Ana De Irisarri

Recording Arts 2015 Alumna

Ana De Irisarri. What did you call her? Friend? Colleague? Classmate? Student? Ana? She was called so many things by so many people, but there are no words that can express how dark the day felt when we heard that Ana's energetic and eager flame was no longer among us. Our most sincere condolences to Ana's Family, Friends and Colleagues. 


Her loss is a tremendous one. Not only was Ana too young to leave us so soon but, in my eyes, she was finally in her element. While working with Ana through Career Services, she met with us frequently to discuss strategies in order for her to secure an internship while she was a student here at TFC so she could learn as much as possible and gain as much hands-on experience as she possibly could. Her persistence and determination led her to secure an internship with ARU here in Chicago. Of course Ana was quite ambitious, talented, professional and as we all know, incredibly personable. These amazing qualities led her to secure a permanent position as a Sound Designer and Composer within ARU, where they absolutely loved her. Each time we visited ARU, they made sure to let us know how grateful they were for her joining their team. They seemed to have such a special working relationship. Even their sense of humor was the same. Always picking on each other and making each other laugh.


Ana's memorable personality and her "tell it how it is" approach was always sought after during our Career Services Week campus event, as she was able to honestly communicate to students the importance of, not only networking, but how incredibly important it is to nurture and engage your network. She was truly an inspiration. She helped students tremendously, motivated them and even offered to refer and recommend them in order for them to thrive. Among many of her qualities, her generosity and unique kindness will always be admired.


I will surely miss chatting with Ana in Spanish and commenting on how good it felt to be able to simply speak in she and I used to say, even cursing in Spanish feels so much better! I will miss her smile and most of all, her lovely spirit.


Ana, you will always remain in our hearts and in our thoughts.


¡Te extrañamos mucho, Ana! Hoy y siempre.


Carlos B. Martini

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Recording Arts

Robert recently secured an internship at Particle Audio. We are very proud of him for his dedication, professionalism and for his drive to tap directly into his field of study while in school, and learn as much as he can about the Recording Arts industry.

Recently, Robert also joined Alpha Beta Kappa- National Honor Society, he has a CGPA above 3.5, and is truly an example of what hard work and dedication can lead to. Not only in school, but also professionally. TFC is proud of his accomplishments and we cannot wait to see what his future has in store as he progresses here at TFC and throughout his professional development!

Congratulations, Robert!





Brad is a 2010 Film graduate who is currently the Owner and Writer/Director/Editor of the LA-based production company, BE PRODUCTIONS, he makes metaphysical short films, features, and miniseries centered on social change and reclaiming inner divinity. Also, as Video Chair at Mr. Kate Productions, he is responsible for directing and shooting high-production web content centered on interior design, house-flipping, fashion, and lifestyle along with his wacky, creative team. 


We asked Brad a few questions and here's what he had to say!

What do you like most about working with your current employer?

I love both of my current places of employment because one (BE Productions) allows me to express my dark and cinematic side, often involving the depiction of heavy social and spiritual concepts, while the other (Mr. Kate) conversely allows me to express my wild, glittery, and shameless millennial side. This balance of gravity and

playfulness gives my LA career a rewarding well-roundedness.

At BE Productions, I am most grateful to have the platform to convey my perspective on important spiritual topics rooted namely in the soul’s experience of being human, told through the lens of fantastical metaphor. As the owner of a fledgling film company, every day is a new experience in balancing my practical and emotional sides: learning the ropes of owning a business while constantly in pre-production for new projects. Our first two films, “Morning Announcements” and “Me + You” have together won seven film festivals, and “Me + You” had the honor of screening in this past year’s Cannes Film Festival. Our next film, “Elevator,” will tackle the notions of karma and the afterlife, and there are many more to follow.

