UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - July 22, 2016
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
July 22, 2016
Welcome to the TFT Alumni Newsletter 
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News and TFT Alumni Events
UCLA Alumni at San Diego Comic-Con 2016
Here is a guide to the Bruin panelists and those with films screening
at this year's Comic-Con in San Diego:


World Premiere Screening: Star Trek Beyond
Embarcadero Marina Park
JUSTIN LIN (B.A. ’95), director

Teaching with Comics: An Interactive Workshop for Educators
Shiley Special Events San Diego Central Library, 4:00 p.m.


Presentation: DreamWorks Animation Theatrical: Trolls
Hall H, 10:00 a.m.
CHRIS HARDWICK , moderator
Spotlight on Lisa Hanawalt
Room 23ABC, 11:00 a.m.
LISA HANAWALT (A&A ’06), graphic novel author, Hot Dog Taste Test
Panel: Getting Into Comics and Staying There
Room 28DE, 12:00 p.m.
DAFNA PLEBAN (UCLA ’07), moderator
Panel/Q&A: The Pitching Hour
Room 7AB, 12:00 p.m.
CARINA SCHULZE (UCLA ’01), panelist
Panel: Something for Everyone: Indie Comics
Room 29AB, 1:00 p.m.
LISA HANAWALT (A&A ’06), panelist
JENNIFER HAYDEN (UCLA ’01), panelist
Star Trek: 50th Year Celebration with Roddenberry Entertainment
Room 24ABC, 1:30 p.m.
TREVOR ROTH (UCLA ’96), moderator
Live Podcast: Two Packs a Week: The Trading Card Comedy Show
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library, 2:00 p.m.
ERIKA ISHII (UCLA ’09), guest
Screening: Thunderbirds Are Go
Room 7AB, 2:00 p.m.
ROB HOEGEE (M.F.A. ’96), head writer
Panel: Hollyweird Science: Science Fiction as Inspiration
Room 5AB, 7:00 p.m.
KEVIN GRAZIER (UCLA Ph.D. ’97), panelist


Panel: Keeping it Short: Short Form Comics
Room 28DE, 10:00 a.m.
LISA HANAWALT (A&A ’06), panelist
Panel: Intro to TV Writing
Room 8, 10:30 a.m.
JEFF BELL (M.F.A. ’90), panelist
Screening: Nobility
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library, 11:00 a.m.
Panel: di-VR-sity: Opportunities in VR/AR and Immersive Storytelling
Room 29AB, 11:00 a.m.
EVETTE VARGAS (M.F.A. ’12), panelist
Panel: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: It's Morphin Time
Room 5AB, 11:30 a.m.
DAFNA PLEBAN (UCLA ’07), editor
Panel: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Return to New York
Room 6A, 11:45 a.m.
SEAN ASTIN (UCLA ’97), actor
Panel/Q&A: AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead
Hall H, 12:00 p.m.
Panel: Inside the Writers' Room: Writing and Producing For Star Trek
Room 7AB, 5:00 p.m.
ROBERT HEWITT WOLFE (B.A. ’87), panelist

Panel: From Day Job to Dream Job: Making the Transition
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, 6:10 p.m.
DALLAS KING (M.F.A. ’14, UCLA Extension instructor), panelist
The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows
Room 6BCF, 7:00 p.m.
RON DIAMOND (M.F.A. ’82), founder and curator


Forest J. Ackerman Centennial Celebration
Room 6BCF, 10:30 a.m.
JIM UHLS (M.FA. ’84), screenwriter
Presentation: The Simpsons
Ballroom 20, 12 p.m.
MIKE B. ANDERSON (M.F.A. ’90), supervising director
NANCY CARTWRIGHT (B.A. ’81), voice actor
DAVID SILVERMAN (B.A. ’79), director
Presentation: Lucifer Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1:30 p.m.
ILDY MODROVICH (B.A. ’91), executive producer
Panel: Inside the Writer’s Room: The Pilot: Part One
Room 24ABC, 1:30 p.m.
ROBERT HEWITT WOLFE (B.A. ’87), panelist
SARAH WATSON (B.A. ’07), panelist
Panel: Women Rocking Hollywood
Room 25ABC, 2:00 p.m.
Presentation: geekED VI: College and The Nerd Brain
Shiley Special Events San Diego Central Library, 5:00 p.m.
Presentation: The Last Man on Earth
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 6:00 p.m.
WILL FORTE (UCLA BA ’93), actor
Screening: Designated Survivor
Horton Grand Theater, 7:00 p.m.
KAL PENN (UCLA BA ’00), actor
Screening: Flesh and Blood
Pacific 23, N. Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, 8:50 p.m.
MERLIN CAMOZZI (M.F.A. ’16), writer-director
TIM LEWIS (M.F.A. ’15), producer
RICHARD PERRY (M.F.A. ’15),  production design
JULIA SWAIN (M.F.A. ’15),  cinematographer
ERIC VENNEMEYER (M.F.A. ’16), first AD
MARTA SAVINA (M.F.A. ’16), first AC
LINDA RIEDMANN (TFT grad student), UPM
JOSH YUNIS (M.F.A. ’16), script supervisor

MATTHEW KNUDSEN (TFT grad student), gaffer
DAVID KIRKEBY (TFT grad student), gaffer
THIENTAM NGUYEN (TFT undergrad student), grip
JENNIFER GITTINGS (M.F.A. ’12), color correction
MELISSA KAN (TFT grad student), post producer


Cartoon Voices II panel
Room 6A, 11:30 a.m.
FRED TATASCIORE (B.A. ’91), panelist


Exhibitor: Boston Metaphysical Society
Artist Alley (AA-20)

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

Kit Williams' Webseries "EastSiders" Streaming on Netflix
Alumnus Kit Williams' web series " EastSiders" was recently listed by Laist.com as " one of the 9 best web series about living in Los Angeles" is currently streaming on Netflix.
Alumna Named Finalist in 
Women in Film-The Black List TV Lab

TFT alumna Dawn Spinella (MFA ’14) was among the top 24 finalists of the Women In Film/Black List Episodic Lab. View the full list of participants and finalists here, and Deadline has an article here.

