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STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS

Recently, two of TFC's Film students were selected by Radiant Images to work as PAs for Former President Obama's Farewell Speech filmed here in Chicago. Being such a great opportunity for a historical event and a great résumé addition, we asked both Chloe and Trevor a few questions and here's what they had to say:

CHLOE KOEGEL

Film - Expected Graduation, April 2019

What did you gain or learn from your recent experience as a PA with Radiant Images?

 

The main thing I learned working as a PA with Radiant Images was how to step into a project with confidence. It was really nerve-racking jumping into something like this because I had never been a part of a live show of this scale. I didn’t know what to expect, but once we got there and started working, I became confident enough to not be afraid to ask questions, or to jump in and help with something instead of just waiting to be told what to do. Also, having the confidence to initially dive into this project, even though it was intimidating, had a huge pay off in the end. We were all super proud of what we were able to accomplish and the history we got to be a part of. 

What advice do you have for students currently and actively searching for opportunities within their field of study?

My advice to students searching for opportunities would be to take every opportunity you are offered, even if its not directly related to what you want to end up doing. You will learn something invaluable from everything you are a part of. Also to work hard and be excited to be there. If you are still working hard and in a positive mood after a long day, people will notice and they will want to work with you again.

 

TREVOR WIERS

Film - Expected Graduation, May 2017

What did you gain or learn from your recent experience as a PA with Radiant Images?

 

After working with Radiant Images on the Obama Farewell Speech as a PA I saw how important it is to be able to be flexible while on the job. During a film shoot there are any number of things that can go wrong, such as the Secret Service saying that the camera placement that was supposed to be cleared is no longer allowed, and adjusting on the fly is a must. Being able to approach a problem and solve it without freaking out is invaluable, and the team at Radiant Images did a great job of making sure that the job got done.

What advice do you have for students currently and actively searching for opportunities within their field of study?

To anyone looking for opportunities in their field of study, show that you are willing to show up on time, work, and don't expect to be a big shot right away. Be willing to do a bunch of PA work, because if you do the work at the bottom well, then people will trust you with more work, and less bottom work, later on. Take any opportunity to get onto a project.

 

ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS

Carrie Grahm

Film

Carrie is a 2014 Film graduate whose first job after graduating was working as the Director of Digital Photography on the experimental documentary "Drifting Towards The Crescent" produced by Fieldstone Films and funded through the Chicago Digital Media Fund. Just recently, this film got accepted into the Rotterdam International Film Festival and made the 50 Most Anticipated American Films List in Filmmaker Magazine! 

Congratulations, Carrie!

Drifting Towards the Crescent - View the Trailer HERE!


What It’s About: “As the Mississippi River flows past the town of Keokuk, Iowa, towards Hannibal, Missouri, the birthplace of Mark Twain, an antebellum history languishes in the air. Drifting Towards the Crescent captures the place on the Mississippi River where the North begins to drift into the South. As the diesel barges ply the waters, the river no longer needs the towns, but the towns still need the river.” 


Why It’s Included in the List: Another Rotterdam Bright Futures selection, this one an experimental documentary that, based on the the teaser trailer, shimmers with ephemeral beauty.

Kya Koplin

Film

Kya is a 2014 Film graduate who resides in LA and recently secured a position as a Writer's Assistant for a new scripted show on Viceland. 

 

We asked Kya a few questions and here's what she had to say!

How did your experience at TFC help you secure your recent position as Writer's Assistant?

 

Going to TFC helped me better understand where I wanted to go following college. I never expected to become a writer's assistant, but because of the classes I had to take I am familiar with the software, Final Draft.  If I never used Final Draft the transition would have been harder. 

What would you look for if you were in the position to hire new graduates from TFC?

What I consider a good candidate is someone with a legible résumé. If you do not have a good résumé at the beginning, it's tough. So, when you are creating your résumé and need more stuff on it, reach out to people and shadow roles you want to do and try to get as many internships as possible. Make your own films/shorts/commercials/comedy sketches and put them in! I like people who are always working and reflects that on their résumés.  

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?

