UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - July 28, 2017
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
July 28, 2017
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News and TFT Alumni Events
Alumni Tony Award Winner
Steve Fickinger
Congratulations to Steve Fickinger ('82), who produced the 2017 Tony Award winning Dear Evan Hansen with FickStern Productions.
Dear Evan Hansen won 6 Tony Awards this year, including Best New Musical.

Playbill.com has the complete list of winners.
Join TFT Alumni Affairs for
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
at the Ahmanson on Saturday, August 26th at 2PM
A limited amount of tickets are available! RSVP at the link below:
TFT Alumni Begin Work on A Child Called "It" Project
Writer/Producer David Goldblum (MFA '12) has acquired the film rights to A Child Called “It”, a heart-stopping, compelling story of a child whose courage and unyielding determination enabled him to survive extreme life-threatening odds.

Written by internationally bestselling author Dave Pelzer, A Child Called “It” chronicles the harrowing, unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. Pelzer was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother - who played tortuous, unpredictable games. She no longer considered Dave a son, but a slave; no longer a boy but an “it.” The outside world knew nothing of the nightmare played out behind closed doors. But throughout Dave kept alive dreams of finding a family to love him. This book covers the early years of his life and is an affecting and inspirational story of the horrors of child abuse and the steadfast determination of one child to survive.

A Child Called “It” was on the New York Times Best Seller List for a record-setting 6 plus years and is the #2 most checked out book in school libraries behind only To Kill A Mockingbird. The book has a massive fan base, and it has made a phenomenal impact around the world. The US sales are over 5.5 million, and it has been translated into over 25 languages. For many years, A Child Called “It” was the # 1 bestseller in the UK, as well as in Japan, Australia, India, Ireland and Europe.

Tamlin Hall (MFA '13), another UCLA MFA Screenwriting graduate and Humanitas Prize winner, has attached to direct. His film, Holden On, starring Matthew Fahey (MTV’s “Awkward”) premiered at the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival. The film is a true story about a teenager who fights to keep his mental illness a secret at all costs. A beautiful film getting rave reviews, it is no surprise that it recently won the Audience Award for Best Feature at both the Atlanta Film Festival and Dance With Films.

A Child Called “It” tells a powerful story that will serve as an attempt to expand the dialogue of this taboo subject. With this expanse, may victims feel more comfortable beginning a discussion, and may bystanders feel required to take action. A Child Called “It” will allow the public a glimpse into this hidden, disturbing reality.
Nneka Okafor Makes Roundabout Theatre Company Debut
with Too Heavy for Your Pocket

From broadwayworld.com:

Roundabout Theatre Company presents the first new play of Roundabout Underground's expanded 2017-2018 season, the world-premiere production of Too Heavy For Your Pocket by Jiréh Breon Holder, directed by Margot Bordelon, and featuring Eboni Flowers (Evelyn Brandon), Hampton Fluker (Tony Carter), Brandon Gill 

(Bowzie Brandon) and Nneka Okafor ('08) 

(Sally-Mae Carter).

Too Heavy for Your Pocket will begin preview performances Off-Broadway on Friday, September 15, 2017 and opens officially on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street). This is a limited engagement through Sunday, November 19, 2017. All tickets for Roundabout Underground productions are $25.

Read the article at broadwayworld.com.

On the Verge Summer Repertory Theatre 2017
Santa Barbara, August 3-13
Read Santa Barbara Independent's article on the city's On the Verge summer theater festival, featuring plays directed by two TFT alumni: Kate Bergstrom ('10), who directs At the Table, and Josiah Davis ('12), who directs Outcry. The festival runs August 3-13.

More info at  www.onthevergefest.org.
Billy Ray's The Last Tycoon Premieres on Amazon Today
TFT alumnus and UCLA Professional Programs at TFT professor Billy Ray ('85) is creator of Amazon's The Last Tycoon, a drama series based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished novel. The 9-episode series is available to stream on Amazon today.
TFT Alumni Nights with The Archive Presents:
Sam Peckinpah’s Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
Saturday, August 5th at 7:30PM
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is part of the UCLA Film and Television Archive's The Shadow
Cinema of the 1970s 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, August 5, 2017 - 7:30 pm

In-person: author Charles Taylor, film historian Kim Morgan.

Author Charles Taylor will sign copies of Opening Wednesday at a Theater Or Drive-In Near You: The Shadow Cinema of the American ‘70s before the screening.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia  (1974)

Nobody loses all the time—except perhaps Bennie, the misbegotten, desperate hatchet man of Sam Peckinpah’s grit- and grime-filled late-career sojourn through the lawless Mexican underworld.  Nodding toward its precursor The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (John Huston, 1948), this unhurried “brutalist fable” swaps gold-rushers for headhunters as a craggy Warren Oates dodges transient bikers, wielded shovels and multi-generational ambushes on his languid, ill-fated quest for the titular, coveted cranium.  Considered the last “true” Peckinpah film, Alfredo Garcia was an utter flop upon initial release that now rests atop the cult film pedestal as an unromantic, illimitable reflection of the “Me” decade.

Charles Taylor will be joined on stage by writer and film historian Kim Morgan for a post-screening conversation.

DCP, color, 112 min.  Production: Optimus Productions; Estudios Churubusco.  Distribution: United Artists Corps.  Director: Sam Peckinpah.  Producer: Martin Baum.  Screenwriter: Sam Peckinpah, Gordon Dawson.  Cinematographer: Alex Phillips, Jr.  Editor: Dennis E. Dolan, Sergio Ortega, Robbe Robert.  Music: Jerry Fielding.  Cast: Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Robert Webber, Gig Young, Helmut Dantine.

