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Foundation Recognizes Outstanding
Student Films
Two student films were honored at the Caucus Awards Dinner on December 11, 2014. First Place Gold Circle Award for Outstanding Student Film was presented to writer/director Ryan Moody of UCLA for his film Obituaries. Second Place gold circle Award was presented to producer Ko-Rely Pi of Columbia University for Pitter Patter Goes My Heart.

Obituaries - 1st Place


Pitter Patter Goes My Heart - 2nd Place


The Caucus Foundation Presents $17,250 in Grants to Five Student Filmmakers
The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors Foundation has selected five student filmmakers from diverse backgrounds to receive $17,250 collectively in the Foundation's Fall/Winter 2014 Student Grant Program, it was announced by Foundation President Chuck Fries. Students receive assistance to complete their student thesis films. Grants to 143 students including in-kind awards and internships totaling over 1.3 million dollars has been awarded since the awards program was established in 2001.

Recipients of this round of grants are: Alexis Korycinski, AFI for "The Haircut"; Jesse Gustafson, Columbia University for "Day 39"; Andrew Ruiz, Columbia University for "Fish"; Samantha Buck, Columbia University for "The Mink Catcher"; and Auden Bui, USC for "The Lost City of Tomorrow".

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"Thank you to the Caucus Foundation for this award. I am deeply honored. Because of the support given by donors like the Caucus Foundation, my film was able to be professionally finished, and seen on the big screen. Since winning this award, I have gained a manager, an agent, and I am on my way to making the feature film version of Obituaries. The foundation has helped me to realize my dream of finishing film school, and becoming a professional filmmaker, and for that, the Caucus will forever have my utmost gratitude. ."
- Ryan Moody