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PRESENTS

JUNE 3 - JUNE 9, 2011


ALLISON ANDERS

Alumnus of the Year

LAWRENCE BENDER

UCLA SCHOOL OF THEATER, FILM AND TELEVISION AND PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA

LISA CHOLODENKO

Filmmaker of the Year

VISION AWARD

JUNE FORAY

Crystal ANVIL Award

FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO ANIMATION

HONOREES

STACEY SNIDER

Champion Spirit AwarD

AARON SORKIN

Distinguished Achievement in Screenwriting


FESTIVAL 2011 EVENTS

AND PROGRAM CONTENTS 1  Honorees and Special Guests 3  Welcome Program Cover Design by Ian Roth, ’11

Friday June 3, 7:30 p.m. 5 Opening Night | James Bridges Theater, UCLA Saturday, June 4, 2:00 to 5:00 p.M. 6  Design Showcase West | Freud Playhouse, UCLA Saturday, June 4, 12:00 p.m. 7 Moving Image Archive Studies (MIAS) Event | James Bridges Theater, UCLA Saturday, June 4, 5:00 and 8:30 p.m. 8 Festival of Animation (The Prom) | James Bridges Theater, UCLA

Monday, June 6, 7:30 p.m. 10 Screenwriters Showcase | Freud Playhouse, UCLA

Tuesday, June 7, 7:30 p.m. 15 Producers Marketplace | Billy Wilder Theater, Westwood

Thursday, June 9, 7:30 p.m. 19 Directors Spotlight | Director’s Guild of America Theater, Los Angeles

27  MFA Actors 30 Playwrights, Stage Directors, Theatrical Designers 32 Acknowledgements 33 Contributors

with SPECIAL Guests

Michael Apted director

Annette Bening Actor

Richard Crudo Armie Hammer Cinematographer ACTOR

HAWK KOCH PRODUCER

Shawn Levy Director

Tom Nunan Producer

MIKE WERB SCREENWRITER


from the Dean of the School of Theater, Film and Television

teri schwartz

Welcome to the 2011 UCLA Festival of New Creative Work. As a UCLA alumna and now TFT dean, it is a great honor for me to join all of you in celebrating the outstanding achievements of our students and recognizing distinguished industry leaders over the course of this very special week. I thank you all for supporting a diverse group of new storytelling voices whose exciting works have captured our imagination with their originality, depth, artistry and skill. Festivals showcase remarkable talent while uniting all of you who love and support film, great storytelling and the discovery of exceptional new talent. For our students, exhibiting their work at festivals is a transformational learning metaphor that serves them well throughout their careers, while inspiring them to take their work to even greater levels of excellence. Without question, you will see this kind of powerful work on display throughout this special week Whether it’s festival week or our many great programs and initiatives on display every day, it’s an exciting time to be at TFT. Our new vision is simple, yet powerful: for TFT to serve as a premier interdisciplinary global professional school that develops industry leaders and scholars whose diverse voices enlighten, engage and inspire change for a better world. Without question, our students, faculty and alumni represent the very best of our storied past and our exceptionally bright future. Enjoy your festival week. And, once again, please join me in congratulating all of our TFT students for another wonderful year of outstanding work.

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A Message from

MYRL SCHREIBMAN

Producer, Festival of New Creative Work 2011

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Independent Voices! It’s what distinguishes the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television as a unique place of budding artists whether they are writers, producers, animators, designers or directors. One only needs to look at the schools’ web site to see the roster of people working professionally as actors, writers, producers, animators, directors, cinematographers, editors or as scholars within the medium to see it’s lasting and indelible effect on the industry and the profession. Independent Voices! The stories that our students tell are from their soul, their passion and their individual lives. They show a unique way of looking at the world, of seeing the miniscule in the largesse and the largesse in the miniscule or the complexities of the human spirit and the passion of emotions that transport us through their stories. They make you laugh and cry and go away thinking about an issue that requires further thought if not action. Independent Voices! That’s what the 2011 UCLA Festival of New Creative Work is all about. Independent Voices! It is the Festival that honors luminaries who our students look to for inspiration and ideals and whose work is deeply admired and respected for its own independent voice and spirit. All of our students are talented emerging artists as they are the writers, producers, designers, and directors of tomorrow who are working tirelessly today on their art and craft to be true storytellers in an original visionary way. “To be an artist” says Akira Kurosawa, “means to search, to find and look at life’s realities. To be an artist means to never look away.” Well our students in the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television never do look away. They look forward. Creating What’s Next!

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FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 7:30 P.M. James Bridges Theater, UCLA

Co-sponsored by The Student Director’s Association Host: Brianna Quick, member, SDA

Honoree: Allison Anders, ’86 Alumnus of the Year

From the release of her acclaimed first feature, Border Radio (1989), co-directed with Kurt Voss, Allison Anders has established a body of work that is innovative in style and marked by strong ensemble acting. Her films as writer-director include Gas Food Lodging (1992), Mi Vida Loca (1993), Grace of My Heart (1996), Sugar Town (1999) and Things Behind the Sun (2002), which won a Peabody Award. While a student at TFT in 1983, Anders won the Alan Jacobson Award for best first film for “Nobody Home” and a chance to study under her mentor Wim Wenders on the set of Paris, Texas. She graduated summa cum laude with the first prize in the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award and the first-ever Nicholl Fellowship. In 1992 she was awarded the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best New Director for Gas, Food, Lodging and in 1995 received a MacArthur “genius grant.” She recently directed episodes of the acclaimed television series Southland, Cold Case, The L Word and Men in Trees, and with Voss completes the Border Radio trilogy with the feature film Strutter.

Presentation of student-voted awards

Film Screenings Spider Fang! (2:00) Directed by Justin Perkinson Rafi Baby (9:00) Directed by Christine Yuan Stay Still (17:00) Directed by David Kelly The Deep End (12:00) Directed by Meredith Koch Foot Soldier (20:00) Directed by Jon Crawford

Metered (11:00) Directed by Jeff Bourg I Love You Like Crazy (23:00) Directed by Tess Sweet Fran’s Daughter (13:00) Directed by Eric Martin

O P ENI NG NI G HT

OPENING NIGHT

Heart (8:00) Directed by Erick Oh

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SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. Freud Playhouse, UCLA

The ninth annual Design Showcase West held at UCLA, the only national entertainment design showcase on the West Coast, features the work of students graduating from the nation’s top university design programs, including UCLA; California Institute of the Arts; UC San Diego; University of Missouri, Kansas City; UC Davis; the University of Texas, Austin; UC Irvine; and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Exhibits range from costume design to set, sound and lighting design. Design Showcase West is hosted by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television; the Costume Designers Guild, Local 892; and the United Scenic Artists, Local 829, and the Art Directors Guild, Local 800. The Showcase is attended by entertainment producers, directors and A-list designers who are looking for new talent. Admission is free. Parking is available in Lot 3 on a pay-by-space basis. For more information, please visit www.designshowcasewest.com or call (310) 825-2261

Swarovski Shooting Star Award for Excellence in Costume Design

DESI G NtoSHO di rec rs W CA S E W ES T

The collaboration between the David C. Copley Center for The Study of Costume Design and Swarovski, the world’s greatest crystal company, continues this year with the presentation of the second Swarovski Shooting Star Award for Excellence in Costume Design to an MFA costume design student at TFT. The second phase of the Copley/Swarovski partnership will be launched this year with a series of Swarovski Distinguished Designer Panels that will offer students of design a unique opportunity to meet and interact with some of the entertainment industry’s most respected practitioners of the craft.

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Design Showcase West is co-hosted by…

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SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 12:00 P.M. James Bridges Theater, UCLA

RECENT WORK FROM THE

MOVING IMAGE ARCHIVE STUDIES PROGRAM Out of the Archive features creative and preservation work by current students and recent graduates of the UCLA M.A. program in Moving Image Archive Studies (MIAS). Current students will present independent creative work and excerpts from their portfolios, representing their professional interests and achievements in the MIAS program. Recent MIAS alumni now working as professional archivists will show elements of their preservation work on the Hearst Metrotone News collection, one of the largest newsreel collections in the world, which is part of the collection of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The MIAS M.A. program at UCLA is offered jointly by the Cinema and Media Studies faculty in the School of Theater, Film & Television and the Department of Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, in cooperation with the UCLA Film & Television Archive. This highly selective program was the first graduate degree established in the U.S. to educate professionals and scholars in this rapidly-expanding field. MIAS students deal with the challenges of ever-changing technology, the complex legal and policy environment and the evolving cultural contexts and expectations surrounding moving image archiving. Students also have the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice at over 30 industry sites and cultural institutions in the U.S. and worldwide.

