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THEATER SEASON PRODUCTION: CARRIE THE MUSICAL
Be sure to check out our MainStage production ofCarrie the Musical
in whichan awkward teenager, plagued by bullies at school and an oppressive mother at home, finds her telekinetic powers and discovers she has the final revenge. Based on the smash Stephen
King novel, this musical delivers the legend of Carrie in a new and exciting way. For more information, visit our Theater
Season page on the UCLA TFT website.
Swarovski is the official crystal sponsor and MAC Cosmetics is the official cosmetic provider for the UCLA TFT Theater Season.
This year's Commencement ceremony will take place on Friday, June 16, from 2:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m. in Royce Hall.
DESIGN SHOWCASE WEST
Design Showcase West, the only national entertainment design showcase on the West Coast featuring the work of graduate students from the nation's top university design programs, will take place on Saturday, June 10, 2017. For more
information, please visit the
Design Showcase West webpage or call (310) 825-7008.
The 26th Annual UCLA TFT Film Festival will take place June 10-14, 2017, highlighting the work of students during CMS Research Presentations, the Festival of Animation, Undergraduate Showcase, Screenwriters Showcase,
Producers Marketplace and Directors Spotlight. More information can be found
on the festival website.
STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
UCLA TFT's annual Student Scholarship Awards ceremony will take place on Friday, June 9, 2017 from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. at the UCLA Faculty Center. Filmmaker, alumna and UCLA TFT Executive Board Member DONNA DEITCH will give the
THEATER, FILM AND TELEVISION SUMMER INSTITUTES
The UCLA Theater Pre-College Summer Institutes and the UCLA Film and Television Summer Institute invite students from around the globe to participate in innovative, challenging and exciting training
and education, and to study theater and filmmaking at one of the most prestigious theater, film and television schools in the world. The institutes include college credit-granting coursework, holistic training, an inspiring environment with award-winning faculty,
and unique, creative, artistic experiences in the heart of Los Angeles. Students live on campus, for an immersive experience.
THEATER PRE-COLLEGE SUMMER INSTITUTES
Acting and Performance Summer Institute: This three-week long intensive for high school students encompasses performance training classes, movement-based techniques, a final performance project, guest workshops
and field trips. Sessions A (June 24-July 15, 2017); Session B (July 15-August 5, 2017). Up to 8 quarter units of UC credit.
Musical Theater Summer Institute: This three-week long intensive conservatory-style program for high school students encompasses acting, singing, dancing,
guest workshops, field trips, and a culminating final musical performance (July 15-August 5, 2017). Up to 8 quarter units of UC credit.
Creative Producing (Track 1): This eight-week long track lets college students study the role of the creative producer or
executive while engaging in entertainment industry internships Session A (June 26-August 18, 2017). Up to 13 quarter units of UC credit.
2): In this six-week long track, college students and aspiring filmmakers (ages 19+) collaborate on short film projects as they learn the aesthetics, techniques and practice of filmmaking from beginning to end.
Session A (June 26-August 4, 2017); Session C (August 7-September 15, 2017). Up to 13 quarter units of UC credit.
Animation (Track 3): In this six-week long track college students (freshmen and above) and aspiring animators
(ages 18+) learn to write and draw their animated movies. No drawing experience required, just limitless imagination.
Session A (June 26-August 4, 2017). Up to 12 quarter units of UC credit.
Pre-College Digital Filmmaking (Track 4): This pre-college
track is a two-week intensive production workshop designed for talented and highly motivated high school rising juniors and seniors (under 18).
Session A (July 8-21, 2017); Session B (July 29-Aug. 11, 2017). Up to 2 quarter units of UC credit.
TERI SCHWARTZ, Dean of UCLA TFT, hosted an advance movie screening of the action-comedy Snatched, starring Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer, on Monday, May 8
in the James Bridges Theater. The screening was followed by a Q&A with Hawn and director Jonathan Levine, and moderated by Access Hollywood's Scott Mantz.
HEALTHY CAMPUS INITIATIVE
On Thursday, May 4, the Department of Theater presented a contemporary adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream
during the grand opening of UCLA's new Living Amphitheater as part of the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative's 2017 Celebration. Located inside the Sunset Recreation Center complex, the amphitheater features 31
community garden boxes tended by UCLA students, faculty and staff, and is the latest in a series of actions coming from HCI, envisioned and supported by Jane and Terry Semel, which aims to make UCLA the healthiest campus in America.
THE PROMISEPRIVATE SCREENING
On Monday, April 17, in the James Bridges Theater, Dean
TERI SCHWARTZ hosted a private reception and screening of The Promise, a new film produced by Dr.
ERIC ESRAILIAN, a UCLA TFT executive board member and professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, which sheds a light on the Armenian Genocide, a horrific
historic event that is too little recognized outside of Armenian communities. Starring Academy Award-winning actor Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac and Charlotte Le Bon,
The Promise is a love story wrapped up in the historical events of the day and the first major motion picture to tackle the subject of the Armenian Genocide. It has been a passion project for Esrailian, the great-grandson of Armenian Genocide survivors,
since 2012. The film was released in theaters on Friday, April 21.
SHOTS FIRED ADVANCE SCREENING
NANCY RICHARDSON and UCLA TFT student organization ELEVATE presented an advance screening of the first episode of Shots Fired, a Fox limited series created by GINA
PRINCE-BYTHEWOOD (B.A. '91) and Reggie Rock Bythewood, in the Darren Star Screening room on Monday, March 13. A Q&A followed.
A CURE FOR WELLNESS ADVANCE SCREENING
Dean TERI SCHWARTZ hosted an advance screening of
GORE VERBINSKI's (B.A. '87) new thriller
A Cure for Wellness, starring Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth and Jason Isaacs, on Thursday, Feb. 2 in the James Bridges Theater. Turnout to the event was tremendous and an overflow audience viewed the
film and the subsequent Q&A with Verbinksi from the nearby Darren Star Screening Room.
