UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - December 4, 2015
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
December 4, 2015
Welcome to the new TFT Alumni Newsletter. We hope you like the new format.
Questions, comments, alumni news? Email alumni@tft.ucla.edu
News and TFT Alumni Events
1st Annual TFT BEN East Holiday Party

Come celebrate the holidays with TFT BEN East! TFT Alumni Affairs is sponsoring a holiday party for all TFT alumni in the NYC area: BEN East members, friends and family are all welcome.

Alumnus Joe Bettles ('09) and Brian Pugach ('09) will be generously opening up their Washington Heights apartment for the festivities. Come for food, drinks, and who knows, maybe even a magician. Terrible holiday sweaters optional.

We look forward to celebrating the holidays with you!

WHEN: Friday, December 18, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
WHERE: 53 Hamilton Terrace #66 New York, NY 10031 -  View Map  

A Note to TFT BEN East Members and alumni who would like to get involved with BEN East:

A TFT BEN East meeting is being held
THIS SUNDAY 12/6 at 3:30pm.

David Rubenstein Atrium
 61 W 62nd St
New York, NY 10023

Questions? Contact Jackson Thompson

Set your DVRs! Off the Menu: Asian America airs Dec 8 on PBS

From Grace Lee (MFA '02):

Dear Friends,

I’m very excited to share that Off the Menu: Asian America, a new documentary I produced and directed  premieres nationally on PBS next Tuesday Dec. 8. Please check your local TV listings for exact airdates.

Thanks to all of you who have been supportive of this project over the past year. If you could help us get the word out one last time to your lists and networks I would really appreciate it. If we have good viewership on Dec 8, this will help make the case to turn the program into a series (something I’m actively trying to do). It’s been an incredible experience both filming and sharing the film with audiences around the country who have wholeheartedly embraced the breadth and complexity of Asian American stories. I’m especially proud about the segment that features the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin and how its tradition of langar, the weekly communal meal, helped members in the healing process following the mass shooting there in 2012.   

Please share the broadcast info with your friends, family, organizations and anyone you know who has ever taken a picture of their food. Below are some sample posts  but feel free to create your own. The companion website to the film features a trailer, recipes and is right here:


PBS Premiere: Tuesday Dec. 8


There are more Chinese restaurants in the US than Burger King, MacDonald's and KFC's combined! Tune in to Off the Menu:Asian America on Dec. 8th to learn more about Asian Americans and Food! (check local listings). #OfftheMenuAsianAmerica 


Get ready #foodies! #OfftheMenuAsianAmerica by @anothergracelee premieres nationwide on @PBS on Dec. 8th! (check local listings)

Asians taking pictures of food: #OfftheMenuAsianAmerica by @anothergracelee premieres on @PBS on Dec. 8th! (check local listings)

Many thanks  for your support!  I will probably send out reminder posts the day before the broadcast.  So appreciative to you all! 

Grace Lee

Director, Off the Menu: Asian America




The TFT BEN Programming Fund is Now Active!
The TFT Bruin Entertainment Network is now able to accept 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!

A link to support the TFT BEN Scholarship Fund will be available in coming weeks. 
TFT Sundance Reception in Park City, UT 
January 23, 2016
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Noon to 2:00 p.m.
660 Main Street
Park City, UT 84060
RSVP: www.tft.ucla.edu/sundancereception    

Matthew Wrather (MFA '12) stars.

You’ll never find a better part for me than the Elf in David Sedaris’s The SantaLand Diaries.

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to come see me in something, this is it!

I’m very proud of this show, and I think you’re going to have a great time: It’s the classic David Sedaris story adapted into a brisk, hilarious feast of a one-man-show. It’s smart, it’s energetic, it’s just a bit perverse… like me!

Please come! And use the promo code ELF at checkout to get regular tickets $19.96 (the year the show was first done). That's a 33% discount!

Dec 5–20, 2015
Friday & Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3:30
(Previews Dec 3 & 4 at 8)


Free Lecture at Emerson College, December 7th        

How to creatively work with China's film industry

Assistant Professor Weiko Lin (MFA Screenwriting '02) will cover the current trends in the Chinese film market, censorship challenges, and what defines U.S.-China co-productions. With China projected to eclipse the U.S. box office by 2018, join us for an open forum to discuss how American filmmakers can navigate culturally and work in collaboration with the Chinese, creating stories for its market as well as for the global audiences. 

In addition, he will walk through the process of setting up his upcoming Chinese language action thriller filming next year for a 2017 release for one of China’s biggest studios. 

To RSVP, email Valena Berke at valena_berke@emerson.edu.

More information available here.

Date: DECEMBER 07, 2015 7:00PM

Locations: Emerson College Los Angeles 
5960 West Sunset Boulevard 
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Cost: Free
Taiwanese director Po Chou Chi (MFA '12) wins Best Director award for his film Rescue

From taipeitimes.com:

Animation director Chi Po-chou (紀柏舟) won the Best Director award for his film Rescue at the Asian Youth Animation and Comic Contest, which was held from Friday to Sunday in Guiyang, China.