 

If I could go back and do it all over, I would have made more videos and networked harder while I was in Chicago. It was tough since I was on the fast-track 15-month program, but as I said earlier, a crisp and loaded résumé always looks good. I wish I tried to go to more film events and make it happen in Chicago. I thought it didn't matter much and was going to run out to LA and network there, but DO NOT make that mistake. Some of the biggest connections I made are through people my parents or I knew in Chicago. 

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

 

After graduating college looking for a full-time job with benefits can be hard, especially if you are trying to move out to LA. My advice is simple. If you want to move to LA you need to have a plan. If you know you are going out to LA please make sure you have enough money. It's expensive and if you don't have the money and your parents can't help you, save up $5,000 before you even consider moving without a job. NO ONE will hire you unless you are living in LA. It took me 3 months to finally get an okay job and 4-5 months to land a long-term gig. Plan ahead and save up because once you're out in LA you can make it with a little hard work and reaching out to everyone and anyone. Good luck! 

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

INTERNSHIP FAIR WORKSHOPS

Wednesday, February 1st & Thursday, February 2nd

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

12:00 - 2:00PM

The Matrix

Room 530

CAREER FAIR WORKSHOPS

Monday, March 6th & Wednesday, March 8th

Wednesday, March 22nd & Thursday, March 23rd

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

2017 GRADUATION

Sunday, May 7th | 1:00 - 3:00PM

Revel Fulton Market

1215 W. Fulton Market | Chicago, IL 60607

INDUSTRY EVENTS

THE RETURN OF DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST: SCREENING AND DISCUSSION

Daughters of the Dust is a 1991 independent film written, directed and produced by Julie Dash. It is the first feature film directed by an African-American woman distributed theatrically in the United States[citation needed]. It tells the story of three generations of Gullah women in the Peazant family on St. Helena Island in 1902 as they prepare to migrate to the North.

Featuring an unusual narrative device, the film is narrated by a character called Unborn Child. The film gained critical praise, for its rich language and use of song, and lyrical use of visual imagery. It won awards at the Sundance Film Festival and others.

WHEN

Thursday, February 2, 2017

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM CST

WHERE

Studio Movie Grill Chatham

210 West 87th Street

Chicago, IL 60620

TIGER TAIL IN BLUE: FILM EVENT IN LINCOLN PARK

A SPECIAL FREE FILM event at Interior Define, a Chicago custom sofa showroom in the heart of Lincoln Park. Join filmmaker and director Frank V. Ross, and his co-star Rebecca Spence, for a Q/A following the feature, along with beer from Half Acre Brewery, and snacks from Berco's Popcorn and Dough Dough Bird Baking Company. Limited seats available!

Tiger Tail in Blue is about a young married couple, Christopher and Melody, that work opposite schedules to remain financially afloat as Chris bangs out his first novel while working nights as a waiter. Never seeing each other is taking it's toll. As the two rarely get a chance to engage one another, Chris finds the attention he craves in Brandy, a saucy co-worker.

WHEN

Thursday, February 9, 2017 

7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (CST)

WHERE

Interior Define

833 West Armitage Avenue

Chicago, IL 60614

TENUE DE SOIRÉE / MÉNAGE (1986, 84 MIN) BY BERTRAND BLIER

Early in his career, Gerard Depardieu took a chance with a role exploring gender fluidity long before the term LGBT was coined. Bickering couple Monique (Miou-Miou) and Antoine (Michel Blanc) are interrupted by bisexual burglar Bob (Gérard Depardieu) while arguing in a bar. With husband and wife in need of cash, Bob teaches them the most efficient house burglary methods. Monique is attracted to the charismatic thief, but Bob is more interested in Antoine. Don’t miss one of the most famous tirade of French cinema by Gerard Depardieu, the greatest French actor of his generation. Soundtrack by Serge Gainsbourg as a bonus!

… Makes the stars of "La Cage aux Folles" look like they’re playing it safe.— Roger Ebert

WHEN

Tuesday, Febriary 21, 2017

6:30 PM - 9:30 AM CST

WHERE

Alliance Française de Chicago

54 W Chicago Ave

Chicago, IL 60610

LA LA LAND

We're screening movies twice a day EVERY Saturday right up until the end of the semester! Check our profile for the full list of #FlamesFlix movies we have coming up.

