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)
As we say so long to 2016, and get ready to dive into 2017, it’s time to take a moment to focus on your career and how you can take your professional development to the next level in 2017. The new year is the perfect time to outline and plan career-specific goals that will help guide your professional life throughout the coming year.
Whether you are a writer, an actor, a director, writing down goals and sticking to them will help you progress in whatever career track you are on.
Need some helping getting started? Don’t worry — VFT is here to help! Here are a few simple resolutions to help you stay on track in 2017!... (read more)
VFT Supports UNITED WAY HOME WALK raising money to prevent homelessness
- by David Tenenbaum
Ask any VFT actor, writer, producer or member about the challenge of finding a fitting place to live in Los Angeles and I assure you, they'll swear that securing billeting was easier while serving in Afghanistan or Iraq. This town's allure of fulfilling creative dreams is met with a competition of limited resources that rivals a single MRE for a hulking, heaving, fresh from the field fire team. Ambition and talent are abundant here...alas, luck and an easy way of life aren't.
It's with both sympathy and empathy then that VFT board members, key staff, and member veterans marched along side about 15,000 at the United Way 2016 Home Walk this last weekend on November 19th in downtown LA. With a noble mission of ending homelessness here in Los Angeles through a variety of permanent housing programs, the nearly $1.5M raised will help some of LA's 47,000 homeless veterans and civilians move off the streets and into fitting homes.... (read more)
By ARNOLD STRONG - I am at a loss at what to say about the extraordinary GotYour6 Storytellers event at the Television Academy other than, “WOW!”... (read more)
The VFT Editing Class provides three days of formal Editing Training held at FOX. ... (read more)