UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - January 29, 2016
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
January 29, 2016
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News and TFT Alumni Events
A Tribute To Penelope Spheeris - Begins Tonight!
Jan 29 and 30, 2016

UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Academy Film Archive present

A Tribute to Penelope Spheeris
Jan 29 & 30, 2016

Both events featuring UCLA alumna Penelope Spheeris will be part of the ongoing program, “ TFT Alumni Nights at the Archive.”

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

Friday, Jan 29 @ 7:30 p.m.
Dudes  (1988)
Written by fellow UCLA alumnus Randall Jahnson, and starring Jon Cryer, Daniel Roebuck and Flea, Penelope Spheeris’ punk rock, western, road movie, comedy, action mash-up defies all conventions as it barrels across a subcultural American landscape, from big city mosh pits to wide frontier skies.

In Person:  Jon Cryer, Randall Jahnson, Penelope Spheeris.

Saturday, Jan 30 @ 7:30 p.m.

"UCLA Short Films and Beyond"
UCLA Film & Television Archive is pleased to partner with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for this special presentation of short films directed by Penelope Spheeris while she was studying film at UCLA—and a later short documentary portrait of her mother , No Use Walkin’ When You Can Stroll (1998).  Restored by the Academy Film Archive, Spheeris’ shorts reveal a filmmaker confidently, gleefully subverting cinematic rules in search of a visual language to match the rebellious, anarchic spirit of her subjects.

In Person:  Penelope Sheeris; Mark Toscano—Academy Film Archive.


TFT BEN East presents:
Audition Psych 101 Workshop with Michael Kostroff (The Wire)
Audition Psych 101 is a four-hour workshop for actors that deals with the mental side of the audition process. It’s mostly a lecture/conversation, focusing exclusively on the way we think about this weird show-business ritual, and how we can approach it better.

During the session, we deconstruct the ideas that make us feel scared, nervous, insecure, discouraged, and unworthy, explode some of our strange, illogical actor mythologies, and consider fresh ideas and practicable techniques for making auditions much more enjoyable and much more successful.

Here’s why it’s effective: Audition Psych 101 isn’t based on any sort of magical positive thinking, new-age philosophy, or spiritual beliefs. The ideas all come from solid, provable realities, professional experiences, and good old-fashioned logic. It’s the stuff you know in your gut, brought back into focus.

The atmosphere is casual and encouraging and there’s typically a lot of laughing.

WHEN:Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)
WHERE: 244 W. 54th St. - 12th Floor New York, NY 10019

Specially priced $10 workshop tickets are available at  http://auditionpsych101.eventbrite.com

"Anything for Love" airs February 14th

From Jessica Yingling:

Please mark your calendars and watch the Hallmark Channel original film "Anything for Love" written by UCLA TFT alum Barbara Curry (MFA '09) and produced by UCLA TFT alum Jessica Yingling (MFA '07).

Synopsis:  Katherine, a high-powered executive who believes men are intimidated by her career, is persuaded by her friend to create an internet dating profile claiming she is an executive assistant. Meanwhile, Jack, a male nurse, creates his own internet dating profile without realizing his best friend has secretly changed his profession to be a doctor. They are matched and find themselves falling in love, but hiding their true identities proves far trickier than expected when Katherine’s ornery and controlling father ends up in the hospital under Jack’s care. 

For more information: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/anything-for-love

"Anything for Love" airs on the Hallmark Channel on February 14th at 9/8c.

Feb 5 - March 6 at The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles

Ameryka is written and directed by Nancy Keystone (BA ’85), the Founder and Artistic Director of Critical Mass Performance Group. Nancy is a recent recipient of the prestigious Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and has gained national prominence as an innovative theater director. Ameryka has been in development since 2010, and we’re thrilled to announce the world premiere production at Shakespeare Center Los Angeles from February 6-March 6.  The cast includes UCLA Theater alumni Russell Edge (BA, ’90) and myself, Valerie Spencer (BA ’84).


Black List Script ‘Bury the Lead’ in Development as Movie
Newly launched Elston Films has acquired Justin Kremer’s Black List script “Bury the Lead,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The journalism drama will be produced by Elston Film principals Kevin Cooper ('05), DeAnna Cooper, Billy Dec and Kat Stephens. Madhouse Entertainment principal Adam Kolbrenner will executive produce.

