This month we are featuring students Rachel Pedroza and Sterling Lev who created A Different Kind Of Silence, a short film anthology that blends the artistic mediums of dance, film, and recording arts. It is a five (5) film anthology that will analyze a different emotion with each episode and pairing it with a different style of dance to help motivate the story. For their first film, which was set to premiere October 31st, they took the emotion, Fear, and paired it with a tap dance routine. The film surrounds a young woman who is trapped in her nightmares while being haunted by her younger self. The tap routine will act as the percussion within the score and metaphorically match the character's heartbeat as she journeys through her nightmare.

Learn more about their project:

We Asked both Rachel and Sterling a few questions, and here's what they had to say:



What has been your favorite thing about attending Tribeca Flashpoint College so far?

My favorite thing about Tribeca Flashpoint would be all of the opportunities to collaborate and first-hand experience. Not just with the other students, but the opportunity to collaborate with faculty and graduates. Currently, I am working on another mini series with Killian and I am doing several collaboration projects with former students. The network that you gain from Tribeca is one of a kind and by the time you graduate, you'll have so much work and experience under your belt that you will be able to walk into an interview or jobs knowing what to expect and what is expected of you. Experience like that is invaluable.

What’s your advice for incoming students?

My advice for incoming students would be to show up. It is one thing to come to class and do the work, but it is another thing to come to class and DO WORK. I attended another university before coming to TFC and I've learned from both establishments that just doing the work assigned to you, may get you that "A" but it won't get you much after that. If you want to write, write everyday. If you want to edit, practice even outside of class. If you want to direct, act, CamOp, etc, join a club and get to know the faculty. This industry is extremely self-motivating and if you don't act on opportunities to continually learn in an industry that changes every year with every new software update, then you'll fall behind. So show up everyday and do work.

Check out Rachel's work at



What has been your favorite thing about attending Tribeca Flashpoint College so far?

My favorite thing so far about attending Tribeca Flashpoint College has been the unending length that the faculty will go to to help you if you ask for it along with the passion that they demonstrate in, not only their craft, but to teach you the craft that you want to master. 

What’s your advice for incoming students?

My advice for every incoming student would be to remember that even though you need to be careful with how you present yourself and to monitor the quality of your work, you need to also remember to have fun and enjoy the journey. You are building a career and choosing a stressful lifestyle, but it doesn't mean you can't be yourself while doing so. 


Justin Jackola

Film & Broadcast / Director & Founder of JJack Productions, Inc.


JJack Productions launches its "Exposing The Crew" (ETC) indie film platform to help make sure the Chicago film industry maintains its health for the long run. 

Every city in the country whose film industry is thriving is doing so with the help of its state's film tax credit. Chicago boasts a whapping 30% tax credit to qualified projects, which is a huge draw for shows created outside of Chicago, like NBC’s “Chicago Fire”, "Chicago PD", "Chicago Med”, and “Chicago Law”; Fox's "Empire" and “The Exorcist”; Showtime's "Shameless”; and Amazon series "Patriot". But what is the city’s film community doing internally? What shows, films, and project are being created in Chicago? Is Chicago a place where projects simply come to shoot? No, Chicago is a place where stories are being born! 


JJack Productions launches its Exposing The Crew online platform to show the world what independent projects are being created in Chicago. Every Tuesday ETC highlights a new indie film project and highlights one crew member from that project that did a particularly good job. “We’ve created a platform where people can see great films, producers can find great crew, and projects are shared with top executives in the film industry.” - Justin Jackola (Film Director/Founder of JJack Productions.)

The launch highlights the short film Sunday Candy written by Chicago’s own Chance The Rapper, and brags about local Art Director, Drew Bender. “We’re watching these films every week to see whose making great content. We want to do everything we can to help indie filmmakers get their projects made.” - Alex Pissios (Cinespace Chicago Film Studios.) “It’s always great to hear about talented filmmakers in Chicago! Exposing the Crew not only tells us about indie productions in Chicago, we also get to meet the people behind the magic.” - Ted Reilly (Chicago Media Angels.) You can submit your projects and subscribe to see the work of fellow indie filmmakers at 

The Chicago film community continues to solidify its foundation by growing in its number of projects, investors, studio spaces, production companies, scripts, rental houses, and passionate story tellers.

