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    Harvardwood Presents: JOHN DOYLE interviewed by JOHN WEIDMAN

    Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 06:30 PM · $15.00 USD

    Cost: $5 for dues-paying Harvardwood members (and their guests); $15 for all others.

    Advance registration is REQUIRED—there will be NO tickets available at the door. This is a joint event with the Dramatists Guild, with half the seats reserved for the Guild and half for Harvardwood, so we expect this event to sell out very early. (If you're a member of the Dramatists Guild you may be able to attend for free by registering through the Guild.)

    The title really says it all—a conversation between two of the most interesting people in the American theater.

    john-doyle.jpgJohn Doyle is perhaps most widely known for his series of innovative revivals of Sondheim musicals, notably Sweeney Todd (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, Best Director of a Musical), Company (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Awards, Best Revival of a Musical), Passion, and, most recently, Pacific Overtures. Other acclaimed productions have included The Color Purple (Tony Award, Best Revival of a Musical; Drama Desk Award, Best Director of a Musical), The Visit, and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Allegro.  He has directed as well at the Metropolitan Opera and has been the Artistic Director of four theater companies in the U.K., where his credits ranged from Shakespeare to Brecht to Fiddler on the Roof.  Since 2016 he has been the Artistic Director of the Classic Stage Company in New York, where most recently he directed As You Like It.

    john_weidman.jpegJohn Weidman has collaborated with Stephen Sondheim three times, writing the books for Pacific Overtures, Assassins (Tony Award, Best Musical Revival), and Road Show.  He also wrote the books for, among others, Contact (Tony Award, Best Musical), co-created with Susan Stroman, and Big, as well as the new book, co-authored with Timothy Crouse, for Anything Goes (Tony Award, Best Musical Revival; Olivier Award, Best Musical Production).  He has been a writer for Sesame Street since 1986, where he has collected more than a dozen Emmy Awards. From 1999 to 2009 he was President of the Dramatists Guild, and is now President of the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund.

    Special thanks to the Dramatists Guild and to Andy Goodwin and the Plymouth Hill Foundation.


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    The Nutcracker Ballet + Backstage Tour/Q&A with LA Ballet Soloist Elizabeth Walker AB '11

    Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 02:00 PM
    Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA

    Los Angeles Ballet’s The Nutcracker is LA’s ultimate family holiday tradition, perfect for celebrating the season. Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, this original production takes place in 1912 Los Angeles. You will be captivated as Clara and her beloved Nutcracker battle a most memorable Mouse King, encounter dancing Snowflakes and travel to the Palace of the Dolls.

    Elizabeth Claire Walker AB '11 & LAB Ensemble, photo by Reed Hutchinson

    What's more—Harvardwood members, friends, and guests are in for a one-of-a-kind experience after this Sunday matinee of The Nutcracker at Alex Theatre on December 10th, when we will be treated to an exclusive backstage tour and Q&A with Los Angeles Ballet soloist Liz Walker AB '11 (pictured to the left with the LAB Ensemble, photo by Reed Hutchinson/LAB). This will be a spectacular holiday treat for you and your friends, kids, and families. Bring your ballet aficionados and aspiring ballerinas!

    The performance is approximately 2 hours, including intermission, and then will be followed by the tour and Q&A.

    Tickets are in the Orchestra Section (nearly sold out to the public, face value $62-$104 for the seats only!) and can be picked up at Will Call the day of the performance. Make sure you RSVP below to participate in the backstage tour and Q&A.

    $55/ticket for Members & Friends
    $75/ticket for Non-Members

    Original Choreography by Thordal Christensen & Colleen Neary
    Original Sets Designed by Catherine Kanner
    Costumes Designed by Mikael Melbye
    Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    VIEW The Nutcracker Photo Gallery from the Los Angeles Ballet website!

