UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - June 16, 2017
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
June 16, 2017
Congratulations to TFT Class of 2017!!
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News and TFT Alumni Events
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay Named Keynote Speaker
at UCLA TFT's '70th Annual Commencement Ceremony
From tft.ucla.edu:

Filmmaker Justin Lin and actor Michael Stuhlbarg will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards; Nadja Swarovsky will receive the inaugural Distinguished Service Award.

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay has been named the 2017 keynote speaker at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s 70th annual Commencement ceremony. Filmmaker Justin Lin (Star Trek BeyondFast and Furious franchise) will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award in Film/Television/Digital Media and actor Michael Stuhlbarg (FargoBoardwalk Empire) will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award in Theater. Dean Teri Schwartz will preside over the event taking place Friday, June 16 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Nadja Swarovski has been named the 2017 UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Distinguished Service Award honoree. This new honor recognizes an individual whose exemplary service has had an inspiring, direct impact on UCLA TFT students, faculty and staff, as well as local and/or global communities. The UCLA TFT Distinguished Service Award honoree’s life and works embrace the School’s ideals of humanism, diversity and making a difference in the world.

“It is a great honor to have such remarkable artists and industry leaders on the stage with us at our Commencement this year,” says Schwartz. “All are being recognized at this year’s commencement ceremony for the outstanding contributions they have made in their respective fields. They are bold artists and leaders with remarkable vision and creative force to inspire and galvanize our graduates to use their work to not only to delight and entertain, but also enlighten, engage and inspire change for a better world.”

DuVernay is a writer, producer, director and distributor of independent film. Nominated for the Academy Award and winner of the BAFTA for Best Documentary, her documentary 13th was one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2016. In 2014, she directed the historical drama Selma, which garnered four Golden Globe nominations and two Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Her current directorial work includes the award-winning dramatic television series Queen Sugar on OWN; and the upcoming Disney live-action film, A Wrinkle in Time. Winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Best Director prize for her previous feature, Middle of Nowhere, DuVernay’s early directorial work includes I Will FollowVenus Vs. and This Is the Life. In 2017, DuVernay was named one of Fortune Magazine’s 50 Greatest World Leaders. She also distributes and amplifies the work of people of color and women directors through her film collective ARRAY, named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies.

Lin is a Taiwanese-born American filmmaker whose movies have grossed more than $2 billion worldwide. He is responsible for re-booting the Fast & Furious franchise, along with groundbreaking work in virtual reality and innovative projects in both TV and film. Most recently, Lin directed the critically acclaimed blockbuster Star Trek Beyond, the final film in the modern Star Trek trilogy. Previously, Lin directed Universal’s box-office blockbusters The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo DriftFast & FuriousFast FiveFast and Furious 6, Touchstone Picture’s Annapolis, and Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee, which was released by IFC Films and The Weinstein Company after its successful premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. His directorial debut, the critically acclaimed Better Luck Tomorrow, also premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2012, Lin founded Perfect Storm Entertainment with the intent of producing films and television with a global perspective. He also formed the digital company YOMYOMF to give a new outlet for aspiring Asian American filmmakers. Lin is currently developing and producing several television and television and film projects for CBS, Cinemax, Paramount, Sony and Warner Bros.

Stuhlbarg can currently be seen in the third season of the FX series Fargo. He is a lauded stage and screen actor who received a Best Actor Golden Globe Award nomination for his role in the Coen Brothers film A Serious Man. His other films include Miss SloaneMarvel’s Dr. StrangeArrivalJobsTrumbo

Miles AheadPawn SacrificeLincolnBlue JasmineHitchcockHugo; and Body of Lies, among others. His TV credits include HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Amazon’s Transparent. Upcoming projects include Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water and Hulu’s The Looming Tower. In 2005, Stuhlbarg was a Tony Award nominee and a Drama Desk Award winner for his performance in Martin McDonagh’s The Plowman. His other Broadway credits include the National Actors Theatre productions of Saint JoanThree Men on a HorseTimon of Athens and The Government Inspector; Ronald Harwood’s Taking Sides; Sam Mendes’ revival of Cabaret; and Tom Stoppard’s The Invention of Love. Stuhlbarg has worked numerous times with the New York Shakespeare Festival in productions of Twelfth NightRichard II and Hamlet, among others. Stuhlbarg studied at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and received his B.F.A. from The Juilliard School.

