8TH ANNUAL SKETCH TO SCREEN COSTUME DESIGN PANEL AND CELEBRATION
MARCH 3, 2018
The eighth annual Sketch to Screen Costume Design Panel and Celebration, presented by Swarovski, will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at UCLA. On the eve
of the Academy Awards each year, a stellar group of international costume designers discuss their craft and the central role costume designers play in cinematic storytelling. Don't miss it!
SAMUEL GOLDWYN WRITING AWARDS
WINNERS ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY, OCT. 30
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television screenwriting graduate student
LIZ BUDA was named the first-place winner at the 62nd Annual
Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards on Monday, Oct. 30, earning a $15,000 first-place prize for Zero Hour. JOEY SIARA received the second-place
prize ($7,500) for his script Goslinged. In a tie, the $4,000 third-place prize went to GODWIN ITAI JABABGWE for his script R.O.V.E.R. and ERIC
MALLORY MORGAN for his script Hole in the Sky. Morgan is a repeat winner. His script Tonya won the first-place prize in
CHINESE FILM DIRECTOR FENG XIAOGANG CONDUCTS MASTER WORKSHOP AT UCLA TFT
Renowned Chinese film director Feng Xiaogang conducted a master workshop at UCLA TFT for M.F.A. production students on Thursday, Nov. 2 in advance of the sold-out U.S. premiere of his latest film,
Youth, presented by UCLA Film & Television Archive on Friday, Nov. 3
at the Billy Wilder Theater.
ALUMNUS KEVIN HUDSON PRESENTS HIS ANIMATED SHORT FILM
On Tuesday, Nov. 7, KEVIN HUDSON (B.A. '88, Film and Television) an asset artist at the Walt Disney Company, presented the animated short film Weeds,
which he directed, in UCLA TFT's Darren Star Screening Room. The film, which was created using the volunteered talents of other Disney staffers as an independent project, is about a dandelion that is rooted on the wrong side of the driveway in a barren yard,
and has themes of immigration and overcoming geographical boundaries in the quest for a better life.
ACTOR JAMES CAAN TEACHES MASTER CLASS
Academy Award-nominated actor James Caan taught a master class for 20 M.F.A. acting students on Thursday, Nov. 2. Caan talked about the craft of acting and told
stories about working with cinematic greats Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Duval, John Wayne and Robert Mitchum.
president of 20th Century Fox's new Fox Family division, which will develop films aimed at younger audiences and their parents. She was previously president of
Fox's animation division.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Alumni projects and more
* MARGUERITE FRENCH (M.F.A. '15, Theater) has been named managing director of Coin & Ghost
theater company. In October and early November, the company produced its first L.A.-based production, Fortunate Son: A Faust Myth at the Ruby Theatre at The Complex in Hollywood. DEVIN
HOLLIMAN (B.A. '13, Theater) was one of the show's performers.
* LISA WIEGAND (M.F.A. '98, Film and Television) is the director of photography on the NBC
mini-series Law & Order: The Menendez Brothers.
AWARDS AND HONORS
* HEATHER LANGLEY's (M.F.A. '17, Film and Television) animated short film Ferus was
a finalist at the CINE Golden Eagle Awards in September.
* CARLOS MARQUES MARCET (M.F.A. '12, Film and Television) and JULES
NURRISH (M.F.A. '12, Film and Television) wrote Anchor and Hope, which had its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in October and was the opening night film at the Seville
Film Festival in November. Directed by Marcet, the film's cinematographer was DAGMAR WEAVER-MADSEN (M.F.A. '12, Film and Television).
* ANTHONY ONAH (M.F.A. '13, Film and Television) wrote and directed The
Price, which won the Craig Brewer Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Indie Memphis Film Festival in early November. The film, produced by JUSTIN BEGNAUD (M.F.A. '10 Film and Television), debuted
in theaters and also on VOD on Friday, Nov. 10.
*TARIQUE QAYUMI's (M.F.A. '09, Film and Television) feature film Black
Kite premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
OVATION AWARDS NOMINATIONS
Six UCLA TFT alumni and faculty were nominated for the 28th Annual LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards on Thursday, Nov. 2. They include:
The 28th Annual LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards take place on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 in Los Angeles.
