UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - February 10, 2017
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
February 10, 2017
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News and TFT Alumni Events
UCLA Newsroom Interviews TFT Alumna Channing Dungey, Head of Entertainment at ABC
From UCLA Newsroom, Feb. 8, 2017: 

Self-described TV junkie calls the shots at ABC.

To Channing Dungey, running a television network isn’t just a job — it’s more like a calling. A self-described TV junkie, Dungey, a 1991 alumna of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, has helped bring addictive hits like"Scandal," "Quantico" and "American Crime" to the small screen.

As the new president of ABC Entertainment and the first African-American woman to hold that post at any of the Big Four networks, Dungey aims to pull ABC out of its fourth-place doldrums with an upcoming remake of the classic coming-of-age flick "Dirty Dancing," reimagined as a three-hour musical; Kiefer Sutherland’s conspiracy thriller "Designated Survivor," an early hit with more than 15 million cumulative viewers; and the civil rights series "When We Rise." A top priority is continuing to diversify the schedule — one of her first full-season orders was for the new family comedy "Speechless," which features an actor with cerebral palsy playing a character with that disability.

The interview begins here.
Sketch to Screen 2017
Costume Design Panel and Celebration
February 25th, 2017

Presented by Swarovski, Dean Teri Schwartz and UCLA TFT’s David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design, the seventh annual Sketch to Screen Costume Design Panel and Celebration will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall.

On the eve of the Academy Awards each year, Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Chair and Founding Director of the Copley Center, welcomes a stellar group of international costume designers to the UCLA TFT campus to discuss their craft. With Professor Landis moderating, the Sketch to Screen panelists engage in a thought-provoking panel discussion about the central role costume designers play in cinematic storytelling. Audience members are given an invaluable look into some of the most successful creative minds in Hollywood.

More information on the event can be found here.

TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THE 2017 PANEL AND RECEPTION, VISIT: www.tft.ucla.edu/sketchtoscreen2017

"Dear White People" Series
to Premiere on Netflix
On April 28th, Netflix will premiere the series "Dear White People," based on the feature film of the same name. The series is produced by alumna Stephanie Allain (Professional Programs) and features TFT alumnus Erich Lane ('06).

CNN Entertainment has Netflix's first look at the series.
"High School Lover" to Re-air on Lifetime on Saturday, Feb 11th
The Jerell Rosales-directed (TFT MFA Student), Jessica Dube-written (MFA '16), and James Franco (UCLA '08) executive produced Lifetime movie, " High School Lover" will re-air on Lifetime, Saturday, Feb 11.

The Daily Bruin has a piece on the TFT Bruin collaboration.  
Alumna Marie Cantin Recognized by DGA with
2017 Frank Capra
Achievement Award
UPM Marie Cantin became the 31st recipient of the Frank Capra Achievement Award, at the DGA Awards ceremony on February 4, 2017. The Capra Award is given to an Assistant Director or Unit Production Manager in recognition of their career and service to the industry and the DGA.

DGA.org has more on Cantin and the award.
"Left on Purpose"
Streaming and Theatrical Release Today
LEFT ON PURPOSE produced by TFT alumna  Eden Wurmfeld (MFA '03), will launch worldwide and play for one week only starting Feb 10 at Cinema Village in NYC.

http://leftonpurpose.com and in partnership with Sundance Institute the outreach campaign inspired by the film:  http://elderhealthtree.com.
Alumnus Steven Liang Selected for
Film Independent's Directing Lab

Title: Grand Prize

Director, Co-Writer: Steven Liang

Logline: Grand Prize follows Gia, a shy, determined Black trans girl who must negotiate between the life her mother set out for her, and the fantastical world of Ballroom and competitive Vogue Performance.

Meet Film Independent’s 2017 Directing Lab Fellows and read about FI's Directing Lab here.
TFT Alumni Nights with The Archive Presents:
Smooth Talk - February 27th

Smooth Talk and the short film Recital, which precedes the feature, are part of the ongoing program, “TFT Alumni Nights with The Archive”.

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

February 27, 2017 - 7:30 pm at the  Billy Wilder Theater.

Recital  (1978, 20 min.)

Dir. Stephanie Beroes.  Distributor: LUX. Cinematographer: S. Beroes, Janis Lipzin, Pamela Mosher, Keehn Thompson. With: Button Quinn, Pamela Mosher, Sharon Wood, Wendy Olsen, Babeth Van Loo.

Smooth Talk  (1985)

Fifteen year-old Connie (a nubile Laura Dern) and her friends use their summer break in Northern California to experiment with the trappings of womanhood--eyeshadow, hairspray, and revealing clothing—as they shakily navigate this new, adult world of crushes, and confront the perils of sexual exploration. This narrative debut from Joyce Chopra (her first few works were documentaries) dives headfirst into that time when boys aren’t just mysterious bodies, but also opportunities for the heretofore unknown mobility represented by that ultimate symbol of American freedom (and danger): his car. With hints of  Lolita and the decade’s earlier  Fast Times at Ridgemont High, this under-appreciated coming-of-age story is a sobering yet profound entry from the John Hughes era as only a woman could materialize.

