PRESS RELEASE – JULY 4, 2016
“VET 50” Gives Vets The Hollywood Treatment
Jimmy Lifton honors inaugural class of veterans and emphasizes the importance of supporting our vets at first annual Vet 50 Red Carpet Gala.
Santa Clarita, Calif. – July 5, 2016, — The Lifton Institute of Media Arts & Sciences held it’s first annual Vet 50 red carpet gala Saturday, June 18, 2016, at their studio lot to celebrate the launch of their VET 50 program. Entertainment for the night included a fashion show presented by DT3 Collective, musical acts, and a live staged performance, all of which was run and produced by veterans who graduated from LIMS.
LIMS President, Jimmy Lifton, addressed the crowd to honor all veterans in attendance and congratulate the inaugural Vet 50 class on being the first of the life changing program. “We at LIMS are very proud to be able to take veterans off the streets and provide them with an opportunity to better their situation and lives.” said Lifton.
VET 50 is an immersive 12-week program that gives military veterans roles on a film set from day one. 50 veterans are given the opportunity to participate in any of the 12-week programs currently offered by LIMS. Along with job training, they are provided with free food and transportation to and from the LIMS studio lot. Participating veterans choose the training they want to receive – whether in camera, production management, visual effects or other disciplines – and work alongside an experienced team of industry professionals to create a feature-length film.
The program is open to all military veterans, but aims to make the biggest impact among the nearly 13,000 homeless veterans living in California.
“Veterans’ difficulties finding secure and fulfilling jobs after their service is a well-documented issue. But too little is done to give our service men and women the specialized training they need to be competitive in more demanding industries like the film, television and music industries, where their training can make them particularly valuable team members,” said Jimmy Lifton, President of LIMS.
Jimmy Lifton is already looking to the future, and is planning on expanding the program to 100 veterans. By September 2016, he aims to launch Vet 100. He is focused on continuing to expand the program and create more opportunities for veterans.
The vet programs are only one aspect of Jimmy Lifton’s vision of creating career opportunities in the entertainment industry for the less fortunate. “There is no reason why anyone in the country should not have food on their table and a roof over their head. Granted, not everyone has the ability to be the talent, but there is no reason why anyone who is interested can’t be trained to become a quality contributing member of any productions’ crew.” says Lifton.
LIMS gives trainees a one-of-a-kind program that provides the professional experience needed to thrive in the film, TV, and music industries. Students are given the opportunity to work on a feature length production by placing them in a professional working environment with real on-set responsibilities. The students learn how to push themselves, adjust their bodies and minds to the industry’s demanding work schedule, embrace tight deadlines, and evolve their passions into real tangible success.
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