SKETCH TO SCREEN COSTUME DESIGN PANEL AND CELEBRATION
The seventh annul Sketch to Screen Costume Design Panel and Celebration, with generous support provided by Swarovski, took place on Saturday, Feb. 25 at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall. On the eve of the Academy Awards each year, Dean
TERI SCHWARTZ and Professor DEBORAH NADOOLMAN LANDIS, chair and founding director of the Copley Center, welcomed a stellar group of international costume designers to the UCLA TFT campus to discuss their craft. With Professor
Landis moderating, the Sketch to Screen panelists engaged in a thought-provoking discussion about the central role costume design plays in cinematic storytelling. This year's panelists included three 2017 Oscar nominees, Consolata Boyle (Florence Foster
Jenkins), Madeline Fontaine (Jackie) and Mary Zophres (La La Land) as well as distinguished costume designers Erin Benach (Loving), Sharen Davis (Fences) and Arianne Phillips (Nocturnal Animals).
MASTER CLASSES, PROMINENT GUESTS AND
Floyd Norman, the first African-American animator to work at The Walt Disney Company, conducted a master class in March for UCLA TFT animation students and screened the
documentary Floyd Norman: An Animated Life. Director and production/character designer Chris Appelhans (Puss in Boots,
The Princess and the Frog) taught master classes for students in October 2016 and January 2017. The commissions of both Norman and Appelhans were made possible by the Matt Groening Endowed Chair for Animation, which provides support for visiting artists
and lecturers. Other guests of note in the 2016-17 academic year include writer-producer Michael G. Wilson (James Bond franchise) who taught master classes in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media;
prominent screenwriters, including Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers),
Sara Hess (Orange Is the New Black), Raphael Bob-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman), Zander Lehmann (Casual),
Chris Brancato (Narcos), Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (UnREAL), and Peter Gould and HEATHER
MARION (M.F.A. '13) (Better Call Saul), who
visited Lecturer NEIL LANDAU's M.F.A. Writing the One-Hour Drama Series class. In Professor
BECKY SMITH's Conversations with Women Filmmakers
class, Catherine Hardwicke (Miss You Already), Laura Gabbert (City of Gold)
and Helen Hunt (Then She Found Me) brought their films to screen for students. Meg Le Fauv will bring Inside Out
to Smith's classroom on Monday, May 22. Lecturer TOM NUNAN welcomed a number of high-profile TV executives and TV series creators to his Overview of Network TV Management class including
multiple Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Ryan Murphy (American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J., Glee, Nip/Tuck, Feud);
NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt; Lionsgate Television Chairman Kevin Beggs; Manage-Ment owner Dan Halsted, who represents Oscar-winning Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney; David Eilenberg,
president of unscripted content at ITV Entertainment; Chris Rice, head of global content at WME; and The Shipley Brothers, creators of TBS' Wrecked. Each discussed their experiences working
in the world of television. Actor Vincent Rodriguez III (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) visited
Adjunct Associate Professor JEREMY MANN's musical theater class; and lyricist and composer Jeff Marks (Avenue Q), will visit a group of undergraduate musical theater and creative dramatics students in
SYLVAN OSWALD ORGANIZES
SPLIT BRITCHES VISIT TO UCLA
In collaboration with the Skirball Cultural Center and the Departments of WAC/Dance and LGBT Studies, Professor SYLVAN OSWALD organized a visit from queer performance icons Split Britches,
who performed at UCLA on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST
Twenty-eight Bruins, including 23 UCLA TFT alumni, a Professional Programs alumna, two current students, a lecturer and an executive board member had involvement in 18 projects that
were shown at the recent SXSW Film Festival in 10 festival sections, March 10-18.
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
On Saturday, Jan. 21, Dean
TERI SCHWARTZ hosted the school's annual Sundance reception at
Park City's Zoom restaurant.
Thirty-six UCLA alumni, including a Professional Programs alumna, and four executive board members had involvement in 32 projects that were shown at the Festival, which took place January 19-29. I Don't Feel at Home in This
World Anymore, which features the work of actor
MAXWELL J. HAMILTON (B.A. '13), earned the Grand Jury Prize. NICK SPICER (M.F.A. '06) served as the film's executive producer.
GARRETT BRADLEY's (M.F.A. '12) 13-minute documentary described as an "investigation into the layers of mass incarceration and its shaping of the modern black American family (as) seen through the eyes of a single mother in New Orleans," won
the Short Form Jury Award in nonfiction. The Sundance Collection at UCLA screened Executive Board Member DONNA DEITCH's (M.F.A. '76)
Desert Hearts (1985) as this year's special "From the Collection" screening. The Sundance Collection at UCLA was created in 1997 by UCLA Film & Television Archive and Sundance to preserve long-term access to independent film production.
The acquisitions at Sundance included the following:
Amazon picked up The
Big Sick, co-produced by AMANDA GLAZE (B.A. '08) and starring Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan; it also acquired the six-part Grateful Dead documentary
Strange Trip, executive produced by executive board member MARTIN SCORSESE...Netflix acquired Mudbound,
produced by executive board member CHARLES KING; Marti Noxon's anorexia drama
To the Bone, featuring the work of actor DON O. KNOWLTON (M.F.A. '85) and art director
STEPHENS (B.A. '09) with financing from AMBI Group, where
LUCA MATRUNDOLA (M.F.A. '05) is head of production; and Deidra & Laney Rob a Train, produced by
SUSAN CARTSONIS (B.A. '78) and NICK MOCERI (M.F.A. '10)...The
Little Hours, starring Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie and Molly Shannon, was picked up by distributor Gunpowder & Sky. Alumna
QUYEN TRAN was cinematographer on the film. DAVID HARRIS (M.F.A. '07) is Gunpowder & Sky's vp of development...Sony Pictures Classics picked up the worldwide rights to
Call Me By Your Name starring alumnus MICHAEL STUHLBARG, Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, and also the worldwide distribution rights to
Bear produced by JORMA TACCONE (B.A. '00).
