UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - July 15, 2016
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
July 15, 2016
Welcome to the TFT Alumni Newsletter 
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News and TFT Alumni Events
Film School Beach Bash
Saturday, July 16th


Join the film school & entertainment alums of UCLA . SYRACUSE . EMERSON . COLUMBIA & WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY for a play day of networking with fellow movers and shakers of Hollywood!

Directors . Producers . Screenwriters . Animators . Cinematographers . Actors . Theater . Cinema Studies . Editors . Agents . Managers . Lawyers and other Entertainment Professionals are welcomed.

Let's see which school gets bragging rights for Volleyball . Football . Tug-O-War . Dodge Ball!

Congratulations to Our TFT Alumni Invited to Join AMPAS This Year
Ten TFT alumni and one TFT Executive Board member received invitations from  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the end of June to become Academy members in 2016.

Those alumni are:


RITA WILSON (Executive Board)





Short Films and Feature Animation


The full list of invitees can be viewed here.

Alumnus Francis Ford Coppola Re-Launches Zoetrope.com, Will Showcase Short Films
From Deadline.com, published July 12, 2016: 

Francis Ford Coppola  today announced the relaunch of the Family Coppola’  Zoetrope.com  
site,  which has become a virtual studio for the writing community. The redesign will include a showcase for short films.

Read the whole story here.
Masterclass from
Bobby Roth
Alumnus Bobby Roth (MFA '76) has launched a masterclass documentary series at bobbyroth.net called A Director Prepares: Bobby Roth's Masterclass. The trailer can be viewed here and individual classes can be purchased at the website for $6.99/episode.

For TFT alumni who purchase the masterclass and contact Bobby through his website, he has offered his time and advice, as well as PDFs of shot lists and storyboards.

Welcome UCLA’s newest Bruins at our local send-off event! Entering students can meet and ask questions of current students, parents and alumni who will help them build their new peer network. These events are casual and celebratory, ranging from backyard gatherings to barbecues in community parks. Bid a fond farewell to students at the beginning of their incredible UCLA journey.

This is a day for UCLA students, alumni and parents to come together to make new friends, build community and join in celebrating the Bruin family.

Date / Time: 
Saturday, July 16, 2 - 4 p.m. 

Bryant Park (Manhattan, NY) 


Hedgebrook: Women Authoring Change 
Application for Writers in Residence
The application for the  Hedgebrook Writers in Residence program is now live, closing Tuesday July 26th.

Hedgebrook is on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle. Situated on 48-acres of forest and meadow facing Puget Sound, with a view of Mount Rainier, the retreat hosts writers from all over the world for residencies of two to six weeks, at no cost to the writer.

Six writers are in residence at a time, each housed in a handcrafted cottage. They spend their days in solitude – writing, reading, taking walks in the woods on the property or on nearby Double Bluff beach. In the evenings, they gather in the farmhouse kitchen to share a home-cooked gourmet meal, their work, their process and their stories. The Writers in Residence Program is Hedgebrook’s core program, supporting the fully-funded residencies of approximately 40 writers at the retreat each year.

Our selection process occurs once a year in the fall, with a late July deadline for submissions. Notifications are made by the beginning of December. Through a completely anonymous, three-round process, approximately forty writers are invited for residencies of two weeks to six weeks. Our residency season runs from February through October.

For more information about the Writers in Residence Program, contact Program Director, Vito Zingarelli at vitoz@hedgebrook.org.

United FORlando
A Benefit Concert & Conversation 
Saturday, July 16th at The Wallis

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and the Los Angeles LGBT Center present

A Benefit C oncert & Conversation 

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles
Scenes from the award-winning production  Hit The Wall  by Ike Holter
“After Orlando: Reflections and Where We Go From Here” a conversation moderated by Wilson Cruz and featuring panelists Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Darrel Cummings, Chief of Staff of the Los Angeles LGBT Center

“The recent tragedy in Orlando has severely impacted our nation and our world. As an arts institution that is dedicated to serving as an essential resource to its surrounding community, The Wallis pays tribute to the Orlando victims and shows its support for everyone affected both in Orlando and right here in Los Angeles.”  

Tickets range from $25-45 and all net proceeds will go to the GLBT Center in Orlando.

