Courtesy of deadline.com

Obviously huge pent-up demand for a true children’s classic, an ‘A’ CinemaScore, plus an overheated box office converged for a monster hit. Universal’s The Lorax lunged to $70.7M for the highest non-sequel animated/family film opening. ($5.4M from IMAX, or 8% of the gross which is on the high side for a family film.) It’s the biggest grossing film ever from a Dr Seuss book, as well as the biggest opener of 2012, the 4th biggest March opener, the 8th biggest animated PG film, and the 5th biggest animated 3D film. The $70M-budget toon from Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment (Despicable MeHop) also is the fourth biggest Universal opener of all time.

Numbers for the #1 movie, Sony Pictures/MGM co-production’ 21 Jump Street, showed an opening of $13.2M Friday and $13M Saturday for a $35M weekend from 3,121 theaters. Friday’s number includes the $700K Friday midnights from 598 theaters. Overall, nice haul for the raunchy laugher whose budget was only around $45M. What’s especially interesting here is that these remakes of popular TV shows rarely work on the big screen. But stars Channing Tatum (The Vow) and Jonah Hill (Moneyball) are hot right now — with Tatum having two films of different genres in the Top 10 this weekend and Hill coming off an Oscar nom. And directors Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs) found the right irreverent way in for their first live action feature. Michael Bacall’s and Jonah Hill’s story used the Patrick Hasburgh/Stephen J Cannell series as a jumping off point. Bacall is credited with the screenplay. This is the first successful bonafide comedy of 2012 (since Fox’s This Means War disappointed and Warner Bros’ Project X had a ‘found footage’ conceit). Reviews have been surprisingly good — not just 88% on Rotten Tomatoes but even The New York Times. (Not that this is a review-driven film.) Audiences gave it a ‘B’ CinemaScore. Exit polls showed moviegoers were 53% male and 50% were under 25.

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Oscars Viewing Party

February 6, 2012

Sunday, February 26, 2012 from 3:30 PM to 11:00 PM

http://ivyoscars.eventbrite.com/

For your consideration…  Join Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment & Media Association (DAEMA) in celebrating the Oscars. Get ready for the big awards show of the year: it’s our sixth annual Oscars Viewing Party and we’re rolling out the red carpet for you!  We had so much fun dressing up and watching the show together last year, we’re looking forward to more of the fun this year at a new venue. We’re heading to the Glendon in Westwood and in addition to the standard flat screens, we are bringing in a special projector and screen for you.   This year we are hosting entertainment professionals including actors, directors, executives, attorneys, agents, managers, writers, and producers from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, Brown, Columbia, and Penn. And we invite you to participate in an Oscar-winner prediction ballot game with your chance to win FREE prizes.  Enjoy a cash bar and restaurant with drink specials.

We’ll also cheer on IVY nominations at the Oscars, including:

– Meryl Streep (Yale/Dartmouth), Actress, The Iron Lady
– Alexander Payne (Stanford), Writer/Director/Producer, The Descendents

Dress up (optional): blazer for guys, cocktail dress for ladies. Drink specials. Network like crazy during the commercial breaks!

Also, we’ve invited IVY Entertainment and Digital LA to increase your networking circles.

COST: $10 pre-registration for our nametags, preferred seating, and our winner prediction ballot game and drink specials. Cash food/bar on your own at the restaurant. $25 Non-Members VIP exclusive private VIP balcony, private mixing area, private screening room, and VIP service.

Space is limited.  Click here to reserve your space now.

The Glendon
1071 Glendon Ave
Westwood, CA 90024

PARKING: Valet parking is available at The Glendon for $6 on the corner of Kinross & Glendon, or street parking and local lots can be used as available.

ABOUT IVY ENTERTAINMENT: 

IVY Entertainment is comprised of motion pictures, television and new media professionals from Brown University, Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale.

ABOUT DIGITAL LA: 

Digital LA is the largest networking organization of professionals and friends who do digital entertainment for movies, TV, web series, music, video games, VFX, marketing, and social media.

