About Us



The Film Connection was established in 1983 and is the innovator of the mentor/extern method of education. The following are some facts you might find helpful while researching which film school or film program is right for you.

Credentials and Endorsements

We are members in good standing of these prestigious nonprofit advocacy groups:

 

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Your classroom is a real film company in the city or town in which you live. Our corporate offices are open Monday-Friday 9AM-6PM PST. Please feel free to give us a call at 310-456-9623 if you should need our assistance, or feel free to make an appointment and come into the office.

Meet the Film Connection Film School Alternative’s Team


Like anything else, RRFC the Recording Connectionthe Film Connectionthe Radio Connectionthe Chef Apprentice School of the Arts works because of the great team we have in place!
Please meet our staff below:

 

If you’re not yet an enrolled student:

Admissions Department

The mission of this department is to help you with your educational goals. If you want to apply, or follow up on an application already submitted, this is the department to contact. However, if you have already spoken to an Admissions Counselor and are waiting to meet your mentor for your open house interview, please click the next department listed.

Mentor & Student Placement Department

Please contact this department if you’ve already spoken to an Admissions Counselor and have already been approved to meet a mentor.

Financial Planning Department

Please contact this department if you need assistance in paying for your tuition, or are interested in our in-house financing or other loan options. Please note: Financial Aid Counselors are available to help you with your tuition ONLY after you have spoken with your Admissions Counselor. Please do not contact this department unless you have spoken to an Admissions Counselor first.

For currently accepted and enrolled students:

Student Services Department

This department is for accepted and enrolled students only, and is dedicated to helping you successfully complete your program, as well as job placement when you graduate. Please feel free to contact the Student Services Department for any questions about your homework, transfers, scheduling, and other challenges you may be experiencing. This department also houses our Stay Connected program, our employment assistance for graduates.

Administration Department

This department handles already accepted or current students who have questions about enrollment, books and materials, or other questions.

Accounting Department

This department handles inquires about tuition/payments for already accepted students or current students and mentor-related payments.

Career/Mentor Services/Business Development

This department handles inquires about career services for students, and services for mentors.

EXECUTIVE / MANAGEMENT

Management

This section contains information about RRFC’s Management.
 

Regulatory Affairs & Compliance

This section contains information about RRFC’s Compliance and Regulatory Affairs department.
 

Board of Advisors

This section contains information about RRFC’s guiding members.
 

Media Relations and Business Opportunities

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Management


James Petulla James Petulla
CEO / CFO


 

Founder and Chief Executive Officer-A successful film writer, producer and former radio broadcaster. Petulla came up with his take on the mentor/extern method of education while working as an instructor for the now defunct Columbia School of Broadcasting. He believed that the people who worked there were great but that overall it was… Read More

Brian Kraft Brian Kraft
COO / Chief Academic Officer
 
[email protected]
(800) 295-4433


 

Brian Kraft is Chief Academic Officer and COO for Recording Radio Film Connection & CASA Schools. Kraft attended The University of Santa Monica (USM) in Santa Monica, CA. to study Transpersonal Psychology and is a career counselor and mentor to adults… Read More

 
 

Administration


Stacie Rodriguez Stacie Rodriguez
Institutional Director
 
[email protected]
(800) 295-4433 x221

Anthony Galang Anthony Galang
Executive Assistant
 
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(800) 295-4433 x226


 
 

Reception


Amy O’Keeffe Amy O’Keeffe
Front Desk Administrative Assistant
 
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(800) 295-4433 x237

 
 

Regulatory Affairs & Compliance


Joyce Mullen Joyce Mullen
Chief Compliance Officer
 
[email protected]
(800) 295-4433

Marie Berry Marie Berry
Director of Regulatory Affairs
 
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(800) 295-4433


Liya Swift Liya Swift
Editor & Associate Director of Media Management
 
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(800) 295-4433

Linda Ardian Linda Ardian
Student Records Facilitator
 
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(800) 295-4433 x260


Eric Crow Eric Crow
Student Records Facilitator
 
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(800) 295-4433 x242

 
 

Accounting Department


Zolita Estrada Zolita Estrada
Accounts Receivable / Accounts Payable
 
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(800) 295-4433 x241

Jesse Sanchez Jesse Sanchez
Student Accounts Manager
 
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(800) 295-4433 x250


Heidi Cabero Heidi Cabero
Student Accounts Manager
 
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(800) 295-4433 x226

 
 

