Volume 11: January/February 2018
8TH ANNUAL SKETCH TO SCREEN
COSTUME DESIGN PANEL AND CELEBRATION
SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018
DEBORAH NADOOLMAN LANDIS, Ph.D., will be joined by Academy Award-nominated costume designers Mark Bridges (Phantom Thread), Jacqueline
Durran (Beauty and the Beast and
Darkest Hour) and Luis Sequeira (The Shape of Water), as well as distinguished costume designers Nadine Haders (Get
Out), Jennifer Johnson (I, Tonya) and April Napier (Lady Bird) at the UCLA TFT James Bridges Theater for the eighth annual
Sketch to Screen Costume Design Panel and Celebration, presented by Swarovski, on Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. On the eve of the Academy Awards each year, a stellar group of international costume designers gather on the UCLA campus to
discuss their craft and the central role costume designers play in cinematic storytelling.
UPCOMING UCLA TFT THEATER SEASON PRODUCTIONS: MARY STUART AND
The 2017-18 Theater Season at UCLA TFT continues with productions of Mary Stuart and the West Coast premiere of
Mary Stuart, the title character sits imprisoned for pushing her claim to the throne of England currently held by her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. As she waits for a pardon, intrigue and secret alliances
form in an attempt to save her from execution.
March 2-3; 6-9 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
In Steel Pier, a champion dancer in honky-tonk Atlantic City becomes infatuated with her new dance partner, a handsome young aviator. A captivating assortment of Depression-era souls eager to dance
their way into fame and prizes gather on the Steel Pier in this musical by legendary creators Kander and Ebb.
March 9-10; 13-16 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Inaugural Spark Change Summit Hosted by the Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment
The Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment at UCLA TFT and creative activist organization Creative Visions co-presented the inaugural
Spark Change Summit on Friday, Feb. 23, with special thanks to Participant Media, at the UCLA TFT James Bridges Theater. This first-of-its-kind summit was designed to connect students, emerging filmmakers and established artists with leaders in social impact
entertainment. Speakers included:
Bonnie Abaunza, founder, The Abaunza Group
Peter Bisanz, executive director, Skoll Center for Social Impact
Pat Chandler, CEO, Creative Visions
Wendy Cohen, president, Picture Motion
Geralyn Dreyfous, co-founder, Impact Partners Film Fund
Kathy Eldon, co-founder, Creative Visions
Jon Fitzgerald, founder, Cause Cinema
Holly Gordon, chief impact officer, Participant Media
Daraiha Greene, multicultural engagement, Google
Davis Guggenheim, documentary filmmaker, An Inconvenient Truth
Zach Ingrasci, co-founder, Living on One
Katherine Keating, publisher, VICE Impact
Rory Kennedy, The President's Committee on the Arts and the
Lena Khan, director, The Tiger Hunter
Senain Kheshgi, managing director, MAJORITY
Florencia Krochik, director, and Andrea Savo, producer, Pathways
Mary Mazzio, director, I Am Jane Doe
Tchaiko Omawale, writer, director and producer
Hayley Pappas, head of RYOT Films
Rick Perez, director, creative partnerships, Sundance Institute
Ted Richane, director of engagement and impact, Vulcan Productions
Teri Schwartz, dean, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
Isha Sesay, anchor and correspondent, CNN
Darnell Strom, agent, Creative Artists Agency
Amy Eldon Turteltaub, co-founder, Creative Visions
Jon Turteltaub, director and producer, National
UCLA TFT/SWAROVSKI WATERSCHOOL SCREENING ON TUESDAY, FEB. 27
The compelling new documentary
Waterschool, created by graduate film students from UCLA TFT, screened at the James Bridges Theater on Tuesday, Feb. 27 and was followed by a Q&A with
TERI SCHWARTZ, UCLA TFT Dean; student filmmakers
MARCUS PATTERSON and
TEODORA TOTOIU; composer Alex Wurman and filmmaker-mentor Lucy Walker.
Waterschool shines a light on one of the greatest issues facing
mankind: safeguarding the continuing supply of fresh water. The documentary follows the experiences of several young female students who live along six of the world's major rivers - the Amazon, Mississippi, Danube, Nile, Ganges and Yangtze - and celebrates
the work of Swarovski Waterschool, a community investment program set up in 2000 that has reached almost half a million young people through 2,400 schools worldwide.
