UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - August 26, 2016
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
August 26, 2016
Welcome to the TFT Alumni Newsletter 
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News and TFT Alumni Events
Look for a email next week asking for TFT alumni who are seeking mentorship to sign up at UCLA One. We've had a very good response from Alumni who have offered to be Mentors in the TFT Alumni Mentor Program these past few weeks and appreciate your participation!
Obama Names TFT Alumna as Recipient of Top Teaching Award
From CSUNshinetoday.csun.edu

On Aug. 22, President Barack Obama named one teacher from the state of California as the science recipient for Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching — California State University, Northridge alumna Erica Rood (TFT BA '05).

“I was just overwhelmed,” said Rood M.A. ’15 (Elementary Curriculum and Instruction). “Just overwhelmed. … I was so excited to be receiving an award for something I’m very passionate about. It’s such an important thing to teach kids, and I was really ecstatic to be making news about science.”

Rood, who is also a part-time faculty member in CSUN’s Department of Mathematics, is a third-grade teacher at CHIME Institute’s Schwarzenegger Community School, a charter school in Woodland Hills.

Continue reading the article here

Alumnus Selected for NYTVF
Chas Jackson's ( Professional Program in Writing for Television '14) pilot script Gents has been made an official selection by the New York TV Festival.

Gents is described as "A misguided young idealist, whose activism won’t pay his rent, fights the gentrification of his West Oakland neighborhood."

Read about the selections at Deadline.com.

Episode Two of  New Webseries Soho Haus Rules
Streaming Now
The second episode of alumnus Jason Romaine's (MFA '14) new webseries Soho Haus Rules is streaming now.
Geeta Malik's (MFA '07)  film script, "Dinner With Friends," has just advanced to the semifinals for the Nicholls Fellowship. Congratulations, Geeta. 
TFT Alumni Nights with The Archive Presents:
A Kirk Douglas Double Feature
The Juggler / Paths of Glory
Tomorow Night! Saturday, August 27th at 7:30PM

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 at the Hammer Museum.

The Juggler (1953)

Filmed in newly-established Israel, The Juggler concerns German Jewish concentration camp survivor Hans Müller (Kirk Douglas), once a famous juggler in Germany, who has immigrated to Israel to begin life anew, though facing the hurdle of severe psychological trauma. A rare American feature to treat Jewish experience and the Holocaust so directly, it also offered Douglas the space for a tour-de-force performance of international resonance.

35mm, b/w, 86 min.  DIR: Edward Dmytryk.  SCR: Michael Blankfort.  CAST: Kirk Douglas, Milly Vitale, Paul Stewart, Joey Walsh.

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive in cooperation with MGM Studios with funding provided by The Film Foundation and The Hollywood Foreign Press Association


Paths of Glory (1958)

Kirk Douglas gives a powerful performance as an honorable French Army officer who, on orders from his superiors, must lead his men on a doomed mission to wrest control of a German-held hill in WWI France.  A quintessential Douglas role pitting the hero against dire circumstance, the film also represented a fortuitous pairing of Douglas' and director Stanley Kubrick's moral temperaments.

35mm, b/w, 90 min.  DIR: Stanley Kubrick.  SCR: Stanley Kubrick, Calder Willingham.  CAST: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready.

Part of: Kirk Douglas: A Centennial Celebration

Additional program info:

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

Ooutdoor 25th Anniversary Screening of
Thelma & Louise in Woodland Hills
FREE Workshops for TFT Alumni
"Audition Secrets of a Series Regular"

Want to know the secret to booking auditions?

Audition coach and TFT alumna Lilach Mendelovich ('09) joins TV star Wendy Davis (Army Wives) for an Audition Technique Masterclass. 

Learn the audition secrets Wendy used to go from a struggling actor to a Series Regular, (she'll even show you exact step-by-step audition process she used to book her latest role on Major Crimes).

FREE admission to TFT alumni. Limited seating. 

Workshops run Tuesdays and Saturdays, August 20th-30th, in Burbank CA. For more information and to grab your spot click HERE.

Available Class Dates:

Saturday, August 27 3:00PM - 5:30PM                                                                                             Tuesday, August 30  11:00AM - 1:30PM                                                                                           Tuesday, August 30  8:00PM - 10:30PM

Airplane LIVE!
Airplane LIVE! The greatest film parody of all time comes to the stage in this late night event!

