UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - April 14, 2017
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
April 14, 2017
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News and TFT Alumni Events
A Call for Entries:
UCLA TFT Alumni Short Film Celebration in NYC
Darcie Crager Announced as New Rogue Artists Ensemble
Managing Director
Last week, TFT alumna Darcie Crager (MFA '16) was announced as the new Managing Director of Rogue Artists Ensemble.

Broadway World writes: 

"The critically acclaimed and award-winning Rogue Artists Ensemble is proud to welcome Darcie Crager on board as its new Managing Director.

Rogue Artists Ensemble differs from other theater companies in that it's run by a collective of multi-disciplinary artists and designers rather than by actors, writers or directors. By combining ancient storytelling techniques (music, dance, masks, puppetry) with modern technology (digital media, special effects and theatrical illusions), the Rogues cultivate a unique style of live performance unlike any other.

Darcie Crager is a Los Angeles-based theatre director and producer, a Founding Co-Artistic Director of Theatre Raw, and a founding producer and resident director of the southland company. Crager holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theater Directing from University of California, Los Angeles as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts Management from Western Michigan University."

Sullivan Jones and Michael Stuhlbarg to Star in ‘The Looming Tower’, Hulu’s 9/11 Drama Series
From Deadline:

Newcomer  Sullivan Jones ('10) , Virginia Kull ( Gracepoint) and  Louis Cancelmi  (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) are set as series regulars opposite Jeff Daniels and Tahar Rahim in  Hulu’s straight-to-series drama based on Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 9/11 exposé, from Oscar-nominated Dan Futterman ( Foxcatcher), Oscar- and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney ( Going Clear) and Legendary Television.

Continue reading the article at Deadline

The series also stars TFT alum Michael Stuhlbarg.
UCLA TFT Alumni Present Social Justice-themed Short Films:
Moving Parts Festival
Saturday, April 15th

From the Daily Bruin:

Five theater, film and television alumni are the moving parts responsible for setting a 25-person film festival into motion.

Monica Quinn, Adam Fried, Samantha Bowling, Brandi Feemster and Rafaella Biscayn first met during the School of Theater, Film and Television’s 2015-2016 Professional Program in Acting for the Camera.

The group of five 2016 alumni are still working together – but instead of working in Melnitz Hall, they are working for a nonprofit production company they founded together called Chrysalis Pictures.

Read the entire article here.

"Moving Parts Film Festival"

520 N. Western Ave.

Saturday at 9 p.m.


Sound Editor Michael J. Benavente Joins Formosa Group

Benavente's feature credits range from 'Bad Santa' to 'Starship Troopers.' 

Supervising sound editor Michael J. Benavente ('78) has joined audio postproduction company Formosa Group.

His feature credits range from comedies such as Bad Santa and Paul Blart: Mall Cop to horror films such as Drag Me to Hell, as well as such pics as Starship Troopers and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. In 2015, Benavente won an Emmy for his work on History Channel’s docudrama Houdini.

Upcoming credits include Zach Braff’s Going in Style, Andrew Cohen’s The House and Philip Noyce’s Above Suspicion.

A graduate of the UCLA Film School, Benavente began his career under the tutelage of award-winning sound editors Richard Anderson, Stephen Flick and Mark Mangini.

Formosa Group’s talent roster includes Academy Award winners Mangini, Lon Bender, Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg.

CTG LA Block Party
April 14 - May 21, 2017

From CTG:

Los Angeles is home to over 250 theatre companies, featuring an abundance of talent, diversity, and ingenuity. To celebrate the vibrant theatre of our city, we’re premiering Block Party—three recent productions from local theatre companies, highlighting some of the best work our town has to offer. Help us celebrate L.A. theatre and join the Block Party!

APR 14–23, 2017

Written by Philip Dawkins and directed by Michael Matthews, Failure: A Love Story from Coeurage Theatre Company chronicles the lives, loves and deaths of the three Fail sisters and the one man who fell in love with each of them. Set against the backdrop of 1920s Chicago, this touching, whimsical tale explores the impermanence of life and the permanence of love.