Director of Admissions Department


Matthew Johnson Matthew Johnson
Director of Admissions
 
[email protected]
(800) 295-4433 x254

Korey La Rue Korey La Rue
Associate Director of Admissions
 
[email protected]
(800) 295-4433 x227


Andrew Trivette Andrew Trivette
Associate Director of Admissions
 
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(800) 295-4433 x239

Lance Dean Lance Dean
Assistant to Director of Admissions
 
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(800) 295-4433 x231


Benji Shapiro Benji Shapiro
Assistant to Director of Admissions
 
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(800) 295-4433 x267

Austin Gile Austin Gile
Assistant to Director of Admissions
 
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(800) 295-4433 x243


Rick Martinez Rick Martinez
Assistant to Director of Admissions
 
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(800) 295-4433 x236

 
 

Admissions Department


Joey Povinelli Joey Povinelli
Lead Admissions Representative
 
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(800) 295-4433 x270

Miguel Tamez Miguel Tamez
Junior Admissions Representative
 
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(800) 295-4433 x257


Orlando Mendoza Orlando Mendoza
Junior Admissions Representative
 
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(800) 295-4433 x268

Daniel Bwinika Daniel Bwinika
Junior Admissions Representative
 
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(800) 295-4433 x266


Everett-Ryan Cain Everett-Ryan Cain
Junior Admissions Representative
 
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(800) 295-4433 x256

 
 

Student Services Department


Sam Zulfer Sam Zulfer
Academic Supervisor
 
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(800) 295-4433 x229

Elliot Campos Elliot Campos
Academic Facilitator
 
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(800) 295-4433 x228


Hunter Arbaugh Hunter Arbaugh
Academic Facilitator
 
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(800) 295-4433 x251

Alex Solis Alex Solis
Academic Facilitator
 
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(800) 295-4433 x222


Nico Farias Nico Farias
Academic Facilitator
 
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(800) 295-4433 x264

Tiffany Huizar Tiffany Huizar
Academic Facilitator
 
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(800) 295-4433 x238


Anand Joshi Anand Joshi
Academic Facilitator
 
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(800) 295-4433 x271

 
 

Financial Planning Department


Thomas Hogeland Thomas Hogeland
Lead Financial Family Advisor
 
[email protected]
(800) 295-4433 x224

Carl Mickens Carl Mickens
Financial Family Advisor
 
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(800) 295-4433 x249


Antone Gomes Antone Gomes
Financial Family Advisor
 
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(800) 295-4433 x261

 
 

Career Services


Victor Martinez Victor Martinez
Lead Career Services Advisor
 
[email protected]
(800) 295-4433 x265

Gervais Maillard Gervais Maillard
Lead Career Services Advisor
 
[email protected]
(800) 295-4433 x246


 
 

Mentor Services


Nick Reimond Nick Reimond
Mentor Services Advisor
 
[email protected]
(800) 295-4433 x258

Bernard Chavez Bernard Chavez
Mentor Services Advisor
 
[email protected]
(800) 295-4433 x253



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STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT THE FILM INDUSTRY

Learning About Film Is Easy With The Film Connection

Brian Kraft

by Brian Kraft
Chief Academic Officer and COO
for Recording, Radio, Film and Culinary Connection

The Film Connection was established with one purpose in mind: to help young and aspiring film industry hopefuls break into the biz and make connections. We’re here to help you create a career. We want you to be successful. We want you to be a powerhouse. Some of the students that come to us have experience in the film world, some don’t. Well, we’ve developed a curriculum that is flexible enough to accommodate anyone’s needs. Regardless if you’re a newbie or a seasoned vet, we can help you grow and get your foot in the door. How do we do this? Simple. Mentorship. The Film Connection helps people from all walks of life get their foot in the door of the film industry by training with someone who is already doing what they want to be doing. That means if you’re looking to be a producer, we pair you with a producer, and you learn the craft of producing one-on-one. If you’re looking to have a career as a writer/director, then we pair you with a writer/director who will teach you how to take a story from inception through filming. Our program’s goal is simple: educate you, help you gain experience, and then get you a job. We place you in a real production company, we pair you with industry pros, and we help you write a screenplay. We’re there for you every step of the way. We want you to be the absolute best there is at what you do. We want you to be next Kevin Smith or the next Charlie Kaufman. The Film Connection knows that nothing is a sure thing, and that’s why we’re putting up as many safety nets as possible. We want you to be able to have support networks already in place for when you need them. Not after. We have a job placement program already set up to help you find work after you graduate. That’s correct. You’ll be working with pros and networking for the duration of the time you’re enrolled in our film school alternative. After you graduate, if you’re not hired by your mentor, a contact, or other person that you’ve met, we’ll help you find work. We’ll scour the earth for all the film jobs that we can find, and then we’ll help you apply for them. The Film Connection’s goal is simple. Get you started on your career path.

Film Connection provides unique, mentor-based programs that are affordable, so you can stay in control of your finances.

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