UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - April 29, 2016
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
April 29, 2016
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News and TFT Alumni Events
BEN Scholarship Fund is Now Live
The Bruin Entertainment Network Alumni Scholarship Fund has been created to support undergraduate and graduate students of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television at the behest of the UCLA TFT Bruin Entertainment Network. You can support the fund at this link

You can also support the UCLA Bruin Entertainment Network Alumni Fund, which supports BEN's programming efforts.
Bisanz Is New Executive Director of
Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment
The Center is dedicated to promoting social change through entertainment and performing arts.

From the UCLA Newsroom:

Peter Bisanz has been appointed the new executive director of the Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Dean Teri Schwartz announced today.

Bisanz will bring his extensive experience as a social entrepreneur, filmmaker and global communications expert to build awareness and transform social capital in a way that affects society positively. He was formerly the head of development and communications for the Global Knowledge Networks, the think tank to the World Economic Forum, where global experts work to address the most pressing challenges facing the world today.

Yale Environment 360 Video Contest Open
The third annual  Yale Environment 360  Video Contest is now accepting entries. The contest honors the year's best environmental videos. Submissions must focus on an environmental issue or theme, have not been widely viewed online, and be a maximum of 15 minutes in length. Videos that are funded by an organization or company and are primarily about that organization or company are not eligible. 

The first-place winner will receive $2,000, and two runners-up will each receive $500. The winning entries will be posted on  Yale Environment 360 , and winners must agree that their video will not be re-posted on other websites for a 60-day period. 

The contest judges will be  Yale Environment 360  editor Roger Cohn,  New Yorker  writer and  e360 contributor Elizabeth Kolbert, and documentary filmmaker Thomas Lennon. Videos should be uploaded using the submission form here. Entries must include a valid contact email address. Send any questions to e360@yale.edu. The deadline for entries is June 10, 2016. 

View the 2015 winners  here , and the 2014 winners  here
Alumni Nights with The Archive: The Hard Way / What Price Hollywood?
April 29th, 7:30pm - TONIGHT!

UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present as part of Independent Stardom on Screen: Freelance Women in HollywoodThe Hard Way (1943) and What Price Hollywood? (1932).

April 29, 2016 - 7:30 pm

This double feature is part of the ongoing program, “TFT Alumni Nights with the Archive.”

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

Emily Carman.

The Hard Way (1943)

Ida Lupino won critical praise for her performance here as a woman with ruthless ambition who manipulates her kid sister’s naiveté and talent to find fame and fortune on Broadway.  A classic hardboiled Lupino role, it was an exception to the frustrating experience she had finding acceptable stories under contract at Warner Bros., an experience that lead her to form her own production company in 1949. 

35mm, b/w, 109 min.  Production: Warner Bros.  Distribution: Warner Bros.  Producer: Jerry Wald.  Director: Vincent Sherman.  Screenwriter: Daniel Fuchs, Peter Viertel.  Cinematographer: James Wong Howe.  Editor: Thomas Pratt.  Composer: Heinz Roemheld.  Cast: Ida Lupino, Dennis Morgan, Joan Leslie, Jack Carson, Gladys George.

In this classic Hollywood exposé, the press comes in for particularly harsh judgment for its dehumanizing treatment of a star on the rise played by Constance Bennett, who had her own issues with fan magazines over her unapologetically cutthroat negotiating tactics and lucrative percentage deals.  While What Price Hollywood? plays as show business tragedy, Bennett eventually assuaged her critics as a freelancer, once declaring, “Hollywood taught me to fight for my rights.” 

35mm, b/w, 88 min.  Production: RKO Pathé Pictures.  Distribution: RKO-Pathé Distributing Corp.  Director: George Cukor.  Based on a story by Adela Rogers St. Johns.  Screenwriter: Gene Fowler, Rowland Brown.  Cinematographer: Charles Rosher.  Editor: Del Andrews, Jack Kitchin.  Composer: Max Steiner.  Cast: Constance Bennett, Lowell Sherman, Neil Hamilton, Gregory Ratoff, Brooks Benedict.

Additional program info: https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2016/04/29/hard-way-what-price-hollwood

Theater and parking info: https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/billy-wilder-theater

About the Festival:

This year marks the inaugural UCLAxFilmFest at the Laemmle Theater in North Hollywood!

Presented by the UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies program, the festival is designed to showcase the best short films by our current and previous Entertainment Studies students.

The festival will feature 11 student short films, followed by an industry panel and awards ceremony.

