UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - May 13, 2016
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
May 13, 2016
Welcome to the TFT Alumni Newsletter 
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News and TFT Alumni Events
2016 BAFTA US Student Film Awards Announced
Congratulations to TFT alumni Ben Haist (MFA '15) and Iyabo Kwayana (MFA '14), whose films made the 2016 BAFTA US Student Film Awards shortlist!  

Nightlight by Ben Haist, University of California Los Angeles

Macarrão  by Iyabo Kwayana, University of California Los Angeles

The full shortlist can be viewed  here.
Alumnae Chosen for Women In Film Financing Intensive
Kate Hackett's (MFA '09) feature film directing debut, Purify My Heart, and Amy Adrion's (MFA '09) documentary feature film, Half the Picture, were two of twenty-four projects selected for the Women In Film Financing Intensive held on May 5th-6th, which was sponsored by BMW. 
Brett Ratner to Direct
TFT Alumnus' Script for WB

EXCLUSIVE Brett Ratner  reveals he has found his next directing project. It’s called The Libertine , and  Johnny Depp  is attached to a Ben Kopit (MFA '13) script, with Lloyd Braun and Andrew Mittman producing. The focus is a powerful French politician who endures house arrest in a luxury NYC apartment while awaiting trial for sexual assault against a hotel maid. It is loosely based on the 2011 incident involving French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Warner Bros is involved and it is being talked up at Cannes, as foreign will be sold here on the picture.

The script was developed in a 434 class at TFT.
BEN Presents:
Class of 2016 Alumni Party
May 26th
TFT Class of 2016 Welcome Party 
TFT Alumni, help BEN in welcoming the class of 2016!
Barney's Beanery, Westwood
Thursday, May 26th
8:30PM, FREE
TFT Alumnae Featured in
World of Young Cinema
Cannes 2016 Issue
Filmmaker alumnae Maria Giese (MFA '94), Debora Reis Totton (MFA '14), and Kimberly Townes (MFA '12) were interviewed this month by Migdia Chinea (MFA '12) for World of Young Cinema magazine's Cannes 2016 issue.

The article appears on pages 66-70 at this link:

Alumni Nights With the Archive:
The Story of Temple Drake and Call Her Savage
May 14th at 7:30PM -- FREE for TFT Alumni
Alumni Nights with The Archive: The Story of Temple Drake  /  Call Her Savage

May 14th at 7:30PM

In-person:  Emily Carman

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.

The Story of Temple Drake  (1933)

The screen adaptation of William Faulkner’s sensational novel SanctuaryThe Story of Temple Drake is a case study for how Hollywood adapted “sensitive” subjects to be permissible under the Production Code prior in the pre-Code era.  Soon-to-be head of the Production Code Administration Joseph Breen pondered whether readers of the book would charge Paramount with “fraud,” given the tameness the screen version.  The film was designed around Miriam Hopkins’ star persona, and she rivets the screen as Temple Drake, a Southern belle with a wild streak whose night out with bootleggers results in murder, rape and sexual captivity.  The actress welcomed the controversy of the film’s content, preferring challenging roles like Temple, regardless of their moral implications and Hollywood censorship. 

35mm, b/w, 70 min.  Production: Paramount Pictures.  Distribution: Paramount Pictures.  Producer: Benjamin Glazer.  Director: Stephen Roberts.  Based on a novel by William Faulkner.  Screenwriter: Oliver H.P. Garrett.  Cinematographer: Karl Struss.  Cast: Miriam Hopkins, William Gargan, Jack La Rue, Florence Eldridge, Guy Standing.

Call Her Savage  (1932)

The screen adaptation of Tiffany Thayer’s best-selling novel, Call Her Savage marked Clara Bow’s first film after she suffered a nervous breakdown after a series of very public scandals and Paramount cancelled her contract in 1931.  This experience galvanized the actress to work on a freelance basis to take ownership over her career, and Bow capitalized on her infamous reputation by personally selecting this project for her comeback at Fox.  She played the fiery Texas heiress Nasa Springer in this salacious film that portrayed an array of taboo subjects even for pre-Code Hollywood, including interracial love, incest, promiscuity, sadism, lesbianism, single motherhood and sexually transmitted disease.  Additionally, Bow had costar and director approval, and this creative control showcased her dramatic acting skills alongside her sex appeal.