TFT Alumni Nights with The Archive Presents
A Maurice Pialat Double Feature:
Naked Childhood / Graduate First
Friday, July 22 at 7:30PM

This feature is 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 Billy Wilder Theater box office.

Naked Childhood  (France, 1968)

L'Enfance nue

François Truffaut was a keen supporter of director Maurice Pialat's first feature, which recalls The 400 Blows in its semi-autobiographical story of a young boy lashing out at life as he’s passed from one foster family to another. When he is placed in the home of an elderly couple, he at last discovers a kind of peace, and can begin to discover the world.

35mm, color, in French with English subtitles, 83 min. DIR: Maurice Pialat. SCR: Arlette Langmann, Maurice Pialat. CAST: Michel Terrazon, Raoul Billerey, Maurice Coussonneau.


Graduate First  (France, 1978)

Passe ton bac d'abord…

Director Maurice Pialat's follow up to Naked Childhood (1968) plays as a portrait of "the blank generation" of the 1970s as several high school students enter the netherworld between graduation and the unemployment line.  Drifters in their northern French mining town, they engage in palliative sex or desperate marriage while some head out for the anonymity of Paris, hoping to resist, as long as they can, the social roles they feel being pressed upon them.

35mm, color, in French with English subtitles, 86 min.  DIR: Maurice Pialat.  CAST: Sabine Haudepin, Philippe Marlaud, Annick Alane.

Additional program info:

Theater and parking info: https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/billy-wilder-theater

I Love You Because Opens at The Hudson Backstage
TFT alumna Rebecca Kenigsberg ('12) directs an After Hours Theatre Company production of I LOVE YOU BECAUSE at Hudson Backstage Theatre in Hollywood.

This contemporary musical comedy is a modern twist on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Set in New York City, it centers around a young, uptight greeting card writer whose life is changed when he meets a flighty photographer. Along with their eccentric friends and siblings, they learn to love each other not in spite of their faults, but because of them. I LOVE YOU BECAUSE was presented at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival of New Musicals in 2005.

I LOVE YOU BECAUSE will open on Friday, July 22 and run through Sunday, August 7 at the Hudson Backstage, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood.

Performances are Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm & Sundays at 7:00pm. Ticket prices are $30.00 for all performances. Tickets and more information about the show are available at www.plays411.com/iloveyoubecause.

NYC: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

Too Much Light plays 50 weeks a year. Same time each week. Different show each week! If you’ve seen the show once, you’ve seen the show once. One time.

TFT alumnus Alex Vlahov joins the cast for performances in July, ending at the beginning of August.

Tickets: $13 plus the roll of a six-sided die at the door or buy advanced tix here. Advanced tickets get you priority access and a guaranteed seat! So yeah, it’s definitely a good thing.

The Sunrise Club

The Sunrise Club is a new play with music, about students who experience their last sunrises on Earth. 8:00pm Fridays & Saturdays, June 24th - July 30th, 2016 at The Los Angeles Theatre Center. Written by current UCLA, TFT MFA Candidate, Tara Turnbull. Artwork By "The Hollywood Art Chick", Sue Bielenberg.


Tickets available here.

*The Los Angeles Theatre Center is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and operated by the Latino Theatre Company

AMV BBDO Call for Content

Ad agency AMV BBDO is calling TFT alumni to make great content for the biggest brands.

The world’s leading creative agency network, BBDO, is launching a new global content platform.

And we want you to be part of it.

We’re inviting filmmakers, writers, directors, animators, social influencers and ideas people from across the world to collaborate with us in a new digital space. You’ll work with our established teams to create content for some of the world’s leading brands. And our clients include Mars, Snickers, Pepsi, Pedigree, M&Ms, Guinness, Wrigley and Whiskas.


Support the TFT BEN
Scholarship Fund!
The Bruin Entertainment Network Alumni Scholarship Fund has been created to support undergraduate and graduate students of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television at the behest of the UCLA TFT Bruin Entertainment Network. You can support the fund at this link

Support the TFT BEN Programming Fund!
The TFT Bruin Entertainment Network is now accepting 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!
Get involved with TFT BEN
Contact Dallas King
Job Listings and Available Services
Opportunity for Alumni to Teach On-Camera Acting Classes  (Los Angeles)

I really feel that this conservatory is set up more like a University program and not like acting workshops. The classes are either six month or one-year commitments. So finding the right teaching candidates that are both well versed in the aspects of on-camera acting as well as the dedication it takes to learn that craft makes this a special type of job.