RSVP Here.

Tickets for this event are free and open to the public.

Location: Laemmle NoHo 7
5240 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Date: Saturday, May 7th

Time: 1:00-5:30pm

12:30-1:00PM – Doors Open
1:00-3:30PM – Screening of Films
4:00-5:00PM – Industry Panel
5:00-5:30PM – Awards Ceremony

From Angus MacDonald (MA'93):

MONARCH THEATRE GUILD is premiering a new musical that I collaborated on with Dan Snellenbarger later this month.

"IN THE CHIPS!" is set in Silicon Valley, CA, the heart of the computer industry. SAMANTHA, an ambitious, idealistic, workaholic software creator and programmer  is hired by MicroLogic Inc. to program EUPHORIA 2016 the most powerful computer in history. The allegedly peaceful program is head by rogue Air Force Officer GENERAL MAJOR and his trusty sidekick MAX POWERS JR. aka Texter the Cybernerd.  Aided by two SPIRITS, SAMANTHA wises up to the GENERAL'S sinister plans and fights for control of the Supercomputer. The fate of planet earth hangs in the balance.

The CAST of five, three females and two males, sing live to the professionally recorded score. The musical opens on Friday April 29th and continues Fridays at 8PM and Sundays at 7 PM through Sunday, May 22 at Fanatic Salon Theater 3815 Sawtelle Blvd. (near the SW corner of Sawtelle and Venice Blvd.

Tickets are available at the door, adults $20 and $10 for children and students with current ID. Credit cards are accepted. The running time with intermission is approximately two hours.

Script, Lyrics, and Music Angus MacDonald

Music  Dan Snellenbarger

Dan McLaughlin Memorial Celebration

Please join the Department of FTVDM and Dan McLaughlin’s family on Saturday, May 28 at 4:30 p.m. for a memorial celebration of life,  which will take place in the James Bridges Theater. Throughout the memorial, a number of Dan’s films will be showcased, and family and friends are invited to share their memories of him. 

Following the memorial celebration, in one of the sound stages, guests are invited  to view Dan's art and films, in addition to video messages from friends and family. Refreshments and beverages will also be provided. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. 

If you’re unable to attend but would still like to participate, please use the link below to contribute your memories. 


No flowers, please.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that charitable gifts be made in Dan's memory to the UCLA Foundation noting the “Dan McLaughlin Animation Fund.” Send to Fred Bush, Executive Director of Development, UCLA TFT, 102 East Melnitz Hall - Box 951622, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1622.

Calling all TFT Alumni filmmakers!

The International Film Festival of Patmos (Greece) is now taking submissions for the 2016 Patmos Documentary Workshop.

Successful applicants will spend 2 weeks on the Greek islands, working in teams to create documentary portraits on the immigration crises on the Greek coast. The portraits will be edited into a feature length film for international distribution in collaboration with Sundance Channel and OTE TV.

Full scholarships available for filmmakers residing in Greece.

Check our website for full details and to submit you application: 


Let There Be Night!
Saturday, May 7th at the Getty Center

Please join us for the newest production of Sonnets & Sonatas: “Let There Be Night!”. The UCLA lecture-concert series created by Laure Murat and Guillaume Sutre combines visual presentation, literary readings and musical performances of masterpieces such as Schubert Notturno, Felix Mendelssohn Midsummer Night's Dream or Camille Saint-Saëns Danse macabre. Please find more information below and in the attached flyer. Admission is free. Reservation required: http://www.getty.edu/visit/cal/events/ev_1003.html.   

The event will take place in conjunction with the exhibition “Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-Century French Drawing and Prints” at the Getty Center. We encourage our guests to come early and to visit the exhibition prior to the lecture-concert. 

Let There Be Night! is co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies, the Department of French and Francophone Studies, and the Department of Music. 

Applications Open for Sundance Screenwriters Lab

Many have heard of the Sundance Film Festival, but fewer are aware of Sundance Institute’s year-round artist development programs that cultivate and refine emerging directors, producers and screenwriters each year.

With current and soon-to-be alumni mapping out their next career moves, I wanted to share with you information on Sundance Institute’s 2017 January Screenwriters Lab, a five-day writer's workshop that is currently accepting applications through May 3, 2016.

Here are specifics for this program:

Application: Apply here.

Deadline: May 3, 2016

Dates: January 13-18, 2017 Size of Lab 12 projects each lab Location Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah

Eligibility: US & International Filmmakers; The Screenwriters  Lab supports writers and writer/directors developing their first or second narrative feature film. If you have previously had more than one narrative feature produced, you are not eligible to apply.