In November, GARRETT BRADLEY (M.F.A. '12) screened her film Cover Me and her short
film Like at Daughters: Celebrating Emerging Female Filmmakers of Color,
a three-day film festival at the University of South Carolina...KRISTIN CATALANO (M.F.A. '04) received the Best Emerging Filmmaker Award for her feature
documentary Clarence at the 2016 Hollywood Film Festival in December...Ethiopian writer-director HAILE GERIMA (M.F.A. '76) delivered the 2016 Aravindan Memorial Lecture at the International Film Festival of Kerala in December 2016...Wonderland,
written and directed by fourth-year graduate student TIFFANY HSU, was a second place winner in the HBO Asian Pacific American (APA) Visionaries Short Film Competition and screened at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in late April...LENA
KHAN's (B.A. '07) film The Tiger Hunter was the closing night film at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. Her film
has been acquired by the Shout! Factory...In late March, NINA MENKES (M.F.A. '89) presented her feature film Queen of Diamonds (1991), during the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Deutsche Film-und Fernsehakademie Berlin
(dffb) in Berlin, Germany; she also gave a public talk and held a master class there. Additionally, she presented a visual lecture at the Women's Media Summit in Provincetown, Mass., and participated in a panel at AFI about the work of Belgian film director
Chantal Ackerman...FELIX RACELIS' (M.F.A. '91) comedy, Bride of Godzilla, featured in the inaugural Short+Sweet Hollywood Festival in September 2016, will be included in the anthology Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2017, which will be published
this coming December...DeKalb Elementary, the advanced film of grad student
REED VAN DYK, won the Grand Prix award at the International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France and screened at SXSW in March.
AWARDS SEASON NEWS
89th ACADEMY AWARDS/
GIACUN CADUFF (M.F.A. '08) and Timo von Gunten were nominated for an Academy Award in the Short Film (Live Action)
category for their film La Femme et le TGV. The ceremony took place on Sunday, Feb. 26...On Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016,
LYNN STALMASTER (M.A. '52), received an Honorary Award at the 2016 Governors Awards.
AVA DUVERNAY's 13th
UCLA alumna AVA DUVERNAY won a BAFTA Award and The Humanities Prize for her critically
acclaimed Netflix documentary 13th, which takes an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial
inequality. The film was also nominated for an Academy Award, a Film Independent Spirit Award, and an NAACP Image Award, among numerous others.
21st ANNUAL ART DIRECTORS GUILD AWARDS
Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards took place on Saturday, Feb. 11. Nominees included:
BARRY ROBISON (B.A. '74) Hacksaw Ridge, Period Film
DOUG CHIANGRogue One, Fantasy Film
ANTHONY (TONY) FANNING (UCLA TFT lecturer), Better Call Saul, One Hour Contemporary Single-Camera Television Series
MERCEDES YOUNGER (M.F.A. '02) American Grit, Variety, Reality, or Competition Series
32nd ANNUAL ARTIOS AWARDS/
CASTING SOCIETY OF AMERICA
Casting director VICTORIA THOMAS (B.A. '83) won a
Casting Society of America Award on Thursday, Jan. 19 for her work on the film
Hidden Figures in the category of Big-Budget Drama; casting associate
TAMARA HUNTER (B.A. '01) was nominated in the animation category for her work on
The Jungle Book and
The Little Prince.
53rd ANNUAL CINEMA AUDIO SOCIETY AWARDS
TOM OZANICH (M.F.A. '77), who was a re-recording mixer on the film Sully,
was nominated for a Cinema Audio Society Award in the category of Motion Picture - Live Action. The awards ceremony took place on Saturday, Feb. 18.
69th ANNUAL DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA AWARDS
Unit production manager and alumna MARIE CANTIN became the 31st recipient of the
Frank Capra Achievement Award, when it was presented at the DGA Awards ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 4. The Capra Award is given to an assistant director or unit production manager
in recognition of their career and service to the industry and the DGA.
26th ANNUAL NAACP THEATRE AWARDS
Dreamscape, a play by RICKERBY HINDS (M.F.A. '96) won three NAACP Theatre Awards, including
Best Director for Hinds, on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. The play garnered a total of six nominations.
27th ANNUAL OVATION AWARDS
GREGORY BALLORA (B.A. '86) and
Lecturer DREW DALZELL were winners at this year's Ovation Awards, which took place on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
Ballora was an Ovation Honors Recipient for Puppet Design for his work on Wood Boy Dog Fish at the Bootleg Theater while Dalzell won in the category of Sound Design (Large Theater) for his
work on Unbound Productions' Wicket Lit 2015. They were among
17 UCLA TFT alumni and faculty who were nominated for Ovation Awards in 12 categories. An additional seven alumni, faculty and staff were affiliated with seven nominated shows.
28th ANNUAL PRODUCERS GUILD AWARDS
Alumnus ERIC ROTH was nominated for The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama by the Producers Guild for
his work on House of Cards. The awards ceremony took place on Saturday, Jan. 28.
69th WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA AWARDS
Alumnus ALEX GIBNEY was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for his documentary screenplay Zero Days. The awards ceremony took place on Sunday, Feb. 19.
THEATER ALUMNI NEWS
THE SOUTHLAND COMPANY'S
THE GITA AND THE GUN
The newly formed the southland company recently presented its first production, The Gita and the Gun, an original play by ROSHNI SHUKLA (M.F.A. '16) and
directed by DARCIE CRAGER (M.F.A. '16), at Art Share L.A. in Downtown Los Angeles' Arts District.
ISRAEL LOPEZ REYES (M.F.A. '16) was the dramaturge;
M.F.A. student LEA MADDA lead the musical direction; lighting design was by
NING JI (M.F.A. '16). For more information about the company, visit theirwebsite.
