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Monterey County Film Commission Selects Liberty Ingraham-Gonzales as $2,000 Film Student Scholarship Winner

(Monterey, Calif. – May 21)  Liberty Ingraham-Gonzales, a Cinematic Arts and Technology major at California State University, Monterey Bay, was named the 2018 winner of a $2,000 scholarship in the Monterey County Film Commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award Program.  She is a Monterey resident, originally from Arcata.

The Monterey County Film Commission film student scholarship program was created in 2008 to provide financial aid and incentive to students of film as well as beginning filmmakers who reside in Monterey County or those enrolled in a college or university in the county.  The fund was established as a permanent endowment with the Community Foundation for Monterey County.

To avoid conflict with studies, Ingraham-Gonzales plans to shoot her capstone film project in Mexico over the summer.  “This award will allow my collaborative capstone partner and me to rent production equipment, cover transportation fees for crew, and help obtain permits for our documentary,” said Ingraham-Gonzales.  “I am driven by challenge and precision and I love to create stories—thus producing is my passion, melding both worlds together in harmony. I hope to showcase this film in film festivals, as well as use it as part of my reel for building a career as a producer.”

Contributions to the film commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award Program were made by the Craig and Paula Tigerman family, Dino Cocalis, Honest Engine Films, Lou Adler’s Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation, and numerous local businesses and individuals.

“The Monterey County Film Commission promotes economic development through the film industry, and is also dedicated to helping identify and promote the next generation of local young filmmakers,” said Gary Bolen, chairperson of the MCFC scholarship committee.  “This year’s competition was especially tough with only five points separating the top three finalists. Hopefully this scholarship will assist Liberty and her colleague in taking their next steps into a lifelong career in the film industry.”

For more information call 831-646-0910 or email info@filmmonterey.org.

Monterey’s Summer of Love kicked off with “Monterey Pop” film

In May, the Monterey County Film Commission took nearly 800 movie-goers back in time to the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival. It happened via a special screening of D.A. Pennebaker’s
documentary Monterey Pop, the ground-breaking film which blended music and film 50 years ago. Held at Monterey’s historic Golden State Theatre, the event included a talk by Carmel’s professional photographer Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal, who shared behind-the-scenes insights on the festival and those who were capturing its action on film.

Monterey County Film Commission 2016 Student Scholarship Winners

2016 Student Scholarship Winners
Brianna Beavers and Rose Mercurio 2016 Winners

Brianna Beavers and Rose Mercurio, both seniors in the Cinematic Arts and Technology Department at California State University, Monterey Bay, were each named winners of a scholarship in the 2016 Monterey County Film Commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award Program.

Both students received a $1,500 check and a framed certificate presented by Jeff Clark, Monterey County Film Commission president and film scholarship chairperson.

The Monterey County Film Commission’s scholarship program was created to provide financial aid and incentive to students of film as well as beginning filmmakers who reside in Monterey County or those enrolled in a college or university in the county. The fund was established as a permanent endowment with the Community Foundation for Monterey County.

Monterey County Film Commission 2015 Student Scholarship Winner

2015 Student Scholarship WinnerChelsea Amarillas, a student at California State University, Monterey Bay, was named the winner of a $2,000 scholarship in the 2015 Monterey County Film Commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship & Awards Program. She is a Marina resident and a senior in the Cinematic Arts and Technology Department.

Chelsea Amarillas at CameraAmarillas will use the award to help cover costs for her final thesis capstone film, “A Father’s Love.” She describes the story as a dark and enchanting tale that illustrates the importance of family. Filming will be begin in the fall, and she has begun looking for locations in Monterey County, including a Victorian-style house. “The stylization of the film is modern but with Victorian elements, and this award will allow me to achieve the level of quality production design that I had hoped to,” Amarillas said.

“Receiving this scholarship is an honor because I was selected from a group of talented peers, and it is encouraging as a young filmmaker to be recognized and rewarded for the craft that I am just beginning,” Amarillas said. “The award will be of great assistance financially in the production of a film that is near to my heart and one that I am very excited to see come to life.”

Monterey County Film Commission 2014 Student Scholarship Winner

Monterey County Film Commission 2014 Student Scholarship WinnerJessica Moss, a student at California State University, Monterey Bay, was named the winner of a $2,000 scholarship in the 2014 Monterey County Film Commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship & Awards Program. She is a Marina resident and a senior in the Cinematic Arts Jeff Clark and Jessica Mossand Technology Department at CSUMB.

Jessica will use the award to help cover costs for her final thesis project, “The Maw,” an animated film short. She chose the challenge of an animated film, which entails doing frame by frame traditional animation in addition to digital animation. It requires specialized equipment as well as an extended time commitment.

“With animation, I will be drawing approximately 4,000 frames over the course of two semesters and three summer months,” Moss said. “Thanks to this award I can upgrade equipment, purchase light boxes and more.”