UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - June 3, 2016
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
June 3, 2016
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More Than 1,000 Gather at UCLA Vigil for Professor William Klug
Jessica Wolf | June 02, 2016

The UCLA campus community filled Bruin Plaza on Thursday night to share messages of solidarity and healing in a candlelight ceremony honoring the memory of professor William Klug, who was  shot and killed in his office a day earlier.

Students and members of the public listened to speakers and circled a growing memorial of flowers and hand-written messages placed at the Bruin statue. The crowd thronged into the plaza shortly after sunset and lined the second and third-floor walkways of the Wooden Center. The “Bruin Strong” vigil was organized by the Undergraduate Students Association Council and the Graduate Student Association. Professor Klug was a beloved member of the mechanical engineering and aerospace facuilty. 

“Let us illuminate the night with the unity and strength and perseverance of our Bruin family,” said Danny Siegel, student body president and third year political science major. “This is not an event we will quickly get over. It will take time to heal the sadness that has cloaked our campus, but we will heal it together. Let there always be light.”

The evening's messages were of gratitude and commendation for the first responders, and love and solidarity as the campus grieves and come to grips with the murder of a popular and promising young professor. Klug is survived by his wife and two children aged seven and nine.

Chancellor Gene Block and other speakers offered heartfelt condolences to Professor Klug’s family, especially his young children, and praised the campus community for its strength and commitment to one another.

“This is a great community,” Block said. “UCLA students, you are an incredible group of individuals, you give us strength. This is a sad moment but I am so proud of you.“

As the campus copes with the fragility of life and extends compassion toward the Klug family, Block said we must resolve as a society, and commit as individuals, to make a difference to address issues of violence and mental illness. “That is the only way we can make sense of tragedies like this,” he said.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti offered words of hope and conviction. “Stay open to the world,” he told students. “Don’t cower. Don’t be afraid. We can’t predict when moments happen like this, but we can determine how we respond to them. You responded beautifully and strongly yesterday, continue that strength.”

The mayor and city councilman Paul Koretz addressed the incongruity of Wednesday’s shooting occurring as the city was preparing to observe Gun Violence Awareness day on Thursday.

“Each and every day in this city and around this country we see too much violence, too many stories that we have to remember like Bill’s, too many families who have lost their loved ones,” Garcetti said. “The work that we can do to prevent even one tragedy is worth it.”

Visibly emotional, UCLA professor of radiology Daniel Ennis shared memories of his good friend, describing Klug as kind, gentle and compassionate—with a sincere enthusiasm for and commitment to teaching as well as a “legendary” scientific acumen.

He implored students and faculty to forge on in his memory.

“We will return to classrooms and offices and we will roll up our sleeves and we will work hard, using our minds to do amazing things,” Ennis said. “We will pull together to improve the human condition through the mastery of what is known and the exploration of what is unknown. Bill did exactly this.”

After the formal remarks and a moment of silence, students formed a “unity circle” in Bruin Plaza. Hands linked together; one by one they entered the circle’s center to share personal stories of where they were during the previous day’s events and how they coped with their fears during the campus lockdown. They urged each other to cling to appreciate life, offered prayers and thanked each other and the community at large for the outpouring of support. A student from the Campaign to Rethink Mental Health said it is time for not just policy changes, but cultural changes. She asked all those listening to commit to help build a culture of empathy and understanding.

Abel Rivera, who introduced himself as a first responder, played music in the plaza before the vigil began. “I feel your pain,” he said, promising to visit campus often to offer support and guidance as part of UCLA’s Counseling and Psychological Services, which will continue to offer counselors for students, faculty and staff.

Therapy dogs from the Office of Residential Life mingled with students and vigil attendees, who bent to pet and hug the animals.

Friday night at 8:30 p.m. there will be a relaxation space for studying and crafts in Kerckhoff Grand Salon sponsored by the Office of the Internal Vice President and the Transfer Student Representatives. On Friday at 4 p.m. the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science will hold a second vigil for Klug in the Court of Sciences. The public is welcome to attend.

