UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - January 20, 2017
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
January 20, 2017
Welcome to the TFT Alumni Newsletter
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News and TFT Alumni Events
TFT Alumni Are Invited to An Advanced Screening of Gore Verbinski's
"A Cure For Wellness"
RSVP:  www.tft.ucla.edu/acureforwellness  

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps but soon suspects that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem.

February 2, 2017

7:30 p.m. Screening followed by a Q&A with Alumnus, Director and Writer Gore Verbinski ('87)

Entertainment Networking Night
Tuesday, January 24, 7- 9PM
An Evening with Lewis Teague
The Wrap Industry Panel at Sundance
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.

Head of Graduate Acting and SITI Company member J.Ed Araiza is Dramaturg for this production.  Lost in the Stars features  Zuri Adele (MFA '15). The Los Angeles Times has a recent article on the upcoming production.

Lost in the Stars has two performances, January 27th and 28th. TFT alumni can receive discounted $25 tickets with the promo code "WEILLSTARS"
Alumni Nights with The Archive
TONIGHT 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
Job Listings and Available Services
UCLA Ziffren Center Program Coordinator

Under the general direction of the Executive Director of the Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law program the Ziffren Program Coordinator will serve as a founding staff member of the department. An ideal candidate is a highly professional, advances work autonomously, can work effectively with people at all levels in the organization from board members to students, has a demonstrated interest in the field of Entertainment Law and is looking to build a long term career in the department. 

The Ziffren Program Coordinator is responsible for the logistics and execution of all entertainment law-related programming including program representation and event promotion/marketing. Targeted audiences for the programs include the Law students, alumni, donors, and practitioners. Events include conferences, lunch time talks, speaker series and most notably the annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium. The incumbent serves as the primary communications representative and program liaison. As such, the incumbent will create all internal and external communications for the Ziffren Center, broadcast events online, produce departmental newsletters throughout the academic year, and promote email marketing campaigns. The incumbent works closely with the Executive Director to provide daily operational support with teaching obligations and should possess a mastery of Microsoft Office Suite technology, specifically work with Power Point presentations and Excel spreadsheets.  

Apply at: hr.mycareer.ucla.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=69444

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.

Assistant Level Positions

Tobin Babst, partner of Kaplan Perrone Entertainment, is seeking a new assistant. Perfect candidate would have a year of agency or management assistant experience. However, all levels of experience are welcome to apply. Candidates should be organized, hardworking and passionate about the industry. An attention to detail is a must: if hired, the position entails a high volume of calls, appointments and emails. Assistant will be mentored by the partner in all aspects of the business and will be included in all staff meetings. All assistants are encouraged to scout talent. The position has serious growth potential: if the candidate is successful, he or she could be promoted to manager. Kaplan Perrone has clients at the highest levels of writing and directing in film and television and is also known for discovering new voices. Resumes to babst@kaplanperrone.com 1/13

High profile writer/director/producer seeks professional, driven full-time assistant. Must be organized, responsible, a quick learner, and knowledgeable in the industry. The ideal candidate possesses a strong grasp of story structure and screenplay format in both film and TV, as the job will develop into a full writer’s assistant position. Duties include scheduling, phones, submissions and coverage, taking notes, and various office and personal errands. At least one year of previous assistant experience mandatory, experience working for a creative professional preferred. Looking to start immediately. Email resumes (writing samples are a plus but not mandatory) to hannah@zakpenn.com 1/13

A-List talent manager seeks assistant apt in managing schedules, coordinating/booking travel, managing work and personal calendars, organizing events/parties, making reservations, running errands, etc. Candidate should be organized, computer savvy, a self-starter, have a car, valid US driver’s license, knowledge of LA streets and good communication skills. Will need to travel and work on location. Send resume to alassistant@unitedtalent.com 1/13

Are you an aspiring producer looking for hands-on experience in development and production? Jurassic Party, a busy film and TV production company, seeks a full-time assistant to join their dynamic and fun work environment. The ideal candidate is an obsessively organized self-starter who is willing to engage in the occasional Nerf gun battle. College degree and previous agency, studio or production company experience required. Full benefits, on-set opportunities and room for growth! Email resumes to joe@jurassicpartyprod.com 1/13

Sierra/Affinity, a leading independent film finance, production and foreign sales company, is looking for a new Executive Assistant/Receptionist. Looking for someone dynamic, hardworking, and friendly. Candidate must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and very phone-savvy. Strong computer, verbal, and writing skills required. The position supports the COO/Co-President of the company with his calls, scheduling, script coverage, and limited personal tasks. The position also handles reception by managing the main line, conducting light office management duties, ordering staff lunch daily, and completing other front desk responsibilities. College degree required. Health benefits included. Please send resumes to resumes@sierra-affinity.com. 1/13

