UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - February 3, 2017
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
February 3, 2017
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News and TFT Alumni Events
TFT Alumni Nights with The Archive Presents:
Desert Hearts - February 4th
Tomorrow Night !

Desert Hearts and Donna Deitch's short films that will precede the feature are part of the ongoing program, “TFT Alumni Nights with The Archive”.

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

Saturday, February 4 @ 7:30 p.m.  |  DESERT HEARTS  (1986)

Based on Jane Rule’s novel Desert of the Heart (1964), Donna Deitch’s narrative feature debut centers on a burgeoning lesbian romance between libertine casino worker Cay Rivvers (Patricia Charbonneau) and repressed university professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) in Reno, Nevada in the late 1950s, a climate wherein being queer was...complicated. Landmark in its positive portrayal of sapphic romance and celebrated for its passionate, sensual bedroom scenes that nearly fog the camera’s lens, Deitch’s vision for Cay and Vivian’s nuanced onscreen relationship explores the tension inherent in a sheltered woman accepting her newfound sexual self.

Desert Hearts has been digitally restored by The Criterion Collection/Janus Films and UCLA Film & Television Archive in conjunction with Outfest UCLA Legacy Project and Sundance Institute.

DCP, color, sound, 96 min. Dir. Donna Deitch. Production: Desert Hearts Productions. Distribution: Criterion. Producer: Donna Deitch. Based on the novel by Jane Rule. Screenwriter: Natalie Cooper. Cinematographer: Robert Elswit. Production Design: Jeannine Oppewall. Editor: Robert Estrin. With: Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau, Audra Lindley, Andra Akers, Gwen Welles.


Part of the series: What a Difference: Women and Film in the 1970s and 1980s.

Director / alumna Donna Deitch (MFA '76) in person.  Los Angeles restoration premiere.

A sneak peak at the next TFT Alumni Nights with The Archive screening:
Smooth Talk - February 27th

RIP Leon Katz
From Theater Department Chair, Brian Kite (MFA '04):

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Our colleague, Leon Katz, died last week on January 23, 2017. He was 97 years old. Professor Katz was a Visiting Professor in our Department from 1992 - 2002. He was Professor Emeritus of Drama at Yale University. Until 1989, he was co-chair of their Department of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism. 

His Yale bio is here: http://drama.yale.edu/facstaff/leon-katz

His website: http://www.katzleon.com 

An obituary and photo may be found here: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/obituaries/2017/01/26/Leon-Katz-famed-playwright-professor-Gertrude-Stein-scholar/stories/201701260041 

I took a course with Professor Katz and still remember the way he would lecture. With a smile on his face. Seated at a desk. He would speak for 2 hours. He never used notes. He just knew it. 



2017 Sundance Film Festival TFT Alumni Update
Sony Pictures Classics picked up the worldwide rights to Call Me By Your Name starring alumnus Michael Stuhlbarg, Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet.

Amazon picked up the six-part Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip, executive produced by TFT executive board member Martin Scorsese

Marti Mixon's anorexia drama To the Bone, featuring the work of TFT alums Don O. Knowlton (MFA '85) and Marika Stephens ('09), was picked up by Netflix.

The Amanda Glaze ('08) co-produced film The Big Sick starring Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan was picked up by Amazon.

The hysterical The Little Hours, starring Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie and Molly Shannon, was picked up by distributor Gunpowder & Sky. Alumna Quyen Tran was cinematographer on the film and alumnus David Harris ('07 MFA) serves as Gunpowder & Sky's VP, Development.

Netflix acquired Mudbound, produced by TFT executive board member Charles King.

I Don't Feel at Home in This Wold Anymore took top prize at Sundance this year. The film features the work of alumnus Maxwell J. Hamilton ('13). Alumnus Nick Spicer (MFA '06) served as executive producer.

Alumna Garrett Bradley's (MFA '12) 13-minute short film Alone won the festival's jury award in the nonfiction shorts category, also earning Bradley a qualification for 2018 Oscar consideration.