 
I am the Lorax, and I’ll yell and I’ll shout for the fine things on earth that are on their way out! The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Celebrate the combined creativity of Dartmouth alumni Theodor “Seuss” Geisel ’25 and Christopher Meledandri ’81 and join us for an advance screening of the major motion picture Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax on Tuesday, February 28 at Pacific ArcLight on West Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. The film opens nationwide on March 2, 2012.

This Dartmouth-exclusive event is scheduled to begin at 5 pm with the screening commencing at 6:30 pm.

The green-carpet celebration includes presentations by producer Christopher Meledandri, CEO of Illumination Entertainment, and English professor Donald Pease, the Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities. The event is designed for alumni and children of all ages and will include refreshments.

Click here to register.

NYC – Dr. Seuss’ THE LORAX Advanced Screening featuring presentations by Producer, Chris Meledandri ’81 and Dartmouth Professor, Donald Pease
New York City – Thursday, March 1, 2012
https://secure.www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/DRT/events/event_order.cgi?tmpl=events&event=2356361
Date:   Mar 1, 2012
Time:   5:30PM – 8:30PM ET
Location:   AMC Loews Theatre 34th Street
312 West 34th Street (@8th Avenue)
New York, NY 10001
Description:   Celebrate the combined creativity of Dartmouth alumni Theodor “Seuss” Geisel ’25 and Christopher Meledandri ’81 and join us for an advance screening of the major motion picture “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.”The green-carpet celebration includes a presentation professor Donald Pease, the Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities. The event is designed for alumni and children of all ages and will include refreshments.5:30 p.m. – Registration
6:30 p.m. – Presentation by Don Pease
7 – 8:30 p.m. – Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax screening


LA – Dr. Seuss’ THE LORAX Advanced Screening featuring presentations by Producer, Chris Meledandri ’81 and Dartmouth Professor, Donald Pease
Hollywood, CA – Tuesday, February 28, 2012
https://secure.www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/DRT/events/event_order.cgi?tmpl=events&event=2356268

Date:   Feb 28, 2012
Time:   5:00PM – 8:00PM PT
Location:   Pacific ArcLight, 6360 West Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood
Description:   Celebrate the combined creativity of Dartmouth alumni Theodor “Seuss” Geisel ’25 and Christopher Meledandri ’81 and join us for an advance screening of the major motion picture “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.”The green-carpet celebration includes presentations by producer Chris Meledandri, CEO of Illumination Entertainment, and professor Donald Pease, the Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities. The event is designed for alumni and children of all ages and will include refreshments.


Date: Thursday, January 19th
Time: 6:00pm ’til 8:00pm
Location: University Club, 3277 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto
Cost: Young Alum Member:$10, Member: $15, Non-Member: $35
(Includes complementary hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar will be available.)

The Dartmouth Alumni Association of Silicon Valley and Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment and Media are pleased to present the second in a series of panel discussions regarding media & technology; new innovations and disruptions in technology, investment and the state of the market, and the effect of change on lives globally and here in Silicon Valley.

The IT economy is dramatically changing. The top 20 software companies will be totally different in 10 years. As companies can outsource their infrastructure, startup costs have fallen dramatically. This event will feature a panel of professionals in thespace – both executives and investors – discussing companies and questions raised by these changes including the drivers of change, implications for investing, ownership of data, and the scope and scale of the cloud and spending for services.

Panelists:
Dan Scholnick D’00, General Partner, Trinity Ventures (moderator)
Lew Cirne D’93, CEO and Founder, New Relic
Jim Herbold D’91, VP Sales, Box

Schedule
6:00pm: Networking
7:00pm: Panel Discussion (followed by audience Q&A)
8:00pm: Further networking opportunity

The DAASV Board of Directors extends its deepest appreciation to Vox Alumni Media – developers of the iDAASV smart phone app and sponsor of this event – for its continued and generous support of the Dartmouth community in Silicon Valley. Thank you!

