Our Story

The ICLS is a 501c6 Non Profit Organization based in Los Angeles, CA. Founded in 2020 by gaffers Mike Bauman, Raffi Sanchez, and Martin Smith, ICLS came into existence during the Covid 19 Pandemic as a way for the lighting community to stay in touch while the world shut down. 


As the lockdown continued, the weekly meetings served as a great way to stay connected not only to local gaffers, but to hear and monitor what was happening to the entertainment industries globally. The membership was further opened to Rigging Gaffers and Console Programmers, and the meetings began including presentations from Vendors, DPs, and members of the group with knowledge and expertise to share. With the creation of the Discord Server, the group began to build an archive of lighting knowledge, help each other find crew members around the world, and build stronger international relationships between the many diverse lighting communities. It was at this point in August of 2020 that the Directors brought on Bea Patten to build a formal structure for the ICLS, so that we could move forward towards becoming more than just an informal group.  



ICLS is committed to creating and maintaining a space that is dedicated to knowledge, networking, and professional growth. We have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment of any member for any reason. And due to policy changes implemented by Bea Patten, we are committed to addressing the lack of women and people of color in the film community both in the United States, and around the world. The ICLS does not want to become just another professional organization within the film industry that says it is about diversity, and then does nothing. We are actively building programs to address the systemic misogyny and racism rampant in our industry.


Today, the ICLS has over 200 members from 28 countries, and we’re always looking for new members to join. If you’re looking to join an international lighting community, check out our Programs page, or email us at info@iclsociety.com