The film was first introduced at a special private screening during the Sundance Film Festival, as part of an exclusive Swarovski-hosted event on Saturday, Jan.
20 in Park City, Utah. After the screening, there was a panel discussion and Q&A with Dean Schwartz, Walker and Nadja Swarovski, member of the Swarovski Executive Board.
Following the film's premiere at Sundance, Swarovski presented the film during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, followed by a panel
discussion about empowering the next generation to conserve the world's most precious resource. CNBC host Tania Bryer moderated the panel discussion with Nadja Swarovski and Dean Schwartz, as well as Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever and co-chair of WE Charity;
Mark Tercek, president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy; and Lucineide Pinheiro, founder and director of IMEA (Instituto Mureru Eco Amazonia).
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2018
Forty-four Bruins have involvement in 22 projects that were shown at the
Sundance Film Festival, which took place Jan. 18-28 in Park City, Utah. As it has for the past two decades, UCLA TFT hosted its annual reception to celebrate the cinematic accomplishments of its community. More than 220 guests were in attendance. Also during
the festival, UCLA Film & Television Archive presented a 20th anniversary screening of Smoke Signals (1998), with director Chris Eyre. The Archive also hosted An
Evening With Todd Haynes, which showcased the celebrated indie filmmaker as he chatted with producer and frequent collaborator Christine Vachon about his films. Both events were part of the Sundance Collection at UCLA, which was established in
1997 to preserve long-term access to independent film production.
REED VAN DYK'S
DE KALB ELEMENTARY NOMINATED FOR AN ACADEMY AWARD
DeKalb Elementary, written and directed by
REED VAN DYK (M.F.A. '17) when he was a UCLA TFT student, has been nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Live Action (Short Film). The film, which has earned numerous accolades
at film festivals around the world, is inspired by a real-life 911 call. The Oscar ceremony takes place on Sunday, March 4 in Hollywood.
INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS NOMINATIONS
ALEX O'FLINN (M.F.A. '09) has been nominated in the Best
Editing category for his work on The Rider. The film was also nominated for Best Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography. The Independent Spirit Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, March
3 in Los Angeles.
DUSTIN LANCE BLACK RECEIVES WGA'S
Academy Award-winning alumnus
DUSTIN LANCE BLACK (B.A. '96) received the Writers Guild of America West's 2018 Valentine Davies Award in recognition for his civil and human rights efforts. Black was honored at the Writers
Guild Awards' West Coast ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 11 in Beverly Hills.
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA RECEIVES SCRIPTER AWARDS' LITERARY ACHIEVEMENT PRIZE
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA (M.F.A. '67) received the Literary
Achievement Award at the 30th annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards on Saturday, Feb. 10. The Scripter Award honors authors of printed works and the screenwriters who adapt their stories. Coppola was previously nominated for a Scripter Award in 1997 for The
AVA DUVERNAY RECEIVES PGA
Filmmaker AVA DUVERNAY (A Wrinkle in Time) received
the Visionary Award at the 29th annual PGA Awards on Saturday, Jan. 20 in Beverly Hills. The award recognizes film, TV or new media producers for their unique or uplifting contributions to our culture through inspiring storytelling or performance.
GOTHAM INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS
At the November Gotham Independent Film Awards, producer STEPHANIE ALLAIN (Professional Programs '13) was nominated in the category of Breakthrough Series, Long Form for Netflix's Dear
FILM AWARDS SEASON ROUNDUP
CSA Artios Awards
VICTORIA THOMAS (B.A. '83) received the Hoyt Bowers Award for
outstanding contribution to the casting profession. She was also nominated in the category of Big Budget Drama for her casting of the film Detroit.
ACE Eddie Awards
DOUG PRAY (M.F.A. '91, Film and Television) was nominated for Best
Edited Documentary (Small Screen) for his work on The Defiant Ones - Part 1.
ALEX GIBNEY was nominated in the documentary screenplay category
for writing No Stone Unturned.
ALEX FUNKE (B.A. '66) was one of the winners of the Outstanding
Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project prize for his work on Blade Runner 2049; LAPD Headquarters.
