Student and Alumni Success

Since the inception of the college, our students and alumni achieved success, working in the entertainment industry and winning awards in film festivals and for writing, production, and post production competitions.

2016

Liliana Vega was hired as a Casting Assistant at Stiner/Block Casting

Cooper Shine was a Production Assistant for Tool of North America

Riley Bodenstab is a working actor with credits that include FX’s Justified, Modern Family, and Days of Our Lives. 

James Noble (2016) is a freelancing camera operator and commercial actor

Chad Narducci (2017) currently works as a Visual Effects Compositor for 11-11 Mediaworks. In addition, Chad has won four Student Emmy Awards as well as the Panavision New Filmmakers Grant for his work.

Autumn Collins (2018) is an editor for a DVD series entitled A Functional Approach to Yoga

Peter Zeragosa’s film Whack the Folly was considered for the 2016 BAFTA awards.

Tom Phelan is an active YouTuber with 54,000+ subscribers and multiple appearances on The Fine Brother’s reaction videos series.

Jai Pellerin (2016) founded Nu Dymensionz LLC, a new media production company with an active roster of clients represented by a number of established talent agencies.

Joseph Bongiovanni played the lead role in the play Thicker Than Water that has been nominated for best ensemble play or musical by the Valley Theatre Awards.

John Snedden (2017) is an active cinematographer and camera operator that is currently working on several productions.

Alumni:

CCH Alumnus & Producer Jerry Franck (2010) has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Subject Documentary. Chau, Beyond the Lines follows a 16-year-old teenager disabled by the effects of Agent Orange, who aspires to become an artist and clothing designer. Learn more about the film at wikipedia.com/chaubeyondthelines

Congratulations to Garrett Schecher (2014) who recently won 2nd place in the audience choice awards category for his film Coming Down after its premiere at the 14th Garden State Film Festival. Learn more about the film at this link: facebook.com/ComingDownRPS/timeline

Richard Tanne’s (2008) film Southside with You scheduled for release on August 26th, 2016 

Jaume Collet-Serra (1996) directed The Shallows with Columbia Pictures. The film will be theatrically released on June 24, 2016.

Robert Schwentke (1992) directed Allegiant, a part of the Divergent Series, with Lionsgate, Red Wagon Entertainment and Summit Entertainment.

Robert Ferretti (1975) works as an Editor for Code Of Honor which was produced by Premiere Entertainment Group and Steamroller Productions. 

Danny Saphire (1997) is the Editor for the webseries Just Add Magic for Amazon Studios.

Eagle Egilsson (1992) directed episode 32: Mr. Solomon on the TV series The Blacklist as well as episode Kanaka Hahai on the show Hawaii Five-0 this year.

Robert Reece (1991) is in the post-production department for Robodog with the production company Marza Animation Planet.

Terran Seifert (2015) has been hired as a Production Assistant for Warner Bros. Animation Group.

Kevin Derek (1990) wrote and directed the documentary The Real Miyagi about the life of karate master Fumio Demura that was purchased and released by Netflix in March. Click these links to view the trailer and read reviews of the film by the examiner.com and screenpicks.com

Graham Messadieh (2014) was recently offered a full-time editor position at Pixwel, a post-production agency specializing in editorial, localization, and worldwide distribution for theatrical movie marketing campaigns. 

Josef Franden (2013) recently started working as the Art Department Production Assistant for the TV show Shooter that is currently being produced by Paramount Pictures for the USA Network.

Justin Zagri (2010) recently released a teaser trailer for his most recent fan film called Severus Snape and the Marauders. It has since amassed over half a million views only a week after release, and has been featured in BBC America, The Mirror, Independent UK, and dozens of others.  YouTube. Trailer and the website www.snapemaraudersfilm.com.

Perivi Katjavivi (2008) has made his feature film directorial debut with The Unseen. Filmed in his native Namibia, Perivi's film held its North American premiere at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.  The film stars South Africa-based actor Antonio David Lyons (American History X, Hotel Rwanda), a former acting professor of Perivi's at Columbia College Hollywood. For more information, visit: paff.org/films/the_unseen/

Brian Ging (2008) is now working at Paramount Studios as an Assistant Editor for HBO's Veep.

Lucas Cuny (2002) is currently producing a documentary about the city of San Bernardino related to the events December 2nd as well as the regions socioeconomic issues  In addition, Lucas' non-profit has submitted a grant for funding through the California Humanities project and will be launching a fundraising campaign on the Fundanything.com website by the end of February. 