    Elizabeth Claire Walker AB '11

    Elizabeth Walker trained at the Ballet School of Stamford and JKO School at ABT before joining Los Angeles Ballet as an inaugural company member in 2006. The following year, she began her studies at Harvard University, continuing a freelance dance career while earning her college degree. She was the 2011 recipient of the Suzanne Farrell Dance Prize for Outstanding Artistry in the Field of Dance upon graduation. Since returning to Los Angeles Ballet that year, Elizabeth has performed leading roles in the Balanchine, classical, and contemporary repertory, leading to her recent promotion to the rank of soloist, and guesting opportunities with Boston Ballet and the Vail Dance Festival.

    Read more about her in the Summer 2016 edition of the Harvard Magazine.

    (right: Elizabeth Claire Walker in “Arabian Dance” from The Nutcracker; photograph by Reed Hutchinson/LAB)


    THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

    Harvardwood Salon: Film Financing with Vinca Jarrett

    Monday, December 11, 2017 at 07:00 PM · $15.00 USD

    Come learn about the ins and outs of film financing from Vinca L. Jarrett, an entertainment lawyer and president of FilmProFinance, a financial consulting service for investors and producers. Vinca will talk about what it takes to get movies financed and the role of state film tax credits.

    Limited to 12 attendees only, so register below early. Early-bird registration will be open only to Harvardwood Members & Friends through December 4th; registration will be open to the public (including non-members) December 4th-10th.

    Jarrett.pngVinca L. Jarrett, Esq.

    Vinca L. Jarrett, Esq. is an entertainment lawyer and president of FilmPro Finance, a financial consulting service for investors and producers for funding one-off films and building film slates. She is currently writing the non-fiction work SHOW ME THE F#©K!NG MONEY (SMTFM): HOW TO INVEST, RAISE AND RECOUP MONEY IN THE FILM INDUSTRY, and launched the TV web series of the same name in 2014 in which she interviews A-list financiers, distributors, bankers, investors, attorneys, casting agents, and producers from around the world. SMTFM can be watched at www.showmethefkingmoney.tv.

    Vinca has worked on slate financing deals with investment banks including CIBC, West LB, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and ICB to introduce financiers to top tiered producers with A-list packaged projects for slate and one-off financing. Her top tiered clients have included Cosmic Entertainment, APG, Icon, Focus Films and the producers of Catch Me if You Can and I Robot. Filmpro has served as the holding company for financing distribution of studio films that include DIE HARD 4, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, and ALIENS VS. PREDATORS. Most recently she executive produced SWING AWAY starring Shannon Elizabeth and John O’Hurley, which released in fall, 2017 theatrically in the US. She is legal counsel to producers for the Atlanta based thriller ANATHEMA, the Canada-Mexico co-production THE DUCHESS OF CANCUN, Native American narrative drama SHE SINGS TO THE STARS, and the US-British Co-production DON’T STOP ME NOW based on the Bafta Award Winning feature documentary, The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off.

    She has advised and given strategic guidance to investors and producers for nearly 20 years on films that include PEACE, LOVE AND MISUNDERSTANDING which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2011 directed by Bruce Beresford, starring Jane Fonda, Catherine Keneer and Elizabeth Olsen; THE PERFECT GAME directed by William Dear, starring Clifton Collins Jr., Cheech Marin and Moises Arias, released theatrically in April 2010; THE FOURTH KIND starring Mila Jovovich and Will Patton, which released in Fall 2009 and surpassed $70M in worldwide profits, and which she is also a co-executive producer; DISAPPEARANCES directed by indie veteran Jay Craven starring Kris Kristofferson and Luis Guzman in 2007; THE CAVERN, a horror feature released by Sony Pictures in 2006; THE STRANGLER’S WIFE, a Roger Corman film distributed worldwide in 2003; and THE RISING PLACE directed by Tom Rice (producer of The Way, Way Back starring Steve Carell and Toni Collette), starring Frances Fischer, Frances Sternhagen, Tess Harper, Gary Cole and Liam Aiken in 2001. She has also counseled numerous documentaries including THE STRANGE NAME MOVIE produced by award winning director Richard Tilkin due to release worldwide in early 2018, FAR OUT ISN’T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY, which premiered at TIFF in September, 2012 and released theatrically in the US; WITCH HUNT, narrated by Sean Penn which premiered at TIFF in 2008, and sold at AFM to NBC Universal airing nationwide on network television in 2009; MISSION TO MATRIMONY about the legalization of gay marriage which screened at HBO; THE SURGE by Deborah Scranton shown on PBS’s Frontline in 2008; TOUCHING THE GAME: ALASKA which completed in 2009 following the successful release of TOUCHING THE GAME: CAPE COD which aired on the WB in 2004/2005.