ORIGINAL AND PRESERVATION WorkS from MIAS Students and Alumni

ALEJANDRA ESPASANDE BOUZA, Allegro Non Molto (2010, 3:00) MICHELE GEARY, His Nibs (1921, 10:00) SHIRAZ BHATHENA, Devon (2007, 3:30) TONY BEST, Digital Restoration Demonstration

from UCLA’s Hearst Metrotone News Collection: MIAS Class of 2010 ROGER L. BROWN, New York Street Scenes (1960, 8:30) SADIE MENCHEN, Modern House (NY World’s Fair) (1964, 7:00) SHIRAZ BHATHENA, New York World’s Fair (1964, 12:30)

O UT O F T HE A RC HI VE

OUT OF THE ARCHIVE

Preservation Projects

ALICE ROYER, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (1964, 12:15) NINA RAO, Kennedy Library Exhibit (1965, 7:45) ALEJANDRA ESPASANDE BOUZA, Cuban Arrives in Miami (1966, 9:30) TRISHA LENDO, Parade in Chinatown, S.F. (1967, 7:00)

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SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 5:00 and 8:30 P.M.

James Bridges Theater, UCLA (Honors and awards presented at the 5:00 p.m. screening only.)

Presented by: Celia Mercer, Area Head, UCLA Animation Workshop

Honoree JUNE FORAY

Crystal ANVIL Award for OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO ANIMATION

Design by Adam Holmes

Called the First Lady of cartoon voices, honoree June Foray is best known as the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel on the classic Jay Ward television shows Rocky and His Friends (1959–1961) and The Bullwinkle Show (1961–1964). She also voiced Natasha Fatale and Dudley Do-Right’s girlfriend Nell on those programs, and again portrayed Rocky in the CG-and-live-action feature film The Adventures of Rocky And Bullwinkle (2000). Foray’s extensive credits have included work for Disney (Cinderella and Peter Pan) and for Warner Brothers on dozens of classic cartoons, playing everything from Tweety Bird’s grandmother to Daffy Duck’s wife. Continuing her association with Warner’s giant Chuck Jones, Foray voiced Cindy Lou Who in the TV animated version of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and Jane Kangaroo in Horton Hears A Who. She eventually worked on all of Jones’ independent shorts, including “A Cricket in Times Square” and “The Pumpkin Who Couldn’t Smile.” From 1977 to 2005, Foray was on the Board of Governors of the Motion Picture Academy, where she chaired the student Academy Awards. Currently she is on the Advisory Board of The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Her numerous awards and honors include a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and an award created in her name by the International Animated Film Association (ASIFA).

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Student Awards: Best in Show, Best Story, Best Animation, Best Art Direction, Most Innovative.

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For almost 60 years, the UCLA Animation Workshop has promoted its “one person, one film” philosophy, allowing animators of all types to realize their concepts independently. The Workshop works in all mediums (be it pencils, clay, or Maya), and offers courses in all aspects of the production of an animated film. The Walter Lantz Digital Animation Studio serves as the analog-and-digital research and production facility for thesis students. Recent graduates have been nominated for numerous Oscar and Annie awards, the latter conferred by the International Animated Film Society (ASIFA). In 2007, Gil Kenan ’02 was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar for his directorial debut Monster House, and The Simpsons Movie, directed by Festival 2009 honoree, David Silverman, collected seven Annie nominations. Students have also been honored: Joaquin Baldwin was nominated for an Annie in 2009 for “Sebastian’s Voodoo,” and Emud Mokhberi was a member of the team that directed the Oscar-nominated romp “Oktapodi.” A landmark event in 2009 was the release of the Oscar-nominated 9, produced by directors Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted), an expanded feature adaptation of the Student Oscar-nominated short thesis film created by Shane Acker ‘04 in the Animation Workshop.

Yarn, Paper, Scissors by Rebecca Olson

Umbrella Girl by Saeko Igarashi

Film Screenings include… Umbrella Girl (5:20) by Saeko Igarashi

Funeral (3:15) by Kat Bakonyi

The Devil's Switch (4:30) by Vivian Lee

Ninja Monkey vs Ninja Cat (4:00) by David Yee

Jeff the Robot (1:30) by Adam Holmes The Night Sky (7:00) by Jeffrey Fletcher Claire and her Robot (3:24) by Alexis Block Spring (2:00) by Wenjia Huang Swing (4:30) by Stacy Eduarte Be Quiet (3:00) by Heng Zhang Rainy Man (3:50) by Sisi Feng Of Robots And Rednecks (16:30) by Kevin Davis Breaking Space (2:00) by Marika Boehler

Feast for a Moment (3:30) by Jae Hyun Lee

The Last Out (2:15) by Benett Kim

A Hare Unaware (2:00) by Zach Mekelburg

Want (4:20) by Efeme Onaodowan

Yellow (1:00) by Zach Mekelburg

La Mer (3:20) by Jessica Hokanson

Dispatch (5:15) by Yinglei Yang

"You Break It, You Buy It" (1:30) by Gina Gress

The Paradise (3:55) by Dan Zong (Jessica) The Box (2:29) by Kartika Mediani Chubby Mermaid (12:00) by Emezie

The Merry Wives of Wilshire (2:00) by Ariel Goldberg

Luna (Moon) (8:47) by Raul Cardenas-Rivera

Chocolate Milk (9:00) by Elizabeth Chincarini

The Missing Child (2:30) by Arem Kim

Blue Sky (1:30) by Po Chou Chi

Don't Fear the Sitter (5:52) by David Johnston

Yarn, Paper, Scissors (2:20) by Rebecca Olson

Le Chat D'Amour (2:44) by Liza Rhea

The Great AstrOh! (1:40) by Octavio Villegas

Elmer's Nest (3:45) by Jacqueline Marion

The Secret Life of Shirts (1:00) by Eric Leppo

Dispatch by Yinglei Yang

The Lighthouse by Po-Chou Chi

The Merry Wives of Wilshire by Ariel Goldberg

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The Jockstrap Raiders (18:30) by Mark Nelson

Impressions of Dulcinea (4:30) by Sharon Burian

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MONDAY, JUNE 6, 7:30 P.M. Freud Playhouse, UCLA

Host: Mike Werb, Screenwriter Honoree: Aaron Sorkin, Distinguished Achievement in Screenwriting Special Guest: Armie Hammer, Actor Honoree: Caroline Williams Goddard, Lew and Pamela Hunter/Jonathan and Janice Zakin Chair in Screenwriting The UCLA Graduate Screenwriters Association welcomes you to the 16th Annual Screenwriters Showcase. This event celebrates the work of UCLA’s Graduate Screenwriting students past and present. Portions of eight scripts will be previewed in five-minute staged excerpts. These scripts were selected by a panel of over 200 industry judges in a competition that began in March.

Film WINNERS Wetwork Inc by Spencer Ballou Bad Dogs by Paul Bertino Simone’s Masterpiece by Diana Densmore The Family Harvest by Megan Green Trapped by Nicole Riegel

TELEVISION WINNERs Stunt Cock (half-hour comedy) by Tony Baker Ashburton Prep (one-hour drama) by Jeff King

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Dear chuck Norris (half-hour comedy) by Scott Sullivan

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Presented by Armie Hammer

Special Presentation

Honoree: AARON SORKIN

CAROLINE WILLIAMS GODDARD

Distinguished Achievement in Screenwriting Award Aaron Sorkin won the Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay of 2010 for The Social Network, as well as a Golden Globe, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Writers Guild Award and the USC Scripter Award. The film, directed by David Fincher, was named Best Drama at the Golden Globes, was nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Picture, and appeared on over 350 top ten’ lists. Sorkin began as a playwright, making his Broadway playwriting debut at the age of 28 with the military courtroom drama, A Few Good Men. His film adaptation of A Few Good Men was nominated for four Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. He followed this success with the screenplays for Malice, starring Alec Baldwin and Nicole Kidman, and The American President, starring Michael Douglas and Annette Bening. He produced and wrote the television series Sports Night for ABC for two years, and spent four years writing and producing the critically acclaimed and multi-awardwinning NBC series The West Wing, Emmy’s Outstanding Drama Series in all four seasons. Sorkin wrote and produced the NBC television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and wrote the 2007 film Charlie Wilson’s War, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Tom Hanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julia Roberts. He most recently adapted Moneyball, directed by Bennett Miller and starring Brad Pitt, which is in post production at Sony. Sorkin is currently developing a new series with HBO, More as This Story Develops, set behind the scenes at a cable news show, and he has acquired the rights to The Politician, the best-selling book by Andrew Young about the downfall of former Senator John Edwards. He will adapt the book and produce, and will be making his directorial debut with the project.