SANTIAGO NAMED SHERMAN AWARD WINNER
For his exceptional contribution to the Los Angeles theater landscape and his work as an innovative and adventurous artist, PABLO SANTIAGO (M.F.A. '13) was named the 2017 Sherwood Award
winner by Center Theatre Group in January.
Internationally renowned comedian MAX AMINI (B.A. '04) performed at the new Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016 on a double bill with Persian musical artists Mansour and Arash...WILLIAM
BULLION (B.A. '84), directed the world premiere of Born Ready, the tale of an aging former child film actor turned variety show star, at The Factory Theater in Chicago March
17-April 29...SARAH URIATE BERRY (B.A. '92) performed with the Pasadena Symphony at the annual Holiday Candlelight concert at All Saints Church in Pasadena on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016...DARCIE
CRAGER (M.F.A. '16) has been named the new managing director of the award-winning Rogue Artists Ensemble in Los Angeles...SACHA ELIE (M.F.A. '16) has written
and produced two productions, Who You Calling a Bitch?!?, which will be performed in
Angeles and New
York this summer and fall, and Biscuits, also to be performed in
York this summer. PATRICK HURLEY is the dramaturg and
JAYONGELA WILDER directs. Both are UCLA TFT graduate students...SHIRLEY JO FINNEY (M.F.A. '73) is directing
Citizen: An American Lyric at the Fountain Theatre. The production features lighting design by
PABLO SANTIAGO (M.F.A. '13) and scenic and media design by
YEE EUN NAM (M.F.A. '14)...LELAND FRANKEL (B.A. '15) has written Postscript (Or the Last Words),which was part of AstonRep Theatre Company's 8th annual Writer's Series, a daylong festival of staged readings
by local and regional writers in the Chicago area...KENT GASH (M.F.A. '95) directed Katori Hall's Olivier Award-winning play,
The Mountaintop at Trinity Rep's Dowling Theater in New York City...CHRISTINA GERLA (B.A. '11) and
THEODORE PERKINS (M.F.A. '07) appeared in the play Failure: A Love Story at the
Historic Lankershim Arts Center in April...WENDY GOLDBERG (M.F.A. '88) directed the readings in
After Orlando, an international theater action comprised of more than 70 short plays written in response to the shootings at the Pulse Nightclub in June 2016. The readings took place
at the DR2 Theatre in New York City and internationally through Tuesday, Jan. 17...REN HANAMI(B.A. '84) co-starred in CBS' Criminal Minds on Wednesday, March 1. She recently shot a recurring co-starring
role as Fluga in the TBS crime-comedy Angie Tribeca...PHILIP HAYMAN (M.F.A. '87) is the costume designer for the Gay Men's Chorus of L.A.'s "It Gets Better" tour...In
April, SHONNI HOLMES (M.F.A. '13) directed Jose Rivera's The
Promise at CSU Dominguez Hills' University Theater...YUKI IZUMIHARA (B.A. '12, M.F.A. '16) designed set and projection for
The Tragedy of Carmen at the San Diego Opera. She also returned to the Miami Music Festival in late March to design set and projections for the opera along with Yee Eun Nam...HANA KIM (M.F.A. '12) recently
designedRules of Second at the LATC, directed by Jo Bonny.
She previously designed projection and video
for Wonderful Town at the LA Opera...SULLIVAN JONES (B.A. '10) will be a series regular on
The Looming Tower, a new Hulu series that is based on Lawrence Wright's Pulitzer Prize-winning 9/11 exposé, from alumnus
ALEX GIBNEY, Dan Futterman (Foxcatcher) and Legendary Television. The series also stars alumnus
MICHAEL STUHLBARG...JI YOUNG LEE (M.F.A. '16) landed a competitive Art Directors Guild apprenticeship and is working on the upcoming
film Aquaman (2018) in the art department...CHRIS LUESSMANN (B.A. '02) is working as sound engineer on the
Broadway musical Come
From Away at the Schoenfeld Theatre in New York City...DANIEL MAHLER (M.F.A. '12) was an assistant costume designer on Fox's
Hairspray Live!, which aired Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016...COLIN O'BRIEN-LUX (B.A. '10) creates electronic and experimental
music under the name Goosehappen. He completed several new singles in October 2016; his December 2016 debut album is entitled My
Dove Is a Whale...KAVIN PANMEECHAO (B.A. '06) starred in the December/January production of
The King and I at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre...MICHAEL PERETZIAN
(M.F.A. '66) is directing Alexander Dinelaris' play Still Life at
Rogue Machine in the Met Theatre in Los Angeles...GINA ROSE POWELL
(M.F.A. '91) and Brian Powell wrote and directed
What the Frack Happened? an original and unconventional comedy presented by Citizen Change Theatre at Pico Union Project on Dec. 3 and 10, 2016...MISHA RILEY (B.A. '16) was the assistant producer
of the musical
Future Sex, Inc., performed at the
Lounge Theatre in February...TIM
ROBBINS (B.A. '82) will play the male lead opposite Holly Hunter in Alan Ball's (Six
True Blood) new HBO
drama seriesHere, Now...PATRICK SCALISE (M.F.A.
'13) has finished set design work on the film
Detroit Project. In 2016 he
was the set designer for the films
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,
STUHLBARG has joined the third season cast of FX's
(B.A. '60, M.A. '64) is starring Off-Broadway in Classic Stage Company's production of
Pacific Overtures in New York City.
THEATER STUDENT NEWS
A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
On Saturday, April 22, the work of UCLA TFT design students was on display during A Night at the Museum: A Design Charrette Hosted at the Getty Museum. Four teams,
each comprised of two costume design students and two scenic design students, were given Rembrandt's "Abduction of Europa" to serve as an inspiration for mannequins and backdrops that were designed and crafted overnight out of various types of paper. Event
attendees were asked to cast a ballot for their favorite work; the winning team, comprised of costume design students NAOMI GONZALEZ KHAN,
GABRIELLE LEVION and MARISA MELIDEO, and scenic design students LIZ SHERRIER and HAKAN
YORUK was announced the evening of the event. The Monday following the reception, the design students' work was on display for The Getty Museum's annual College Night. Prior to the event, renown costume historian
Edward Maeder taught the students paper dressmaking techniques in a special workshop.
