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DEAN TERI SCHWARTZ AND ALUMNUS ACTOR MARK HARMON WELCOME INCOMING STUDENTS DURING 2016 ORIENTATION
Dean TERI SCHWARTZ welcomed incoming undergraduate and graduate students to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television during the first day of 2016 Orientation on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Emmy Award- and Golden Globe Award-nominated actor and UCLA alumnus MARK HARMONwas the event's special guest speaker. Harmon is the star and an executive producer of the hit CBS show NCIS, which began its 14th season in mid-October. It is currently the second longest-running scripted, non-animated U.S. primetime TV series on television, behind alumna MARISKA HARGITAY'sLaw & Order:Special Victims Unit, which began its 18th season on NBC, also in mid-October.
EROS INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES INDIAN FILMMAKERS SCHOLARSHIPS
Dean TERI SCHWARTZ and Eros International Plc, a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, announced the creation of the Eros International Graduate Scholarship Fund at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
The scholarship includes three new full-ride scholarships for UCLA TFT's Master of Fine Arts programs in directing, producing and screenwriting designed to give voice
to the unique perspective of Indian women. The Eros International Graduate Scholarship Fund recipients will begin their M.F.A. graduate program at UCLA TFT starting Fall 2017.
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA'S DISTANT VISION
Dean TERI SCHWARTZ and Academy Award-winning filmmaker, UCLA TFT Executive Board member and alumnus FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA (M.F.A. '67) collaborated on a proof of concept experimental workshop this summer entitled Distant Vision, a performance created in real time utilizing nearly 40 cameras, which is a groundbreaking, proprietary cinema concept called Live Cinema. The project is a new, exciting form of moviemaking that can be compared to a cycle of plays that look like a beautiful movie but are performed live. More than 75 UCLA TFT students participated in the project and served as active crewmembers in all areas of production such as camera operators, grips, sound, costumes, props, video, acting, stage management and producing. UCLA TFT co-sponsored the workshop with American Zoetrope, Coppola's production company. Distant Vision, an old phrase to describe television in the 19th century, is the story of three generations of the Corrado family, whose history happens to span the development of television.
MOTION PICTURE ACADEMY EXTENDS MEMBERSHIP INVITATIONS
Ten alumni and an Executive Board member were invited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to join the Academy when 683 invitations were extended to artists and executives on Wednesday, June 29. New members were welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
Actors GABRIELLE UNION (B.A. '96) RITA WILSON (Executive Board) DAPHNE ZUNIGA
Directors ANA LILY AMIRPOUR (M.F.A. '10) JULIE DASH (M.F.A. '85) JONATHAN DAYTON (B.A. '80) VALERIE FARIS (B.A. '80) MARIELLE HELLER (B.A. '01)
SPRING TELEVISION AND THEATER PROJECT FUNDED BY TIME WARNER AND DONORS
Time Warner and donors David Zuckerman and Ellie Kanner provided funds for the creation of the Spring Television and Theater Project Sanity, an anthology that follows five graduate MFT student therapists in a UCLA university counseling clinic and the unusual patients they take on while managing their own intense interpersonal relationships. BEAU MARKS, MARK ROSMAN, TOM DENOVE and ELISABETH SELDES ANNACONE led the project, which involved second-year M.F.A. student actors, M.F.A. student writers, directors and producers, and both graduate and undergraduate cinematographers, scenic designers, production designers and costume designers.
UCLA TFT 2016-17 THEATER SEASON
The Department of Theater announced its upcoming Mainstage theater season for the academic year 2016-17, which includes Carrie the Musical, an adaptation of the popular Stephen King novel Carrie.
• The New Play Festival 2016 — Original works by M.F.A. playwrights including Cheap Laughs, Gamers, Monsters We Imagined and The Winds of Ariston
• Three Sisters — Contemporary playwright Sarah Ruhl gives a fresh look at Chekhov's classic drama about big dreams stuck in a small town • Our Country's Good — Set in the midst of Australia's colonization, this play examines issues of power, class, and whether or not those who are incarcerated deserve humane treatment • Cendrillon — Presented in collaboration with Opera UCLA, UCLA Philharmonia and the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Cendrillon is a retelling of the Cinderella tale • Helen — In the aftermath of the Trojan War, Helen finds herself stranded in a foreign land with a husband who believes she is an imposter • Sonnets for an Old Century — Between life and afterlife, individuals tell their tales of sunsets, lovemaking and hallucinatory visions • Stupid F#@king Bird — A young director and a young actor rage against an older generation of artists and everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art and growing up can be
• Carrie: The Musical — Plagued by bullies at school and an oppressive mother at home, an awkward teenager finds her telekinetic powers and discovers she has the final revenge
• Project III — Four exciting plays from UCLA TFT M.F.A. second-year directors • An Evening of Devised Work — Collaborative works written and presented by the first-year M.F.A. artists
• Project II — Two exciting plays from UCLA TFT M.F.A. first-year directors • Sunday in the Park With George — Jeremy Mann directs the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical • Directing Continuum — A showcase of work from undergraduate directing students • MFA Ones • The Shakesepare Project — A studio presentation of one of Shakespeare's greatest plays • A Movement Project — A class presentation of movement and its impact in theatrical work
Bruin Family Weekend, the university's annual three-day family event packed with exciting campus activities, important information about campus resources and opportunities to spend quality time with students, took place Oct. 21-23 on the UCLA campus. Parents and guests met with Dean TERI SCHWARTZ during Lunch With the Dean on Friday, Oct. 21, and throughout the weekend, heard from top scholars and campus leaders, and met other Bruin families.
ABC Entertainment President and UCLA TFT Visiting Professor CHANNING DUNGEY (B.A. '91) was the keynote speaker at this year's Commencement ceremony, which took place on Friday, June 10 at UCLA's Royce Hall. Filmmaker GINA PRINCE-BYTHEWOOD (B.A. '91) (Beyond the Lights, The Secret Life of Bees) and theater dramatist ROBERT L. FREEDMAN (B.A. '79) (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) were the recipients of Distinguished Alumni awards.
73RD VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals was announced as the Grand Jury Prize winner at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10. GLYNNA GRIMALA (B.A. '98) was the film's supervising DIA & ADR editor, and actors ALEKSANDRA RASTOVIC (B.A. '16) and CHELSEA TAYLOR (B.A. '13) appeared in the film. The Bad Batch, written and directed by ANA LILY AMIRPOUR (M.F.A. '10), earned the Special Jury Prize. ALEX O'FLINN (M.F.A. '09) was the film's editor.
