UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - January 13, 2017
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
January 13, 2017
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News and TFT Alumni Events
The Quad Premieres on BET Networks January 31st
The Quad was co-created by alumna Felicia D. Henderson (MFA '04) and TFT lecturer Charles Holland, who are also both executive producers on the show.

The New York Times named The Quad one of the " 15 TV Shows to Watch This Season".
CAP and LACO Partner to Welcome NYC's SITI Company for New Production of 
Lost In the Stars at UCLA
CAP UCLA, in partnership with LACO, welcomes back NYC’s SITI Company with an all-new production of Kurt Weill’s  Lost in the Stars  directed by Anne Bogart with music direction by Jeffrey Kahane. For his final Broadway score, Weill gave passionate voice to this powerful, uncompromising social indictment of apartheid South Africa. He and his librettist Maxwell Anderson adapted Alan Paton’s great novel  Cry, the Beloved Country  for the Broadway stage in 1949.  The work, which was widely acknowledged as one of the most important works of that season and a landmark in the history of American musical theater, ran for more than 300 performances. However, when the producers learned that for the planned national tour the black cast members were denied the right to stay in the same hotels as the white cast members, the national tour was cancelled, and as a result only a few places in America have ever had the opportunity to see and hear a live performance of the work. This all-new production in the directorial hands of Anne Bogart and Jeffrey Kahane is a bold and rare chance to revisit Weill’s final score.

Lost in the Stars features  Zuri Adele (MFA '15). The Los Angeles Times has a recent article on the production.

Lost in the Stars has two performances, January 27th and 28th. TFT alumni can receive discounted $25 tickets with the promo code "WEILLSTARS"
Konnichiwa Brick Lane to Screen at Tampere Film Festival
"Konnichiwa Brick Lane", a short film produced and edited by Sharon Rapose (Professional Program '14) will screen at Tampere Film Festival in March.

You can watch the "Konnichiwa Brick Lane" trailer  here .

Here's some more info on the festival: https://tamperefilmfestival.fi/in-english/about/introduction
Alumni Nights with The Archive
Friday, January 20 at 7:30
TFT Alumni Nights with The Archive Presents:

Eyes Do Not Want to Close at All Times or Perhaps One Day Rome Will Permit Herself to Choose in Her Turn  (West Germany/Italy, 1969)

and   History Lessons  (Italy/West Germany, 1972)

January 20, 2017 - 7:30 pm

These films are 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 box office at the Billy Wilder Theater.

Eyes Do Not Want to Close at All Times or Perhaps One Day Rome Will Permit Herself to Choose in Her Turn  (West Germany/Italy, 1969)

Les Yeux ne veulent pas en tout temps se fermer ou Peut-être qu'un jour Rome se permettra de choisir à son tour a.k.a Othon

The cinematographer Renato Berta, a frequent collaborator of Straub and Huillet, presents the first film that the partners shot together in Italy (on the Palatine Hill of Rome), which was also the first they made in color.  A faithful adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s Othon, the classic tragedy that premiered at the court of Louis XIV at Fontainebleau in 1664 and today is more hallowed than actually performed, Eyes do not want to close… depicts the power vacuum that followed Emperor Nero’s death.  Against a crowd of obsequious and scheming pretenders to the throne, Corneille has Camille as his epic heroine, the mother of all conscientious objectors.

DCP, color, in French with English subtitles, 88 min.  DIR/SCR: Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet.  Based on Othon by Pierre Corneille.  CAST: Adriano Aprà, Anne Brumagne, Olimpia Carlisi, Anthony Pensabene, Jubarite Semaran.


History Lessons  (Italy/West Germany, 1972)


An extended shot from a car coursing through the streets of Rome in 1972—which is to say, the ancient Republic in ruins—sets the stage for Straub-Huillet’s complex interpretation of Brecht’s unfinished experimental novel, The Business Affairs of Mr. Julius Caesar.  The work explores history as it has been written by the victors, with their hero worship of tyrannical leaders (whether Caesar or Hitler), and offers an alternate view of history writing as fractured and potentially revolutionary.  Caesar’s former slave and former banker are both featured, providing their own differing perspectives on the Emperor’s career in the political, economic and military life of ancient Rome.