At Mr. Kate Productions, every shoot day is an opportunity to let my millennial wild child loose and see all of my talents glimmer. Mr. Kate, a lifestyle brand akin to Martha Stewart (just way crazier) redefines YouTube content, bringing better-than-TV-quality interior design series, fashion and jewelry look books, reality shows, and DIY content to fabulous life. No shoot is ever remotely the same: when not shooting innovative creative content our LA-based studio, our full-sized crew is all over LA, flipping gorgeous new media celebrity houses and changing lives with boss lady Kate Albrecht’s lavish interior design visions. Working at Mr. Kate for over the past 5 years has given my life color, glamor, and perpetually new and exciting challenges; it really is akin to working at a full-on television network. Check out our channel HERE

Why did you decide to pursue a career in California?

As soon as I graduated from Tribeca Flashpoint Academy in 2010 with a Directing focus, there really was no question that LA was going to be the backdrop of this next chapter of my life. Like countless others, the great plan to move here had been brewing behind my doe-eyes since I was a young child making the most ambitious Lego movies that my dad’s flip camera and steady hand movements would allow. I had a vision for a life of influence, of imparting social and spiritual truths, which I knew a career in film and video could fulfill. So far, it’s been just that.

What piece of advice do you have for TFC candidates currently job searching?

Really do some soul-searching. Listen deeply to your heart and ask it, first and foremost, who you are and what you wish to see differently in the world. I believe that our paths effortlessly magnetize to us when we put in the effort of magnetizing them. Every single one of us is a storyteller yearning to portray truth in a way that is totally unique and unprecedented. What stories are you questing to tell, and what cinematic weapons will you stock in your arsenal to make them heard?


Clamor. Make noise. Even if, for you, making noise means expertly dicing that Adobe Premiere timeline into an award-winning film, or capturing the pristine sound that makes the next Netflix show an immersive experience. Most of all, step out of theory and get on set, because no one project will be the same and will demand your


What piece of advice do you have for TFC candidates considering moving to LA?

If even a faint part of you is considering the move to LA, I say dive in with both feet. While I’ve seen many of my TFC peers move here and return home after just a few months or years, all of them were grateful for the chance to know for sure that it wasn’t right for them, at least at the time.


There really are an infinite number of ways to go with a career path in Los Angeles; this city is your oyster, as they say. When I first moved here in 2010, I had no inkling that I was about to embark on a 5-year journey working as an independent contractor for all sorts of entrepreneurial new media clients - including Mr. Kate, Blogilates, Taryn Southern, to name a few - which allowed me to constantly imagine and create content that required every aspect of my Jack-of-All-Tradesness: writing, directing, storyboarding, shooting, editing, and even dolly operation (my dad and I built this

handy door dolly in the garage of my Chicago home the summer before I moved out here and it has been my secret weapon

ever since!)

Set aside your preconceptions of what exactly you want, because you may not know what that is until it’s happening to you. This town is ready and available for your greatness - just wield your voice, get that show-stopping reel together, and show it who’s boss!



Wednesday, January 12th & Tuesday January 17th

Wednesday, February 1st & Thursday, February 2nd

12:00 - 1:00PM in the Matrix, Room 530

12:00 - 2:00PM

The Matrix

Room 530



CSN will introduce the first in a series of educational videos by some of the most prominant screenwriting gurus in the industry. The first video will show writers how to avoid some of the pitfalls in navigating and networking in Hollywood, which will help when it comes to building your cache as a writer.


Branding has become increasingly important in the realm of entertainment, and being a writer is no exception. It's not enough to have the talent and the material; how you handle yourself in person to person situations, meetings etc., can go a long way to increasing your brand awareness... or damaging it.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM CST


Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro

3905 N. Lincoln Avenue

Chicago, IL 60613

After the lights are dimmed, the camera is off and action is cut, movies are released. Some are hits, others flops. Join Filmspotting’s Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen at their “2016 Wrap Party” as they break down the year in movies and highlight the best moments in film.

Adam and Josh – along with special guests – will introduce nominees and announce winners for pivotal movie moments that the Oscars don't mention. Awards include ‘Best Opening Scene,’ ‘Funniest Scene,’ ‘Most Moving Moment,’ ‘Best Music Moment’ and, the winner-take-all category, ‘Scene of the Year.’