Read more here...
Film School Shorts interviews Breeda Wool about working with TFT Alumna Melissa Finell

Film School Shorts has been working on a Facebook video series featuring an interview with actress Breeda Wool, star of Lifetime’s UnREAL

In the latest video, Breeda talks about her positive experience working with Melissa Finell ( on Disaster Preparedness, which Melissa produced while a student at UCLA. You can watch the video here: 


Nationwide Screenwriting Competition - DuSable Productions


LOS ANGELES, CA || January 28, 2016 -- DuSable Productions, an independent film company, has announced today it will begin accepting applications for its screenwriting competition, seeking emerging writers from diverse backgrounds; applications will be accepted until March 25th through WithoutABox.  The winning writer will be commissioned to develop a screenplay adaptation of the non-fiction book “The DuSable Panthers: The Greatest, Blackest, Saddest Team from the Meanest Street in Chicago” by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ira Berkow. 

The film, set in 1950’s Chicago (against the Civil Rights Movement and pending Brown vs Board of Education decision), tells the story of The DuSable Panthers: the nation's first black basketball team with a black coach to compete in the championship game of a state tournament against a predominantly-white team. Referred to as “The Wonder Five,” their spectacular skill and immense poise carried them through the season and into the record books, forever changing the game of basketball. 

The competition, launched in response to the findings of the most recent Hollywood Writers Report (commissioned by the Writers Guild of America, West and released in 2014), actively seeks those who historically have a harder time getting their foot in the door in Hollywood.  With minorities accounting for less than 5% of all employed film writers (while women account for less than 15%), “we want to do whatever we can to help close that gap and this story inherently gives voice to the underdog,” say producers Shana Landsburg, Suzanne McCafferty, Sovonto Green, and Emery King. 

The competition is open to all non-union writers, age 18 and older who meet the diversity criteria.  All applications must be submitted through the online portal, Without A Box, and will require a resume, a writing sample, and a brief explanation of how their background has impacted them as a writer.  

For details on eligibility and prizes, as well as more information about The DuSable Panthers, please visit www.dusableproductions.com.

DuSable Productions is an independent film company that seeks to tell diverse stories about the unsung heroes of history - while granting opportunities to the unsung artists of today.  The company is comprised of: Shana Landsburg, Suzanne McCafferty, Sovonto Green, and Emery King.  www.dusableproductions.com 

29 Palms Military Film Festival 
Screenplay Contest
Celebrating the screenplay writer as the heart of the collaborative filmmaking process,  The 29 Palms Screenplay Contest recognizes emerging military-themed screenplays. The international competition gives writers the opportunity to have their scripts read by a prestigious jury, receive industry recognition and possibly win an all expenses paid, month long residency in Twentynine Palms, Ca., which includes a festival sponsored reception honoring the winner of  The 29 Palms Screenplay Contest with media coverage.

Screenplays entering the competition must be submitted no later than Friday 19 February 2016. Each entry is finalized with a payment of $25 USD to cover administrative and processing costs associated with the contest. Five shortlisted writers will be offered a 2-night hotel stay (Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May 2016) in Twentynine Palms and VIP access to the screenings and all sidebar events. Click HERE for rules and regulations.

All scripts will be treated as confidential and in no circumstances be passed on to a third party. Confidentiality and protection of the ideas submitted is guaranteed. Legal recourse is ruled out. All parties involved in the screenplay contest undertake to maintain secrecy with respect to any information received in the framework of the competition.

Submit your screenplay here.

The contest and award ceremony will take place at the 29 Palms Inn on Saturday 14 May from 5 PM to 7 PM.

For more information, please contact Marc BERRY on (323) 782 13 00.

Support the TFT BEN Programming Fund!
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.
Get involved with TFT BEN
Contact Dallas King
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 and Available Services
Recommended Script Doctor

Having received my MFA in screenwriting in 1992 from UCLA, I've had four development deals and have consulted on projects for Warner Bros., Paramount, and HBO. Creative Screenwriting magazine rated me as a "highly recommended" script doctor, placing me in the top 8 nationally. I offer a page-by-page red-ink edit, and my doctoring fees are quite reasonable. Please check out the many success stories on my website @: ScriptDoctor911.com.

Assistant for Executive Producer Wanted

Seeking a hardworking organized assistant for an EP on a successful 3rd season cable series. Series is shot in NY, EP is in LA working in Post through May/June. Experience working in production and/or post strongly preferred.