DCP, color, in German with English subtitles, 85 min.  DIR/SCR: Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet.  Based on The Business Affairs of Mr. Julius Caesar by Bertolt Brecht.  CAST: Benedikt Zulauf, Gottfried Bold, Johann Unterpertinger, Henri Ludwig, Carl Vaillant.

A sneak peak at future TFT Alumni Nights with The Archive screenings:
Desert Hearts - February 4th
Smooth Talk - February 27th
TFT Well-Represented at Sundance 2017

Thirty-six UCLA alumni, including a Professional Programs alumna, and four executive board members have involvement in 32 projects that will be shown in the Sundance Film Festival, taking place Jan. 19-29, 2017, in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. They include:


Stephanie Allain  (Professional Programs ’13), producer,  Burning Sands
Maxwell Hamilton  (M.F.A. ’13), actor,  I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore
Reginald Hudlin  (Executive Board), producer,  Burning Sands
Nikolai Kinski  (B.A. ’98), actor,  The Yellow Birds
Don O. Knowlton  (B.A. ’82; M.F.A. ’85), actor,  To the Bone
Nick Spicer  (M.F.A. ’06), executive producer,  I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore
Marika Stephens  (B.A. ’09), art director,  To the Bone
Jorma Taccone  (B.A. ’02), producer,  Brigsby Bear


Nikolai Kinski  (B.A. ’98), actor,  Axolotl Overkill


Jack Black , actor and producer,  The Polka King
Amanda Glaze  (B.A. ’08), co-producer,  The Big Sick
Tamara Hunter  (B.A. ’01), executive in charge of casting,  Wilson
James Jordan  (M.F.A. ’05), actor,  Wind River
Charles D. King  (Executive Board), producer,  Mudbound
Laura Lee Langton  (B.A. ’88), art department coordinator,  Wind River
Akin McKenzie  (B.A. ’02), production designer,  The Discovery
Gina Prince-Bythewood  (B.A. ’91), writer,  Before I Fall
Medalion Rahimi  (B.A. ’14), actress,  Before I Fall
Andre Rivas  (B.A. ’99), assistant digital colorist,  Wilson
Tim Robbins  (B.A. ’82), actor,  Marjorie Prime
James Saito  (B.A. ’78), actor,  Wilson
Ben Stiller , executive producer,  The Polka King
Michael Stuhlbarg , actor,  Call Me By Your Name
Michael Vukadinovich  (M.F.A. ’07), writer,  Rememory


Alan Barker  (B.A. ’69), sound,  This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous
Joan Churchill  (B.A. ’68), additional cinematography,  This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous
Martin Scorsese  (Executive Board), executive producer,  Long Strange Trip


Susan Cartsonis  (B.A. ’78), producer,  Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
Laura Lee Langton  (B.A. ’88), art coordinator,  Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
Nick Moceri  (M.F.A. ’10), actor and producer,  Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
Lisa Muskat  (M.A. ’92), executive producer,  Dayveon
Jorma Taccone  (B.A. ’02), actor and executive producer,  L.A. Times
Quyen Tran , cinematographer,  Deidra & Laney Rob a Train


Paul Green , executive producer,  When the Street Lights Go On  (Independent Pilot Showcase)
Charles D. King  (Executive Board), executive producer,  Gente-fied  (Short Form Episodic Showcase)
Mike Pniewski  (B.A. ’83), actor,  Shots Fired
Gina Prince-Bythewood  (B.A. ’91), director, writer, executive producer,  Shots Fired


Nate Bolotin  (M.F.A. ’07), producer,  Bushwick ; executive producer,  XX
Ren Hanami  (B.A. ’84), actress,  Bitch
Nick Spicer  (M.F.A. ’06), producer,  XX
Aram Tertzakian  (M.F.A. ’07), executive producer/producer,  XX
Quyen Tran , cinematographer,  The Little Hours


Garrett Bradley  (M.F.A. ’12), director,  Alone


Tim Robbins  (B.A. ’82, Lecturer), executive producer,  Hot Winter: A Film by Dick Pierre


Alex Gibney , executive producer,  Zero Days VR
Dagmar Weaver-Madsen  (M.F.A. ’12), director of photography,  Through You


Donna Deitch  (M.F.A. ’76; Executive Board), director, producer, actor,  Desert Hearts
The Films of Alan Gorg

From Alan Gorg (MFA '70):

Aloha from Maui, Hawaii!