The film was the only award-winning animation work from Taiwan among the 20,000 entries from nations around the world.

Rescue has been nominated or won awards at 18 international film festivals, including Japan’s Sapporo Short Film Festival and the Children’s Film Festival Seattle.

Chi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from National Taiwan Normal University and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Applied Art from National Chiao Tung University.

He also received an MFA degree in animation from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and has worked as a story artist in Hollywood.

Chi’s first 3D animation film, The Drawer of Memory, produced in 2006, won a gold award at the Seventh Asia-Pacific Digital Art and Animation Competition.

His second animated film, The Lighthouse, made at UCLA in 2010, has won 28 international awards, including the 38th Student Academy Award.

Chi is currently working on his first feature-length animation, which depicts a child’s adventure in a fairy-tale world and is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

Different from the theme of parental love featured in The Lighthouse, Rescue is about three scientists working in a laboratory saving the life of a mysterious creature, which is in fact the Earth.

Chi said that he tries to demonstrate the importance of environmental conservation in a light-hearted, humorous way.

The Wallis Forms New Partnership with ASCAP and DreamWorks Studios to Present The016 
ASCAP Foundation/DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop 

Annual Workshop Seeking New Original Musical Works To Take Place at The Wallis Feb. 16-18, 2016
Now in its 23rd year under the leadership of Artistic Director Stephen Schwartz, the workshop—giving selected composers and lyricists the opportunity to present selections from original musical works in progress for professional critique—will take place at The Wallis in Beverly Hills from  Feb. 16-18, 2016 , with submissions now being accepted. The application deadline is  Dec. 16, 2015   

Sign Up to Host a Dinner for 12 Strangers in Feb. or March
Dinners for 12 Strangers is a 47-year UCLA tradition that has become a global phenomenon. Every year, on one of three nights, alumni, faculty and students come together to enjoy good food and conversation.  The Dinners program is a wonderful way for your alumni to engage with current students in your school.
For hosts, please sign up using this link: https://alumni.ucla.edu/traditions/dinner-for-12-strangers/host/
In this box “ Provided there is sufficient interest, would you prefer to host a dinner focused on a particular major, profession or interest? If yes, please indicate your preference.” – indicate your interest in a dinner with students from your respective school.
At the start of Winter Quarter, we’ll follow up with the student sign-up link.  Staff can share the link with their students and we’ll match the alumni hosts with students from their corresponding school.

More info about the D12 Dinners here
The Grammy Museum presents: Sinatra An American Icon
As the official exhibit of the Frank Sinatra Centennial, Sinatra: An American Icon traces 100 years of Sinatra legacy, from Hoboken, N.J., through superstardom, chronicling the meteoric rise of his music career, his Hollywood success, personal life, and humanitarian work.

Job Listings
KCET Looking to Hire a Multimedia Producer

Reporting to the SVP, Content Development & Production, the Multimedia Producer will develop and produce smart, original content for KCETLink's multiple distribution channels - both for broadcast and digital, and will be charged with creating and commissioning videos, editorial graphics, interactives and other content for all of KCETLink's distribution platforms. The successful candidate will be a digitally-literate, socially-savvy journalist that has the proven ability to source ideas and execute high-quality video stories independently.

• Under the direction of the SVP, Content Development & Production and collaborating with other KCETLink departments
- develops and produces unique original content across all platforms
- creates and commissions videos, editorial graphics, interactives and other content across all platforms
• Liaises on a daily basis with KCETLink's editors, writers, producers, and the social media and program teams 
• Contributes ideas to KCETLink's Production meetings
• Works closely with the Communications Department to market and publicize new content
• Collaborates, as needed, with the Development Department to position KCETLink for new funding sources
• Completes other duties as directed or assigned

• Commission and edit video material for the web and for broadcast
• Commission products that are in alignment with KCETLink's vision, within budget and on aggressive deadlines
• Shoot and edit video consistent with industry-standard editing protocols
• Work with web and production publishing tools
• Manage people and products
• Quickly learn KCETLink software and production systems
• Be intellectually curious and a creative and nimble thinker
• Be passionate about producing stories in innovative ways

• Minimum 5 years' experience successfully working in the industry
• Masters or Bachelors in Film, Journalism or Art

KCETLink offers a competitive salary and benefits package

Submit a resume, a cover letter to HR Coordinator at HR@KCET.org.

Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodations.

KCETLink is an Equal Opportunity Employer: women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans are an integral part of the workforce.

PT Social Media Contractor (for Web Series “ Laid Out”)

Employer: Laid Out


BruinView ID #: 903550


Laid Out is a new comedy web series about the perils of modern dating. Following three single men who live in an apartment in LA, their unfiltered dialogue gets them nowhere but trouble. Our approach is to effectively generate buzz across both mainstream and multicultural (Hispanic, African-American, and Asian) audiences. 

Social Media Contractor is a temporary contract position. 