Past Honorees:

Laeta Kalogridis* (2010); Dustin Lance Black* (2009); Eric Roth* (2008); Daniel Pyne* (2007); Scott Kosar* (2006); Alexander Payne* And Jim Taylor (2005); David Koepp* (2004); Darren Star* (2003); Lowell Ganz And Babaloo Mandell (2002); Robert Towne (2001); Ernest Lehman, Madelyn Pugh Davis, Bob Carroll, Jr. (2000); Hollywood Blacklisted Screenwriters, Kirk Douglas (1999); James Cameran And Daniel Taradash (1998); Julius Epstein (1997) *Alumnus

LEW AND PAMELA HUNTER/ JONATHAN AND JANICE ZAKIN CHAIR IN SCREENWRITING

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Caroline Williams Goddard grew up in Chicago, Portland and Southern California, where she was a Young Conservatory Player at South Coast Rep in Costa Mesa. As an undergraduate at USC her first play was selected for the Heideman Award, produced at the Humana Festival, lauded by the New York Times and published by Samuel French. While an MFA screenwriting candidate at UCLA, Caroline won the Screenwriters Showcase, the Gershenson Fellowship and the George Burns and Gracie Allen Comedy Fellowship. After graduating, Williams sold her first television pilot, MissGuided, to Twentieth Century Fox and Ashton Kutcher’s Katalyst Films.It went on to receive critical acclaim and air on ABC with Judy Greer and Chris Parnell. Caroline was a staff writer on NBC’s The Office and was nominated for a Writers Guild Award. She was also consulting producer on ABC’s Modern Family and received a Writers Guild Award as a member of the writing staff. She has since developed other TV projects with Warner Bros. and JJ Abrams. In addition to her TV work, she has done feature work for Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate Films and others.

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Freud Playhouse, UCLA

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SHOWCASE HOST MIKE WERB

SPECIAL GUEST Armie Hammer

A Los Angeles native, Mike Werb received his undergraduate degrees from Stanford, where he majored in one thing after another. He put his costly education to use by joining a New Wave garage band that never left the garage. Turning to writing, he began a burlesque climb up the well-greased Hollywood ladder by entering the UCLA Master’s program in screenwriting. He has since worked for every major studio. Mike’s big break was writing the screenplay for the Jim Carrey comedy “The Mask,” but he also embraces his other produced credits, including “Darkman 3: Die, Darkman, Die!, and the giant-rats-attack-a-college-campus epic Gnaw: The Food of the Gods, Part 2. Mike co-wrote and co-produced (with Michael Colleary) the action-thriller Face/Off, directed by John Woo and starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. 21st century accomplishments (!) include being one of six credited screenwriters on Lara Croft: Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie, and the WB’s flashy flop TV series Tarzan starring Travis Fimmel’s abs. Werb and Colleary also worked intimately with Arnold Schwarzenegger on Collateral Damage, his last major motion picture before becoming Governor of California. Other film credits include the well-reviewed animated hit Curious George (Universal/Imagine) and the family comedy Firehouse Dog (New Regency/Fox). Most recently, Mike created and executive produced Unnatural History—the first live action-adventure show for Cartoon Network and Warner Horizon Television. The series premiered in June, 2010.

Armie Hammer is emerging as one of Hollywood’s most promising young actors. His performance as the Winlevoss twins in the award-winning film The Social Network garnered him critical praise and positioned him as one of Hollywood’s breakouts of the year. Armie was nominated “Most Promising Performer” by the Chicago Crix, and awarded “Best Supporting Actor” by the Toronto Film Critics Association. The film received a SAG nomination for “Best Ensemble” as well as “Best Picture” for Golden Globes. The Social Network was also recognized by both the LA and the NY Film Critics’ associations, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review and was named one of the American Film Institutes Top 10 Films of the Year. Hammer will be seen starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the J. Edgar Hoover biopic, J. Edgar. Hammer will play lawyer-turned-FBI-official and Hoover’s “lover”, Clyde Tolson. Clint Eastwood will direct from a script by Milk Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black. Imagine Entertainment and Malpaso Productions are co-producing for Warner Bros. The film will be released in late 2011. This year Hammer will also star as “Prince Alcott” in Tarsem’s Snow White, opposite Julia Roberts and Lily Collins for Relativity Media. Hammer’s other credits include a recurring guest role on the CW’s Gossip Girl. Hammer has been cast in the title role in TFT alum Gore Verbinski’s upcoming film The Lone Ranger, co-starring Johnny Depp, who will play Tonto. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Elizabeth Chambers.

screenwriters SHOWCASE


Feature Screenplay Winner

Feature Screenplay Winner

Feature Screenplay Winner

Feature Screenplay Winner

Spencer Ballou

Paul Bertino

Diana Densmore

Megan Green

sballou@ucla.edu (818) 645-5860

bertino@gmail.com (510) 282-0989

ddensmor@mac.com

megansgreen@gmail.com (213) 393-1831

Spencer Ballou is a first-year MFA screenwriting student who hails from Dallas, Texas. Once he received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Spencer made the obvious transition to screenwriting. After he relocated to Los Angeles, Spencer picked up both an M.S. in Engineering Management, and several lunch orders while working as a production assistant. If he’s not writing, watching movies, watching sports, or playing basketball, Spencer eagerly sits by the phone, waiting for a call from an NBA team offering him a roster spot as a reserve Power Forward.

Paul Bertino writes features and TV. He was born in northern California, where he was raised by humans. Paul earned a B.A. in Cinema from San Francisco State University. He is finishing his 2nd year at UCLA’s MFA Screenwriting program and has just completed his 6th feature. Paul also has a background in video game development and 3D computer animation. Awards: Astana Action Film Festival Semi-Finalist, Scriptapalooza Semi-Finalist for a half-hour comedy pilot.

Raised in South West Michigan, Diana Densmore, received her B.A. from the University of Michigan, in Film & Video Studies and Creative Writing. After a short stint in Australia she returned to Michigan and worked on television commercials, short films and documentaries. She also taught performance poetry and photography before moving to Japan to teach English. She returned from Japan to pursue a Master’s of Fine Arts in Screenwriting at UCLA. She was the 2009 Streisand and Sony Screenwriting Fellowship recipient, a 2010 Sloan Screenwriting Fellowship finalist and a Four Sisters Scholarship in Screenwriting recipient in both 2009 and 2011.

Megan Green gave up a damn good job in New York advertising to attend the UCLA MFA program in 2008. Her mother will never forgive her. Megan writes character-driven comedies for film and TV. While attending UCLA, she has worked with such illustrious screenwriters as David Koepp, Audrey Wells and Dan Pyne. In 2010, she received the Women in Film Foundation: Eleanor Perry Writing Award.

H WETWORK INC (dark comedy) Two suburban housewives—one desperate for money, the other desperate for excitement— haphazardly become contract killers. But as business picks up, family complications arise, and the struggle to maintain their double lives becomes increasingly difficult.

H BAD DOGS (werewolf western) When the sheriff of a frontier town discovers that a gang of bloodthirsty werewolves is responsible for his brother’s death, he must find a way to bring them to justice before he becomes their next meal.

H SIMONE’S MASTERPIECE (family comedy) When Simone’s mother falls into a coma, the twelve-year-old self-proclaimed scientist and her two younger brothers, George and Tito, embark on a quest across Nevada to Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats. Their aim: to retrieve “stardust” from NASA’s comet sample return space capsule. Their hope: if wishing on a shooting star makes your dreams come true, actually having the dust of a comet will be the miracle that saves their mother.

H THE FAMILY HARVEST (comic drama) Slacker girl Darcy is shocked when her long lost father shows up, looking for a kidney. She’s not a donor-match, but one of her father’s illegitimate children might be, so Darcy hits the road to meet her long lost siblings in the hopes of saving her playboy father.

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Feature Screenplay Winner

Television Pilot Winner

Television Pilot Winner

Nicole Riegel

Tony Baker

Jeffrey King

Scott Sullivan

n.riegel@ucla.edu (740) 288-5086

TonyContactInfo@gmail.com (310) 980-2873

permanentking@gmail.com (508) 265-1862

stuffforscott@hotmail.com (310) 463-1979

Nicole Riegel writes both features and original pilots that are valentines to the odd space that is the Midwest. She grew up in Ohio where she wrote and directed her first two plays for the stage, received a B.A. in Motion Picture History, Theory & Criticism from Wright State University and was a Nicholl Fellowship finalist. Prior to writing, she was a soldier in the United States Army.

Tony is a visual and visceral storyteller riding the line between genre and comedy. He’s got an encyclopedic knowledge of film coupled with a desire to write across platforms, exploring comic books, graphic novels, television, and feature film

Jeffrey King is a television writer and playwright whose work has been performed at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, as well as venues in Boston and Los Angeles. He is the director of Loose Elephant Theatre, a frisky performance collective whose projects have included dousing people with paint and duct-taping actors to telephone poles. He was runner-up in the 2010 RX Laughter Primetime Television Writing Competition with a spec of How I Met Your Mother, and has most recently been working as writers’ assistant for ABC’s pilot Grace.