The list below shows all our films now on YouTube.


Library of Congress National Motion Picture Honors

FREE Viewing Today on YouTube >


black student in the 1960s civil rights era




AmericanFilmFestival Honors—


California ghetto gangsters in civil rights era

YouTube Viewing Today NO CHARGE >





FREE Viewing Today!

MoonDance Film Festival Neptune Award—


Today Viewing on YouTube at NO CHARGE >


native resistance against neo-colonial corporate oil and mining pollution and exploitation









indigenous resistance against exploitation and pollution


Today View on YouTube FREE 







history of worldwide indigenous resistance against exploitation and pollution

à àView Today on YouTube FREE 







This film not free because prohibited off YouTube because too sexy:


 Banned Off YouTube !!!!!àToo SEXY 






And Blues Hall of Fame Sam Taylor—


FilmTrax Award at International Festival of Music in Film








WordWar2.KoreanWar.Vietnam.Iraq Histories






Autobiography Of A Murderer - Full Documentary - The Real Jigsaw Murderer

RSVP for the TFT Sundance Reception
Saturday, January 21, 2017
  If you plan on being at the Sundance Film Festival in January,
make sure to RSVP for the 2017 TFT Sundance Reception and Celebration.

If you are affiliated with a film at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, let us know about it. 

Job Listings and Available Services
Teach Acting and Film With The Anaheim University Carrie Hamilton Entertainment Institute

The Anaheim University Carrie Hamilton Entertainment Institute is looking for graduates who can teach acting and film at the undergraduate level. 

Instructors have found teaching online at Anaheim University to be an excellent way to supplement their income and an invaluable way to stay on top of global issues. It requires a very strong commitment, but if you have the academic qualifications and professional experience, and if teaching global professionals from your own home or office is something that interests you, we look forward to hearing from you and discussing how we could get you started teaching online.

The minimum requirement is to have a Masters degree in a relevant subject, and teaching and professional experience in the subject(s) taught. Instructors are expected to make a strong commitment to providing daily online feedback during each course.

On March 23, 2010 Emmy-Award winning actress and comedienne Carol Burnett joined Anaheim University Vice-President of Academic Affairs Dr. David Nunan in Los Angeles at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel for the establishment of the Anaheim University Carrie Hamilton Entertainment Institute. The Institute is named after the daughter of Carol Burnett and producer Joe Hamilton, actress Carrie Hamilton, who starred in the television show "Fame", the Broadway play "Rent", and the major motion picture "Tokyo Pop". Carrie's talents were not limited to acting. Her powerful voice and experience as a singer opened up numerous acting opportunities including her leading role in Tokyo Pop. Carrie Hamilton also gained recognition as a screenplay writer, director and playwright. Learn more about Carrie Hamilton here: http://anaheim.edu/schools-and-institutes/carrie-hamilton-entertainment-institute.html

Anaheim University is a nationally accredited institution of higher learning and pioneer of online education that has been offering real-time online graduate degree programs since the mid-1990s to students from over 40 countries. Because the University is on the leading edge of online education, our technological infrastructure is user-friendly and allows for even those inexperienced with technology to teach online. All software is hosted on the University's server and there is no need for instructors to have anything other than a computer connected to the Internet.

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to admissions@anaheim.edu.

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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Center Theatre Group Presents: Alder & Gibb
Alder & Gibb
By Tim Crouch
Directed by Tim Crouch, Andy Smith, and Karl James

Kirk Douglas Theatre
9820 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

American Premiere

Alder & Gibb

In preparation for a film role an actress seizes the opportunity to dig up the truth in search of authenticity. Her subject is Janet Adler, a celebrated artist who rejected the art world in favor of making work solely for her lover Margaret Gibb. Adler & Gibb tells the story of a raid—on a house, a life, an identity, a reality and a legacy.  From the real to unreal, from fake to true and from theatre to film, the play takes Tim Crouch’s (The Author) fascination with form and marries it to a compelling story of misappropriation.

A Center Theatre Group co-commission with The Royal Court Theatre.

Limited Engagement: January 17 – 29, 2017 

$25 Special Ticket Price
Use code: AGTIX

*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 Wednesday, January 18.
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