RODRIGO PRIETO, ASC, NAMED 2016-17 KODAK CINEMATOGRAPHER-IN-RESIDENCE
Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, ASC (Silence,
The Wolf of Wall Street,
Brokeback Mountain), has been named the
Kodak Cinematographer-in-Residence at UCLA TFT. He discussed his body of work with students during a special workshop in late February. This is the 17th year of the residency program, which is named in honor of by the Eastman Kodak Company. Prieto joins a
distinguished group of cinematographers who have received this honor including John Bailey, ASC (American Gigolo,
In the Line of Fire); Dean Cundey, ASC
(Back to the Future,
Jurassic Park); Roger Deakins, BSC, ASC
(No Country for Old Men, Skyfall); Guillermo
Navarro ASC, AMC (From Dusk to Dawn,
Pan's Labyrinth) and Dante Spinotti, ASC,
Public Enemies), among many others.
VR ARRIVES AT UCLA TFT
In the 2016-17 academic year, UCLA TFT was selected as one of 11 universities nationwide (including MIT, NYU, USC, CMU and Georgia Tech) to participate in the Oculus NextGen program. The program came with a generous
donation of equipment from Oculus, Samsung and the computer manufacturer AMD, allowing the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media to set up a fully
functioning virtual reality lab and mobile VR viewing library with a variety of 360 degree cameras, audio recorders, computers and head-mounted display systems. The department also launched
a new VR course sequence, beginning in Fall 2016, with a class devoted to VR concept development taught by Professor
DENISE MANN as part of the graduate Producers Program. This was followed by a virtual reality production course taught by Associate Professor
STEVE ANDERSON in Winter 2017. In this class, graduate and undergraduate students had the opportunity to capture and edit 360-degree video and spatial
audio to create narrative, documentary, animated and experimental short projects. They also gained hands-on skills creating immersive environments and 3D animations generated within a 3D game engine. Some students also explored 3D scanning, motion capture,
and combining live action with animated video, while others experimented with designing their own multi-camera, 360 degree video rigs using GoPro cameras and custom software.
The Winter Quarter VR class also combined efforts with a Department of Theater class co-taught by Assistant Dean, Technology and Innovation JEFF BURKE and Adjunct Professor
JEAN-LOUIS RODRIGUE, and a production class taught by Lecturer
BILL BARMINSKI, while the mobile VR library was used to view projects in a Cinema & Media Studies class taught by Associate Professor
ELLEN SCOTT. Anderson is teaching a more advanced version of the VR class in Spring Quarter 2017. At its conclusion, a select number of students will have the opportunity to visit Oculus' corporate headquarters in Menlo Park, where they will
be able to show their work to the Oculus creative team and meet participants in the NextGen program from other universities around the country.
FILMMAKER ALLISON ANDERS NAMED 2017-18
Award-winning filmmaker and UCLA TFT alumna ALLISON ANDERS (Border Radio,
Gas Food Lodging, Mi vida loca) has been named the recipient of the 18th annual Lew and Pamela Hunter/Jonathan and Janice Zakin Chair Holder in Screenwriting Award.
The Hunter/Zakin Chair Holder in Screenwriting Award was established in 1999 and requires that the recipient teach a 10-week screenwriting seminar at UCLA TFT.
FTVDM ALUMNI NEWS
DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST
CELEBRATES 25 YEARS
JULIE DASH's (M.F.A. '85) groundbreaking film Daughters of the Dust (1991) celebrated its 25th anniversary in December
2016 and was restored and re-released in select U.S. theaters. The
Los Angeles Times, NPRandVoguewere among the news outlets that marked the occasion by speaking with the filmmaker.
CHANNING DUNGEY PROFILED IN UCLA MAGAZINE
In a recent
UCLA Magazineprofile, ABC Entertainment president and Executive Board Member CHANNING DUNGEY (B.A. '91) talked about the plans she has for her network, her
advice to recent graduates and what keeps her up at night.
NORA KIRKPATRICK CREATES VR COMEDY SERIES
Producer-director NORA KIRKPATRICK (B.A. '06) and Mike O'Brien (SNL, Portlandia)
have teamed together to create a first-ever virtual reality comedy series. Virtually Mike and Nora is an Original 360 Series and can be viewed by downloading the Hulu
VR app. Kirkpatrick recently visited the virtual reality class of JEFF BURKE, assistant dean, technology and innovation,
to talk to students about acting and creating in virtual reality. Kirkpatrick is also one of nine members of Ryot, an all-female
social justice news network.
PENELOPE SPHEERIS HONORED WITH
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS INDUCTION
The Decline of Western Civilization, the groundbreaking film that examines the Los Angeles punk music scene in the late 1970s, written and directed by PENELOPE
SPHEERIS (M.A. '73), was inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry in December 2016.
The Washington Post interviewed Spheeris about the honor.
QUYEN TRAN RECOGNIZED BY
Alumna QUYEN TRAN was named one the 10 rising stars of cinematography by
Cinematographermagazine. Tran was the cinematographer of two films that premiered at Sundance this year: The Little Hours and Deidra
& Laney Rob a Train.
