Congratulations to the LMU alums whose work received Emmy® nominations today!
James Wong (‘83)
Co-Executive Producer for American Horror Story: Freak Show, the show is nominated for 19 Emmys including Outstanding Limited Series
André Jacquemetton (‘89)
Executive Producer for Mad Men, the show is nominated for 11 Emmys including Outstanding Drama Series
Emily Spivey (‘96)
Writer for Modern Family, the show is nominated for 6 Emmys including Outstanding Comedy Series
Christian Buenaventura (‘05)
Dialogue Editor for Marvel’s Daredevil, nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series
Rachel Corrales (‘10)
Sound Editor for Houdini, nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Special
Jason Krane (‘04)
Dialogue Editor for American Horror Story: Freak Show, nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special
Chris McCaleb (’00)
Editor for Better Call Saul, nominated for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series
The winners will be announced on Sunday, September 20, 2015 when the show airs live on FOX. For more information and a full list of nominees click here
Now in its fourth year, SFTV’s Incubator Lab, co-curated with Film Independent, has proven successful in transitioning graduates into the industry. The competitive program helps newly minted graduates develop projects through a diverse set of filmmaker tools and professional guidance. This year’s cohort was announced at the LA Film Fest’s Master Class: Boundless Visual Storytelling with LMU alum/director/producer Mathew Cullen (’98).
Congratulations to the new cohort!
Bernard Badion (M.F.A. WPTV ’15)
Mara De La Rosa (B.A. Theater Arts ’14)
Charles Dewey (M.F.A. WPTV ’14)
Melissa Effa (B.A. Production ’14)
Aaron Gervich (B.A. Production ’12)
William Gish (M.F.A. Screenwriting ’15)
Daniel Hogan (M.F.A. Screenwriting ’15)
Jim Jacobi (M.F.A. Production ’15)
Jessica Jacobs (B.A. Production ’15)
Chris Jones (M.F.A. Production ’15)
Nguyen Le (B.A. Screenwriting ’13)
Colleen Marshall (M.F.A. Screenwriting ’12)
Alex Merkle (B.A. Production ’12)
Danielle Ownbey (M.F.A. Screenwriting ’15)
Irma Puzauskaite (M.F.A. Production ’15)
Elizabeth Quinn (M.F.A. WPTV ’15)
Steven Rogers (M.F.A. WPTV ’15)
Michael Sitnikov (M.F.A. WPTV ’15)
Allan Tran (B.A. Production ’13)
To learn more about the Incubator Lab, click here.
On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, American DREAMers receives its world premiere as part of the Los Angeles Film Festival’s line up of Social Impact Free Screenings. The documentary, directed by LMU alum Jenniffer Castillo (M.F.A. Screenwriting ’11) and Saray Deiseil, follows the journey of the Campaign for an American DREAM (CAD), a group of undocumented youth who walked 3,000 miles across America’s heartland, from San Francisco to Washington D.C., to fight for the DREAM Act and immigrant rights.
The six young people featured in the documentary are part of a much larger undocumented youth movement. As a result of the movement’s collective efforts, approximately 1.7 million undocumented youth now benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which grants legal presence and two-year work permits. President Obama announced the program after the subjects featured in American DREAMers staged a series of sit-in and hunger-strikes in the Obama for America campaign offices in cities across the nation. Castillo and Deiseil followed the subjects through their journey of nearly 3,000 miles to capture their courageous story.
Immigration rights and the DREAM Act have been recurring topics in Castillo’s work as a screenwriter. While a student at LMU, she wrote a feature film called Undocumented, which centers on an undocumented mother and daughter who are separated during a Federal raid. Following graduation, Castillo developed American DREAMers with support from LMU SFTV’s Incubator Lab, a post-graduate program funded by the Elbridge and Debra Stuart Family Foundation that helps young LMU filmmakers launch their first professional projects.
“I chose to attend LMU SFTV because of the university’s Jesuit mission, because I knew I wanted to make films about social justice. After graduating I was able to participate in the Incubator Lab, which not only provided me with a grant to help make my first feature documentary, but also allowed me to engage with a community of young filmmakers and industry professionals who were willing and excited to open their doors and offer their guidance. It put me ahead of the game,” said Castillo.
“One of our key goals is to help alumni transition into the industry through programs like the Incubator Lab. We are incredibly proud of Jenniffer’s accomplishments and thrilled that the creative community will get the opportunity to see this important film,” said Stephen Ujlaki, dean of the School of Film and Television.
American DREAMers World Premiere
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Los Angeles Film Festival
Screening begins promptly at 8pm
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
501 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012|
7pm-8pm Undocu Art Show, Music, Food Vendors
Read our past interview with Castillo here.
As we head into summer, the School of Film and Television congratulates all of our graduating students and also recognizes those students among the class of 2015 who were honored with various academic awards. Pat yourselves on the back…or let us do it for you! Go Lions!
SFTV Student Awards (faculty selected awards based on department criteria):
Animation: Michelle Singh
Recording Arts: Gavin Finn
Production Undergraduates: Jessica Inyene Akpan, Matthew Law-Phipps
Production Graduates: Elida Portillo, Irma Puzauskaite
Ian Connor Cinematography: Laura Jansen, Shanhuan Manton
Undergraduate Screenwriting: Jess Ansik, Samantha Ring
M.F.A. Feature Screenwriting: Danielle Ownbey
M.F.A. WPTV Screenwriting: Bernard Badion
2015 Student Service & Leadership Awards:
Maya Ben Yair (Production – B.A. 17)
Garrett Harris (Production – B.A. ’15)
Trent Nakamura (Recording Arts – B.A. ’15)
Student Organization of the Year Award: Delta Kappa Alpha – Cinematic Artists of Character
Woody Woodpecker Award (faculty selected annual award for the Best Animator – winner receives a a Woody Woodpecker statuette and a $2500 check from the Walter Lantz Foundation):
Julia Vanderpoel (Animation – B.A. ’15) – Chasm Crossing
LMU Graduate Student Association’s On Campus Service Leadership Award:
Ebony Gilbert (Screenwriting – M.F.A.’15)