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.

Steed Symposium 2013 On Campus Program

A Place at the Table opened in theaters this past weekend, but LMU SFTV will be screening the film on March 31, 2013 as part of The Steed Symposium, the film school’s annual industry event. This year’s theme is Game Changers—filmmakers, executives, and media that act as agents of social change. The program will include a case study with Participant Media executives that will cover how filmmakers can use their craft to impact social change and action, as well as ways to develop effective campaigns to pitch and market social issue films.

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.

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?