Mayor Garcetti reflected on his personal relationship to the campus, having attended what is now the UCLA Lab School as an elementary student for seven years. He recalled UCLA as a place of peace and beauty.

“UCLA continues to represent that I know for each one of us,” he said.  “It is a place where we can be open and free and learn and someone yesterday tried to rip that away from us. Nobody can."

Original article, video and slideshow available here: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/more-than-1-000-gather-at-ucla-vigil-for-professor-william-klug

UCLA TFT Film Festival 25
June 5-9, 2016

TFT Alumni are invited to attend the UCLA TFT Film Festival.

RSVP Here: http://legacy.tft.ucla.edu/festival/

June 5-9, 2016

We invite you to join us for the 25th annual UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT) Film Festival filled with cinematic ingenuity from our emerging artists. The weeklong festival hosts a wide variety of screenings, showcases and events.

The vision of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television is to serve as a premier global interdisciplinary professional school that develops outstanding humanistic storytellers, industry leaders and scholars whose diverse, innovative voices enlighten, engage and inspire change for a better world.

Consistently ranked as one of the top elite entertainment and performing arts institutions in the world, UCLA TFT offers an innovative curriculum that integrates the study and creation of live performance, film, television and the digital arts. Our distinguished graduate and undergraduate programs include acting, directing, writing, producing, animation, cinematography, lighting design, set design, costume design, sound design, Moving Image Archive Studies, and offers PhDs in Theater and Performance Studies and Cinema & Media Studies.

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

Legacy Discovered
by Kerry Reis Published
TFT alumnus Kerry Reis ('79) has published his debut novel Legacy Discovered, available now from Amazon.

A searing novel that demonstrates the strength of love and the power of class to haunt our lives, Legacy Discovered is a moving meditation on how to redeem the past. As Ryan says to his teenage daughter, “Status does not determine character. Character determines status.”

2016 NFMLA On Location:
Los Angeles Video Project


NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) is thrilled to invite you to create a short film for the 2016 On Location film competition! Tell us your story in a narrative, documentary, commercial or animation format that positively highlights Los Angeles to the rest of the world. Create original, branded entertainment with Los Angeles as the experience.

These short films will celebrate our fabulous City of LA and answer the question "What is your LA?"

This competition is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your filmmaking skills and promises to highlight finalist entries with over a million views, a red carpet premiere screening event at Hollywood Center Studios with 750+ attendees, a celebrity judging panel with press interviews, an after-party, and over $50,000 in prizes, including cash!

For this years On Location program, NFMLA has partnered with LA City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, Fox Studios, KTLA, SAG-AFTRA, FilmLA, Sony Pictures Entertainment, HFPA, Alternative Camera Rentals and Dreamworks.

To learn more about creating a film, please visit http://www.nfmla.org/onlocation

TFT Alumni Nights with The Archive Presents:
John Goodman in MATINEE
TONIGHT at 7:30 -- FREE for TFT Alumni
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.

In-person: Joe Dante.

Matinee  (1993)

A Key West movie theater becomes ground zero for the onscreen fusion of atomic age fears, intensely real and fantastically imagined, in director Joe Dante’s loving tribute to movie showmen.  As the Cuban Missile Crisis heats up, B-movie barker Lawrence Woolsey (John Goodman) rolls into town with his latest monster shocker, Mant!—filmed in both “Atomo-Vision” and “Rumble Rama”—to the delight of the local coming-of-age kids hoping for a little spectacular escapism from an adult world gone mad. 

35mm, color, 99 min.  Production: Universal Pictures, Renfield Productions, Falcon Productions. Distribution: Universal Pictures.  Producer: Michael Finnell.  Director: Joe Dante.  Screenwriter: Charlie Haas.  Cinematographer: John Hora.  Production Designer: Steven Legler.  Editor: Marshall Harvey.  Music: Jerry Goldsmith.  Cast: John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Simon Fenton, Omri Katz, Lisa Jakub.

