Jose Garcia Moreno

SFTV’s Chair of Animation José García Moreno was interviewed by Animation Career Review — the site recently ranked SFTV’s Animation Program one of the top in the U.S., calling the school a “gem in animation education.” In this spotlight Q&A, Moreno discusses his work, education and applying universal knowledge to animation.

Marilyn Beker

Senior Screenwriting Professor Marilyn Beker wrote an op-ed about movies and social responsibility. The piece, “Have a Heart!”, was published by the Huffington Post.

J.J. Abrams

On February 9, 2013, J.J. Abrams came to the LMU campus to speak to film students. The creator/director/producer/writer of Lost, Felicity, Alias and, most recently, the next installment of Star Wars, showed clips and shared advice with a packed Mayer Theater. LMU Magazine was on hand to cover the event. Read their piece below to find out the five key lessons he’s learned throughout his career.

Kahlil Joseph

SFTV alum Kahlil Joseph ’03 won the prestigious Short Film Special Jury Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for his short film Until the Quiet Comes. Until the Quiet Comes was shot in the Nickerson Gardens housing projects in Watts, Los Angeles, and deals with themes of violence, camaraderie and spirituality through the lens of magical realism. The film features music from the Flying Lotus album of the same name.

Bryce Hirschberg, Isidor Pollak

The short films Counterfeiters, directed by recent SFTV alum Bryce Hirschberg and 2012 FOF’s Best Picture winning film, and Dreams- A Trayvon Martin Story, directed by SFTV sophomore Isidor ‘Izzy’ Pollak, have been selected as part of KCET’s Annual Fine Cut Student Film Festival. KCET’s annual festival honors filmmakers from eight of LA’s film schools. Fine Cut will air each Thursday over the course of five-weeks beginning January 17, 2013 at 9 p.m. The series airs during KCET’s arts and culture series, Open Call, hosted by Suzanna Guzmán.

Dreams- A Trayvon Martin Story will air on January 24, 2102
Counterfeiters will air February 7, 2013

Tom Leach

LMU SFTV alum and current part-time faculty member, Tom Leach, has been named one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30. Forbes says of their annual list: “The young disruptors, innovators and entrepreneurs on our annual listing of the 30 under 30 are impatient to change the world. In sum they represent the entrepreneurial, creative and intellectual best of their generation.”

Recording Arts Department

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.

Barbara Broccoli

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.

Gregory Ruzzin

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?

Brian Helgeland

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.”

Alex Levy

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.