35mm, b/w, 88 min.  Production: Fox Film Corp.  Distribution: Fox Film Corp.  Director: John Francis Dillon.  Based on the novel by Tiffany Thayer.  Screenwriter: Edwin J. Burke.  Cinematographer: Lee Garmes.  Editor: Harold D. Shuster.  Cast: Clara Bow, Gilbert Roland, Thelma Todd, Monroe Owsley, Estelle Taylor.

Additional program info: https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2016/05/14/story-temple-drake-call-her-savage

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

School of Theater, Film and Television
Department of Theater Presents:

BELOW THE SURFACE:  A Devised Work by First Year MFA Actors, Directors and Designers 

Directed by Shichang Jin, Evelina Stampa, Jayongela Wilder, Ying Yan 

Performed by Brett Calo, Ashley Cleveland, Taylor Dean, John Dellaporta, Oscar Emmanuel Fabela, Beth Lane, Katia Kapustin, Kendra Perez 

Scenic design by James Maloof

Costume design by Gabrielle Levion and Chad Mata

Lighting design by Zachary Titterington

Sound design by Jonathan Snipes

Stage managers: Madai Antunes and Jingyue Tan 

May 26-27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

1340 Macgowan Hall

This is a RUSH Event. No ticket required. Seating is limited.  Arrive at least 20 minutes in advance. 

Parking available at Structure 3 ($12)

Presented as part of the Department of Theater 2015/2016 Season 

BELOW THE SURFACE on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1728076623875505/ 

Visit UCLA Theater on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/UCLATheater

Film 298A: “Special Studies in Film and Television”
TFT Student filmmakers collaborate with James Franco for “Mississippi Requiem” during the 4th year of Franco's  Film 298A: “Special Studies in Film and Television”.

The Daily Bruin has more. 
Alumni Inspiration Campaign Raffle Winner Chosen
Congrats to Alumnus Joshua Covitt ('00). By supporting the Alumni Inspiration Campaign Joshua was entered into a raffle to win four tickets to Spring Sing. Joshua graduated in 2000 from the Department of Theater and has appeared on numerous shows and shorts, including The Mindy Project, Grandfathered, and Pretty Little Liars. 
Captain America: Civil War
Had the Fifth-Largest Opening Weekend of All Time
Time.com reports on alumnus Joe Russo and Anthony Russo's record-breaking success. 

The Russo Brothers are also developing a pot comedy for Showtime with Moshe Kasher.
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), 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.
Congratulations to Our TFT Alumni with Films Screening at
Los Angeles Film Festival 2016!

Director and Editor 
Garrett Bradley (MFA ’12)
Screening with Documentary Shorts Program 1
June 5 at 7:50PM

Sensitivity Training
Director, Screenwriter, Co-producer
Melissa Finell (MFA ’15)
Screening June 5 at 11:15AM

So B. It
Orien Richman (’92)
Screening June 7 at 6:25PM

Kristin Hanggi (’98)
June 4 at 11:30AM

Director, Producer
Steven Liang (MFA Candidate)
Steven Canals (MFA ‘15)
Cecilia Albertini (MFA Candidate)
Screening with Short Program 2 
June 3 at 9:00PM

Dying Laughing
Auston Call (Extension ’12)
Screening June 4 at 9:15PM

Full Calendar and ticketing available here:

If your film is playing in the LA Film Festival and it's not included in this list, please let us know.

Send an email to alumni@tft.ucla.edu.

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."
From Angus MacDonald (MA'93):

MONARCH THEATRE GUILD is premiering a new musical that I collaborated on with Dan Snellenbarger later this month.