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Thirty-eight UCLA alumni, two UCLA TFT faculty members, a current graduate student and two Executive Board members were associated with programming and films that screened at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival, which took place Sept. 8-18. They include:
MELISSA KENT (B.A. '91), film editor
NICK SPICER (M.F.A. '06), producer
MICHAEL STUHLBARG, actor
MARY LUKASIEWICZ (B.A. '10), first assistant editor
The Bad Batch
ANA LILY AMIRPOUR (M.F.A. '10), director, writer
ALEX O'FLINN (M.F.A. '09), film editor
The Birth of a Nation
GABRIELLE UNION (B.A. '96), actress
ELLIOT DAVIS (M.F.A. '09), cinematographer
Bleed for This
MARTIN SCORSESE (Executive Board), executive producer
SUSAN CARTSONIS (B.A. '78), producer
NANOU MATTESON (M.F.A, '11), associate producer
CURT BEECH (M.F.A. '03), production design
LESLIE YARMO (B.A. '86), costume designer
Daughters of the Dust
ADISA ANDERSON (B.A. '77), actor
JULIE DASH (M.F.A. '85), director, writer
KARINA SILVA (B.A. '12), camera operator
ERIC HOEHN (B.A. '13), additional re-recording mixer
Dog Eat Dog
PAUL SCHRADER (M.A. '70), director
DAVID BIRKE (B.A. '83), screenwriter
Free Fire (Grolsch People's Choice Midnight Madness Award winner)
MARTIN SCORSESE (Executive Board), executive producer
The Headhunter's Calling
NANCY RICHARDSON (professor), additional editing
Hidden Figures Live
TAMARA HUNTER (B.A. '01), executive in charge of casting
In Dubious Battle
JAMES FRANCO (lecturer), director, producer, actor
La La Land (Grolsch People's Choice Award winner)
SARAH SCHUESSLER (M.F.A. '10), additional set costumer
ROB REINER, director
JOEY HARTSONE (M.F.A. '10), writer
GLYNNA GRIMALA (B.A. '98), supervising DIA & ADR editor
PAULA VESALA (M.F.A. student), actress, composer
STEVEN M. PORTER (B.A. '80), actor
HARRY SHEARER (B.A. '64), actor
MICHAEL HITCHCOCK (M.F.A. '83), actor
ANI BABAYAN (M.F.A. '13), costume assistant
Message From the King
JAMES JORDAN (M.F.A. '05), actor
CHELSEA TAYLOR (B.A. '13), actor
ALEKSANDRA RASTOVIC (B.A. '16), actor
GLYNNA GRIMALA (B.A. '98), supervising DIA & ADR editor
Paris Can Wait
FRED ROOS (B.A. '56), producer
ERIC ESRAILIAN (Executive Board), producer
MIKE MEDAVOY ('63), producer
THANOS PAPASTERGIOU (M.F.A. '16), director
ERIC HOEHN (M.F.A. '13), re-recording mixer/supervising sound editor
JANET LEE (M.F.A. '11), associate producer
DON SMETZER (M.A. '71), still photographer
Transparent Season 3
SILAS HOWARD (M.F.A. '10), director
Alumnus Rob Reiner also presented a Master Class and TAMARA HUNTER (B.A. '01), head of feature casting, Sony Pictures Entertainment, was a panelist for DIALOGUES: The Dream Team: Directors, Casting Directors and Actors. Additionally, UCLA TFT Lecturer TIM ALBAUGH led an all-day screenwriting seminar at TIFF, presented by Toronto's Trebas Institute.
TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL
The Telluride Film Festival announced its lineup on Thursday, Sept. 1. Five alumni and two executive board members had ties to films at the festival this year: MICHAEL STUHLBARG was an actor in Denis Villeneuve's Arrival, for which MARY LUKASIEWICZ (B.A. '10) served as first assistant editor; Executive Board member MARTIN SCORSESE was an executive producer of Bleed for This; SARAH SCHUESSLER (M.F.A. '10) was an additional set costumer on Damien Chazelle's La La Land; and Executive Board member FRANK MARSHALL (B.A. '68), who sits on Telluride's Esteemed Council of Advisors, served as a producer on Clint Eastwood's Sully. Also working on Sully were actress AUTUMN REESER (B.A. '04), and costume assistant ANI BABAYAN (B.A. '13). Additionally, ALEXANDER PAYNE (M.F.A. '90) was on the Telluride Film Festival Board of Governors. This year's Filmlab fellows at Telluride included FTVDM graduate students CLARA BAKER, RISHI CHITKARA, ELIAS ELBOGEN, HELGA BRYNDIS ERNUDOTTIR, JESSICA FUH, JEFF SCOTT GORDON, CHELSI JOHNSTON, DANIEL OLIVAS, KELLY PIKE and LINDA RIEDMANN.
SAN DIEGO COMIC CON
Numerous UCLA TFT alumni participated in Comic Con International: San Diego. They included writer-director MERLIN CAMOZZI (M.F.A. '16) and producer TIM LEWIS (M.F.A. '15), screening their short film Flesh and Blood…WILL FORTE (B.A. '93) and fellow cast members of Fox's The Last Man on Earth discussed the evolution of the comedy series and teased the upcoming third season of the show…Alumnus CHRIS HARDWICK (The Nerdist, Talking Dead) moderated three panels including one for AMC's Fear theWalking Dead, which discussed where the series left off in May's finale and what audiences could look forward to in August…Director and alumna CATHERINE HARDWICKE (Twilight, upcoming Love Letters to the Dead) was a member of the Women Rocking Hollywood panel…MADELEINE HOLLY-ROSING (M.F.A., '09) exhibited her award-winning web comic series Boston Metaphysical Society…Director, genre-filmmaker and UCLA Extension instructor DALLAS KING (M.F.A. '14) was a member of the From Day Job to Dream Job: Making the Transition panel discussing how he transitioned from a practical day job to a professional career in the creative field…Actor KAL PENN (B.A. '00) and fellow cast members of the upcoming conspiracy thriller Designated Survivor appeared at Comic Con…Actor RICCO ROSS (M.F.A. '81) (Aliens, Hidden in the Woods) signed autographs at the Sails Pavilion…Voice-over actor FRED TATASCIORE (B.A. '91) was a part of the Cartoon Voices II panel…Producer-writer-director EVETTE VARGAS (M.F.A. '12) was a member of the di-VR-sity: Opportunities in VR/AR and Immersive Storytelling panel. For a full list of attendees, visit the UCLA TFT website.
LOCARNO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Jason Bourne, executive produced by FRANK MARSHALL (B.A. '68), had its European premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival. DAN SALLITT (M.F.A. '79) is a cast member in the upcoming Hermia & Helena, which was in competition and had its world premiere at the festival.
L.A. FILM FESTIVAL
The latest edition of the L.A. Film Festival featured the work of several UCLA TFT alumni and students including:
U.S. Fiction Competition Woven KRISTIN HANGGI (B.A. '98), screenwriter
Short Film Competition Like GARRETT BRADLEY (M.F.A. '12), director, editor
Afuera STEVEN LIANG (M.F.A. '16), director, producer STEVEN CANALS (M.F.A. '15), screenwriter CECILIA ALBERTINI (M.F.A. candidate), editor
L.A. Muse Sensitivity Training MELISSA FINELL (M.F.A. '15), director, screenwriter, co-producer
(Reviewed by The Los Angeles Beat here)
Limelight So B. It ORIEN RICHMAN (B.A. '92), producer
PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTFEST
Three films from UCLA TFT alumni and a current student screened at the Palm Springs International Shortfest. They included:
Afuera STEVEN LIANG (M.F.A. '16), director STEVEN CANALS (M.F.A. '15), screenwriter CECILIA ALBERTINI (M.F.A. candidate), editor
A Walk in Winter RYAN MOODY (M.F.A. '15), director JESSICA NIKKEL (M.F.A. '13), screenwriter
ROSHNI SHUKLA (M.F.A. '16), ISRAEL LOPEZ (M.F.A. '16), DARCIE CRAGER (M.F.A. '16) and M.F.A. student LEA MADDA have founded The Southland Company, a new ensemble of actors, writers, directors and producers based in Los Angeles whose mission is to create work based in stage, film, and digital media that brings to life narratives commonly ignored in mainstream entertainment.
