UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - October 28, 2016
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
October 28, 2016
Welcome to the TFT Alumni Newsletter 
Questions, comments? Email alumni@tft.ucla.edu
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News and TFT Alumni Events
Melissa Finell's (MFA '15) Sensitivity Training Screening 
Friday, November 4th at 7:30PM. James Bridges Theater, TFT
Just announced: the Q&A will be moderated by Catherine Hardwicke
Alumna Short  Our River Finalist for NFMLA On Location Video Project 
Cindy "Mimi" Phan's ('14) short film Our River, a documentary about growing up in Elysian Valley, was selected as a finalist for New Filmmakers LA's On Location: Los Angeles video project. The 11 minute version of the film was created for the Elysian Valley Artswalk.

The On Location Premiere Event took place on October 8th at Hollywood Center Studios. 
Alumnus to Release Electronic and Experimental Album
Colin O'Brien-Lux ('10) makes electronic and experimental music under the name Goosehappen. He completed several new singles in October, and his debut album, out December, will be titled "My Dove is a Whale." 

Colin O’Brien-Lux believes art should be democratic, involving the participation of both artist and viewer.

O’Brien-Lux, a theater alumnus, performs as an electronic and experimental music artist under the name Goosehappen, a pseudonym he chose for the fluid way the words sound when spoken aloud. He said his musical work likewise seeks to delineate the relation between sound and feeling.

O’Brien-Lux finished working on a new series of singles in October, along with a music video for his song “Birds Fucking.” His debut album entitled “My Dove is a Whale” is set to release in December. O’Brien-Lux said his background in theater helped him segue into his new role as a professional musician and performance artist, giving him the skills to design experimental shows as well as self-produce and self-promote his music and launch his career, he said.

Continued at the Daily Bruin

Portland Center Stage Presents:
The Oregon Trail
Emily Caitlin Yetter ('10) stars in Portland Center Stage's production of The Oregon Trail, running October 29th through November 20th.

The promo code “VIPGROUP” can be used for $10 off for Oregon Trail or any show in our current season. They can purchase tickets online at https://www.pcs.org/ and enter the promo code or call our box office directly at 503-445-3700 and mention the code.

Applications Now Open for TFT Summer 2017 Teaching Positions
for Former and New Instructors

Dear Instructors interested in employment at the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media Summer Programs,

In an effort to follow general university practice, the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media is instituting a formal application process for summer instruction. That process will include the submission of a CV, syllabus, and statement of pedagogical philosophy. The Department recently unanimously implemented a motion aimed at standardizing the information we convey to students in our syllabi. The three elements we were particularly concerned with are the following: 

1) All syllabi convey the same basic and necessary information to students about any given course. We have adopted a format recommended by the Office of Instructional Development 

2) All syllabi should outline course materials, requirements, and assignments that are suitable for the grade level of the course being taught. 

3) All syllabi should reflect your attention to equity, diversity, and inclusion in your selection of films, readings, and conceptual frameworks as is appropriate to the subject of the course.  

Please make sure to pay attention to these principles and the course syllabus template and sample syllabus when creating your syllabus to include with your application. We encourage you to submit your applications promptly for Summer 2017 course offerings.  

Please note the deadline for submission of applications is November 17, 2016 at 11:59PM.

Please visit the application website to apply: 


If you have questions, please email:  film@tft.ucla.edu 

All the very best,

Kathleen A McHugh
Chair, Department of Film, Television and Digital Media
Professor, Departments of English, Film, Television and Digital Media, and Gender Studies

The Raw Science Film Festival
Submissions Open

Official Selections of the RAW SCIENCE FILM FESTIVAL 2016 are listed below!

The festival is open for entry until November 9, 2016. 

The festival honors films on science and technology worldwide. Raw Science proudly joins festival partners  Explore Mars Space Tourism Society Canada , and the  Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination . Categories include fiction and non-fiction for both students and professionals. Cash prizes are awarded. Animations and infographics are welcomed.

Early Halloween Comedy Show at The Comedy Store
October 28th 7PM - TONIGHT
Early Halloween Comedy Show & Mixer 10/28 @ 7pm (Flyer image sent via email) You are invited to an early Halloween celebration for an evening of laughs featuring UCLA TFT Alumni at The World Famous Comedy Store.

Please join us in supporting live comedy and an after show mixer with students & alumni of UCLA School of Theater, Film, & TV and UCLA TFT Professional Program on The Comedy Store patio.

