UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - July 14, 2017
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
July 14, 2017
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News and TFT Alumni Events
TFT Alumni Nights with The Archive Presents:
John Huston's Fat City and Wise Blood
Tomorrow Night! Saturday, July 15th at 7:30PM
Fat City and  Wise Blood are part of the UCLA Film and Television Archive's John Huston: A Retrospective and the ongoing program, “ TFT Alumni Nights with The Archive”, which offers free admission for TFT Alumni who say, “ TFT ALUMN I” at the box office at the Billy Wilder Theater.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 7:30 pm

New digital restoration!

Fat City  (1972)

John Huston’s gritty account of small-time boxers stranded in the wasteland of rural California is a remarkably faithful adaptation of ex-fighter Leonard Gardner’s downbeat source novel.  Stacy Keach stars as the has-been venturing a comeback.  Jeff Bridges is the good-natured up-and-comer headed for disillusionment.  Susan Tyrrell, however, manages to steal the show in an Academy Award-nominated supporting performance as a barfly surviving at the edges of this masculine world.  Conrad Hall’s naturalistic camerawork receded from the action to better capture the squalid environment in which the film’s hard-boiled losers are hopelessly confined.  Crafted in the style and spirit of New Hollywood realism, Fat City is a raw, unsentimental evocation of the pathos of failure.

DCP, color, 100 min.  Production: Columbia Pictures, Rastar Productions, Inc.  Distribution: Columbia Pictures.  Director: John Huston.  Producer: Ray Stark.  Screenwriter: Leonard Gardner.  Based on the novel by Leonard Gardner.  Cinematographer: Conrad Hall.  Editor: Walter Thompson.  Cast: Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, Susan Tyrrell, Candy Clark, Nicholas Colasanto.

Wise Blood  (1979)

A faithful adaptation of Flannery O’Connor’s much-celebrated 1952 novel, this nihilistic, late entry in Huston’s filmography (he was 72 years old on set) follows ambitious, uneducated war veteran Hazel Moats (Brad Dourif) as he becomes the sole preacher of the Church of Truth Without Christ, an evangelical outfit of his own invention.  Virtually unseen by an entire generation until the Criterion Collection’s DVD release in 2009, the obsessive Moats and his futile rivalry with the sadistic Asa Hawks (Harry Dean Stanton) play out a grand story of fame and conviction on the small stage of Macon, Georgia. 

16mm, color, 108 min.  Production: Ithaca Productions, Anthea Productions.  Distribution: New Line Cinema.  Director: John Huston.  Producer: Kathy Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzgerald.  Screenwriter: Benedict Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzgerald.  Based on the novel by Flannery O'Connor.  Cinematographer: Gerry Fisher.  Editor: Roberto Silvi.  Music: Alex North.  Cast: Brad Dourif, Ned Beatty, Harry Dean Stanton, Dan Shor, Amy Wright.

Print courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Upcoming TFT Alumni Nights With the Archive:

August 14: Foxy Brown and Coffy --  Part of  The Shadow Cinema of the 1970s
To the Bone Premieres Today on Netflix
Marti Nixon's feature directorial debut and Sundance hit To the Bone premieres today on Netflix. To the Bone stars Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves and Lili Taylor. Actor Don O. Knowlton (MFA '85) is in the film and Marika Stephens ('09) is the film's art director.

Stream the film here
The Myrl Schreibman-produced Clonus Horror
To Screen at New Beverly on July 25th

The thrilling grindhouse clonesploitation classic that was itself cloned into Michael Bay’s The Island (2005), with ensuing lawsuit and all.  Where science and nightmare merge lies Clonus, an isolated compound where cloned humans are used as an organ farm for the American elite. But when one clone begins to question his existence, it triggers a deadly chain reaction that threatens to expose the secret facility and its nefarious program. Featuring Mission: Impossible’s Peter Graves as a president-elect with secrets to hide and legendary character actor Keenan Wynn as a journalist trying to put together the pieces of this complex political puzzle. Produced by Myrl Schreibman (MFA '69)

“One of the best low-budget genre films of its era, and deserves to be better known” – DVD Talk

“One of the most unjustly neglected sci-fi films of the 1970s. Recommended!” – DVD Drive In

July 25th at 7:30PM at the New Beverly. Part of a double feature screening with THE CLONES (1973)

Outfest Los Angeles
LGBT Film Festival July 6-16, 2017
TFT Alumni Films at Sundance Next Fest
Theater at Ace Hotel, August 10-13
Sundance NEXT FEST
L.A. Times + Electric Guest
Sun, Aug 13, 2017 - 8:00PM
Event Info
Doors Open: 7:00 PM
Price: $25.00
Onsale: Tickets are currently on sale at this link.