RSVP REQUIRED: January 12th
To aid in the planning of this event, RSVP to president@daasv.org by January 12th. Please include the first and last name, and Dartmouth class (if applicable), of each attendee. RSVPs received after January 12th are welcome, but must pay a $10 administration fee. So, please register early!

http://www.dartmouth.org/clubs/daasv/events/#137

Thurs, January 12, 2012
7:30 p.m., Beverly Hills, CA

The Writers Guild of America has extended DAEMA an invitation to this one-time exclusive screening in Beverly Hills.  Host Robert Harling (STEEL MAGNOLIAS playwright/screenwriter) just announced to interview Tate Taylor. An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960’s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maid’s point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

2012 Writers Guild Awards nominated films
SPECIAL INVITATION TO YOU & A GUEST

THE HELP
Screenplay by TATE TAYLOR
Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett
DreamWorks Pictures
Q&A with TATE TAYLOR immediately follows the screening
Hosted by ROBERT HARLING (Steel Magnolias)
RSVP: (818) 560-3888 (DreamWorks/Disney)
Rated PG-13, 146 minutes

* Screening take place at Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.
* As a courtesy to the screenwriters, please do not RSVP if you do not intend to stay for the Q&A.
* Please state your affiliation (union or industry network).
* You are allowed one guest.
* Seating is first-come, first-served.

Sundance Filmmaker Panel

January 7, 2012

The Churchill
8384 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Monday, January 9, 2011 – 7pm-9pm

Join us for our panel featuring IVY Entertainment alums with films at this year’s Sundance 2012 Film Fest. Panelists will discuss their role making the film, the Sundance process, and more.

REGISTER to attend: http://ivysundancepanel.eventbrite.com/

Scheduled speakers and films:

Ryan Slattery (Harvard)
Producer of Playtime: a story of German youth and innocence on a Sunday afternoon
http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/120164/playtime

Alejandra Riguero (Yale)
Associate Producer on West of Memphis, story of accused teens
http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/120032/west_of_memphis

Ronen Landa (Columbia)
Composer on The Pact: a girl returns home for her mother’s funeral, and experience nightmares and an unsettling presence in her childhood home
http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/120112/the_pact

Michael Miller (Cornell)
Editor of Liberal Arts: Newly single Jesse returns to speak his college, and meets a beautiful precocious. sophomore Libby. Stars: Josh Radnor, Allison Janney, Kate Burton (Brown), Zac Efron.
http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/120029/liberal_arts

Andrew Ahn (Brown)
Writer, Director, Producer on Dol (First Birthday): A gay Korean American looks for a normal family life.
http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/120197/dol_first_birthday Moderator:

Kevin Winston AGENDA – 7-7:15p: Check-in and Networking in the upstairs

Private Room. Enjoy menu/bar specials (cash bar) – 7:15-8:15: Panel and Q&A – 8:15-9p: Additional networking REGISTER to attend:
http://ivysundancepanel.eventbrite.com/

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: If you are an IVY filmmaker with a film at this year’s Sundance, and would like to share your filmmaking story on our panel with other IVY alums, email kevin.winston@gmail.com with SUNDANCE as the subject, including your name, school, film, role on the film, and link to the Sundance film page.


Tuesday, December 6 – 7PM-10PM


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Station located at W Hollywood
6250 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

You are invited to ring in the holidays with our sixth annual IVY Entertainment Holiday Party at Station located at W Hollywood. This year we will be celebrating holiday cheer with alums and friends in entertainment from Yale, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, U. Penn, and Dartmouth. Station will be offering exclusive IVY Holiday drink specials. Our guest list includes industry professionals from CAA, Sony Pictures, Paramount, ICM, WME, WB, ABC, and CBS.

Step into the hottest new hideaway at W Hollywood’s exclusive outdoor oasis, STATION HOLLYWOOD.  We’ll have fun while sipping cocktails on the beautiful outdoor patio.  Drop your business card off for our FREE card drawings for gifts. Wear your holiday gear. Sweets and goodies at the door.  Located just outside of the Living Room and adjacent to Hollywood Boulevard.  Station Hollywood, the outdoor lounge at W Hollywood features intimate lounge seating, fire pits and an outdoor bar to cater to your every desire.

Last year was at capacity with over 400 attendees, so secure your spot now at this exclusive event and don’t miss out on THE holiday party of the season.

RSVP for $10 using the link below:

http://ivyholiday.eventbrite.com/

PARKING: Valet parking is available at W Hotel, or $10 parking all night at the lot across from the building on Argyle Ave.