Responsibilities include: scheduling and managing calendar (ability to coordinate with production in NY and post in LA), ability to listen and take detailed notes during meetings, understanding of story and ability to discuss cuts and scripts with the EP required. College degree required. Ideal candidate should want to be a creative producer. Knowledge of/experience working in NY a huge plus. Position is at Sunset Gower and goes through May/June. Please send resumes to coexecutiveproducerasst@gmail.com

County of Hawaii Hiring  Economic Development Specialist III (FILM)
Position located in Hawaii

Job Title: Economic Development Specialist III (Film) - SR-24
Closing Date/Time: Continuous
Salary: $26.56 - $31.06 Hourly
$4,603.00 - $5,384.00 Monthly
$55,236.00 - $64,608.00 Annually 

Job Type:Permanent Full-TimeLocation:Kailua-Kona, HawaiiDepartment:Research and DevelopmentAs the County's film representative for the Department of Research and Development, this Economic Development Specialist III position provides the overall leadership and direction for the County of Hawai`i's creative industries, including but not limited to, film, television and new media production companies.  This position plans, develops, and implements the economic development programs and activities that promote and address the development, expansion, and sustainability of these industries.
This position builds relationships in the community, serves as a front-line resource when the  industry experiences hardships and challenges, and provides management and financial support to research and development projects.  It coordinates efforts of public, private and legislative partners to administer programs,  and ensures compliance with regulatory components of this program.

This position requires island-wide and off-island travel and evening/weekend attendance at meetings and various functions.

Junior Editor/AE at Woven

Looking for a Jr Editor/Assistant Editor with excellent communication skills who can work with our production team to create short-form videos every day (Informational, witty pop culture pieces, trending topics, etc.). Ideal candidate will have research and writing skills with a sense of humor, understanding of story, and knowledge of current pop culture trends.  

Lengthy list of credits not a prerequisite, but must know Adobe Premiere and After Effects.  

Candidate must be able to handle fast pace workload while remaining self-disciplined to generate new ideas and meet deadlines to deliver a polished, mixed, tight story within extremely tight deadlines.

Please send samples of work if available. 

Tencent Online Media 
Original Content Producer Wanted
Job is located in Beijing, China

Job Title: 17761-Original Content Producer(Beijing)

Job Location: Beijing

Hours: Full Time

Available Positions: 1

Academic Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree

Minimum Job Experience: 5+ years

Foreign Languages : English, Chinese

Job Requirements:

Responsible for preliminary evaluations of projects, including its viability, timescale / scheduling etc.;

Responsible for communication with project stakeholders, dealing with licensing / copyright and managing different departments according to project needs;

Ensure projects’ progress and quality, responsible for projects’ overall production, including script development, assembling team / crew /cast, production, post-production, ensure successful execution of project;

Oversee project at all stages, troubleshoot problems as they arise;

Contact clients,coordinate related tasks.

Person Specification:

5+ years producer experience,

Be able to develop a script. Be skilled in planning, organization and in selecting scripts. Applicants with understanding of web-based industries and having contacts in film / TV will be preferred;

Be familiar with each phase of production; be able to independently take responsibility for project; can independently manage all operations involved in script selection, development, pre-production, production, post-production and distribution.

Salary: Well-paid (negotiable)
Apply: Please send your resumes to recruit@hwcareer.com
Video Production Specialist (Boca Raton, FL)

Location: Cancer Treatment Centers of America Global-Corporate Office
Region: Boca Raton, FL
Department: 455102 Engagement-CreativeServ-Specialist
Employment Status: Full time
Shift Hours / Days: M-F 8-5PM
Hours / Pay Period: 80
Position ID: 38259
Job Function: Support Services

Description:  Video Production Specialist

We Fight Cancer: Care That Never Quits®

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA®) delivers an extraordinary patient experience we call Patient Empowered Care®. We deliver state-of-the-art, high quality care through an integrative model where a team of experts puts patients at the center of their own care. Every day is purposeful. Every day, you will help patients win the fight against cancer. Every day is challenging and rewarding beyond your imagination.

A Culture Of Teamwork, Empowerment & Development

CTCA provides Stakeholders with exceptional support and easy access to a wide range of tools and resources they need to bring the best of themselves, every day. Our benefits, wellness, and compensation programs lead the market. Imagine access to your own personal health coach! We also provide extensive training and career development opportunities that encourage professional and personal growth—it is a point of pride. Those are just a few of the ways we empower our Stakeholders to deliver the highest standard of care, which we call the Mother Standard®.