More alumni news can be found by subscribing to the weekly UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter. Email email@example.com to
get on the list.
2017 ALFRED P. SLOAN FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS
The UCLA TFT Department of Film, Television and Digital Media announced three Alfred P. Sloan Fellowships in late October. These fellowships are part of the prestigious
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's initiative to influence the next generation of filmmakers to tackle science and technology themes and characters, increase visibility for feature films that depict this subject matter, and develop new work that can be produced
and released theatrically. UCLA TFT has awarded these funds on behalf of Sloan for more than a decade. The recipients are:
BO YOON (AMBER) HA, Lamara,
$30,000 Production Thesis grant
DAVID CALBERT, Ivory
Hunt, $10,000 Screenwriting grant
RAEANN DUNN GILES, Designer
Kids, $10,000 Screenwriting grant
ANNIE PACE AND MEEDO TAHA RECEIVE
DGA STUDENT FILM AWARDS
On Thursday, Nov. 9, graduate students ANNIE PACE and MEEDO
TAHA were honored in the Latino Category at the annual DGA Student Film Awards, which encourage and bring attention to outstanding minority
and women film students at select universities nationwide. Pace directed Beyond the Gate and
Meedo directed The Incident. Additionally, Pace
is the recipient of The Caucus Foundation's Gold Circle Award for Beyond the Gate.
She received her prize in a ceremony that took place on Sunday, Dec. 3.
MARC PATTERSON IS A
2017 STUDENT HERITAGE AWARDS FINALIST
M.F.A. cinematography student MARC PATTERSON was a finalist in the American Society of Cinematographers'
2017 Student Heritage Awards in October.
ANNIKA PATTON's LITTLE STARS IS
Second-year UCLA TFT student ANNIKA PATTON wrote Little Stars, one of two one-act musicals performed by UCLA students during Dually
Noted Theatre Company's free fall production, which took place outdoors Nov. 2-5 at the Mildred
E. Mathias Botanical Gardens on the UCLA campus.
GOLDEN ZHAO's JUST IN TIME TO PLAY IN REGAL CINEMAS
Regal Entertainment Group announced in October that Just in Time, a short film from UCLA TFT cinematography graduate student GOLDEN ZHAO and writer-producer Stephen
Heleker will be featured on screen this fall in Regal Cinemas. Just in Time was one of two runners-up in the 2017 Coca-Cola and Regal Films film competition, announced in March.
THREE UCLA TFT SCREENWRITING STUDENTS LAND ON THE 2017 YOUNG & HUNGRY LIST
M.F.A. screenwriting students
ANTHONY SHIELDS and
JOEY SIARA have been named on The Tracking Board's
2017 Young & Hungry List, which is compiled annually, showcasing up-and-coming creatives preparing to take the next step in their careers, and focusing not only on their scripts, but on the writers themselves. This year's voters came from companies including
WME, CAA, UTA, Sony, Lionsgate, STX, Anonymous Content, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, 3 Arts Entertainment, The Gotham Group, Verve, Circle of Confusion, BBC, Alcon Entertainment, Funny or Die and Weed Road Pictures, among others.
FACULTY AND STAFF NEWS
JEFF BURKE SPEAKS AT FAST COMPANY INNOVATION FESTIVAL
JEFF BURKE, associate dean, technology and innovation and Department of Theater professor in-residence,
was a panelist at the third annual Fast
Company Innovation Festival in New York City on Wednesday, Oct. 25, where he discussed "How to Turn Your Pipe Dream into a Creative Pipeline," focusing on how entrepreneurial problem-solvers use big challenges and lofty goals as an impetus
for creativity. Also in the discussion was UCLA alumna Jaime Nack, co-founder and president of Three Squares Inc. and CEO of One Drop Interactive.
LIZA JOHNSON DIRECTS EPISODE OF
AMERICAN HORROR STORY
In September, Department of Film, Television and Digital Media Professor LIZA JOHNSON directed "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," the second episode of
American Horror Story's seventh season on FX.
SUK-YOUNG KIM DISCUSSES
NORTH KOREA'S GULAG SYSTEM
Department of Theater Professor SUK-YOUNG KIM spoke about North Korea's gulag system at the
Candles Holocaust Museum and Education in Terre Haute, Indiana on Saturday, Oct. 21. She also spoke at the
Zocalo Public Square/UCLA event "Is War With North Korea Inevitable?" on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in Los Angeles.
