UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - May 6, 2016
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
May 6, 2016
Welcome to the TFT Alumni Newsletter 
Questions, comments, alumni news? Email alumni@tft.ucla.edu
News and TFT Alumni Events
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.

See Alumna Ren Hanami in HBO's Silicon Valley
BEN board member and alumna Ren Hanami's 3-episode character arc on HBO's Silicon Valley continues Sunday night.

Ren plays Lynn, one of Jack Barker's (Stephen Tobolowsky) uber assistants along with Tammy Dahlstrom as Gloria. Season 3, ep 2 was Ren's first episode and is currently streaming on HBOgo.
TFT's Elevate Presents: 
La Hija de la Laguna / The Daughter of the Lake
Wednesday, May 11 @ 7PM

At the height of the Peruvian gold rush, Nelida, an Andean woman able to communicate with water spirits, uses her powers to prevent a mining corporation from destroying the body of water she considers her mother. A gold deposit valued at billions of dollars lies just beneath Nelida’s lakes and leads farmers and Latin America’s biggest gold producer into conflict.


Film to be followed by a discussion and panel highlighting the intersection of environmental issues and the way historically marginalized communities are responding to these concerns with:

  • Friends of the River and Cuauhtemoc Hace, an environmental justice community activist from Huntington Park
  • Professor David Shorter of the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance 
  • Moderated by Elevatea UCLA TFT student organization dedicated to giving visibility to the diverse contributions of minority artists and scholars


TFT Alumnus Joe Russo's
Captain America: Civil War
Now Playing
Deadline posted a Q&A this week with the Russo Brothers, directors of Captain America: Civil War, now in theaters.
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.
BEN Scholarship Fund is Now Live
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

You can also support the UCLA Bruin Entertainment Network Alumni Fund, which supports BEN's programming efforts.
Yale Environment 360 Video Contest Open
The third annual  Yale Environment 360  Video Contest is now accepting entries. The contest honors the year's best environmental videos. Submissions must focus on an environmental issue or theme, have not been widely viewed online, and be a maximum of 15 minutes in length. Videos that are funded by an organization or company and are primarily about that organization or company are not eligible. 

The first-place winner will receive $2,000, and two runners-up will each receive $500. The winning entries will be posted on  Yale Environment 360 , and winners must agree that their video will not be re-posted on other websites for a 60-day period. 

The contest judges will be  Yale Environment 360  editor Roger Cohn,  New Yorker  writer and  e360 contributor Elizabeth Kolbert, and documentary filmmaker Thomas Lennon. Videos should be uploaded using the submission form here. Entries must include a valid contact email address. Send any questions to e360@yale.edu. The deadline for entries is June 10, 2016. 

View the 2015 winners  here , and the 2014 winners  here
UCLAxFilmFest - Tomorrow!
About the Festival:

This year marks the inaugural UCLAxFilmFest at the Laemmle Theater in North Hollywood!

Presented by the UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies program, the festival is designed to showcase the best short films by our current and previous Entertainment Studies students.

The festival will feature 11 student short films, followed by an industry panel and awards ceremony.

RSVP Here.

Tickets for this event are free and open to the public.

Location: Laemmle NoHo 7
5240 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Date: Saturday, May 7th

Time: 1:00-5:30pm

12:30-1:00PM – Doors Open
1:00-3:30PM – Screening of Films
4:00-5:00PM – Industry Panel
5:00-5:30PM – Awards Ceremony

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.

Calling all TFT Alumni filmmakers!

The International Film Festival of Patmos (Greece) is now taking submissions for the 2016 Patmos Documentary Workshop.

Successful applicants will spend 2 weeks on the Greek islands, working in teams to create documentary portraits on the immigration crises on the Greek coast. The portraits will be edited into a feature length film for international distribution in collaboration with Sundance Channel and OTE TV.

Full scholarships available for filmmakers residing in Greece.

Check our website for full details and to submit you application: 


Let There Be Night!
Saturday, May 7th at the Getty Center

Please join us for the newest production of Sonnets & Sonatas: “Let There Be Night!”. The UCLA lecture-concert series created by Laure Murat and Guillaume Sutre combines visual presentation, literary readings and musical performances of masterpieces such as Schubert Notturno, Felix Mendelssohn Midsummer Night's Dream or Camille Saint-Saëns Danse macabre. Please find more information below and in the attached flyer. Admission is free. Reservation required: http://www.getty.edu/visit/cal/events/ev_1003.html.   

The event will take place in conjunction with the exhibition “Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-Century French Drawing and Prints” at the Getty Center. We encourage our guests to come early and to visit the exhibition prior to the lecture-concert. 

Let There Be Night! is co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies, the Department of French and Francophone Studies, and the Department of Music. 

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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