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    Harvardwood Heads To... Opening of SHOT by Jeremy Kagan

    Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 07:30 PM · $13.00 USD
    Laemmle Monica Film Center in Santa Monica,, CA


    A gripping drama about three lives irrevocably changed when a gun is accidentally fired on a busy Los Angeles street, SHOT is a visceral roller coaster ride unflinchingly exploring the consequences of gun violence in America. 

    SHOT begins as sound mixer Mark Newman (Wyle), is pumping up the volume on a bloody shootout scene in an action film. Hours later, after an argument with his wife Phoebe (Leal), Mark is suddenly felled by a real random bullet, and lies bleeding on the pavement with a chest wound. With Phoebe desperately trying to stop the bleeding, they both agonizingly wait for an ambulance to arrive as Mark fights for his life. Meanwhile, hidden behind a fence across the street, a teenager, Miguel (Lendeborg), watches in horror with the still smoking gun in his hand.  A gun that was just handed to him by his cousin and meant to protect him against gang bullies. 

    From the moment the shot rings out, Kagan's camera in real time daringly follows Mark from the street, to stretcher, to gurney, to examining table, as we watch the paramedics and medical teams in full life-saving mode. Through the imaginative use of split-screen, Kagan juxtaposes Mark's medical crisis with Miguel's moral one, as we simultaneously see the frightened young man wrestle with the fact that an innocent man was injured - or worse - as a direct result of his actions.

    Harvardwood Presents HIGH NOON: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic

    Monday, September 25, 2017 at 07:00 PM · $10.00 USD
    The Lambs in New York, NY

    Cost: $5 for dues-paying Harvardwood members; $10 for all others.

    Advance Registration is REQUIRED. No tickets will be sold at the door.

    DRESS CODE: Business Casual is fine for the event itself, but if you are thinking of staying for dinner, JACKETS & TIES will be required for men. No denim, sneakers, or such.

    This is a joint event with THE LAMBS.

    It was 1952.  The House Un-American Activities Committee was at the height of its power, and a frightened Hollywood caved in with the Blacklist.  And, just as High Noon was being made, the film's screenwriter Carl Foreman was caught up in the witch hunt, in an off-camera drama reflected in the film itself.

    Maria_Cooper_Janis.jpgGary Cooper was, of course, the star of the film, and his daughter Maria Cooper Janis will join us to discuss the making of High Noon.  Maria Cooper Janis is a distinguished painter in her own right, and is the author of Gary Cooper Off-Camera: A Daughter Remembers and Gary Cooper Enduring Style.  She is working on a documentary film about the 20-year friendship of Gary Cooper and Ernest Hemingway, the score for which is by her husband the great pianist Byron Janis.

    High_Noon_Cover.jpgGlenn Frankel is the author of High Noon:The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic, which has been enthusiastically reviewed in the New York Times and Washington Post.  Frankel was for many years a reporter and editor for the Washington Post, where he was their Bureau Chief in London, South Africa, and Jerusalem.  He won the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism in 1989 for his coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.  He was Director of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, and before that taught at Stanford for four years as a visiting journalism professor.  He is also the author of The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend.

    Glenn Frankel and Maria Cooper Janis will be interviewed by Foster Hirsch.  Hirsch is Professor of Film at Brooklyn College and the author of 16 books about film and theater, including books on Kurt Weill, Woody Allen, Hal Prince, and Otto Preminger, as well as the classic study of Film Noir, The Dark Side of the Screen.

    A booksigning will follow the talk.  Both Glenn Frankel's new book on High Noon and Maria Cooper Janis's Gary Cooper Enduring Style will be available for purchase.

    Special thanks to Andy Goodwin and the Plymouth Hill Foundation.

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    Harvardwood Heads To... ITVFest 2017 Launch Party

    Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 07:30 PM

    ITVFest (Independent Television Festival) is hosting its 2017 Launch Party on September 27th. Come out and spend an evening getting to know network executives, industry professionals and some of LA's best indie content creators.

    ITVFest  is a worldwide community of television creators, executives, agents and fans responsible for discovering the best new television programs created on independent (aka, non-network) budgets.

    To RSVP, email Richard Scott at richardscott98@gmail.com.



  • Apply to be matched with a mentor in 2017-18!

    Seeking a mentor in your field in the arts, media, or entertainment? Apply by October 8th for your opportunity to be matched with a Harvardwood mentor this year.

    The Harvardwood Mentorship Program fosters meaningful professional relationships by matching Harvard graduates with more established alums in their fields of interest for a period of eight months of one-on-one career mentoring.

    Mentees will connect with their mentors in three one-on-one meetings (preferred) or phone conversations over the course of the year, usually October - June. Although not required, optional experiences include shadowing a typical workday, meeting, or conference call; offering a tour of the mentor's company offices; or attending HMP events.

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    We need YOU: Seeking volunteer interviewers/writers for our alum profiles!

    Harvardwood seeks writers to handle monthly profile pieces on Harvard alumni in the entertainment industry.

    Responsibilities include researching, interviewing the subject(s) via telephone or in person, and writing a 1000-1200 word profile piece. Writers should be familiar with both the Harvard community and the entertainment industry, and may suggest profile subjects of interest. Some reporting and/or interview skills are required, as well as poise and a discreet manner. 

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