UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - June 2, 2017
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
June 2, 2017
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News and TFT Alumni Events
TFT Alumni Welcome Party
This Monday, June 5, 2017
TFT alumni,  please join in welcoming the Class of 2017 into the
TFT alumni network on June 5th at UCLA.

Food and beverages will be provided.

Pay-by-space and permit parking available at Structure 4 and Structure 8.

RSVP to Attend the 26th Annual UCLA TFT Film Festival
June 10-14, 2017

Festival of Animation: Saturday, June 10, 5PM and 7PM, James Bridges Theater
Undergraduate Showcase: Sunday, June 11, 5PM, James Bridges Theater
Screenwriters Showcase: Monday, June 12, 7:30PM, James Bridges Theater
Producers Marketplace: Tuesday, June 13, 7PM, James Bridges Theater
MFA Directors Spotlight: Wednesday, June 14, 7PM, Directors Guild of America

LA Weekly Interviews Alumna Ana Lily Amirpour About
Her New Film, "The Bad Batch"

From LA Weekly:

When director Ana Lily Amirpour (MFA '10) showed up to Jim Carrey's art studio, she wore a pillowcase over her head, featuring two cut-out eyeholes and a Sharpie frownie face. She was there to convince the megastar that he'd want to play the small role of a homeless desert wanderer in her upcoming film, The Bad Batch, a much-anticipated follow-up to her Iranian-vampire-Western hit A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. The character would not speak, his beard and long hair would cover much of his face, and he'd only be on-screen for a few minutes. Amirpour's producers had let out a gasp when she told them on the phone — on the way over to Carrey's studio — that that was the role she was actually offering him, not the one of the wacky, whimsical doctor they'd previously agreed upon. But Amirpour had sent Carrey A Girl Walks Home to watch, and he loved it, and she knew right then he would take the role.

"When he opened the door, he had this full beard like the character, and I had goose bumps," Amirpour says, taking a break from slurping her fruit smoothie at Swingers Diner here in Santa Monica. "Right away, I gave him a pillowcase with a happy face, and said, 'Just put this on because you're Jim Carrey and I need to acclimate.' We both had these pillowcases on and we just talked." But he was still under the impression he'd play the quirky doctor and seemed dismissive. "I said, 'Wait, before you say another word, forget that character. He's not even in the movie. I want you to be the hermit,' and he had this big wide smile and said, 'Yeeeeeeeeaaaaah.'"

The interview continues here.
UCLA Spring Musical: CARRIE

Carrie the Musical

Music by Michael Gore, Lyrics by Dean Pitchford; Book by Lawrence D. Cohen, based on the Stephen King novel
Musical Direction by Dan Belzer, Stage Direction by Nick DeGruccio
Vocal Direction by Jeremy Mann, Choreography by Lee Martino

Plagued by bullies at school and an oppressive mother at home, an awkward teenager finds her telekinetic powers and discovers she has the final revenge. Based on the smash novel, this musical delivers the legend of Carrie in a new and exciting way.

Performances
June 2-3, 6-10, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 2 p.m. 
Little Theater 

“A blood-spattering triumph” —  Patrick Hurly, That Awesome Theatre Blog

“A thrill ride…the musical version of a haunted house”  — TheaterMania

“A full-throttle theatrical experience — Cirque du Soleil meets Disneyland, with pig’s blood”  — Los Angeles Times

Tickets available here.
"The Laodamiad" at Getty Villa
June 3 & 4
The Laodamiad

Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Location: Villa Auditorium
Admission: Tickets: Free; ticket required. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Get Tickets" button below.  

News of the Trojan War reaches Laodamia's ears on the day of her wedding to Iolaus, a shepherd from Phylace. As the nation mobilizes for war, she desperately tries to keep her new husband safe at home with her, but inadvertently exposes him to a wider world of politics and power. A nightmarish prophecy ensures that the charismatic General Odysseus assigns Iolaus to the front and when he is killed in combat, Laodamia becomes the war's first widow. How she deals with her grief has echoed for millennia through history and myth. Inspired by the handful of surviving lines from Euripides's lost play  ProtesilaosThe Laodamiad explores love, war, and loss. 

Hunter Bird ('12) directs THE LAODAMIAD, a new play by Chas LiBretto with dramaturgy by Oskar Eustis at the Getty Villa for the Villa Play-Reading Series.

This program is a staged reading with music. 

Enjoy script-in-hand renditions of lesser-known Greek and Roman plays translated in English, performed by some of our favorite theater ensembles. Tickets are free.

All performances take place in the Auditorium at the Getty Villa. Parking is $15; $10 after 3:00 p.m. 
Design Showcase West
Saturday, June 10th
"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
UCLA Undergraduate Designer Showcase on June 14th
ScreenCraft Short Film Fund
Accepting applications now!  

SEE MORE INFO HERE

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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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
Promotions
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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