Description:  The Screenwriters Lab is a five-day writer's  workshop that gives independent screenwriters the opportunity to work intensively on their feature film scripts with the support of established writers in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking. Through one-on-one story sessions  with Creative Advisors, Fellows engage in an artistically rigorous process that offers them indispensable lessons in craft, as well as the means to do the deep exploration needed to fully realize their material. (Read about recent Lab Fellow Ryan Koo's experience  here .)
Support the TFT BEN Programming Fund!
The TFT Bruin Entertainment Network is now accepting direct donations to a dedicated TFT alumni programming fund. To support the BEN Programming Fund, click the link below, and make sure to share the link with others!
Get involved with TFT BEN
Contact Dallas King
Job Listings and Available Services

SCI-FI Screenwriter Wanted

We are seeking a screenwriter to help us write a Sci-Fi television pilot based on a pre-existing noir supernatural graphic novel. The subject matter borrows from the likes of Frankenstein, The Sopranos and The Dark Knight. We have currently developed the graphic novel into our pilot and are now seeking a writer who is familiar with the supernatural, action and Sci-Fi genres. 

The job we are offering is for "pay" and "script credit." 

To be considered you must have appropriate writing samples. 

We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible. 

Please contact Jason Wolf @ Jwolf66@Gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you. 

Writer Looking for Director for Sundance Labs Project

My name is Samantha. I'm in the midst of writing a screenplay I plan on submitting for Sundance labs. The story is about a girl in high school named Evan, her struggles with OCD, and how it effects her family. I already have a co-writer [although I'm open to another] and I'm looking for a director. At this point in time, the film isn't in pre-production yet so there won't be a big time commitment right away, but I want someone on the team now so that if the film is selected, they would be able to attend the lab. The application is due at the beginning of May, so the responsibilities right now would include being involved in some creative meetings and contributing to the development of the film as well as writing a 500 word bio on yourself for the application.

I'm looking for an MFA Directing Program student who has already graduated or will have graduated before January 2017. Diversity is important to me, so I'm really hoping to find a female director with a background different than my own, but I'm open to anyone who is talented and passionate about storytelling.

I want this film to contribute to the conversation on mental illness and invisible disabilities. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please contact me by email: samanthabhyde@yahoo.com -and we can exchange our work [I can look at your films, you can look at my script].

Red Bull Media House Seek Programming Operations Specialist

Programming Operations Specialist, Digital

Red Bull Media House creates authentic content that engages audiences through compelling subject matter and high-quality visual appeal. Savvy audiences are increasingly seeking out and consuming Red Bull content online, via a variety of digital platforms. Red Bull Media House seeks a Digital Programming Operations Specialist with knowledge of and passion for digital storytelling and the creation of compelling content experiences. This specialist will be a key contributor to the development of Digital TV programming operations for Red Bull TV in North America as a key member of a global operations team.

Location: Santa Monica, California

Schedule: Full-time

Your Experience Includes:

  1. 2+ years experience in Digital Broadcast (TV and Digital preferred) Operations

  2. Strong familiarity with broadcast delivery chain from production to end user engagement

  3. Proficiency with broadcast operations systems; encoding, streaming and other web technologies

  4. Experience working in small teams and managing vendors

  5. Strong planning, prioritization and analytical competencies

  6. Track record of delivering successful programs; entrepreneurial spirit

  7. Experience of using Digital Analytics tools and systems

  8. Exceptional communication skills

  9. Creative thinker and innovator, in touch with 18 – 34 male audience

  10. Love for details and passion for achieving highest quality results

  11. Ability to work flexible hours/days of the week – including nights, weekends, and holidays to support 24x7 operational needs

Apply here
Robin Carus Casting Seeks Actors

Actors must be non-union

Pay: $1,750/weekly + $35/day per diem. Rehearsal pay is $250 per day and there will be no per diem given during rehearsals.