Screenwriting MFA Candidate S elected as Quarterfinalist in Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
Jeff Scott's  sports drama script, "The Tiger & the Protected", has been selected as Quarterfinalist in Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.

The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters.
Alice Of Old Vincennes: A Musical

The World Premiere of "Alice of Old Vincennes: A Musical" was produced at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center in Vincennes, Indiana, May 27-29 and June 3-5. Book by Jim Spurrier (TFT MA ’70), Music by Jay Kerr, Lyrics by Laurel Smith.

For further production information go to aliceofvincennes.com.


Music by Jay Kerr — Lyrics by Laurel Smith — Book by Jim Spurrier

Maurice Thompson’s classic novel “Alice of Old Vincennes” has been adapted for the stage, and the musical’s authors have incorporated original songs to create a unique interpretation of the famous story.

The world premiere of “Alice of Old Vincennes: A Musical” was on May 27, 2016,  at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center in Vincennes, to celebrate Indiana’s Bicenetennial in 2016. It was a tremendous six-day run, celebrating Indiana’s bicentennial, and Vincennes’ role as Indiana’s first city.

Mischief Ventured to
Launch in Fall

From UCLA alumnus Max Wiederholt ('15):

Looking for a talent agency that actually puts artists first? Mischief Ventured is the first online, democratic social marketplace to help screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and producers work together to make fantastic movies and TV shows. If you've ever felt like entertainment is an insider industry and you just don't know the right people, check out how this UCLA team is making Hollywood a democracy at www.mischiefventured.com. Our (free!) beta launches this fall, and you can sign up 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.
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.

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
Top Online Cooking Show Seeks Social Media/Community Manager

We’re seeking a rockstar Social Media/Community Manager who has experience managing and growing passionate fanbases. You will be on the frontline engaging millions of viewers worldwide who are not only our fans but our future customers. You will build relationships directly with our fans, keeping communities active while providing ongoing metric reporting. And you will take the initiative and make recommendations on how to grow our brand even bigger across social platforms and our website.

Role Responsibilities:
•  Day-to-day community management of social platforms and website including daily comment/ activity moderation across all properties (with an emphasis on YouTube, Facebook & our Website)
•  Listen, respond, ask questions and engage with online communities using a personal voice that matches the show host and brand
•  Seek and collect audience feedback metrics and data to improve content offerings and community strategy
•  Collaborate with the team to create and manage the master content calendar
•  Oversee the creation of monthly analytic reports on audience growth, best performing tactics
and key conversational threads with the aim to improve growth on specific platforms
•  Execute real time social coverage and events as needed

Requirements for the Position:
•  At least 2+ years of experience in a social/digital media role, with at least 1 year specifically focused on social media marketing
•  Strong-to-expert knowledge of all social platforms (with an emphasis on YouTube, Facebook
& Snapchat) and online marketing
•  Experience with community management across multiple social platforms, with solid skills using analytics and reporting tools
•  Practical knowledge of developing editorial and content calendars, community management guidelines and protocol for customer care
•  Exceptional writing, storytelling, copy-editing and proofreading skills (writing for a personal voice a plus)
•  Customer-service minded, solving problems on your own and knowing when to escalate questions or issues
•  Proficient in Google Apps Suite

Qualities we are looking for:
•  Proven passion and experience in the online space—you live online 24/7 and you’ve consistently delivered exceptional results
•  Positive thinking self-starter who is dedicated to contributing in a dynamic start-up environment with growth potential
•  Eagerness to stay ahead of the ever-changing nature of social media marketing
•  Ambitious, well-spoken, responsible person who is comfortable working independently or with
a team when needed
•  Exceptional organizational and project management skills are a MUST
•  A passion for food (especially baking) is required, and food related experience is a plus!
•  Experience working with a young female audience (primarily 18-34) is essential
•  E-commerce experience also highly desirable

Qualified candidates submit Cover Letter & Resume to tastebudsent@gmail.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: 
CTG Presents
Grey Gardens The Musical at The Ahmanson

Special $40 Grey Gardens – The Musical Ticket Offer and Post-Performance “Stage Talk” with Rachel York and Betty Buckley 

*$40 Special Ticket Offer

Valid Tuesday through Friday

Now through August 12
*Mid-Orchestra/Preferred Mezzanine (Rows C-P).  Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets or combined with other offers.  Handling fees may apply.  Ticket subject to availability. 



Join us for a very special post-performance “Stage Talk” with Rachel York and Betty Buckley on Tuesday, July 26, August 2 and August 9.  This will be immediately following the performance. 



This is a revival that no musical lover will want to miss! York and Buckley are divine.

-Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

Broadway's daring musical sensation Grey Gardens—The Musical has arrived 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.

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.
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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