DAEMA members and their guests can register with promo code “hih2011cvtqw” to receive a special discount.  Register by midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 25th for early-bird pricing as well!

Sat., Oct. 29th
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel
11461 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Refreshments and lunch will be served.Featuring a live performance by the Harvard Yardbirds, Harvard’s acclaimed alumni a cappella group!For more information or to purchase tickets:
http://www.harvardwood.org/events/event_details.asp?id=180994

(DAEMA members and their guests can register with promo code “hih2011cvtqw” to receive our guest discount.)

Harvardwood, the Harvard Business School Association of Southern California, and the Harvard Club of Southern California are pleased to present the 6th annual HARVARD IN HOLLYWOOD symposium, entitled “The Social Impact of Art, Media, and Entertainment!”  This half-day symposium brings together several panels of distinguished alumni speakers to address topics relevant to the arts, media, and entertainment.

The Arab Spring.  Climate Change.  The economic crisis.  As the world around us evolves, it naturally influences the stories we tell, both fact and fiction — and in turn, as artists, comedians, filmmakers and journalists reflect on the issues of the day, their work has the potential to shape society and alter the course of history.  Come join our discussion about the iterative impact that art, media and entertainment have on the way we see the world, lead our lives, make choices, and interact with one another on both a personal and global scale.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

8:30 – 9 am:  Registration
9 – 9:15 am:  Welcome
9:15 – 9:30 am:  Opening Remarks by Baratunde Thurston ’99, Digital Director of “The Onion”
9:30 – 11 am:  PANEL 1 – “Just the Facts, Ma’am: The Power of Documentary Storytelling”
11 – 11:15 am:  Break
11:15 – 12:45 pm:  PANEL 2 – “The 21st Century Artist: Invisible Legislator, or Merely Invisible?”
12:45 pm:  Lunch
1 pm:  Performance by acclaimed a cappella group, the Harvard Yardbirds

PANEL 1 – JUST THE FACTS, MA’AM: The Power of Documentary Storytelling

PANELISTS:
Howard Cohen ’81, President, Roadside Attractions (THE COVE, SUPER SIZE ME)
Alfred Guzzetti, Filmmaker, Harvard University Professor of Visual Arts
Diane Nabatoff, Film Producer (NARC, TAKE THE LEAD)
Bennett Singer ’86, Award-winning Filmmaker & Producer (BROTHER OUTSIDER: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BAYARD RUSTIN, EYES ON THE PRIZE II)
Dan Sturman ’89, Award-winning documentarian (NANKING, TWIN TOWERS)
Baratunde Thurston ’99 (moderator), Director of Digital for THE ONION, Founder of “Jack and Jill Politics” blog

PANEL 2 – THE 21ST CENTURY ARTIST: Invisible Legislator, or Merely Invisible?

PANELISTS:
Amy Aquino ’79, Actress, Secretary-Treasurer of the Screen Actors Guild
Paris Barclay ’79, Writer/Director/Producer (GLEE, SONS OF ANARCHY, IN TREATMENT)
Jeffrey Deitch HBS ’78, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art
Josh Goldstine ’90, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art
Robert Kraft ’76, President, Fox Music
Jeff Melvoin ’75 (moderator), Executive Producer, ARMY WIVES

For more information or to purchase tickets:
http://www.harvardwood.org/events/event_details.asp?id=180994

 


SPEAKER BIOS
 

After earning her BA in Biology from Harvard and her MFA from the Yale School of Drama, AMY AQUINO ‘79 spent five years in New York, appearing on- and off- Broadway, and in films like WORKING GIRL and MOONSTRUCK.  Moving to Los Angeles to star in the critically acclaimed BROOKLYN BRIDGE, she went on to make countless television appearances, including recurring roles on Harry’s LawCurb Your Enthusiasm, ER, Everybody Loves Raymond, Brothers and Sisters, Big Love, Judging Amy, Picket Fences, Felicity and others, and was featured in the films BOYS ON THE SIDE, WHITE OLEANDER, A LOT LIKE LOVE and IN GOOD COMPANY.  She’s appeared onstage in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper, Geffen and South Coast Rep, and in NY in Wendy Wasserstein’s “Third” at Lincoln Center and last year’s Secrets of the Trade at Primary Stages.  Aquino has served as an officer of the Screen Actors Guild since 1994, and was recently re-elected as its national Secretary Treasurer.

