Five films from UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television alumni were added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in December, including Chicana (1979, Sylvia Morales, BA ’71, MFA ’79), Evergreen (1964, Ray Manzarek, MA ’66), Requiem-29 (1970, produced by Moctesuma Esparza, BA ’71, MFA ’73), Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979, Jeff Margolis) and Selena (1997, Gregory Nava, BA ’71, MFA ’76). In total,
eight films with ties to UCLA are among the 25 titles named as 2021 inductees.
Feb. 10: 'The Sty of the Blind Pig'
Join UCLA TFT Professor Dominic Taylor on Thursday, Feb. 10, 6:00 p.m. PT, as he introduces the UCLA Film & Television Archive virtual screening of KCET's 1974 production ofThe Sty of the Blind Pig, Phillip Hayes Dean’s critically acclaimed play. Directed byIvan Dixon, Pigexamines the volatile relationship between a mother and daughter torn by generational change amidst the backdrop of the burgeoning civil rights movement.
Nagy's 'Jane' at Two Film Festivals
Screenwriting professor Phyllis Nagy’s theatrical film directorial debut, Call Jane, had its world premiere in an online format at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 21. The film, which is receiving stellar reviews, will be in competition at the 72nd edition of the Berlin Film Festival (Feb. 10–20). Set in late 1960s Chicago and starring Elizabeth Banks, Call Janeexamines the fight for women’s rights. Read Nagy's interview with Indiewire.
Bruin Projects at Sundance
Fourteen projects that had the involvement of TFT Bruins were part of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, albeit remotely, when the annual festival took place in an online-only format, Jan. 20-30. Projects included Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. (above), from screenwriter-director Adamma Ebo (MFA ’18); Fresh, produced by Kevin Messick (MFA ’89); and Free Chol Soo Lee, edited by Aldo Velasco (MFA ’98). See the full list
on the TFT website.
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In the News
Pose alums Steven Canals (MFA ’15)and Billy Porter have been nominated for NAACP Image Awards in the categories of writing in a drama series and actor in a drama series, respectively. Porter is also nominated for his voice-over work on the animated series Fairfax. In December, he received a Golden Globe nomination for his work in Pose.
FTVDM Professor Gina Kim's latest VR film, Tearless, has won the best immersive work award at the Geneva International Film Festival.
Christopher Scott Murillo (BA ’07) was the production designer for the new set of The Ready Room, a Star Trek after-the-episode show that streams on Paramount + and is hosted by actor Wil Wheaton.
The new Oxford Handbook of Queer Cinema, co-edited by Cinema and Media Studies Professor Amy Villarejo, has been published by Oxford University Press.