"IN THE CHIPS!" is set in Silicon Valley, CA, the heart of the computer industry. SAMANTHA, an ambitious, idealistic, workaholic software creator and programmer  is hired by MicroLogic Inc. to program EUPHORIA 2016 the most powerful computer in history. The allegedly peaceful program is head by rogue Air Force Officer GENERAL MAJOR and his trusty sidekick MAX POWERS JR. aka Texter the Cybernerd.  Aided by two SPIRITS, SAMANTHA wises up to the GENERAL'S sinister plans and fights for control of the Supercomputer. The fate of planet earth hangs in the balance.

The CAST of five, three females and two males, sing live to the professionally recorded score. The musical opens on Friday April 29th and continues Fridays at 8PM and Sundays at 7 PM through Sunday, May 22 at Fanatic Salon Theater 3815 Sawtelle Blvd. (near the SW corner of Sawtelle and Venice Blvd.

Tickets are available at the door, adults $20 and $10 for children and students with current ID. Credit cards are accepted. The running time with intermission is approximately two hours.

Script, Lyrics, and Music Angus MacDonald

Music  Dan Snellenbarger

Dan McLaughlin Memorial Celebration

Please join the Department of FTVDM and Dan McLaughlin’s family on Saturday, May 28 at 4:30 p.m. for a memorial celebration of life,  which will take place in the James Bridges Theater. Throughout the memorial, a number of Dan’s films will be showcased, and family and friends are invited to share their memories of him. 

Following the memorial celebration, in one of the sound stages, guests are invited  to view Dan's art and films, in addition to video messages from friends and family. Refreshments and beverages will also be provided. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. 

If you’re unable to attend but would still like to participate, please use the link below to contribute your memories. 


No flowers, please.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that charitable gifts be made in Dan's memory to the UCLA Foundation noting the “Dan McLaughlin Animation Fund.” Send to Fred Bush, Executive Director of Development, UCLA TFT, 102 East Melnitz Hall - Box 951622, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1622.

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

SCI-FI Screenwriter Wanted

We are seeking a screenwriter to help us write a Sci-Fi television pilot based on a pre-existing noir supernatural graphic novel. The subject matter borrows from the likes of Frankenstein, The Sopranos and The Dark Knight. We have currently developed the graphic novel into our pilot and are now seeking a writer who is familiar with the supernatural, action and Sci-Fi genres. 

The job we are offering is for "pay" and "script credit." 

To be considered you must have appropriate writing samples. 

We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible. 

Please contact Jason Wolf @ Jwolf66@Gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you. 

Red Bull Media House Seek Programming Operations Specialist

Programming Operations Specialist, Digital

Red Bull Media House creates authentic content that engages audiences through compelling subject matter and high-quality visual appeal. Savvy audiences are increasingly seeking out and consuming Red Bull content online, via a variety of digital platforms. Red Bull Media House seeks a Digital Programming Operations Specialist with knowledge of and passion for digital storytelling and the creation of compelling content experiences. This specialist will be a key contributor to the development of Digital TV programming operations for Red Bull TV in North America as a key member of a global operations team.

Location: Santa Monica, California

Schedule: Full-time

Your Experience Includes:

  1. 2+ years experience in Digital Broadcast (TV and Digital preferred) Operations

  2. Strong familiarity with broadcast delivery chain from production to end user engagement

  3. Proficiency with broadcast operations systems; encoding, streaming and other web technologies

  4. Experience working in small teams and managing vendors

  5. Strong planning, prioritization and analytical competencies

  6. Track record of delivering successful programs; entrepreneurial spirit

  7. Experience of using Digital Analytics tools and systems

  8. Exceptional communication skills

  9. Creative thinker and innovator, in touch with 18 – 34 male audience

  10. Love for details and passion for achieving highest quality results

  11. Ability to work flexible hours/days of the week – including nights, weekends, and holidays to support 24x7 operational needs

Apply here
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 
Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs, School of Theater, Film and Television
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