UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - June 30, 2017
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
June 30, 2017
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News and TFT Alumni Events
Remembering TFT M.F.A. Acting Student Kendra P érez

Dear TFT community:


Some of you may have already heard of the sad news about the passing of Kendra Pérez. Kendra was a wonderful and talented second-year M.F.A. acting student in our Department of Theater. Our entire School of Theater, Film and Television community is deeply affected by her loss and will feel her absence going forward.


Our thoughts and prayers are with Kendra’s family as they grieve the loss of their eldest beloved daughter. We are personally in contact with the family, as is the UCLA Dean of Students, to express our deepest condolences and to offer love and support at this very difficult time.


Kendra was a loving and generous friend to so many. We anticipate there will be a gathering to honor her memory and we will stay in touch as details come into focus.


In the meantime, we want to express our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies for the loss of Kendra Pérez, who was so very special to all of us at UCLA TFT.


With warmest regards, 


Teri Schwartz                   Brian Kite

Dean                                Chair, Department of Theater

The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television is honored to establish The Kendra Pérez Memorial Scholarship, which will provide financial support to retain a M.F.A. acting student who gives voice to the unique perspective of Latina/o actors. Selection will be based on academic and artistic merit. 

For those who would like to support the scholarship with a donation in any amount, tax-deductible contributions can be made at 

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!
Calling All UCLA Filmmakers: Submit Your Film to
The 48 Hour Film Project
From Professional Programs alumna Leanne Westphal:

CALLING ALL UCLA FILMMAKERS...to compete on August 4-6th in the Los Angeles 48 Hour Film Project, the popular film competition where filmmakers will write, shoot, edit, and score a short film in just 48 hours. Each film will be screened at Regal Cinemas LA Live and will have the opportunity to win awesome prizes. Plus, each film is eligible to be submitted to IMDB following the screenings. The short that wins "Best Film" of the LA 48HFP festival is automatically entered into Filmapalooza, the 48HFP international festival featuring the "Best Film' winners from around the world. The top films from Filmapalooza will be screened at the legendary Cannes Film Festival in May 2018. You and your film could be at Cannes next year, so don't miss out on this awesome opportunity!

REGISTER HERE: http://www.48hourfilm.com/la. SAVE $30 if you register by Monday, July 10th. 
Theater Alumnus Lands Role in Hollywood Bowl’s
‘Mamma Mia!’ Production
From the Daily Bruin:

Rodd Farhadi ('17) plans on playing it cool when meeting one of his idols for the first time.

The 2017 theater alumnus will perform as Eddie, the best friend of Corbin Bleu’s character Sky, in the Hollywood Bowl’s production of “Mamma Mia!” that will run July 28 to July 30.

Farhadi said he saw the opportunity to star in “Mamma Mia!” as a full-circle moment, and used his experience in performance to land a role and perform alongside Bleu, someone he looked up to on the big screen as a child. The audition process also gave him a chance to showcase both his talent and personality before industry professionals.


Farhadi spent most of his childhood in musical theater rehearsals instead of daycare.

“I remember when I was a kid just being like, ‘Sit there,’ to my parents and I’d put a costume on and dance or sing or something,” Farhadi said. “They were forced to like it, I think.”

The interview continues here.
TFT Alumni Nights with The Archive Presents:
John Huston's The Night of the Iguana and Reflections in a Golden Eye
July 9th at 7PM
The Night of the Iguana and  Reflections in a Golden Eye are part of the UCLA Film and Television Archive's John Huston: A Retrospective 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.

July 9, 2017 - 7:00 pm

The Night of the Iguana  (1964)

Perhaps one of the best films ever made from a Tennessee Williams play, Huston’s first of two collaborations with famed Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa smashes Italian absurdism (some moments seem very Fellini-esque) up against American realism under the sweltering Puerto Vallarta sun for a languid, microscopic examination of broken humanity. Clergyman Reverend Dr. T. Lawrence Shannon (a gruff but vulnerable Richard Burton), kicked out of his congregation due to his penchant for pubescent girls, is now a low-rent tour guide in Mexico who finds himself in the crosshairs of not one, but three sirens (Deborah Kerr, Sue Lyon, and Ava Gardner), each facilitating, in one way or another, the complete undoing of Shannon’s already fragile ego.

35mm, b/w, 125 min. Production: Seven Arts Productions. Distribution: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.  Director: John Huston. Producer: John Huston, Ray Stark. Screenwriter: John Huston, Anthony Veiller.  Based on the play by Tennessee Williams. Cinematographer: Gabriel Figueroa. Editor: Ralph Kemplen.  Music: Benjamin Frankel. Cast: Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Sue Lyon, Skip Ward.

Reflections in a Golden Eye  (1967)

With so much of the psychosexual tension in Carson McCullers' novel rooted in its characters’ interiority, it’s little surprise the source text was notoriously deemed “unfilmable,” a challenge at which Huston consistently thumbed his nose—as well as one he would embrace—throughout his career. Following her Oscar-winning triumph in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe? (1966), Liz Taylor embodies the lascivious Leonora, the minx at the rotating center of a mean-spirited love triangle betwixt her homosexually-repressed husband Major Penderton (a bereft yet violent Marlon Brando) and Lt. Col. Langdon (Brian Keith), whom her husband also fancies. “A moody and rather magnificent tale of strange desires and bizarre fancies” (Sight & Sound), we encounter neuroses on naked display in this brooding take on woebegone masculinity and its self-destructive trajectory. Fans of the error-prone losers in Reflections will find a kindred spirit in Huston’s earlier Freud (1962).

35mm, color, 109 min. Production: Warner Bros.—Seven Arts International, Ltd. Distribution: Warner Bros.-Seven Arts. Director: John Huston. Producer: Ray Stark. Screenwriter: Gladys Hill, Chapman Mortimer. Based on the novel by Carson McCullers. Cinematographer: Aldo Tonti. Production design: Stephen Grimes. Editor: Russell Lloyd. Music: Toshiro Mayuzumi. Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Brian Keith, Julie Harris, Zorro David.

Upcoming TFT Alumni Nights With the Archive:

July 15: Fat City and Wise Blood -- Part of  John Huston: A Retrospective
August 14: Foxy Brown and Coffy --  Part of  The Shadow Cinema of the 1970s
TFT Alumni Films at Sundance Next Fest
Theater at Ace Hotel, August 10-13
Sundance NEXT FEST
L.A. Times + Electric Guest
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.

Sundance NEXT FEST
Bitch + Sleigh Bells
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.
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, July 19: The Neverending Story, with live entertainment by DJ Jane Elizabeth spinning a 1980s music set
  • Wednesday, July 26: The Sandlot, with live entertainment by The Binky Griptite Orchestra
  • 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.

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

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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
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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