The Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP) was proud to have its inaugural orientation at FILM LA in Hollywood on Jan. 31st, celebrating the six directing candidates chosen out of 400 applications, to be in the three month program. Matt Miller, President/CEO of AICP, opened the evening and spoke about the need for inclusivity and how excited the AICP is to continue to support this initiative and develop and nurture these quality directors so they are prepared in every way to be successful in the commercial world. Lisa Rich, from the CDDP Committee, gave a moving speech detailing her journey to become the first female 1st AD without going through the training program or coming up from 2nd AD ranks. And Tamika Lamison, the CDDP Program Director introduced the six Winning Director participants: Maya Alabanese, Erica Eng, Kryzz Gautier, Monty Marsh, Tamika Miller and Gabrielle Paciorek. There was a screening of the Director's reels, a Q and A from the committee and reception. The DGA and representatives from Mentoring Commercial companies and other supporters were also in attendance at the event.
The selected participants will participate
in its inaugural three-month program consisting of workshops, mentorships,
networking, a grant to create a spec commercial and an industry showcase.
From Left to Right: Maya Alabanese, Kryzz Gautier, Monty Marsh, Tamika Miller, Gabrielle Paciorek, and Erica Eng
The CDDP Committee are: Lisa Rich, Marjie Abrahams, Ned Brown, Maddie Carlton, Lesley Chilcott, Bridget Savage-Cole, Jen Dennis, Byron Fitts, Raama Mosley, Kate Oppenheim, and Shelly Townsend.
The CDDP’s mission is to foster awareness
and increase directing opportunities for women and other historically
underrepresented groups of people. This is accomplished through a targeted
program of outreach, mentorship, and exposure. It was created during contract talks between the DGA (Directors
Guild of America) and the AICP.
The program is
three months in duration. During that time, the six participants will attend
workshops aimed at imparting knowledge of the advertising production process
and be partnered with a production company to receive mentoring from directors
and executive producers on the commercial production process. Each director
will receive a grant to produce a spec spot using the skills learned in the
program, which will be featured at a showcase event for the industry.
The press has taken note of CDDP's program participants with mentions in SHOOT and LBB Online, with more sure to come. We look forward to seeing how these six talented directors blossom within the program and hope to see much more of them in the years to com.
For more information,
please visit http://www.cddprogram.org.