Audience members will add their opinions during classic Filmspotting segments like ‘Massacre Theatre’ and the ‘Golden Brick Award,' an annual tradition where Adam and Josh crown the film that went overlooked by most critics.

For those who are unfamiliar with this long-running podcast, hosts review indie and mainstream flicks, blending the fun with the thoughtful—in-depth film discussions, interviews with actors and directors, movie marathons and weekly top 5 lists.


Friday, January 13, 2017 

8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (CST)


Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

915 East 60th Street

Chicago, IL 60637

Coast 2 Coast LIVE is the Largest Artist Showcase in the World that brings together Artists, DJs, Producers, Media and more for a professional networking event & artist showcase. Artists in the showcase are judged by a panel of celebrity judges via the exclusive Coast 2 Coast LIVE judging system on iPads, and the winner walks away with a huge prize package to take their career to the next level and join Coast 2 Coast in Miami for the year end Coast 2 Coast Music Conference!


Monday, January 16, 2017

9:00 PM - 1:00 AM CST


Club Red 
5415 W Irving Park Rd. 
Chicago, IL 60641


by Vonn Michael & Co

Vonn Michael & Co is a performance art entity that utilizes, essentially, Dance, Vocal & Instrument, and Drama & Film as vehicles to produce artistic media to the community.


Each year, each art form will present 3 showcases... We present to you An Artist Showcase, highlighting the talents of 6 of our Artists.


This music showcase brings you all musical stylings from Classical to Hip-Hop Gospel and everything in between!!! Special musical guests include, Marky McFly and The Time Travelerz & The Knights Over Egypt band.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM CST



South Side Community Arts Center

3831 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60653

Edgar Miller Legacy, Terra Foundation, and Chicago Design Museum present “Edgar Miller, The Designer: A Pioneer of Art in Modern Design.”

This talk will feature a panel of experts on Chicago’s design and cultural history to bring to life the story of Edgar Miller, Chicago’s not-so-forgotten genius of art, design, architecture, and philosophy of everyday creativity. Miller was a self-taught artist and master craftsman—a true “Renaissance Man” of the modern era—who lent his skills to a multitude of design projects in advertising, packaging, interiors and architecture.

Please join us for this exciting, in-depth conversation. Refreshments will be provided. Free and open to the public!



Zac Bleicher (Director, Edgar Miller Legacy)
Jonathan Mekinda, PhD (Assistant Professor - UIC)
Alison Fisher (Harold and Margot Schiff Associate Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, Art Institute of Chicago)
Eric Allix Rodgers (Freelance Photographer & Program Coordinator for Open House Chicago, Chicago Architecture Foundation)


Thursday, January 26, 2017

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CST



Chicago Design Museum

108 N. State St.

3rd floor (Block 37)

Chicago, IL 60602


Harajuku Fashionistas are known for their Japanese street fashion. Girls and guys can often be found wearing subculture attire in large urban fashion districts such as Harajuku. There are many styles of street fashion in Japan, created from a mix of both local and foreign labels. Some of these styles are extreme and avant-garde, similar to the haute couture seen on European catwalks. The Harajuku kids have been a muse to many high fashion designers all over the world. We will take this already unique style and take it up a few notches. Fabulous wigs by Sisters Vain, Ariel Moon and Alyse Anderson. Headpieces and Wardrobe by Shari Cornes.

The styling for this shoot will be young, playful and an authentic version of high fashion Harajuku Japan. MODELS: Wardrobe provided for 1 look $125. includes hair and makeup (Add $25 for an additional look.)

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Come and shoot this colorful couture photoshoot with up to 10 models $80. for Half Day or $145. for Full Day Guests, friends, anyone who wants to come and watch the behind the scenes and photoshoot, all day, $25. Snacks and Refreshments will be served, Marianos lunch/dinner will be offered for $8.00 per person, including Salmon or Lemon Chicken or Vege Pasta with 2 delicious side dishes.

Shari Cornes, cell 312.758.2584


Sunday, January 22, 2017

12:00 PM – 9:00 PM CST



Boutique Photo Loft

1907 N. Mendell St.

3rd Floor

Chicago, Illinois 60622

Free Parking


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