BY Philip Dawkins
DIRECTED BY Michael Matthews
LIGHTING DESIGN BY Matthew Brian Denman
WITH Joe Calarco, June Carryl, Cristina Gerla ('11), Kristina Johnson, Margaret Katch, Denver Milord,
Gregory Nabours, Theodore Perkins (MFA'07), Kurt Quinn, Brandon Ruiter, Nicole Shalhoub, Gina Torrecilla, Brittney S. Wheeler

Get $25 discount tickets with promo code BPCOEURAGE here: https://www.centertheatregroup.org/PROMO

Pay What You Want tickets (in person, $1 minimum) for the first preview performance on April 14th.

APR 28 – MAY 7, 2017

Fountain Theatre’s Citizen: An American Lyric, a meditation on race that fuses poetry, prose, movement, music and the video image, is a provocative stage adaptation of Claudia Rankine’s internationally acclaimed book of poetry about everyday acts of racism in America adapted by playwright and Fountain Theatre Co-Artistic Director Stephen Sachs and directed by Shirley Jo Finney. Of Rankine’s CitizenThe New Yorker wrote that it was brilliant… [and] explores the kinds of injustice that thrive when the illusion of justice is perfected. The New York Times wrote that Rankine brilliantly pushes poetry’s forms to disarm readers and circumvent our carefully constructed defense mechanisms against the hint of possibly being racist ourselves.

BY Claudia Rankine
DIRECTED BY Shirley Jo Finney (MFA '73)
COSTUME DESIGN BY Naila Aladdin-Sanders
LIGHTING DESIGN BY Pablo Santiago (MFA '13)
WITH Bernard K. Addison, Leith Burke, Tony Maggio, Simone Missick, Monnae Michael, Lisa Pescia

MAY 12–21, 2017

Written by Ruby Rae Spiegel and directed by Alana Dietze, Echo Theater Company’s Dry Land is a haunting play about female friendship and an abortion that takes place in the locker room of a central Florida high school. Written when Spiegel was just 21 years old and still an undergraduate at Yale, the play is a deeply truthful portrait of the fears, hopes and bonds of teenage girls—as gut-wrenching as it is funny. In his New York Times "critic’s pick" review, Ben Brantley called Dry Land tender, caustic, funny and harrowing, often all at the same time.

BY Ruby Rae Spiegel
DIRECTED BY Alana Dietze
WITH Daniel Hagen, Ben Horwitz, Connor Kelly-Eiding, Teagan Rose, Jenny So, Jacqueline Besson, Alexandra Freeman, Francesca O’Hern, Bukola Ogunmola, Sidne Phillips, Tessa Hope Slovis

Subscribers will automatically receive tickets to one production with the opportunity to purchase the remaining two as add-ons.

Program info at CenterTheatreGroup.org/BlockParty

There are four ways to get tickets:     

  1. 1. Click on ticket link on the Block Party website for tickets –– https://www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/kirk-douglas-theatre/2016-17/block-party/     
  2. 2. 
  3. 3. Pay What You WANT tickets (in person, $1 minimum) for the first preview performance on April 14th.
  4. 4. Buy a Party Pass ($67) and see all three outstanding Block Party productions with promo code: PARTYPASS  (by CTG phone 213-628-2772) or in-person at box office only
CINESPIA Presents: The Godfather II
Saturday, April 29th - Promo for TFT Alumni
The Godfather Part II
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola (MFA '67)
1974, 202 minutes
Los Angeles Theatre / $25 / VIP $60 (VIP sold out online)
doors at 7:00 movie at 8:30

A special promo for TFT alumni: Purchase a pair of general admission tickets and you will be entered to win one of two pairs of VIP Upgrades (now sold out online and unavailable for purchase). VIP includes: Skip the ticket line with separate entry. Sit in a premium reserved seating section. Get one free Photo Booth print per ticket and skip the Photo Booth line. Premium only bar and concessions line, no waiting! 

For your chance to win a pair of VIP upgrade tickets:
1: Purchase  General Admission tickets to the screening of April 29th at the Los Angeles Theater.
2. Email alumni@tft.ucla.edu with your name and date of purchase. You will be notified if you are chosen as a winner of the upgraded tickets.