FROZEN — LIVE AT THE HYPERION AT DISNEY'S CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE
CARLY BRACCO (B.A. '10), JANE PAPAGEORGE (B.A. '14) and KATHERYNE PENNY (B.A. '15) are three of the nine UCLA alumni who are performing in Frozen — Live at the Hyperion at Disney's California Adventure. The Daily Bruin recently wrote about their experiences. In separate articles, the Bruin also wrote about fellow Frozen castmembers KEVIN DOHERTY (B.A. '14), TRAVIS LELAND (B.A. '12), TIANA OKOYE (B.A. '13) and MICHAEL STARR (B.A. '14).
KATE CHERRY JOINS AUSTRALIA'S NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DRAMATIC ART
Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art has announced that KATE CHERRY (M.F.A. '93) will step into the role of director and Chief Executive Officer beginning in November 2016. Cherry joins NIDA from Western Australia's Black Swan State Theatre Company where she has been artistic director and joint CEO for nine years.
CHANTAL RODRIGUEZ ACCEPTS A POSITION AT YALE UNIVERSITY
UCLA TFT alumna and former lecturer CHANTAL RODRIGUEZ (Ph.D. '09) has accepted a position as the assistant dean of the Yale School of Drama.
ERICA ROOD RECEIVED THE PRESIDENTIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE TEACHING
ERICA ROOD (B.A. '05) was named by President Barack Obama to be the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the only teacher in California so named. Rood is a third-grade teacher at CHIME Institute's Schwarzenegger Community School, a charter school in Woodland Hills.
ZURI ADELE (M.F.A. '16) has created the Zuri Adele Fellowship for HBCU Alumni to help graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities pursue M.F.A. degrees at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Background can be found on Adele's website and donations can be made on the Give to UCLA webpage… MICHAEL ALLEN ANGEL (B.A. '87) directed the West Coast premiere of The Beauty, The Banshee & Me at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks in October …VANEH ASSADOURIAN (B.A. '15) led an acting workshop at ArtLinks 2016, a four-day arts retreat in Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon, Quebec, organized by Hamazkayin, the Armenian Educational Cultural Society. The retreat was designed to be an opportunity for participants between the ages of 21 and 35 to engage with others who have an appreciation for the exploration of the arts and of Armenian culture…JEFF BAKER (M.F.A. '13) has become a staff writer on NBC's Law & Order…KATE BERGSTROM (B.A. '10) directed a production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew in October at the Pell Chafee Performance Center in Providence, RI…In October, ALLISON BIBICOFF (B.A. '90) directed Around the World in 80 Days at the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles…MELISSA BRETHERTON (B.A. '77) was the film editor on the new Ghostbusters, which opened Friday, July 15 and has earned $295 million in global box-office receipts to date...Alumna CAROL BURNETT will star opposite Amy Poehlerin an untitled ABC comedy, about a family who buys the perfect house — but it comes with a caveat: The current owner, an aging actress, will continue to live there. Written and executive produced by Michael Salesman, and executive produced by Poehler. This will be Burnett's first role in a scripted sitcom...Adam Bomb(s), the one-man comedy show from ADAM CARR (B.A. '08) had its world premiere at The Hollywood Fringe Festival. Carr also stars with SEAN HARRISON JONES (B.A. '08), NATHANIEL MEEK (B.A. '06), Alexa Rose and Jonathan Schwartz in the webseries The Call Room. The first episode, "Pizza Party," is now streaming on You Tube…Orwellian, LARRY CEDAR's (M.F.A. '78) one-hour stage adaptation based on the works of George Orwell, was performed at The Sherry Theater in North Hollywood in late October...JANELLE COHEN (B.A. '15) and undergrad seniors GILLIAN BOZAJIAN and RODD FARHADI appeared in The Little Mermaid at the Cabrillo Music Theatre in Thousand Oaks...MAGGIE DARAGO (B.A. '16), ASHLEY JONES (B.A. '14), TIANA OKOYE (B.A. '13), JANE PAPAGEORGE (B.A. '14) and MIKE STARR (B.A. '14) appeared in the Hollywood Bowl's production of A Chorus Line July 29-31...MIKEY DAY, who has been a writer on Saturday Night Live for the past three years, made his debut as a cast member on the show on Saturday, Oct. 1...MARGUERITE FRENCH (M.F.A. '16) was accepted into The Actors' Gang Training Program. The Actors' Gang was founded by TIM ROBBINS (B.A. '82) in 1981...MARIA GOBETTI (B.A. '62, M.A. '71) directed the world premiere of Jason Wells' The Engine of Our Ruin at the Victory Theatre Centre in Burbank…ANDREA GUTIERREZ (B.A. '10) is the prop designer of the North Coast Repertory Theatre production of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler in Solana Beach…REN HANAMI (B.A. '84) had a three-episode character arc on the third season of HBO's Silicon Valley...CHRISTINA HARLEY's (B.A. '90) play The Dreamers: Resurrection City was read at the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum in Culver City, commemorating the anniversary of the 1968 Poor People's Campaign and subsequent march on Washington, D.C…BRENDAN HARTNETT (M.F.A. '16) directed the operaThe Center Cannot Hold at UCLA's Louis Joylon West Auditorium. He is also the stage director of the November world premiere of Xochitl and the Flowers presented by Opera Parallèle as part of the Hands-on-Opera education and youth performance program, at San Francisco's Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts…SUMMER HOWELL (B.A. '10) was selected as a film fellow with the competitive Taliesin Nexus Liberty Lab for Film. She spent the summer making her short film, The Afflicted, about disability, religion, fear and love…In October, SUZANNE HUNT (B.A. '00) directed KATHY BELL DENTON (M.F.A. '76) and LONNI SILVERMAN (B.A. '05) in William Wycherley's satirical 1675 comedy The Country Wife, produced by the Classical Theatre Lab and the City of West Hollywood…Actress alumna BRITTANY ISHIBASHI was the parade marshal for the Nisei Week Grand Parade in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo…MATTHEW JOHNS (M.F.A. '14) was the lighting designer and LISA D. LECHUGA (M.F.A. '06) was the assistant producer and puppet choreographer ofStrings Attached, a multidisciplinary project involving contemporary dance, abstract puppetry and performance art that premiered at The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles in early October...REBECCA KENIGSBERG (B.A., '12) directed the After Hours Theatre Company production of I love You Because, a twist on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, at the Hudson Backstage Theater in Hollywood...ERICALINDBECK (B.A. '14) is a featured vocalist