When it was announced that Scott Sullivan had been voted “Most Talented” in his high school senior class, his best friend looked at him and in all seriousness asked, “What talent do you have?” One could postulate that everything Scott does in this business is just a subconscious attempt to prove a point to Jim Sears. Scott writes television and features. He also writes and directs short films that sometimes win awards at festivals and stuff.

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H TRAPPED (drama/action) A drama of two West Virginia coal miners who are trapped underground after a methane explosion. As the drama of the above ground love affairs collide with the peril and secrets below ground, the two men must stick together in order to make it out alive.

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H STUNT COCK (1/2 hr comedy, animated) An ex-cock fighting rooster named Stunt Cock, has been put out to stud on a factory farm in Arizona. Stunt tries to raise his only son, Hatch, while dealing with the sudden arrival of Stunt’s abusive ex fight trainer, an immigrant worker named Domingo.

H ASHBURTON PREP (1 hr drama) Ashburton Prep is an ensemble drama that follows the lives of several teachers and students at the most elite boarding school in the country as they struggle to balance their fragile social lives with the relentless demands of the academy

H DEAR CHUCK NORRIS (1/2 hr comedy) A lovable loser gets his life together with the aid of a Chuck Norris self-help book.


TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 7:30 P.M.

The Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum, Westwood

Hosted by Tom Nunan Honoree: Lawrence Bender, Vision Award Special Guest: Hawk Koch, Co-President, Producers Guild of America This highly anticipated annual event features three graduate students in the distinguished UCLA Producers Program, who will present their feature film projects to a panel of top-tier industry judges. These project presentations were vetted by industry professionals in March. During the Producers Marketplace, the finalists take the stage to present their projects in five-minute concept pitches, and they then field questions from the judges about their project and their financing strategy. The judges will select the most promising proposal for the UCLA Producers Marketplace Award. The audience will also select its favorite pitch for the Audience Award. These awards are accompanied by a generous cash donation funded by Producer/Alumnus Dan Angel.

producers MARKETPLACE FINALISTS Michael Acosta RYan Slattery Aisha Summers

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PR O D U C E RS MA RKET PL AC E

producers MARKETPLACE

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TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 7:30 P.M.

The Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum, Westwood

Presented by Hawk Koch

HONOREE: LAWRENCE BENDER TFT–PGA Vision Award

Lawrence Bender, producer and political activist, has a career that spans two decades of producing highly successful films. His films to date, including such hits as Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction and Good Will Hunting, have been honored with 29 Academy Award nominations, including three for Best Picture, and have won 6. His film An Inconvenient Truth, which raised unprecedented awareness about climate change, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. His latest documentary, Countdown to Zero, featuring Prime Minister Tony Blair and Presidents Musharef, Gorbachev, De Klerk and Carter, among others, details the urgent risk posed by nuclear proliferation, terrorism, and the accidental use of nuclear weapons. Other films include, From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Anna and the King (1999), The Mexican (2001), Innocent Voices (2004), and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (1992), Jackie Brown (1997) and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (2004). Lawrence has also produced, Havana Nights: Dirty Dancing 2; Knockaround Guys; A Price Above Rubies; White Man’s Burden; Killing Zoe and Fresh. He just finished shooting a new film, Safe, which stars Jason Statham and will be released worldwide later this year. Bender is also a passionate social and political activist. In 2003, he co-founded the Detroit Project, targeting the gas-guzzling SUV. He also traveled to the Middle East with the Israeli Policy Forum. In addition, Bender is on the Advisory Board to the Dean at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and serves on the board of The Creative Coalition. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Pacific Council. He is a recipient of the Torch of Liberty Award from the ACLU and spends much of his time throwing fundraisers for political and social causes in Los Angeles, which he calls home. The Vision Award is given to a producer whose career is distinguished by the highest standards and whose body of work exemplifies quality, persistence and integrity.The Vision Award is presented by the Producers Guild of America and The UCLA School of Theater Film and Television.

Past Honorees: Hawk Koch (2010); Dan Jinks And Bruce Cohen (2009); Steve Golin (2008); Albert

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Berger And Ron Yerxa (2007); Cathy Schulman (2006); Mike Medavoy* (2005); Tom Cruise And Paula Wagner, CW Productions (2004); Mark Gordon (2003) *Alumnus

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VISION AWARD PRESENTED BY HAWK KOCH

PRODUCERS MARKETPLACE HOST TOM NUNAN

Hawk Koch is the Co-President of the Producers Guild of America, a member of the Board of Governors at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and is on the Board of Directors of the Motion Picture and Television Fund. Koch has been producing films for over thirty years. Among his motion picture credits are Heaven Can Wait (for which he won a Golden Globe), Primal Fear, Wayne’s World, Pope of Greenwich Village, Frequency, Fracture, The Idol Maker and the recently released Source Code. Koch also served as the president of Rastar Productions, Inc., where he oversaw the productions of Peggy Sue Got Married, Nothing in Common, and The Secret of My Success, among others. At the start of his career, he was a jack-of-all-trades serving in such capacities as dialogue coach, second unit director and first assistant director, working alongside Sydney Pollack, Alan Pakula, Hal Wallis, William Castle, Roman Polanski, John Schlesinger and Paul Mazursky on such legendary films as Chinatown, Marathon Man, Rosemary’s Baby, Bob & Carol and Ted & Alice, The Way We Were, The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park and Parallax View.

Tom Nunan has a diverse background as an executive, having operated both a national TV network and one of the largest vertically integrated television studios. He is also an Academy Award® and Emmy® winning film and television producer. He has been a Visiting Professor in the UCLA Producers Program for 15 years. Nunan is best known for his work as a founder and partner at Bull’s Eye Entertainment (B.E.E.), where he has generated a television and film slate of over 50 projects. Nunan and his partners achieved worldwide success with their Academy Award® winning Best Picture winner Crash, and with The Illusionist, Thumbsucker and Employee of the Month. High-profile television projects have included the STARZ adaptation of Crash, the Lifetime series Angela’s Eyes and the CBS comedies All Grown Up and The Papdits. After establishing himself as an executive by running long-form development and production for Jerry Weintraub, Chuck Fries and The Guber/Peters Company, Nunan began his network-programming career as the Vice President in charge of movies at ABC. Moving on to Fox, he ran the enormously successful comedy department, spearheading such groundbreaking programs as The Ben Stiller Show, Martin, In Living Color, Mad TV and Flying Blind. This success led to his promotion to oversee all of Fox’s primetime. As president of NBC Studios, Nunan grew the once tiniest of vertically integrated production companies into NBC’s largest supplier of programming, including some of network’s most cherished shows, including Will & Grace, Profiler and The Pretender. Prior to forming B.E.E., Nunan was President of The United Paramount Network (UPN) now known as The CW, growing it from two nights of programming a week to six. Nunan is proud of his work as Chairman of The Joyful Heart Foundation, which works to foster a community that turns toward the issues of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.

producers MARKETPLACE Judges Bonnie Arnold, Producer (How to Train Your Dragon, The Last Station, Toy Story) Albert Berger, Producer (Little Miss Sunshine, Little Children, Cold Mountain, Bee Season) Carl Franklin, Writer/Director (Devil in a Blue Dress, High Crimes, El Chico Blanco)

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Michael Acosta

RYan Slattery

Aisha Summers

Michael.Acosta@gmail.com (323) 825-2654

ryanslattery@post.harvard.edu (818) 795-3456

AihsaNia@aol.com 707-280-4775

Michael Acosta is an emerging producer in film, television, and new media. Born in El Paso, Texas, he was inspired to make movies at a young age by films like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Back to the Future, and later attended the NYU Kanbar Institute of Film & Television. For nearly five years Acosta has worked in the entertainment industry, including stints with some of the world’s most creative and successful producers of content including the BBC, ABC, and acclaimed director Richard Linklater. He received his MFA from the prestigious UCLA Producers Program where he continued to develop his skills of storytelling and producing, while becoming truly passionate about physical production. Michael hopes to create innovative and compelling content that excites audiences around the world, like those that sparked his own love of visual storytelling.

Ryan Slattery grew up in the industry as an actor, with credits in film and television including MGM’s Sleepover, and JAG on CBS. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where he studied Dramatic Arts and Film Studies. While at Harvard, Ryan wrote, produced, and directed At Ease, a film about the U.S. military’s discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. The film received critical acclaim and is now available on Amazon. At UCLA, Ryan is part of the TV Writer/Producer track, in which he has written several specs and original pilots, and he intends to pursue television as his career. Most recently, he has worked in the writers’ rooms of Brothers & Sisters and No Ordinary Family, both for ABC, and has also served as a consultant for Academy Award® winning screenwriter Bobby Moresco (Crash). Ryan particularly desires to tell stories that advance themes of social justice and equality.