About the screening:

One of the most ambitious and brilliantly executed American films, The Godfather 2 brims with suspense, intrigue, glamour and murder. Written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, the film stands on its own and is one of the best films of the golden era of filmmaking.  

Starring Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro, dual stories are set in the worlds of mid-century Cuba and Las Vegas and the old world of Sicily and New York in the early 1900s. The first story tells of the early days of Vito Corleone as he embraces a life of crime and wrests control of the neighborhood. The second story is of his son Michael as he leads the Corleones to take over Vegas and become the biggest crime family 50 years later. Winner of 6 Academy Awards, join us for the epic movie on the big screen in our city’s most opulent historic movie palace. Shown in glorious 35mm film.

Explore the theatre’s ballroom, fountains, balconies and spectacular powder room on six floors as we transform it into a 1950s Vegas resort with dancers, live music,casino games and DJs. Dress up 50s glamour for our free themed photo studio and get your portrait taken in the world of The Godfather. With full bars on five stories of the theatre, this is a 21+ event with valid ID. DRESS CODE : Elegant/Formal Attire – Jacket & Tie Required for Men

"The Promise" at The Edison Theatre Cal State Dominguez Hills
The Promise   - With inspiration from Romeo and Juliet, and a nod to Puerto Rican culture, Jose Rivera tackles love, death, and family rivalries in this Latin-surrealist play. When over-protective and superstitious Guzman finds out his daughter has fallen in love with his rival’s son, he formulates a treacherous scheme to keep the young lovers apart, but quickly learns that his manipulation has produced consequences he never imagined.

Directed by Shonni Holmes (MFA '13)
"The Promise" at CSU Dominguez Hills, University Theatre
April 7-23, 2017
Tickets $10-15 http://www4.csudh.edu/theatre-arts/buy-tickets/

Job Listings and Available Services
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Assistant Level Positions

Palak Patel, EVP at Columbia Pictures is hiring a new executive assistant. One year agency or production company experience required, all other resumes will not be considered. Please email resumes to natalie_testa@spe.sony.com with the subject line “Executive Assistant Position” 4/7

Boutique talent management company seeking Executive Assistant to the President/Talent Manager. An interest in pursuing talent management is strongly preferred, as the right candidate will have an opportunity to grow within the company. Candidate must have strong communication, computer, and multi-tasking skills. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: scheduling, rolling calls, reading material, updating tracking lists, booking travel, and handling daily tasks for talent. This is a job that requires quick thinking and sharp attention to detail. Previous desk experience preferred. Please send resumes to: talentmanagementres@gmail.com 4/7

MACRO, a fast-growing, disruptive media company focused on the multicultural market, is looking for an Executive Assistant to the President of Production of Film/TV. This is a heavy volume desk that requires at least a year experience at an agency or production company. Candidate should demonstrate strong communication, organizational and multi-tasking skills. Candidate should be a self-starter and calm under pressure. Excellent attention to detail mandatory. Responsibilities include administrative tasks, rolling calls, scheduling meetings, managing calendars, and booking travel. The position is creative, as well as administrative, so knowledge of the industry and key players is a must. You will be responsible for tracking, reading and identifying material in the marketplace, incoming submissions, giving notes on development projects, and generating casting, writer, director and crew lists. We are looking for someone who wants to grow within a company and learn about development and production. Flexible hours expected. Please email resume and cover letter to info@macro.ventures 4/7

Successful web-series and comedy touring duo seek assistant to help with everything. Must be good at social media, emailing, scheduling and overall organization. Experience is a must. Very competitive pay. Please email resume and referrals to themoms@imomsohard.us. 4/7

Mortar Media is looking for a new assistant to support the team at our management/production company that focuses on non-scripted television development, talent branding and management. We are looking for a candidate that is interested in working with media personalities as well as television development and branding. Agency experience is a major plus. Creative writing and graphic design skills are a big bonus. This is a high volume desk at an exciting new company and you must be resourceful, organized and able to multi-task. There is a major opportunity for promotion for the right person that is passionate about working with interesting talent and developing/producing non-scripted television and digital content. Send resumes to mortarasst@gmail.com with the subject line “Assistant Position”. 4/7

