UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - August 4, 2017
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
August 4, 2017
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News and TFT Alumni Events
TFT Alumni Nights with The Archive Presents:
Sam Peckinpah’s Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
Tomorrow! Saturday, August 5th at 7:30PM
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is part of the UCLA Film and Television Archive's The Shadow
Cinema of the 1970s and the ongoing program, “ TFT Alumni Nights with The Archive”, which offers free admission for TFT Alumni who say, “ TFT ALUMN I” at the box office at the Billy Wilder Theater.

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 7:30 pm

In-person: author Charles Taylor, film historian Kim Morgan.

Author Charles Taylor will sign copies of Opening Wednesday at a Theater Or Drive-In Near You: The Shadow Cinema of the American ‘70s before the screening.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia  (1974)

Nobody loses all the time—except perhaps Bennie, the misbegotten, desperate hatchet man of Sam Peckinpah’s grit- and grime-filled late-career sojourn through the lawless Mexican underworld.  Nodding toward its precursor The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston, 1948), this unhurried “brutalist fable” swaps gold-rushers for headhunters as a craggy Warren Oates dodges transient bikers, wielded shovels and multi-generational ambushes on his languid, ill-fated quest for the titular, coveted cranium.  Considered the last “true” Peckinpah film, Alfredo Garcia was an utter flop upon initial release that now rests atop the cult film pedestal as an unromantic, illimitable reflection of the “Me” decade.

Charles Taylor will be joined on stage by writer and film historian Kim Morgan for a post-screening conversation.

DCP, color, 112 min.  Production: Optimus Productions; Estudios Churubusco.  Distribution: United Artists Corps.  Director: Sam Peckinpah.  Producer: Martin Baum.  Screenwriter: Sam Peckinpah, Gordon Dawson.  Cinematographer: Alex Phillips, Jr.  Editor: Dennis E. Dolan, Sergio Ortega, Robbe Robert.  Music: Jerry Fielding.  Cast: Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Robert Webber, Gig Young, Helmut Dantine.

Part of The Shadow Cinema of the 1970s

Upcoming TFT Alumni Nights With the Archive:
August 14: Foxy Brown and Coffy --  Part of  The Shadow Cinema of the 1970s
Alumna Medalion Rahimi Is Shondaland's Next Muse

Medalion Rahimi ('13) should be used to the royal treatment. After all, she’s played princesses on two Shonda Rhimes shows. But, like her characters’ roads to the throne, Rahimi—who currently stars in her second princess role on Rhimes’s latest series, “Still Star-Crossed”—didn’t face an easy path to success. 

As a first-generation Iranian American, Rahimi was bullied for her textured brown hair and light-red freckles, which are natural Iranian traits passed down from her mother and grandmother. And though they’ve become Rahimi’s most complimented features (just take a look at her Instagram), they were also the source of her darkest insecurities growing up. “It’s made me stronger as a person,” she says. “I feel like if people can just wait out adolescence, it does get so much better.”

Read more:  http://stylecaster.com/medalion-rahimi-still-star-crossed/#ixzz4ojzOcPiL
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
at the Ahmanson on Saturday, August 26th at 2PM
Alumni Tickets are Currently SOLD OUT!
Add Your Name to the waitlist at the RSVP link below so that we can determine ticket demand.
This Is Spinal Tap at The Wiltern
August 22, 8PM
August 22nd we’re pulling back the curtains and showing you what really happens on tour!
Join us at The Wiltern for a screening of rock’n’roll cult classic: This Is Spinal Tap. 
Sign up for a private backstage tour of The historic Wiltern. Tickets on sale now!


WHAT: Photo booth, live music, food trucks
This Is Spinal Tap screening. 
Doors open at 7:00PM. Backstage tour (for backstage tour ticket holders) 7:15PM. 
Movie starts at 8:00PM
WHERE: The Wiltern
3790 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010 
WHEN: Tuesday, August 22nd 
DETAILS: All ages, full bar and food. Tickets start at $15. Tickets available at: www.wiltern.com/ & www.ticketmaster.com/

GA Tickets $15 plus fees: General Admission Seating, first come first serve
VIP Tickets: $20 plus fees: General Admission Reserved seating in VIP area, Skip the Line 
VIP BACKSTAGE ROCKIN’ TOUR package: $50.00 – Includes: General Admission Reserved seating in VIP area, private backstage tour, champagne toast

The Wiltern has graciously offered up a few pairs of GA tickets to TFT alumni.