NATALIE AVITAL(B.A. '99) directed and produced the feature documentary
3 Hikers, which was released on Amazon in March, on iTunes in April and is slated for a TV broadcast release in Fall 2017...CURTIS BAXTER (M.F.A. '15) has developed,
with a team of UCLA alumni, a new script coverage tool called Nerative,
which is dubbed "Hollywood's newest, cheapest, and best way to receive professional caliber story coverage on scripts or treatments"...BETH BEHRS (B.A. '08) was featured
Hollywood Reporter talking about her nonprofit The Reflective Horse Foundation, which helps survivors of sexual assault...alumnus
MICHAEL J. BENAVENTE (B.A. '78) (Edward Scissorhands) has
joined audio postproduction company Formosa Group as a supervising sound editor...DUSTIN LANCE BLACK's (B.A. '96) limited ABC series
When We Rise premiered Monday, Feb. 27.
JACQUELINE MARTINEZ (M.F.A. '13) served as costumer on the series...SHANE BLACK
(B.A. '83) will direct The Predator, "an inventive sequel" to the '80s sci-fi film
Predator. The new film is set
for release on March 2, 2018.
Black is co-writing with Fred Dekker (Star Trek: Enterprise)...STEVEN CANALS (M.F.A. '14), Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have written the
series Pose, which will premiere on FX in 2018. Canals began writing Pose in Lecturer NEIL LANDAU's "One Hour Drama Series" workshop when he was a grad student at UCLA TFT...WINSTON CUTSHALL
(M.F.A. '06) co-wrote and produced History Channel's JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald, which aired on Wednesday, April 26...alumnus ALEX GIBNEY teamed
with Peter Berg and Showtime Documentary Films to produce the film American Jihad, which explores homegrown jihadism in the United States and what can be done to prevent it. It aired on Showtime
on Saturday, March 25...JOANNE GORDON
(Ph.D. '84) recently directed the social drama
Disgraced, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, at
Coachella Valley Repertory...In early April, filmmaker
MARK GRECZMIEL's (B.A. '80) hockey documentary The California Golden Seals Story won the audience award for Best Documentary at the Central Alberta Film Festival...From more than 1,600 entries, KATHARINE
HACKETT's (M.F.A. '09) screenplay Purify My Heart was chosen as a finalist in the Fourteenth Annual American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest...For their trailers
Kimi Hana Fashionista Ninja and California's Forgotten ChildrenREN HANAMI (B.A. '84) and MELODY C. MILLER (B.A. '14), respectively, were named Women in Film Mini Upfronts finalists. Their works were screened at an exclusive networking event on Friday, Jan. 13...The Quad, co-created
and executive produced by alumna FELICIA D. HENDERSON (M.F.A. '04) and UCLA TFT Lecturer CHARLES HOLLAND, premiered on BET on Tuesday, Jan. 31. The New York Times called The Quad one of "15 Shows to Watch
This Season"...SUMMERA HOWELL (B.A. '10) stars in the indie feature
Blue Line Station, which recently had its L.A. premiere at the Silicon Beach Film Festival in Culver City...JON LEWIS (Ph.D. '83) has written
Hard Boiled Hollywood: Crime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles (University of California Press)...Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson will produce and star in
Victoria Woodhull, written by BEN KOPIT (M.F.A. '13) for Amazon Studios...The Fast and the Furious director
JUSTIN LIN (B.A. '95) is set to direct the newly acquired Netflix drama
The Stand Off, based on the story behind the historic standoff between a SWAT team and the Black Panther Party in 1960s Los Angeles...ANDY KNAPP (M.F.A. '16) has joined the
Local 600 as a director of photography and is working on his first union show, a half-hour scripted comedy from producer Dan Harmon (Community) that will be available exclusively on YouTube
Red...TIM LEWIS (M.F.A. '15) performed in a one-man play, Sacred & Profane, on Thursday, Feb. 16 in Los Angeles...STEVEN LIANG (M.F.A. '16) was selected as
a Film Independent 2017 Directing Lab Fellow for his work on
Grand Prize, which he co-wrote...PAULO P. LIMA (Ph.D. '14) has been named senior vice president and chair, Arts & Culture Practice at Lima Communications in Los Angeles...JESSE
MAIMAN's (M.F.A. '13) script
Being Christian placed 10th in the Tracking
Hit List 2016...City on Fire, written by
CORY MILLER (M.F.A. '12), will be produced by Mandalay Pictures. Miller wrote
City on Fire in Lecturer NEIL LANDAU's screenwriting workshop...DREW MORTON (M.A. '08, Ph.D. '12, Cinema and Media
Studies) has written Panel
to the Screen: Style, American Film, and Comic Books During the Blockbuster Era, which was published in November 2016 (University Press of Mississippi)...UCLA
alumnus JOE RUSSO and his brother Anthony Russo have made a producing deal with
Swiss Army Man writer/directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan for their next feature, an untitled sci-fi film which The Daniels will write, direct and produce...LISANE SARTOR
(M.F.A. '00) was chosen to be a part of the WGAW Feature Writer Access Program...camera operator
KARINA SILVA (B.A. '12) recently spoke with the
Daily Bruin about capturing iconic scenes in the Disney live-action remake of
Beauty and the Beast, which opened Friday, March 17...NICK SPICER (M.F.A. '06), NATE BOLOTIN (M.F.A. '07) and ARAM TERTZAKIAN (M.F.A. '07) recently chatted with The
Hollywood Reporter about starting their own company and the changing nature of the industry...Miramax has picked up the script
Rocket Cola, written by MIKE VUKADINOVICH (M.F.A. '07)...JEREMY WHITE (M.F.A. '13) is a series producer on the second season of
World of Sports...the award-winning documentary
on Purpose: The Disruptive Life of Mayer Vishner, produced by
EDEN WURMFELD (M.F.A. '03), had a worldwide launch in February and played at New York City's Cinema Village for one week.
FTVDM STUDENT NEWS
38th COLLEGE TELEVISION AWARDS NOMINEES
DeKalb Elementary, the advanced film of grad student REED VAN DYK, and Viola, Franca from MARTA
SAVINA (M.F.A. '16) have been named 38th College Television Awards nominees in the Drama category.
