UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - March 11, 2016
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
March 11, 2016
Welcome to the TFT Alumni Newsletter 
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News and TFT Alumni Events
The Hani Farsi Graduate Scholarship Fund
Hani Farsi is partnering with UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television to develop outstanding humanistic storytellers, industry leaders, and scholars whose diverse voices enlighten, engage, and inspire change for a better world. A grant-making foundation named for his father, the Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation, and TFT have created the Hani Farsi Graduate Scholarship Fund, which includes three four-year, full-ride graduate scholarships for the school’s Master of Fine Arts in Directing program. The goal: to give voice to the unique perspective of Arab women through the power of storytelling and film.  

Find out more about the grant  here.
An invitation for TFT Alumni to Attend a TFT Production of
A Midsummer Night's Dream TONIGHT!
UCLA TFT Alumni invitation to A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Ellen Lauren. Calling all Alumni, past, present and recent. Please join us for the final production of the new Interdisciplinary MFA Acting Cohort One. Please RVSP so that we can estimate # of guests for a small casual meet and greet reception with the cast following the performance.
Please RSVP on Facebook at this link .

Tickets will be held until 7:45 and then released. First come, first served.

  Thesis Presentation by MFA Actor Sacha Elie
March 16, 8PM
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Comes to Los Angeles for Six Weeks Beginning March 22
Alumnus Robert L. Freedman's play, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, comes to the Ahmanson Theater, direct from New York  with the 2014 Tony Award® for Best Musical.

The play runs Mar 22 - May 1. Tickets can be purchased here. Discounted promotional ticket info can be found in the "Promotions" section below.
WGFestival 2016
Associate Director of Screenwriting for Television at TFT and alumnus Neil Landau will be moderating a WGFestival panel on Saturday, March 19 called Writing Outside the Box: Navigating New Spaces in Distribution.

As a special thank you to Neil and UCLA, the Guild has discounted the ticket price for UCLA by 50%. 

The coupon code is WGFHEARTSYOU (all caps) for $32.50 off the March 19th ticket or the combo ticket. 


Starlet Jacobs Set Design
Starlet Jacobs' (MFA '08), currently working as one of the art directors on the SNL film unit, is also the associate set designer for Disaster! On Broadway, which opens at the Nederlander Theater on Tuesday, March 8.                                                                           
Other recent production credits can be found on her website:
The Julie Taymor World Theater Fellowship
Internationally renowned theater director Julie Taymor is pleased to announce the creation of THE JULIE TAYMOR WORLD THEATER FELLOWSHIP, which will support exceptional, young theater directors’ travel to one of four (4) areas:  Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East or Asia in pursuit cultural and artistic experiences and an expanded vision of world theater.
This is an opportunity for enterprising young theater directors to travel beyond our borders and expand their creative horizons to include styles and techniques, best experienced in direct dialogue and work with creative artists.  It is our hope that through independent travel to and dialogue with world theater artists, fellowship recipients will increase their creative capacity and return to enliven the American theater with new productions fueled by their expanded perspective of world theatre.
Each year, four applicants (between the ages of 21 and 29 yrs) will be selected to receive one-year travel stipends of thirty thousand dollars($30,000) to support their project initiatives in one of these four regions. Selection will be based upon the individual’s demonstration of artistic excellence and resourcefullness, as well as her/his ability to articulate the potential impact of this grant upon future artistic growth.

Round 1 Applications are due by March 18th.
TFT Alumni Nights with the Archive: 
A Radio Mysteries and Thrillers on Screen Double Feature
March 21, 2016 7:30PM

UCLA Film & Television Archive presents:

Bewitched (1945) and Crime Doctor's Man Hunt  (1946)

March 21, 2016, 7:30PM

This double 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.

Monday, March 21, 2016 


Mild-mannered, newly engaged Joan (Phyllis Thaxter) is hiding a terrible secret from her fiancé: a tormenting, depraved inner voice struggling to take over.  Joan’s attempt to live a normal life and thwart the homicidal impulses of “Karen” unleashes a deadly drive for vengeance.  Famed radio writer Arch Oboler directs the adaptation of his gripping psychological thriller.

16mm, b/w, 65 min.  Production: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.  Distribution: Loew’s Inc.  Producer: Jerry Bresler.  Director: Arch Oboler.  Screenwriter: Arch Oboler.  Cinematographer: Charles Salerno Jr.  Editor: Harry Komer.  With: Edmund Gwenn, Phyllis Thaxter, Harry H. Daniels Jr., Addison Richards, Kathleen Lockhart.


Crime Doctor's Man Hunt

Former criminal Robert Ordway (Warner Baxter), reformed after an amnesiac blow to the head and now a renowned criminal psychologist, investigates the murder of a veteran experiencing fugue states, as the young man’s worried fiancée looks on.  Directed by William Castle from a script by Leigh Brackett, appearances are deceiving in this entry in Columbia’s prolific Crime Doctor mystery series. 

