In this season of gratitude, we are thankful for so many things here at UCLA TFT: For the resilience and adaptability of our faculty, students and staff; for their enthusiasm, optimism and can-do attitude in the face of difficult circumstances; and most certainly for the parents and donors who support our efforts. What are you thankful for? Whatever it might be, we hope that this season brings you unexpected joy and inspiration. Have a wonderful, safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
UCLA TFT Theater Season
Our Theater Seasonis currently a virtual one so now you can enjoy UCLA TFT productions, including our MFA Acting Projects and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, in a whole new way, from the comfort of your home. [Find out more]
Delivering The Delivery Game
Graduate filmmaking student Owen Cambell didn't let the pandemic prevent him from finishing his thesis film: He came up with a safety plan for his project that was vetted and approved
by UCLA TFT's Production Safety Committee. [Find out more]
A Conversation with Lap
Lap Chi Chu once thought he would become a doctor or lawyer, but a high school theater class changed all that. Our new head of lighting design talks about his origins, goals for the program and how lighting design opportunities have changed. [
In the Director's Chair
In Spring 2021, screenwriting area head and professor Phyllis Nagy (Carol) will be returning to the director's chair to helm the feature film Call Jane, starring Elizabeth Banks, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Mara and Rupert Friend. [Read more]
Producers Program alumni Carlo Cosio (MFA ’20) and Selena Leoni (MFA ’20) are producing Smile or Hug, one of five winning films chosen in the Six Feet Apart Experiment filmmaking competition. Paul Sprangers (MFA ’20) is attached to direct.
Mohannad Ghawanmeh (PhD ’20), has been named the executive director of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, which offers artistic and educational programming that enriches cross-cultural understanding and celebrates diversity.
Director Daniel Lafrentz's (MFA ’18) Bleeding Kansas won the grand prize at the 2020 Roadmap Writers Short Competition. Other TFT alums involved: Screenwriters Chris Grillot (MFA ’17) and Ezra Herz (MFA ’17), and producers Griff Jones (MFA ’18), GeoffroyFaugerolas (MFA ’18) and Jeremy Hill (BA ’09).
Professor, veteran film editor and MFA ’96 alumna Nancy Richardson (Love and Monsters) discusses her career in a Cinema Femme Q&A with alumna Patricia Vidal Delgado (MFA ’18).
Lady Cameraman, directed by Julia Swain (MFA ’15), premieres this month at Camerimage 2020. Swain and cinematographer Teodora Totoiu (MFA ’16) spoke about the project, which Swain calls “a love letter to young cinematographers.”
December 1 is Giving Tuesday, a global event created to impact philanthropy at all levels. In recognition of the day, UCLA TFT invites you to join one of our focused initiatives that support
artistic meritin any emphasis,
HBCU alumni, television comedy writing or student wellness. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and we thank
you for making a difference in the education of TFT students!
October Correction: Professor Teri Schwartz and Executive Board Member Eric Esrailian are producers of the documentary Francesco.