Preceded by: 

This Theater and You  (1948)
Preserved by the Academy Film Archive

One of a series of post-war promotional shorts produced by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences,  This Theater and You  extols the virtues of the movie theater as an “American institution” at the center of your community and your “box seat on life.” 

35mm, b/w, 8 min.  Production: Academy Film Project, Warner Bros.  Producer: Grant Leenhouts.  Director: Felix Jacoves.  Screenwriter: Lyle Robertson.  Editor: Rex Steele.  Music: Phil Score.  Cast: Brandon Beach.

Rob Hoegee ('96 MFA Producers Program) just won the 2016 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Children's Animated Program for "Niko and the Sword of Light" as writer and Executive Producer. The series has just been green-lit by Amazon Studios for an additional 13 episodes, on which Rob continues to serve as EP and Showrunner.
Adam Bomb(s)
Hollywood Fringe Festival
Adam Carr's ('08) one man show,   Adam Bomb(s) is premiering at the Hollywood Fringe Festival on June 2nd.

A promo video for the show can be viewed here.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Bruins can get tickets to the show for only $5 with the discount code "bruin".
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 .
TFT BEN East and the 2016 LES Film Festival
UCLA TFT Alumni Affairs and BEN East are partnering with the 

A number of tickets for every screening and event are available for 
TFT Alumni on a first come, first serve basis beginning May 19. 
Please only select a maximum of 2 tickets per event.

*TFT Alumni ticket code is:  "UCLALUM"

You can get your tickets at this link: http://www.lesfilmfestival.com/tickets/

The LES Film Festival will run from June 9-16, 2016 in New York.

Enjoy the show!

*If the ticket code is not working for the event you want to attend,
all of the alumni tickets may already be reserved for that event.
Try using the code with another LESFF event.
The Southland Company Launch Party
June 5th, 7PM -- Sunday Night!
Join the launch party for The Southland Company, founded by TFT alumni  Roshni Shukla  (MFA '16), Israel Lopez (MFA '16), and Darcie Crager (MFA '16) and current MFA student Lea Madda.


We are THE SOUTHLAND COMPANY - founded by UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television graduates. A new ensemble of actors, writers, directors, and producers based in Los Angeles with one mission - to create work based in stage, film, and digital media that brings to life narratives commonly ignored in mainstream entertainment. Hence, jelly beans, whales, guns, and underwear.

June 5th, Hollywood at 7PM - You are cordially invited to our premiere event LAUNCH LOS ANGELES at the Zephyr Theatre on Melrose Avenue. Featuring new excerpts from interdisciplinary artists based in Los Angeles and performed by UCLA graduate actors.

Reception to follow. An alcoholic one. An alcohol-centric reception. Do you get what were trying to say? Come drink alcohol.

Tickets can be purchased for $20 per person and includes the show, reception with appetizers, wine and beer, and musical sounds by DJ Selective Mute.

Please come celebrate this new exciting endeavor with us. We are thrilled to share it with you.

- Israel, Roshni, Darcie & Lea

Evening Line Up

Narrator: Daniel A. Stevens

Written by Christina Elisa Hjelm
Directed by Roshni Shukla
Performed by Lea Madda & Maia Rychlik

Written by Israel López Reyes
Directed by J. Ed Araiza (SITI Company)
Performed by Kendra Pérez, Ryan Miller, & Yiji Zhao

Written by Roshni Shukla
Directed by Darcie Crager
Performed by Tanya Flynn, Ashley Cleveland, 
Josh Montréal Segal, & Ryan Miller
In association with Theatre Raw

Written by Josh Montréal Segal
Directed by Israel López Reyes
Performed by Scott Barnhardt, Ryan Miller, & Maia Rychlik

Music by DJ Selective Mute
Join us for Appetizers, Beer and Wine! 