If you'd like a chance to win a pair for yourself, send an email to  alumni@tft.ucla.edu
with "Spinal Tap" in the subject line and your favorite quote from the film in the body.
On the Verge Summer Repertory Theatre 2017
Santa Barbara, August 3-13
Read Santa Barbara Independent's article on the city's On the Verge summer theater festival, featuring plays directed by two TFT alumni: Kate Bergstrom ('10), who directs At the Table, and Josiah Davis ('12), who directs Outcry. The festival runs August 3-13.

More info at  www.onthevergefest.org.
Liza, Liza, Skies Are Grey Opens in NY and LA August 18th
LIZA, LIZA, SKIES ARE GREY, a coming-of-age California motorcycle road trip narrative feature film set in the summer of 1966, written, produced and directed by Terry Sanders (MA '67) opens in New York (Cinema Village Theater) and Los Angeles (Laemmle Monica Film Center) on Friday, August 18.

Friday, August 18th 2017

Laemmle Monica Film Center

Cinema Village Theater

A film by Academy Award winner Terry Sanders
Starring Mikey Madison, Sean H. Scully, Kristin Minter
TFT Alumni Films at Sundance Next Fest
Theater at Ace Hotel, August 10-13
Sundance NEXT FEST
L.A. Times + Electric Guest
Hosted by Comedian Natasha Leggero
Sun, Aug 13, 2017 - 8:00PM
Event Info
Doors Open: 7:00 PM
Price: $25.00
Onsale: Tickets are currently on sale at this link.

L.A. Times / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Michelle Morgan) — In this classically styled comedy of manners set in Los Angeles, sophisticated thirtysomethings try to determine whether ideal happiness exists in coupledom or if the perfectly suited couple is actually just an urban myth. Cast: Michelle Morgan, Dree Hemingway, Jorma Taccone ('00), Kentucker Audley, Margarita Levieva, Adam Shapiro. LOS ANGELES PREMIERE.

Followed by a performance by Electric Guest. The LA-based duo Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton recently released their adventurous electronic R&B album Plural. Rolling Stone called their Mondo “a Beck-ian journey into L.A. slacker soul,” and they’ve been named an MTV Artist To Watch and NME Band Of The Week.

Natasha Leggero is an accomplished actress, writer, and stand-up comedian who’s garnered attention across film, television, and the web. Her movie credits include NeighborsLet’s Be Cops, and He’s Just Not That Into You, and she has appeared on series including CommunityIt’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaArrested DevelopmentKey and Peele, and The Tonight Show, among many others.

Sundance NEXT FEST
Bitch + Sleigh Bells 
With Comedian Kate Micucci
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 - 8:00PM 

Event Info
Doors Open: 7:00 PM
Price: $25.00
Onsale:  Tickets are  currently on sale at this link.

Bitch / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Marianna Palka) — A woman snaps under crushing life pressures and assumes the psyche of a vicious dog. Her philandering, absentee husband is forced to become reacquainted with his four children and sister-in-law as they attempt to keep the family together during this bizarre crisis. Cast: Jason Ritter, Jaime King, Marianna Palka, Brighton Sharbino, Rio Mangini, Kingston Foster. Alumna Ren Hanami ('84) has a role in the film as "Family Lawyer". LOS ANGELES PREMIERE.

Followed by a performance by Sleigh Bells. After getting off the ground in 2009, Sleigh Bells released three blistering records in four years. Ready for a break from the road, they then took their time to push their music even further in Jessica Rabbit, their intense, vulnerable, uncategorizable fourth LP.

Kate Micucci can currently be seen in Jeff Baena’s The Little Hours (Sundance 2017) and recently appeared in critically acclaimed Don’t Think Twice and Netflix’s Easy. Kate is a member of the duo Garfunkel and Oates, for which she and partner Riki Lindhome were named comics to watch by Variety.