 Time & Location: October 28th at 7pm The Comedy Store 8433 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069  
*Please note there is a 2 drink minimum, but beverage does not need to be alcoholic.
Buy Tickets Online: goo.gl/Gm2ZdN
Discount Parking: $5 - 8539 Sunset Blvd. (5 min walk .2 miles)

Email any questions about the event to formalika@gmail.com

Benj Goehner is an alumni of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, & TV (Professional Program TV Writing '15). When he's not performing standup or developing sitcoms based on his life growing up in a German tourist town, studios pay him to write nice things about their movies. Benj says, "Standup is one of the most challenging and rewarding forms of writing. Essentially, you've only got a few short minutes to make a room full of strangers like you and listen to your stories. It's acting, writing, editing, and a job interview rolled into one, but the reward is instantly knowing when a joke is resonating."

Evangeline Monroy is a film industry vet and two time alumni of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, & TV (BA Theater '98, Professional Program TV Writing '15). After getting laid off from a career producing animated & vfx blockbusters for Sony Pictures, she returned to UCLA to pursue her passion of writing for television, while trying to figure out how to be a professional surf bum. Since graduating, she completed the JVS Womentoring Program as a TV Writing mentee, and was also awarded the Upright Citizens Brigade Diversity Scholarship for Improv & Sketch Writing. Evangeline started performing musical comedy after fellow classmate Benj Goehner recommended a standup workshop taught by comedienne Jodi Miller. Evangeline says, "Doing stand up was a dream I was too scared to admit, but I quickly realized it was the missing element in my arsenal of comedy writing tools. Most importantly it's a fun way to force me to write and use my theater & musical muscles at the same time."
NYC Alumni: Tadmor at The Distillery Writing Lab Application Open
At Tadmor, we develop, produce, and finance independent films with a focus on commercial,
auteur driven projects that challenge conventions. Our award-winning films include Swiss Army
Man (Winner • Directing Award, US Dramatic Competition • Sundance 2016) and Junction 48
(Winner • Audience Award • Berlinale Panorama 2016 | Winner • Best International Narrative
Feature • Tribeca Film Festival 2016). To see our full roster of projects, please visit our website:


We are looking to collaborate with and cultivate the next wave of innovative filmmakers and
writers through our writing lab, The Distillery.
Entering its second year, The Distillery is a three month program (Feb. 27, 2017 - June 2, 2017)
during which participants develop a new or existing feature film or television script.
What we provide:
  • WORK SPACE: Desk space at Tadmor’s office in the Flatiron District of New York City.
  • ONE-ON-ONE WORKSHOP SESSIONS: Bi-monthly sit-down sessions with our team to
intensively workshop scenes, discuss broader story or character developments, and
strategize casting, getting the best tax incentives, and setting up financing structures.
  • INDUSTRY MEET & GREETS: Award winning writers, directors, and producers are
invited to meet with participants, discuss ideas, and answer questions.
  • CREATIVE COMMUNITY: Weekly Distillery lunches and informal drink nights.
  • PRODUCING/FINANCING PARTNER: Tadmor will have first look to produce and/or
finance any projects that stem out of The Distillery. Graduates will build a relationship
with a development/production/financing company for these and future works.

How to apply:
  • INTRODUCE YOURSELF: We want to get to know you, your style, what excites you, and
why you're interested in the program. Maximum one page.
  • TELL US A STORY: Send us a screenplay or finished film (short/feature/TV episode). It
should be a complete story with beginning, middle, and end.

E-mail your resume, introduction, and story to info@tadmor.co with the subject line:
" Distillery Application". Applications are due December 31, 2016. We will be reaching out
with interview requests on a rolling basis. Final decisions will be made in February. A pplicants
should be NYC based for the duration of the program.
Job Listings and Available Services
LMG LTD MEDIAFILMS Seeks Cameraperson for Found Footage Film

We are seeking a CAMERAPERSON for a FOUND FOOTAGE independent film project: The Mars Colony Serial Murders.

Screenplay ready, cast in development stage II. Should be good at angles, with SOME prior experience in video or film school film projects.

Various Assistant Level Positions

A Talent Manager at a bi-coastal talent management firm, seeks a seasoned assistant for our office in Los Angeles. Ideal candidates must have experience (at a minimum: 6 months-1 year), superior academic credentials and a degree from a four year university. Experience must include time at a talent agency or management company. Internship does not count. Applicants must be self-motivated, highly organized, hard-working, detail-oriented and able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. The more computer and tech knowledge, the better. Great opportunity to further ones career in within the entertainment industry with an established manager with amazing clients. We would love to continue to grow the company from within over time. Competitive pay and benefits. Must have thick skin and a strong desire to succeed. Email cover letter and resume to: talent.manager.asst302@gmail.com 10/21