Five All in the Fifth Entertainment is seeking a young-and-hungry assistant to join our production company. We develop projects for feature film, scripted TV, unscripted TV, scripted digital, and unscripted digital. We are currently in production on “World Star TV” for MTV2, and expect to go into production on at least several other projects in 2017. How to Apply: Send an email to contact@fiveallinthefifth.com. Write a short cover letter in the *body of the email.* What makes you stand out from the pack? Keep it short. Include at the bottom of your cover letter: the last great movie you saw in the theaters and the TV show you’re most obsessed with right now. *No explanations needed.*Attach a PDF of your resume. PDF only. 1/13

IM Global, a leading international film, television and music company with core business activity in international licensing, production, and financing seeks a full-time assistant in Business Affairs and Operations to support two executives: Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. Duties will include: department reports, scheduling, phones, drafting correspondence, expense reports, travel coordination, filing, and related administrative tasks. We are looking for a highly organized and motivated team player who has excellent communication and computer skills, and the ability to multi-task and work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment. Proficiency in both Word and Excel, and previous experience working in entertainment business and legal affairs required (1+ years as an assistant preferred). Please send resume and cover letter to opbacoordinator@gmail.com. 1/13

LA based company that advises several high-profile celebrities in their start-up ventures (investing and building) seeks an assistant who wants to use their experience communicating with members of the Hollywood community in an entrepreneurial setting. Candidate should be organized, self-managing, intuitive, a great communicator with incredible work ethic. Responsibilities include client interaction, scheduling, office management, and whatever else you can handle. Email info@pluscapital.com with the title Assistant 1/13

Top bi-coastal Hispanic talent management company is seeking an exceptional office manager/2nd executive assistant to the CEO. This position has room to grow for the right candidate. Must have at least one year desk experience at an agency, management company or a studio. Standard assistant duties apply: calendars, scheduling, high call volume, extremely high volume of emailing, heavy travel scheduling, manage personal errands and working under strict deadlines. We require a strong degree of multi-tasking, dependability, attention to detail, and the ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Must have a desire to learn the business of talent representation and ventures for the in-house brands. Must possess thick skin and great energy. Spanish proficiency is required. Please do not apply if you cannot meet these requirements. If interested, please email your resume and cover letter with CEO 2nd ASST on the title to lwelaasst@gmail.com 1/13

Pandemonium Films, a film production company located in Beverly Hills, is seeking an executive assistant to provide administrative and developmental support to the CEO of the company. Mac and PC savvy, strong skills in Final Draft, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and experience writing decks for creative presentations. Please contact daniellem@pandemoniumfilms.com with your resume and cover letter if interested. 1/13

The Gersh Agency seeks an efficient, multitasking Assistant for an Agent in the Below-The-Line department who represents line producers, production designers, cinematographers and editors. Previous agency or production experience is recommended. Responsibilities include handling heavy phones, rolling calls, interfacing with clients and production companies, studios, and networks on a daily basis, scheduling, drafting correspondence and deal memos. Candidate should be a highly motivated, self-starter with a positive attitude, and strong organizational and communication skills. Only those that are interested in working in BTL/ Production need apply. Please send resumes to HR@Gersh.com 1/13

Los Angeles based Talent Agency is looking for an Agent-in-Training (aka a smart, resourceful, and ambitious assistant) for a full time position specifically in the area of unscripted television and digital content! Industry experience is a MUST. Candidate should be detail-oriented, with solid computer knowledge and excellent communication, organizational and multi-tasking abilities. Good people skills are vital along with a pleasant phone manner and professional appearance. Responsibilities will include administrative tasks, rolling calls, scheduling meetings, managing calendars, etc. for a busy and successful agent. Great position for someone looking to eventually become an agent! Send resume and cover letter to bungeejumper42@gmail.com. 1/13

Personal Assistant Positions

High-profile family is seeking a motivated and detail-oriented “Jack/Jill-of-all-trades” to serve as the 2nd Assistant to the Family. S/he will work for a producer and actress and their family with duties to include scheduling appointments and booking travel, spearheading personal projects, running errands, scheduling and overseeing house maintenance and other miscellaneous tasks. Applicants should be energetic, thoughtful, great communicators, highly organized, and should also enjoy kids. Salary is
negotiable based on experience. The company offers full health benefits, partial cell and mileage reimbursement. We are looking to fill this position immediately. Please email all resumes to Kaitlyn@apatow.com 1/13

Actor/Producer looking for a personal assistant in LA part-time but willing to go full-time in February. Candidates must be professional, self-motivated, detail-oriented, resourceful, able to multi-task and remain calm under pressure. This job requires a meticulous assistant who thrives in a fast-paced atmosphere and has excellent organizational skills. The position handles heavy volume, scheduling, arranging travel and other normal assistant duties. Must be willing to travel internationally. Please send resumes to jordan@untitledent.com 1/13

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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