UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - March 4, 2016
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
March 4, 2016
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News and TFT Alumni Events
Documentarian Louis Ospina to Be Honored at  Cartagena International Film Festival
TFT Alumnus Luis Ospina ('72) will be honored at this year's Cartagena International Film Festival.

The City Paper Bogota has an article on his life and work.                                                    
Natasha Maidoff
TFT Alumna and Visiting Assistant Professor at Ohio University Natasha Maidoff (MFA '94) shares her website NATASHAMAIDOFF.COM. Her  work is held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and in the online archive at the Brooklyn Museum, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.
Heart-Ache to Screen at Cinequest's Short Program 9B
Sam Grinberg of TFT's MFA Animation program will screen his short film Heart- Ache at Cinequest's Short Program 9B in Silicon Valley on March 11th and 12th.

More info on Cinequest here.

KQED has an interview with Grinberg about Heart-Ache  here.
Malin Kan Programming at the Dryden Theatre
Democrat & Chronicle has an article on alumna Malin Kan (MFA '15) and her new role as  the new Dryden Theatre manager at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY.
An invitation for TFT Alumni to Attend a TFT Production of
A Midsummer Night's Dream on Friday, March 11
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 .
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

FREE UCLA FTV Archive Screening
The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor
Saturday, March 5th at 7:30

March 5, 2016 - 7:30 pm
Arthur Dong, Sophia Ngor, Jack Ong.

The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor  (2015)

Filmmaker Arthur Dong's new documentary sheds light on the extraordinary life of Cambodian physician Haing S. Ngor, who survived years of torture in Khmer Rouge labor camps and rose to Hollywood fame as an Oscar-winning actor in The Killing Fields (1984), ultimately to be gunned down outside his home in Los Angeles' Chinatown.  Dong's moving and penetrating film, ingeniously employing animation, music and elliptical editing, powerfully evokes this heroic and enigmatic "face of Cambodia," who worked tirelessly to bring healing and justice to his country.

DCP, color, 87 min.  Production: Deep Focus Productions, Inc.  Producer: Arthur Dong.  Director: Arthur Dong.  Screenwriter: Arthur Dong.  Cinematographer: Arthur Dong.  Editor: Arthur Dong.  Composer: Mark Adler.

A discount for alumni for $2 off any Outfest Fusion ticket
is available with the code "out@themovies".
TFT BEN East presents:
Audition Psych 101 Workshop with Michael Kostroff (The Wire)

Tickets only $13
Audition Psych 101 is a four-hour workshop for actors that deals with the mental side of the audition process. It’s mostly a lecture/conversation, focusing exclusively on the way we think about this weird show-business ritual, and how we can approach it better.

During the session, we deconstruct the ideas that make us feel scared, nervous, insecure, discouraged, and unworthy, explode some of our strange, illogical actor mythologies, and consider fresh ideas and practicable techniques for making auditions much more enjoyable and much more successful.

Here’s why it’s effective: Audition Psych 101 isn’t based on any sort of magical positive thinking, new-age philosophy, or spiritual beliefs. The ideas all come from solid, provable realities, professional experiences, and good old-fashioned logic. It’s the stuff you know in your gut, brought back into focus.

The atmosphere is casual and encouraging and there’s typically a lot of laughing.

WHEN: Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)
WHERE: 244 W. 54th St.,12th Floor New York, NY 10019

From now until Sunday, February 14th tickets are specially priced at $10
February 15th to March 5th tickets are $13
Tickets are $15 at the door.
Tickets are available at  http://auditionpsych101.eventbrite.com
Feb 5 - March 6 at The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles

Ameryka is written and directed by Nancy Keystone (BA ’85), the Founder and Artistic Director of Critical Mass Performance Group. Nancy is a recent recipient of the prestigious Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and has gained national prominence as an innovative theater director. Ameryka has been in development since 2010, and we’re thrilled to announce the world premiere production at Shakespeare Center Los Angeles from February 6-March 6.  The cast includes UCLA Theater alumni Russell Edge (BA, ’90) and myself, Valerie Spencer (BA ’84).


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 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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