UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - May 27, 2016
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
May 27, 2016
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News and TFT Alumni Events
TFT Alumni Nights with The Archive Presents:
John Goodman in MATINEE
Friday, June 3rd 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.


Thursday, June 2nd at 7:30

BASKETBALL, MERI JAAN (5 minutes) centers on the life of Yeshodhara, a vibrant woman who immigrated to the United States from India 30 years ago. The film illustrates how her lifelong love of professional sports serves as a vehicle to create a community and sense of belonging. Produced and directed by Veena Hampapur (Ph.D. ’16).

A FLICKER IN ETERNITY (25 minutes) is the coming-of-age tale of 15-year-old Stanley Hayami, caught between his dream of becoming a writer/artist and his duty to his country. Thrust into the turmoil of war, the documentary is a poignant reminder of the indignity of incarceration and the tragedy of war.  Produced and directed by Ann Kaneko (FTV MFA '98) and Sharon Yamato.

DOBLE 9 (11 minutes) delves into the world of Miami’s Little Havana, where four Cuban exiles are brought together daily by the lure of playing dominoes at the Maximo Gomez Domino Park. Directed by Aisha Schliessler; produced and filmed by Karina Silva (TFT ’12).

OUT OF THE SHALLOW END (20 minutes) profiles the “Lady Falcons” girls’ water polo team at Santa Ana Valley High School, where students overcome great odds to compete in the pool. A sport like water polo can be taxing even for experienced swimmers. Consider how challenging it might be if you haven’t yet learned to swim. Produced and directed by Laurie Russman, (TFT MFA ’15).

Stick around for a Q&A with the filmmakers.  

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 .
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!

TFT BEN East and the 2016 LES Film Festival
UCLA TFT Alumni Affairs and BEN East are partnering with the 

A small number of tickets for every screening and event are now 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
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
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

Christina Harley's The Dreamers - "Resurrection City"
Thursday, June 2 7PM, Culver City
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.

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

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."
Dan McLaughlin Memorial Celebration - Tomorrow

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
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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Noah Green 
Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs, School of Theater, Film and Television
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