Outstanding Student Film Award 2005
The Caucus for
Producers, Writers & Directors and its
Foundation held its 23rd Annual Awards Dinner on
January 15, 2006 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Among
the guests present were student filmmakers from The
Caucus Foundation’s Student Grant Program Fall 2004
and Spring 2005. Attending were Samantha Davidson
Green, UCLA; Diane Lisa Johnson, USC; Hannah Beth
King, Columbia University; Jerry Chan, USC; Sandra
Chwialkowska, Yale; Gregers Herring, AFI; Lila
Place, Stanford, and Adam Schlachter, AFI. The
students were introduced by the Foundation’s Vice
President, Bonny Dore.
President of The Caucus Foundation, introduced Board
member John Berzner of American Video Group who has
contributed to the establishment of the Gold Circle
Award program for outstanding films. Berzner cited
his colleague Fred Goldy who had passed away having
been an important mentor to many young producers.
Fries also thanked Berzner for his help in
re-editing and formatting all the trailers which
were shown during the evening.
presented The Caucus Foundation’s second annual Gold
Circle Award for an Outstanding Student Film to Adam
Schlachter of the American Film Institute for his
student thesis film. “My Backyard Was A Mountain” is
the story of Adan, an affectionate little boy who
has one day to find a new home for his pet goat,
Chivo, before his family relocates to NYC. While
searching for a new owner for Chivo, Adan discovers
the promise of first love with his childhood friend,
Denise, whom he will also have to leave behind.