42: The True Story of an American Legend is currently in post-production and will be released on April 12, 2013. Written and directed by award-winning LMU alumnus Brian Helgeland ‘87, 42 tells the life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Third-year WPTV student Toni Bakal saw the trailer and said the film looks “incredible, amazing, epic.”
RECA Alum Alex Levy ’03 was credited with creating an innovative workflow for music editing at Bad Robot Productions in a recent issue of CineMontage, the journal of the Motion Pictures Editors Guild. Levy’s credits include the feature films Super 8 and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol as well as the television series Alcatraz, Lost and Alias.
Professor Marilyn Beker’s new book, The Screenwriting Activist: Writing Social Issue Movies, was published by Routledge in July. A must read for those interested in telling visual stories that motivate citizens towards positive social action.
Sarah Nicole Jones ’09 is currently a staff writer on the new A&E hit series, Longmire. Renewed for a second season, Sarah is credited as a writer on two episodes in the inaugural 10-episode run. She was recently profiled in Criminal Element’s “The Cowboy Way: An Exclusive Interview with Longmire Staff Writer Sarah Nicole Jones.”
Assistant Professor Mikael Kreuzriegler, with Pete Soto, SFTV’s Production Tech–Camera Department, and a crew of 24 students shot a feature film, Shoot That Rat!, on the SFTV Sound Stage in break neck speed and on a shoestring budget: ten 12-hour days for $12,000. The film was recently renamed The Gods of Garbage and was edited and co-produced by Assistant Professor Vanessa Newell.
Part-time faculty Ray Greene premiered his feature documentary Vampira and Me at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival, where it which was nominated for Best Documentary.