Sanity, a TV series produced by M.F.A. students
JUSTIN OLSON, LINDA RIEDMANN and
JUNYI ZHANG has been nominated in the Series-Scripted category. The ceremony takes place Wednesday, May 24.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Bruin spotlighted graduate student
HANADI ELYAN, who juggles school while managing her Dubai-based production company...High
School Lover premiered on Lifetime on Saturday, Feb. 4, directed by graduate student
JERELL ROSALES, written by
JESSICA DUBE (M.F.A. '16) and starring Lecturer
JAMES FRANCO...Second-year M.F.A. student JUSTIN OLSON has authored a young adult book,
Earth to Charlie, which will be published by Simon & Schuster in Fall 2018...Owen, the advanced short film of M.F.A. directing student
KELLY PIKE, will screen at the Cannes Film Festival....As a finalist in the 2017 Coca-Cola and Regal Films program, cinematography
graduate student XINZHONG "GOLDEN" ZHAO created a 35-second film to connect consumers to the movie-going experience.
Students from more than 20 top college and university film schools participated in the program, including AFI, Chapman University and New York University.
FACULTY AND STAFF NEWS
LOST IN THE STARS ARRIVES AT UCLA
CAP UCLA, in partnership with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, welcomed New York City's SITI Company with an all-new production of Kurt
Lost in the Stars, directed by Anne Bogart and musical direction by Jeffrey Kahane. Professor
J.ED ARAIZA, a founding member of SITI Company, was the dramaturg for this rarely seen production about
South African apartheid. The play, which featured ZURI ADELE (M.F.A. '15),
was staged Jan. 27-28 at Royce Hall.
JEFF BURKE PARTICIPATES IN NEXTFEST 2017
On Thursday, March 2, Assistant Dean of Technology and Innovation JEFF
BURKE participated in NextFest 2017, UCLA's inaugural summit of ideas and tech, presented by FuturizeX and the UCLA Anderson School of Management. More than 600 guests attended the sold-out event, which brought
together many of UCLA's groundbreaking faculty and today's leading tech companies, including industry giants such as Netflix, Virgin Galactic and Google's Self-Driving car project.
MYUNG HEE CHO NAMED ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Scenic Design Professor MYUNG HEE CHO has been appointed as UCLA TFT's Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as part of a campus-wide "diversity
responsibility" initiative launched by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh.
BASTARDS ACQUIRED BY CINEDIGM
The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards, created by Lecturer JAMES FRANCO and UCLA TFT students, has been acquired by Cinedigm. Franco's production company, Elysium Bandini Studios,
worked in conjunction with students to create the film, which stars Franco, Natalie Portman, Kate Mara and Kristen Wiig, among others.
CHRISI KARVONIDES HOSTS COSTUME DESIGNER
On Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, costume designer Rita Ryack (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Hairspray) visited Professor CHRISI KARVONIDES' costume design class to discuss themed student art created and
timed with the NBC production of Hairspray Live!, which aired on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
DEBORAH LANDIS IS KEY WEST FILM FESTIVAL CONSULTANT
Professor DEBORAH LANDIS has been asked to be a consultant with the Key West Film Festival, in Key West, Fla., regarding the choice of costume designers to be honored each
year at the November festival.
JUDITH MORELAND PERFORMS IN BUILDING THE WALL
Adjunct Associate Professor JUDITH MORELAND is performing in Building the Wall, a
new play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan that premiered Saturday, March 18 at the Fountain Theatre. This is the first in a series of productions set to take place at theaters across the country in the coming
months. Her co-star in the play is BO FOXWORTH (B.A. '88).
LecturerMONICA PAYNE is directing Into the Empty Sky, a play based on the poetry collection of Wislawa Szymborska, at Chicago's
Trap Door Theatrein May and June.
DANIEL PYNE NAMED SHOWRUNNER, RELEASES BOOK
Lecturer DANIEL PYNE (M.F.A. '91) was recently named showrunner on the Amazon series
Bosch, set in Los Angeles and based on the best-selling Michael Connelly novels. A novella collection of Pyne's own work,
Catalina Eddy, was released on Tuesday, March 7. Catalina Eddy is comprised of three loosely connected crime novellas, each set in a distinct era that explore the immutable police underworld of Southern California.
TERI SCHWARTZ PRESENTS KEYNOTE SPEECH AT MIPTV
On Monday, April 3, Dean TERI SCHWARTZ was a speaker at MipTV in Cannes, France, during the program "Innovation Talks: When Academics Decipher Entertainment." Her presentation was entitled
"A New Story to Tell: Creating Dynamic Pathways for the Next Generation of Creators and Leaders at the Intersection of Entertainment and Performing Arts Education and the Creative Industries." Other speakers included Frank Bentley, senior principal researcher
at Yahoo Labs and Dimph de Feijter, R&D activity coordinator at NHTV University of Applied Sciences.
VIVIAN SOBCHACK PARTICIPATES IN MOCK SYMPOSIUM
Professor Emerita VIVIAN SOBCHACK, a science-fiction film authority, was a panelist at a mock symposium during the grand opening of the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center in
October. She discussed humanity's progress in understanding the universe and how media depicts space.
TELEVISION PILOT COMPETITION WINNERS NAMED
The winners of the Professional Programs Television Pilot Competition were announced in February.
STEPHANIE BERGER won the Comedy Pilot Competition Award for
Badger News; ANDREW LEWELLEN won the Drama Pilot Competition Award for
TYLER CHATHAM received the Comedy Pilot Competition Honorable Mention for
Title Wave; and
DOMINIQUE MOUTON received the Drama Pilot Competition Honorable Mention for
The Lower Bottoms.