 

Photo credit: Jeff MosierPARIS BARCLAY ’79 is a two-time Emmy award winner and has directed over 120 episodes of television, including such notable shows as ER, NYPD BlueThe West Wing, In Treatment, House, Lost andGlee.  He has received virtually every major award in his profession, including three Peabody Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, and 10 nominations for directing from the Directors Guild of America (with one win — for Jimmy Smits’ final episode of NYPD Blue).  He also directed the feature DON’T BE A MENANCE TO SOUTH CENTRAL… starring the Wayans Brothers, and the MTV and Billboard-winning music video Mama Said Knock You Out for LL Cool J.  He has written and composed 16 musicals (including two scores for the Hasty Pudding Show), as well as One Red Flower — a musical based on soldiers’ letters written during the Vietnam war that has been performed all over the country. He is currently serving his fourth term as the First Vice President of the Directors Guild, and is an executive producer and the principal director of FX’s highest rated series ever, Sons of Anarchy.

 

HOWARD COHEN ’81 is the Co-President of Roadside Attractions, a film distribution company that devises innovative strategies to bring audiences to specialty films.  Roadside, which is partially owned by Lionsgate, releases films that entertain, delight, and challenge the status quo.  Recent releases include the multiple Academy-Award-nominated WINTER’S BONE and BIUTIFUL as well as THE CONSPIRATOR, PROJECT NIM and THE FUTURE.  In its seven year history, the company has released numerous notable films including Academy-Award-Winner THE COVE, Academy-Award-Nominee SUPER SIZE ME, THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE, AMAZING GRACE, THE FALL, and EVERYTHING MUST GO.  Upcoming films are MARGIN CALL, ALBERT NOBBS and FRIENDS WITH KIDS.


JEFFREY DEITCH (HBS ’78) is Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles. Prior to his appointment, Deitch was a dealer in modern and contemporary art and an art advisor to private and institutional art collectors for over 30 years.  Earlier, Deitch ran his own art advisory firm and served as a Vice President of Citibank, developing and managing the bank’s art advisory and art finance businesses. In 1996, he opened a commercial gallery, Deitch Projects, which produced more than 250 projects by contemporary artists.  Deitch is a 1974 graduate of Wesleyan University and was a member of its Board of Trustees from 1982 to 1985.  Deitch has been active as an art critic and exhibition curator since the mid-1970s, contributing to “Arts,” “Art in America,” “Artforum,” and numerous other publications. He also served as the first American Editor of “Flash Art.”  He was awarded the Art Critic’s Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1979.  Deitch’s first major curatorial project at MOCA, entitled “Art in the Streets,”opened in April 2011 and attracted more than 200,000 visitors.

 

JOSH GOLDSTINE ’90 was named President of Marketing for Universal Pictures in August 2011.  He oversees and orchestrates all aspects of Universal’s domestic feature film marketing activities.  Prior to Universal, he spent two decades with Sony Pictures, where he held a variety of marketing positions including his most recent role as Senior Vice President, Creative Advertising.  Goldstine began his career at Columbia Pictures in 1991 as executive assistant to the President of Marketing and worked his way up the ranks holding senior positions in both Creative Advertising and Marketing, guiding the campaigns of some of Sony’s most successful films. During his years at Sony, Goldstine spearheaded a number of marketing campaigns for films including the Academy Award-winning THE SOCIAL NETWORK, THE KARATE KID AND BATTLE: LOS ANGELES, as well as the phenomenally successful Spider-Man franchise and eight pictures with Will Smith.  Goldstine has also personally overseen the creative team responsible for developing trailers, posters, television ads and other marketing materials that support the theatrical release of films from Columbia Pictures, Revolutions Studios and Sony Pictures Animation.  Since 2002, Goldstine and his colleagues have created marketing materials for more than 50 No. 1 films.  Goldstine has received dozens of advertising honors including numerous Key Art awards, gold medals from the New York and London Advertising Festivals.  He lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles.


