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?
I Love Movies opened SFTV’s annual student film festival, Film Outside the Frame 2012. The short film was produced by SFTV students under the direction of SFTV’s resident filmmaker, Anay Tarnekar.
The Summer Creative Workshop mentors promising minority high school sophomore and junior students from Los Angeles’ underserved and hard hit middle class communities. Working in teams, students created two animated shorts and two short films from screenplay to final cut.
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.”
LACMA’s newest exhibition . . . Is James Bond (opened just this past weekend in the Art of the Americas Building) pays homage to the iconic opening sequences of all twenty-two James Bond films.
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.