Gary Spatz’s “The Playground”, A Young Actor’s Conservatory is an on-camara acting training ground for young actors in Los Angeles and Orange County aged six to eighteen. The classes are offered Saturday and Sunday. We have around six hundred students. I am looking to interview candidates with solid educational training in on-camera acting (either as an actor or behind the scenes) that also possess a passion and some experience teaching these skills to children, preteens and teens.  

I am interviewing for paid part-time positions for Primary Acting Teacher, Substitute Primary Acting Teacher, Studio Assistants and Substitute Studio Assistants. For Studio Assistants (which is also a training ground for newer teachers to move toward becoming Primary Acting Teachers) there should be an overall ease with working with youth as well as a confidence working with cameras, lights and technical equipment. 

Anyone interested in interviewing can email me at GaylaG@theplayground.com. They can send me a P/R, acting or technical resume, teaching resume and a short video of themselves talking about why acting and teaching is a passion.  

I will review all enquiries.

Currently I am looking for staff at our Los Angeles location.

Here is our website: www.theplayground.com.

Monterey Peninsula College Seeks Theatre Arts Instructor

Monterey Peninsula College is seeking applicants for a full-time temporary non-tenure track instructor in Theatre Arts to teach Theatre Arts classes as well as direct and produce a series of plays for the season. (The incumbent will be eligible to apply for a full-time, tenure track position in the future, should the College recruit for one.)

The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching a range of Theatre Arts classes. This will include teaching a core of intermediate and advanced acting and directing classes, Introduction to Theatre, and Film Appreciation.  In addition, the successful candidate should be able to teach Voice/Oral Interpretation, Acting for the Camera, and other Theatre Arts courses. The successful candidate will be expected to direct and produce a main stage production in fall 2016 and spring 2017 from a variety of genres including (but not limited to) classical/verse; musical, contemporary, comedy or drama.

More information can be found at this link: 
The Wallis Presents
Hershey Felder in Maestro
TFT alumni can get 20% tickets to any Maestro performance  Aug 11 - Aug 28* with code "UCLA".  Enter code UCLA in the upper right corner of your screen before selecting your tickets to receive 20% off.

*Except Aug 22. 

Leonard Bernstein was a conductor, pianist, author, educator, librettist, television star and the composer of three symphonies, iconic film scores and the American musical classics West Side Story, Candide, On the Town and Wonderful Town, among others. He pushed boundaries to become the world’s first serious musical media superstar and changed the face of music. In his inimitable style, Hershey Felder brings Bernstein to life through first-person narratives combined with his compositions, as well as music by Beethoven, Mahler and more, drawing audiences deeply into the maestro’s fascinating life. 

See more here.
CTG Presents
Grey Gardens The Musical at The Ahmanson

Special Offer “Grey Gardens – The Musical” Offer

$59 Weekends/$49 Weekdays
Mid-Orchestra/Preferred Mezzanine (Rows C-P)
Now through July 31, 2016

*Valid Now through July 31. Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets or combined with other offers. Handling fees may apply and subject to availability.


"Grade: A! Broadway's most daring new musical." —David Barbour, Entertainment Weekly

"Grey Gardens is more than a unique and unmissable musical: it's a gift." —Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Broadway's daring musical sensation Grey Gardens—The Musical arrives at the Ahmanson Theatre starring the fabulous Rachel York (Broadway's City of Angels) and the legendary Betty Buckley (Tony Award®-winning Grizabella in Cats). Based on the cult classic documentary and directed by Michael Wilson, this haunting and often hilarious musical recounts Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' most eccentric relatives' fall from society darlings to notorious recluses in their crumbling East Hampton estate. Grey Gardens—The Musical was hailed as Time magazine’s number one show of the year and garnered 10 Tony Award nominations when it premiered on Broadway in 2006. Center Theatre Group’s production at the Ahmanson is the Los Angeles debut of Grey Gardens–The Musical.

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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Noah Green 
Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs, School of Theater, Film and Television
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