Digital Brand Architects is seeking an administrative assistant. The primary focus of this position will be liaising between talent and brands/agencies to coordinate all partnerships and ensure all campaigns are seamlessly activated and adhere to the scope of work agreed upon by the brand and talent. The ideal candidate should have a passion for social media and an interest in developing relationships within the brand partnership space. They should be professional, detail-oriented, and know when to be assertive. Must have the ability to work efficiently in a fast paced environment with a high volume email/work load. If you think you are a strong fit for this position, please send your resume, cover letter, and contact information to hr@thedigitalbrandarchitects.com. 4/7

Independent film & television production company is looking for an executive assistant. This is a fast-paced, collaborative environment that combines development and production. Responsibilities include scheduling and phones, administrative support, as well as weekly reading and participation in development meetings. Candidate should be enthusiastic with great communication skills, highly organized, great at multi-tasking, and computer literate. Agency or similar experience required. Please send resumes and cover letters to groundswellasst2017@gmail.com 4/7

Santa Monica film production company seeking an Executive Assistant to CFO/Controller. Responsibilities include answering phones, coordinating conference calls, meetings, travel, assisting with other administrative needs and accounting-related duties and special projects, including coding of invoices/expenses & entry into accounting system, budget preparation & tracking of participations statements. BA/BS in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, or similar degree. 2-3 years of related experience. Send resume & cover letter to admin@thewinfordgroup.com 4/7

1st Assistant wanted for an incredibly busy CEO of an entertainment company that handles film/television production, a record label, music management, and many other entrepreneurial ventures. Looking for 3 main characteristics, please only apply if you have them: 1. Must be able to roll high volumes of calls 2. Must be ambitious to do the job with unwavering precision and focus 3. Must have incredible grace under high pressure situations. Mgmtprodresumes2015@gmail.com 4/7

Theatrical film distribution company with international sales division seeks dedicated coordinator to prepare marketing materials, handle scheduling for film markets, organize film deliverables and meta-data for both international and domestic divisions. Superb organization skills, proficiency in Excel and Google docs are a must. Foreign language skills a plus. 2 year full-time relevant experience required. Salary mid-30’s commensurate with experience. Email cover letter and resume to cohenmediagroup750@gmail.com 4/7

A Talent Manager at a bi-coastal talent management firm, seeks a seasoned assistant for our office in Los Angeles. Ideal candidates must have experience (at a minimum: 6 months-1 year), superior academic credentials and a degree from a four year university. Experience must include time at a talent agency or management company. Internship does not count. Applicants must be self-motivated, highly organized, hard-working, detail-oriented and able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. The more computer and tech knowledge, the better. Great opportunity to further ones career in within the entertainment industry with an established manager with amazing clients. We would love to continue to grow the company from within over time. Competitive pay and benefits. Must have thick skin and a strong desire to succeed. Email cover letter and resume to: talent.manager.asst302@gmail.com 4/7

Top film production company in Beverly Hills is seeking a new assistant. The company develops, finances, and produces films that are regularly featured at premiere festivals – including the Sundance Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, and Telluride Film Festival. This is a unique opportunity for a young professional or recent graduate looking to learn about the film business at a top production company. The role consists of reading and writing coverage of scripts and books, research, administrative tasks, handling phones, and some personal tasks (assisting an executive with some travel, house, and scheduling tasks). Please submit cover letter & resume to: filmasst01@gmail.com. 4/7

Newly launching Los Angeles-based Film/TV production company seeks fully bilingual assistant with the ability to translate Mandarin Chinese to English and vice versa. The company is backed by a reputable Chinese studio and will have a China, Japan, US, and international focus. Standard assistant duties including phone sheet and scheduling, as well as international travel, social media, reading, coverage, research, and translation. Very friendly environment. The assistant will be asked to join creative meetings when time allows. One year of agency experience, production company experience, or equivalent is preferred. The assistant will report to the US CEO and exec staff, with duties ranging from Development/Production to Business Strategy. Competitive salary + benefits. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to chinesebilingualasst@gmail.com. Please include US Work Authorization details on your cover letter and resume. 4/7