Aisha Nia Summers grew up in Northern California, surrounded by a progressive educated Black family culture. She received her undergraduate degree from Howard University, where she majored in journalism and minored in theatre. When Aisha returned to California she moved to Los Angeles and worked at a voice over agency, a talent agency and at Warner Bros in TV development for the past three years. Aisha has worked on several films and is interested in creating movies and TV shows that portray realistic, introspective and positive images of African Americans. Aisha is committed to creating material for the talented tenth.

H THE POKER KID A luckless Vegas loser and his foul-mouthed companion hit the jackpot when they discover a 9 year-old poker wiz who always wins. But, they run into problems when their harebrained get-rich-quick scheme backfires and the two are forced to become an unlikely pair of foster fathers.

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H BURDEN OF PROOF Written by Academy Award®-winning writer Bobby Moresco (Crash), this project is the gripping story of an innocent man who has spent his life behind bars, only to be released as the monster the system wanted him to be.

H CONFESSIONS OF A MODERN DAY DOG Titan Brown, a Black Buppie, is a man trying to find himself through relationships with three unique women, only to discover that as he finds out what is important to him, he may loose “the One” he wants in the process.


THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 7:30 P.M.

Director’s Guild of America Theatre, 7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles

Honoree: Stacey Snider, Champion Spirit Award Honoree: Lisa Cholodenko, Filmmaker of the Year Also presented: The Panavision Award in Cinematography Special Guests: Michael Apted, Director Annette Bening, Actor Richard Crudo, Cinematographer Shawn Levy, Director/Producer Directors Spotlight is an evening for selected student filmmakers to present their work. The films seen this evening have been chosen through a series of individual panels consisting of students and industry professionals after viewing many hours of animated, fiction and documentary work completed this year. Students in the animation and production/directing program both graduate and undergraduate met and viewed over 18 hours of projects on April 30, May 6 and May 7. They recommended over 3 hours of projects to move to a Blue Ribbon Jury who met the evening of May 12 to view the finalists and determine the Spotlight films seen this evening. The Directors Spotlight night offers outstanding talent and since its inception more than two decades ago our Festival has helped launch the careers of talented filmmakers such as Alexander Payne (Sideways), Patricia Cardoso (Real Women Have Curves), Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean), Gil Kenan (Monster House), Justin Lin (Fast Five) and Shane Acker (9).

spotlight winners’ Film Screenings THE PROMISED LAND (15:00) Directed by Vanessa Knutsen

PULLOVER (16:53) Directed by Camilo Salazar

ORANGE DRIVE (10:46) Directed by Mark Lester

BROTHERS (11:24) Directed by Lou Nakasako

THE LIGHTHOUSE (7:30) Directed by Po-Chou Chi

THE JOCKSTRAP RAIDERS (18:30) Directed by Mark Nelson

UNA CARRERITA, DOCTOR! (10:20) Directed by Julio Ramos

CONTRA EL MAR (19:00) Directed by Richard Parkin

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THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 7:30 P.M.

Director’s Guild of America Theatre, 7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles

Presented by Shawn Levy

Honoree: STACEY SNIDER CHAMPION SPIRIT AWARD WINNER

Stacey Snider is a partner of DreamWorks Studios with Steven Spielberg, as well as its Co-Chairman and CEO. She oversees all film development and production and the company’s business strategy. The studio’s upcoming releases include Cowboys & Aliens, starring Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, and Harrison Ford and directed by Jon Favreau, The Help, based on the New York Times best-selling book and starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Octavia Spencer, Real Steel, starring Hugh Jackman, and the Steven Spielberg directed War Horse based on Michael Morpurgo’s award-winning book. Snider joined DreamWorks in 2006, after which the studio’s releases included several highly acclaimed features including Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, nominated for a total of six Academy Awards. The studio’s other high profile releases included Dreamgirls, The Kite Runner, Sweeney Todd, Disturbia and Transformers. Prior to joining DreamWorks, Snider served as Chairman of Universal Pictures, where she had remarkable success with an output of films that were domestic and international hits while also earning wide critical praise. The franchises she originated and oversaw include The Bourne series, The Mummy series, the American Pie series, The Fast and the Furious series, and Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers. Erin Brockovich, A Beautiful Mind, Seabiscuit, Ray, Lost in Translation, and Brokeback Mountain were among the films that won critical and Academy Award® recognition. Before she came to Universal, Snider was President of TriStar Pictures, following her position as Executive Vice President of Guber Peters Entertainment. In addition to her many professional achievements, Snider serves on the boards of City Year, a national youth service organization, the Special Olympics of Southern California, by whom she has been honored, and the American Film Institute. In 2004, the American Jewish Committee honored Snider with the Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwain Human Relations Award for professional and civic endeavors that have helped to promote tolerance and understanding. The distinguished Champion Spirit Award, created in 2010, recognizes a person in the entertainment industry who has courage, integrity, insight and inspiration and is dedicated to fostering and nurturing emerging talent.

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Presented by Michael Apted and Special Guest Annette Bening

Presented by Suzanne Lezotte

Honoree: LISA CHOLODENKO

Special Guest Richard Crudo, ASC

FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR

Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right (2010) was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. The critically acclaimed film won Best Comedy at The Golden Globes and Cholodenko and co-writer Stuart Blumberg also won a Spirit award for Best Original Screenplay and a Best Screenplay nod from The New York Film Critics Circle. Cholodenko grew up in the San Fernando Valley and began working in the film industry in the early 1990s, as an assistant editor on Boyz n the Hood (1991) and Used People (1992). She then moved to New York City and earned an MFA in screenwriting and directing at Columbia University School of the Arts. After writing and directing an award-winning short film, “Dinner Party” (1997), she made her feature debut with High Art (1998), which won the National Society of Film Critics award for Ally Sheedy’s performance and The Waldo Salt Screenwriting award at the Sundance Film Festival. Both High Art and her second feature, Laurel Canyon (2002), premiered in the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors Fortnight program. In addition to feature length film for Showtime, Cavedweller (2004), which garnered Spirit nominations for stars Kyra Sedgewick and Aiden Quinn, Cholodenko has directed episodes of such acclaimed series as Homicide: Life on the Street, Six Feet Under, The L Word and Hung. She is currently developing an adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s novel, The Abstinence Teacher, for Warner Brothers and a new series for HBO.

Past Honorees:

Lee Daniels (2010); Gina Prince-Bythewood* (2009); Daniel Attias* (2008); Jonathan Dayton* and Valerie Faris* (2007); Paul Schrader* (2006); Brad Silberling* (2005); Gore Verbinski* (2004); Catherine Hardwicke* (2004); Patricia Cardoso* (2003); Todd Holland* (2002); Penelope Spheeris* (2001); Alexander Payne* (2000) *Alumnus

Worldwide Marketing Communications Director Panavision

Panavision Award in Cinematography Recipient: Jeanne Tyson

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The Panavision New Filmmaker Package Grant is awarded to a student cinematographer for outstanding work. Valued at approximately $60,000, the grant will provide a complete camera package to be used by the recipient for the production of their next project. The grant winner is selected by a vote of student peers who have reviewed all films submitted to the UCLA Festival of New Creative Work. Jeanne Tyson is a cinematographer who is originally from Mobile, Alabama. She will be graduating from UCLA’s MFA program for Film Production and Cinematography in June. Jeanne completed production with Director Jon Crawford in Arkansas on Foot Soldier in 2010. In 2011 Jeanne has completed production on an independent feature film directed by Elias Mael, Against the Grain, as well as a UCLA graduate thesis project directed by Keith Hedlund, Some Money. She has several projects for the remainder of the year in preproduction including a series pilot for a writer and performer from The Second City in Chicago. In addition to shooting, she has started her teaching career at UCLA Extension, where she is teaching a course titled The Craft of the Cinematographer. Founded in 1954, Panavision Inc is a leading designer of film and digital cameras, lenses and accessories for the motion picture and television industries. Panavision systems are rented through its domestic and international owned and operated facilities and distributor network. Panavision also supplies lighting, grip and crane equipment for use by motion picture and television productions.