COLLEEN BACHMAN (B.A. '91) was nominated in the category of Outstanding
Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature, Mother!
BROADWAY WORLD AWARDS
CARLY BRACCO (B.A. '10) has won the Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Local Production) award from the Broadway World Awards (Los Angeles), for her work in Peter
Pan at the Cabrillo Music Theatre. UCLA TFT audio engineer JONATHAN BURKE has won a Best Sound Design (Local Production) award for his work on the Cabrillo Music Theatre production
of Sister Act. He was also nominated for his sound design on Return to the Forbidden Planet at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura. UCLA TFT
Executive Board member RITA WILSON won in the category of Best Cabaret Artist - Female for her show Liner Notes: Songwriters, Stories and
Music with Rita Wilson and Friends.
UCLA TFT alumni CORWIN EVANS (M.F.A. '09) and NANCY
KEYSTONE (B.A. '85), and lecturer JOSH EPSTEIN were winners at the 28th Annual LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards ceremony, which took place on Monday, Jan. 29 in Downtown Los
Angeles. Evans won in the category of Video/Projection Design for his work on SoulArt's Plasticity, Keystone won in the category of Direction of a Musical for her direction of the East West Players'
production of Next to Normal and Epstein won in the category of Lighting Design (Large Theatre) for his work on the Geffen Playhouse Playhouse production of
The Legend of Georgia McBride. Additionally, alumna HANA KIM (M.F.A. '12) was presented with the 2017 Sherwood Award for innovative
and adventurous artists by Center Theatre Group. This award is endowed by the Sherwood family and is accompanied by $10,000 to further Kim's artistic work.
Epstein, Evans, Keystone and Kim were among seven Bruins who were nominated for Ovation Awards in five categories:
Featured Actor in a Play - Sylvia (Rubicon Theatre Company)
DREW DALZELL (Lecturer) (with Noelle
Sound Design (Large Theatre) - Wicked Lit 2016 (Unbound Prods.)
Lighting Design (Large Theatre) - The Legend of Georgia McBride (Geffen Playhouse)
CORWIN EVANS (M.F.A. '09)
Video/Projection Design - Plasticity (SoulArt)
Video/Projection Design - Rose and the Rime (with Hillary Bauman & Chris Hutchings; Sacred Fools Theater Company)
NANCY KEYSTONE (B.A. '85)
Direction of a Musical - Next to Normal (East West Players)
HANA KIM (M.F.A. '12)
Video/Projection Design - The Gary Plays - Part 2 (Open Fist Theatre Company)
PABLO SANTIAGO (Lecturer, M.F.A. '13)
Lighting Design (Large Theatre) - Zoot Suit (Center Theatre Group)
CHARLES BURNETT APPOINTED TO FACULTY POSITION AT BARD COLLEGE
Bard College in Annandale-On-Hudson, New York, recently announced the appointment of CHARLES BURNETT (B.A. '69, M.F.A. '77) as Visiting Artist in Residence in the school's Film and Electronic
Arts Program for the 2018 spring and fall semesters.
MARIELLE HELLER TO DIRECT FRED ROGERS BIOPIC
MARIELLE HELLER (B.A. '01) will direct Tom Hanks in TriStar Pictures' You Are My Friend, a biopic about Mister
Rogers' Neighborhood creator Fred Rogers. Production begins in the fall.
CONNOR BLAND'S IMMERSION SCREENS AT NEW FILMMAKERS FILM FESTIVAL
M.F.A. animation student CONNOR BLAND directed
Immersion, an animated short film that was screened at the NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Film Festival in December.
JOE SAMANIEGO HAS PLAY READING AT
Graduate playwriting student JOE SAMANIEGO participated in Take Ten 2018, an evening of 10-minute plays in Aspen, Colo., Feb. 11-13. In May, he, along with other Take Ten M.F.A. playwrights,
will travel to New York City to have their plays read at the prestigious Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
In late January, FTVDM Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Research Professor GYULA GAZDAG was honored at the Budapest International Documentary Festival with the Lifetime Achievement Award. His
numerous feature films include A Hungarian Fairy Tale, which was named the Best Feature Film of the year by the Hungarian Film Critics Awards and screened at 20 film festivals worldwide, including
the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes; Stand Off
(Special Jury Prize, San Sebastián International Film Festival); Lost Illusions; Singing on the Treadmill; The
Whistling Cobblestone (Best First Feature, Hungarian Film Critics Awards); and Swap. Gazdag has also directed many documentaries, including A
Poet on the Lower East Side: A Docu-Diary on Allen Ginsberg; Hungarian Chronicles;
Package Tour; The Banquet; The Resolution
(named one of the best 100 documentaries of all time, International Documentary Association); The Selection and The Long Distance Runner.