TERI SCHWARTZ GIVES KEYNOTE SPEECHES IN SOUTH KOREA AND CHINA
At the invitation of the president of the university, Dean TERI SCHWARTZ was a keynote speaker
at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea on Wednesday, Oct. 11 where she talked about the value of partnerships between universities (and specifically UCLA TFT) and the entertainment industry.
In early November, Dean Schwartz gave the keynote speech at the China-U.S. Film and Television Collaboration Summit. She also gave welcome remarks at the summit's
opening ceremony and participated on a panel with other filmmakers and industry executives around the future of storytelling for U.S.-China co-productions.
AUGUST IN BERLIN
WINS BEST FEATURE
August in Berlin, directed by Department of Film, Television and Digital Media Professor BECKY SMITH, UCLA TFT's vice chair of
production, won Best Feature at the LA
Femme Film Festival in October.
PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS NEWS
APPLY NOW FOR THE WINTER 2018 PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM IN PRODUCING
Classes begin January 8, 2018
Earn your certificate from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Learn how to finance, develop, pitch, market and distribute your feature films, TV series
and digital projects. Get insider info on emerging technologies and platforms, and career strategies from leading industry experts.
The following topics are typically covered: Production Preparation, Line Producing, Financing, Development, Story, Pitching, Contracts/Negotiations, Clearance/Copyright,
Legal Issues for Independent Projects, Television Development, Feature Film Marketing, Television Marketing, Theatrical Distribution (Domestic and International), Budgeting, The Television Executive, Alternative Distribution, Producing/Directing for TV, Documentary,
Post-Production, Producing for Video Games, Producing for Digital Media (Studio and Indie), Multiplatform Storytelling, Virtual Reality and more. F-1 and J-1 visas are now available for this program.
ARCHIVE SCREENS LONG-LOST PUERTO RICAN FILM ROMANCE TROPICAL
As part of the Archive's ongoing exhibition,
Recuerdos de un cine español: Latin American Cinema in Los Angeles, 1930-1960, the recently rediscovered feature
Tropical (1934) screened for the first time in more than 80 years on Saturday, Nov. 4.
Romance Tropical was the first sound feature produced in Puerto Rico and is considered a cultural touchstone for the island. The film will be the centerpiece of a
Recuerdos de un cine español tour the Archive will launch in Spring 2018.
TELEVISION ARCHIVIST DAN EINSTEIN RETIRES
DAN EINSTEIN, who has been the television archivist at UCLA
Film & Television Archive for 40 years, retired in early November. Einstein oversaw the growth of the television
collection from its beginnings as a small operation of several thousand items in 1976 to one of the most significant holdings of television in the world, encompassing more than 160,000 programs and documenting the entire course of broadcast history.
OUTFEST UCLA LEGACY PROJECT SCREENINGS CONTINUE WITH EL
LUGAR SIN LIMITES
On Friday, Dec. 15, the Archive will screen Arturo Ripstein's El
lugar sin lmités (Mexico, 1977) as part of its ongoing series presenting material from the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, the largest collection of LGBT moving images in the world.
ARCHVE FOOTAGE USED IN NEW NETFLIX MINISERIES
Footage from the Archive can be seen in the new Netflix miniseries Wormwood,
which debuts on Friday, Dec. 15. Based on a true story and directed by Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line,
The Fog of War), the series explores the mysterious death of a U.S. scientist entangled in a secret Cold War program known as MK-Ultra. The production licensed Hearst Metrotone newsreel footage of
the debriefings of three Korean War POWs in 1953. See all of the Archive's latest licensing projects on the Archive
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER NEWS
CHARLES KING BECOMES SUNDANCE INSTITUTE TRUSTEE
On Thursday, Nov. 2, the Sundance Institute announced that UCLA TFT Executive Board member
CHARLES KING is joining the Institute's Board of Trustees, which includes President and Founder Robert Redford and other business, cultural and philanthropic leaders. UCLA alumna
AVA DUVERNAY is one of the Institute's Artist Trustees.