on the English dub of the Japanese anime series Skip Beat! along with fellow vocalists Mela Lee, Cristina Vee and Nathan Sharp. The series will have a North American DVD and Blu-ray release in 2017...The Monarch Theatre Guild presented In the Chips, a new musical written by ANGUS MACDONALD (M.A. '93). He also wrote the music and lyrics for the Silicon Valley-set musical…MICHAEL MICHAELIAN (B.A. '66) wrote Dog Play, which had its world premiere at the NOHO Arts Center in North Hollywood …Alumna NASIM PEDRADhas written and will star as a 14 year-old boy in Chad: An American Boy, a single-camera comedy pilot that has been greenlit by Fox …THEO PERKINS (M.F.A. '07) and ANN COLBY STOCKING (M.F.A. '01) starred in The Golden Dragon, at the Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena…Lecturer JAMES FRANCO guest starred on the seventh episode of JASON ROMAINE's (M.F.A. '14) webseries Soho Haus Rules on You Tube…JENNIFER TAUB (B.A. '85) and JEREMIAH O'BRIEN (M.F.A. '12) starred in the Odyssey Theatre's production of The Hairy Ape. CHRISTOPHER SCOTT MURILLO (B.A. '07) was the production's scenic designer. Murillo also received the Princess Grace Theater Fellowship, Pierre Cardin Award for his scenic design work with the Playwrights' Arena…GLENN ROSENBLUM ('82) made his solo Los Angeles cabaret debut in The Musical Man on Monday, Oct. 24 at the Rockwell Table and Stage…LOREN SCHALLER (B.A. '14) appears in the documentary film A Spark of Nerve, which screened at the Los Angeles World International Film Festival on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Schaller's paralysis becomes the framework of this story about medical innovation and personal triumph. CHELSEA M. FRYER (B.A. '14) performed in the film's opening segment...ROSHNI SHUKLA (M.F.A. '16) played the lead role of Sumita in the Canadian premiere of Arranged Marriage at The Ryerson Theatre at Toronto's Ryerson University. She and ISRAEL LÓPEZ REYES (M.F.A. '16) also received full-ride scholarships to attend the British American Drama Academy's month-long Midsummer at Oxford Program in Oxford, England…DAWN SPINELLA (M.F.A. '14) was among the top 24 finalists of the Women In Film/Black List Episodic Lab…JIM SPURRIER (M.A. '70) wrote the book for Alice of Old Vincennes: A Musical, which had its world premiere at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center in Vincennes, Indiana…BRADY STANLEY (B.A. '15) is appearing in 3D Theatricals' production of Hello Dolly! in Anaheim…MARY ALEXANDRA STIEFVATER (B.A. '99) has created a new production company, 31st Republic Productions. The company's first project, The Room, is a short film starring and written by Stiefvater, and directed and edited by KRISTINA LLOYD (B.A. '99). Stiefvater is also hosting an upcoming webseries, Pet Divorce Court, created by HAMMAD ZAIDI (M.F.A. '94), which raised 160% of its intended Indiegogo campaign …MAT SWEENEY (B.A. '05) and UCLA alumnus Sebastian Peters-Lazaro were featured in a Los Angeles Times article about their production of The Temptation of St. Anthony, which ran through Sunday, Oct. 2 in Downtown Los Angeles…Alumnus actor ALEX VLAHOV has joined the New York Neo-Futurists' production of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at the Kraine Theater in New York City…Actor-producer-director KIT WILLIAMSON's (M.F.A. '13) Netflix webseries EastSiders was listed by Laist.com as one of " The 9 Best Web Series About Living in Los Angeles" …EMILY CAITLIN YETTER (B.A. '10) stars in Portland Center Stage's production of The Oregon Trail, running Oct. 29-Nov. 20.
THEATER STUDENT NEWS
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Second year Ph.D. student GUILLERMO AVILES-RODRIGUEZ was a panelist during the "The Rise of the Chicano Voice in Los Angeles" discussion at the Chicano International Film Festival in September…First-year M.F.A. actor OSCAR EMMANUEL FABELA performed in Lope de Vega's A Wild Night in Toledo as part of UCLA's Diversifying the Classics project, which seeks to foster awareness and appreciation of 17th and 18th century Hispanic classical theater in Los Angeles…First-year M.F.A. actor BETH LANE was the narrator of the audiobook The Bride Price, which can be heard on Audible.com…Third-year M.F.A. costume design student RUOXUAN LI won the 2016 Timken Art of Fashion competition in San Diego and received a $1,000 prize…M.F.A. acting student LEA MADDA performed in The Imaginary Invalid at the Theatricum Botanicum this summer…The Sunrise Club, a new play starring, written and produced by M.F.A. candidate TARA TURNBULL, was performed at The Los Angeles Theatre Center. Alumna SUE BIELENBERG created the production's artwork…M.F.A. student PAULA VESALA, a well-known pop rock singer in her native Finland, was on the cover of the Finnish edition of Elle magazine in July…Undergrad senior EMILY ZETTERBERG was a member of the Recorded in Hollywood ensemble at Culver City's Kirk Douglas Theatre.
FTVDM ALUMNI NEWS
ALUMNI SUCCESS DURING THE SUMMER...AND BEYOND
Jason Bourne, produced by FRANK MARSHALL (B.A. '68), has earned $413 million worldwide since it opened on Friday, July 29...Directed by JUSTIN LIN (B.A. '95), Star Trek Beyond, which opened domestically on Friday, July 22, has earned $341 million worldwide in boxoffice receipts. Lin's other projects include writing, directing and producing a sequel to the 1996 film Space Jam. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James will star in Space Jam 2. Lin is also producing Blowback, a thriller drama project being developed by The CW, and is set to executive produce A Burglar's Guide to the City, a modern-day take on the tale of Robin Hood; additionally, he is an executive producer on CBS' Scorpion…Captain America: Civil War, directed by alumnus JOE RUSSO and his brother Anthony Russo, had the fifth-largest opening weekend of all time and has earned $1.2 billion worldwide since its release. It opened domestically on Friday, May 6. According to Deadline, the brothers, who will also direct back-to-back sequels to The Avengers, are in negotiations to form a partnership with Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, based in China, to create a full-service production and financing company and to create English-language content for global distribution. The Russo brothers are also developing a pot comedy for Showtime with comedian Moshe Kasher and writer-actor Zach Kregger, and have acquired the rights to The Mastermind, a new television series about a criminal kingpin. With Paramount TV and Hulu, they are adapting Walter Hill's 1979 cult-classic film The Warriors as a one-hour drama. Hill's film was an adaptation of the novel written by Sol Yurick. The Russo brothers will direct the pilot and team with writer Frank Baldwin on the series.
