Producer Karina Pyudik has been named as the new president of The Caucus Foundation Alumni Network (CFAN). A 2001 Caucus Foundation grant recipient, Pyudik is a graduate of UCLA and completed her master’s degree in producing at AFI. Experienced in all aspects of development, production and distribution, she is currently working as a producer at 124th Street Films.
Reaching out to CFAN members, Pyudik said, “The mission of The Caucus Foundation Alumni Network is mutual support, furthering member careers, and bridging the gap between film school and the industry.” She noted that programs, events and initiatives to look out for this year include:
- DINNER FOR FIVE: This program allows CFAN members to have dinner with prominent industry professionals interested in sharing their advice and stories.
- INDUSTRY PANELS: Experts would continue to be invited to speak on current subjects of interest to CFAN and The Caucus. This is a group effort in which both Caucus and CFAN members would contribute their expertise and connections to help organize panel discussions. We are particularly interested in opening a dialogue about new media.
- WRITER’S GROUP: The writer’s group is planned as a monthly or bi-monthly gathering for attendees to improve their scripts. Members then can submit their work to the CFAN Script Development Program. This program functions as a gateway between film school and the industry by pairing awardees with a Caucus mentor to help them develop the script further. The program accepts both feature scripts and teleplays and selects up to three awardees per year.
- DIRECTOR SHADOWING PROGRAM: This program gives opportunities for CFAN directors to visit sets and shadow working directors.
- CFAN Website: A major upgrade would be implemented with an expanded members-only section including a job board, discussion threads, bio/resume directory, and events calendar.
- CFAN Mixers: Mixers and other alumni events will be organized by CFAN in association with The Caucus, connecting alumni and The Caucus members.
CFAN members are eligible for membership in The Caucus, a voice of the creative community recognizing excellence in television and new media and promoting the next generation of content creators with The Caucus Foundation. Since 2001, the Foundation has awarded a milestone $1.4 million to 126 promising young filmmakers through its national Student Grant Program to complete their film, television or new media thesis project.