Remove Jay Sedrish from CCH

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To the students and faculty of Columbia College Hollywood:

We all came to this institution that prides itself as: “The Filmmakers Film School” to pursue our passion for TV and film. And with that passion comes a particular set of rules, guidelines, and ways of doing business within the industry, from learning the grammar of a screenplay to the protocols of working on set.

And with those rules we expect a particular level of professionalism, and as young, eager, and impressionable minds, we should not have to sit through any course or lecture conducted by an individual known for blatant disregard to industry standards, one that injured several crew members, and abruptly ending the life of 2nd Assistant Camerawoman Sarah Jones.

As a student of CCH, I feel a great amount of shame, and humiliation for being associated with this school, that has taken on a  known felon; although he may have avoided jail time, he is still  responsible for the death of Sarah, to the many members of IATSE and the entertainment community. And we, as students should not be made to suffer such an embracement, hiring this man has negatively impacted the reputation of this school, one that I fear will only have a greater backlash from the entertainment industry.

I do not believe this man is qualified to teach the 1st AD / UPM course in set safety and guidelines. He is not a working professional as he is now on a ten-year probation from holding any position on set, but besides a clear lack of judgment in the school’s selection of this man, it is a great slap in the face for the family of Ms. Jones.

I stand beside her family, friends and co-workers in this matter, as a student of CCH I demand that this man be removed from campus, and should not be allowed to interact with students on any level.  


Patrick Aaron Escobar

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