Star Trek: Beyond
Captain America: Civil War
AVA DUVERNAY'S LATEST FILM
UCLA alumna AVA DUVERNAY's latest film, a documentary called The 13th, focuses on the United States criminal justice system and its treatment of minorities. It opened the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall on Friday, Sept. 30 and subsequently debuted on Netflix and in limited release on Friday, Oct. 7. The 13th is also part of the lineup at DOC NYC, taking place Nov. 10-17 in New York City. The film's title refers to the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which outlawed slavery.
FRANK GONZALEZ'S ROLE EXPANDS AT THE DGA
FRANK GONZALEZ (M.F.A. '98) is expanding his role in overseeing the Directors Guild of America's diversity initiatives, including the new DGA Director Development Initiative, a networking and educational program that helps members further their television directing careers.
ERIN HILL'S NEW PROJECT
ERIN HILL (Ph.D. '14) has written Never Done: A History of Women's Work in Media Production (Rutgers University Press, 2016), which chronicles women's labor in the American film and television industry from inception to present, particularly women in low-wage, low-status jobs during the studio era. The book looks at how their efforts were essential to the industry and required substantial technical and social skills, and how their work relates to the challenges facing women in Hollywood today.
BEN KOPIT'S THE LIBERTINE
The Libertine, written by BEN KOPIT (M.F.A. '13) and developed in Professor RICHARD WALTER's 434 screenwriting class at UCLA TFT, will be turned into a Warner Bros. film directed by Brett Ratner and starring Johnny Depp. Lloyd Braun and Andrew Mittman will produce.
DEHANZA ROGERS IS ON TENURE TRACK AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY
DEHANZA ROGERS (M.F.A. '14) is a new tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Performing & Media Arts at Cornell University where she teaches film production and directing.
SAHIRR SETHHI IS A COLLEGE TELEVISION AWARDS WINNER
The Television Academy Foundation named the short film Zoya, from filmmaker SAHIRR SETHHI (M.F.A. '15), a third-place winner in the 2016 College Television Awards Best Drama category. Zoya, which received funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, had its world premiere at the Palm Springs International Shortfest, where it was a runner up for the Best Live Action film. The film also screened at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
On Thursday, Oct. 13, RAZA AHMAD (M.F.A. '12), one of the designers of the mobile gaming app "Pokemon Go," was a panelist at FuturizeX, a campuswide initiative that brought together members of the UCLA community and others from throughout Los Angeles to explore technology, innovations and ideas…AMY ADRION's (M.F.A. '09) documentary feature film, Half the Picture, and KATE HACKETT's (M.F.A. '09) feature film directing debut, Purify My Heart, were two of 24 projects selected for the Women In Film 2016 Financing Intensive…Earlier this year, RICHARD ALLEN (Ph.D. '89) became the dean of School of Creative Media, a digital media arts school in Hong Kong…BENJAMIN ARFMANN (M.F.A. '13) who is directing the upcoming Syfy VR short-form series Halycon, has joined Contagious LA to create virtual reality content. He is currently in postproduction on his first feature film, Dismissed…Producer ALBERTO BARBOZA (M.F.A. '04) wrapped production on the fourth season of East Los High. His feature debut, Cry Now, has been acquired by Amazon and is now available on Amazon Video Direct…JUSTIN BEGNAUD (M.F.A. '10) produced the Netflix Original Film True Memoirs of an International Assassin, starring Kevin James and Andy Garcia, which will premiere on the streaming service on Friday, Nov. 11…La femme et le TGV, a film from producer GIACUN CADUFF (M.F.A. '08), screened at the Laemmle Royal Theater in September…MERLIN CAMOZZI's (M.F.A. '16) short film Flesh and Blood was voted IndieWire's Project of the Week in June…BARBARA CURRY (M.F.A. '09) and producer JESSICA YINGLING (M.F.A. '07) showcased their Hallmark movie Anything for Love at Hollins University in Roanoke, Va. A Q&A followed…New Hampshire's Valley News profiled SAMANTHA DAVIDSON-GREEN (M.F.A. '05) and the cross-country production of her new film Thrasher Road. The film is produced by JONATHAN WYSOCKI (M.F.A. '04) and MARIA ROSENBLUM (M.F.A. '06)…ABC Entertainment Group President CHANNING DUNGEY (B.A. '91) will conduct the keynote Q&A at the International Drama Summit during the annual Content London, taking place this year from Nov. 29-Dec. 1...A screening of MELISSA FINELL's (M.F.A. '15) film Sensitivity Training took placeFriday, Nov. 4 at UCLA TFT's James Bridges Theater…JULIA FONTANA (M.F.A. '12) became a staff writer on Fox's Lucifer. She also wrote Seven Years, Netflix's first original movie in Spain…Alumnus ALEX GIBNEY is turning his cyber warfare documentary Zero Days into a drama series. He will direct and produce Stuxnet (working title) with Carnival Films (Downton Abbey), Stephen Schiff (The Americans) and Marc Shmuger. The series will focus on the consequences that occur when a lethal computer virus gets out of hand…ED GOODMAN (M.F.A. '10) co-wrote Mr. Mark Twain Answers All Your Questions, which was performed at Las Vegas' Onyx Theatre as the first in their Best of Hollywood series…ARTEL GREAT (B.A. '10, M.A. '12) was one of the invited panelists discussing the themes of this year's UCLA Common Book, Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me, during the Common Bool Panel and Discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 21…Lizard Lesson, a short film from REN HANAMI (B.A. '84) screened on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Under Armour Brand House in Glendale. The film was an official entrant in JUSTIN LIN's (B.A. '95) Yomyomf.com Interpretations 2.0 contest…
...DAVID HARRIS (M.F.A. '07) has been named the new VP of development at Gunpowder & Sky…Kingdom of Clay Subjects, a feature film from writer-director BIJON IMTIAZ (M.F.A. '15), had its world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival…SILAS HOWARD (M.F.A. '10), who has directed three episodes of Amazon's Transparent, among other credits, was featured in the Daily Bruin…DAVID KOEPP (B.A. ’90) wrote the screenplay for Inferno, starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones, which opened domestically on Friday, Oct. 28 and has earned $152 million worldwide...JOSH LEHRMAN (B.A. '08) and Kyle Stegina are the creators of Disney Channel's latest show, Bizaardvark. The show was developed in the Disney Channel Storytellers Program…The comedy series Swedish Dicks, produced by GLENN LUND (M.F.A. '12), has been picked up by Lionsgate TV for worldwide distribution …GEETA MALIK (M.F.A. '07) is one of five 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting winners for her script Dinner With Friends. Shereceives a $35,000 prize…Netflix has given a 10-episode order to a half-hour comedy series based on the film Dear White People, for which TOPHER OSBORN (M.F.A. '08) served as cinematographer. Professional Programs alumna STEPHANIE ALLAIN BRAY will be an executive producer on the show, which will be produced by Lionsgate and premiere in 2017…MILENA PASTREICH (M.F.A. '12) spent five years filming her first documentary, Pigeon Kings, about pigeon fanatics in South Central Los Angeles …GINA PRINCE-BYTHEWOOD's (B.A. '91) new event series Shots Fired has been added to the Fox 2016-17 Primetime Schedule. It will air midseason …Veteran TV director BOBBY ROTH (M.F.A. '76) has launched a master class documentary series on his website bobbyroth.net called A Director Prepares: Bobby Roth's