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    Harvardwood Film Festival: UNFRIENDED Screening + Q&A with Harvard Filmmakers

    Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 05:40 PM · $13.49 USD
    AMC Universal CityWalk 19 in Universal City, CA

    Watch Unfriended with Harvardwood on opening weekend at AMC University CityWalk Theater, and then stick around afterward for a Q&A with Nelson Greaves '10 (Writer-Producer), Adam Sidman '10 (Co-Producer/DP), Andrew Wesman '10 (Editor), Couper Samuelson '02 (Co-Executive Producer), Sungmi Choi '06 (Head of Marketing & Digital Strategy, Blumhouse), and Chase Mellen (Production Attorney)

    Ushering in a new era of horror, Universal Pictures' UNFRIENDED unfolds over a teenager's computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier.

    After Universal executives saw a test screening of UNFRIENDED terrify a test audience, the studio acquired the thriller that was developed and conceived by visionary filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). Directed by Levan Gabriadze, UNFRIENDED is written by Nelson Greaves '10 and produced by Bekmambetov, Greaves, and Adam Sidman '10, as well as Jason Blum for Blumhouse Productions (Ouija and Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series).    

    Other Harvard folks involved in Unfriended include Sean Goller '12 (DIT) and Matthew Bohrer '10 (actor). 

    Q&A Speakers

    SEAN GOLLER '12 is a freelance camera technician, colorist and editor. Along with producer Adam Sidman '10, Sean helped design the low budget capture and VTR workflow that allowed for offline video conferencing between the cast, oversaw all cameras and generated dailies for post. He has work ed on location in over a dozen states as a digital imaging technician and camera operator, and his editorial work has screened at film festivals throughout the US and Europe. He is currently on location for Season 2 of HeyUSA!

    COUPER SAMUELSON is the President of Feature Production at Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, which has produced some of the most popular original horror franchises, including Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister and The Purge. While at Blumhouse, Samuelson has shepherded and executive-produced more than two dozen low-budget films, including hits like The Boy Next Door starring Jennifer Lopez and Ouija which has grossed over $110m worldwide and Whiplash, which he developed from a short film into the lowest-budget feature in history to win three Oscars. Prior to Blumhouse, Samuelson produced the upcoming Destination Wedding. Made for $100,000, the film will be the lowest-budget feature produced and released theatrically by a major studio in the modern era. Samuelson began his career at Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban’s 2929 Productions, where he co-produced movies such as James Gray’s We Own the Night and Two Lovers, both of which were nominated for the Cannes Palme d’Or.  

    adam_sidmanC.jpgADAM SIDMAN is a film and television producer based in Los Angeles, CA. He serves as President of U.S. Production for Timur Bekmambetov’s production company, Bazelevs where he oversees a wide range of projects in various formats and genres.

    >Adam has also produced top-rated television programs for Discovery, National Geographic, TNT, SPIKE and Animal Planet. He has also helped develop several show pitches that became successful series, including A&E’s hit show “Duck Dynasty.”

    In 2005, he filed a U.S. Patent for a handheld gyro-based camera stabilization device. This revolutionary rig offers a camera operator complete maneuverable motion control over a camera while offering solid stabilization utilizing MEMS gyro sensors and servo motors. He has successfully been granted two patents for his invention (U.S. Patents 7,642,741 and 8,179,078).

    Adam also shoots on a variety of video and film for mats and has a strong background in lighting and post-production. Sidman served as the Director of Photography of Unfriended.

    AndewWesman.jpgSidman is originally from Colorado Springs, CO and received his undergraduate degree at Harvard University.   

    ANDREW WESMAN is a writer, director, editor and cinematographer. He received his BA from Harvard University and his MFA from UCLA. His films have screened to audiences all around the globe, including the Cannes Film Festival.


    The ticket purchase link below will take you to AMC's website, where you should purchase your ticket for the 5:40pm showing of Unfriended on Sunday, April 19, 2015. Your RSVP below is for Harvardwood's head-count purposes only and does not mean you have reserved a ticket for the screening.

    C.L.A. invites Harvardwood to Art & Merchandising

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 07:00 PM
    Ken Edwards Center in Santa Monica, CA

    New-CLA-LOGO1.jpgClothing, posters, pillows, candles, keychains, stickers, dolls - the list of merchandise items is long, varied, and represents a major revenue stream for artists and rights holders. Copyrights, trademarks, trade dress, and rights of publicity – these and more are implicated in the wild world of merchandise. What do artists need to know before allowing their work to be used on merchandise? What are the different kinds of agreements that artists can make with merchandisers? Are there ways for artists to enforce their rights if they discover unauthorized use of their work? Join CLA and attorneys Scott Burroughs and Stephen Doniger for a presentation covering the intellectual property and contract issues involved in using visual art on merchandise.


    Stephen M. Doniger, Esq. - In his 20 years of practice Mr. Doniger has successfully litigated cases in the federal and state courts of California, New York, Nevada, and South Carolina, and has overseen litigation in foreign jurisdictions including Canada and the United Kingdom through local counsel. He has built a successful practice around business disputes in general and intellectual property in particular for clients in the marketing, fashion, entertainment, real estate and hospitality industries. While his practice includes corporate governance, contract negotiations and disputes, and large tort and injury cases, his core passion is for protecting artist against theft of their creative expression. Mr. Doniger graduated from Brandeis University in 1992 and in 1995 he obtained his law degree from the University of Southern California.

    Scott Alan Burroughs, Esq. - Mr. Burroughs is passionate about protecting the rights of artists and content creators, and writes and speaks often on the subject. He has handled over a thousand art and business law disputes in his decade of practice – more than virtually any other attorney in the United States. His matters involve fashion, art, photography, scripted and reality programming, accessories, literature, documentary and feature films, websites, advertising, novelty goods, jewelry, hospitality, and home décor. He earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of California, San Diego and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California.

    $20 in advance // $25 at the door


  • Recent Announcements

    We need volunteer READERS for the Harvardwood Publishing anthology!

    Harvardwood Publishing is seeking volunteer readers and judges for our upcoming anthology, which is expected to be published this summer.

    The Seven Deadly Sins is an anthology of original fiction (poetry and short stories) for which we are currently seeking submissions (through April 15, 2015) and for which we will also require readers and judges.

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    Last call for poetry/short story submissions to the HW Publishing anthology

    The deadline to submit your short story or poem to The Seven Deadly Sins, Harvardwood Publishing's first original anthology, is April 15, 2015!

    Harvardwood Publishing is seeking short stories and poems for our next anthology, which will feature the theme of The Seven Deadly Sins. Pick one (or several!) juicy sins and send us your work for consideration in this anthology.

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