January 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year!
It’s only a month into 2018 and we already have a lot of exciting improvements here at DIGICOM Learning. We have new team members, exciting events and Film Festivals coming up! First, let’s introduce some of our amazing new team members!

Meet Dominik

One of our new DIGICOM Adjunct Faculty Members is Dominik Radwanski. Dominik lives locally in the valley and is joining us for the Winter and Spring quarters. He will be working with several After School Clubs to produce short films that they have written in our writing workshops taught by Adjunct Faculty Member Ruth Atkinson. Dominik has a very strong background in television and advertising, coming to us from the BBC. He’s a graduate in English Literature from Royal Holloway College, University of London. He began his career in 1998 working as a Writer/ Producer in On-Air Promotions for Fox Kids International.

Joining the BBC in 2000 to launch its premiere children’s channels CBBC and CBEEBIES (for which he won a PromaxBDA award) he then became Promotions Director for BBC ONE, BBC NEWS and BBC WORLD. Another Promax Europe Award followed, for an On-Air campaign supporting the BBC’s flagship news show, “Panorama.” 

In 2004, Dominik launched London TV, a branded video platform run by the official London Tourist Organization, Visit London. He also produced promotional film campaigns to help support the successful bid for the London 2012 Olympics.

After a successful stint as a freelance Writer/Producer for Cartoon Network and Virgin Media, Dominik moved to Los Angeles where he worked with Disney Channel, Disney Theatrical Productions, ABC, IMAX, Participant Media, Tribune, Warner Bros., and Feld Entertainment. He wrote and produced an original entertainment music video for The Lifeline Program starring Betty White, which earned him a Marcom and a Telly Award for Best Viral Video. In the same year, he oversaw the promotional campaign for the 10th anniversary season of “Ellen” on NBC.

In 2012 and 2013, Dominik created event branding and trailers for the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Shortfest. More recently, he produced 20 short films with top London advertising agency, AMV BBDO, for Mercedes-Benz UK’s YouTube channel. He has also been working in Washington D.C. creating branded video content for major political events.

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“RISE AND SHINE!”

Meet Frederick

Frederick is another new DIGICOM Adjunct Faculty Member that comes to us from Los Angeles. Frederick will be working with Desert Hot Springs students to produce videos for the Black Voices Rising program. Black Voices Rising is in it’s second year and continuing to gain momentum. Frederick will be helping to draw out the stories and help capture them using his robust storytelling skills. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Frederick is an African-American filmmaker who has won an Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) Gotham Award, American Film Institute Film Festival Audience Award, Imagen Foundation Award, and been nominated for the Piaget Producers Spirit Award. He is a graduate of Chapman University, with a BA in Psychology.

He is a graduate of Chapman University, with a BA in Psychology. Currently he is in post-production on a feature length documentary about the Los Angeles roller rhythm dance community entitled L.A. Roll and in production on a narrative film about the struggles of early adulthood, titled Go Back to China.

 

Thornton’s latest completed work is Marnie Weber’s debut feature experimental art film, Day of Forevermore, which premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in Geneva Switzerland in early 2016 and was presented by Artillery Magazine at the Downtown Ace Hotel Theater in Los Angeles later that year. Frederick is an alumni fellow of multiple Film Independent labs, including both the Producing Lab and Project Involve, as well as being an alumni fellow of IFP’s No Borders Film Market. Thornton is currently being mentored by Matt Damon via a partnership with Film Independent and Pearl Street Films. Frederick currently resides in Los Angeles with his two dogs, and is considering adding a third to the family.
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