16mm, b/w, 61 min.  Production: Darmour, Inc.  Distribution: Columbia Pictures Corp.  Producer: Rudolph C. Flothow.  Director: William Castle.  Based on the radio series created by Max Marcin.  Screenwriter: Leigh Brackett.  Cinematographer: Philip Tannura.  Editor: Dwight Caldwell.  With: Warner Baxter, Ellen Drew, William Frawley, Frank Sully, Claire Carleton.


Additional program info: https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2016/03/21/bewitched-crime-doctors-man-hunt

Theater and parking info:  https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/billy-wilder-theater

A Jerry Bruckheimer Film Festival, Presented by TFT
April 2016
Take My Breath Away: A Jerry Bruckheimer Film Festival

The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television is pleased to present a tribute film festival during the month of April 2016 honoring legendary film producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The festival will recall highlights of his long career and celebrate his indelible contributions to film history and the American motion picture industry. Presented in association with Paramount Pictures and UCLA Film & Television Archive, Take My Breath Away: A Jerry Bruckheimer Film Festival will take place at UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood Village. 

RSVP for any or all of the 10 films screening during the month of April HERE

A discount for alumni for $2 off any Outfest Fusion ticket
is available with the code "out@themovies".
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
Production Company Interns Wanted 

Piller/Segan, the production company responsible for scripted television shows and movies like Haven, Greek, The Dead Zone, Wildfire and The Boondocks Saints, is looking for a Monday intern (if you need two days a week we'll give you an extra day). You'll learn about the scripted development process - the process of taking a script and turning it into a series, or taking a book, article or other piece of IP and turning it into a series. You'll also learn about the pre-production/production/post-production process and the skills necessary to be a Hollywood assistant - we will teach you how to answer/handle phones, etc. Duties may include a few small errands so having your own car is necessary but we reimburse for gasoline used. We also provide breakfast and lunch.

Please send resumes to michael@pss-tv.com and in your email tell me what your three favorite television shows and/or movies are and why. 

Production Coordinator or Unit Production Manager 

Transmission is a realistic science fiction webisode series set aboard a small NASA spacecraft. An ambitious yet personal sci-fi project.  

I am looking for an experienced and savvy production coordinator / UPM to help produce and bring together the many elements of this piece.   Interest in the subject matter a nice plus -- especially since it is a relatively low budget.  Space geeks welcome.

Approximately 3-4 weeks of pre-production, plus additional set work as required.  

Production slated for late spring 2016.  

If interested, please email me with inquiries: wesleysmith@prodigy.net  

Job Opportunities from Popsugar Studios

Creative Development Manager

Popsugar Studios is looking for a creative development manager, responsible

 for developing new projects for online, TV, and OTT platforms.  Are you passionate about creating awesome formats and telling interesting stories that audiences can identify with?  

Please apply here:


News Associate Producer:

The video studio team at POPSUGAR is looking for a talented journalist,

 who can connect strongly with their audience.  Are you passionate about issues that matter to millennial women, and a strong writer that’s eager to tell great stories?  Do you like reporting on-camera as well as producing?   Please apply here:


Brand Video Producer:

POPSUGAR Studios is looking for a producer to join their Video Brand Partnerships

 production team.  Do you want to produce videos with clever angles on trending stories that move audiences to share them?  Are you passionate about creative production and want to work on branded content that is relevant to POPSUGAR’s audience?

Please apply here:


Editor Wanted for Two Projects

I'm a director looking for an LA based editor for two projects:

The first is to work ASAP on a comedic short/s. I'd ideally like to start working with an editor the w/c 15 Feb. It's a fun script, strong DP and sound man, plus the actors involved are great (Eric Ramey - Ray Donovan, House of Lies; Nick Maccarone - Law & Order SVU). For a small fee; mainly for credits/experience.

The second project is more continuous editing work for a very new start-up agency I'm working with. We are building e-businesses for various clients, including a set of yoga videos to shoot later this month, which will involve 2-3 days of editing. The other project is taking an existing set of videos and cutting them for an online learning platform. We are also currently considering setting up a YouTube video production service for clients. There's lots of room to grow in the position.

If you are interested, please email me at annagjones@gmail.com and provide a quote for your work on either/both projects.

Assistant for Executive Producer Wanted

Seeking a hardworking organized assistant for an EP on a successful 3rd season cable series. Series is shot in NY, EP is in LA working in Post through May/June. Experience working in production and/or post strongly preferred.

Responsibilities include: scheduling and managing calendar (ability to coordinate with production in NY and post in LA), ability to listen and take detailed notes during meetings, understanding of story and ability to discuss cuts and scripts with the EP required. College degree required. Ideal candidate should want to be a creative producer. Knowledge of/experience working in NY a huge plus. Position is at Sunset Gower and goes through May/June. Please send resumes to coexecutiveproducerasst@gmail.com

Discount Tickets from CTG
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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