Fridays and Saturdays
September 16 - October 1st at 11PM

Archway Studio/Theatre
10509 Burbank Blvd. 
Los Angeles 91601
(818) 980-PLAY


Adapted for the stage and starring Chrisi Talyn Saje (MFA '11)
Support the TFT BEN
Scholarship Fund!
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

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
Coverage Writers Wanted (Chinese Language)

My name is Eric Yang and I am a Creative Executive at Alpha Pictures USA, the live-action division of a major Entertainment Group in China (Alpha Group.)

At Alpha Pictures, our primary focus is on adapting and developing popular Chinese comic books into English-language films and television series for the global audience. As such, we are looking for coverage writers who are bilingual in both Chinese and English and well trained in screenwriting and/or story development to join us.

These are paid positions and can be either full-time or part-time. The ideal candidate would read Chinese comic books and cover them in English, and contribute ideas at our development meetings. This person should also be legally authorized to work in the United States. 

Please contact Z. Eric Yang at zericyang@gmail.com for more information. 

Costume Designer Wanted

Costume Designer needed for a production of In the Heights at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles

We are looking for a costume designer to design, produce and run the costumes for our production of In the Heights. The show is in February of 2017. We have a cast of 45. There is no teaching involved in this position. The person would only be required to design, produce, and run the costumes for the show. Parent and student volunteers will be available to assist as needed in the production and running of the show.

This is a paid position and there is a budget available to assist in what is required to produce the costumes. If you are interested please forward your resume to Gail Chorna at gail.chorna@lausd.net. Specifics in regards to salary and budget will be addressed during the interview process. 

Sales Assistant for Content Media Corporation

Content Media Corporation is a dynamic film, tv, and digital sales company focused on acquiring and distributing an extensive slate of television programs and feature films worldwide. We are currently looking for a Sales Assistant for the Los Angeles office for immediate hire. The position is responsible for providing administrative support to the LA based sales team. The ideal candidate must have a strong interest in international sales and a desire to learn the distribution side of the entertainment industry. This is an entry level administrative position with responsibilities that include, but are not limited to:

• Assisting in the daily administration of various client accounts, both domestic and international. 
• Inputting and keeping availability lists current on our database.
• Tracking completed sales relevant to the LA based sales team.
• Researching available rights for incoming title requests.
• Ordering screeners for clients and maintaining the screener database.
• Scheduling market and sales trips meetings.
• Organizing marketing materials and preparing packages for markets and sales trips.
• Maintaining the client contacts database.
• Preparing expense reports.
• Assisting with travel arrangements.
• General administrative duties including copying and filing.

We are looking for someone who is a team player, detail oriented, and very organized with the ability to multitask and prioritize. The successful candidate will have superior writing and communication skills. Bachelor's degree and proficiency in MS Office are required. Previous experience in tv/film sales is a plus.

Contact us: Please send email and cover letter to jobsla@contentmediacorp.com. No phone calls please.

Top Online Cooking Show Seeks Social Media/Community Manager

We’re seeking a rockstar Social Media/Community Manager who has experience managing and growing passionate fanbases. You will be on the frontline engaging millions of viewers worldwide who are not only our fans but our future customers. You will build relationships directly with our fans, keeping communities active while providing ongoing metric reporting. And you will take the initiative and make recommendations on how to grow our brand even bigger across social platforms and our website.

Role Responsibilities:
•  Day-to-day community management of social platforms and website including daily comment/ activity moderation across all properties (with an emphasis on YouTube, Facebook & our Website)
•  Listen, respond, ask questions and engage with online communities using a personal voice that matches the show host and brand
•  Seek and collect audience feedback metrics and data to improve content offerings and community strategy
•  Collaborate with the team to create and manage the master content calendar
•  Oversee the creation of monthly analytic reports on audience growth, best performing tactics
and key conversational threads with the aim to improve growth on specific platforms
•  Execute real time social coverage and events as needed

Requirements for the Position:
•  At least 2+ years of experience in a social/digital media role, with at least 1 year specifically focused on social media marketing
•  Strong-to-expert knowledge of all social platforms (with an emphasis on YouTube, Facebook
& Snapchat) and online marketing
•  Experience with community management across multiple social platforms, with solid skills using analytics and reporting tools
•  Practical knowledge of developing editorial and content calendars, community management guidelines and protocol for customer care
•  Exceptional writing, storytelling, copy-editing and proofreading skills (writing for a personal voice a plus)
•  Customer-service minded, solving problems on your own and knowing when to escalate questions or issues
•  Proficient in Google Apps Suite

