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October Alumni Updates

Alumni Updates

Updates from NFFTY Alumni around the world.

Screen_Shot_2013_10_10_at_3.15.41_PM1dd648ALEX BOHS, CALEB SLAIN & JOEL MCCARTHY

NFFTY is producing a documentary on the work of Vitamin Angels, a non-profit organization that distributes vitamins to malnourished children and pregnant mothers worldwide. Alex Bohs, Caleb Slain and Joel McCarthy have been hired to help tell this story from each of their perspectives. The film will premiere online and will screen at NFFTY 2014. Stay tuned for more updates

Kevin_Klauber97bf5a23ddaab65328KEVIN KLAUBER

Kevin has made great strides in the documentary world in recent years. He edited Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty and most recently; the 2013 Sundance hit Twenty Feet From Stardom, which was acquired by the Weinstein Company. Visit Kevin’s website.

James_Kicklighter6d83bc2d9c64f2e050JAMES KICKLIGHTER

James recently wrapped production on Desires of the Heart, an international crossover film from writer/producer/executive producer Solila Parida (Vishkanya).  Principal photography took place in India. He will next direct and co-write the biopic about legendary college football coach Erk Russell. Visit James’ website.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetJAKE OLESON & CHARLES FRANK

Jake and Charles are currently Co-Directing a short documentary on Emmy Award-winning Jazz musician Charles Neville from the Neville Brothers Band. The two raised money through RocketHub for the film. The project was also featured on the Rockethub website at this link.

Kate_Rhamey6e847a44695cKATE RHAMEY

Kate graduated with honors from Loyola Marymount University where she received the School of Film and Television Production Award. She was also honored that year as a recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fellowship as the Loyola Marymount’s Caucus Foundation nominee. Most recently, she directed a commercial for Secret Deodorant. Alumni Aston Kennedy co-produced and Chase Horseman composed the original music. View it hereVisit Kate’s website.

1040289_10151730090705673_453632857_oe67e6f0910ebJOE MILLER

Joe is currently working on a feature-length documentary about the conflict in Israel and Palestine. The feature will follow the stories of four young adults, an Israeli Jew, Messianic Jew, Palestinian Christian, and Palestinian Muslim, who all share the same hope for peace within their land. View a seven minute cut with two of the four characters. Visit Joe’s website.


Brian was recently nominated by the MVPA (Music Video Production Association) for Best Directorial Debut 2013. He is now working on a branded short film for The Standard Hotel. He is a creative executive partner at the ad agency and production company Pablo Escargot. Visit Brian’s website.

Kirsten_Zeller891ba2KIRSTEN ZELLER

Kirsten just finished working as Director of Photography on an indie feature film called Falling Slowly.  The film follows a girl’s last year of high school and the dramatic and devastating changes the faces after a bad breakup with her boyfriend. View the teaser trailerVisit Kirsten’s website.

Isabella_Dos_Santos4d3d38ISABELA DOS SANTOS

Isabela was recently a Regional Finalist for the 2013 Student Academy Awards for her dance/animation film i. She now studies Experimental Animation at CalArts and works in the External Relations department for the National YoungArts Foundation in Miami Florida. Visit Isabela’s website.

Michael_Aloyandd634aMICHAEL ALOYAN

Michael is making his feature film directorial debut with his upcoming project Forget Me Not. The film will star Nia Vardalos, Jake Abel and Philip Baker Hall. The Wrap recently featured the big announcement in an article, which can be read hereVisit Michael’s website.

Jonathan_Ade4acb68JONATHAN ADE

Jonathan recently wrapped production on his latest film Lay in Wait. Lucas Neff, star of FOX’s Raising Hope served as the Executive Producer. Visit Jonathan’s website.

Kris_Theorin84120afbb686d3e0a8KRIS THEORIN

Kris Theorin and his brother Kurtis recently wrapped filming on their latest project Retreat at a historic site in Schwenksville, PA. Approved as a SAG student film they have hired professional actors, rented high end equipment, acquired period costumes and props and consulted historic experts to help bring this film set during the Civil War to life. They have received press attention for the production. View their recent TV interview. Most recently, a Lego commercial directed by the brothers for Tongal was chosen as the First Place entry and winner of $15,000.


Help out your fellow alumni filmmakers who are currently trying to raise money for their next project!

Retreat – Kris & Kurtis Theorin

Detecting Norman – Sean Drummond


Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 10.31.00 AMGet a Discount to Audiosocket AND Help Raise Funds for NFFTY

For the last few years, Audiosocket has been an avid supporter of NFFTY. Now, with your help, we are kicking it they are kicking it up a notch.

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NFFTY has grown into the largest and most influential youth film festival in the world serving as a venue and convergence for the most talented up and coming youth directors.  Thanks to Audiosocket for supporting NFFTY’s efforts and helping us to provide great resources to young filmmakers!


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