2015

Richard Tanne's (2009) Southside With You has been unveiled as one of the Sundance Institute's films that will premiere as part of the U.S. Competition, World Competition and out-of-competition NEXT categories. As both Director and Screenwriter, Richard Tanne's Southside With You is a chronicle of the summer afternoon in 1989 when the future president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady on an epic first date across Chicago's South Side.  The cast includes Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, Vanessa Bell Calloway. Read more at the following link: hollywoodreporter.com/sundance-obama-love-story-southside

Ethan Bergeron (2015) landed a part-time, ongoing gig as a PA at Youtube Space LA.

Jana Flint (2015) has been hired as PA on season 8 of the Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show The Doctors.

Carmine Scialfo (1998) is currently a producer for “Extra” where he is the only full-time segment producer for a national show based in Las Vegas.  He won a Daytime Emmy for his work on “Extra” and he has been with Warner Bros. TV on various shows for 15 consecutive years.

Avril Ilejay's (2010) film American Sweetheart which stands as one of the most awarded films ever created by CCH students, was featured on the final episode of KCET's “Fine Cut.” As an annually-held festival honoring students from renowned film schools across California, "Fine Cut" has featured CCH entries ever since the first episode was aired over 15 years ago. Avril now works as an Associate Producer at NBC Universal, Inc.

Tay Hawes (2009) is currently one of the producers of Revolt TV Live, a music channel owned by Diddy which shoots two live shows every Monday and Wednesday at 12pm and 4pm. Tay would like to invite CCH students to see this multi-camera show starring two hosts as well as special celebrity guests and DJs. Sign up to attend at revolt.tv/audience (next shoot on 11/3 & 11/4).

Jarred Waldron (2008) serves as the Chief Lighting Technician for Breaking Bad.

Josh Raymond (2008) recently won a Silver Award for the Criminal Minds' spec script "Sins of the Mother" with the Hollywood Screenplay Contest and was just accepted into the TV Academy as a member. Josh is currently working on the reality TV show "Ex Isle" for WE as a post-production producer.

Nathan Cheney (2010) and Sadie Dean (2009) are currently financing their feature documentary A Fatherless Generation featuring Anthony Anderson (black-ish), Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Billy Bush (Access Hollywood), Aisha Tyler (Archer/The Talk), Bret Ernst (Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Tour), and Aimee Garcia (Dexter/The George Lopez Show).They are currently fundraising for finishing production funds through IndieGoGo and offering perks from Fandango, The Voice tickets, Universal Studio Theme Park Tickets and more to their contributors. You can learn more from their Sadie's recent interview with Script Magazine  and Nathan's interview at "You're On The List" hosted by Bret Ernst. SUPPORT THE GOAL at http://igg.me/at/afgeneration

Sylvia Johnson (2008) completed work as the EPK Field Producer on the feature film The Wedding Ringer which stars Kevin Hart, Josh Gad and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting.

Heather Lanza (2003) is a production Supervisor at Dreamworks Animation!

Chad Addison (2009) recently acted in a recurring role on NCIS: New Orleans and a Co-starring role on CSI.

Gary A. Rainer (1985) just appeared in a role on CBS's show Battle Creek.

Lacy Williams (2015) has been hired as a Television Director for Bek Sports Broadcasting in North Dakota. Lacy handles live sporting events, talk shows, cooking shows, and other events. 

Nicole Castley (2014) is starting her first post-graduation job as a post-production coordinator at trailer house, Storm Studios.

Jeremy McGovern (2007) produces Bring It!

Michael Frediani (1975) becomes a camera operator for the TV show Bones

Eagle Egilsson (1992) directs the TV series Gotham  

Jaume Collet-Serra (1996) directs Run All Night

Brian Ging (2008)  was an Additional Editor on the scripted feature Burning Dog, and worked as 1st Assistant Editor on Pali Road (his first Union editing gig). He also just wrapped a 4 week run of sold-out shows for a play he directed for Above The Curve theatre called Pilots On Stage.

Robert Schwentke (1992) directs Insurgent 

Eagle Egilsson (1992) directs the TV series Hawaii Five-0  

Joshua Levine (2013) hired as Culinary P.A. on Fox's Master Chef and Master Chef Jr.

Javielle Chavarria (2013) has joined the Caribbean Broadcasting Network as master control operator.

Alexander Peter Lercher (2012) and his feature "Forward. Side. Close!" wins Best Narrative Jury Prize Award at Hollywood Film Festival and will screen again at Savannah Film Festival and Austin Film Festival at the end of October/early November.