Masterclass …LAURIE RUSSMAN (M.F.A. '16) and her documentary short about Latina high school water polo players, Out of the Shallow End, were featured in the Daily Bruin…CHRISI TALYN SAJE (M.F.A. '11) has written the stage adaptation of the film parody Airplane. Airplane Live! starred Saje and played at Burbank's Archway Studio/Theatre in September…TERRY SANDERS (B.A. '54) wrote, directed and produced Liza, Liza, Skies Are Grey, a '60s coming-of-age narrative feature that screened at the Downtown Film Festival LA in late September …SIMON SAVELYEV's (M.F.A. '14) film Googly Eyes will be featured in the new season of Film School Shorts, airing locally on KCET and PBS SoCalPlus, on Wednesday. Dec. 6… American Cinematheque presented a double featureof director/screenwriter PAUL SCHRADER's (M.A. '70) films on Friday, Sept. 30: The Los Angeles premiere of Dog Eat Dog (2016), starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe, and a screening of the Palme d'Or winning Taxi Driver(1976), starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster. Schrader was in attendance during the screenings and later discussed his films...Former UCLA TFT Adjunct Professor MYRL SCHREIBMAN (B.A. '67, M.F.A. '69) is producing the indie rock opera Daniel in Babylon, which is scheduled to begin production in Summer 2017…KARINASILVA (B.A. '12) received an Emerging Cinematographer Award from the International Cinematographers Guild on Sunday, Sept. 25…JOHN W. SIMMONS (B.A. '82) received a Creative Arts Emmy Award (Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series) as the director of photography for the "Go Hollywood" episode of Nickelodeon's Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn. Awards Daily TV interviewed him just prior to his win...JULIE ANN SIPOS (M.F.A. '04) was the executive producer of Lea to theRescue, the first-ever live-action adventure movie from American Girl. Sipos also hired KELLEN HERTZ (M.F.A. '02) to write the third Lea Clark novel, Lea and Camila. Hertz was subsequently offered a three-book deal to create a new American Girl character, which will launch at the end of January 2017...REINA SOLUNAYA (M.F.A. '06) directed a video that focused on a musical collaboration between at-risk middle school kids and Beyoncé's former lead guitarist, documenting their experience of making a song together…MIKE STEIN (M.F.A. '12) originated the idea for Start-Up, a single-camera comedy that has been picked up by ABC and has a put pilot commitment.
FTVDM STUDENT NEWS
FRANCO AND STUDENTS CREATE MISSISSIPPI REQUIEM
In the 2015-16 academic year, UCLA TFT Lecturer JAMES FRANCO and his Elysium Bandini Studios teamed with UCLA TFT to develop the film Mississippi Requiem, based on William Faulkner's stories. Franco stars along with Topher Grace, Amy Smart and Alicia Witt in the film, which consists of four black and white shorts and focuses on issues of race, gender and class in the early 20th century American South. The graduate student filmmaking teams who worked on the project were helmed by ARKESH AJAY, JERELL ROSALES, KELLY PIKE and MARTA SAVINA, as well as producing students ARIANE ACKERBERG, CECILIA ALBERTINI, JUANITA CEPERO, AARON EDMONDS, SAFIYA FARQUHARSON, ZACHARY HAMBY and MATT RUSSAK. The film will be released in 2017.
DGA STUDENT FILM AWARDS WINNER
Grad student KELLY PIKE is a DGA Student Film Awards winner in the Women’s Category for directing the film Owen. The DGA Student Film Awards are presented annually to encourage and bring attention to outstanding minority and women film students at select universities nationwide. The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, Nov. 10 at DGA headquarters.
Burn Run, written by second-year grad student MITCHELL LAFORTUNE in Lecturer DAN PYNE's Screenwriting 434 class, has been sold to Thunder Road Pictures. La Fortune is a former Army sergeant and intelligence analyst whose Afghanistan-set script is based on true events....M.F.A. screenwriting student JEFF SCOTT GORDON's sports drama script, The Tiger & the Protected, was named a quarterfinalist for the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition.
FACULTY AND STAFF NEWS
Theater Professor J.ED ARAIZA led a three-day workshop at the Denver Center Theatre, which was comprised of intensive training and composition work for professional actors and a limited number of students from the University of Denver.
JEFF BURKE, Assistant Dean, Technology and Innovation, visited the Asian Academy of Film and Television in Noida, India, where he received a lifetime membership to the Academy's International Film and Television Club, presented by Sandeep Marwah, founder and managing director of Marwah Studios.
MYUNG HEE CHO
In collaboration with the Walt Disney Company, Theater Professor MYUNG HEE CHO created the scenic design, puppets and costumes for the "Golden Fairytale Fanfare" show performed on the Enchanted Castle stage at the brand new Shanghai Disney, which opened on Thursday, June 16. She also designed the set and costumes for the American Repertory Theater production of Eve Ensler's The Body of the World, in Cambridge, Mass., as well as Peter Kazaras' production of Rossini's The Thieving Magpie at the Glimmerglass Festival in New York. The Wall Street Journal gave the production, and Cho's work on it, a favorable review.
MARY JO DUPREY
Department of Theater Lecturer MARY JO DUPREY (M.F.A. '08) directed a new production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the International City Theatre. The production was loosely based on Checkvo's Uncle Vanya, The Seagull and the Cherry Orchard.
On Friday, Aug. 26, FTVDM Assistant Professor Gina Kim's latest film, Final Recipe, opened in China in wide release on approximately 3,200 screens. The co-produced film, about a young man who travels from Singapore to Shanghai, determined to save his family's restaurant by entering a prestigious cooking competition, is the first Korean-directed feature to be granted a wide release in China, following a 2015 free trade agreement between South Korea and China.
Department of Theater Chair BRIAN KITE's production of American Idiot at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts received seven Ovation Awards nominations, including Direction of a Musical and Best Production of a Musical (Large Theatre) for Kite, and one for alumnus JACKSON HINDEN as a member of the nominated ensemble. Professor RICH ROSE was the show's scenic designer. The production has received numerous rave reviews, including this one from BroadwayWorld.com. Kite is currently directing the national tour of Judgment of Nuremburg for LA Theater Works, for which Rose is the scenic designer, DAN IONAZZI is the lighting designer and RUOXAN LI (M.F.A. '16) is the production's costume designer.
DEBORAH NADOOLMAN LANDIS
Professor DEBORAH NADOOLMAN LANDIS designed the iconic clothing worn by Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) in 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark. Now The Daily Beast has credited her with creating the singular outfit from cinematic history that has had the biggest impact on male fashion.
FTVDM Professor STEVE MAMBER's third free iPad app, "7 Thursdays: Looking at BriefEncounter," is now available in the iTunes App Store. The app, the latest in a series that look at films with unusual time structures, is an experimental study of the 1946 David Lean film, and invites new ways to consider it. The app includes opportunities to simultaneously explore selected key segments, as well as a week-by-week accounting of how space is used in the repeated scenes in the tea-room set, using 3-D models and clips from the film. References to time and some scholarship about the film are also presented.