For more information on the southland company visit: http://www.thesouthlandcompany.com/ 

Follow us on Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesouthlandcompany/ 
Twitter: @thesouthlandco
Instagram: @thesouthlandcompany
Terrence Malick's
Knight of Cups Screening

Please join us for an exclusive industry event and screening of Terrence Malick's new film, KNIGHT OF CUPS, starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Teresa Palmer and Imogen Poots. 

Reserve your seat/ticket here:

There will also be a fun industry mixer after the screening. We've invited a select group of young industry professionals, executives and filmmakers to attend and welcome you to join! Stiff drinks, great people and interesting conversations aplenty!
@The Glendon Bar & Kitchen
1071 Glendon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

KNIGHT OF CUPS tells the story of a writer (Christian Bale) who embarks on an odyssey through the playgrounds of Los Angeles and Las Vegas in his search for love and self. Indulging in all that these wonderlands we know and love have to offer, he undertakes a search for love and self via a series of adventures with six different women.

Told in Terrence Malick's unmistakable style, this is a film that you will not want to miss. As KNIGHT OF CUPS is not available to watch in theaters or anywhere else, we hope that you'll be able to join us for this must-see event!

Do the Blind Dream?
Wednesday, June 8 (NYC)
Directed by Alexandra Siladi ('09) and Stage Managed by Alex Vlahov. 

TFT Alumni can use discount code BEATRICE for $15 OFF the original ticket price.
The Engine of Our Ruin Begins Tonight at The Victory Theatre
Directed by TFT alumna Maria Gobetti (MA '71)


A VICTORY THEATRE World Premiere Comedy in The Big Victory

Director: Maria Gobetti

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

3326 W. Victory Blvd

Burbank, CA., 91505


Previews: May 20,21,22

Opens: May 27,28,29

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

The Hairy Ape May 14 - July 17 at The Odyssey Theatre
The Odyssey Theatre's production of The Hairy Ape runs May 14 - July 17. It stars TFT alumni Jennifer Taub ('85) and Jeremiah O'Brien (MFA '12), with scene design by Christopher Scott Murillo ('07).

Time Out Los Angeles  says  The Hairy Ape  is one of "5 must-see theater productions happening this May."

Tickets available here.

The Golden Dragon Opens May 8th at Boston Court
TFT alumni Theo Perkins ('07) and Ann Colby Stocking ('01) star in The Golden Dragon, opening Sunday through June 5th. Tickets available here

Time Out Los Angeles says The Golden Dragon is one of "5 must-see theater productions happening this May."
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
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: 
Acting and Education Jobs

We are hiring Intern, Part-Time & Full Time at Hollywood Film Academy which is under Sunshine Education Academy. It is established by one of the famous female writers "Bing Ren”. We offer different various classes to our adolescent aging from 7-18. Now, we are opening an international summer intensive acting program to the world. Mostly our young students will be from both U.S. and China. If you are special and want to teach, come and join us. If you have any B.A. Degrees or Higher in area of Theater, Film, Dance, Acting etc. anything related to Art! please join us!!!

Send your Resume and/or Headshot to: yanghsosong@163.com, if you don’t have headshot, that’s totally fine, we are going to run audition and/or interview to everyone. Teaching experience is a big plus. The international summer intensive acting program will officially launch on June 1st, and of course, our students and teachers will be both from multi-cultures around the world. Our next step is to both build our own film production team and develop art-education between eastern and western.

Salary & Time: 

Monday to Friday from 9am-6pm, Saturday, Sunday Off. Not entire day, but cooperate both your individual and School work-schedule. 


$20-$40/Hr. Depend on Experience and languages skill; 

Intern, Teaching Assistant: $9/Hr. + Gas-Reimbursement. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: We provide OPT or H-1B Visa for international applicants, it depends on your qualification.

Positions & Skill: 

1.Teacher: Acting (Voice, Speech, Stage Combat, Scene Study, Movement, Improvisation, Comedy, Musical Theater), 

Music (Singing & Instrument)






2.Teaching Assistant, Administration and Interns: Must be Fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese, Art Degree is a Plus.

3.Film Producers: Experienced. (Pay negotiate during interview )

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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