We are looking for an assistant for the partner who is head of physical production at The Gotham Group. We’re a literary management/ production company. Rep writers, actors and directors in TV (animation & scripted) and Film. ***Please do research before applying. Looking for someone that’s professional, sharp, able to multi-task, and possesses thick-skin. Must be able to learn the players of the industry quickly (agents, producers, execs, etc.). Must have at least 1 year prior entertainment/ agency experience (not including internships). Majority of our managers come up internally, as well. Duties include rolling calls, travel, client schedules, etc. Proficiency in Microsoft Office is a must. Please send resumes to gothamasst@gmail.com Looking to hire ASAP 4/7

Boutique agency representing wardrobe stylists and hair and makeup artists to A-list celebrities seeks assistant to agent. Must be knowledgeable of and interested in beauty/fashion and entertainment; one year entertainment (agency/mgmt/PR/talent booking) experience preferred. Candidate must be extremely detail oriented, organized, adaptable and able to multi-task. Looking to promote internally. This position is located in Los Angeles. Full benefits. Reply with pdf resumes to losangeles@starworksgroup.com 4/7

Personal Assistant Positions

Award-winning TV actress/comedian is currently seeking a full-time assistant. Ideal candidate must be self-starter, team player, highly organized, self-sufficient, creative, strong negotiator, social media savvy, and someone who wants to learn about all aspects of the entertainment industry from an accomplished veteran. No two days alike. Must learn to think five steps ahead and add value. Previous industry experience a plus. Bilingual (English/Spanish) major plus. Please send resumes to TeamGAssistant@gmail.com 4/7

High-profile record executive, Grammy award winning producer and CEO looking for a dedicated full-time personal assistant. Typical hours: start @ noon / end any time from 9pm – 2am. Salary: DOE. Email resumes to careers@kidinakorner.com. 4/7

Responsible, full-time Personal Asst. for busy EP at prolific entertainment company in Culver. Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college a must. Industry experience a plus. Please send resume, cover letter, and references to assistantsearch9905@gmail.com 4/7

Looking for an assistant for a Singer/Songwriter. Needs to be able to handle a fast-paced environment, should be determined, organized, resourceful, ambitious, and passionate. Responsibilities include phones, scheduling, taking notes, track travel and expenses on the administrative side. Bachelor Degree Preferred. Will start as part time and will mostly be virtual. With potential to grow as full time. Will be working in music industry and reality TV world. Must have a car and proficient in Mac, Microsoft Office, beginner Photoshop. Please email karenrubyn@gmail.com cover letter and resume. 4/7

Nerative Script Coverage Tool
TFT alumnus Curtis Baxter (MFA '15) has developed, with a team of UCLA alumni, a new, Bruins-only script coverage tool called nerative.

Perfect your story with Hollywood’s fastest growing and best way to receive detailed, professional caliber feedback. No matter if it’s for film & television, stage, or a college personal statement- this Bruins only team at nerative has you covered. Welcome to a new way to re-define story. Welcome to nerative! 

Visit us at  nerative.com
CTG Presents: Into the Woods
Don’t Miss Into The Woods! This extraordinary musical that brings together beloved fairy tale characters from different stories to discover the power of wishes and what really happens after they come true.

*$79 for Price Level A seating (Reg. $95) OR $49 for Price Level B seating (Reg. $70)

Promo code: WOLF

Valid performances April 4 – May 12, 2017
*Not valid on previously purchased tickets or combined with other offers. Not available Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Weekend matinee and Saturday evening performances excluded. Handling fees may apply. Subject to availability.
Complimentary Tickets
to Laugh Factory
Supply and Demand continues to be the most popular show at the Laugh Factory, and the run has been extended through April for Hollywood and Long Beach! And we have a limited number of complimentary tickets for you and your friends.

Supply and Demand has been featured by everything from Time Out Los Angeles to ESPN. The show is packed with talent, and surprise guests at some of the venues have included Whitney Cummings, Joe Rogan, Jerrod Carmichael, Pete Holmes, Darrell Hammond, and more.

To get the complimentary tickets, visit http://www.ComedySupply.com

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