UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - April 28, 2017
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
April 28, 2017
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News and TFT Alumni Events
RSVP to Attend the
UCLA TFT Alumni Short Film Celebration in NYC
Thursday, May 18th, 7:00PM
"Tupamaro" Had Its Premiere at the
17th Beverly Hills Film Festival
Tupamaro, a film by Martin Markovits, co-produced and edited by Peter Marshall Smith (’00) premiered on opening night of the 17th Beverly Hills Film Festival. This feature length documentary, nearly ten years in the making, is a deep dive into the violent world of the Tupamaros — leftist vigilantes that patrol the streets of Caracas, Venezuela, fighting gangsters, government forces and even themselves. 
Alumni Film Wins
Best Documentary at
Central Alberta Film Festival
Mark Greczmiel's ('80) hockey documentary, "The California Golden Seals Story" won the audience award for "Best Documentary" at the Central Alberta Film Festival in early April.

The film is available for purchase through iTunes
TFT Alumni Are Invited to an Advanced Screening of "Snatched"
Monday, May 8th at TFT
Gay Men's Chorus of L.A. Brings "It Gets Better" Concert to
Omaha's Orpheum Theater
From Omaha.com/go:

Lincoln native Philip Hayman (MFA '87) had a tough time in high school.

“I was never in the club. I was one of those kids who was picked on,” said Hayman, who now lives in Los Angeles and works as a costume supervisor for television shows. “It was obvious to some people that I was different.”

As a gay teen, he also found support, especially from a compassionate counselor at Lincoln East who helped him when he came out to his parents in his junior year. Thanks to her, he said, he stayed in school when he wanted to quit and move away to escape family conflicts.

He learned that life wouldn’t always be so hard. He graduated in 1980 and moved west to study costume design at the University of California Los Angeles, earning undergraduate and master’s degrees. He has happily worked in the entertainment industry ever since.

Now he’s the costume designer for the Gay Men’s Chorus of L.A.’s “It Gets Better” tour, which stops Friday night at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater. The tour grew out of Dan Savage’s online campaign to prevent teen suicide, especially among the LGBTQ community.

Hayman recently retired from singing with the chorus because of time constraints, but he’s proud to be associated with the “It Gets Better” show.

“All of the monologues in the show are taken from direct interviews and reflect the true experiences of gay and transgender and bisexual people,” he said. “It shows (kids) that even if there aren’t a lot of people like them in their communities, there are a lot of people who will support them.”

Hayman — who has worked on shows such as “ER” and “Murphy Brown” — said he always felt that support in Lincoln because he was hooked into the city’s small gay community from about age 16.
“I knew I wasn’t alone. For me it was more a matter of getting through the trauma of being bullied.”
Performer Billy Thompson has a different story, one he shares in both outreach events and at “It Gets Better” concerts. He has been in Omaha all week with the tour, talking to young people at schools and other locations.

For a time, he was one of those who picked on LGBTQ classmates.

“I became a bully myself. I said terrible things about the gay community, knowing myself that I was gay but feeling the need to make people think I wasn’t,” he said. “At that time, nobody said anything and I took their silence as agreement.”

He didn’t change his ways until a teacher chastised him and another student said he didn’t appreciate the slurs because his uncle was gay.

Thompson, who also freelances as a music director and a pianist, has been with the Gay Men’s Chorus since 2012, and he’s passionate about addressing the cycle of bullying with audiences.
“I’ve been involved in LGBTQ rights since college — when I came out — to make the world a better place for all of us. To perform and do some social justice work in the process, that’s perfect,” he said.

Gay Men’s Chorus of L.A.
What: “It Gets Better” tour concert
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.
Tickets: $15 to $30
Information:  ticketomaha.com or 402-345-0606
Lena Khan's "The Tiger Hunter" Acquired for
Distribution by Shout! Factory
From Deadline:

Lena Khan’s ('17) comedy feature,  The Tiger Hunter has been acquired by the Shout! Factory for all distribution avenues in North America, including theatrical. Written by Sameer Gardezi and directed by Khan (who co-wrote), the film is a very timely story about a young immigrant’s pursuit for success, love and the American dream.

The Tiger Hunter stars Danny Pudi (Community) , Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) , Rizwan Manji (The Wolf of Wall Street), Karen David (Once Upon a Time), Sam Page (House of Cards), Iqbal Theba (Glee), Parvesh Cheena (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Michael McMillan (Silicon Valley) and Kevin Pollak.

The logline: “the story of Sami Malik, a young Indian who travels to 1970s America to become an engineer in order to impress his childhood crush and live up to the legacy of his father—a legendary tiger hunter back home. When Sami’s job falls through, he takes a low-end job and joins with a gang of oddball friends in hopes of convincing his childhood sweetheart that he’s far more successful than he truly is … or perhaps ever could be. “

The film was produced by Megha Kadakia (UCLA '98), Lena Khan and Nazia Khan. Alan Pao, Danny Pudi, Nadeem Siddiqi are executive producers. Lena Khan is a UCLA graduate.

The deal was negotiated by Jordan Fields for Shout! Factory and Roman Kopelevich on behalf of Red Sea Media, Inc.

TFT Alumni Nights with The Archive Presents:
"Bent" - Saturday, April 29

Bent is part of the ongoing program, “TFT Alumni Nights with The Archive”.

Free admission for TFT Alumni who say, “TFT ALUMNI” at the box office at the Billy Wilder Theater.

Bent  (U.K./Japan, 1997)

April 29, 2017, 7:30PM

In-person: Holocaust historian Michael Berenbaum, Abdullah Hall of #ResistMarch.

Outfest members receive free admission at the box office!

UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation present

A rare representation of the brutal persecution of gay men in Nazi Germany,  Bent follows promiscuous Max (Owen) from his carefree Berlin lifestyle into the harsh conditions of Dachau concentration camp, where he masquerades as a Jew to avoid homophobic stigma.

35mm, color, 105 min.  Director: Sean Mathias.  Production: Channel Four Films.  Distribution: Park Circus.  Producer: Michael Solinger, Dixie Linder, Martin Sherman.  Screenwriter: Martin Sherman.  Cinematographer: Yorgos Arvanitis.  Composer: Philip Glass.  Editor: Isabelle Lorente.  Cast: Lothaire Bluteau, Clive Owen, Brian Webber, Ian McKellen, Mick Jagger.

Job Listings and Available Services
TFT Department of Theater Program Coordinator

The UCLA Department of Theater is looking for a Program Coordinator who will be responsible for the development and implementation of creative strategies to create new and enhance existing summer camp programs, workshops and other profit generating initiatives. Success in this position is dependent on entrepreneurial experience, knowledge of fee-based educational offerings and proven marketing and communication skills. For more information about the job and to apply please go to:

Application Deadline: May 4, 2017

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. 
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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! 

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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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