The Video Production Specialist is a creative storyteller with strong video post-production and production technical skills. The primary focus of this position is telling stories and communicating information clearly through video editing. This position will assist the Senior Producer in taking projects to completion and must possess the technical skills necessary to quickly ingest large amounts of raw footage, and select cogent elements essential to tell compelling and informative stories through video. These videos will help educate cancer patients and their loved ones about treatment options at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, assisting in their cancer treatment decisions. This position is also responsible for filming operational videos; internal live event-style shoots, as well as some external videos. This role will also help with asset management, video sharing and archival.

Job Accountabilities

  • Serves the organization in the role of video editor: edits videos shot in-house and by external film crews, taking raw footage through post-production to final cut and distribution, creating high quality videos that clearly communicate key messages; edits videos for internal communication, social media, company events, marketing and advertising.
  • Shoots and produces internal video projects (and occasionally still photography): operational videos, internal live-event shoots and some external videos. This includes hands-on video production: filming, lighting, location sound recording and some producing responsibilities.
  • Assists in internal digital asset management, organization and video distribution: Video file sharing, EditShare (storage, back-up and archival), Brightcove Media Library, Sitecore video publishing, CTCA YouTube channel, vimeo account and associated web properties.

Key Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of professional video production experience, all aspects
  • BA, BS, or BFA in film/video production required
  • Professional experience in healthcare or life sciences fields
  • Must be knowledgeable with operating HD video cameras, lighting for interviews and recording location sound
  • Must demonstrate in-depth, working knowledge of industry standard video production technology, including hardware and software
  • Proficient with Apple Mac hardware and OS X software
  • Understanding of video production workflow from pre-production through post-production and web distribution
  • Proficient with professional NLE software: Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Understanding of color correction and color grading: Final Cut Pro X, Adobe SpeedGrade, Colorista and/or DaVinci Resolve
  • Understanding of sound editing: audio checkerboarding, Adobe Audition, Avid Pro Tools, PluralEyes and/or iZotope Ozone 6, RX 4 for basic audio syncing, editing, mixing and cleanup
  • Experience with digital post-production, multiple video formats, transcoding, encoding and authoring video for distribution. Software includes: Adobe Media Encoder, Apple Compressor, MPEG Streamclip, Flip4Mac, VLC Media Player, ShotPut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, QuickTime, electronic file sharing services and Roxio Toast to compress video in formats optimized for multiple platforms 

Benefits and Compensation

  • Excellent benefit rates
  • Bi-weekly pay checks
  • $1,450 wellness incentive, per spouse
  • Robust professional development program
  • Free $600 towards vitamins, protein, etc. per year
  • 11 vacation days, 10 personal holidays, 8 sick days, and 6 national holidays
  • 401k immediate funding, vesting and matching
  • Annual merit increase, based on individual performance 

The Best Place to Work

We call ourselves Stakeholders because we all have a stake in the care and success of every patient. Today, CTCA Stakeholders deliver healing and hope to patients fighting complex and advanced cancer in Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA, Phoenix, AZ and Tulsa, OK. Each of our hospitals earned a Best Place to Work distinction and receives numerous accreditations that celebrate our culture of clinical quality, innovation, high performance and wellness. CTCA Stakeholders form the team of experts who deliver evidence-based clinical therapies, supported by state-of-the art technology and whole person support, including nutrition, mind-body medicine and naturopathic medicine, among many others. We never stop fighting and we always care for each patient as a whole person.

Beyond The Resume, What We Look For

We select people with talent—people who thrive in an environment of continuous improvement. We are creative and resourceful problem solvers. We are inventors and innovators. We are fighters at heart and we look for people who delight serving patients. The power, determination and beauty of the human spirit will enrich and energize you. As a CTCA Stakeholder, you make the difference in the life of a patient.

Do you see yourself working with a passionate team in a dynamic, high growth environment? Visit www.cancercenter.com/careers and apply today.

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.

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

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:
Preview tickets for
An Act of God
at the Ahmanson


After conquering Broadway, the King of the Universe is coming to Los Angeles for the first time ever!

Emmy Award® winner Sean Hayes stars in An Act of God, the sinfully funny and critically acclaimed new play where God and His devoted angels answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation. He's finally arrived to set the record straight…and He's not holding back!

Don't miss this hilarious 90-minute comedy written by 13-time Emmy Award winner David Javerbaum (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Joe Mantello (Wicked). Get thy tickets today!
$59 Weekends/$49 Weekdays

Preferred Mezzanine (Rows C-P)
January 30 through February 9, 2016 ONLY!
To purchase tickets visit CenterTheatreGroup.org

*Online, by phone, or in person. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Subject to availability. Handling fees apply. Cannot be combined with any other ticket offers.

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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