Cervantes is a first-generation Chicano filmmaker from Maywood, California. His skateboarding do-it-yourself background and whatever-it-takes approach to filmmaking got him into the Emerging Filmmakers Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival, led him to create an after-school film program for inner-city youth with the help of CAA, and put him on tour with the Grammy-winning band La Santa Cecilia as their lead videographer. A Vassar College graduate, Cervantes will make his feature debut with Hot Clip. “I am a 2010 Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF) alumnus, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I was born and raised in Los Angeles along with two younger sisters. My parents migrated from Mexico to the United States in hopes of providing their children with a better life. I grew up in a tough neighborhood where going down the wrong path was a common route but participation in the arts and academia kept me out of trouble. I was introduced to filmmaking by Roy Lansdown, a teacher at Bell High School, and immediately fell in love with it. Since then, I have continued to pursue my passion for film by graduating from Inner-City Filmmakers in 2010 and taking film classes from 2010 to 2014 while attending Vassar College. Inner-City Filmmakers taught me the skills and habits necessary to move ahead in the professional world. My goal is to be a writer | director and start my own production company. ICF continues to help me reach my goals, and I decided to show my appreciation and share my new knowledge by being a Team Captain in 2011. Inner-City Filmmakers then matched me to an internship at Foundation Content where I worked on TV commercials and music videos. In 2012, I spent a year abroad as an international student at FAMU, in the Czech Republic, the oldest and most respected film academy in Eastern Europe. Upon my return, Inner-City Filmmakers matched me to a production assistant job at NBCUniversal, Mun 2, where I rose to second unit camera operator during my short time at Mun 2 and shot for a national cable broadcast program. I owe Inner-City Filmmakers a lot for who I am today!”
Writer | Director | Cinematographer | Editor 2016 Sundance Ignite Fellow Winner Sundance Institute Announces New Program to Support Next Generation of Independent Filmmakers and Audiences. The Sundance Ignite program, with support from Adobe through its Project 1324 initiative, hosted an online short film challenge for 18-24 year old filmmakers, and five winners will attend the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Entries were evaluated for technical excellence, creative interpretation of the challenge, and demonstration of an original voice, innovative storytelling and strong character or subject development. Winners receive - travel, lodging, stipend for meal and tickets to screenings, as well as special opportunities to connect with Institute staff and alumni who will mentor the winners throughout the year. Justin Floyd, an Inner-City Filmmakers 2013 alumnus, is one of the five winners selected as a Sundance Ignite Fellow. “I was born in Bellflower, CA, raised by a single hard-working mom who rarely had time to spend with me and my three sisters. As a child, I traveled in and around Los Angeles a lot, out of necessity. I’ve lived in over 10 different cities. I first thought about filmmaking when I was six years old. I had a crazy personality as a child. I wanted to be an actor. I was very inspired by Eddie Murphy. He made me laugh. In middle school, I made my first short film with the action figures in my closet. I was in sixth grade, and I remember grabbing my mother’s camcorder and recording these toys on a VHS in Stop Motion. I still have those tapes. After this short film, I started getting into what was really happening behind-the-camera, what made movies, cartoons, and shows happen. I grabbed a couple of friends and with no idea about what I was doing, just began filming, and filming, and filming. Of course, technology caught up to me, and I did my best to learn and grow with it. Finally, in my senior year at La Serna High School, I sat down and really thought about who I was and my motivation. I wanted to succeed. I wanted to BE somebody! After that moment, I really began my journey in the film industry and took it very seriously. My best friend, Quetzal Guerra, is a 2012 graduate of Inner-City Filmmakers (ICF). He introduced me to Inner-City Filmmakers and I applied. However, I learned you needed to be a high school graduate. A year later I applied, again, and was accepted into the Class of 2013. I learned a lot and met a lot of people. I was proud of myself and thankful to be heading down the right path. Through Inner-City Filmmakers, I was matched to an internship at Blumhouse Productions in their postproduction department, which led to a full-time job with the “horror” specialized picture house. I worked closely with team members on various shows, which included the intense, inspiring, and award winning, WHIPLASH; SINISTER 2; STRETCH, and other films. I am a filmmaker with three award winning short films. During Inner-City Filmmakers Class of 2013 Summer Program, my short film DECEIVED, was the 1st Place winner of the Friars Charitable Foundation Martin Roth Student Screenwriting Scholarship. During Inner-City Filmmakers 48 Hr. Halloween Film Festival, in their Fall | Winter Session - my short film SHEPHERD, won the 1st Place Award from both the industry and audience voters in 2013, and in 2015, SOLITUDE won 1st Place Audience Award. I am also an AMPAS 2015 “TEAM OSCAR” winner! One of six chosen from thousands of entries, to be on stage during the Academy Awards handing Oscar statuettes to stars who presented them to the Oscar winners; all because of a short 1-minute film I created, which was chosen by Actor, Channing Tatum and Oscar Producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. My goal is to keep making films. To inspire people!! Thank you to CAA, the Sundance Film Institute, Inner-City Filmmakers and all of our supporters who inspired me. Thank you for believing in me and my fellow ICF alumni. Thank you for believing that WE MATTER!”