L.A. Times / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Michelle Morgan) — In this classically styled comedy of manners set in Los Angeles, sophisticated thirtysomethings try to determine whether ideal happiness exists in coupledom or if the perfectly suited couple is actually just an urban myth. Cast: Michelle Morgan, Dree Hemingway, Jorma Taccone ('00), Kentucker Audley, Margarita Levieva, Adam Shapiro. LOS ANGELES PREMIERE.

Followed by a performance by Electric Guest. The LA-based duo Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton recently released their adventurous electronic R&B album Plural. Rolling Stone called their Mondo “a Beck-ian journey into L.A. slacker soul,” and they’ve been named an MTV Artist To Watch and NME Band Of The Week.

Sundance NEXT FEST
Bitch + Sleigh Bells
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 - 8:00PM 

Event Info
Doors Open: 7:00 PM
Price: $25.00
Onsale:  Tickets are  currently on sale at this link.

Bitch / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Marianna Palka) — A woman snaps under crushing life pressures and assumes the psyche of a vicious dog. Her philandering, absentee husband is forced to become reacquainted with his four children and sister-in-law as they attempt to keep the family together during this bizarre crisis. Cast: Jason Ritter, Jaime King, Marianna Palka, Brighton Sharbino, Rio Mangini, Kingston Foster. Alumna Ren Hanami ('84) has a role in the film as "Family Lawyer". LOS ANGELES PREMIERE.
Followed by a performance by Sleigh Bells. After getting off the ground in 2009, Sleigh Bells released three blistering records in four years. Ready for a break from the road, they then took their time to push their music even further in Jessica Rabbit, their intense, vulnerable, uncategorizable fourth LP.
2017 TFT Theater Grads Start Muse of Fire Theater Company in LA
From Margaret Starbuck ('17):

2017 Theater Department graduates Will Block ('17), Margaret Starbuck ('17), and Renee Torchio MacDonald ('17) have founded Muse of Fire, a burgeoning classical theater company based in Los Angeles! This summer we will be producing Richard II and Henry IV in rep with each other! Both shows feature UCLA alumni actors and designers from the classes of 2016 and 2017! Performance dates are July 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th, August 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th @ 7PM and July 23rd, 30th, August 6th, 13th at 2PM! All performances are at Monk Space in Koreatown.

Visit  museoffireco.com for more details!
NYC Alumni: Prospect Park Alliance and Nitehawk Cinema Present:
A Summer Movie Under the Stars

In celebration of Prospect Park’s 150th anniversary, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Prospect Park Alliance present A Summer Movie Under the Stars in partnership with Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema.

These free outdoor film screenings on Prospect Park’s Long Meadow will feature live musical entertainment followed by family-friendly films carefully selected by Nitehawk Cinema to highlight park themes such as the famed Prospect Park Zoo, summer camps, Little League Baseball and the exquisite flora and fauna.

Grab your picnic blanket and head to Prospect Park to enjoy:

  • Wednesday, July 19: The Neverending Story, with live entertainment by DJ Jane Elizabeth spinning a 1980s music set
  • Wednesday, July 26: The Sandlot, with live entertainment by The Binky Griptite Orchestra
  • Wednesday, August 2: Moonrise Kingdom with live entertainment by Morricone Youth
  • Wednesday, August 9: Zootopia, with live entertainment by Brooklyn United marching band

All live entertainment will start at 7 pm and films begin shortly after sundown at Long Meadow North, located nearest to the Grand Army Plaza entrance at Eastern Parkway. The closest subway station is the Eastern Parkway Brooklyn Museum stop on the 2, 3, and 4 lines. There are no rain dates in the event of inclement weather. 

A Summer Movie Under the Stars is made possible with additional support from HBO and Investors Bank.

For more information, maps and directions, visit www.prospectpark.org

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

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

Perfect your story with Hollywood’s fastest growing and best way to receive detailed, professional caliber feedback. No matter if it’s for film & television, stage, or a college personal statement- this Bruins only team at nerative has you covered. Welcome to a new way to re-define story. Welcome to nerative! 

Visit us at  nerative.com
Complimentary Tickets
to Laugh Factory
Supply and Demand continues to be the most popular show at the Laugh Factory, and the run has been extended through September for Hollywood and Long Beach! And we have a limited number of complimentary tickets for you and your friends.

Supply and Demand has been featured by everything from Time Out Los Angeles to ESPN. The show is packed with talent, and surprise guests at some of the venues have included Whitney Cummings, Joe Rogan, Jerrod Carmichael, Pete Holmes, Darrell Hammond, and more.

To get the complimentary tickets, visit http://www.ComedySupply.com

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