PETER GUBER RECEIVES UCLA MEDAL
Executive Board member and UCLA TFT professor
PETER GUBER, who is chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, was presented with the UCLA Medal, the highest honor for extraordinary accomplishment that may be bestowed upon an individual
by UCLA, in a ceremony at UCLA Chancellor Gene Block's residence on Monday, Dec. 4. A longtime Hollywood executive and producer of movies that have earned 50 Academy Award nominations, Guber is also a part owner of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and
the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
NEIL LANDAU'S LATEST BOOK RELEASED, ANIMATED FILM AWARDED
Lecturer NEIL LANDAU's latest book,
TV Writing on Demand: Creating Great Content in the Digital Era, was released in early February. On Saturday, March 10, Landau will have a book
signing and chat at Larry Edmunds Bookshop in Hollywood. Additionally in February, the animated feature he wrote,
Tad Jones: The Hero Returns, was named Best Animated Film by the Goya Awards, Spain's equivalent of the Academy Awards. Tad Jones: The Hero Returns was
Spain's highest-grossing movie in 2017.
DEBORAH NADOOLMAN LANDIS, Ph.D., FEATURED IN AMPAS COSTUME DESIGN VIDEOS
THE DAVID C. COPLEY CENTER PRESENTS COSTUME ET COSTUMIERS...Á LA FRANÇAISE IN PARIS
In Paris on Saturday, Dec. 2, AMPAS, the Mona Bismarck American Center and the David C. Copley Center for Costume Design at UCLA TFT
presented Costume et costumiers...à la Française, created and moderated by Professor Landis. Made possible by the generous support of Swarovski, this inaugural gathering of European and American
professional costume designers discussed and celebrated their essential contribution to the cinematic arts.
In March, Adjunct Associate Professor MAREK PROBOSZ will receive the Golden Owl Award from the Polish diaspora journal Jupiter during the13th Polish Diaspora "Oscars" Gala on Saturday, March
24, "in recognition of dedication to activities beyond our country's borders, continued endeavors with respect to Polish culture, and demonstrated commitment to working with a range of organizations and communities, especially those associated with the Polish
TERI SCHWARTZ ADDRESSES #METOO IN
Dean TERI SCHWARTZ was quoted extensively in a recent Variety
article that focused on how the top film schools in the country are addressing the #MeToo movement in their classrooms.
JOHN WALLACE SWEET, 57, a lecturer at UCLA TFT and a 1997 graduate
of the school's M.F.A. screenwriting program, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 in Panama City, Fla. Sweet taught screenwriting and writing for television at UCLA TFT for 10 years, from 2007 to 2017, and also taught working professionals enrolled in UCLA
TFT's Professional Programs. His script, The Affair of the Necklace, which he completed while he was a student at UCLA TFT, was made into a 2001 feature film starring Hilary Swank, Christopher Walken
and Adrien Brody. He also sold and wrote other feature scripts for Warner Bros., Sony and Disney studios.
PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS NEWS
PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS APPLICATIONS ARE LIVE ON NEW WEBSITE
Applications for the 2018-2019 Professional Programs in Screenwriting, Producing, Writing for Television and Acting for the Camera, as well as workshops in Producing
and Monetizing Your Digital Series and Video Game Writing, are now live on the new Professional Programs website at professionalprograms.tft.ucla.edu.
SHARON RAPOSE IS A JOHN BRABOURNE AWARD WINNER
SHARON RAPOSE (Professional Programs '14) was one of 12
recipients of the 2017 John Brabourne Awards, annually bestowed by the UK's Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund to help film production professionals in the furthering of their careers. Rapose's short screenplay The
Silent Waltz is a finalist in the Austin Screenwriting Contest; she was also an assistant producer on Joanna Hogg's Exhibition.