35mm, color, 92 min.  Dir. Joyce Chopra.  Production: Goldcrest Films International; Nepenthe Productions. Distribution: Paramount Pictures [Swank]. Producer: Martin Rosen. Based on the short story by Joyce Carol Oates. Screenwriter: Tom Cole. Cinematographer: James Glennon. Production Design: David Wasco. Editor: Patrick Dodd. Composer: Bill Payne; Russ Kunkel; George Massenburg. With: Laura Dern, Mary Kay Place, Elizabeth Berridge, Levon Helm, Treat Williams.

Female-Created Content Wanted for Blue Fever Platform

Blue Fever is a streaming platform for the best video content focused on women. We've carefully curated the most badass digital series, short films, comedy sketches, docu-pieces and music videos for YOU – because mainstream entertainment stars women only 15% of the time! Newsflash, Hollywood... we are half the population and we deserve more. Blue Fever is partnering with the best emerging and established creators, building a home for all of us where we can finally be seen and heard.

When Blue Fever launches, you'll be able to access this amazing content — for a fee that costs less than a month of Netflix! Soon after, we’ll offer feature-length movies and TV shows! Sign up and we’ll ping you when we launch.

If you've created female-focused video content, we want to consider it for the Blue Fever platform. Have a digital series, comedy sketch, docu-video/docu-series, short film or music video? All genres welcome! Submit below and we'll check it out and get in touch.
Frameline41 SF International LGBTQ Film Festival
Submission Open Through Feb 28

Founded in 1977, the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognized LGBTQ film exhibition event in the world. As a community event with an annual attendance of over 63,000, the Festival is the most prominent and well-attended LGBTQ arts program in the Bay Area.

FRAMELINE41 is a competitive film festival with cash prizes attached to each of our Audience Awards for Best Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short. Frameline41 will also have two juried awards for Outstanding First Feature and Outstanding Documentary Feature.

Frameline41 Submission Deadlines & Fees

 Earlybird Deadline:  December 19, 2016 – $25.00
• Regular Deadline: January 25, 2017 – $40.00
 Late Deadline: February 15, 2017 – $60.00
• Extended Late Deadline: February 28, 2017 – $75.00

Use Withoutabox to submit online: 

The San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival accepts online entries submitted via Withoutabox.com, which provide cost-saving, paperless submission to film festivals around the world. Withoutabox’s internet-only submission platforms feature online applications via one master entry form, online fee payments, press kits, and the option to use Secure Online Screeners, an economical, eco-friendly, and secure alternative to traditional hard-copy DVD submissions.

Click here for more info.

Job Listings and Available Services
Script Coverage Tool for Bruins
TFT alumnus Curtis Baxter (MFA '15) has developed, with a team of UCLA alumni, a new, Bruins-only script coverage tool called nerative.

He describes it as " Hollywood's newest, cheapest, and best way to receive professional caliber story coverage on scripts or treatments. Where do alumni come in? Bruins only team. Welcome to nerative."

Please send all inquiries to info@nerative.com.

View the website at nerative.com.
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The Wallis Presents:
946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
CTG Present: Good Grief
World Premiere

By Ngozi Anyanwu
Directed by Patricia McGregor

Nkechi was a good Nigerian girl. She did everything right. Went to med school. Made plans. Then life happened. And plans changed. A first-generation coming-of-age journey of love, loss, and growing into adulthood, Good Grief follows Nkechi as she navigates Pennsylvania’s suburbs alongside her childhood crush, her would-be-philosopher brother—the king of the cul-de-sac—and her immigrant parents. A fresh voice in American theatre, Ngozi Anyanwu makes her playwriting debut with this World premiere.

$25 Special Ticket Price
(Price Levels A & B, Reg. $70-$45)

For Performances - February 26 - March 12, 2017
Use code:  GGTIX

*Offer available 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 March 5.

The crème de la crème of parody movies, Airplane!, comes to you LIVE on stage in a show that both satirizes and lovingly embraces the comedy classic you already know by heart.

Follow the tormented former fighter pilot, Ted Striker, as he tries to win back the affections of stewardess Elaine Dickenson on the doomed flight 209.

Full of the moments you love, and some new takes you might not expect, this ain't no passive theater event. Shout out lines, dance, sing and more when you join us aboard the Trans-American Flight traveling from LAX to Chicago O'Hare. Just don't eat the fish!

Alumna Chrisi Talyn Saje (MFA '11) wrote the adaptation, will produce the show, and plays Elaine. 

February 10th - March 18th. Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 8PM & 11PM

The Flight Theatre at The Complex
6472 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Tickets $20.00.  UCLA TFT alumni: $12.50 with discount code: UCLATFT when ordering online only
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