Part of The Shadow Cinema of the 1970s

Upcoming TFT Alumni Nights With the Archive:
August 14: Foxy Brown and Coffy --  Part of  The Shadow Cinema of the 1970s
Liza, Liza, Skies Are Grey Opens in NY and LA August 18th
LIZA, LIZA, SKIES ARE GREY, a coming-of-age California motorcycle road trip narrative feature film set in the summer of 1966, written, produced and directed by Terry Sanders (MA '67) opens in New York (Cinema Village Theater) and Los Angeles (Laemmle Monica Film Center) on Friday, August 18.

Friday, August 18th 2017

Laemmle Monica Film Center

Cinema Village Theater

A film by Academy Award winner Terry Sanders
Starring Mikey Madison, Sean H. Scully, Kristin Minter
Alumnus Laurence Jarvik Featured in New Movie
From Laurence Jarvik (MFA '88, PhD '91):

I’m featured interview in a new movie,  THE TRUMP EFFECT: Deprogramming the American Mind, by filmmaker Agustin Blazquez.

Although some classmates may be shocked by what they hear, I’d like to share it with UCLA TFT classmates.

It can be watched for free on YouTube. 

Here are the relevant links:

1. Press release:  https://thetrumpeffectmovie.blogspot.com

2. Preview:  https://youtu.be/Y_QqJXJ5jKs

3. Full movie:  https://youtu.be/FmhfRi5j8aA
NYC Alumni: NY Neo-Futurists Present: The Infinite Wrench

From Alex Vlahov, co-Artistic Director/Ensemble Member with The New York Neo-Futurists:

"With its ever-changing “menu” of plays, The Infinite Wrench is an attempt to perform 30 plays in an hour—running for 13 years in the East Village. The audience is fully part of the act, deciding the order that these plays are performed. Each week, these plays shift as ensemble members add new plays to the existing body of work. Each night of performance, we aim to create an unreproducible living newspaper of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, the visceral and experimental.

The single unifying element of these plays is that they are performed from a perspective of absolute honesty. We always appear as ourselves on stage, speaking directly from our personal experiences. Each short play is written by a performer, honed by the ensemble, and randomly collaged with twenty-nine other plays through high energy audience participation. The NY Neo-Futurists are cousin companies to the Chicago original Neo-Futurists (founded 1988) and the SF Neo-Futurists (2013). Neo-Futurist collaborations have led to the creation of landmark cultural hits including Urinetown the Musical and the Welcome to Nightvale podcast/hit touring show.


The Infinite Wrench

Friday & Saturday Nights

The Kraine Theater

85 E. 4th St (East Village, NYC)


tickets: $19 pre-sale, $13 + roll of a dice at the door

TFT Alumni Films at Sundance Next Fest
Theater at Ace Hotel, August 10-13
Sundance NEXT FEST
L.A. Times + Electric Guest
Hosted by Comedian Natasha Leggero
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.

Natasha Leggero is an accomplished actress, writer, and stand-up comedian who’s garnered attention across film, television, and the web. Her movie credits include NeighborsLet’s Be Cops, and He’s Just Not That Into You, and she has appeared on series including CommunityIt’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaArrested DevelopmentKey and Peele, and The Tonight Show, among many others.

Sundance NEXT FEST
Bitch + Sleigh Bells 
With Comedian Kate Micucci
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.

Kate Micucci can currently be seen in Jeff Baena’s The Little Hours (Sundance 2017) and recently appeared in critically acclaimed Don’t Think Twice and Netflix’s Easy. Kate is a member of the duo Garfunkel and Oates, for which she and partner Riki Lindhome were named comics to watch by Variety.

Supported by Alliance of Women Directors

Sundance NEXT FEST
Gook + Convo w/ Ava DuVernay
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 - 4:00PM
Event Info
Doors Open: 3:00 PM
Price: $15.00
Onsale: Tue, Jun 6, 2017 - 12:00PM PDT

Gook / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Justin Chon) — Eli and Daniel—Korean American brothers who run a shoe store in Paramount, California—form an unlikely friendship with Kamilla, an 11-year-old African American girl. As Daniel dreams of becoming a recording artist and Eli struggles to keep the store afloat, LA’s racial tensions erupt during the infamous 1992 riots. Cast: Justin Chon, Simone Baker, David So, Curtiss Cook Jr., Sang Chon, Ben Munoz. Winner of the Audience Award: NEXT at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

The screening will be preceded by the world premiere of Joey Bada$$’s newest music video, “Temptation,” directed by Nathan R. Smith.

Convo w/ Ava DuVernay

Presented by FilmL.A., Inc. 

Ava DuVernay will join director Justin Chon for a conversation following the screening.

Ava DuVernay directed the award-winning documentary 13th and acclaimed historical drama Selma, in addition to TV series Queen Sugar and Disney’s upcoming A Wrinkle in Time. DuVernay has been named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people, and she also helms the film collective Array to amplify the work of women and people of color.

Supported by Giant Robot

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, 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.

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French and English Speaker Wanted for New Orleans Film Production

In a perfect world we would like a New Orleans recent film grad that is fluent in French and English to work as a PA type director's assistant. Our director is from France and we are hoping to have someone to aide in translation or interpretation issues. 


Resumes may be sent to: deadlierthanthemale2017@gmail.comThey should have in the subject line "French Speaker" or something similar.

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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