ALFRED GUZZETTI is a filmmaker and Osgood Hooker Professor of Visual Arts at Harvard University.  Guzzetti’s films include the feature-length FAMILY PORTRAIT SITTINGS, the first in an autobiographical cycle that continued with SCENES FROM CHILDHOOD and BEGINNING PIECES. Guzzetti collaborated with Susan Meiselas and Richard Rogers on the documentaries LIVING AT RISK: THE STORY OF A NICARAGUAN FAMILY and the feature-length PICTURES FROM A REVOLUTION and with anthropologists Ákos Östör and Lina Fruzzetti on SEED AN EARTH and KHALFAN AND ZANZIBAR.  He has also worked in more experimental modes, creating the short films Air and Evidence, as well as a series of videotapes, including The Tower of Industrial Life,Calcutta IntersectionHistory of the Sea, and Still Point.  In collaboration with composers Earl Kim, Ivan Tcherepnin, and Kurt Stallmann he has made visual elements for concert pieces, films and installations.  The author of the book Two or Three Things I Know about Her: Analysis of a Film by Godard, he has recently completed the video component of Moon Crossings, a piece for chamber orchestra and electronics by Kurt Stallmann, and collaborated with Susan Meiselas on a DVD updating the story of the Nicaraguan family told in LIVING AT RISK.

 

ROBERT KRAFT ‘76 has been the chief executive of Fox Music Inc. since 1994, supervising the music for Fox Filmed Entertainment, including 20thCentury Fox Films, Fox Searchlight, Fox Animation, and Fox 2000. Highlights include the scores and soundtracks from AVATAR, TITANCI, WAITING TO EXHALE, MOULIN ROUGE, ROMEO + JULIET, GARDEN STATE, WALK THE LINE, ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, JUNO, ONCE, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and RIO.  In 1992, Kraft was nominated for an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and a Golden Globe Award for co-writing “Beautiful Maria of My Soul” from THE MAMBO KINGS. In 1999, Kraft was nominated for a second Golden Globe for co-writing the song, “How Can I Not Love You” from ANNA AND THE KING.  In 1994, he was nominated for a Grammy Award as the producer of “The Muppet Christmas Carol.”  He also co-wrote the theme song for “Who’s The Boss.”  In 1989, Kraft co-produced all of the Grammy Award-winning songs on the multi-platinum soundtrack, THE LITTLE MERMAID, including the Academy Award-winning song, “Under The Sea.” As a solo artist and with his band, Robert Kraft and The Ivory Coast, he has released four albums. His songs have been recorded by Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Diane Schuur, Manhattan Transfer, Bruce Willis, Los Lobos, and Kermit the Frog.  Robert Kraft graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1976.

 

Emmy-award winner JEFF MELVOIN has worked on a dozen one-hour television series, currently as Executive Producer of the Lifetime series Army Wives.   Prior writer-producer credits includeAlias, Picket Fences, Northern Exposure, Hill Street Blues, andRemington Steele.  Awards include an Emmy, two Golden Globes, a Television Critics Association award, a Peoples’ Choice award, and a Mystery Writers of America award.  A graduate of Harvard University, Jeff worked as a Time magazine correspondent before entering the television industry.  A past board member of the Writers Guild of America, in 2004 Jeff co-authored a WGA booklet, Writing for Episodic TV.  In 2005, he proposed the creation of the WGA Show Runner Training Program and has moderated the program since its inception in 2006.  He has taught screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and UCLA Extension and was a Visiting Lecturer in Dramatic Arts at Harvard in 2008.  He and his wife, Martha Hartnett Melvoin, live in Los Angeles and have two sons, Nick and Charlie.