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Director’s Guild of America Theatre, 7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles

Special Guest Annette Bening Two-time Golden Globe-winner Annette Bening was most recently seen in Focus Features’ critical and commercial sensation The Kids Are All Right, in which she played opposite Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo. Her role as Nic earned her a Golden Globe® and New York Film Critics Circle award, and Oscar®, Screen Actors Guild, Critics Choice, and Independent Spirit nominations in the “Best Actress” category. In 2010, Annette also starred in Sony Pictures Classics’ Mother and Child for writer-director Rodrigo Garcia co-starring Naomi Watts. In 2008, Annette was seen on the big screen in writer-director Diane English’s remake of The Women, starring alongside Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Prior to that, she starred in the 2006 film Running with Scissors for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe® Award. Annette was ‘Julia Lambert’ in Being Julia for Sony Pictures Classics, the role that earned the actress her third Oscar® nomination. For that performance, she was also named the National Board of Review’s “Best Actress,” won the Golden Globe® award for “Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy,” and received a SAG nomination for “Best Actress.” She also starred in Mrs. Harris with Ben Kingsley for HBO, earning an Emmy®, SAG, and Golden Globe® nomination. She starred in the critically acclaimed film American Beauty, for which she received both an Academy Award® nomination and a Golden Globe® nomination for “Best Actress/Drama”. Her performance in the film earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award and the BAFTA (British Academy) Award. Her other film credits include Neil Jordan’s In Dreams, and The Siege, opposite Denzel Washington and Bruce Willis. Annette has been honored at the Deauville, Boston, Palm Springs and Chicago Film Festivals with Lifetime Achievement Awards, as well as receiving the Donostia Prize at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. Most recently, Annette was honored with the “Actress of the Year” award at the Hollywood Film Festival and the American Riviera Award at this year’s Santa Barbara Film Festival. She received her first Academy Award® nomination and was named “Best Supporting Actress” by the National Board of Review for her role in The Grifters. She also received a Golden Globe® nomination for her starring role in Rob Reiner’s The American President, opposite Michael Douglas. Bening also had supporting roles in Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks!, and in Sir Ian McKellen’s film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard III. Her other film credits include: Love Affair with Warren Beatty; Barry Levinson’s Bugsy, also opposite Beatty, for which she received a Golden Globe® nomination, Regarding Henry with Harrison Ford and directed by Mike Nichols; Guilty By Suspicion, opposite Robert DeNiro; Milos Forman’s Valmont; and Postcards From The Edge. Annette’s theater credits include the Anton Chekhov play The Cherry Orchard at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum in 2006, and Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, at the Tiffany Theater in Los Angeles. She also played the title role in Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler in March 1999 at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse. She has appeared on stage in Medea at UCLA, and in The Female of the Species, also at the Geffen Playhouse.

DIRECTORS SPOTLIGHT


Champion spirit Award Presented by Michael Apted

Champion spirit Award Presented by Shawn Levy

A veteran feature and documentary film director, Mr. Apted joined the DGA in 1978, was elected to the Western Directors Council in 1997 and became the Fifth Vice President of the National Board in 2002. A filmmaker who has enjoyed success in three distinct filmmaking arenas, the independent film, the documentary, and the major studio feature, Mr. Apted has served on the DGA Independent Directors Committee since its inception and served as its chairperson until he was elected President at the DGA biennial convention in June 2003. He served three terms as President of the Guild, which he concluded in July 2009. Since the 1960s, Mr. Apted has helmed an extensive list of feature films and documentaries. His feature films include the recent Amazing Grace for Walden Media, as well as Gorillas in the Mist, Coalminer’s Daughter, The World is Not Enough, Gorky Park, Thunderheart, Nell, Enigma, and Enough. His most recent film, the third installment of C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader for Walden Media and Twentieth Century Fox was released in December 2010. Mr. Apted’s documentary credits include Incident at Oglala, Bring on the Night, Moving the Mountain, Me and Isaac Newton and the recent Power of the Game. But among Mr. Apted’s most widely recognized documentary directorial achievements are his internationally acclaimed, multiaward winning sequels based on the original 7 UP documentary: 7 Plus 7, 21, 28, 35, 42 UP and most recently, 49 UP, which have followed the lives of 14 Britons since the age of seven in seven year increments. In addition to his documentary and feature work, Mr. Apted has worked extensively in television, including directing the first three episodes of HBO’s epic series Rome. Mr. Apted was born in England in 1941 and studied law and history at Cambridge University. He has received numerous awards and nominations for his extensive body of work, including a Grammy, a British Academy Award, a DGA Award and the International Documentary Association’s highest honor, the IDA Career Achievement Award. By the order of Queen Elizabeth II, Mr. Apted was recently made a Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George for his work in the film and television industries.

Shawn Levy is one of the most commercially successful film directors of the past decade. To date, his films have grossed over 1.6 billion dollars worldwide. Currently, Levy is finishing up post-production on the futuristic boxing drama, Real Steel, starring Hugh Jackman. Also rolling out this fall is the Levy-produced ABC sitcom, Last Days of Man, starring Tim Allen. In 2010, Levy directed and produced Date Night, starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey, which grossed over $150 million worldwide. Levy’s also produced the hit comedy What Happens in Vegas, starring Cameron Diaz and Aston Kutcher, which earned over $200 million. Levy both produced and directed the blockbuster Night at the Museum franchise, starring Ben Stiller. To date, the franchise has netted more than a billion dollars in worldwide box office. Previously, Levy directed the hit 2006 comedy The Pink Panther and the smash hit Cheaper by The Dozen, both starring Steve Martin. The latter grossed more than $200 million worldwide. Levy graduated at the age of 20 from the Drama Department of Yale University. He later studied film in the Masters Film Production Program at USC where he produced and directed the short film Broken Record, which won the Gold Plaque at the Chicago Film Festival and was selected to screen at the Director’s Guild of America.

SPECIAL GUEST Richard Crudo, ASC, 2011 Kodak Cinematographer-in-Residence at UCLA

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Richard Crudo, ASC, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and studied at St. Johns University and in the Film Arts program at Columbia University. He began his career in the 1980s as an assistant cameraman to Gordon Willis, Michael Chapman and Steadicam operators Larry McConkey and Ted Churchill.and became a cinematographer in 1991. His career includes such notable feature credits as American Buffalo, Outside Providence, American Pie, Down to Earth and Out Cold. He also directed the feature film Against the Dark. More recently he has contributed additional photography to the FX series, Justified. He is a three-time past president of the American Society of Cinematographers and is currently a vice president of the organization.

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SPOTLIGHT WINNER

BLUE RIBBON PANEL (L to R): Faculty member Nancy Richardson; panelists Marie Cantin, Patricia Cardoso, Cassidy Lange, Julie Anne Robinson, Mike Miner, David Gayle and Cotty Chub; faculty member Barbara Boyle.

BLUE RIBBON PANEL OF JUDGES *Alumnus Cassidy Lange, Vice President Development MGM Marie Cantin, Producer (Days Of Wrath, Welcome To The Jungle, A Night At The Roxbury) Michael Miner, Writer-Director (Robocop, Deadly Weapon)

Po-Chou Chi

VANESSA KNUTSEN

mmangoning@yahoo.com.tw (310) 880-8257

vknutsen79@gmail.com (310) 467-9995

Po Chou Chi, was born and grew up in Taiwan. He majored in oil painting when he studied in college earning his first Masters in Applied Arts. He then started to create animation films. In 2006, his first 3D animation film, The Drawer of Memory received many awards and was screened in many different countries, including Germany, Japan, China, United States, Korea, and France. That led Po Chou Chi to being determined to be an animation director. He went to UCLA in 2009 to study for his second MFA and is still working hard to achieve that goal. The Lighthouse is his second independent animation film, and the story idea is based upon his own experience when he came to UCLA to search for his dream. Just a few months ago he become a father, and coming to UCLA and becoming a father was a life transition. This encouraged him to do a project which focuses on story telling and touches his audience in some way.

Vanessa Knutsen earned her Directing MFA from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. While at UCLA, Vanessa directed four short films The Deep End, About A Girl, The Weekend, and her thesis film The Promised Land. Born in Israel and raised in both Tel-Aviv and New York, Vanessa served in the Israeli Army and attended Yale University for her undergraduate studies. She has worked in both the film and television industries; having interned at GENART and Scott Rudin Productions and has worked at the independent production company Greenestreet Films and on the Bad Robot/ABC TV show What About Brian. Vanessa is currently developing her thesis into a feature and polishing her biopic Mad Madalyn.

Julie Ann Robinson, Director (Big Love, The Last Song) Cotty Chubb, Producer (Appaloosa, Believe In Me, To Sleep With Anger, Eve’s Bayou)

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David Gale, Executive Vice President, MTV Cross Media

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H THE Lighthouse (7:30) The Lighthouse is a film related to the director’s own experience. The story is about parents support their children to make dreams come true. No matter what happened, parents will be always waiting for their children, just like the lighthouse forever lighting for the boats.

H The Promised Land (15:00) Mary, an illegal foreign worker living in Israel under strict deportation laws is faced with the most painful and difficult decision of her life.


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Marie Lee

Mark Lester

Lou Nakasako

Mark Nelson

marie.lee@gmail.com (310) 850-1230

marklesterfilm@gmail.com (714) 277-8485

lnakosako@gmail (415) 533-0948

animationmark@gmail.com (323) 854-7849

Marie Lee has wanted to make films since she was five years old and has her kindergarten yearbook to prove it. A New York native, she studied French and English at Tufts University and recently completed her MFA in Film Production/Directing at UCLA. Marie has interned with Maysie Hoy, A.C.E. on Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself, and at Pixar Animation Studios on Cars 2. Her thesis film, Monkey, is the recipient of the Edie and Lew Wasserman Fellowship and the Frank Gaeta Sound Design Grant. The 2011 UCLA Directors Spotlight marks its first official screening. Marie currently lives in Los Angeles and works as a freelance editor for Hulu.com.