Qualities we are looking for:
•  Proven passion and experience in the online space—you live online 24/7 and you’ve consistently delivered exceptional results
•  Positive thinking self-starter who is dedicated to contributing in a dynamic start-up environment with growth potential
•  Eagerness to stay ahead of the ever-changing nature of social media marketing
•  Ambitious, well-spoken, responsible person who is comfortable working independently or with
a team when needed
•  Exceptional organizational and project management skills are a MUST
•  A passion for food (especially baking) is required, and food related experience is a plus!
•  Experience working with a young female audience (primarily 18-34) is essential
•  E-commerce experience also highly desirable

Qualified candidates submit Cover Letter & Resume to tastebudsent@gmail.com.
CTG Presents
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and  A View From The Bridge
The Young Vic Production of Arthur Miller’s
A View From The Bridge
Directed by Ivo Van Hove

2016 Tony® Award Winner—Best Revival of a Play, Best Director

Tickets Start at $25!  Including stage seating, providing a unique opportunity to get an intimate view steps away from the action.
Don’t miss an unforgettable, intimate experience of A View From the Bridge. Our onstage seating offers a unique opportunity to get an unobstructed view steps away from the action. 
Direct from sold-out runs on the West End and Broadway comes A View From the Bridge in a searing revival from director Ivo van Hove, delivering “the stuff of Broadway legend” ( New York Post). Arthur Miller’s tale of a Brooklyn longshoreman obsessed with his 17-year-old niece and his raging jealousy over her love of an immigrant will leave audiences feeling “ridiculously blessed to have been a witness to the events you just saw” ( The New York Times).

American Masters Package
$99 Special Ticket Offer – A View from the Bridge at the Ahmanson Theatre

and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at the Mark Taper Forum


(Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on September 1 – September 18; A View From the Bridge on September 7 – September 25.  Please select your preferred date for each production.)

*Valid now through September 18 for selected seat locations.  Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets or combined with other offers.  For Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, not valid on Sunday, September 11.  For A View From the Bridge, not valid on Wednesday, September 14.  Handling fees may apply.  Subject to availability.

August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
By August Wilson
Directed by Phylicia Rashad
With Greg Bryan, Keith David, Jason Dirden, Damon Gupton, Matthew Henerson, Nija Okoro, Lamar Richardson, Ed Swidey, Glynn Turman, Lillias White

Mark Taper Forum
135 N. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Special $35 Ticket Offer
Use Code: MRARTS

*Valid now through September 18 for selected seat locations.  Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets or combined with other offers.  Excludes Sunday, September 11. Handling fees may apply. Subject to availability.

Blazing lyrical and emotional force…The spellbinding sound of a great American artist singing the history of his culture from the stage, creating a long, beautiful song out of unfathomable suffering. -- Charles Isherwood, Variety
Ambition and art collide with the business of the blues in this red hot play filled with music that made the '20s roar. An American masterpiece, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is set in 1927 Chicago during a recording session at a white-owned studio with the legendary singer—inspired by real-life Mother of the Blues Gertrude "Ma" Rainey. Tony Award® winner Phylicia Rashad directs this groundbreaking play with a powerhouse cast led by Lillias White (Broadway’s Fela! and Once on This Island), Keith David (OWN’s Greenleaf, Broadway’s Jelly’s Last Jam), and Glynn Turman (HBO’s The Wire, Showtime’s House of Lies) all returning to the Taper from Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.

Extraordinary! Ma Rainey rides on the exultant notes of the blues! -- Newsweek
The Wallis Presents
Hershey Felder in Maestro
TFT alumni can get 20% tickets to any Maestro performance  Aug 11 - Aug 28* with code "UCLA".  Enter code UCLA in the upper right corner of your screen before selecting your tickets to receive 20% off.

*Except Aug 22. 

Leonard Bernstein was a conductor, pianist, author, educator, librettist, television star and the composer of three symphonies, iconic film scores and the American musical classics West Side Story, Candide, On the Town and Wonderful Town, among others. He pushed boundaries to become the world’s first serious musical media superstar and changed the face of music. In his inimitable style, Hershey Felder brings Bernstein to life through first-person narratives combined with his compositions, as well as music by Beethoven, Mahler and more, drawing audiences deeply into the maestro’s fascinating life. 

See more here.
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:
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Noah Green 
Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs, School of Theater, Film and Television
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