Alexander Lercher (2012) has directed a film, Vor. Seit. Schluss!, that has been accepted into the Hollywood Film Festival Film Festival in addition to the Bali International Film Festival in Indonesia. Here is the social media info: Facebook: Voseitschlussfilm 

Chad Addison (2009) in the original play Connect opening at Theatre 68 in North Hollywood at the Noho Arts Center. Connect will be running through Feb. 12th to March 13th. Tickets can be purchased at this link: plays411.com/connect

Last year, Mike Gamms (2010) performed standup comedy in 15 different states across the US, including regular stints at The Laugh Factory in Chicago and Carolines in New York City. He also served as a Set P.A. on Zoolander 2 as well as Jim Jarmusch's new film Patterson. Mike misses CCH instructor Seth Winston on a daily basis, but tries to remember his advice and encouragement whenever things seem tough. 

Avril Ilejay (2010) becomes a Producer at NBC Universal in network promos.

Brent Morin (2008) serves up infectious laughs in a new, witty solo show “I’m Brent Morin” on the agony of puberty, hot guy problems and the time a girl dumped him for a magician.  You can see Brent’s new special now on Netflix and see him in his starring role in the multi-camera, live audience sit-com “Undateable” live on Fridays at 8pm on NBC. Brent received his Honorary Doctorate from Columbia College Hollywood in 2014.

Kevin Shively (2014) is now the 2nd Assistant to producer Mario Kassar (Basic Instinct, Terminator, First Blood). 

Alison Town (2014) has landed a job as a Production Coordinator for GoPro.She will be a part of the 2-wheel, 4-wheel, and surfing/skateboarding media producing teams and will be working as a production coordinator helping them produce the best, most inspiring content. She will be moving to San Francisco to start her new job this month!

Ben Boles' (2009) short film, Death to Cupid, is an official selection of Dances With Films!!  The film will be playing at 5pm Wednesday, June 3rd, at the Chinese 6 Theaters in Hollywood!!  This is an academy recognized festival, big deal! Tickets are on sale now.  Here is a link to the brand new trailer: https://vimeo.com/126537625

2014

Alison Town (2014) has landed a job as a Production Coordinator for GoPro. She will be a part of the 2-wheel, 4-wheel, and surfing/skateboarding media producing teams and will be working as a production coordinator helping them produce the best, most inspiring content. She will be moving to San Francisco to start her new job this month!

Jaume Collet-Serra (1996) directs Non-Stop 

Eagle Egilsson (1992) directs the TV series Once Upon a Time  

Robert Schwentke (1992) directs R.I.P.D. 

Barry Cook  (1981) directs Walking with Dinosaurs 3D 

2013

Eric Johnson (2013) is working full time at the Editor's Guild.

Billy Trask (2013) produces Championship Wrestling from Hollywood in its brand new time slot on Saturdays at 4PM on KDOC.

Jared Nigro (2013) and Taylor Orci took their Broken People channel and got Comedy Central to get on board to produce an eponymous web series.  In the series Jared and Taylor have it all: an apartment, a robust relationship and a deep-seeded fear that they will never achieve the happiness that everyone else seems to experience. Comedy ensues. Writers: Taylor Orci, Jared Nigro and Scotty Landes.

David McGinnis Monaco (2013) landed a job as a Video Editor at Ackerman McQueen Broadcast Media in Oklahoma City

2012

Michael Frediani (1975) works as a camera operator for New Girl

2011

Karin Binanto (2011) film American Sweetheart which stands as one of the most awarded films ever created by CCH students, was featured on the final episode of KCET's “Fine Cut.” As an annually-held festival honoring students from renowned film schools across California, "Fine Cut" has featured CCH entries ever since the first episode was aired over 15 years ago. Avril now works as an Associate Producer at NBC Universal, Inc.

Annie Rader (2011) is finishing up a temporary gig as a VFX Coordinator for Ring of Fire and then will be starting on the new show, Dr. Ken, in the Fall. 

Josh Levy (2010) is hired as a Production Coordinator for The Walt Disney Company

2010

Robert A. Ferretti (1975) edits the TV Show Covert Affairs 

Michael Frediani (1975) works as a camera operator for the TV series Mad Men

2009

Jaume Collet-Serra (1996) directs Orphan

Robert Schwentke (1992) directs The Time Traveler's Wife 

Mark J. Coyne (1988) is a camera operator for Avatar