by Frances Cheever
The Veterans in Media & Entertainment Washington, D.C., Chapter launched this month with a mixer hosted by Biergarten Haus Resturant, a Bavarian-style beer hall, which brought back great memories for our Veterans stationed in Germany. The amazing show of Veteran and community talent in Media, Film, TV and the Arts was confirmation that a VME DC presence is needed, and wanted. Thank you to everyone who came out, shared your amazing stories, talents, job opportunities, and enthusiasm to grow VFT DC together. Frances A. Cheever and D.C. team will continue with the hard work and dedication in a collaborative effort with the LA chapter to build a platform that we can all stand on.... (read more)
Jim Arnoff, a Television Packaging Agent representing New York production companies (reality, documentary, non-fiction and scripted) in developing and selling original programming to the networks and new media, took the time to teach classes in LA and NYC to VME members. He spoke to members in LA and NYC about the anatomy of a pitch, whether it's your film, your television series or your services and it takes to do a successful pitch. He shared what it really takes to make a powerful pitch, what pitfalls to avoid at all costs, and how to master the art of pitching with your own style, personality, and brand. Jim also gave information on the agent’s top 10 tips for pitching with conviction and results, how to prepare for a pitch, how to read the person you’re pitching, how to pitch as a team, how to engage in the room and how to anticipate every question. ... (read more)
NBC Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television invited VME to an evening with the creators, writer, and guest stars of the special episode of The Night Shift entitled Keep The Faith, on August 8th, 2017 at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California. The evening featured a powerful veteran's storyline and many veterans in front of the camera and behind and included a Screening, Panel Discussion, and Light Dessert Reception. The panel included Creators and Executive Producers Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs, Writer Brian Anthony, guest stars of the show, and moderator Karen Kraft, Chair, Board of Directors, Veterans in Film & Television.... (read more)
Veterans in Film and Television is so grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, as VFT was one of the many non-profits in attendance at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel last night, as HFPA handed out $2.8 million in scholarships and grants to entertainment nonprofits.
The grant, written by Karen Kraft and Jackie Perez, helps VFT to continue to offer classes, events, roundtables, guest series, and internship opportunities to military veterans working in film, television, media, music, and entertainment.... (read more)
So grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, as Veterans in Film & Television was one of the many non-profits in attendance at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel last night, as HFPA handed out $2.8 million in scholarships and grants to entertainment nonprofits.... (read more)
by Tom McCafferty and Brenda Garcia
Thanks in part to a generous grant from Fox Vets, four aspiring filmmakers received scholarships to the “Art of Visual Storytelling (AVS) Workshop in May and June. In this intensive nine-week film lab, Barbara Autin, Heraclio Aguilar, Jr., Sheryl Shaffer and Mikal Vega each wrote, directed and edited two short films, AND assisted their other 11 classmates in making their films.
The film lab is taught by award-winning Director Miles Watkins. In addition to decades of experience directing everything from educational films to network television series’ and feature films, Professor Watkins also teaches directing at the world-renowned University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts. ... (read more)
By Barbara Autin
Veterans in Film and Television teamed up with members of Lionsgate on June 16th in support of the US Vets Organizations 5K/10K run the following day. Ryan Black, from the Grindstone Entertainment Group, coordinated the event along with Stephanie Stone, the Chief Deputy Director of Military and Veteran affairs for Los Angeles county. The day began with a tour of the campus from Danielle Hanne, a veteran’s community coordinator. US Vets provides over 600 veterans with housing and access to medical care, and serves veterans in Orange County as well as Los Angeles.... (read more)
by Brenda Garcia
Seven VFT aspiring filmmakers were awarded the inaugural NALIP / VFT Member Scholarship for the 18th annual National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Media Summit in the heart of Hollywood from June 22 - 25 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom.
NALIP is a national membership organization that promotes, advances and advocates for Latino content creators. HBO has partnered with NALIP to connect with Latino content creators and was the premiere sponsor of the summit. Scholarship recipients Michael Acosta, George Cisneros, Tony Lugo, Jordan Martinez, Dennis Sandoval, Jai Pellerin and Jackie Perez attended panel discussions with notable industry leaders and experts, screenings and a star studded gala dinner.... (read more)
From Veterans in Film & Television's Business of Acting Q & A with David Brandon, Linc Hand, Max Martini, Adam Farabee and Jack Kennedy earlier this week. Written by David Tenenbaum
Moments before a candid Q&A with four talented actors begins, Max Martini tells me he has no interest in sitting on stage in the already and beautifully laid out directors chairs with his colleagues.
I mention he'll have to tussle with the Jason Statham doppleganger and 6' 2" mass of Army veteran and VFT Director of Programs Jack Kennedy to sort it out. Laughs ensue.
But this is Max, Max Martini, the American-Canadian-Euro citizen who has had held some of the most dominant roles in combat films like Saving Private Ryan, Colombiana, Captain Philips, Pacific Rim, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and Spectral. No one argued. Did I mention he's also boxed for the past 12 years or so?... (read more)