Supported by Alliance of Women Directors

Sundance NEXT FEST
Gook + Convo w/ Ava DuVernay
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 - 4:00PM
Event Info
Doors Open: 3:00 PM
Price: $15.00
Onsale: Tue, Jun 6, 2017 - 12:00PM PDT

Gook / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Justin Chon) — Eli and Daniel—Korean American brothers who run a shoe store in Paramount, California—form an unlikely friendship with Kamilla, an 11-year-old African American girl. As Daniel dreams of becoming a recording artist and Eli struggles to keep the store afloat, LA’s racial tensions erupt during the infamous 1992 riots. Cast: Justin Chon, Simone Baker, David So, Curtiss Cook Jr., Sang Chon, Ben Munoz. Winner of the Audience Award: NEXT at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

The screening will be preceded by the world premiere of Joey Bada$$’s newest music video, “Temptation,” directed by Nathan R. Smith.

Convo w/ Ava DuVernay

Presented by FilmL.A., Inc. 

Ava DuVernay will join director Justin Chon for a conversation following the screening.

Ava DuVernay directed the award-winning documentary 13th and acclaimed historical drama Selma, in addition to TV series Queen Sugar and Disney’s upcoming A Wrinkle in Time. DuVernay has been named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people, and she also helms the film collective Array to amplify the work of women and people of color.

Supported by Giant Robot

2017 TFT Theater Grads Start Muse of Fire Theater Company in LA
From Margaret Starbuck ('17):

2017 Theater Department graduates Will Block ('17), Margaret Starbuck ('17), and Renee Torchio MacDonald ('17) have founded Muse of Fire, a burgeoning classical theater company based in Los Angeles! This summer we will be producing Richard II and Henry IV in rep with each other! Both shows feature UCLA alumni actors and designers from the classes of 2016 and 2017! Performance dates are July 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th, August 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th @ 7PM and July 23rd, 30th, August 6th, 13th at 2PM! All performances are at Monk Space in Koreatown.

Visit  museoffireco.com for more details!
NYC Alumni: Prospect Park Alliance and Nitehawk Cinema Present:
A Summer Movie Under the Stars

In celebration of Prospect Park’s 150th anniversary, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Prospect Park Alliance present A Summer Movie Under the Stars in partnership with Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema.

These free outdoor film screenings on Prospect Park’s Long Meadow will feature live musical entertainment followed by family-friendly films carefully selected by Nitehawk Cinema to highlight park themes such as the famed Prospect Park Zoo, summer camps, Little League Baseball and the exquisite flora and fauna.

Grab your picnic blanket and head to Prospect Park to enjoy:

  • Wednesday, August 9: Zootopia, with live entertainment by Brooklyn United marching band

All live entertainment will start at 7 pm and films begin shortly after sundown at Long Meadow North, located nearest to the Grand Army Plaza entrance at Eastern Parkway. The closest subway station is the Eastern Parkway Brooklyn Museum stop on the 2, 3, and 4 lines. There are no rain dates in the event of inclement weather. 

A Summer Movie Under the Stars is made possible with additional support from HBO and Investors Bank.

For more information, maps and directions, visit www.prospectpark.org

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

Job Listings and Available Services
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French and English Speaker Wanted for New Orleans Film Production

In a perfect world we would like a New Orleans recent film grad that is fluent in French and English to work as a PA type director's assistant. Our director is from France and we are hoping to have someone to aide in translation or interpretation issues. 


Resumes may be sent to: deadlierthanthemale2017@gmail.comThey should have in the subject line "French Speaker" or something similar.