Assistant to Agent of a boutique talent agency. Position is full-time and duties include but are not limited to rolling calls, organizing appointments for clients, keeping calendars, scheduling meetings and heavy client interaction. Candidate must be organized, able to multi-task, and have excellent communication skills. Knowledge of InEntertainment is a plus. Prior agency/management experience and confirmed references are necessary. Please send cover letters and resumes in PDF form to: assistant2@gaa-la.com 10/21

Lionsgate is seeking a coordinator to support the Business & Legal Affairs team in the area of titles and contract administration. Responsibilities: review contracts and project chain-of-title documents, create credits memos, prepare legal drafts of main titles, end crawls and billing blocks, work with guilds to secure waivers / approvals, review for contractual /guild compliance. Qualifications: strong reading comprehension, ability to work proactively and independently. Send resumes to resumes@lionsgate.com. 10/18

Film & TV Production company is currently looking for an assistant to provide high-level administrative support to the Head of Television. This is a temporary position with the ability to grow for the right person. Ideal candidate must be motivated, detail-oriented and able to multitask in a fast paced environment. Excellent communication skills are essential. Responsibilities include phone coverage, scheduling, and office management. Some agency/management experience preferred but not required. Please send resumes to tvasst2016@gmail.com. 10/18

A prominent Management Company is seeking an assistant. Candidate must be able to work extremely well in a fast paced environment, be able to handle heavy phones and heavy scheduling. Must be highly organized and a self-starter. Potential room to grow. At least one year of agency/management/casting assistant experience preferred. Please send resumes to TalentMgmtAsst@gmail.com 10/18

A busy, high-profile independent film producer who makes up to eight films a year and has several upcoming projects in TV is seeking an executive assistant. The position would be both personal and business related, but is primarily to run the desk of the two main executives. Ability to handle heavy scheduling, phones and travel (both private and commercial), alongside heavy email, reading and general duties is required. The executive assistant also supports the office staff and maintains the office along with interns and a part time second assistant. At least two years of experience in the industry is mandatory and agency experience is strongly preferred. Candidate should be able to quickly and effectively communicate, book travel, handle high profile individuals and related tasks with multiple moving parts. There is always room for upward growth in the company for the right individual. Please send resume and cover letter to indyfilmhr@gmail.com with “Exec Assistant” in the subject line. 10/18

Santa Monica based production company is seeking a full-time executive assistant to offer creative and organizational support to the heads of the company. Must be able to work in fast paced environment with changing priorities. Candidates should have at least 1-year administrative experience from a production company, agency or network/studio. Responsibilities & duties include phones, scheduling, script coverage, administrative support, arranging travel, interfacing with business partners. In addition, excellent attention to detail, expert-level organizational and planning skills, ability to multi-task, and strong writing, communication and technological skills are essential. Proficiencies including experience with Microsoft Office and Google applications is necessary. Bilingual proficiency (Mandarin and/or Spanish and English) is not necessary but will be huge advantage. Please submit resume to colin.moniz@gmail.com 10/18

Electus is hiring an Executive Assistant to support the President, Electus International & Electus Studios. Responsibilities include managing calendars, scheduling meetings, booking travel, and handling heavy call volume. Strong attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and discretion required. Candidate should be driven and interested in working in international distribution, sales, or business affairs in a TV environment. Previous admin experience in entertainment required. Email resume and cover letter to HR@electus.com. 10/18

Big Frame, an affiliate of AwesomenessTV, is looking for an exceptional candidate for the role of Executive-Administrative Assistant. Must have 1-2 years experience working as an assistant, preferably at an agency or management company. General familiarity with the YouTube ecosystem preferred. Candidates should have strong organizational and time management skills, excellent written and oral communications, and a great attitude is necessary. We work in a very fast-paced environment and exceptional and timely client service is a must. Ability to prioritize and manage multiple competing priorities. Ideal candidate will possess initiative and strong interpersonal skills. Submit your resume and cover letter as attachments to: careers@awesomenesstv.com. Please include ATV BF ADMIN in the subject line of your email. 10/18

President of Le Vision Entertainment – former film division head of Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks Studios – looking for a superstar first assistant. Candidate must be good at managing people, learn quickly, prioritize and multi-task. We are looking for someone with at least 2 years of experience working at an agency, studio, prod house, or management company. This jobs requires some admin duties, but mostly importantly they must act as the presidents right hand. Serious candidates who are hungry, fast and easygoing should send their resumes and cover letters to goodmanasst@gmail.com 10/18