The Jorma Taccone ('00) produced film Brigsby Bear was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics for worldwide distribution.
UCLA TFT Professional Programs Reveals Winners Of Its
2016 Television Pilot Competition
From Deadline:

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s Professional Programs today announced the winners of its Television Pilot Competition. The awards were determined by industry professionals and UCLA alumni, and winners received a monetary prize.

Here are the winners and honorable mentions and their projects:

Stephanie Berger won the Comedy Pilot Competition Award for Badger News. In News, after a mental breakdown (and a court order), an overachieving high school girl must drop her hectic A+ lifestyle and “slum it” in a trade class — her school’s struggling TV news program.

Andrew Lewellen won the Drama Pilot Competition Award for American Motors, an epic family drama set in the boomtown of American industry of the 1970s — Detroit, Michigan, and features dual protagonists: a black man at the center of his family, and a white woman at the center of hers, each struggling to overcome race, gender politics and social obstacles for one last shot at the American Dream. Lewellen has worked as a freelance sportswriter for outlets including ESPN: The MagazineGrantland.comThe New York Times and Los Angeles Magazine.

Tyler Chatham received the Comedy Pilot Competition Honorable Mention for Title Wave. In Title Wave, a young adult pursues his dream of becoming a WWE superstar, despite his family and society’s best efforts to persuade him otherwise. Chatham is a writer and video editor for the Los Angeles Times.

Dominique Mouton received the Drama Pilot Competition Honorable Mention for The Lower Bottoms, which tells the story of an FBI informant who delves into the world of a suspected West Oakland anarchist group after her twin sister falls into a coma. She soon finds herself polarized by the choices before her: Uphold an unjust system or dismantle it by any means necessary.

Now in its 23rd year, Professional Programs at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television is taught by entertainment industry experts and offers numerous graduate-level, non-degree courses. Alumni include Josh Bycel, James Ponsoldt, Dan Mazeau and Susan Hurwitz Arneson.

CNN's The History of Comedy Screening at LACMA
Join CNN for a special screening of a new CNN ORIGINAL SERIES


Followed by a panel discussion with

Executive producers Mark Herzog and Todd Milliner

Moderated by LACMA Film Independent Series curator, Elvis Mitchell 

Monday, February 6th


Bing Theatre (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 

RSVP at http://www.lacma.org/event/history-comedy

The California Golden Seals Story Documentary
Now Available to Stream
Mark Greczmiel's ('80) feature-length documentary, "The California Golden Seals Story" which examines the bizarre and colorful history of a failed NHL franchise from the 1960's and 70's is now available on iTunes. A couple of stories about it are below:

TFT alumna Ren Hanami ('84, Extension Cert. '15) will co-star in Criminal Minds on CBS on March 1 as Dr. Marion Rillo. Ren will also begin shooting a recurring co-star role as Fluga in "Angie Tribeca" next week.
Wm. Bullion Directs Born Ready at Chicago's Factory Theater

The Factory Theater presents the world premiere of  Born Ready. Written by Stacie Barra and directed by Wm. Bullion ('84)Born Ready runs March 17 - April 29 at The Factory Theater, 1623  W. Howard St. Previews are Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m.

Opening night is Friday, March 24 at 8 p.m. Regular performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for preview performances and $25 for regular run. Tickets may be purchased through Box Office by calling 866.811.4111 or by visiting http://www.thefactorytheater.com.

Marion Kroft, an aging former child film actor turned variety show star in the 1950s, is desperate to get back into the public's eye and show business. Harriet is a new young dancer who befriends Marion and the pair quickly becomes a smash comedy duo, but the truth behind their scenes may not be as funny.

The cast for Born Ready includes: Eleanor Katz (Marion), Timothy C. Amos (Sam), Clara Byczkowski (Harriet), Rachel Craig (Betty), Amee Binder (Lois), Libby Conkle (Shirley), Harrison Weger (Kit), David Cady Jr. (Gil), Tim Newell (Byron), Michael Reyes(Neville/Ensemble), Mandy Walsh (Evelyn), Allison Cain (Dottie), Eric Roach(Announcer), Jennifer Betancourt(Girl/Pat/Reporter/Ensemble) and Nathaniel Fishburn (Ensemble). Understudies are Julia Beck, DJ Gierhart, Suzy Krueckeberg and Lila M. Whitney.