The small-screen version of Dear White People premiered
on Netflix on Friday, April 28. The new TV series is executive produced by Professional Programs alumna
STEPHANIE ALLAIN and features ERICH LANE (B.A. '06)...SAMANTHA BOWLING,
RAFAELLA BISCAYN, ADAM FRIED, BRANDI FEEMSTER and
MONICA QUINN, who met during their time as students in the Professional Program in Acting for the Camera, founded Chrysalis Pictures and the Moving Parts Film Festival, which took place in mid-April...SJ
MURRAY (PP, '13) is the executive producer of the documentary Liberated:
The New Sexual Revolution, which examines millennial and GenZ hookup culture. The film had its Santa Monica premiere during the Cinema at the Edge Film Festival in late April...JAMES PONSOLDT (PP
'10) will direct a sci-fi film based on the short story Inconstant Moon, written by Larry Niven (Ringworld).
He will also produce the film through his company 1978 Pictures, along with Shawn Levy of production company 21 Laps...Konnichiwa Brick Lane,
a short film produced and edited by SHARON RAPOSE (PP '14) recently screened at Finland's Tampere Film Festival.
PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS MOVES
The offices of Professional Programs have moved to the third floor of East Melnitz Hall at UCLA TFT. Program Director BRIAN FAGAN and Program Representative MATT
YALDEZIAN can be found in Suites 318 and 316, respectively.
UCLA FILM & TELEVISION ARCHIVE
UCLA CELEBRATION OF IRANIAN CINEMA
For almost 30 years, UCLA Film & Television Archive has been presenting an annual survey of the best recent films from Iran and the Iranian diaspora and it does so again this year with a renewed
sense of purpose. The Archive's 2017 series is screening May 6-19 at the Billy Wilder Theater and includes films from new voices, current masters and a special tribute to one of contemporary cinema's most influential and important artists, Abbas Kiarostami.
It is anticipated that some filmmakers will appear in person, wherever possible, to discuss their work. Please check the
website for updates on in-person guests.
L.A. REBELLION VISITS PARIS
UCLA Film & Television Archive's ongoing commitment to preserving and exhibiting the films of UCLA TFT alumni from the L.A. Rebellion continued as
Cinéma du réel in Paris celebrated the film movement in April with works from filmmakers Charles Burnett, Ben Caldwell, Jamaa Fanaka, Alile Sharon Larkin and others, loaned from the Archive collection.
ARCHIVE AT THE TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL
2017 TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles screened the Archive's nitrate print of Mitchell Leisen's
Lady in the Dark (1944) on Sunday, April 9, in addition to other 35mm prints from the Archive's collection: Elia Kazan's
America, America (1963), the pre-Code Rafter Romance (1933) and
The Underworld Story (1950). The Archive's restoration of King Vidor's
Street Scene (1931) screened on Saturday, April 8.
UCLA FESTIVAL OF PRESERVATION
The Archive's biennial UCLA Festival of Preservation screened at the Billy Wilder Theater throughout March, showcasing highlights from its film and television
preservation work from the last two years. The 2017 fest featured restored noir thrillers, one of Laurel & Hardy's greatest films, the timeless animation work of Max and Dave Fleischer, a Spencer Tracy gangster flick, rare 1965 TV performances by Mel Tormé,
Nancy Wilson and other jazz greats, and much more. Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan
WOMEN IN FILM IN THE 1970s AND 1980s
At a moment when gender parity in the entertainment industry is still a pressing concern, the Archive was pleased to highlight a particularly productive and visionary moment when women were claiming their place behind the camera,
and working, in many cases, to change the rules of filmmaking itself. Reviewed by the
Los Angeles Times,
series' opening night on Saturday, Feb. 4 brought DONNA DEITCH (M.F.A. '76) to the Billy Wilder Theater with a brand new restoration of
her narrative feature debut, Desert Hearts (1986).
JOHN CAUBLE, 83, a professor emeritus at UCLA TFT who headed the multimillion-dollar renovation of Royce Hall auditorium in 1998 four years after the Northridge earthquake, died Wednesday, Dec.
7, 2016 in Los Angeles from heart surgery complications. Cauble taught in the Department of Theater from 1963 to 1993. During his tenure, he directed many musicals, established the theater management program, helped the Anderson Graduate School of Management
set up its arts management M.B.A. program and coordinated the Olympic Arts Festival in 1984. In 1993, he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival One Act Play Award, presented at
the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., each year, was renamed the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play in his honor.
LEON KATZ, 97, a playwright, dramaturg and former visiting professor at UCLA TFT, died Monday, Jan. 23 at his Encino home from complications due to chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease. Katz, who taught at UCLA TFT from 1992-2002, was the author of many original plays and adaptations produced around the world as well as the opera The Making of Americans, based on writer Gertrude Stein's
book of the same name. According to reports, Katz was working on a book, The Notebooks of Gertrude Stein, up until his death. Katz also taught at many other colleges and universities through the years including Yale; Cornell;
Stanford; Columbia; Vassar; Manhattanville; Carnegie Mellon; the University of Pittsburgh; Barnard College; San Francisco State University; the University of Southern California; and the University of Giessen, Germany. A memorial celebration will take place
on Monday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER NEWS
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Producers DONALD DE LINE (B.A. '80) and Amy Pascal have acquired the spec script Marian
for actress Margot Robbie to star. Written by Pete Barry, Marian is based on the character from Robin Hood folklore. Barry is represented by Pannon Entertainment manager ANDREA
DIMITY (Professional Programs '06)...The Museum of Modern Art presented a 30th anniversary screening of
DONNA DEITCH's (M.F.A. '76) Desert
Hearts December 2-8, 2016. Deitch and actresses Helen Shaver and Patricia Charbonneau spoke about the film following the screenings...SANDY CLIMAN
was profiled in the January edition of Lifestyles
Magazine...Dr. ERIC ESRAILIAN and UCLA alumnus Mike Medavoy are the producers of the Armenian Genocide-themed film
Promise, starring Oscar Isaac and Academy Award winner Christian Bale. The film opened in theaters on Friday, April 21. Director GORE
VERBINSKI's (B.A. '87) thrillerA Cure for Wellness opened in theaters
on Friday, Feb. 17.