The Caucus Foundation is pleased to have Alfonso Ribeiro host the 2023 Student Grant Awards. Ribeiro will introduce us to this year's Grantees and present the Gold circle Awards.

The Caucus Foundation congratulates our 2023 Grantees Hollywood's future filmmakers and content creators.

The Foundation is grateful to it's funders

The Caucus Foundation is saddened at the passing of legendary producer and one of the founding fathers of The Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors, Norman Lear.

Norman and The Caucus worked to establish the "Producer-Writer" position that became an issue in Hollywood, an issue that went all the way to the Supreme Court and won. Norman will long be remembered as a ground-breaking genius, an amazing storyteller and an innovative force in television.

The Caucus Foundation mourns the passing of Herman Rush.

Herman was a valued member of The Caucus for Produces, Writers and Directors and a Board Member of The Caucus Foundation. Through Herman's efforts The Caucus Foundation and its film student grantees received a generous donation from the Annenberg Foundation that sustained the grant program for many years. We are all grateful for his extraordinary support of future Producers, Writers and Directors.

As once noted by one of The Caucus members "Herman, has just about done it all," former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Telecommunications, Inc. Senior Vice President of the Entertainment Business Sector of the Coca Cola Company; Chief Executive Officer of the Columbia Picture Television Group and a member of the Board of Directors of Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. (now Sony Pictures). Past President of the Television Division of Creative Management Associates, Inc. (now International Creative Management Associates, the world's second largest talent and packaging agency); Executive Vice President of the Agency and member of its Board of Directors.

He served as Executive Producer and Executive Consultant to The Montel Williams Show for seventeen years. And, Herman was an independent producer of numerous television movies and series. Herman was a remarkable entertainment producer, a masterful negotiator as an agent and an amazing contributor to the entertainment industry.


The Caucus Foundation is saddened at the passing of the legendary Chuck Fries. Chuck was the heart and soul of the Caucus for over 45 years. His leadership and dedication kept our organization moving forward and supporting the creative talents in our industry.

Twenty years ago, he was instrumental in creating the Caucus Foundation which has now given over $2 million to help College and University students complete their work and help them begin their careers in film and television.

Chuck leaves behind a large and loving family and a legacy as the "Godfather" of the TV Movie and a creative producer and business executive responsible for hundreds of im-portant and successful features and television programs. He has also been honored by many industry groups including the Producer's Guild, the TV Academy, and others, but it is our personal connection to Chuck and his guidance in our work at the Caucus that stands out to all of us in the organization at this sad moment. We wish his family our most heartfelt condolences. His passing will leave an enormous void in the entertainment industry and in the Caucus and the Caucus Foundation.

His commitment to helping the next generation is evident in the mission statement of the Foundation and his family requests that any donations in his honor be made to the Caucus Foundation at https://www.caucusfoundation.org/donate.html


The Caucus and The Caucus Foundation mourn the passing of our colleague Veteran Hollywood Producer/Director/Network Executive Norman S. Powell. His career in television and film spanned six decades. He never retired, and at the time of his passing was working on a sequel to his award winning documentary, Brothers At War with partner Jake Rademacher and Executive Producers Gary Sinise and Phil Gurin, as well as writing a soon to be published memoir.

As an executive with CBS Television, Norman advanced to Senior Vice President of CBS Entertainment Productions and supervised develop-ment and production of more than 80 movies-for-television and 11 series.

Some of the awards and recognitions Norman was most proud to receive include a Telly Award for American Valor, an Emmy and Producers Guild Award nomination for 24, a Peoples Choice Award for Rescue 911, an Emmy nomination for Washington: Behind Closed Doors, Telly Awards for Politics and Warriors and The War on Boys, an AMPIA Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Motion Picture Industry in Alberta, Canada, and a Best Picture Award from the GI Film Festival for Brothers At War.

Norman was a long-time member of the Directors Guild of America and an active member of The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors, where he served two terms as Chair. He is also the recipient of The Caucus' Distinguished Service Award and Lifetime Achievement Award. Charitable donations in his memory may be made to The Gary Sinise Foundation, www.garysinisefoundation.org or The Caucus Foundation, www.caucusfoundation.org





Aaron Fink for RUST, Chapman University
Madison Gwinn for MARKETA IN THE DESERT, Chapman University
Alexandra Geller for UNDERCOVERED, Emerson College
Noah Graham for OUTSIDER, Emerson College
Jasmine Galdamez for EL MOZOTE, CSUN
Takai Ginwright for CANARY IN A MINE, UCLA
Kelly Pike for UNDERCUT, UCLA
Lia Lenart for CASSANDRA, UCLA
Sherial McKinney for FROG CATCHER, UCLA

The Caucus Foundation Grant has meant the world to us! Both the director and I poured our hearts, souls, and bank accounts into Rust because we be-lieved in it. So to have those feelings validated through your generous award means a lot.
- Aaron Fink, Chapman University
2019 First Place Gold Circle Award Winner

The Caucus Foundation's grant came at a critical time in the process of making my thesis film. Though I was far into the picture editing process, the grant allowed me to see the film through to completion by funding professional color grading and sound mixing. Without these funds, I would not have been able to finish this film properly. But now I have a film that I am proud to have represent me as a director. There is nothing more valuable than this to someone in the nas-cent stage of a new career. Thank you, Caucus Foundation.
- Kelly Pike, UCLA 2019 Second Place Gold Circle Award Winner


The 2018 Caucus Foundation Gold Circle Awards were presented to:
First Place Gold Circle Winner: Panavision Camera Package - John Savage, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Chapman University for "Esta es tu Cuba"

Second Place Gold Circle Winner: illuminate Post Production Package - John Cerrito, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television for "The Way You Look Tonight"

The 2018 Caucus Foundation Television/New Media Award was presented to the creative team from USC for "Coventry", a short form dramatic series about an Army veteran suffering from traumatic memories.

Photo: Steve Cohn Photography. Left to right: Tanya Hart, John Cerrito, John Sayage, Robert Papazian, Dennis Doty

Photo: Steve Cohn Photography. Left to right: Jake Rademacher, USC Professor Gail Katz and the "Coventry" Team