This past month, LMU’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance presented their 6th annual production of Stages of AIDS, a theatre play honoring World AIDS Day. This year’s performance fundraiser involved a rather complicated audio setup for the live rock band and seven singers on stage, achieved with the help of members of SFTV’s Recording Arts Department (RECA): RECA Chair Dr. Mladen Milicevic, RECA Chief Engineer Dusk Bennett, and RECA students David Hansmann, Josh Bartell and Gavin Finn. The collaboration proved to be a success, as Stages of AIDS was performed in front of a full Strub Theatre and raised money for AIDS Project LA.
Producer and LMU alum Barbara Broccoli made The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment: Power 100 list- the issue hit stands December 5th. It’s been a big year for London-based Broccoli, who presided over the production of the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall. Skyfall has grossed $797 million worldwide as of November 28, making it the most successful 007 flick of all time.
In honor of U.N.’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2012 (December 3), SFTV Professor Gregory Ruzzin wrote an op-ed, The Disability Known as Ignorance Is 100 Percent Curable, for TakePart, the digital version of Participant Media. He discusses his relationship with his younger sister Alyssa, who is challenged by a developmental disability and epilepsy, and what he learned from her while making a documentary with and about her, Lost Child?
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.