 

In 2000 DIANE NABATOFF founded Tiara Blu Films. Since then she has produced TAKE THE LEAD, and NARC, and Executive Produced THE BRASS TEAPOT and GRAY MATTERS.  In TV she Executive Produced Knights of the South Bronx for A&E and Racing For Time for Lifetime as well as the seriesAfter Hours with Daniel for Mojo now on Ovation.  She also Co-Executive Produced the pilot for the HBO series Baseball Wives and is currently Co-Executive Producing the pilot, Scent Of The Missing for TNT.  The feature GIRL SOLDIER will shoot in 2012.  For theater, she is developing several Broadway musicals, including one based on her film TAKE THE LEAD.  She is also producing three documentarie:s DANCING IN JAFFA with Morgan Spurlock now in post, CANCER with Stanley Tucci and Morgan Spurlock and ORCHESTRA OF EXILES with Josh Aronson.  In addition, Diane produces the annual Human Rights Watch production, Cries From The Heart in Los Angeles.  Prior to founding Tiara Blu Films, Diane was a Producer at Interscope Communications, where she produced films that include: VERY BAD THINGS, THE PROPOSITION, OPERATION DUMBO DROP, SEPARATE LIVES, HOLY MATRIMONY, and BODY LANGUAGE.  Earlier in her career, Diane was the Senior Vice President of Production for Henry Winkler’s Fair Dinkum Productions and Vice President of Vestron Pictures where she Executive Produced HIDER IN THE HOUSE and FEAR.  She began her film career as Vice President at The Feldman-Meeker Co. working on THE GOLDEN CHILD and serving as Associate-Producer of THE KINDRED and Kathryn Bigelow’s NEAR DARK.  Prior to receiving a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University, where she was the first female producer of Hasty Pudding Theatricals and the founder of The Radcliffe Pitches, the first Harvard female vocal group.  Diane is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America.

BENNETT SINGER ’86, a New York-based filmmaker and writer/editor, is currently at work on ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION, a feature-length documentary that uses irreverent humor to show why America’s voting system is broken — and how it can be fixed.  Hosted by Daily Show veteran Mo Rocca ’91, the film is slated for theatrical release and national PBS broadcast in 2012.  With Nancy Kates ’84, Singer directed BROTHER OUTSIDER: THE LIFE OF BAYARD RUSTIN, which premiered at Sundance, was broadcast on PBS’ P.O.V. series and Logo/MTV, and won 20 international awards.  Described as “a mesmerizing eye-opener” (SF Film Society), the film has been screened for members of Congress, at The United Nations, and by numerous corporations and law firms as part of their diversity initiatives.  Singer was an Associate Producer on the Emmy-winning EYES OF THE PRIZE II and co-authored The Student Body, a “wry, insider thriller” (Village Voice) written collaboratively by four Harvard classmates and published by Random House.  With Ellen Gordon Reeves ’83, he is writing Gerda’s Lieutenant, a play based on the love letters of Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein and Kurt Klein.  This project received a 2010 development grant from Harvardwood and the ART Alumni Lab.

 

DAN STURMAN ’89 is a Los Angeles-based director, writer, and producer of Emmy, Peabody, and Academy Award®-winning documentary films.  He recently completed work on THE HOLLYWOOD COMPLEX, a feature doc about aspiring child actors.  His previous films include the Sundance award-winning documentary NANKING, about the rape of Nanking; SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION, about the music of the civil rights movement; and the World Trade Center documentary TWIN TOWERS, which won an Oscar in 2003. Sturman’s films have screened at festivals around the world, including Cannes, Sundance, and Tribeca, and his work has appeared on ABC, CBS, Comedy Central, VH1, Channel 4, Cinemax, and NBC, where he produced three seasons of the primetime series Law & Order: Crime & Punishment.


BARATUNDE THURSTON ’99 is a politically-active, technology-loving comedian from the future.  He’s the author of How To Be Black (Feb 2012) and serves as Director of Digital for The Onion.  He has written for Vanity Fair and the UK Independent, hosted Popular Science’s Future Ofon Discovery Science and appears on cable news regularly to say smart things in funny ways.  Then-candidate Barack Obama called him “someone I need to know.”  Baratunde travels the world speaking and advising and performs standup regularly in NYC.  He resides in Brooklyn, lives on Twitter and has over 30 years experience being black.  His first book, How To Be Black, will be published in February 2012 by Harper Collins.

http://thedartmouth.com/2011/05/04/arts/green

This is the second in a five-part series profiling several Dartmouth alumni in entertainment and the Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment and Media Association.