FREE with i-card - UIC tickets available at the door.

$5 without i-card - Open to the community. Can be purchased online (below) or at the door.

FREE POPCORN. Concessions available.

This week's movie: La La Land (2016) - A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in LA.

Director: Damien Chazelle

Writer: Damien Chazelle

Stars: Ryan GoslingEmma StoneRosemarie DeWitt

WHEN

Saturday, February 25, 2017

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST

 

WHERE

James Stukel Towers Event Center

718 W. Rochford Street

Chicago, IL 60607

TAKE THE STAGE

Are you a singer, rapper, dancer in the Chicago area? Take Stage Worldwide is having audition showcases across the country!! Perform at Diamond's Sports Bar & Grill in front of Industry Leaders in Chicago for an opportunity to come to Atlanta for the "Timeless Spotlight Showcase" on Feb. 28. The Atlanta Showcase will have label reps from Sony, Capitol, Aftermath and more!! (Check out the Atlanta Showcase link for more details)!

WHEN

Saturday, February 11, 2017

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM CST

 

WHERE

Diamonds Sports Bar & Grill

1413 West 127th Street

Calumet Park, IL 60827

INFLUENCING BUSINESS THROUGH DESIGN: MIG REYES
 

On Thursday February 9th, we are hosting a special event featuring Mig Reyes. He works as the Design Lead for Trunk Club and serves as President of AIGA Chicago. Before making his way to Trunk Club, Mig led product, brand, and marketing at Basecamp and Threadless. Deeply involved in the design community, he started Chicago’s CreativeMornings chapter and regularly travels to speak on design. During his talk, Mig will share insights on being a maker, getting things done, and career insights he’s picked up along the way.

Join us for the fun at Elevate, starting at 6:00pm for beer & pizza. Mig’s talk will begin at 6:30pm.

You can learn more about Mig by checking out his site http://migreyes.com and giving him a follow on Instagram and Twitter as @migreyes.

WHEN

Thursday, February 9, 2017

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM CST

 

WHERE

Elevate

328 S. Jefferson Street

Suite 540

Chicago, Illinois 60661

TFC CAMPUS CLUBS

Now recruiting for clubs for Spring!

Feel free to let us know via email:

 

studentservices@tribecaflashpoint.edu or brittany.zahora@tribecaflashpoint.edu

 

The more the merrier!

COUNSELING CENTER

counselingservices@tribecaflashpoint.edu

312.506.0643

JACQUELYN NUBER

Monday

9:00am - 5:00pm

Tuesday

10:00am - 4:00pm

Wedbesday

9:00am - 5:00pm

ADAM MILLS

Monday

9:00am - 4:00pm

Tuesday

9:00am - 5:00pm

Wedbesday

9:00am - 4:00pm

ACADEMIC SUCCESS LABS

All academic assistance sessions can be scheduled by emailing tutoring@tribecaflashpoint.edu or walk in during the open session hours:

 

 

WRITING LAB

Monday-Thursday 1-2 pm

Info Commons

Sara Stigberg

Walk ins and appointment

 

MATH LAB

Monday-Thursday 12-2 pm

Room 521

Charles Ampong

Lindsey Wander

Walk-ins and appointment

 

SUCCESS STRATEGIES LAB

(Time management/Organizational skills/Effective communication skills/Overcoming Test Anxiety, and more)

Mary Sebek

Workshops and appointment

 

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY LAB

Michael Galbincea

By appointment

 

ONLINE STUDENT TUTORING

All services offered on ground

By appointment

Skype or email papers- Writing Lab

Collaborate in Blackboard- Math Lab

Academic Assistance - PPT, emails as needed and by appointment

 

 

To schedule an appointment contact: tutoring@tribecaflashpoint.edu 

 

 

We’re here to help you succeed!

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WRITING LAB

HOURS

MONDAY - FRIDAY

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

ADDRESS

28 N. Clark St. 

Suite 500 

Chicago, IL 60602

CONTACT                               

Students (Career Services)

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Students (Student Services)

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Alumni

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Employers

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