It was announced in July that FTVDM Lecturer KATHLEEN MCINNIS will serve as the Director of Programming for the 26th Annual Aspen ShortFest in April 2017.
FTVDM Adjunct Associate Professor JUDITH MORELAND provided tips on how to be a better scene partner in an article written for Backstage.
Department of Theater Adjunct Associate Professor and actor-director MAREK PROBOSZ directed a Polish radio play, Highlanders Wedding in Istebna, written in 1927 by his grandfather Jerzy Probosz. He also recently had guest roles in the Polish TV series The Commission of Murdersand For Good and For Bad. He will soon begin work on the feature films Valley of the Gods, directed by Lech Majewski, starring John Malkovich and Charlotte Rampling; and the Polish production Once Upon a Time in November, directed by Andrzej Jakimowski. Additionally, in October, he taught teaching film acting master classes at The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw.
Theater Professor RICH ROSE recently created the scenic design for a new Actors' Co-Op production of Our Town, which was performed at the David Schall Theatre in Hollywood from Sept. 16-Oct. 23.
FTVDM Lecturer FRED RUBIN performed in StoryPhile, an evening of storytelling, poems and music, at the Studio Stage in East Hollywood.
FTVDM Assistant Professor ELLEN SCOTThas been named one of two 2016 Academy Film Scholars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her book project, Cinema's Peculiar Institution, is "the first comprehensive film-centered study exploring the evolution of censorship systems and patterns of representability that shaped the image of slavery on screen. The work focuses on the Classical Hollywood period, a time of intensifying civil rights struggles, and emphasizes repression as much as it does representation," according to AMPAS. The Daily Bruinconducted a Q&A with Scott in late September.
FTVDM Professor BECKY SMITH is preparing her latest film, August in Berlin, currently in postproduction, for the festival circuit. Shot in eight days in Berlin, the film depicts the coffeehouse meeting of two strangers. The Daily Bruin interviewed Smith about the project.
Theater Professor and Latino Theater Company artistic director JOSÉ LUIS VALENZUELA chatted with the Los Angeles Times after the company was given $500,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to bolster the organization's infrastructure…In celebration of Latino Theater Company's 30th year, Valenzuela directed the epic five-hour A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story, in September and October at Los Angeles Theater Center in downtown Los Angeles. He is also directing the West Coast premiere of Destiny of Desire at South Coast Repertory, Oct. 14-Nov. 13.
FTVDM Professor RICHARD WALTER presented "A Screenwriter's Tips for Writing Openings and Closings" at The American Society of Trial Consultants' annual conference in Redondo Beach. He also recently penned an essay for The Script Lab.com about screenwriting.
IN MEMORIAM: GORDON DAVIDSON
Former Lecturer and former Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum Artistic Director GORDON DAVIDSON, who, in the early 1960s was the managing director of the UCLA Theatre Group, a precursor to the Center Theatre Group, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 2 at the age of 83. His wife Judi, donated his personal papers spanning his entire career, to the UCLA Library. Read more about Davidson's impact on Los Angeles theater in this UCLA Newsroom story.
At the end of the 2015-16 academic year, six UCLA TFT faculty and staff members retired after many years of service to the university. They included Department of Theater Professor SUE-ELLEN CASE (15 years), Chief Financial Officer and Director of Business Services NINA LADBON-KATIBI (20 years), Web Administrator ANGELA MCGREGOR (16 years), Chief Engineer JOHN REEDER (38 years), Business Office Assistant Director LAUREN SAVADOVE (27 years) and Theater Production Manager JEFF WACHTEL (39 years).
DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI AFFAIRS
ALUMNI INSPRIATION CAMPAIGN
The Office of Development and Alumni Affairs extends an enthusiastic thank you to all alumni who participated in the newly launched Alumni Inspiration Campaign. The number of alumni supporting their alma mater increased by 7%, with the average gift also increasing. The academic year 2015-16 marked the third consecutive year that UCLA TFT surpassed its annual goals — a first in the school's history. UCLA TFT is incredibly grateful to our loyal supporters, and especially the Alumni Inspiration Committee: DUSTIN LANCE BLACK, CHARLES BURNETT, CHANNINGDUNGEY, WENDY C. GOLDBERG, NASIM PEDRAD and MIKE WERB.
BRIDGES/LARSON FOUNDATION INCREASES FUNDING TO UCLA TFT
The Bridges/Larson Foundation, a longtime UCLA TFT donor, has increased its support of the School by establishing a $25,000 award for acting. This new award follows the foundation's already established $25,000 thesis film award.
ROSEMARY KRAMER RAITT FOUNDATION INCREASES FUNDING TO UCLA TFT
The Rosemary Kramer Raitt Foundation increased their support by more than 600%, adding to their endowed fund for musical theater students. The Foundation was created by Rosemary and John Raitt, star of stage and film, perhaps best known for his stage role as Billy Bigelow in the Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel in 1945.
HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION AWARDS ANNUAL GRANT TO UCLA TFT
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave UCLA TFT $125,000 during its annual Grants Banquet in August. The HFPA renewed its support to UCLA TFT with the contribution, which covers acting fellowships, directing fellowships and sponsorship of the annual UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Film Festival.
WARNER BROS. DONATES LIGHTING EQUIPMENT TO UCLA TFT
Over the summer, Warner Bros. donated more than 300 pieces of lighting equipment, which was put to use right away for summer projects on the UCLA TFT backlot. The equipment will advance the School's capabilities in the classroom and serve the immediate needs of students for thesis film projects and theater productions. The gift was spearheaded by CHRIS DEFARIA (B.A. '81), Warner Bros. Pictures president of animation and technical innovation.
PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM IN ACTING FOR THE CAMERA
Applications are now being accepted for the next Professional Program in Acting for the Camera session, which begins Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. For more information regarding the upcoming session, visit the Professional Programs Acting for the Camera page.
FEATURE SCREENPLAY COMPETITION WINNERS
CHRISTOPHER FOWLER won the Feature Screenplay Award at the 2016 Feature Screenplay Competition, which includes a monetary prize of $1,500, for the horror-comedy script Miss Miskatonic. In 2014, he earned the same award for his script Dead Run. HENRY ORTLIP received the Screenplay Honorable Mention and a prize of $1,000 for his drama-comedy The Big Bear. The 13th annual Nate Wilson Joie de Vivre Award, which includes a monetary prize of $2,500, was given to writer-director NAOMI FRYER for her drama-comedy screenplay Love is at the Centre of Things.