Spring term is halfway over, which means that seniors are finishing up theses and juniors are scrambling to find thesis advisors. It is unlikely that seniors are scheduling screenings of their thesis projects at the Sundance Film Festival, or that juniors are working with director Spike Lee for funding. Rashaad Ernesto Green ’00, on the other hand, wrote and directed the 2011 Sundance Film Festival selection “Gun Hill Road” (2011) for his thesis at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. The film was supported by a scholarship granted to Green by Spike Lee, one of his professors.

“Gun Hill Road” is inspired by Green’s own family and is set in the Bronx, where he grew up. The film focuses on the internal conflicts of an ex-convict who spent three years in prison and returns to his family — an estranged wife and a son who is pursuing a sexual transformation.

The father character is similar to one of Green’s family members who dealt with several of the morally ambiguous issues examined in the film, Green said.

Green’s time at Dartmouth helped him develop the creativity and artistic audacity that have guided his experience as an up-and-coming filmmaker.

“[At Dartmouth,] you can’t just focus all of your studies in one area … maybe because of that it just opens your mind in a different way,” Green said. “I just felt very, very creative when I was there.”

Sophomore year was a pivotal time in Green’s artistic development, as the first National Black Theater Summit was hosted in Hanover that year. Green auditioned and got a part in the theater department’s production of former Montgomery Fellow August Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.” Green had no acting experience prior to coming to Dartmouth, he said. He later became the head of the Black Underground Theater Association, and declared a theater major modified with English.

“Following my dreams, following my heart was what became most important when I was at Dartmouth,” Green said. “It inspired me to follow the life of an artist without fear.”

In his time at the College, Green met many theater professionals who advised him to audition for a masters program and continue his education in the arts. He heeded their advice and continued on to NYU Tisch’s graduate acting and film programs. Green will graduate this month, he said.

“It was just a wonderful experience learning how to play and how to connect with yourself emotionally,” Green said. “I’m from New York, but I had never really been introduced to the theater scene, and I was when I was at NYU. I got to see plays all the time.”

Green’s creative process often involves working on scripts for months and taking into account the feedback of his peers, family and friends, he said.

“My life right now is pretty busy,” he said. “I’m going from city to city on the festival tour meeting a whole bunch of new people and coming up with ideas for the next story. It’s overwhelming at times.”

Because Green is a writer, director and actor, he is involved in many aspects of his films, starting with the script, then casting characters and then participating in rehearsals, shootings and post-production work.

“There is also a very social aspect to it, you know, once the film is made,” Green said.

Green financially supports his longer creative endeavors through his short films, such as “Premature” (2008), which aired on HBO and received several awards.

“It’s just a train that I’m kind of on, and hopefully it doesn’t stop,” Green said, “I’m hoping to just ride that wave and tell the story that I want to tell.”

While the challenge of moving up in the film industry is a daunting one, Green chooses to focus on making films that will touch the lives of others while satisfying his artistic vision.

“Although I love theater, I chose film because there were more people I was able to affect in a more diverse population that attends film as opposed to theater,” Green said. “That I can inspire them, it’s a wonderful feeling.”

Green maintains that aspiring writers and directors at Dartmouth should aim high.

“Before you have responsibilities that prevent you from following your dream, just go after it and have no plan B,” he said.

Green participates in events in New York and at Sundance organized by the Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment and Media Association. The opportunities for networking that DAEMA provides to undergraduates at Dartmouth should be a significant help to students trying to make it in entertainment, according to Green.

“It would be wonderful to have that network with other Dartmouth alums that are in the industry,” he said.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – More than 400 Assistants and young alums signed up for our Dartmouth initiated IVY Entertainment & Drinks LA First Annual Assistants Appreciation Party. Thanks to Schuyler Evans ’10 for his leadership on this event and within the young alumni community in DAEMA and Hollywood. Attendees enjoyed live jazz and $4 drinks all night. Attendees were young alums from Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, Penn, Columbia, Cornell and Brown and from major studios, agencies and production companies including CAA, WME, ICM, UTA, Paramount, and Anonymous Content.

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