Check out Justin's production company at



November 1, 2016 | 12:30 - 1:30PM | 6th Floor Lounge



November 2 & 3, 2016 | 12:00 - 1:00PM | The Matrix (530)


November 7, 2016 


November 24 - 25, 2016


November 22 - December 4, 2016


Storytelling in Virtual Reality with VR Producer, Angela Haddad

Angela Haddad is Founder and Creative Director of One Third Blue, a Virtual Reality art studio animating and producing hand-illustrated VR art experiences for fashion brands and magazines, such as Marie Claire. As a VR artist, Angela frequently creates One Third Blue productions live at Virtual Reality showcases, often recorded in Mixed Reality.

Angela is additionally VR Producer for SilVR Thread, a VR startup specializing in first-person POV Virtual Reality technology. With its patent-pending camera systems, SilVR Thread is pioneering POV VR to create learning and marketing experiences that trigger more visceral and compelling reactions and memories than conventional VR. Angela has co-produced VR experiences for Lionsgate’s movie ‘Nerve’, recreating three infamous stunts from the feature film, thus allowing movie fans to experience transformative first-person POV of Emma Roberts & Dave Franco’s bodies via mobile VR headsets. 

Angela was chosen by Oculus for its Launchpad fellowship, was a judge and speaker at LA Hacks, as well as a speaker at VRLA. She has been featured at SXSW, VRScout, WGSN, Mettle’s Blog, and various other press and media sources. In addition, Angela has co-authored an op-ed in IEEE's Consumer Electronics magazine.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM CST


1871 - Chicago's Technology & Entrepreneurship Center

222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza

Suite 1212

Chicago, IL 60654

Allied Integrated Marketing is offering limited FREE tickets to tomorrow's screening of HACKSAW RIDGE at AMC River East 21 to IFP Chicago members, friends and family.


Click here to redeem your free tickets!



HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.


Directed by Mel Gibson, and starring Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths and Vince Vaughn.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

7:00 PM CST


AMC River East 21

322 E. Illinois Street

Chicago, IL 60611

Carbon VFX

by Chicago C4D


We have another great studio lined up for our November 2 meetup. Carbon VFX is going to be talking all about 3d scanning. They'll walk us through the whole process, from creating a scan and importing it into C4D, to creating a face and body rig in C4D. Next, they'll show us how to shoot an HDR of the environment, track footage in C4D, and finally create a photo-real animated character from the scan and composite it into live action footage, all synced to a pre-recorded voice over track.

This should be an awesome introduction to the studio as well as their process. We'll see you there!


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM CDT


Carbon VFX

54 West Hubbard St.

Suite 500

Chicago, IL 60654

Chicago Comedy Film Festival

The 6th Annual Chicago Comedy Film Festival.



Thursday, November 10, 2016

8:30 PM - 10:00 PM


The Second City Harold Ramis Film School 
1616 N. Wells St 
4th Floor 
Chicago, IL 60614

Unbroken Glass: Free Film Screening and Q&A with Director Dinesh Das Sabu

by Indo American Center and Hamdard Center

Join the Indo American Center and the Hamdard Center for a special screening of the new documentary from Kartemquin films, Dinesh Das Sabu's Unbroken Glass.  Deeply personal, Unbroken Glass follows Dinesh’s emotional journey to finally piece together the story of the death of his parents twenty years later.  Raised by his siblings at the age of six, he had little idea who his parents were or where he came from. Through his film, Dinesh travels across the United States and India to piece together his parents’ story and his own. Uncovering a silenced family history of mental illness, Dinesh confronts the legacy of having a schizophrenic mother who died by suicide, the reality of growing up an orphaned immigrant, and the trauma of these events. 