    Vinca also has worked extensively in theatre, including raising finance and associate producing for the Off-Broadway Play 5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE, which ran in 2012 at the Soho Playhouse and opened in summer 2013 in Provincetown, produced by Tony Award winning producer John Pinckard (A Gentlemens Guide to Love and Murder, Clyborne Park, American Idiot); and Off-Broadway hit FREUD’S LAST SESSION, which ran successfully to rave reviews in New York, LA and Sydney. She is counsel to leading U.S. art house cinemas, the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE FOUNDATION in Brookline, MA and RENEW THEATRES in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She has represented several tax credit jurisdictions including Puerto Rico, Louisiana and Arizona, and assisted to create the first film tax credit in Massachusetts, and helps clients to finance and recoup projects using tax credits nationwide.

    Vinca co-chaired the prestigious BLOOMBERG INTERNATIONAL FILM & TV FINANCE SUMMIT for more than a decade held bi-annually in NY and LA. She speaks around the world on film finance addressing investors, financiers and industry professionals, and has appeared as a featured key note speaker and on panels at Cannes, Berlinale, TIFF, Turks & Caicos International Film Festival, Savannah Film Festival, ITVFest, and at festivals throughout the United States. She designed, developed and taught classes called “Film Industry” and “Creative Producing” at Boston University’s College of Communications on financing and distribution independent film and television, and regularly guest lectures around the country at universities that include Harvard University, MIT, Boston University, Emerson College, Boston College, UCLA, SCAD, NYU, and NY Film Academy.

    Vinca is a regularly featured expert in the news, most recently featured in Deadline Hollywood as the curator and moderator of the ITV Fest panel, The Elephant in the Room featuring Bobby Farrelly on the Harvey Weinstein epidemic; on CBS (2016 and 2015) on the Massachusetts film tax credits, as well as NPR’s All Things Considered (2011) on the economic relevance of film incentives; Fox Business News (2010) regarding studio financing; and is featured in several film industry periodicals. She is on the Board of Directors of INTERLOCK MEDIA, a documentary film non-profit organization, and on the Board of Advisors to COMPANY ONE, one of Boston’s Best Theatre Companies and recipient of numerous Elliot Awards, and the ITV FEST, the U.S.’s largest independent television festival now in its 14th year. She has served as Chairperson of the Arts & Entertainment Committee of the Boston Bar Association, been a member and Board Chair of ImprovBoston, and been a Board of Advisor to the Golden Trailer Awards.

    Prior to entering the entertainment field in 2000, Vinca served for more than a decade as an environmental litigator on behalf of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and the NY Attorney General’s Environmental Protection Division, prosecuting and negotiating Superfund and wetland cases. A native New Yorker, hailing from Manhattan and Roslyn, whose extended family is based in Los Angeles, she currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts. Please see www.filmprofinance.com and www.vincajarrett.com and www.showmethefkingmoney.tv for more information.


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  • Give a Harvardwood gift certificate this holiday season!

    Scrambling to think of the perfect gift idea for the artist, writer, filmmaker, musician in your life? Look no further! Now you can purchase Harvardwood gift certificates for a year (or more) of Harvardwood membership, event tickets (e.g., admission to three masterclasses in 2018), the Writers Competition application fee, or the new Script Review Service, to name a few examples. Ready to give the gift of Harvardwood this year? Contact us to tell us what "item" you want to gift, or we can also help you put together the ultimate Harvardwood gift package!

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    Preview the 2017 Holiday Silent Auction!

    Mark your calendars now: our 2017 Holiday Silent Auction goes live on Monday, December 11th and ends Thursday, December 14th! Bids will be accepted online AND by text. When the auction page goes live in a couple of weeks, you'll get all the instructions on how to place bids on your computer or mobile device.

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