Boutique talent management company seeks motivated assistant. Our office is team-oriented: dynamic, hard-working, fun/friendly. We’re looking for a candidate who is pursuing a career in talent management—with one year of agency/management experience. Typical assistant duties: rolling calls, emailing, scheduling. Must be able to problem-solve, prioritize, think ahead and communicate confidently. Unlimited upside, competitive salary. Please send a cover and resume to: motivatedassistant.la@gmail.com, using the subject line: Motivated Assistant. 10/18

Top Management Company seeks an assistant that has an interest in production as well as working with top talent. The assistant will also be working with the manager to develop scripts and work closely with production companies. Responsibilities include scheduling, rolling calls, reading, etc, providing administrative and client support including reviewing material, generating and scheduling auditions as well as coordinating with casting directors, managers and publicists, script coverage, generating director and actor lists, and managing submissions. Looking for an ambitious self-starter ideally with 1 to 2 years’ experience in talent agency, management firm or production company. Knowledge of independent film financing is a plus. Excellent writing and communication skills are essential. Please send resumes to jobs@bep-la.com. 10/14

A leading international film sales and production company is looking for a full-time assistant to the CEO and COO. Duties will include heavy phone management, scheduling, and other administrative tasks. Additionally, candidates should be well versed in script coverage and have a strong understanding of the current marketplace. College degree and 1+ year of assistant experience at an agency or production company required. Please send resumes and cover letters to filmassistantapplications@gmail.com. 10/14

The Gersh Agency seeks an assistant to an agent in their comedy/personal appearance department. This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in comedy concert/club booking and personal appearance booking. Responsibilities include rolling calls, providing administrative and client support including inputting offers, bookkeeping, and covering live comedy shows. Position requires candidate to be personable, sharp, highly organized, have an excellent work ethic and the ability to multitask under pressure. Experience with college programming boards and work experience in a venue or comedy club is ideal. Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to hr@gersh.com 10/14

The Gersh Agency seeks an assistant to their contract administrator in the comedy/personal appearance department. This is a great entry level opportunity into the comedy world. Main responsibilities include: overseeing all administration of contracts, tracking authorizations and correspondence, maintaining detailed and organized files, tracking payments and deadlines, and analyzing/mitigating any discrepancies. Position requires candidate to be personable, sharp, highly organized, have an strong attention to detail and the ability to multitask under pressure. Strong math skills a plus. This position is primarily email-intensive, and is about creating a foundation of learning how the department functions as a whole. Bachelor’s degree required. Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to hr@gersh.com 10/14

Innovative Artists is seeking a sharp, ambitious, and organized Talent Assistant who possesses a strong desire to become an Agent in a collaborative and team-oriented environment. Supports Talent Agent in all aspects of running their office including – answering phones, rolling calls, managing calendars, scheduling & confirming meetings, corresponding with casting directors & managers on the submission of talent, reading scripts, and updating our internal database – inEntertainment. Previous entertainment industry assistant experience (studio, talent agency and/or production company) required. Please submit your resume and cover letter to: employment@iala.com 10/14

Our established bi-coastal talent agency is looking for an agent’s assistant with a minimum of one year of experience at a talent desk for our Los Angeles office. Candidates must be organized, ambitious, detail oriented and computer savvy. Must be able to multi-task, handle a heavy volume of calls, coordinate client meetings, enter bookings, and perform other necessary tasks to ensure that the office is running smoothly. Knowledge of inEntertainment is a must. Bachelor’s degree required. Candidates need to be meticulous, driven and willing to work very hard with excellent phone and people skills. Please no actors, writers, or PAs. Send cover and resume to laagencyasst2016@gmail.com 10/14

Highly reputable bi-coastal management firm is seeking an excellent assistant to support two top tier talent managers in CA office. Entertainment experience, a keen eye for detail, and excellent computer skills (editing, excel, Mac proficiency, etc) mandatory. Must have at least 1-2 years experience at a busy desk at an agency, production company, or similar. Responsibilities include heavy phones (scheduling calls, rolling calls and maintaining call sheets), and travel coordination for manager and clients. Great growth potential and the opportunity to work directly with actors and exercise creativity. We use InEntertainment and it would be great if you were familiar with this software. We are looking to hire ASAP. And on a personal note, this is an amazing place to work that I would recommend to anyone. Email resumes with salary expectations to: Alice@authenticM.com 10/11

IM Global, a leading international film, television and music entertainment company with core business activity in international licensing, production, and financing is seeking a full time assistant to the President of Feature Film Production. Duties will include heavy phones, scheduling, and other administrative tasks. Additionally candidates should be well versed in script analysis, talent packaging, and production scheduling. College degree and 1+ years of assistant experience at an agency or production company required. Please send resumes and cover letters to: imgprodasst@gmail.com 10/11