The production team for Born Ready includes Christy Arington (props design), Eric Backus (sound design), Stacie Barra (playwright), Wm. Bullion (director), Greg Caldwell(assistant director), Ernie Deak (production manager), Andria Emerick (dance choreography) Morgan Gire (stage manager), Kate Setzer Kamphausen (costume design), Eric Luchen (set design), Rachel Markunas (assistant stage manager) Tobi Mattingly (music director), Jon Steinhagen (composer), David Trudeau (lighting design) and C.W. van Baale (master electrician).

Stacie Barra is a Factory Theater ensemble member having performed in Factory's GI's in Europe, 1985 and Take the Cake. In addition to Factory, her area credits include work with Lifeline Theatre, The Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Stockyards' Theatre Project and Chemically Imbalanced Comedy to name a few.

Wm. Bullion is a Factory Theater ensemble member and has been a professional director in Chicago for over 25 years. His most recent full project was directing David Cerda's masterpiece Scream, Queen Scream! with Hell in a Handbag Productions. Before joining The Factory ensemble in 2016, he was a member of Akvavit Theatre, directing its hit U.S. premiere of Andri Snær Magnason's Blue Planet, the Midwest/Chicago premiere of Jon Fosse's A Summer's Day and created the original burlesque satire Pippi's Lost Stockings: A Skirt Raiser.Bullion is director of programs with DirectorsLabChicago, an artist-service organization dedicated to emerging directors and is a graduate of UCLA's school of Theater, Film and Television.

For almost 25 years, The Factory has created its shows from scratch, doing exactly the kind of theater they wanted to do. From writing workshops to the closing night bash, Factory shows are a unique experience that fits its exacting standards: original, bold, and full-tilt. Its shameless ensemble are ambassadors of a good time, making certain that Chicago remains heartily entertained.

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

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
UCLA Anderson Presents:
PULSE Conference 2017
FEBRUARY 10, 2017
8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Korn Convocation Hall
UCLA Anderson School of Management
FEATURING: Les Moonves, CEO of CBS, Steve Bartels, CEO of Def Jam Recordings, and Stan Kasten, CEO of the LA Dodgers

More info at this link: 
An Evening with Lewis Teague
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
Public Relations Assistant For Working Veteran Actor

Job Position:
Public Relations Assistant to veteran working actor

Job Duties: 
-       Introduce and guide talent through red carpet events
-       Help Talent gather business contacts as he networks at events
-       Stand-by in case talent needs assistance at events
-       Maintain and coordinate talent schedule
-       Tracking press clippings and handling press requests
-       Responsive and informative client/industry interaction via phone and e-mail
-       Ongoing maintenance and updating of industry contacts and media lists
-       Booking complex travel arrangements and creating detailed travel itineraries (air, hotel & ground               transportation) for talent
-       Covering events, photo shoots, press junkets, and publicity related activities
-       Conduct research to understand potential and new business partners and industry players
-       General assistance for PR, social media
-       Sometimes work from home on a laptop or desktop computer with high-speed internet connection             with periodical meetings in West Hollywood with team

-       Excellent written, organizational, problem-solving and social communication skills
-       Passion for research, especially in the area of entertainment and diversity
-       Interest in current events in entertainment industry especially related to this Asian American working         veteran actor
-       Take initiative and be able to work with a team, especially senior citizens
-       Patient, dependable, trustworthy, and upfront
-       Preferably be located in Hollywood, CA, but not necessary
-       Preferred PR or Marketing field experience
-       Ability to meet deadlines
-       Social media knowledge preferred

Additional requirements:

-       Must have car in working condition to get to meetings and event                                                           -       Dress appropriately for meetings and events                                                                                        -      Proficiency in Microsoft Office
-       Able to work independently, as well as collaborate as a team player
-       Commitment to quality, motivated self-starter that takes ownership of work

Compensation: $15/hr

Job Type: Part-Time

Interested? Please contact: PointHollywood@gmail.com
Please send your resume and links to your work. Let us know how you heard about this job, too.

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.

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