JASON ANCONA (Screenwriting) wrote, directed and produced the feature film Dr. Cheapskate, which was a 2016 Toronto Film and Video Awards winner in the 'No Budget' category. Dr. Cheapskate was also accepted into the Laugh or Die Comedy Festival, Independent Filmmakers Showcase in Los Angeles, Illinois Film Festival, SuperGeek Film Festival in Miami and the Phoenix Comicon Film Festival… RAFAELLA BISCAYN (Acting for the Camera) booked a national commercial for Ford and a TV co-starring role on The Bold & the Beautiful…RACHAEL BLACKWOOD'S (Writing for Television) TV pilot Firebrand advanced to the semifinals of the 2016 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards…SAMANTHA BOWLING (Acting for the Camera) booked a starring role on the Australian You Tube webseries Cut…SANDRA KATE BURCK (Acting for the Camera) had a role on CBS' Rush Hour…DARREN FITCH (Producing) is now a producer at Woven Digital… BENJ GOEHNER and EVANGELINE MONROY (B.A. '98, P.P. '15) performed at the Comedy Store's Early Halloween Comedy Show & Mixer on Friday, Oct. 28…KOVID GUPTA (Producing) is the script head on the primetime soap opera Bahu Hamari Rajni Kant and authored Kingdom of The Soap Queen: The Story of Balaji Telefilms (Harper Collins), a non-fiction book about one of India's leading movie and TV studios…JEREMY HSU (Writing for Television) was selected as a 2016-17 NBC Writers On the Verge fellow. His spec script for an episode of Fresh Off the Boat, which he wrote in his Professional Programs workshop, was a finalist at the Austin Film Festival...Gents, a pilot script from CHAS JACKSON (Writing for Television), has been made an official selection by the New York Television Festival for its inaugural Scripts Competition. The 12th annual festival took place Oct. 24-29… COURTNEY KOCAK (Screenwriting) and her writing partner wrote two episodes for the first season of Amazon's new animated comedy series Danger & Eggs, voiced by SNL's Aidy Bryant. They also wrote a Get Out the Latino Vote commercial for the DNC, which is currently airing. Kocak is also launching a sex and dating talk show called Reality Bytes in partnership with You Tube comedy network JASH…MIKE MACMILLAN (Producing) produced the indie comedy feature Don't Talk to Irene, starring Geena Davis…DESTRI MARTINO (Screenwriting) celebrated the first anniversary of The Director List database — created to make it easier for execs and producers to find experienced female directors for their film and TV projects… IOANNA MELI (Acting for the Camera) starred in the video announcement of Dwayne Johnson's new You Tube channel...The comedic web series Geeta's Guide to Moving On, from PUJA MOHINDRA (Screenwriting), was named an official selection at the 2016 New York Television Festival, and has advanced in the 2016 Sundance Institute Episodic Story Lab and the 2016 Sundance Institute You Tube New Voices Lab…JACOB NASSER (Producing) is an executive producer on Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story, which opened in select theaters on Friday, Nov. 4…JAMES PONSOLDTwill write, direct and produce the feature film I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution, which follows the founding and first 10 years of the music TV network…PAUL R. PURI (Writing for Television) is a medical consultant on NBC's Chicago Med…JOE SAROUFIM (Screenwriting) is now a creative executive at CAA Marketing…Better Call Saul "Law & Order," a one-hour TV spec script written by MATTHEW SCHUTT (Writing for Television) was the second-place winner in the One-Hour Category of the 2016 Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition. Last year, his script Wednesday Night Suicide Club, written in the UCLA Professional Program, was named a Top 10 in Pilots at the Final Draft Big Break 2015…Scripts written by SCOT SEMER (Screenwriting) and RENEE BUCK (Screenwriting) were quarterfinalists in the most recent Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting competition…TYRRELL SHAFFNER (Writing for Television) wrote, directed and produced the short Bully for Eli Roth's Crypt TV…MARISSA TAM (Writing for Television) is a staff writer on NBC's TheBlacklist…ASIT VIYAS (Producing) is producing the independent feature film Thanks You, Cancer.
UCLA FILM & TELEVISION ARCHIVE NEWS
A CENTURY OF SOUND II AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY
The History of Sound in Motion Pictures: The Sound of Movies 1933-1975 is the second installment of former UCLA Preservation Officer Robert Gitt's series, A Century of Sound. This educational four-disc Blu-ray set constitutes a virtual encyclopedia on sound in motion pictures, illustrated with more than 90 excerpts from feature films and shorts. Copies of both A Century of Sound I and II are available for free to archives, libraries, educational institutions and other non-profit organizations, and to qualified educators, researchers and scholars.
KIRK DOUGLAS: A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
From July 8-Sept. 30, at the Billy Wilder Theater, the Archive paid tribute to the career of the legendary actor and producer Kirk Douglas, on the occasion of his centennial. Titles that screened included The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), Young Man with a Horn (1950), Spartacus (1960) and UCLA Film & Television Archive restorations of Champion (1949) and Paths of Glory (1958).
ARCHIVE AWARDED NFPF GRANT
UCLA Film & Television Archive received a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation to restore Howard Alk and Mike Gray's The Murder of Fred Hampton, a 1971 documentary about Black Panther member Fred Hampton that evolved into an investigative inquiry into the circumstances surrounding his death, which took place during the film's production.
ARCHIVE FOOTAGE ON ABC AND HBO
HBO's production of All the Way, starring Bryan Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson, and the ABC/ESPN documentary, O.J.: Made in America, are two recent high-profile TV projects that licensed material from UCLA Film & Television Archive. All proceeds from material licensed from the vaults of UCLA Film & Television Archive support the Archive's moving image preservation efforts.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
IN MEMORIAM: CURTIS HANSON
After a long illness, Executive Board member and Academy Award-winning filmmaker CURTIS HANSON passed away Tuesday, Sept. 20. Hanson, who earned his Oscar for penning the screenplay adaptation of James Ellroy's novel L.A. Confidential with Brian Helgeland, joined the Executive Board in June 2004 and was also the honorary chairman of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. In the 1990s, Hanson rose to critical acclaim with films such as The Hand That Rocks the Cradle; The River Wild; and L.A. Confidential, nominated for nine Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, winning two. Hanson's later projects included Lucky You, In Her Shoes, 8 Mile, Wonder Boys, and the HBO movie Too Big to Fail.
NEW EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS
Dean TERI SCHWARTZ recently announced five new members to the UCLA TFT Executive Board: filmmaker DONNA DEITCH; CHANNING DUNGEY, president of ABC Entertainment; RICK HESS, founder and co-managing partner at Evolution Media Capital; ANDY KAPLAN, president, worldwide networks, Sony Pictures Television; and CHARLES KING, founder and CEO of Macro.
JIM BERK was named board chair and CEO of PodcastOne/Courtside Entertainment, a leading producer and distributor of podcasts with more than 200 shows and 1.5 billion annual downloads…FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA relaunched the Family Coppola's Zoetrope.com, which has become a go-to online creative community for writers. The improved site will include a showcase for short films… STEVE MOSKO was the commencement speaker at Loyola Marymount University's graduate commencement on Sunday, May 8…DONALD DE LINE and alumna AMY PASCAL have been named PGA Awards chairs for the 2017 ceremony, which will take place at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017…Amblin Partners CEO MICHAEL WRIGHT (B.A. '87) signed a multi-year renewal contract with the company earlier this year.