Boutique feature / TV production company is looking for a hardworking full-time assistant for the head of the company. Ideal candidates have strong organizational skills, execute direction easily, and have a passion to learn on the job. The position involves primarily personal assistant duties while also handling administrative tasks like maintaining schedules, managing phone/email, research, and overseeing general office duties. There is a possibility of this job taking place remotely so you do not need to be located in Los Angeles nor will you need to travel. Looking for someone to start ASAP. Please send resumes and cover letters to resumesubmit.asst@gmail.com 10/11

The two partners at a successful boutique management company are looking to groom a young manager by hiring a new assistant who can sign clients and build his or her own business while taking care of all usual assistant duties. Need a hustler who understands they have to do both jobs at first, but at the same time we are ready to teach someone and treat them like a full member of the team. Open to someone interested in either talent, lit or both, but they need to be experienced enough to be ready to make the leap. At least one year of experience at an agency, management company, production company or studio highly preferred but the most important thing is a real passion to succeed in management. Please send resumes to ugmanagerasst@gmail.com 10/11

Talent Management company seeking Junior Manager/Assistant. We are looking for someone who can not only help with the assistant duties, but who is also ready to take on management role. Candidate should a have at least two years of experience at an agency or management company, and a genuine passion for talent representation as a career. Please send resumes and references to: juniormanagerassistant2016@gmail.com 10/11

Entry Level Booth Runner/Floating Voice-over Assistant with great potential for advancement in a growing full-service boutique talent agency. Involves basic office duties such as phones, appointments, interaction with talent, buyers, and calendar management. Primary focus will be assisting in voice-over department, directing and recording voice over auditions. Having knowledge of the voice-over world, including cartoons and video games, a major plus. Opportunity to advance into other departments and participate in the growth of the company. Email resumes to admin@imperium-7.com or fax resumes to (323) 931-9084. 10/11

Trained, experienced assistant with 1-2 years on a busy film or tv desk in literary or talent representation. Looking for one year commitment. Room to grow. Will work for two managers – answering phones, rolling calls, managing schedules, covering scripts, tracking submissions and breakdowns. Starting at $38,000/year plus benefits after 90 days. Hours: 10am – 7pm. Send resumes with cover letter to asst2016la@gmail.com 10/11

Super Delicious, an established television production company with current projects in various stages from development to delivery, is seeking an assistant to three executive producers. Responsibilities include rolling calls, scheduling, running errands and managing office operations. Candidates must be highly motivated, detail-oriented and organized with high-level interpersonal and communication skills. Industry experience preferred. Bachelor’s degree and reliable transportation required. Please send cover letter and resume to TVExecAsst90038@gmail.com. 10/11

Various Personal Assistant Positions

Pauly Shore is looking for a part time assistant to start in mid October. $12/hour. 3-5 days a week, mostly half days. This could turn into a full time position. Must be available for training in September when available. The job includes everything that has to do with comedy touring, writing, and all forms of production. Must be tech savvy. Social media background. Editing skills are a plus. Must have a reliable car and live in the Hollywood/Silver Lake area. Please send your resume to asst@landingpatchprods.com and a personal video no more than two minutes long, why you feel this is the right position for you. Please upload this video to Youtube and send the link in your cover letter, along with at least two references. 10/18

No Smoke seeks a part-time Personal Assistant for its CEO. Responsibilities include: calendar management, travel arrangements, research, running errands, home management, and misc. projects. Ideal candidates should live near Santa Monica or Malibu, have their own laptop and transportation, be pro-active, and maintain extreme attention to detail and confidentiality. The position will be based in Malibu. Please send your resume to info@nosmoke.tv. 10/18

CTG Presents:
Vicuna, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and A View From The Bridge
By Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Robert Egan
October 23 – November 20, 2016

Special $25 Vicuna Ticket Offer
For Performances October 23 – November 6, 2016

*Valid now through November 6 for selected locations in Price Level B.  Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets or combined with other offers.  Not valid on Sunday, October 30.  Handling fees may apply.  Subject to availability.

A tailor to the wealthy, powerful, and famous struggles to serve a very unusual client: a blustering real estate tycoon and reality TV star who—to everyone’s surprise—becomes a major party’s nominee for President. As the election spins out of control, the tailor and his apprentice are forced to examine their roles as confidants and image-makers for the candidate…and whether the right suit has the power to clinch the presidency. The World premiere of this hot-off-the-presses satire from Jon Robin Baitz ( Other Desert Cities) offers a unique opportunity for a play to participate in our nation’s political discourse as it unfolds.
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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