Celebrating Our Military Student and Alumni Community

The Los Angeles Film School has hosted its Annual Salute honoring the veteran community since 2009. Our population of military students has grown from over 100 active students in 2010 to more than 1,000 students as of 2020. We are proud of the men and women who have not only served our country but have seized the opportunity to pursue their passion for entertainment. Veterans in the entertainment industry know how to overcome obstacles and push the boundaries of their creative pursuits. This is a special community that lives and breathes film, music, animation, entertainment business, graphic design, writing and so much more. It is a great honor to recognize these individuals year after year.

We have collected the highlights from past Annual Salutes as a thank you to our veteran and military community! Find out more about our military benefits program at The Los Angeles Film School.



Veteran Alumni Working in the Entertainment Industry


We love connecting with our veteran alumni! Here are just some of the amazing alumni working in the entertainment industry.

Alumnus: Danny Arroyo

Program: Film 2017

Service: U.S. Air Force 

Career Path: Actor / Co-Producer / Co-writer

Notable Projects: Nobody’s Angel  | Switched at Love  | Sangre Negra


Alumnus: Casey Mcbeath

Program: Film 2012

Career Path: Cinematographer

Notable Projects: The Mercenary | Casey Film Education


Alumnus: Christian Garrido

Program: Film 2019

Service: U.S. Marine Corps 

Career Path: Entrepreneur /Camera Department

Notable Projects: Hollywood Critics Award – 25th Critics’ Choice Awards Monogamy  | Shameless  | Westworld | Borat 2 | Jackass 4 | Veteran Entertainment Network 


Alumnus: George Ohan

Program: Film 2012 | Entertainment Business 2014

Service: U.S. Army

Career Path: Producer, Marketing, Public Relations and Communications professional

Notable Projects: Fulton Film Company, West Africa 


Alumnus: Lyvell Gipson

Program: Film 2011

Service: U.S. Army | Purple Heart Award

Career Path: Director | Photographer

Notable Projects: Crazy Woke Asians Video | Los Angeles Riots to Peaceful Protest | 

Past Photography Work: P. Diddy | Common | Nas | Lisa Ling | Tina Knowles | Marques Houston


Alumnus: D.J. Haye

Program: Film 2011

Service: U.S. Coast Guard

Notable Projects: DJ and colleagues have been working on the new Nickelodeon sitcom Side Hustle


Alumnus: Paquita “PQ” Hugues

Program: Film 2014

Service: U.S. Army Reserves and U.S. Navy

Career Path: Key Assistant Location Manager at Hulu

Notable Projects: Perry Mason | Little Fires Everywhere


Alumnus: Christian Leyva

Program: Film 2019

Service: U.S. Navy

Career Path: Camera crew | Tactical advisor | Content Producer

Notable Projects/Clients: Nipsey Hussle, Hustle and Motivate Music | Eladio Carrion x Duki x Smokepurpp ft. Hide Miyabi – GELATO | Neighborhood Watch app


Alumnus: Ralph Lucchese

Program: Film 2019

Service: U.S. Air Force

Career Path: Production Assistant | filmmaker

Notable Projects: Star Trek: Picard | Billions | Mad for Love


Alumnus: David Mansanalez

Program: Film 2014 | Entertainment Business 2016

Service: U.S. Army

Career Path: Filmmaker

Notable Projects/Accolades: 2019 HBO Latino Short Film Competition Award  | Best Film at the 2019 Official Latino Film Festival | HBO’s Slipping Into Darkness | The Secrets of the 33rd Parallel | Red Table Talk 


Alumnus: Pedro L. Partida

Program: Film 2019

Service: Army

Career Path: Editor

Notable Projects: Estrella TV (Burbank Studio) | Cierre de Edicion (National News) 


Alumna: Jennifer Pirante

Program: Film 2019

Service: U.S. Marine Corps

Career Path: Producer

Notable Projects: Andromeda | Nominated for 3 Emmys and won a PROMAX Gold Award


Alumnus: Davis Chris

Program: Music 2017

Service: U.S. Navy

Career Path: Co-founder of DFD Music

Notable Projects/Artists: DFD Music | 3X Multi-Genre Billboard Charting Artist & Producer Yo Gotti | Young Dolph | Boosie | Club Godzilla | Project Pat | Moneybagg Yo | YRN Duke Deuce


Alumnus: Shane Foster

Program: Entertainment Business 2017

Career Path: Co-founder of DFD Music

Notable Projects/Artists: DFD Music | 3X Multi-Genre Billboard Charting Artist & Producer Yo Gotti | Young Dolph | Boosie | Club Godzilla | Project Pat | Moneybagg Yo | YRN Duke Deuce


Alumna: Yolanda Benning (FRANKIE)

Program: Recording 2015 | Entertainment Business 2017

Service: U.S. Army

Career Path: Founder / Producer / Branding / Camera / Sound Editor 

Notable Projects: iamYBenning Multi-Media Group | Sprk Global Network |Real Film Productions Llc | The Fems La Show | PaCity Clerk Campaign | The Pan African Film Festival 


Alumnus: Mario Taylor

Program: Film 2014

Service: U.S. Navy

Career Path: Rapper, Singer, Songwriter

Notable Projects/Clients: Quavo | Anderson .Paak | Dr. Dre | The Art of Rap Tour with Ice T | Sada Baby | Jim Jones | Marvin Gaye Biopic Soundtrack | Grand Theft Auto Soundtrack | M DOT Taylor debut album


Alumna: Kierra Graves

Program: Entertainment Business 2015

Service: U.S. Navy

Career Path: Writer/Producer

Notable Projects: A Secret In the Woods | The Root of Things


Alumnus: Raymond Lott

Program: Music Production 2016

Service: U.S. Marine Corps

Career Path: Rapper

Notable Projects: WORLD WAR CYPHER (FEAT. SHAGGY) 


Alumnus: Matt Cavanaugh

Program: Film 2013 | Recording Arts 2015

Service: U.S. Air Force

Career Path: Sound Designer

Notable Projects: Godzilla King of the Monsters | Bumblebee | Sonic The Hedgehog | Avocado Toast | Jungle Cruise | Quiet Place II 


Alumnus: Ruddy Anthony Salazar

Program: Recording Arts 2013

Service: U.S. Marine Corps

Career Path: Production Assistant | Filmmaker

Notable Projects: Spontaneous | To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You | The Perfect Date | The Curse of la Llorona | I Am the Night | Pen15


Alumnus: Joshua Harris

Program: Animation 2012

Service: U.S. Marine Corps

Career Path: Art Lead

Notable Projects: GreenPark Sports | Blizzard Entertainment


Alumnus: Derek Hultquist

Program: Animation 2013

Service: U.S. Air Force

Career Path: Visual Effects | Senior Layout/Environment Artist at Lightstorm Entertainment

Notable Projects: Avatar 2 | Avatar 3 | Ant-Man | Jurassic World | San Andreas | Mad Max: Fury Road | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles | Guardians of The Galaxy


Alumnus: Marlon Rivas

Program: Animation 2015

Service: U.S. Army

Career Path: Visual Effects Artist

Notable Projects: Avatar 2  | Star Girl | Cosmos: Possible World | The Way Back | Doolittle | Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw | Zombieland: Double Tap | My Spy | Legion | Spider-Man: Far From Home


Alumnus: Oscar Garcia

Program: Entertainment Business 2014

Service: U.S. Marine Corps

Career Path: Filmmaker

Notable Projects: Fulton Film Company


Thank you for your service!