I’m a 4th year director in the undergraduate program and Orange Drive is my thesis film. Here at UCLA, I’ve had the opportunity to make PSAs, music videos, action films, and comedy shorts. I work closely with the Wait List, a comedy group established at UCLA, and have produced short films for the Laugh Factory and MTV. Now that I am leaving the university, I hope to continue working on comedy films with MTV as well as creating music videos for independent bands.

Lou Nakasako was first exposed to the world of filmmaking in high school at a youth summer program in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. The program encouraged students to produce work based on their own experiences, and opened up his eyes to the possibilities of personal storytelling. At City College of San Francisco, he made a film about the lack of Asian American male characters in Hollywood, Batman Not Chinese, which went on to win “The One to Watch For” award at the New York International Asian American Film Festival. He has interned at Michael DeLuca Productions, and is currently interning at Rick and Julie Yorn’s production company. Brothers is Lou’s undergraduate thesis film at UCLA’s Film and Television Department.

Mark Nelson is a visual-effects artist and filmmaker living in Los Angeles. His films have been shown in many festivals, including Animex Festival of Animation, Seoul International Film Festival, and Nicktoons Film Festival. Mark has also been working in the animation and visual effects industry for several years. He has worked on such films as 9 (2009), Star Trek (2009), and Iron Man 2 (2010). The Jockstrap Raiders is his thesis, and final film, at UCLA.

H Monkey (22:17) Fourteen year-old Jamie’s world is turned upside down after she finds a suspicious looking business card in her father’s wallet.

H ORANGE DRIVE (10:46) Shotgun.

H The Jockstrap Raiders (18:30) Set in world war one, an unlikely group of misfits from Leeds England, must save the world.

H Brothers (11:24) Two brothers—one good, the other bad—but after spending one long night together, they learn life is not always that simple

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Richard Parkin

Camilo Salazar PriNce

Julio Ramos

parkin.r@gmail.com (951) 529-5994

salazarprince@gmail.com (323) 889-9552

andinofilms@gmail.com (708) 359-9407

Richard Parkin is a Los Angeles based filmmaker and writer. In 2005, he graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley and was the 2004–2005 recipient of the Roselyn Schneider Eisner Prize; UC Berkeley’s highest recognition in Film/Video arts. Currently, Richard is completing an MFA in Film Directing at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television where he has received the 2008 Graduate Opportunity Scholarship, 2009 Motion Picture Association of America Award, and the 2010 Army Archerd Fellowship. He is preparing his thesis film with support from the Joseph W. Drown Award for Motion Picture Production and the Edie and Lew Wasserman Film Production Fellowship. For more information visit Richard’s web site: www.richard-parkin.com

Camilo Salazar Prince is a plagiarist with sporadic mundane philosophical insights into the very essence of boredom, lowbrow humor and the evolutionary but nonsensical urge to mate. In his brief but ever-expanding time on this planet he has successfully run an illegal sandwich cartel in Colombia, escaped from a fake kidnapping, and fought off gangster sea urchin divers and a rebellious baby pig in Tijuana. He also graduated from UC Berkley with high honors in scholarship with a degree in philosophy, and is currently an MFA Directing candidate at UCLA. He has published articles on Heidegger’s notion of temporality, Terrance Malick’s Thin Red Line and the phenomenological aspects of film. His films have screened in festivals all over the world and have received numerous awards in the past including The Judith Lee Stronach Grant and The Eisner award in Film to name a few. Leave No Cloud Behind, a short film he co-wrote with Pablo Gonzalez, was recently acquired by Canal + to air on French television. He is currently working on completing his Tres Tristes Tigres Trilogy, of which Pullover is the second installment.

A native of Peru, Julio O. Ramos, left his journalist career at the San Martin de Porres University to come the United States and become a filmmaker. He attended Columbia College of Chicago where he won the first place in the CCC Student Latino film festival two consecutive years with his films, Forgiven and NoOne. Julio now pursues his MFA at the prestigious UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. His first year film, El Bolerito (The Shoe Shiner), has recently won the Jury Prize in the Latino student section at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) annual awards. ¡Una Carrerita, Doctor! (A Doctor’s Job), is Julio’s second year project as a UCLA Graduate Student, but it is the very first narrative project that he directed in his beloved Peru. The success of this film has made him certain that he wants to keep making movies in Peru, and not only is he scheduled to shoot his thesis film in Lima in early August, but he is also developing his first feature film which he hopes to shoot in 2012.

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H Contra El Mar (19:00) Despite his wife’s disapproval, Hector bides his time as a deep-sea diver to provide for his family and to save for his own fishing boat. But after an accident at sea, Hector is forced to confront the deadly nature of his profession and the responsibilities to his family.

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H Una Carrerita Doctor! (10:20) A doctor, forced by circumstance to also drive a cab, finds himself challenged by his latest fare.

Master of Fine Arts Acting Class of 2011 The Graduate Acting program at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television is a comprehensive three-year course of study leading to a Master of Fine Arts Degree. The program is taught by permanent faculty, adjunct professors and professional actors and directors. Students are chosen from candidates who have passed an audition by showing promise, talent and dedication for the work. The program is full-time and the students are fully committed to all classes, workshops and performance projects. The program is rigorous, intensive and demanding. Consistent progress and achievement are required of our students, whose principle aim is to become professional actors. The aim of the program is to explore their use of self, their imagination, body and voice and to develop their skills in reading and responding to text—which is why both text analysis and theatre history are required components of the training. The overall design is based on how the actor acquires a process, or a way of working. And of course this is largely personal: each actor takes what he or she can. The essential spirit of the UCLA acting program is based on eclecticism, various points of view and multiplicity of experience. We do not profess to be disciples of any one method or system of acting. Each actor learns how to become their own best teacher, a skill that will become increasingly valuable as their career evolves.


Vikas Adam

Jane Bacon

Sam Bianchini

Terrence Colby Clemons

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Vikas Adam received his MFA in Acting from UCLA and his BFA in Acting/Directing from Syracuse University. A versatile actor whose work runs the gamut from indie films to web series to stage, some of his favorite camera and stage credits include playing Ahmed in Pink on hulu.com, Rob in The Fourth Wall, Johnnie in Hollywood NOS, Dead Boy 3 in Forgotten World, and Alceste in The Misanthrope. Commercial work includes Sprite and Yahtzee. Vikas is also noted for his skills as a director, writer, teacher, non-profit arts administrator, and social worker.

Jane hails from Upstate New York where she received her BFA in Music Theatre from the University at Buffalo. From there she moved to NYC, performing on many off-off Broadway stages, including the American Theatre of Actors. Her portrayal of Phoebe in As You Like It (at ATA) won her the Jean Dalrymple Award for Best Supporting Actress. Jane is very proud to be a graduate of the prestigious UCLA MFA acting program. Her work as Varya in Mel Shapiro’s The Cherry Orchard is amongst her favorite stage experiences. Jane hopes to get more involved in television and film now that she has made Los Angeles her home.

Sam Bianchini is an actress/creator/marathon runner who received her BFA from Roosevelt University in Chicago and her MFA at UCLA. A theatre enthusiast to the core, she worked with many companies in her short time in Chicago, receiving Critic’s Choice for a small space, big heart show called The Nebraska Project. She worked in LA with upcoming theatre director Jeremy Aluma, whom she is proud to call friend and collaborator. Upon graduation, she made her homebase back in the Chicago theatre scene, where she is co-artistic director of the new company, The Commune. You can find her running on the lakefront path or sipping coffee at Intelligentsia in the wee hours of the morning.

Terrence Colby Clemons is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. He received his BA in Theatre from Morehouse College and an MFA in Acting from UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television. Recent Los Angeles stage credits include Bonded (Jon Lawrence Rivera, Ovation Recommended), Forgotten World (Dir. Shirley Jo Finney), the title role in Hamlet (LATC), and the US Premiere of Three Sisters After Chekhov (Dir. Gregg Daniel). Terrence was nominated for a Kennedy Center Ryan Award for his portrayal of Lady in House Of Dinah and was recently a recipient of the Rod Steiger Award for Excellence in Acting. In addition to theatre, Terrence has also graced the silver screen in films such as Hollywood NOS (Dir. Roberto Donati) and Oblivious to the Obvious (Pink Lion Films).

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Ayla Harrison

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Craig Jessen is a director, playwright, and actor. He earned a BFA in Performance at Southern Oregon University in 2005, and an MFA in Playwriting at UCLA in 2010. Some of his directing credits include N. Richard Nash’s Echoes, Lee Blessing’s Two Rooms, Lawrence and Lee’s The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, and most recently Romeo and Juliet. As a playwright, some of his produced work includes Pylon, Alice Through the Looking Glass and Chasm. His short plays Fear of Zombies and Time Traveler’s Remorse have been recently performed in New York, Chicago, and Seattle. Acting credits include Sylvestre in Scapin, Artie in The House of Blue Leaves, and George in Of Mice and Men.