Assistant Level Positions

Twentieth Television Business and Legal Affairs Department is looking for a departmental Administrative Assistant supporting primarily the SVP, VP and Director of Business and Legal Affairs in Twentieth Television. Responsibilities include general clerical work, answering phones, data entry, scheduling meetings and follow up, and Handling incoming and outgoing correspondence, including mass mailings, contract distribution, etc. Must be very organized, self-motivated and able to handle more than one project at time, Proficient with Word (including knowledge of tables and charts), Microsoft Outlook, working knowledge of Excel and possess strong communication skills, Ability to interact with all levels of personnel and work as a team player are essential, Excellent attention to details is a must. Prior legal or business affairs experience and/or working with contracts is preferred. Send resumes to Aimee.Hoffman@fox.com 7/28

GSN is the leader in game show entertainment across multimedia. GSN Santa Monica is looking for an assistant to support the Original Programming and Development team, serving as an office liaison communicating with internal GSN divisions as well as the external business and creative community. Minimum of 1-2 years’ experience assisting an agent or executive, preferably at an agency, studio or production company. Send resumes to stseng@gsn.com 7/28

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 7/28

Producer/manager at ROAR seeks experienced assistant. Duties include rolling calls, managing schedules, coordinating travel, etc. and other typical administrative tasks. Must also be a quick reader. Attention to detail, a thick skin and professional attitude are an absolute must. 1-year experience on a high-volume lit or talent desk a requirement. This is not an entry level position. Send resume and cover letter to roarjobs2017@gmail.com 7/28

An executive producer with primetime shows currently on ABC and FOX is looking for an experienced assistant. His background is in late night TV and news. You’ll be exposed to the crafting of every detail of this major undertaking— from format development and celebrity booking to set design, scripts, and shooting schedules. The ideal candidate has experience supporting high-level executives and is comfortable managing a busy desk, but is interested in getting on-set production experience and helping produce great TV. Experience with VIP talent, development, and decks/pitch materials are pluses. Please send resumes to executiveproducerasst@gmail.com 7/20

Heroes and Villains Entertainment seeks a new full time second assistant. This is a very busy, high volume desk assisting several executives, so previous desk experience at an agency or management company preferred. All the customary assistant duties apply: Answering phones, tracking projects, handling submissions and meetings for several managers, etc. Professional demeanor with a can-do attitude and calm under pressure are a must. One year commitment required. Send resumes and cover letters to info@heroesandvillians-ent.com 7/20

West Hollywood based management and production company with A-List clients seeks assistant for two talent managers with fast paced, high volume businesses. Customer service experience is a must. This is a full time shared assistant position, splitting time between two offices, assisting a talent manager and the CEO/producer with talent management clients, interacting with talent, and exposure to film production. Experience must include time at a talent agency or management company. Candidates must be extremely detailed, very organized, very tech savvy, able to multi-task, and possess a high level of initiative. Great opportunity to further ones career in within the entertainment industry with an established manager with amazing clients. Please email resumes and cover letters to assistantsearch4@gmail.com 7/28

Wetdog Entertainment, a production and literary management company owned by Stephanie Davis, is seeking a development assistant/coordinator. With a several film and television projects in the pipeline, the company will allow the candidate great exposure to development, production, and representation. The position entails booking travel, high call volume, and scheduling, and the candidate must be willing to wear many hats in a small business. Creative input is a major part of the position. At least 1 year of high-volume desk experience is required. Please send resumes to wdasst17@gmail.com 7/28

Daniel Beaty Productions, Inc. is seeking to hire an experienced fulltime assistant to work closely with acclaimed TV, film, and stage writer, performer and social justice advocate Daniel Beaty. Tasks include managing calendar, e-mails, booking travel, proofing documents, working with current team, support during live appearances. There are also creative opportunities with supporting event planning, social media, newsletter. Position will also require personal assistant and daily life support tasks. Must love small dogs and have strong grammar skills. Please send resume and cover letter to info@danielbeaty.com 7/28

Talent Managers looking for super star assistant. Experience at a Talent Agency is preferred. Excellent communication skills, strong work ethic and great attitude required. Must be quick with learning phone system, excited to work with clients in a fast paced environment, and eager to learn new skills. This is a great opportunity to work with an amazing group of colleagues and clients. Career growth opportunity in a dynamic, top entertainment company. Please send resumes to assistantposition310@outlook.com 7/28