Over the past 20 years, Nadja Swarovski, the first woman to serve on the Executive Board of Swarovski, the world’s leading crystal manufacturer, has driven a program of creative collaborations that have revitalized the company founded by her great-great-grandfather Daniel Swarovski in 1895. As well as leading the company’s global branding and communications, she has commissioned new installations, artworks and products celebrating crystal that have continually positioned Swarovski at the vanguard of creative and lifestyle trends. From Alexander McQueen to Daniel Libeskind, the relationships she has built with figures in the worlds of fashion and jewelry, design and architecture, film and art, have established her as one of the world’s leading creative patrons. Swarovski also oversees Swarovski’s sustainability initiatives and philanthropic programs, and chairs the Swarovski Foundation. Born in Germany, Swarovski is an Austrian and American citizen, and was educated in Europe and the United States. After graduating from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1992, she completed a graduate course in fine and decorative arts at Sotheby’s in New York. She is currently based in London.

THR Interviews Alumna Beatrice Springborn About
"The Handmaid's Tale" and HULU
From THR:

The streamer's head of original programming, Beatrice Springborn (MFA '05), who will speak at the Produced By Conference in L.A., spills on Sarah Silverman's new show and why creators should come to Hulu. After a handful of modest originals, Hulu at last has a breakout hit with  The Handmaid's Tale. Much has been said about how the dystopian drama taps into current anxieties around women's rights. "We knew it would touch a nerve, but we didn't expect the volume of reception," says Beatrice Springborn, head of original programming at the streamer, who'll speak on a "Content Is King" panel June 10 at the Produced By Conference in L.A. While she's mum on how the arrival of AMC vet Joel Stillerman as Hulu's chief content officer could impact her day-to-day, Springborn did spill on how  Handmaid's is performing, Sarah Silverman's new show and the advantage of not being Netflix. 

The article continues here.

Grace Lee's Project "K-Town '92"
Statement about the K-Town '92 project by Director Grace Lee (MFA '02):

When the LA riots/uprising/civil unrest exploded in 1992, images of destruction beamed across the globe with little context as to why these events had occurred. TV news focused on African Americans, Latinos, and Koreans as both victims and perpetrators of violence, and footage of the “first multicultural riots” locked each group within a stereotype.

As a Korean American, these images profoundly shaped my understanding of race in America and the need for people of color to tell our own stories. We hope K-TOWN‘92 offers a path to better understand Los Angeles before and after 1992. We intend to expand the archive of stories moving forward.

Find our more about the project here: www.ktown92.com

Grace has two upcoming events surrounding K-Town '92, as well:

Sunday, June 18, 7:30 PM
State of Emergency: 25 Years After the LA Riots
LA Film Fest
Kirk Douglas Theatre 
9820 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
RSVP now.

Friday, June 23, 2:30 PM
Indies for a More Perfect Union
Hollywood & Highland
The Ray Dolby Ballroom (Level 5) 
6801 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
For more information, visit NALIP. 
"Fight Club" Accompanied by a Live Score at The Wiltern, June 22

“The Not-To-Miss Fight Club Event of The Summer: June 22nd

Fight Club Live Score at The Wiltern


Jacob Maymudes presents an out of this world evening at the historical Wiltern theater, featuring a live musical score accompanying the film Fight Club by David Fincher and showcasing the musical talents of Hollywood multi-instrumentalist Angel Roche (Dave Navarro and Ziggy Marley), Eric Klerks on guitar and bass (Grandmothers Of Invention), Damon Ramirez on the synths (Fungo Mungo, Looner), and the talented film composer, Zoë Poledouris-Roche (composer: Conan The Barbarian, Bully).


Featuring eye-popping stunts and acrobatic action onstage! Come don your project mayhem rebellious side, and join in on this sensory overloaded revival night of "Fight Club", the American, cult classic.


Doors open at 7PM, Movie starts promptly at 8PM.


18+ & full bar avail with ID

The Wiltern has kindly offered one free pair of GA tickets to TFT alumni. Be the first to email alumni@tftlucla.edu with "Fight Club" in the subject line and your name and grad year in the body and you'll get them.


