UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - June 24, 2016
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
June 24, 2016
Welcome to the TFT Alumni Newsletter 
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News and TFT Alumni Events
25th Annual   UCLA TFT Film Festival Directors Spotlight
Francis Ford Coppola (MFA '67) was honored at Directors Showcase on June 9 at the DGA with the Distinguished Vanguard Director Award, presented by Dean Teri Schwartz.

The awarded student filmmakers were:

Marta Savina: Viola, Franca Outstanding Drama, Outstanding Achievement in Editing and the Myrl Schreibman Award 
Gayatri Bajpai: The Housewarming Outstanding Comedy
Reed Van Dyk: Dakalb Elementary Outstanding Achievement Directing the Actor and in Screenwriting
Soraya Selene: The Housewarming Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Athanasios Papastergiou: Sandy Beach Sound Design
Tiffanie Hsu: Wonderland Alumni Jury Honorable Mention

Alumna Jill Weinlein ('85) wrote about the evening and shared photos from the event here.
TFT Alumni Films at Palm Springs International ShortFest

Congratulations to our TFT alumni filmmakers with films screening at the PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTFEST!

Steven Liang (MFA '16), Director
Steven Canals (MFA '15), Screenwriter
Cecilia Albertini (MFA Candidate), Editor

Ryan Moody (MFA '15), Director
Jessica Nikkel (MFA '13), Screenwriter

Sahirr Sethhi (MFA '15), Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Manjot Singh (UCLA BA '15)

The Palm Springs International ShortFest runs June 21-27th.

If your film is playing at the Palm Springs International ShortFest and isn't included here, let me know about it. Email alumni@tft.ucla.edu

TFT Alumna Maggie Darago to Perform at Hollywood Bowl
Alumna Maggie Darago ('16) will perform an ensemble role in the musical "A Chorus Line" next month at the Hollywood Bowl, July 29-31. Thousand Oaks Acorn has an interview with Maggie
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", alumna 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.


The Google Computer Science in Media Fellowship 
Call for Submissions
The Black List is pleased to announce a partnership with  Google ’s Computer Science Education in Media program to offer financial grants totaling $45K in support of the development of three scripts with a focus on changing the image of computer science and computer scientists in popular culture.

In fall 2016, the Black List will distribute up to $15K to each of three screenwriters (one feature writer, two writers of episodic pilots) for the purpose of supporting those writers for six months as they work on future feature screenplays and/or teleplays. After six months, each fellowship must provide  Google  with a sample of his/her new work along with a report addressing how the grant has been used to advance his/her work and/or impacted his/her career. Writers will retain all rights to the work written with the support of this fellowship.

Writers may opt into consideration beginning now until  11:59 pm  on  July 15, 2016 . Shortly thereafter, the Black List will deliver a short list of writers to  Google  for final consideration. Those writers will also be expected to provide additional information about their professional background and plans for a screenplay, feature or episodic pilot, that may change the perception of computer science and computer scientists in popular culture. All evaluations purchased by  11:59 PT on June 15, 2016  will be guaranteed consideration as part of this opportunity.

To opt in for consideration for the  Google  Computer Science Education in Media Fellowship, please review the additional information  here . Please do not hesitate to email us with questions at  support@blcklst.com .
The Engine of Our Ruin at
The Victory Theatre
TFT alumna Maria Gobetti (MA '71) directs.


A VICTORY THEATRE World Premiere Comedy in The Big Victory

Director: Maria Gobetti

Producer: Tom Ormeny, Katie Witkowski, Kimberly Alexander, Shannon McManus

Closes: June 26 

Performances: Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Suns at 4pm

Email Address: victoryadmin@mindspring.com 

Breakdown for THE ENGINE OF OUR RUIN By Jason Wells 

A comedy about the absurdities of negotiating in a circumstance where political tensions and cultural differences redefine the intent and meaning of communication.  All characters have their own personal power and integrity and lift into comedy through the various mis-interpretations that arise.

Tickets available here

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
REDC is Looking for Filmmakers for Video Series

Reasons Eating Disorder Center (Los Angeles, CA) is looking to contract with someone for video shooting and editing for a series of short videos. We are interested in a storytelling focus with an eye to the human experience of our staff and alumni to bring the program to life and provide hope for those struggling with an eating disorder and the loved ones who support them.

We would like these videos to used on our website and social media pages. We are also the founding sponsor of a campaign called The Marginalized Voices Project with the National Eating Disorder Association and some of the video content will focus on that project which aims to change the media portrayal of who has an eating disorder in order to expand early detection and treatment options for diverse populations.

If you are interested in helping us tell our story and the stories of the people we treat, please contact Nikki Rollo, PhD, National Director for Program Development at nikki.rollo@Uhsinc.com

Learn more about us at www.reasonsedc.com or visit us on FB, Twitter or Instagram @Reasonsedc

UCLA Job Listings at UCLA One
UCLA ONE, which stands for Opportunity, Network and Experience, is your ONE-stop-shop to meet your professional needs and connect with UCLA.

…to advance your career
…to fulfill your interests
…to acquire new resources

…with professionals by industry, location
…with young alumni or students seeking advice/mentorship
…old friends/classmates

…personalized career advice, delivered by professionals within the UCLA network
…increased access to all career levels, various fields of work, diverse personal backgrounds
…learn about upcoming UCLA events and activities happening around the world

This platform was created:
– To engage UCLA alumni and student communities
– To offer a space for Bruins worldwide to interact one-to-one or as group
– To serve as a resource for opportunities, events and professional development

• Search or share jobs
• Find alumni events
• Seek or provide mentoring opportunities
• Solicit or offer peer-driven career advice
• Connect easily with other Bruins

It’s free, fast and easy. You can use your existing Facebook or LinkedIn accounts or your email.

This is your community. Everyone you interact with has the unique experience of attending UCLA, and by joining you can leverage the collective power of the vast alumni network. Continue to help build your community by posting, sharing and inviting fellow Bruins to join. You will be amazed by the diversity, vibrancy and generosity of the UCLA global community.

To learn more about UCLA ONE or to share your feedback on our new online community, please contact the Alumni Career Programs team at careerprograms@alumni.ucla.edu.

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: 
Disgraced at the Mark Taper Forum
The Mark Taper Forum
135 N. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Special $35 Offer
Use Code: DGARTS

*Valid now through June 26.  Offer valid for Section A for performances from June 8 - 26. Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets or combined with other offers. Excludes Sunday, June 19. Handling fees may apply and subject to availability.


"Terrific, turbulent…fresh currents of dramatic electricity." —Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

"Ayad Akhtar’s spiky drama…grapples with a subject as rich in dramatic possibility as it is juicy fodder for Sunday morning talk shows." —Peter Marks, The Washington Post

"Unfolds with speed, energy, and crackling wit." —Marilyn Stasio, Variety

Identity, heritage, and passion collide in this riveting exploration of the stories we tell our friends, the secrets we tell our lovers, and the lies we tell ourselves to find our place in the American Dream. Ayad Akhtar’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced—a potently funny tale of big-city aspiration and cultural assimilation—dares to face the truth hiding just below the deception.

Playwright Ayad Akhtar has said, “People walk away from this play moved, and confused, and angry.” Disgraced is a work that asks difficult, divisive questions about identity, prejudice, and what it means to be Muslim in America today—and offers no easy answers. We hope that by bringing people together for this production at the Mark Taper Forum, we are creating a welcoming and inclusive space for these emotions to be evoked and for these questions to be discussed by our community. Respectful, informed conversations about who we are and what we believe are crucial now more than ever.

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 
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