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    Harvardwood Presents THE SEVENTH FIRE Screening + Q&A

    Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 07:30 PM · $9.00 USD
    Laemmle Theatres in Los Angeles, CA

    Documentary The Seventh Fire opens the weekend of July 29th, and on the evening of July 30th, Harvardwood members are invited to attend a special screening + Q&A with writer/director Jack Riccobono AB '03, Executive Producer Chris Eyre, Producer Shane Slattery-Quintanilla AB '03, and main subject Rob Brown.

    From executive producers Terrence Malick AB '65, Natalie Portman AB '03, and Chris Eyre comes a fascinating new documentary. When Rob Brown, a Native American gang leader on a remote Minnesota reservation, is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved Ojibwe community. As Rob reckons with his past, his seventeen-year-old protégé, Kevin, dreams of the future: becoming the most powerful and feared Native gangster on the reservation.

    Purchase your tickets directly from the Laemmle website at the link below, but RSVP to let us know if you're coming to the July 30th screening + Q&A. When you RSVP below, you'll receive an email with the special Harvardwood discount code (see info below).

    From July 29th to August 4th, all Harvardwood members can get discounted tickets to all showings of The Seventh Fire (daily at 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, & 9:55; $9 for regular showings, $7 for Bargain Matinees). GET THE DISCOUNT CODE BY REGISTERING BELOW. The discount code is only applicable when you purchase your tickets online, not at the box office.

    Harvardwood Heads To... Four Chords and a Gun

    Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 02:00 PM · $50.00 USD
    Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, CA

    Bootleg Theater presents A New Play by John Ross Bowie: Four Chords and a Gun.

    Four Chords and a Gun tells the crazy, funny, sad and true story of the Ramones. In 1978 the pioneering punk band, desperate for a hit, enlisted legendary (and legendarily ... eccentric) producer Phil Spector to produce their 5th album. In the ensuing months guns were drawn, hearts were broken, and an incredible record was created. An exciting portrayal of the lunacy of creative endeavors, Four Chords and a Gun was written by John Ross Bowie and directed by Jessica Hanna.

    The cast will feature Josh Brener AB '07 (Silicon Valley, The Internship), Arden Myrin (MadTV, W/Bob and David), Johnathan McClain (Retired at 35, Mad Men), Matthew Patrick Davis (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Greek), James Pumphrey (Arrested Development, Key & Peele) and Michael Daniel Cassady (Love, Drunk History).

    Scenic Design by David Offner (Asterion), Costume Design by Kerry Hennessey (Gogol Project), Lighting Design by Brandon Baruch (Wood Boy Dog Fish, Vieux Carre) and Sound Design by Cricket Myers (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Stoneface).

    Special final performance benefitting The Music Cancer Fund @ Sweet Relief and The Pablove Foundation. FREE Childcare ages 4-12 provided by www.redroseco.com.

    Doors: 1:30 pm / Show: 2:00 pm (event ends at 4:00 pm)

    Harvardwood Masterclass: Pilot Writing with Thania St. John

    Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 03:00 PM
    Private Residence in Sherman Oaks, CA

    Some writing fellowships still request spec scripts, but original pilots are becoming a must-have for agents, managers, and showrunners. In this month's Harvardwood Masterclass, Creator, Producer, and Writer Thania St. John AB '83 (CHICAGO FIRE, COVERT AFFAIRS, ROSWELL) dissects and explains the structure of original pilots—a must for all TV writers!

    This event is an incredible opportunity for Harvardwood members to learn how to write a strong pilot sample with an industry veteran who has years of experience as show creator, producer, and writer. In the intimate setting of this small masterclass, participants will be able to asked detailed follow-up questions and engage in a productive discussion of pilot writing with Thania.

    Capacity is EXTREMELY limited (just 10 writers), so please read the instructions at the bottom of this page and follow the steps to register for the Pilot Writing Masterclass. 

    Thania St. John AB '83 is a film and television writer, creator and producer.

    Starting her television career at the Stephen J. Cannell Company on the iconic 21 Jump Street, Thania went on to create two network TV series of her own (VR5 and Crisis Center) and to write and produce over twenty popular and award winning dramas such as Drop Dead Diva, Grimm, Chicago Fire and Covert Affairs. She has written over two dozen pilots for all four broadcast networks as well as Showtime, Lifetime, SyFy, USA and is adapting the next graphic novel from the author of the Spiderman and Avengers series for HBO/Cinemax.

    On the feature side, Thania has had scripts optioned by several major studios and is currently writing the feature adaptation of The Witcher, a major international book and video game series produced by The Sean Daniel Company. Her next project is Against All Enemies, the story of the build up to the Iraq war based on National Security Advisor Richard A. Clarke's book and directed by David Dobkin for Sony.

    Thania is also proud to be a Co-Founder and President of The League of Hollywood Women Writers and has served on the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America, West.

    She earned her BA in American History and Filmmaking from Harvard University and her MFA in Film and Television Production from UCLA.

    Please refer to IMDB for more specific credits.

    Read Thania St. John's Harvardwood alum profile.


    • Harvardwood masterclasses are only open to Harvardwood members, and each member can only register for him/herself. Join or renew your membership to be eligible to participate!

    • Members, log in and fill out this short form to tell us more about your writing background and your interest in this masterclass. Completing this form does not guarantee you a spot in the masterclass.

    • Once you are confirmed to attend the masterclass, you will receive a registration link to secure your spot ($15/member). Please register within 48 hours of receiving the link; otherwise, we cannot guarantee there will be room for you due to the event's limited capacity and high level of interest.

    • NOTE: Priority will be given to Harvardwood Summer Internship Program & Harvardwood Writers Program participants.


  • FWSP-eligible undergraduate needed to assist with Harvardwood!

    Harvardwood is currently looking for an undergraduate student who is eligible for the Federal Work Study Program to assist with weekly administrative duties and other projects as needed. All work can be done online, and the hours (6-10 per week) are very flexible.

    This is a great way to learn more about Harvardwood, the programming we offer across our nationwide chapters, and other opportunities that undergraduates and alumni can enjoy. It's a particularly great position for someone interested in exploring the arts, media, and entertainment after graduation!


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    Mid-year update from our Harvardwood Heroes

    Last fall, we awarded Harvardwood Heroes grants of $500 each to Harvard alums and Harvardwood members who are dedicated to using the arts to engage in meaningful service with four organizations worldwide. Now that it's been half a year since we selected our Heroes, we caught up with them recently to find out how the Harvardwood Heroes grant has impacted their amazing and diverse community service projects.

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