Ayla Harrison’s works include: Swell Season (LATC), Into The Wild Blue (Francis Ford Coppola New Play Festival), My ‘Gina (La MaMa–NY), Spanky & Spry (Counting Squares Theatre Co–NY), Buck Fuddies (Piano Fight Productions–LA), Darkroom (Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project), and The Progeny (Orlando Shakespeare Festival). Ayla is the recipient of the 2006 Kennedy Center Directing Award for Best New Work, 2009 Army Archerd Fellowship in Theatre, Film & Television Writing, 2010 Fred J Thorp Fellowship in Playwriting and the Marianne Murphy Women and Philanthropy Playwriting Award in both 2009 and 2010. She has helped develop plays at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co in DC and worked alongside Tony Award nominated playwright Neil LaBute at The Geffen. Ayla is currently developing a television pilot with Davis Entertainment. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from UCLA and a BFA in Acting from the University of Central Florida. She is repped by Madhouse Entertainment.

Alexander Maggio is a Los Angeles–based playwright and recent graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. His MFA thesis play, Lost Cause, is a 2011 Kendeda prize runner-up and an O’Neill Semifinalist. His first play, Ice Core, received a staged reading at the Yale Club of New York City and as part of the Marianne Murphy Women & Philanthropy Award Series in Los Angeles. His one-act play White Kisses was featured in the 2009 Francis Ford Coppola One-Act Festival at UCLA, where he was also a 2009 recipient of the George Burns and Gracie Allen Scholarship and Fellowship in Comedy Award and the 2010 Richard E. Eshleman Playwriting Award. His second full-length play, Touchdown Jesus, a Princess Grace Semifinalist, has received staged readings with the Yale Cabaret in Hollywood and UCLA. His ten-minute play, Hero’s Luck, was featured in the 2010 Theater Masters National MFA Playwrights Take 10 festival in Aspen, CO and later showcased in New York City. Another tenminute play, Waiting Gate, was performed at the Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre Best of the Rest Festival. In fiction, his short story “The Barnacle Climber” placed second in the Coffee House Dame Throckmorton Writing Contest. Alex received his B.A. from Yale University, where he studied playwriting under Sarah Treem.

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Conor Hanratty conorhanratty@gmail.com Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Conor studied Drama and Latin at Trinity College, Dublin before receiving an MA in Greek Theatre Performance at Royal Holloway, University of London. He worked in Tokyo, Japan for two years, on a scholarship from the Japanese government, as an intern with director Yukio Ninagawa. He returned to Ireland in 2006 to participate in Rough Magic Theatre Company’s SEEDS III artist development programme, which led to opportunities in Berlin, Germany and Budapest, Hungary, and an invitation to the prestigious Directors’ Course at the National Theatre Studio in London. The programme ended with his acclaimed production of Camus’ Caligula at the Fringe Festival in 2007, later revived for the Dublin International Theatre Festival in 2008. Conor is also a long-term associate of the Intensive Summer Course on Ancient Greek Drama organized in Epidaurus, Greece under the auspices of the Hellenic Festival and the University of Athens, and he recently finished co-editing a book of essays presented at the course, entitled Epidaurus Encounters. Productions at UCLA have included Conor’s own translation of Yukio Mishima’s Modern Noh Plays, a new play called Last Autumn by Adam Simon, Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Samuel Barber’s opera A Hand of Bridge, presented at Schoenberg Hall in June 2010.


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Monica Payne monicaannpayne@gmail.com

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LAURA WONG

Daniella Yorah Cartun

Caitlin Talmage

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Laura Wong is a Costume Designer who will be graduating this June with her MFA from UCLA. She is passionate about the study of non-Western dress, and would love to work on projects that give voice to the underrepresented. Laura specializes in Japanese costume and textiles and has studied the subject extensively in Japan and in the United States. Her undergraduate studies culminated in her honors thesis, which was a in a gallery show titled “Fringe Cultures.” Laura has also completed several internships in both theater and film. She worked as both a stitcher and as an Assistant Designer while interning in the costume shop at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, building costumes for the neighboring INTIMAN Theater during their Tony Awardwinning Summer 2006 season. In 2008 and 2009, Laura interned with Bobi Garland, Head of the Research Library at Western Costume in Burbank, CA. After graduation, she intends to pursue design opportunities for theater, film, and television.

Daniella Yorah Cartun is a designer, vocalist, and actress from Stanford, CA. Having sewn all her life, she was introduced into the world of costuming at Lawrence University. Her love of art history and theater created a clear niche for her in the design world. She is a master seamstress as well as designer, and she uses art and art history to inspire her creativity. The culmination of her undergraduate degree in Theater and Art History was to co-produce, costume design and star as Sally Bowles in the Lawrence University 2008 production of Ebb and Kander’s Cabaret. She returned to California to further her education and receive an MFA in Costume Design from UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television. Daniella passionately designs each production with deep character analysis, bringing to life the people written on the page. Her passion is to tell stories through theater and music to enlighten the audience.

Caitlin Talmage is an MFA candidate for Costume Design at UCLA. Her theatrical credits include Arlecchino’s Dream, Assassins, and Temp Odyssey. She has decided to pursue costume design for film, and has worked as a costumer on Discovery Channel gritty historical reenactments and sunny films such as The Donner Party. She has also worked on lighter fare, assisting on television shows 90201 and Do Not Disturb, and currently is working on a new period television show The Magic City. Recently she has had the opportunity to work with LACMA on their upcoming show Fashioning Fashion. Her passion lies in exploring the cultural analysis of clothing and its relationship to the zeitgeist. There is a reason why that Baroque ruff was so large, after all.

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Monica Payne moved to Los Angeles four years ago, having spent most of her career in Chicago. While in the MFA Directing program, she directed Natural Affection by William Inge, Elektra by Euripides, and Gross Sales by Erica Jones. She also wrote and directed an adaptation of Innocent Erendira by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, as well as a short film called Dad Dreaming. In Chicago, she directed two new plays by Adam Galassi and Justin O’Connor as well as Savage Love by Sam Shepard, all for the Artistic Home. She directed a week of Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Plays and Erasing the Distance for the Chicago Festival of Disability Arts and Culture. As an actress, her Chicago credits include work with the critically acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Hypocrites, Famous Door, Collaboraction, Stage Left, the Journeymen, and the Artistic Home. Monica has been a Meisner-based acting teacher for more than a decade. She has taught privately here in Los Angeles, as well as at various studios in Chicago, including the School at Steppenwolf, the Audition Studio, and the Artistic Home. While at UCLA, she conducted several Viewpoints-based workshops for the Opera Department. Her students have gone on to work in television, film, and regional theatre.

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UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Teri Schwartz, Dean Edit Villareal, Associate Dean Rich Rose, Associate Dean Susan Marcano, Assistant Dean Department of Film, Television and Digital Media Barbara Boyle, Chair Nick BrownE, Vice Chair CMS Tom Denove, Vice Chair, Production William McDonald, Vice Chair, Undergraduate DeniSe Mann, Producers Program Area Head CELIA MERCER, Animation Program Area Head RICHARD WALTER, Screenwriting Program Co-Area Head Hal Ackerman, Screenwriting Program Co-Area Head Leah A. LievrouW, MIAS Area Head, Dept. of Informational Studies Department of Theater Michael HacketT, Chair Patricia Harter, Vice Chair Curriculum Rich Rose, Vice Chair Undergraduate Carol Sorgenfrei, Vice Chair Graduate Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Director, David C. Copley Center for Costume Design

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UCLA FESTIVAL OF NEW CREATIVE WORK MYRL SCHREIBMAN, Producer Assistants to the Producer: Ryan Moody, Patrick Brooks Coordinator: Natasha Blake Student Producers Production Directing Program: Alethea Avramis, Graduate; Brianna Quick, Undergraduate Committee: Nicole Gordon, Elyse Hollander, Eric Martin, Susana Casares, Vanita Shastry. Animation Program: Adam Holmes, Alexis Block, Debra Chow Committee: Kartika Mediani, Saeko Igarashi Moving Image Archive Studies: Amanda Smith, Charles Rogers Producing Program: Alexandra Rosenberg, Mike Stein, Nicole Stier, Logan Grover, David Tarr Screenwriting Program: Clay Stearns, Stuart Fail, Tony Baker, Amy Aniobi, Jo Green. Festival Program Cover Design and Festival Logo: Ian Roth Program Design: Beth Escott Newcomer David Chute, Senior Writer

Photographer: Don Liebig Cinematographer: Leigh Underwood

Festival Web Site Design: Patrick Brooks, Ryan Moody Web Master: Angela McGregor Consultant: Tito Deveyra

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