Established in 1993, Inner-City Filmmakers is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.
OUR MISSION: to provide free year-round high quality education, pre-professional training, and access to career building jobs for diverse disadvantaged youth who are high school graduates (ages 17 – 22) from Los Angeles County. They must be talented, passionate, dependable, determined, and appreciative.
OUR GOAL: to guide diverse disadvantaged youth towards college, provide ongoing support, and to match the most dedicated and
qualified to behind-the-scenes jobs in the entertainment industry where they aspire to build careers, which are normally unavailable to them. We reshape their lives and change their futures because…THEY MATTER! Inner-City Filmmakers has 600 alumni; 98% overall attend college. (The national average is 68.3 %.) ICF alumni are in community colleges in California and universities (on full scholarships) around the country and the world that include, but are not limited to: Art Center, UC Berkeley, Brooks Institute, Cornell College in Iowa, UC Davis, Otis School of Art & Design, UC Santa Cruz, UCLA, and USC as well as NYU, Vassar, University of Vermont, Western Kentucky, Williams College in MA, FAMU in the Czech Republic, and Regent’s University in London. 100% of our alumni are working. (The national average of college students employed is 47%.) We have successfully matched over 60% of our alumni to industry jobs where they are respected, rehired and building careers. Our alumni are working on content in all media platforms: A-list films at every major motion picture studio, Scripted and Reality TV, Webisodes, Documentaries, Indie Films, Music Videos and TV Commercials. They are members of the Motion Picture Editors Guild, Cinematographers Guild, Casting, Costumers, Props, Grip, Studio Electrical Lighting Technicians unions, the Writer’s Guild, and the Directors Guild of America. They are EMMY AWARD winners and ACADEMY AWARD nominees. RICHARD MOLINA (ICF ‘93), is a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild and 1st Assistant Editor on THE REVENANT, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Richard also hired two other ICF alumni to work in postproduction on this film; Joshua Johnson (ICF ‘06) and Gladys Garcia (ICF ‘09). Richard has numerous feature film credits to his name, which include - 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE; THE HUNGER GAMES; PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN; WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS; and 2012...just to name a few.
GIL KENAN (ICF ‘94), is a 2007 Academy Award Nominee for Best Director of an Animated Feature Film, MONSTER HOUSE,
executive produced by Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg. Gil directed CITY OF EMBER, with Walden Media and Playtone Partners, Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks as executive producers. Gil directed POLTERGEIST 3D which was released in 2015. He hired Estefany Zendejas (ICF ‘08) as his personal assistant. Legendary filmmaker, Sam Raimi, produced.
SAL ALVAREZ (ICF ‘95), is a member of the Cinematographers Guild (Local 600). He has a long list of credits, which includes second assistant camera: a camera, on the Ang Lee film, BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK. Sal is currently working on a TV series and hired Luigi Ventura (ICF ‘06) and Enrique Garcia (ICF ‘12) as part of the camera crew on AQUARIUS, starring David Duchovny.
TRINH TRAN (ICF ‘00), is Creative Executive at Marvel Entertainment responsible for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER
SOLDIER, which had a record breaking opening weekend in 2014. She is currently working on CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, starring Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. Trinh was promoted to Associate Producer on this film.
CHRISKO MORALES (ICF ‘07), is a 2012 EMMY Award Winner for 3D Camera with his technical team from Cameron-Pace
Group, the innovator of 3D technology. He helped build special 3D RED Epic rigs for James Cameron’s record breaking Mariana Trench solo sub dive. In 2013, Chrisko went to Russia to film the Mariinsky Ballet in 3D. He worked with the camera crew on THE WALKING DEAD, SOUTHPAW and CONCUSSION. Inner-City Filmmakers alumni are also MBA’s, Lawyers, Clinical Social Workers, Law Enforcement Officers, Accountants, Professors, Film Restorer for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, AMPAS Theater Staff members, AMPAS Museum Office Manager, Talent and Literary Managers, IT Specialists, Graphic Designers, Welfare Administrators, Web Designers, Picture Vehicle Technicians, Set Dressers, Writers Assistants, Location Scouts, Colorists, Compositing Artists, Director of Creative Services at IMAX, Manager of Education and New Film Programs at Panavision, as well as business owners. They are job providers and ICF donors because…WE MATTER!
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