Rehearsal: 8/29 in Los Angles, CA
Tour Dates: 9/23 – TBD
Location: Northeast tour - locations TBA

Interview Dates: Wednesday, May 11th & Thursday, May 12th by appointment only in Los Angeles.
Callback Date: Friday, May 13th by appointment only in Los Angeles.
Must be available all three dates.
Location: Los Angeles

Director/Writer: Richard Lewis
Casting Director: Robin Carus

Please submit on Breakdown Services, Actors Access or you can send direct to robincaruscasting@gmail.com and in the subject line put OCTONAUTS


Octonauts Live! Deep Sea Volcano Adventure is an action-packed
live show, based on the popular Octonauts television series, designed to deliver
to preschoolers and young fans an unforgettable first live theater experience. A
fully immersive musical production featuring a dozen familiar and original songs,
as well as an interactive sing-a-long, the live stage show will have fans laughing
and dancing – just like The Octonauts. All characters must be able to sing and handle choreography.
For reference please look here: http://www.octonautslive.co.uk/


[CAPTAIN BARNACLES]: Male. (21-30). Height: 5’6”. He is the Octonaut leader – a polar bear with a big heart who is courageous and decisive. English accent. Costume and full head mask.

[KWAII]: Male. (21-30). Height: 5’5”. The Captain’s right hand man – a pirate like cat, a daredevil. London accent. Costume and full head mask.

[PESO]: Male (21-30). Height: 5’2”. A penguin medic whose main drive is to help the injured. Latino/ Spanish accent. Costume and full head mask.

[DASHI]: Female. (21-30). Height 5’6”. A dog - American photographer and IT specialist. American accent. Costume and full head mask.

[CADET 1]: Male. (21-30). Height 5’6”. The human cadet who leads audience interactivity throughout the show. Natural accent. No mask. Also plays the role of Shellington: a Scottish sea otter who is the real scientist of the group – not too good with machinery. Scottish accent. Costume and full head mask. Understudy for: Capt. Barnacles.

[TWEAK]: Female (21-30). Height 5’2”. An American rabbit engineer/inventor. Southern accent. Costume and full head mask. Puppeteer Blobfish. Understudy for: Peso.

[CADET 2 /ASM/US]: Female (21-30) Height 5’3”. Covering the parts of Tweak and Dashi. A puppeteer for assorted characters. Also - with Cadet 1 - opens the show, interacting with the audience. Puppeteer Blobfish. Understudy for: Cadet 1 & Shellington, Dashi and Tweak.

[ASM /US]: Male, (21-30). Height 5’5”. Assistant Stage Manager. Puppeteer Blobfish. Understudy for: Kwazii and Cadet 2.
15% Discount for UCLA Alumni for NeuroMagic show on June 2
UCLA alumnus Matthew Singer ('13) invites UCLA alumni to receive a 15% discount for tickets for his Neuromagic show at Magicopolis
in Santa Monica on June 2nd.          


Magic | Neuroscience | Illusions | Telepathy | Alternate Realities

Show Description:

Combining the latest in Neuroscience with mind-bending miracles, award-winning magician Matthew Singer creates a whole new style of masterful illusion in NeuroMagic™. Using the latest in cognitive science and clinical hypnosis, you’ll experience a philosophical journey through the mind. With guidance from the consultant of both David Copperfield and Criss Angel, NeuroMagic™ will overload your senses, all while enhancing your understanding of both the brain and mind in order to leave you shocked and mind-warped. Come experience the brain through the masterful art forms of unique magic, mentalism, and telepathy.

NeuroMagic™ is guaranteed to be unlike ANY "magic" show you have ever seen before...
Come Experience A New Dimension and Walk Away Questioning Your Own Reality.

Matthew Singer was the youngest member of the prestigious Magic Castle’s Junior Program in Hollywood, becoming a professional magician at age twelve. Now a psychobiologist from UCLA, he combines his passions to create a once-in-a lifetime spectacle that cannot be missed - NeuroMagic™!

Complimentary Tickets to the Laugh Factory, Hollywood
The last few months of Supply and Demand shows at the Hollywood Laugh Factory were such a success that the club has extended the run through December! If you haven't been yet, you've missed many sold out shows, Dane Cook and Tom Papa dropping by, and performances by Whitney Cummings, Jerrod Carmichael, Iliza Schlesinger, Tommy Johnagin, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Alazraqui, Steve Hofstetter, Erik Griffin, Godfrey, Neal Brennan, and more!
If you already have tickets, great! If not, the shows are every Wednesday through December. We have 50 complimentary tickets to each one - then they go to $5, $10, $15, and $20 as the show sells out. The Laugh Factory is supporting these shows in a big way, encouraging their most famous comedians to drop by and do surprise sets. Grab the complimentary ones before they're gone and go to as many shows as you want. To get your complimentary tickets, visit:
TFT Alumni Affairs | UCLA | Email TFT Alumni AffairsUCLA TFT

Noah Green 
Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs, School of Theater, Film and Television
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