Tickets available on Ticketmaster: GA Floor and GA Mezzanine - $30,

LOGE - $40 (inclusive of VIP preferential line, one free popcorn, and open seating within LOGE),
VIP tickets - $50 (open seating within the VIP section, access to VIP preferential line, commemorative poster)

Wilma Mankiller Documentary to Premiere at LA Film Festival
Producer/Director Valerie Red-Horse Mohl's ('81) latest documentary, MANKILLER will have its World Premiere on Monday, June 19, at 6:15PM, at ArcLight Cinemas, Culver City - 9500 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232. A Q&A with the filmmakers and Wilma Mankiller's family will take place immediately following the screening. Individual tickets are on sale now for $16. You can follow this link to purchase – https://tickets.lafilmfestival.com/online/article/mankiller 

MANKILLER examines the legacy of the formidable Wilma Mankiller, who defied all odds to become one of the most influential leaders in the United States. Mankiller overcame rampant sexism and personal challenges to emerge as the Cherokee Nation’s first female Principal Chief in 1985. Mankiller’s humble leadership style and her strength as a uniter remind audiences of the true meaning of servant leadership. The film reunites the team of Gale Anne Hurd (THE TERMINATOR, ALIENS, ARMAGEDDON, THE WALKING DEAD) and Valerie Red-Horse Mohl for their third documentary. 

Also please join Valerie Red-Horse Mohl as she speaks with other LAFF filmmakers for two FREE panel discussions also at the ArcLight Cinemas on Saturday June 17: 2:30pm - #SheToldMe: Women Storytellers Changing the Narrative-Globally.


6pm - The Other: Documenting Marginalized Stories


Tyrus Documentary and Bambi 75th Anniversary Screening at
Egyptian Theater on June 25th
This month, there will be a double feature screening of Bambi + Tyrus at the  Egyptian Theatre on  June 25thBambi screens at 5:30pm, followed by a panel discussion at 7pm w/ me & UCLA ext faculty member, Ted Thomas, and a screening of Tyrus at 7:30pm. Tyrus is directed by alumna Pamela Tom.

One of the most celebrated Chinese-American artists of the 20th century, Tyrus Wong was a painter, motion picture illustrator, muralist, ceramicist, and perhaps best known for his haunting and ethereal landscape backgrounds for the Disney classic BAMBI. Through interviews, archival footage, movie clips, and never-before-seen artwork, this beautiful and poignant documentary traces Wong’s life and career from his birthplace in China to the studios of the Golden Age of Hollywood to the beaches of Santa Monica, where the centenarian flew his colorful, handmade kites for over four decades. 
"Chief Zabu" Screenings in Los Angeles in June

Cult indie comedy CHIEF ZABU, co-written and co-directed by Neil Cohen (UCLA '72), shot in 1986, lost, then rediscovered in 2016, will begin its tour of comedy clubs this summer in Los Angeles. At the end of June we will be playing (with directors' introduction and Q&A) at:

  • Nerdist Showroom, 7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles 90046, Saturday June 24 @ 4pm
  • Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-Alley 3rd St Promenade, Santa Monica 90401, Sunday June 25 @ 5pm
Seeking Credited Screenwriter for Development Think Tank

Established in May, 2003, we are a disciplined community of mostly produced screenwriters who convene twice monthly, each occasion to develop one colleague’s feature screenplay. Credits around the table reflect our eclectic crew:  Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Toy Story 2, The Big Picture, Buffalo Soldiers, Bongwater, Chink, Nor’easter, Cheap Thrills, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return and more; tv credits include The George Lopez Show and The Glades.  Just this past May 21, our member-on-hiatus’s Escaping Dad débuted on HBO. We infrequently recruit, but are open for one new member.

July 2nd deadline for applications. 

For further information and application guidelines, reply to sevenswans@sbcglobal.net

ScreenCraft Short Film Fund
Accepting applications now!  


And if you're writing a feature film screenplay, be sure to mark your calendar for these upcoming screenwriting contests' deadlines

Job Listings and Available Services
UCLAOne Jobs

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Personal Assistant for Indie Writer/Director Wanted (NYC)

We would prefer to keep the name confidential. The candidate must be based in New York and have at least a year of industry experience (excluding internships). Please email resumes to: kcahill@id-pr.com
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 April 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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