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Develop social media community plans for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and any emerging platforms 
  • Design content calendar and social campaign for the brands' owned communities
  • Oversee and manage posting of content 
  • Create textual and basic image-based social media content 
  • Leverage current social listening platforms to monitor online conversation and identify potential partnerships and influencers 
  • Identify opportunities and recommendations for activity in online platforms 
  • Reply to questions and comments on various social media platforms. Work with producers to field product questions when required and respond accordingly 
  • Identify and proactively outreach to consumers who may have an interest in future financing/development 
  • Liaise with producers to coordinate outreach to online influencers, aimed at driving buzz for the brand and social media programming 
  • Help build and organize planning projects and materials 
  • Analysis of social media presence/performance for client's social media account 
  • Analysis of data/consumer output from primary and secondary research to come to thoughtful and inspiring conclusions
  • Evaluate the metrics of project success and delivers strong recommendations based on outcome

      Approximate Hours Per Week: 10  


  • Must possess an expert knowledge and technical understanding of social media networking channels 
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, creative personality and proven experience of working in a team 
  • Deadline oriented and flexible enough to adjust to new opportunities as they arise 
  • Stay current and forward thinking on new social media tools and platforms, best practices and use within the competitive landscape 
  • Excellent verbal and written skills 
  • Knowledge of tools such as Hootsuite, Buster, Facebook, Insight, Twitter Analytics.Knowledge of Photoshop to create shareable content 

For consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume and online portfolio/ links to samples of online communities you have been involved with. 

Job Function:

  • Arts/Design/Planning, Communication, Computer Science/Statistics, Entertainment, Marketing/Sales 

Salary Type: Hourly wage
Salary Range: 18,000 - 20,000 

Inhance Digital Hiring AV Lead / Technical Support

YOU ARE a trade show and technical support guru.  You have experience working in trade shows and event production environments. You have a deep understanding of hardware, software, and have enviable troubleshooting and organizational skills. You are self-motivated, work well under pressure, and can handle tight deadlines. You thrive in an entrepreneurial culture where you can do ground-breaking work alongside the best talent in the industry.


Key responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:                                                             

  • Work closely with cross-functional teams (Executive Producers, Producers, Technical Manager and IT Manager) to recommend and evaluate computer hardware.
  • Price hardware for bids.
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams to install and integrate Inhance’s custom software programs onto specific hardware platforms.
  • Work with software development, graphics production, and Q/A teams to install software, run extensive testing, and help with troubleshooting.
  • Travel to tradeshows and customer locations to install hardware and Inhance’s software.
  • Provide onsite technical support, troubleshoot hardware/software issues, install and update hardware and software drivers.
  • Manage hardware inventories and hardware logistics for client tradeshows.
  • Assist engineering staff in evaluating technical/systems development.
  • Assist management in timely deployment of new systems.
  • Act as an interface with the software development team on quality control and documentation of technical projects.


  • Demonstrated ability to work in tradeshows and event production environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to price hardware for bids.
  • Knowledge of mobile platforms (e.g., iOS, Android).
  • Knowledge of basic networking and security (including: DHCP, FTP, SSH, mail and web protocols).
  • Position requires international travel; must be available for travel up to 80% and on short notice.
  • Knowledge of projection systems, a plus.
  • Experience working in animation, film/visual effects, or multimedia companies, a plus
  • Experience working on video walls and interactive displays, a plus.
  • Must thrive in fast-paced, high pressure environments.
  • Must have excellent presentation and communication skills (written, oral, internal, and client-facing).
  • Must work well both independently and on teams.  Must be punctual, reliable, flexible, and excellent at balancing multiple detail-oriented projects. 
  • Other duties as assigned.


To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and work samples to jobs@inhance.com.  Your application will not be considered without a portfolio/reel (if applicable).  Please include the name of the position in the subject line of the email.

More job listings from Inhance Digital can be found here

Let Me Help You With Your Screenplays

As an experienced writer from Class of '76 with over 30 produced indie films & TV episodes, and Emmy & WGA awards nominee, I offer the following services:

Script consulting, coverage, edit/polish, English language polish, tutoring, etc., tell me what you need!

Distribution consulting as well.

My fees are reasonable.  Student and alumni discounts. 

Contact Daniel Benton - danbenton@thrillerent.com or 818-438-8805. 

Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) Seeking Faculty Positions
in Postproduction and Cinematography
The School of Film and Television and the School of Digital Media at SCAD are seeking candidates for faculty positions in cinematography, postproduction, animation, visual effects, and game development.

Professor of Film & Television: Postproduction
Professor of Film & Television: Cinematography
This is a link to the program:
Discount Ticket Offers from CTG
The Christians

$35* Special Ticket Offer
$35* Special Ticket Price 
(Section A Only) 

December 2 - 20, 2015 

Use code: FAITH 

*Online, by phone or in person.  Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Subject to Availability.  Cannot be combined with any other offers. Not available on Saturday evening performances or Sunday, December 13.

Straight White Men

Ticket Offer 
$25 Weekend Matinees* 

$35 Sun - Fri Eves* 

November 24 - December 6, 2015 

*Online, by phone or in person. Subject to availability. Not valid on previously purchased tickets or combined with any other offers. Saturday evenings excluded.

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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