Magnet Management, a management and production company, is looking to hire a new

coordinator/assistant. This is a busy desk supporting multiple managers. The job involves heavy multi-tasking and a knowledge of both the talent and literary sides of the industry. Must be sociable, assertive, and self-reliant as the company is a tight-knit group. Heavy submissions, scheduling, and dealing with international clients. Ideally looking for someone who wants to become a manager and can start immediately. Please send resumes to asst@magnetmanagement.com 7/28

Talent Manager/Partner at a prestigious management/production company looking for a Co-Assistant. This is not a starter desk. All applicants must have at least one year assistant experience. Must be detailed-oriented, highly motivated and professional with superior organizational and communication skills. Must be able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. Job responsibilities include handling client appointments, managing travel/schedule for manager and clients, heavy phones and overall office upkeep. High volume and demanding desk, but an incredible opportunity and learning experience for the right, self-motivated candidate. Please send resumes to anoncontalentasst@gmail.com 7/20

LA based producer Judd Payne, is running production and development for the newly launched finance/production entity The Hideaway Entertainment, is hiring a production/development assistant. The Hideaway is financing a slate of films and will launch a Television division shortly. Payne’s previous producing partner, Matthew Rhodes started the company earlier this year. Desk assistant duties are required, but this is a heavy development focussed position. One to two years of agency experience a plus, general knowledge of independent financing, and ears to the ground on the next generation of content creators is important. Looking to hire immediately. Send resumes to Ryan@thehideaway.com 7/20

Electus seeks an Executive Assistant/Office Manager to the EVP, Physical Production. Candidate should have one to two years of experience at an assistant level at a talent agency or entertainment company. Must be able to respond to high volume of calls, emails, and work independently or with a team on special and ongoing projects. Please email resume and cover letter to Eli.Schiff@electus.com 7/20

Done + Dusted is looking for a cool, smart, hard working individual to join our company. You will be supervised by the C.O.O., and assist the team of executive assistants. You’ll gain exposure to the inner-workings of a busy global production company. Responsibilities include general office duties, as well as creative development for existing productions and new projects. You will have the opportunity to get experience on-site during any of our production weeks, and learn the ins and outs of television production. Done + Dusted is a global production company with credits such as the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards, Stand Up To Cancer, and the live weekly MTV series Wonderland. Must have a passion for production, a ‘can-do’ attitude, and a goal of working in the industry after graduation. Absolute musts are a good work ethic, positive attitude, willingness to learn. Send Resume + Cover Letter to doneanddustedinterns@gmail.com 7/28

Personal Assistant Positions

A-list, Oscar nominated director is looking for an assistant. The position will involve running personal errands, managing schedule and travel, handling home and office matters, and assisting our team with any daily tasks. There is a possibility to be involved in research or creative projects. Candidates must be open to relocating to New York for filming and be comfortable operating on set. This really is an incredible opportunity for a positive, eager, organized, and hungry person to experience the inner workings of a true Hollywood filmmaker. We require someone reliable with a “no task too small” attitude, who can adapt to a fast and changing work environment. Discretion is absolutely crucial. This will be moving very quickly. Please send resumes to personalasst.director@gmail.com 7/28

High profile feature film director and their family is seeking house manager and personal assistant. This position is based in Malibu where the aforementioned reside with their animals on a picturesque ranch. The job will predominantly be based from this location and will consist of managing the personal lives and maintaining of the family home. Candidate will be responsible for managing vendors and other employees on the property. Send resumes to Simon@vonspears.com 7/28

A Social influencer based in LA is looking to hire a full time assistant. The responsibilities include managing calendars, organizing footage, booking travel, handling correspondence, video production, social media management, occasional travel and other errands and activities. Please send resumes to celebrityassistant23@gmail.com 7/20

Partner/VP of Culinary for Wolfgang Puck Catering is looking for a new assistant. This job is mostly admin and no cooking experience is required but a well rounded knowledge of food and the restaurant industry is a bonus. Applicants should have a minimum of two years of experience as an assistant. Day to day activities include scheduling, assisting with food production and execution, and logistical planning for events. Must be willing to work weekends. Send resumes to lindsey.nakatani@wolfgangpuck.com or csosnof@chsopco.com 7/20

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
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 September 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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