Director Dinesh Das Sabu will be attending the screening and will participate in a panel discussion and audience Q&A after the film is over. 

The screening is free, but donations are welcome.

Questions? Contact Diane Moy Quon at

For more information about the film and future screenings, visit our website or follow us on Facebook  and Twitter.


Saturday, November 12, 2016

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM CST



Indo American Center

6328 North California Avenue

Chicago, IL 60659

An Evening with Andy Cohen

Join author, Emmy Award-winner, producer, talk show host, and man about town Andy Cohen as he celebrates his new book, Superficial: More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries. He'll be in conversation with Nerdette Podcast's (and WBEZ Weekend host) Greta Johnsen!

Each ticket includes a copy of the new book, and Mr. Cohen will be happy to sign them!

Mr. Cohen is an Emmy award-winning host and Executive Producer of “Watch What Happens: Live,” Bravo’s late night, interactive talk show. Cohen is also the executive producer of the wildly popular “Real Housewives” series. Cohen has written two New York Times’ Bestsellers: Most Talkative: Stories from the Frontlines of Pop Culture and The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year.

Andy will be chatting with Greta Johnsen, She is the co-host of the Nerdfette Podcast, where she's talked with Judy Blume, Stephen King, Dan Savage, and Nick Hornby, among many others. She nerds out about left-handedness, the weirdness of weather, and gerundives. Greta is a longtime journalist who works as the weekend morning host at WBEZ in Chicago. 


Monday, November 21, 2016

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM CST



Music Box Theatre

3733 North Southport Avenue

Chicago, IL 60613

Join 93XRT & Goose Island for the Music In Motion Film Series featuring The Last Waltz!


We're capping off this year's series by celebrating the 40th Anniversary of The Band's classic performance at Winterland Ballrooom on Thanksgiving Day in 1976! Directed by Martin Scorsese, "The Last Waltz" is considered one of the greatest concert films ever recorded.  In addition to stellar performances by members of The Band, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson, and Rick Danko, they're also joined by a pantheon of rock and roll greats throughout the film, including: Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Neil Young, Van Morrison, The Staples Singers, Joni Mitchell, and Dr. John.

Attendees must be 21+.  Ticket sales are final and non-refundable.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CST



Music Box Theatre

3733 North Southport Avenue

Chicago, IL 60613

Independent Filmmaker Chicago Project Presents: Business of Filmmaking in Chicago

Did you know that at least nine major TV programs current seasons were filmed in Chicago?  This includes well known programs such as Chicago Fire, Empire and Sense8.  Film and Televisioin are big business in Chicago.

Join us at Cinespace Chicago Studios, home to these shows and learn more about the industry firsthand from these local experts.

We'll be joined by the heads of the Chicago Film Office, Illinois Film Office and Cinespace.

The event is a joint production of the Independent Filmmaker Project Chicago, Michigan Ross Club of Chicago and the U of M Club of Greater Chicago.

Networking starts at 6pm with the panel starting at 630pm. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $20.


Panelists:Christine Dudley (Director Illinois Film Office), Rich Moskal (Director Chicago Film Office), Alex Pissios (Founder/CEO Cinespace Chicago Film Studios)


Thursday, November 3, 2016

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CDT



Cinespace Studios

2621 West 16th Street

Chicago, IL 60608


Now recruiting for clubs for Summer & Fall!

Feel free to let us know by emailing or


The more the merrier!


Jacquelyn Nuber


9:00am - 5:00pm


10:00am - 4:00pm


9:00am - 5:00pm

Adam Mills


9:00am - 4:00pm


9:00am - 5:00pm


9:00am - 4:00pm



The Writing Lab, Math Lab, Success Strategies Lab and the Computer Technology Lab will resume for the Fall Term on Tuesday, September 6th thru Thursday, December 15th, 2016. 


All academic assistance sessions can be scheduled by emailing 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: 



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